The Indian music industry, has been busy being hit with new songs,singers and new genres of music and all this cool new tunes and sounds are being introduced, at lightening-fast-pace. So much so that, amidst the fusion of western beats,instruments and even lyrics being fused with Indian music, the beautiful old classical Indian ghazals and songs,have now become reminiscent.
They say old is gold, and Saregama India Ltd.’s new music album release ‘Timeless Classics Srinivas’ proved just that. The songs on the album are sung as the title suggests, by the well known singer from the south – Srinivas, who is a two time award winner of the best singer by the state of ‘Tamil Nadu’ and also in Kerala. He has sung more than thousand songs in films and his voice has adorned well known Hindi films like – Lagaan, Sapnay, Dil Chahta Hai, and many more, the latest being – Rajnikanth’s Robot.
The world-wide well-known and famously brilliant, music composer and singer – A.R.Rahman, who Srinivas quoted as his mentor, launched the album. Rahman is said to have overlooked the making of the album.
For Timeless Classics, Srinivas in his own unique way sings a range of wonderful songs from yesteryear. Including Indian classical ghazals, such as – “Bhooli Bisri Chaand”, “Patta Patta Butta Butta”, “Rafta Rafta”, “Aab Ke Hum Bichde” and many more. The album is the singers very own, loving tribute to the famous Pakistani ghazal singer ‘Mehdi Hassan’, Srinivas said, “This album has been a labor of love for me. It echoes my love for ghazals, and the one and only Mehdi Hassan saheb. He taught me, from afar, that music can touch the deepest recesses of one’s soul and liberate him from his humdrum existence. I am forever indebted to such great masters. The uniqueness of this album is that the arrangements are contemporary and not the traditional harmonium and tabla..So the ghazal finds itself a new garb. Of course care has been taken to retain the essence and the spirit of the ghazal. I must thank my friend Hentry Kuruvila for helping me find the way and for making the musical arrangements of this album truly spectacular. Hentry’s dedication to his music is what makes this album special. And thanks to all the amazing musicians who have played in this album. Their creative inputs have enhanced the musical value of this album. My sincere gratitude to Sivakumar of AM Studio for mixing and mastering the album. I must also thank my friends, at Saregama India Ltd, who have made the release of this album possible, the right, legal way. And, last and definitely not the least, I can’t thank AR Rahman, my mentor, enough, for his valuable inputs and guidance in shaping the album.”
Mr. Adarsh Gupta , Head of Music Saregama India Ltd comments on the album saying, “Saregama has had a long standing presence in the Ghazal genre with renditions from the biggest names of the past. We believe this genre is in urgent need of revival and hence we constantly look for new offerings in this space. The prospect of Srinivas rendering some of the most popular ghazals from the past presented an interesting dimension for us to back.”