Rabbi Shergill, in Chandigarh for book launch, says Punjab’s literature and history are very rich: The Tribune India


Rabbi Shergill was in Chandigarh to launch a book, Power of The Laugh, written by Amneet Kaur, and the conversation went far beyond the books – the Punjabi language, music and the pandemic. Bulla singer Ki Jaana, originally from Delhi with roots in Punjab, believes that “Punjab has a lot of potential; the literature is rich and the history too. If you read Waris Shah or Baba Farid they are amazing.

The rabbi, who plans to write a book (in Punjabi and English) adds: “Everything creative has two aspects: art and craftsmanship. If the art comes from within, it is the craft you control through hard work, constant learning and practice. As I wrote my songs, I also sang Heer or Bulleh Shah and credited the original songwriters. Thus, there is no need to always come up with completely new topics. The topics are generally the same; it is your sensitivity and your observation that give it shape.

Change of hours

Rabbi’s debut album was 2005’s Rabbi and he credits KJ Singh, the album’s producer, “He knew poetry, so he gave my words and my music a chance.” About the current Punjabi music scene, “I don’t know everything. But, I like Motia Chameli from Satinder Sartaaj and also a singer named Bir Singh. The indie musician adds, “While previous musicians only had one or two platforms, now everything has changed, which has helped young talent.” — Sheet metal

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