In his latest album, Punjabi pop singer Shankar Sahney has turned to light classical genre and has recorded it with none other than Asha Bhosle.
The album, Wari Jawan Ishq, has eight tracks, mostly ghazals, sung by Asha and Shankar together and individually. "Asha ji has returned to ghazal singing after a long hiatus. I feel fortunate that she agreed to work with me," says the singer in Chandigarh, on Friday, to launch his album.
He says he is the only musician from Punjab to have collaborated with Asha. "It is a milestone in my career. The album has two duets by us, two solos by Asha ji and four tracks sung by me," he informs.
"I was brought up on classical music," says Shankar sharing that despite being trained in kirana gharana under his father, who was the head of the music department in a college in Hoshiarpur, he turned to popular music with a deep longing to return to classical fold. "This album gave me an opportunity to trace my roots," he says.
But will ghazal, as a genre, work today? "I don't do everything for commercial interest," says Shankar who opines that we often underestimate listeners.
"Ghazal singing can never lose its relevance. Jagjit Sahib is not with us but his voice will remain with us forever. Good lyrics and quality music get appreciated," says the singer who has recently turned to music direction for Bollywood too.
After composing music for film Dharna Unlimited, he has a few projects in hand, including Bloody D, Poison and Maa. He says he is also the music director of Asha Bhosle's upcoming album Return of Melody.