Fulfilling Dreams on the Way – Singer Shekhar Ravjianiby Opinion Express December 8, 2018 0 comments
Singer Shekhar Ravjiani talks to Chahak Mittal about his deep love for traditional music forms and how to keep the forms relevant for the youth.
Musicians are immortal. They may leave behind the world for a new life, but their voices remain alive. One such voice was of the legendary singer Jagjit Singh, who not only gave a new face to music but also made ghazals more accessible to masses by using simple poetic language and more modern instruments.
As the Salaam Baalak Trust commemorates its 30 anniversary paying tribute to the legend, singer Shekhar Ravjiani gears up for yet another performance, after sold out concerts in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Dubai and the Jaipur Literature Festival, in the capital this time as ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi…’
He feels that the performances across six venues around the world has been “an absolutely beautiful journey as we have received a really appreciative audience.” For the singer, who also currently judges the reality TV show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, it is a “great honour to commemorate this special milestone for the Salaam Baalak” through his tribute to Jagjit Singh.
He says that there could be no other cause as noble as doing something for such an NGO as this will encourage the children to move ahead in the field as their journey is inspired by us. “Children will dream as big as we encourage them to. The Trust has consistently given the children all the exposure and guidance that they need to find their wings. I hope with all my heart, that seeing shows like mine will encourage more children to develop an interest in music and help unearth hidden talent that has been undiscovered so far.”
As the youth shifts more towards peppy item numbers, rock and rap music, has the prevalence and charm around classical music lessened over the years? Shekhar believes that music remains eternal irrespective of its genre, especially classical music, which “is the backbone of any good composition.”
He believes that it’s us who need to keep alive the tradition among children in terms of music. He says, “There will always be different genres that get invented overnight and disappear equally soon. However, what will always remain, like a solid foundation, immovable and immortal, is classical music. It’s up to us to keep the love for traditional forms alive by making them relevant for the youth. We underestimate how appreciative people are even today when they hear a beautifully sung and composed piece of classical music. Maybe we are the ones who have strayed and need to come back to our roots.”
With a number of compositions like Hanuman Chalisa, Gehra Ishq, Radha, I Hate Luv Storys, and winning numerous accolades for the same, the singer feels that even though he has come a long way since he first started in the industry, which was two decades ago, he still has a long way to go.
He says that the journey of a singer is ever-evolving and “I still have a long way to go. In the past decade, I have felt so much love and encouragement from my listeners who urge me to sing more often. It’s heartwarming to know that so many people enjoy my songs,” he says.
The actor, who recently made an acting debut with 2016 film Neerja, hopes to put out many more songs through both films and his independent albums. “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi has pushed me as a singer in ways that I never imagined. It has personally been a journey of growth for me as a singer and I have had to practice and hone my voice immensely to prepare for every show. Every challenge is taking me forward as a singer and I enjoy every minute of it,” says he.
With the advent of social media, the competition has increased immensely as there is an accessible and available platform for everyone to showcase their talents now. However, was it easier before to get noticed in the music industry?
Shekhar says that since change is the only constant, even music industry has been impacted in its own way. He says, “Social media has helped a lot of people find their voice and showcase their talent. However, it also means that competition is abundant and one has to be really superlative to stand out. I wouldn’t say it was easier before. It was probably far more difficult to get noticed as opportunities had to be pursued and hunted down. Whether it’s today or yesterday, one thing never changes — the formula for success, which is talent and hard work and a bit of luck. That’s the route. There’s no shortcut really.”
As the singer has worked for both individual albums as well as film tracks, he explains how he observed their creative processes.
He feels that his independent singles have always been a result of a process that is guided more by “creative instincts” than a brief. This could be one of the major differences between composing for a film and an album. “While music composed for a film is dictated by a commercial requirement and driven by a storyline, an independent single could be like driving without really caring about the destination. Going where your heart takes you and discovering a special tune that no one has heard before,” says he.
(The performance, also featuring instrumentalist Deepak Pandit, will be staged at the Siri Fort Auditorium, Asiad Village, near Green Park Metro Station on December 13 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm.)
Writer: Chahak Mittal
Source: The pioneer