Memorable Notes

Shekhar Ravjiani hopes to keep the art of appreciating ghazals alive through his tribute to maestro Jagjit Singh

8/1/2016 3:59:55 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

Come September and the multi-talented composer and singer, Shekhar Ravjiani pays tribute to his mentor, ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh in unique show titled Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi.

Singapore will be the venue for its debut where many iconic Jagjit Singh ghazals will be performed such as Hothon se Cholo Tum, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi…, Tumko Dekha, Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar, Tum Itna Jo, Yeh Daulat Bhi Le Lo among others.

In exclusive interview, Shekhar Ravjiani, the one half of Vishal-Shekhar duo, spoke about this unique show and the influence Jagjit Singh had on his musical journey.

Q: Tell us a little bit about Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. How did the idea come about?

Shekhar Ravjiani: As a student, a friend and an ardent admirer of Jagjit Singhji,
I’ve always wanted to do something that would express my love and respect for him and his music.
And my intentions came to life when the concept of Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi was born.
I can think of no better way for me to pay tribute to a person who has played such a pivotal role in my musical journey.

Q: What influence did ghazal maestro, Jagjit Singh have on you and your music? Have you ever worked directly with him?

Shekhar Ravjiani: Jagjit Singh has been my mentor and friend from the beginning of my musical journey. I have had the honour of his love and support and advice throughout my musical education.
He is one of the pillars that hold up the very foundation of my musical career and I will always remain indebted to have had his presence in my life.

Q: What are some of the finer points that you as a singer have to keep in mind while singing ghazals as this is quite different from other genres?

Shekhar Ravjiani: The genre of ghazals is one that requires immense vocal control on the part of the singer. Clarity of voice and diction is of paramount importance.
When you sing a ghazal, you are taking the listener on a poetic journey... a journey where the lyrics, voice and music must all come together seamlessly, to transport the listener to a purer, more peaceful space.
As a singer one has to feel every note, every word and put a lot of heart into the rendition in order to truly touch the listener’s soul.

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