DD Bharati to launch folk music show

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Media Publishing | February 13, 2015
'Mangal Chowk' will feature musicians from India and across the border, to put the spotlight back on folk music.

DD Bharati is set to launch an exclusive series 'Mangal Chowk' to revive the lost glory of folk music in the country. The show will bring the melodious voices of select folk singers from India and across the border to the screen from March 7, 2015. The show will be aired every Saturday at 9 PM, followed by repeat telecasts the next day at 5 AM and 1 PM.

Speaking about the show, writer and author Yatinder Mishra, says, "The series is solely dedicated to Indian traditional folk music exhibiting various forms of Sufi singing that will surely bring the masses close to the cultural heritage of our country. It is a musical treat for folk music lovers.''

DD Bharati

The series will showcase renowned folk singers such as Allah Jilai Bai, Vindhyavasini Devi, Teejan Bai, Wadali Brothers, Reshma, among other legends. 'Mangal Chowk' will feature various styles of folk singing such as 'Margi' (Bhakti Sangeet) & 'Desi Sangeet'.

While elaborating on the programme, thumri singer Kumud Diwan says that "the series assumes a special significance with a view to promote and propagate the 'Maand', 'Sufi' and 'Bhakti' styles of singing, which are important parts of Indian folk music and are prevalent in different regions of India."

The series will focus on various genres of popular folk music such as Qawwali and Bhajan in Sufi style. 'Mangal Chowk' has been conceived and carved keeping in mind the viewers' eternal love for folk music.

Meanwhile, the channel recently launched 'Paltan' - a fiction show revolving around the life of army men. The show, produced by Vijay Gopal under the banner of SVG Networks, airs Monday to Thursday at 10.30 PM.