Preserving Our Intangible Heritage Of Folk Music

It's time to conserve India's beautiful, but endangered musical art, spread widely across its diverse geography and social cultures

A shot from the Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), an annual cultural extravaganza held in Jodhpur, showcasing the vibrant tapestry of Rajasthan's traditional music, dance, and arts. Photo: Shutterstock

If one tries to conceptualise a world without music, it would be impossible. In this war-torn world music is one of the few things that bridges cultures and becomes a medium of communication. Created by man and often attributed to the divine, everyone in the world understands the language of music. Rabindranath Tagore once said, "Music fills the infinite between two souls." It's a powerful medium that touches people's heart and transports them to a world where one lets go of all inhibitions.