Music Reviews

Interesting ‘jugalbandi’

The album begins with Walk with me, followed by Tender days, both contemporary themes composed by Mysore Manjunath in raga Kirvani and raga Charukeshi respectively. Both the tracks have keyboard support by Uday Kiran. Ragam-Tanam-Pallavi is a longish composition of 42 minutes in raga Saraswati. It begins on a slow pace and gradually picks up tempo.

This long composition also includes a lively rhythm section, which features well-known artiste Anoor Ananthakrishna Sharma and B C Manjunath (both on the mridangam), Arun Kumar (acoustic drum kit) and S Madhusudan (tabla) who bring together their diverse percussive traditions with a touch of contemporary trendiness.

The next track is one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan, Raghupati Raghava Rajaram. The last track is a Purandara composition, Bhagyada Lakshmi Baaramma, in raga Madhyamavati. It is a funk-laden interpretation of the traditional composition.

Michael Patrao

Not magical enough

Listening to Kavita Seth paying tribute to one of the greatest sufi poets, Bulleh Shah, bulleh shah Kavita Seth EMI, Rs 295through this album, leaves you clueless. Moreover, it does no justice to the mystical poet whose numbers were given a new life and made popular by artistes like Rabi Shergill (Bullah Ki Jaana), Pakistani rock band, Junoon, or even when they were adapted, Bollywood style, by music composers in songs like Chaiyya Chaiyya (Dil Se). In India, artistes like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Kailash Kher, Abida Parveen, to name a few, have helped sufi poetry and music garner mass appeal, which this album falls short of. Ni Main Kamli Aan and Lagan Lagi are hummable, but they could have been made memorable.

There is hardly any use of Hindustani musical instruments, which would have definitely given the songs more depth. In an age where non-film music is finding it difficult to co-exist with the thumping beats of Sheila Ki Jawaani and Munni Badnaam Hui, we need artistes like Kavita to reinforce our belief that soulful music still stands a chance; that it can be appreciated and loved, provided it has a heart and soul. Rabi did so in 2005. Hopefully, Bulleh Shah’s magic with words and Kavita’s haunting voice is used wisely next time.

Anisha mehta

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