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Missile man Kalam turns musical

POST-MISSILE, President APJ Abdul Kalam is on mission music. ?The Wings of Fire? have transformed into the ?Whispers of Jasmine?, a music CD. With lyrics penned by President APJ Abdul Kalam, it is all set to bowl over music lovers.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 01:32 IST
PADMINI Singh
PADMINI Singh
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Hindustantimes
         

POST-MISSILE, President APJ Abdul Kalam is on mission music.

‘The Wings of Fire’ have transformed into the ‘Whispers of Jasmine’, a music CD. With lyrics penned by President APJ Abdul Kalam, it is all set to bowl over music lovers.

It is the musical version of the poem dictated by Kalam during his morning walks in Moghul Garden at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

But when did he turn into a poet? “As is revealed in the album, the verses were ‘born’, when Kalam witnessed the wind blowing down a strand of jasmine creepers on the ground,” says poet and Mumbai-based producer Narayan Agarwal.

It all happened two years ago when Dr Shoma Ghosh, noted singer of the Banaras ‘Gharana’ and ‘manasputri’ of Ustad Bismillah Khan, performed in Parliament.  Moved by the performance, Kalam asked Shoma to lend her voice to his poem. “Awestruck, I initially hesitated. I wasn’t confident of doing justice to his work,” recalled Shoma, who took almost two years to take a decision.

Now, when the songs are ready, Shoma says: “The result is simply exquisite.”

‘Vigyan gyan kavita sugandh, Rashtra shikhar pad sarvochcha prabandha,

Mahamahim APJ Abdul Kalam, Yug ek naam, yug ek naam’ are the opening lines written by Narayan Agarwal.

They are followed by a Hindi version of the poem translated by Vivek Prakash and sung by Shoma. The original English composition follows.

“The poem reveals the flip side of the President’s personality. All those who have known him only as the ‘missile man’, are in for a surprise,” says the Allahabad- born Narayan, who thinks the ‘work’ will establish the President as a poet of renown.

“You have associated him with science and children, but now you will get to know about the sensitive, emotional and mature poet within him,” Narayan adds.
Produced by ‘NA Classical’, a non-profitable music company, the album will release this month.