A spiritual treat
Kabir by Jagjit Singh
late, Jagjit Singh has been concentrating more and more on
spiritual singing. The results are elevating, to say the least.
When he sang in praise of Krishna, many had opined that this was
about the best of his career. Well, he has excelled himself yet
again while rendering Kabir.
philosophy is simple and exalted at the same time. True to this
tradition, Jagjit too has performed in an extremely simple way.
Music has also been composed and arranged by Jagjit. The album
opens with Paani mein Meen pyaasi re`85. As the nectar
flows from the pen of one of the greatest personalities of the
Bhakti Movement, Jagjit only has to speak it out in a no-frills
Other gems like
Rehna nahin des birana hai `85, Hari bun kaun sahay `85
and Apne karam ki `85 unfold the entire philosophy of
Kabir before us.
These and other
compositions form a wonderful amalgam of Hindu and Muslim
philosophy. Kabir tells you to bring into union the personal
soul (jivatma) with God (Parmatma). All bhajans
are soaked in pristine devotion.
are dohas like Dukh mein sumiran sab kare sukh mein kare na
koye. Jo sukh mein sumiran kare to dukh kahe ko hoye `85; Aisi
vaani boliye, man ka aapa khoye.Apna tan sheetal kare, auran ko
sukh hoye`85; and Bada hua to kya hua, jaise ped khajoor.
Panthi ko chhaya nahin, phal lage ati dur", which
figure at the very end.
Anwar (Sa Re Ga
to some of the songs of this film, you are bound to feel that
these have been rendered by some close relative of the late
Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. But make no mistake. The singer is
actually Pankaj Awasthi, who does not happen to be even remotely
connected with the Pakistani maestro.
The range of
his voice and his training manage to create rare magic. To cap
it all, he has also composed all the songs that he has
Music for the
rest of them has been rendered by Mithoon and Ghungroo (just one
The album opens
with Maula mere maula`85, sung with tremendous feeling by
Roop Kumar Rathod. After that it is Pankaj Awasthi all the way.
What haunting ambience he generates while rendering Dilbar
mera`85, Jo maine aas lagayee `85, Into the Black`85 and Mela
– Shadow of Sunlight`85!
If Megha Sriram
attracts attention through her Bangla khula khula`85 amidst
such domination, it is only because her singing is a true
replica of the kind done by nautch girls in days of yore. The
lyrics are explicit, which she renders with gay abandon. The
lyrics of Dharam Sarthi seem destined to be a big hit. No wonder
the song also has a remix version.
Zindagi `85, the only duet that the album has, Kshitij and
Shilpa Rao give a good account of themselves.
The music scene
is surely undergoing a sea change. Otherwise, who would have
dared a few years ago to weave an entire album along