Posts Tagged ‘ Ghazal ’

Ehbaab – Sunil Kumar featuring Dalbir Virdi and Roop Sagar

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Punjab-born Sunil Kumar is a ghazal singer and composer who is also academically qualified in the musical sphere that he indulges in and, having completed his masters in music, he is apparently pursuing a doctorate in ghazals. Of course, this assists on “Ehbaab” where Sunil’s soulful voice and clear diction on the poetry of Roop Sagar, who has got his poems published across several books, combines well with music director Dalbir Virdi’s arrangements using Western instrumentation with Indian, notably santoor. All this while maintaining ghazal traditions that are closely tied both historically and by contemporary sounds that remain appropriate on this light guitar-laden, mid-tempo selection which is melodic, pleasant, and soothing.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

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Main Jise Odhtaa – Alap Desai

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From a family of singing parents Hema and Ashit Desai arrives son Alap who learnt tabla but decided to pursue another musical vocation in vocals. While ghazal traditions are closely tied on “Main Jise Odhtaa”, both historically and in contemporary sounds with the usage of keyboards and guitar [courtesy Soumya Seal], but the sounds from the past are not ignored as the piercing sound of flute from Pandit Ronu Mazumdar livens up this mid-tempo tune to wonderful effect. “Main Jise Odhtaa” is generally an enjoyable song for newcomers and the initiated alike, without being exceptional, as the lyrics from Dushyant Kumar are kept simple on a pleasant ghazal debut from Alap Desai.

 

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Alphaaz [album] – Mustafa Sabuwala

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An entrepreneur who has diversified into becoming a ghazal singer, Mustafa Sabuwala, extends his musical passion on ‘Alphaaz’, his [debut?] album. The compositional style by music composer Shubhankar and his rhythmic instincts are strong points, effectively supporting the comparative simplicity of Mustafa’s lyrics. The musical arrangements across the songs – some of them being “Zindagi In Raaston”, “Javani Toh Javani”, “Kuch Is Tarah”, and “Is Haseeno Mein” – feature different instruments, ranging from flute to santoor among others, and the subtlety in their usage provide an innocence and freshness resulting in the effective musical charm of ‘Alphaaz’ with Mustafa’s uncomplicated vocal techniques and ability providing the rest. The songs, all framed inside a single genre, are beautifully written and played.  A sincere effort that needs to be commended.

 

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI

Kuch Is Tarah – Mustafa Sabuwala

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Indian musicians are no longer taking chances with past consumer consumption patterns of purchasing physical formats and, for the first time ever, irrespective of genre, artistes are launching products predominantly online. While the release of products by indie pop/rock artistes – singing in English and in Hindi – is now a given, the genre that has sprung a surprise of going digital is ghazals. New talent has stolen a march in this initiative over the old school, such as Mustafa Sabuwala who is, in reality, an entrepreneur supporting his furnishing business, as well as in apparels, with musical passion. The arrangements on “Kuch Is Tarah” are melodic, and contain interludes from the featured instruments with Mustafa’s rendition of poetry assisted by clear diction.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI

Yeh Hindustaan Mera – Tauseef Aktar

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Having been tutored in classical singing by the likes of Pandit Govind Prasad ‘Jaipurwale’, Ustad Dilshad Khan Saheb, and the extraordinary Begum Parveen Sultana, among others, Tauseef Aktar’s vocals cannot go wrong, and they do not on “Yeh Hindustaan Mera”, a patriotic song appropriately written by freedom fighter Veer Savarkar during his days in a penitentiary. Much credit to the mellifluous singing also goes to ghazal singer Jagjitji whose talent has been deservedly mimicked by Tauseef in “Yeh Hindustaan Mera”, which liberally utilises the late, great’s vocal rendering nuances. The guitar instrumentation, courtesy Sanjoy Das, and the violin performance by Manas Kumar are subtle, as they should be, on this poignant ballad, providing ideal support to this beautiful ghazal excursion.

 

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

– Review by PARAG KAMANI