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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Very much in Sufi hands

Soumya Vajpayee, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 27, 2013
First Published: 12:00 IST(27/6/2013) | Last Updated: 17:27 IST(27/6/2013)
There have been some concerns about the future of ghazals in India and the lack of interest amongst the youth in taking the genre forward. But a concert in the city, spearheaded by 20-year-old singer Pooja Gaitonde, might calm some nerves. Titled Ghazal Sufiyana, it will be held on June 28.

The recital will feature ghazals by popular singers like Mehdi Hassan, Jagjit Singh, Asha Bhosle and Anup Jalota.

“This is a special concert for me as it will be my tribute to these legendary singers. Some of the ghazals that I will be rendering include In aankhon ki masti, Chaap tilak, Ranjish hi sahi and Hoshwalon ko khabar kya,” says Gaitonde.

She will also present Sufi songs penned by popular poet Amir Khusrau and some numbers from popular Hindi films.

Having been a part of a number of concerts across the country, the young singer feels that the present music scene is bright enough to keep the age-old genre alive. Through this concert, she wants to assure people that the art is safe. “I think ghazals are safe as there are various platforms for enthusiasts to stage their talent. Nowadays, even colleges provide enough space for ghazals and Sufi music in their festivals,” she says.

Popular singers like Anup Jalota, Ila Arun and Kavita Seth will also be present at the recital to encourage the young singer.
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