Saason Ki Maala – Shaarib-Toshi

Saason Ki Maala

Ever since legendary Qawwali exponent Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan past away in 1997, singers have attempted to relive his musical past but, in attempting to do, they have always carried an inherent risk of exposing their limitations. This time around, Bollywood duo Shaarib-Toshi have attempted to perform “Saason Ki Maala”, a song that speaks of how true love is eternal as their ode to the late, great Nusratji, who I had the privilege of seeing perform live in Mumbai during the ’90s. In providing a contemporary feel to the sound, the music directors have virtually ignored the live instrumentation that existed in the original composition by Nusratji, relying on synthetic sounds through the programming of Riddhiman Chaterjee. However, the flute passage from Naveen Kumar is a redeeming feature on the marvelous composition which is, as always, shining and soothing.

 

– Reviewed by Parag Kamani

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