After years of having gone completely electronic, an album that uses the old school style of recording ‘live’ with musicians, is releasing soon. Bringing back the sound of the golden era are legendary singers Asha Bhosle and Grammy Award-nominated sitar player Shujaat Khan.
After giving us a demo of what is to come during a session in the studio, Bhosle reveals that it was the “mechanical” nature of recording songs that prompted her to give the nod to this collaboration with Khan.
Says Bhosle, “Today, songs are sung without feelings. Singers have turned into machines. Even for sad songs, we sing a line or two, then sit down, have a cup of tea, before going back to sing the next line. How does one emote in such situations? That’s why we decided to bring back the magic of ‘live’ recordings, so the mood of the song is maintained.”
Khan agrees that people have forgotten the sounds of Indian musical instruments like
sitar, sarangi, dholak
“I’m not against electronic music but I think no matter how many burgers and pizzas we eat, at the end of the day, there’s nothing better that
(rice and lentils). What we are creating will bring back the sacredness of music.”
Music label Saregama has brought the two maestroes together on the behest of Bhosle who has worked with Khan’s father, revered
player, Ustad Vilayat Khan. The duo is recreating some of Ustadji’s songs on the album. The other compositions are Khan’s originals. There is also an additional song by Khan’s son Azaan.
The two plan to tour the album across the world later this year. Says Khan, “During a concert, when Ashaji will go on stage and sing one of my father’s
, supported only by four-five musicians, the audience will be awestruck.”
Bhosle admits that she had never thought that she would sing songs of Ustad Vilayat Khan’s
. “I’m just a playback singer and I’m old now,” she smiles. “But there’s no music like old music.”