Pragnya Wakhlu on her debut album ‘Journey to the Sun’ and why she wants to bring Kashmiri music to the centrestage
The name of the album Journey To the Sun as Pune musician Pragnya Wakhlu puts it,represents the need of all individuals,to grow and achieve more. Her maiden album,she says,is all about her own journey as a musician and the manner in which her life has unfolded over the recent past. I began as a software professional in Bengaluru and happened to get posted in the US. There I seriously began collaborating with artistes and came to know of my own music aspirations. I came back to India to become a musician and the album is a realisation of all these facts, she says. Wakhlu,who has her own band Soul Strings. She is also the lead vocalist for the Hard Rock band Nightshift.
Though the album had been brewing since 2009,its actual work began in 2010. With money borrowed from her parents Wakhlu recorded three songs for the album with her band Soul Strings. The others were collaborated on with artistes that she had met and worked with. It took me two years to finish it. However,what I learnt was that taking a step at a time helps to realise these impossible dreams, she adds.
The album contains seven tracks. Prominent amongst them are ‘Rise’,’Dream Catcher’ and ‘Home to Mama’. She says that that ‘Home to Mama’ is particularly the one closest to her heart. The track is about people who are at crossroads in life with their jobs and their careers and are looking to run to a safe haven and what better place than going back to your own mother, she explains. On the other hand,’Dream Catcher’ is the opening track of the album and is a poem that she penned and just read out to a tune in the background.
Wakhlu has also previously released two singles under Shubha Mudgal’s Underscore records. In addition,she bagged the third place at the Indiego Music Awards (South East Asia 2011) for the Best Female Vocalist in 2011.
Amongst her future works is a project that aims to popularise the Kashmiri language,which,she feels is fading gradually. With a lot of the Kashmiri Pundits migrating from the state,the newer generations cannot even speak the language. Kashmiri folk music and the language need to be combined so that it can be popularised. Through my music project,I will try to just that, she signs off.