It was quite a drive to Anandpur Sahib from Guru Nanak Dev University campus – nearly 200 kms, of which many were monsoon torn deep pitted. I had to manage many a shoddy road repair work, which is a normality in Punjab at least. A dog’s tail is never straight so it must be the norm in other states as well. The trip was to spend the day with Professor Kartar Singh at the SGPC run Gurmat Sangeet Academy, Anandpur Sahib, and with the living legend dhadhi singer, Vilayat Khan Ragi who lives at village Goslan near Malaudh, Ludhiana. Both are National Akademi of Music, Dance and Drama awardees. Interviewing Professor Kartar Singh took unusually long time meaning the visit to Goslan had to be put off for another day. The meeting with him was 1947 partition related – Professor Sahib’s father was killed in 1947 while his brother avenged his fathers death as well 😦 as if vengeance ever fills the void a parents’ demise leaves, as well as regarding the raga forms making done in the last 23 years. The learned professor has a nice sense of humour – he is a fine story teller! It was an important interview. Here is a photo:

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