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The rich tradition of Gurmat Sangeet and classical music in Australia is thriving with young Punjabis showing a keen interest.
Over a hundred students learn what’s known as ‘Gurmat Sangeet’ (Sikh devotional music) at the academy housed within the Blackburn Sikh Temple, one of the oldest Sikh temples in Melbourne.
The academy focuses on teaching ‘Tanti Saaz’ or the string instruments including but not limited to Rabab, Taus, Dilruba, Esraj and Tanpura.
Not only do students learn the instrumental music, they also get to learn the history and culture associated with this traditional music.
Music can be used as a medium to spread the message peace and harmony.
"To convey the message of a universal brotherhood, the Sikh Gurus have used the medium of music," says Bhai Satnam Singh, the music teacher.
It is for the first time that the Annual Sikh Games have marked the occasion with a tour of Gurmat Sangeet musicians across Australia.
The first ever Sikh Music Festival of Australia will be held in Melbourne on 13, 14 and 15th Oct 2017. The festival will focus on the presentation of ‘Gurmat Sangeet’, which is the unique Sikh art and tradition of musically expressing love for the Oneness.