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Rajeshwari's new 'Ummang'

Rajeshwari is back with a new album 'Ummang' comprising a fusion of different folk songs of India.

music Updated: Feb 11, 2004 12:06 IST

Acting and singing professionally seldom go hand in hand. And very few people seem to be blessed withthe two attributes. Among them is theversatile actress, the National Award winner, Rajeshwari Sachdev. Sheseems to be enjoying the best of both the worlds by maintaining abalance on the small screen and doing one or two good films a year, and cutting an occasional album of course. Sheis back with a new album Ummang - a title, which gels completely with her persona and her exuberance for life.

The album, which is a happy mix of ten tracks is set to the folklore of India and traces the song and dance rituals from across the country. It has the soulful mix of Punjabi folk, DachiValeya (a reminder of the famous film song Kahe Koyal Shor Machaye Re with that of the Gujarati folk Mehndi TeVavi, which finds common ground with the peppy Lathe DiChaadar.

Rajeshwari's father Inderjet Singh Sachdev has directed the title track Lathe DiChadar into an entertaining video. Set to lyrics by Roop Johari, the music is composed by Jayanta Pathak. The video depicts the festivities and celebration of life.

The album does not restrict itself to select folklore of India as the brilliant PallaSipayiya from Himachal and Jab Aave RangiliPhag or Phagun Ko Mahino from Madhya Pradesh takes one to the lush greenery of the hills and the mainland of heritage respectively. With Holi round the corner the latter two tracks are sure to find a captive audience not to mention their timely release.

With no classical training in the nuances of the art, Rajeshwari's album comes across as a breath of fresh air in the jungle that is writ with remixes and Indipop. How does she manage to give the earthy touch to the songs without any training?

"Though I've learnt classical dance, I haven't trained in classical music. I guess I have grown up in an environment where music played a defining role in my life. My parents and my brother all have an ear for good music and my entire family is very clued in to the classical, folk and other forms of music. They have certainly influenced me and helped me develop my interest. As for the nuances, all I can say is that god is kind on me to give me a voice though I'm careful when I sing as I do acknowledge that a training in classical is a must" says she.

Recognised immensely for her acting skills - having acted under stalwarts like Shyam Benegal, for films like Sardari Begum, Hari Bhari, besides foraying into television with Margarita and Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Rajeshwari has the knack to deliver a stellar performance - be it singing or acting.

It is no wonder that at a young age she has already bagged a National Award in the best supporting actress category apart from other awards like screen award. She is also an active theatre buff and has done been part of many productions under her father Inderjet Singh Sachdev at I.P.T.A and Surnai.

Keeping her multifaceted personality in store, it was a fitting tribute to the young singer as Padmashri Hariharan unveiled her new album amongst thunderous applause by a cheerful audience whom she kept enthralled with her powerful renditions. Said he, "Though I haven't listened to her album, I know that she is a bundle of talented and has a long way to go. I would definitely like her to sing a song from her new album".

Her mellifluous voice and command over singing had always had an impact - be it her previous album Hulle Hullare or the more recent Mukhda Piya Ka' And now with Ummang, she is set to enthral all with her happy song and dance numbers.

First Published: Feb 10, 2004 16:34 IST