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Rewind! V.S. Sahney intends to raise youngsters’ interest in Punjab’s rich cultural heritage
Rewind! V.S. Sahney intends to raise youngsters’ interest in Punjab’s rich cultural heritage

This Sufi album does not only promote the rich heritage of Punjab but also serves the cause of the girl child, notes SHAILAJA TRIPATHI

Sufi albums have become the norm these days. Yet another one hits the marquee. But Vikramjit Singh Sahney insists his debut album “Tere Ishq Nachaya” (Universal) as a singer stands out in the crowd for reasons more than just one. The album which released last month has its title track “Tere Ishq Nachaya” featuring Jimmy Shergill and Sushma Reddy currently doing the rounds on various music channels. According to Singh, it has also bagged good positions in music charts.

“Since the whole idea is to take Punjab’s cultural heritage to the youngsters, its flavour has been contemporarised. Egyptian instruments, violin choir have been used alongside Indian classical and folk instruments like dhol, sarangi, sitar, flute, tabla etc,” says Sahney. For instance, giving a twist to Baba Bulleh Shah’s famous composition “Kamli yaar di kamli” ,the London-based musician Zeus has incorporated rap in it. But the songs, Sahney says, retain their original tunes, the ones, that he grew up listening to. “A heer has been sung like a heer. Shah Hussain’s kafi “Maye ni mein kinu akhan” has been rendered in Bhim raga, the way, it is usually sung. “Yaar di kamli” and “Kyon door door rende ho” have been simply made danceable by including more beats in it,” says Sahney who has been accompanied by Ruby Reshma from the family of the legendary Pakistani singer Reshma in a few songs.

The eclectic love songs penned by great Sufis portray the myriad moods of the lovers. If “Kamli yaar di kamli” is about a lover dancing in frenzy, lost in love for her beloved, then “Mainu Tera Shabab Lai Baitha” is a tale of mourning lover. “Written by Shiv Kumar Batalvi, whose poetry was known for pathos, writes how a lover is drinking in the memory of his partner,” explains Sahney.

Besides serving the cause of music, Sahney also seeks to raise funds for the girl child through the sales of the album. A Padma Shri awardee, Sahney heads the international president of World Punjabi Organisation and is also the chairman of Sun foundation, a charitable institution.

When Sahney, turned artiste with this album, he couldn’t help bring in the girl child angle. “Female foeticide is still rampant in parts of our country. In Punjab, for every 1000 men, there are 773 women. Though we are also working towards the cause directly in the form of a documentary, I didn’t want to take a single penny out of this project,” says Sahney.

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