Singer Shantanu Mukherjee aka Shaan has delivered numerous hit songs in various languages. Now, when artistes are moving away from music albums and cutting non-film singles, Shaan has decided to defy the trend and do a Nazrul Geeti album in Bengali.
“I am excited about this album. It is a tribute to the works of eminent Bengali poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. Being a Bengali, I always keep doing something or the other for my Bengali audiences,” says the singer-composer.
This solo album, Khuji Tare, which will release at the end of this month, is an amalgamation of all facets of Nazrul’s works. Speaking about why he chose to do the album, the Tanha Dil singer says, “I think that albums are still in demand when it comes to traditional Bengali songs like Nazrul Geeti and Rabindrasangeet. Mature audiences, who have a good taste in music, still like listening to albums rather than enjoying songs visually on YouTube.”
Interestingly, according to the singer it is the YouTube format that has paved way for the popularity of non-film singles. “I have done a single Tum Ho Toh with Amaal Mallik, which had become a chartbuster after its release. The video, starring Taapsee Pannu and Saqib Saleem, went viral. Amaal is a perfectionist and it was great working with him for the first time,” says the music director, who has delivered hits like Musu Musu Hasi and Dus Bahane.
Watch Shaan’s Tanha Dil here:
Talking about the challenges he faced while doing the Nazrul Geeti album, he says, “Some of the compositions were a bit difficult with lot of Murki’s (Carnatic Music) in it, but I managed to sing them. A composition can only be challenging to a singer when he has a bad throat or is not in the right frame of mind or the song is not inspiring him. As a singer I know my own limitations and I don’t push myself beyond it. When you hear the songs from this album, you will know that I have sung them in my own way and with my heart.”
Shaan accepts that he has got typecast for singing simple and melodious songs. “I don’t mind because I enjoy listening to such songs. These songs are straight from the heart and not like songs which have a lot of harkats and sargams in them. I don’t like listening to such difficult compositions. But I understand some compositions needs that kind of singing. And given a chance even I would like to sing those numbers at times.”