Chronologically dekhya jaawe, taa Punjabi film music went downhill from late 1970 onwards. Both lyrics and music.
Can we say that Jagjit Singh was the last sikh fully trained in Indian Classical music for commercial purposes? I am not talking about the people who are restricted to religious 'kirtan' on select instruments. Jagjit Singh was a student from a generation before 1970s.
It means, before 1970s, we had a hub of classically trained instrumentalists who knew what to use when. This is very evident from older songs.
People may hate me for saying this, but I do believe that late 1970s onwards, due to political turmoil, a selective and targeted segregation of Hindu culture vs Sikh culture was done. We all know it happened. And it is now evident that it trickled down to music level. Indian Classical music has its old original roots and the languages used to teach to students at lower level are Brajbhasha, Avadhi, Sanskrit too. So, may be few wanted to learn as it was forbidden.
I would blame this as much on Delhi govt. as on local religious leaders at village or town level. Both the sides. And both can not be forgiven for this.
Not keeping in mind that Guru Granth Saahib has Braj Bhasha, Persian too. Not keeping in mind that Guru Arjun Dev ji classified music in Indian raag system which was prevalent back then.
Even after 30 and ongoing Islamist years, still Pakistan has many musicians and singers who take the support of languages meant for Hindu Indians for teaching purposes. If they can keep the culture intact, why could we not when our own gurus gifted it that?
I also see the unprecedented success of Chamkila, again early 80s, as the watershed between original Punjabi music and later one. I discussed it thoroughly with a PP member, and am awaiting some reply on this. Did he and others like him become so popular because of politics influenced cultural change?
Enna ki tempering karni culture de naal, ke sangeet sikhaon vaala vee koi na bache?
Before someone says the names of few singers today who are trained, we should keep in mind that it means 'thorough training'. Jagjit Singh used to compose tunes for himself. And Lata/Asha sung his tunes in his albums.