Punjab Folk musician Jasdev Yamla Jatt passed away in Ludhiana on Saturday. He was 60 and was the son of ‘Tumbi’ legend Ustaad Late Lal Chand Yamla Jatt. Jasdev is credited with not only keeping the legacy of his father (who had passed away in 1991) of playing ‘tumbi’, a traditional folk music instrument of Punjab, alive but also making it popular in modern Punjabi music industry by exploring this folk instrument in new ways.
The ‘Jatt Yamla’ family of Ludhiana is known for preserving dying art of playing ‘tumbi’ in Punjabi folk music. After Partition, the family had shifted from Lyallpur in Pakistan to Ludhiana. The family currently lives in Jawahar Nagar area of Ludhiana.
Suresh Yamla Jatt, nephew and shagird (student) of Jasdev Yamla Jatt, speaking to The Indian Express said, “More than my uncle, Jasdev Yamla Jatt was my guru. He taught me how to play tumbi and keep tradition of our family alive. Since childhood, he had learnt to play tumbi from my grandfather. Since past 2-3 days, he was feeling unwell. He was a heart patient. On Friday, he was feeling uneasy and vomited blood. We took him to Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.”
He added that his uncle had given his last performance at a fair few days back. “Despite all difficulties that he faced after death of his father Ustaad Lal Chand Yamla Jatt, he did not leave playing tumbi and continued to pursue this dying folk music instrument. His soul lied in playing tumbi and he continued to experiment new tunes and songs even when he would be unwell,” said Suresh Yamla Jatt.