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A Musical Memoir

These are the songs of her past,ringing in childhood memories and the time she spent with her parents.

These are the songs of her past,ringing in childhood memories and the time she spent with her parents. She is the daughter of Professor Jeetinder Singh Sodhi and the late singer Surinder Kaur,who was called “the nightingale of Punjab”. Now,as a tribute to her parents and their music,Punjabi singer Dolly Guleria’s new album is titled Yaadan Di Changer (a basket of memories). She,along with her daughter Sunaini,granddaughter Rhea,sister Pammi and Pammi’s daughter Saba,have recorded nine tracks altogether for the album.

“Six are of my mother’s and three my father’s,” says Guleria,whose album was released by Punjab’s Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa on her birthday,April 13. “This is my return gift to my parents,a little token of gratitude,” she says. It includes Surinder Kaur’s famous numbers such as Kut kut bajra,Weh leh chal mele,Paani aya puliyan di heth,Chhalla mera kis kadhiyan and Tere ladh lagya,and Sodhi’s compositions such as Ravi wagdi,Nimi nimi tareyaan di and Gal sun ja. “My father was a guiding force for me and my mother. He used to select songs,sing and compose them,mostly in Raag Pahadi,and he was the one who selected Amrita Pritam’s and Dr Harbhajan Singh’s writings for me to sing on radio. I was 16 then,” says Guleria,who is keeping her parents’ legacy alive through the Nightingale Academy. Guleria is also ready with her autobiography,Yaadan Di Changer,and hopes to release it on her mother’s birthday,November 25.

First published on: 18-04-2013 at 03:56:40 am
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