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Celebrating the magic of folk music and folk musicians with a backpacking studio

How Abhinav Agrawal, a graduate of Berklee College of Music is preserving India’s priced folk music and musicians

“Folk music made my childhood memorable, I couldn’t stand to see it vanish. I realised if I could I preserve and document it for future generations, I would have paid to the art for what it gave me.”, says Abhinav. The fond memories of ‘Chaiti’ (a traditional folk) echoing in the narrow streets of his hometown would still be his favourite holiday destination if time travel was a thing. Those evenings where neighbours, relatives would gather around for leisure time of native art. He says the art form gave him a new lease of life. Quite interestingly so, the inverse is also true.

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