weekly earworm- Babul

You can trust Bhasin to give Punjabi wedding folk the one thing it lacks as a form- raw emotion. Sung by the women mostly to the beat of a dhol (that in my village is nothing more than a spoon striking the weatherbeaten bottom of an old brass pot) in a community setting, these songs sacrifice emotion to the needs of the hour- delight and diversion, thus leaching them of any melancholy. Bhasin gently extracts the song from its celebratory context and returns it to its deeply personal roots.

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