Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Dega Music Ki Nayi Awaaz
Daler Mehndi promises he's judging a “real” reality show from this Friday on Zee TV.
He started off as a ghazal singer but found acceptance as a Pop singer and is now better known for his Sufi music. Next, the versatile Daler Mehndi will be seen as a judge on Zee TV's “Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar”, starting this Friday. Mehndi, who can play the tabla, the dhol and the harmonium with equal ease, has strong views on reality music shows and feels often judges give their judgement to please the producers and the channel. Excerpts from a chat:
What brings you to television again?
I agreed to do this show because it's a real good show. Unlike musical shows on other channels it is real and has created television history for the past 15 years. For aspiring singers this is the most credible platform to get a good break in the music industry.
Often the judges on reality shows make populist ic decisions and at times the results are decided by viewers' SMSes rather than judges. How different will this the show be with you as a judge?
Yes, I agree in many programmes on various channels, there have been instances of judges making a popular rather than accurate and honest judgement. But I am far too experienced and know enough music and songs to be guided by other factors. I am from the Patiala gharana and people like Raahat Ali Khan, Ustad Nazakat Ali, Pandit Onkar Nath ji and Pandit Prem Nath ji are my gurus and I have spent my childhood under their watchful eyes. If anybody sings 500 words and there are 300 mistakes, I can point out all those 300 mistakes and my fellow judges are well aware of this.
It is noticed that Many winners of reality shows are left to fend for themselves after the show is over…What you have to say?
This is a cruel industry and people here are often petty. Many people are here just to mint money. Not many producers or directors introduce new singers unless they are sure of making a good profit.
You started off as a ghazal singer but now you only sing sufiana kalam. How did this transformation happen come about?
Yes, I started my career singing ghazals of Parwez Mehndi who was a student of Mehdi Hassan, and I also got my name Mehndi from there. My elder brother gave me this name and I became Daler Mehndi. But I wanted to be No.1, so I thought of switching over to Pop and became No.1. If I had stuck to ghazals I would have been at No.10 or 12. Later I thought of using the taaleem I got from my ustads in a better way, so I started singing sufiana kalam. However, my fans would be surprised to know that my next album to be released in September this month has little to do with Sufi music, it is a pop album containing 15 songs in different languages such as Multani, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.
Sufi music is popular today, but do fans really understand what is Sufi music is all about?
Yes, Sufi music is gaining popularity but the fans do not know about Sufi music; they just enjoy a different form of music. Songs like “Dama Dama Mast Kalander” and “Kitna Sona Tenu Rab Ne Banaya” which people think is sufiana is actually not, it is dhamal gayaki. Sufi is only about one God, not ashiquana. Baba Sheikh Fareed was the first Sufi, and greats like Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and Data Saheb in Pakistan are his students. Works of Amir Khusrau, Baba Bulle Shah, Sultan Baahu and Waaris Shah are all Sufi. They got their Sanskirt taaleem and learnt the Bhagvad Gita, took all the good things from all the sacred books. Songs like “Bulla ki Jaana” and “Beshak Mandir Masjid Todo” are some examples of sufiana kalam.
Source By : The Hindu