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‘She is my greatest inspiration’

Singer-composer, Chin2 Bhosle talks about his upcoming album with his grandmother Asha Bhosle.

music Updated: May 07, 2011 13:14 IST
Nirmika Singh

Chin2 Bhosle, Asha Bhosle’s grandson and member of A Band of Boys couldn’t be happier. The singer-music composer has recently finished recording his second album, Coming Home, in which he collaborates with his legendary grandmother.

“The album has seven tracks and aai (Asha) has sung three of them. In fact, in one instrumental song, she has beautifully rendered aalaps, which flow effortlessly like a flute.”

However, working with his kin wasn’t a cakewalk for the young musician feels, “She is unbelievably professional while recording. When she entered the studio, she told me that you are my musical director now and you need to guide me.”

His sophomore album is a multi-lingual project, with songs in six languages that include English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada and Bengali. “Besides featuring different languages, the album has a very international sound and I’m sure it’ll appeal to foreign audiences too, apart from listeners in India,” says Chin2, adding that he grew up listening to Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. “My influences really reflect in the music I create.”

The title track Coming home… features Chin2 and Asha crooning in Hindi, Marathi and Bengali, to the backdrop sound of the sarangi and pakhawaj.

Till the album releases, Chin2 is busy conducting music workshops for children. “The idea is to expose children to a host of musical instruments. I just let kids do whatever they feel like — whether it is beating the drums, strumming the guitar or playing the tambourine. Once they let go of their inhibition, I teach them music theory, which too is all done is a fun manner,” he explains.