Bangalore's audience is very receptive: Rekha Bhardwaj

Singer Rekha Bhardwaj - Who is known for popular Bollywood songs as Kabira Ghagra and Mileya Mileya - actuará en un concierto de ghazal and sufí kalam en Bangalore pronto. Ella se entrega a una conversación con Bangalore Times before his performance in the city. Excerpts

You have performed in the city before. What makes you come back?

The Bangalore public is extremely receptive. People of different ages attend my concerts here. I am often asked to sing numbers of popular movies, but in one of my recent performances in the city, someone asked me to sing Teri Razaa from Ishqa Ishqa, my first album. I hadn't sung the song in a long time, but the performance went well. It was, in fact, a lovely experience.

What do you bring to Bangalore this time? Esta vez, el concierto contará con ghazals, kalams sufíes and algunas composiciones originales. También planeo cantar algunas de mis canciones conmovedoras de filmi. En el escenario, la banda estará compuesta por guitarras, tablas, sarangi and saxofón, entre otros.

Do you think the younger generation wants to know more about the Sufis? music ?

I have seen youngsters enjoying Sufi music , so it is not that they do not like the genre. What we need, perhaps, are more workshops, where people can learn to understand and appreciate the different genres of music .

You had recently expressed your discontent over a reality TV music show...

An episode in a reality TV music show was recently brought to my attention, in which a young contestant sang the wrong lyrics of a famous ghazal, and the judges went on to praise his rendition. This shows that they did not spot the mistake. A word in the lyrics which means medicine was replaced by a term that translate to disease. If one does not understand the song’s meaning, how will they learn to appreciate it? The fact that the boy’s mistake was not corrected shows that there is a need to pay attention to detail.

Has colaborado en muchas canciones con tu esposo, el cineasta and compositor Vishal Bhardwaj. ¿En qué se diferencia la experiencia de cuando trabajas con otros compositores?

With other composers, I am given a composed track that I need to learn and prepare for and then perform. When it comes to Vishal, I am with him through the composition process. So, there is an added advantage of becoming familiar with the song from its inception. Having said that, I have sung for different composers across genres. Be it Pritam’s Ghagra, AR Rahman’s Ranjha Ranjha, Sachin-Jigar’s Mileya Mileya or Himesh Reshammiya’s Piya Jaise Ladoo, every song I have sung is special to me.

Is there any song from other singers that you wish you had received?

Sí, dos pistas en particular: la canción principal de Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, cantada por Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam and Chupke Se de Saathiya, que fue compuesta por AR Rahman.

Your favorite singer now?

Arijit Singh, seguro. Mis canciones favoritas son Khul Kabhi de Haider and Alvida de Rangoon.

Good memories of Bangalore

Apart from the pleasant weather, I love the food here. I am a big fan of the dosas set. During my visit to the city in the early 1980s, I was surprised by Gandhi Nagar, who had more than 20 cinemas in a row. I also appreciated how reliable automatic controllers were. Years later, despite the transformation of the city, much vegetation is still preserved. In addition, every time I visit, I buy hand loom saris at a specific boutique.

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