Kailash Kher continues to make news. The talented singer-composer is now judging “IPL Rockstars” with Sukhwinder Singh on Colors. Here the participants, drawn from popular reality shows, sing in a stadium where an IPL match is played. Kailash says the real challenge is holding your own in front of a boisterous crowd. He says the channel has chosen the right judges as both Sukhwinder and he can teach a thing or two about singing in front of a live audience. “The good thing is there is no SMS voting. The decision of the judges will be final.”
Excerpts from an interview:
What has been your experience of singing in live concerts in front of a huge crowd?
It is the real test of a singer. It requires a lot of energy and confidence. Technology and modern equipment help only in reducing the stress on the vocal chords or balancing the echo. In seventh standard, I once choked in front of a gathering. I was not prepared. After that I decided that if I have to be a singer I have to be ready 24 hours a day. I have sung in front of all kind of audiences – a three lakh strong crowd, people who don't understand a word of Hindi and corporate honchos who refuse to show their joy.
What is your opinion on the copyright issue?
I see it is as a never ending debate between people whose stomachs are full. Vidhu Vinod Chopra has said that Sonu Nigam's non-film albums have not been successful. But how will he explain my case. All my non-film albums have been successful. In fact people recognise me because of my non-film songs. Recently in a washroom, I overheard one person telling another that the man, who is standing next to you, has sung that famous song “Teri Deewani”! People have claimed that songs become hit because of actors. I humbly ask when “Allah Ke Bande” is played; do you imagine Arshad Warsi or Kailash Kher? At the end of the day filmmaking is a team work where everybody has a role to play. As it is a creative field there can't be a scientific formula to determine who played the bigger role.
What about the relationship between the composer and the singer?
Composer is the creator. He is one who envisions the song. But then he is like gur (jaggery) and the singer is like cheeni (sugar). He is the person who helps assimilate the composition in public conscience. Being a composer as well, I know one can't sing all the compositions. So here again no one can claim superiority.
Sufi music is getting repetitive in our films?
Real Sufi cannot get repetitive. It is a timeless thought. I don't see anybody using Bulle Shah or Amir Khusrau's thoughtful verse. When Hazrat Nizamuddin died, Khusrau wrote “Gori soi sej pe”. We don't see anything of this sort being written these days. What is actually getting repetitive is the usage of words like Maula Maula, which some ignorant people claim as Sufi.
I have been blessed with a son. We have named him Kabir. I want to convey my joy through an album. It will have songs devoted to emotions, like utsav.