Music of Kutch

Music is an essential part of the culture of many of Kutch’s communities. Traditional music invokes emotions, expresses history and addresses current events. It is celebratory, spiritual, devotional and mystical. It differs according to geographic area. Sindhi music is popular in the northern parts of Kutch, while Kanthi music is popular in the south and Vagad is popular in the east.

Kutchi music can generally be broken up into three categories – classical, folk and Sufi. Classical Kutchi music is formulaic and has structured notes and compositions. Folk music, on the other hand, is unstructured and open to greater experimentation and variation. Sufi is largely vocal, mystical music with religious poetry at its core.