During the late 70s, a ‘mobile unit’ was formed at National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa). The unit consisted of two small tents, a couple of sleeping bags, a host of cameras and recording devices, and a jeep. And their task was to travel through the length and breadth of Punjab and record—in text, audio, or pictures—every aspect of the folk life. It was an ambitious project and the team did a great job. The archive they collected is so big that Lok Virsa hasn’t been able to publicly release it till date.
One of the guys from that mobile unit has now written a reportās of that trip in the form of a book. Titled ‘Lok Punjab: Aik Tehqeeqi Safarnama,’ the book is just too great not to be praised. A great find of the day.