Notes from a singer’s diary

In a sunflower-yellow turban and carrot-coloured kurta with golden buttons, Punjabi singer Satinder Sartaaj enlivened the mundane ambience of Chandigarh Press Club on Wednesday, where he launched his fourth music album, Afsaane Sartaaj De.


The album, released by the singer’s mother, Satnam Kaur, includes 10 tracks and has music by Jatinder Shah.

Talking about his latest offering, which comes after two years of the release of his last, Sartaaj says, “This album is close to my heart because it has songs penned by me which have been inspired by some of the most emotional and interesting incidents of my life, and that explains the title of the album ‘Afsaane Sartaaj De’. I have picked my favourite songs for this album. I know these songs will live long after I am gone and will be relevant even in the times to come.”

The singer, who was embroiled in a plagiarism controversy in 2010, does not want to comment on the matter now resolved.

On the subject of his latest songs, Sartaaj avers, “My songs have always been dominated by the Marxist or the Communist ideology, but in this album I have experimented with love in its purest form. The title song, Soohe Khat, is dedicated to the pre-Independence Punjab and talks about the love of a couple living in the land of Bulle Shah. Another song, Kudiyo Roya Na Karo, encourages women to live life to the fullest.”

“Every song addresses an issue, if Putt Saade expresses sentiments of a mother who worries about her son who has gone abroad seeking greener pastures, then Drakhat talks about the importance of trees,” says Sartaaj, adding, “Jang Jaan Waley, is an ode to martyrs of Punjab, while Khilara is an attempt to remind man about his duties.”

A part of the proceeds of the album will be donated to You We Can, an NGO founded by cricketer Yuvraj Singh, for the welfare of cancer patients.

The album has been released under Sartaaj’s own production, Firdaus Productions, and is marketed by Eros International, which is venturing into music production with this album.

 

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