Punjabi Folk Music and Dance in Education And the Community
AZAAD ARTS will establish links with all local youth and community groups to ensure that all residents have the opportunity to gain benefits from the workshops available.
Our Story & Who we are
Azaad Dhol Group was first formed in 2002 with the aim of involving and teaching young people the various aspects of traditional Punjabi folk music, also known as ‘Lok Geet’. Through the success of its work, Azaad Arts was formed as the main body of this organisation in Wolverhampton.
Harjit Singh, founder and music tutor of Azaad Dhol Group/Azaad Arts, is also a Hub Partner with Wolverhampton Music Service/Education Hub.
He is also the Head of World Music & Percussion for Music Service in Birmingham. He has over 30 years of specialist experience in playing and teaching the Tabla, Dholak, Dhol and Harmonium.
The Group consists of students of various ages, from 8 to 30 years of age, who come from diverse backgrounds across Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Over the last 20 years hundreds of pupils have learnt from Harjit and some have moved on to play at semi-professional levels within the Indian Music industry.
The style of playing and the method of teaching are based on traditional and classical structures. Pupils learn through both theory and practical Indian teaching styles of the oral tradition. Exams can now be taken in Indian music throughout the year and are OCN approved. Azaad Dhol Group have performed at festivals and cultural events all over the country promoting traditional Punjabi Folk Music and Dance.
Lessons With an Array of Instruments
Many different Punjabi instruments contribute to the sound of Bhangra. Although the most important instrument is the Dhol Drum. Bhangra also features a variety of string and other drum instruments. You can find out more about these instruments below.
Please view some of our photos below.