Once upon a River: Folksongs and Poetry beyond Punjab's Borders

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A glimpse into the folk traditions of the Punjab region.

The vibrant and rich culture of the Punjab region is rooted in its folk traditions.

The ‘Qissa’ is a form of poetic narration that was used by many writers across Punjab during the 18th and 19th centuries. Folktales from the oral tradition were later published as epic poems. In particular four famous legends: Hir Ranjha, Mirza Sahiba, Sassi Punnun and Sohni Mahival gained much popularity in the Punjab and beyond.

In this workshop, view a selection of the Library’s collection items related to Punjabi folk legends and hear sound recordings of folksongs from the British Library’s Sound Archive. The second half of the event will include a conversation with historian Dr Radha Kapuria (University of Durham) and the musician duo the Grewal Twins.

This will conclude with a performance by the Grewal Twins inspired by some of the music and folk stories found in the archives.


Name: Once upon a River: Folksongs and Poetry beyond Punjab's Borders
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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