Poetry in motion...

GHAZAL strains

soulful Jagjit Singh in concert.

Among those gathered, there were people who knew most of his popular songs by heart Prior to the concert was a press conference where the popular singer shared his views of the latest trends in the music industry, his experience of composing music for the film industry and his love for ghazals.

It is said that no two concerts of Jagjit Singh have the same set of songs. He performs a new set at every concert. How does he manage that? “Every concert is a new beginning and repetition of songs will only make the concert predictable,” he said. He observed that the audience in Bangalore were very receptive to his ghazals. “Although the City has a cosmopolitan crowd, I find that they are very appreciative of my music.” Talking about composing music for the film industry, he said, “Today’s films have only violence, sex and underworld. Who would want my kind of music?”  The hall was packed to the hilt with people of all age groups. It seemed like a perfect weekend outing for the family. The first half of the concert consisted of ghazals and the second half was dedicated to lighter pieces. Some of the songs he performed were Thukurake Pyaar Karo? Main Nashe Mein Hoon, Teri Aneki Jab Khabar Mehake, Wo Kagaz Ki Kashti, Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho.
Abhinav Upadhyay, who has been accompanying Jagjit on the tabla for the last 21 years, said,  “Playing with him is a learning experience. No two concerts are the same. We never rehearse and none of us know what he will sing. We always perform extempore and as long as you know the basics, you just have to fall in line.” He added, “It’s like cooking in a different kit­chen everyday where the ingredients remain the same.”

Deepak Pandit, the violinist, has his own band and he too accompanies only Jagjit Singh. “There is always something new to look forward to at all the concerts. Nothing is predecided. What matters is that the musicians gel well, both as individuals and as performers.”

  Said Jagdeep Kaur, a member of the audience, “I always make it a po­int to come for all his conc­erts in the City. His music is pure and he doesn’t experim­ent too much,” he said. Jagjit Singh was accompanied by Abhinav Upadhyay on the ta­bla, Deepak Pandit on the violin, Paras Nath on the flute, Su­­hant Sharma on the guitar and Lalit Shankar on the dholak.

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