Popular ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas, who is known for numbers like Chitthi Aayi Hai and Aur Aahista Kijiye Baatein, is all set to launch his second bhajan (devotional song) album. Known as Hey Krishna, the record comprises seven spiritual songs, composed in a unique style.
“Devotional music has never been commercial for me. I have waited for three decades to be convinced enough to take up the genre. Though I am primarily a ghazal singer, it was the 26/11 Mumbai attacks that inspired me to record my first devotional album, Hanuman Chalisa,” says Udhas.
A young music arranger from the UK and Udhas’s nephew, Karthik, has composed the music for the album with a lot of western influence. Talking about the compilation, Udhas says, “It comprises a few traditional pieces on Meera as well. And most of the tracks have been penned by contemporary poets,” says Udhas.
Despite having a western feel, Udhas has ensured that the album is Indian in its essence. “We have used the flute, an instrument integral to Lord Krishna, and the swarlin — an instrument that’s a mix of sarangi and violin,” he says. The singer is also working on a ghazal record. “I will launch it later this month. I also plan to come up with singles every two months to connect with the youth,” says Udhas.