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An evening of contemporary melodies

Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh collaborate as music composers for the critically acclaimed, Jal

Mumbai | Published: March 28, 2014 1:00:47 am
Saidah Jules, Girish Malik, Suniel Shetty, Rajkumar Hirani, Bickram Ghosh, Keerti Kulkhari, Sonu Nigam and Purab Kohli Saidah Jules, Girish Malik, Suniel Shetty, Rajkumar Hirani, Bickram Ghosh, Keerti Kulkhari, Sonu Nigam and Purab Kohli

The music launch of Girish Malik’s debut directorial venture Jal was a gala affair, with a special musical evening organised by the team to keep the audience entertained. Singer Sonu Nigam and renowned percussionist Bickram Ghosh, who have recently formed a collaboration, turn music composers for the first time. This will be Nigam’s first full-fledged album as a composer.
Although the album contains only three songs, the entire background set of the film (composed by Ghosh) has also been included, to provide an unique experience to the listeners. Nigam mentioned that none of the three songs will be used the way Bollywood tracks are typically inserted. Instead, they will be a part of the film’s narrative. “All the three songs belong to different genres. One of them is an Indo – English track, titled You fill my life. While the Hindi part is sung by our guru, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan sahab, the English portions are crooned by Suzanne. The idea was to mix Indian classical raga and hard core international beats and I think we have successfully managed to produce an entirely different sound here,” stated Nigam. Ghosh quipped that blending two different genres like classical thumri and English pop was a task, but seeing the 82 year old veteran Khan sing in their studio and add his own magic to the song made the process more smoother. Nigam added that the main source of inspiration for the soundtrack was the local Kutchi folk music.
But what really kept everyone enraptured was the live music performance by Nigam and Ghosh, where they played two classical contemporary tracks, Jal de and Zalima, which is part of the album. The sounds of live musical instruments like the djembe drums, five piece drum kit, guitar and the tabla kickstarted the ten minute musical treat, where Nigam took charge of the mic and enthralled the audience with his fabulous rendition of the two songs, which are originally sung by Shubha Mudgal and Nigam respectively. Towards the end of the act, Nigam and Ghosh also performed a short musical jugalbandi, where Ghosh played the tabla and Nigam took over the djembe drums.
While Saga Music is Jal’s music partner, it will be digitally distributed by Unisys Infosolutions. Jal is scheduled to release on April 4.


Marching ahead

Lyricist Javed Akhtar and musician Raju Singh created a special anthem for the Indian CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) to celebrate 75 years of its commissioning. The song, lyrics of which go as, “Is desh ke hum hai rakshak, jaan bhi de de beshak,” was dedicated to the CRPF by President Pranab Mukherjee at an event held in New Delhi last week. The track has been sung by Javed Ali.

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