Music review

Music review

Calling Krishna

Pankaj Udhas’s voice, which has rendered ghazals aplenty, lends itself to the Krishna bhajans in Hey Krishna music album. The devotional songs, seven in all, implore the Lord in varying tempos. Most bhajans are harmonised by chorus. The set bears both traditional and contemporary scores.

The opening song, Hey Krishna, whose lyrics are written by Nafees Aalam, is set to a steady and fast tune with pleasing flute notes by Rakesh Chaurasia. It calls out to the supremo to protect and enlighten humankind.

In Ab Darshan Ki To Chaah Jagi, the tone softens and personal pleas are made to Krishna (through Narayan Agarwal’s lyrics) for his darshan. The lyrical metaphors are impossible to miss and the chants help to register them.

Bringing in a trail of romance and teasing is Jamuna Kinare, a song about Radha-Krishna’s trysts. Iqbal Ali Baagadwa has written lyrics for this bhajan.

As a devotional surrender, Hari Bin talks of the helplessness without Krishna’s presence in life, abound in troubles. This Meera bhajan is complemented with rich violin interludes by Rajendra Singh Sodha. Jo Tum Todo is another Meera bhajan featured in the album.

Krishna Hi Krishna, the final bhajan, is a shower of praise in a slow tempo, enabling a meditative mood. The lyricist is Sudhakar Sharma. He has also sewn words for the song Hey Ghanshyam which, in all seriousness, seeks the almighty’s blessings.

Pankaj Udhas’s other accompanists in this ensemble are Nirmal Pawar on percussions and Kartik Udhas on keyboard. Ali Mohd and Gani Mohd, popularly known as Ali-Gani, are the music directors of Hey Krishna.

Hey Krishna
Pankaj Udhas
Times Music, Rs 199

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