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Karnal, a city steeped in history, serves as the backdrop for our journey into the captivating world of Haryanvi Bhajans. Here, an artist has dedicated 25 years of his life to this enchanting art form. With instruments like the Ghara, Harmonium, and Indian banjo at his disposal, he creates melodies that resonate with the very soul of Haryana.

At the heart of Haryanvi Bhajans lies devotion and spirituality. Older men and women, with voices weathered by time, come together to sing devotional Mangal Geet, auspicious songs that usher in a sense of piety and reverence. These melodies invoke a deep connection with the divine, transcending the mundane and taking listeners on a spiritual journey.

In addition to Mangal Geet, Haryana’s musical tradition boasts ceremonial songs, or Bhajans, that are an integral part of various social and cultural events. These Bhajans add an aura of grace and sanctity to rituals, weddings, and other celebrations. They serve as a melodic bridge between the earthly and the divine, creating an atmosphere of harmony and unity.

The artist from Karnal is not only a custodian of Haryanvi Bhajans but also a social crusader. For the past 15 years, he has collaborated with the government of Haryana through the Lok Sampark Vibhaag to spread awareness on pressing social issues. Through his powerful performances on public platforms, he uses the art of Bhajans to educate and advocate for change.

The themes of his Bhajans are not confined to religious or ritualistic topics alone. They extend to pressing societal concerns such as female infanticide, nashamukti (substance abuse rehabilitation), and beti bachao beti badhao (save the daughter, educate the daughter). His renditions serve as a melodious medium to engage and enlighten audiences about these critical issues, fostering a sense of responsibility and action.

One cannot fully appreciate Haryanvi Bhajans without understanding their cultural significance. These Bhajans are an embodiment of Haryana’s raw and authentic culture. The earthy rhythms, heartfelt lyrics, and soulful melodies transport listeners to the heart of this vibrant state. Artists like Lakhmichand, Jagdish Chand, and Pandit Jagannath have played pivotal roles in popularizing this musical form, ensuring that it remains an integral part of Haryana’s identity.

Haryanvi Bhajans are more than just a form of music; they are a bridge between tradition and modernity, spirituality and social awareness. The artist from Karnal, with his dedication to this art form, has become a cultural ambassador and a beacon of social change. As the melodies of Haryanvi Bhajans continue to echo through the heartland of India, they serve as a reminder of the power of music to inspire, educate, and unite a community.


Samar Singh

Naresh Kumar

Shamsher Singh


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