Khamoshi Ki Awaaz – Pankaj Udhas

Pankaj Udhas

 

Early last year, ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas, who originally hails from Gujarat, had released ‘Dastkhat’, an album containing the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. However, on his just released, latest collection ‘Khamoshi Ki Awaaz’, while the common thread remains good poetry, the marked difference is that, instead of focusing on a single writer, this time around he chooses a cross-section of both traditional and modern names.

The highlights of this seven-track effort are Mirza Ghalib’s ‘Koi Umeed’ and Ahmed Faraz’s ‘Kuch Na Kisi Se Bolenge’, which have been sung soulfully as is Pankaj’s norm, effectively supported by the usage of instruments such as the bansuri and violin. Poet Parveen Shakir is represented by two songs – ‘Tere Khushboo’ and ‘Sunder Komal’.

Intriguingly, the opening song, ‘Saaki’, written by Jigar Moradabadi, has an alcohol-based theme and, keeping in mind Pankaj’s universal audience, it is definitely a subject that could have been avoided on an otherwise outstanding album. Nevertheless, barring that blemish if I can call it as such, ‘Khamoshi Ki Awaaz’ deservedly calls for repeated listens.

Listen and Download the songs here: http://www.artistaloud.com/pankajudhas

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

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