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Music Singer Akhil Raj Banga talks about his interest in ghazals and his debut album “Angrezi Desi”

If you are a resourceful newbie and want to launch your very first music album you don’t need to struggle. All you need to do is, find the right composer, record a few tracks and support it with videos suitable to your songs. The final step is to ensure that it is marketed well. For emerging singer Akhil Raj Banga, his keen interest in music made him release an album called ‘Angrezi Desi’’ in very much the same way.

“I made the music videos and audio tracks, rest everything was taken care of by the T-series music company, which has launched my album,” says the singer, who funded the project. Born in Karnal and brought up in Chandigarh, his songs have received a good feedback through social media platform as well.

An ardent fan of ghazal veterans like Pankaj Udhas and late Jagjit Singh, Akhil’s decision to venture into the remix genre of bhangra and pop music seems quite interesting. “I’ve been singing since my childhood but professionally I thought of venturing into it only a year back because it is the right time and genre.” The newcomer says that even though he is primarily a ghazal singer there aren’t any newcomers practising it and hence his decision to do something different. However, the singer does plan to venture into his favourite genre sometime down the line.

On the recent trend of Punjabi numbers topping the charts nowadays, especially since the genre is now popularised by Bollywood, Akhil, 30, says, “I see myself singing in the industry very soon.”

At a time when the music bazaar is already full of known Punjabi singers releasing a Punjabi album sound risky. But Akhil feels that only the title track is in Punjabi. The others are in Hindi. He claims his album has music for all. On one hand he has foot-tapping remix club tracks like “Angrezi Desi” while on the other he has experimented with romantic and sad numbers.

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