Way Beyond Just Lines
In the year 2002, referring to Sahir Ludhianvi Sahab’s penned words “Jo taar se nikli hai Woh dhun sab ne suni hai, Jo saaz pe guzri hai woh kis dil ko pata hai.” For some they were mere words, for Sahir Sahab, it was lyrics for a film but for me, they were beyond just lines. Being a musician had a much bigger impact on me and having my version of interpretation of these lines, with a smiling face and dreams in my eyes I launched Swar Aalap. According to me, the way literature narrates or presents the rich culture and history of the past similarly, cinema also records the culture of the society and its people. So, with the changing time, we see a variation in songs, its making and choices because they also try to depict their time.
After India’s independence till the late 1960’s India has witnessed major growth in its Cinema. It is a period in the history of Indian Cinema which is regarded as the Golden Era of Indian Cinema. This is also an era in which a movie’s success or failure was not dependent on its storyline but was dependent on its music. It was observed that the popular the music, the greater the success movie gets. Hence, now I am a little confused as to whom to call the major contributor to Indian Cinema. Is it the Film Directors, Actors, Actresses, Singers, Composers or Lyricists? However, each one of them had their style of contribution and holds their importance and positions.
Music is something that makes us forget our pain and makes us dance in joy and happiness. The Golden Era of Indian Cinema had a similar impact on us as listeners. The Music Directors, Arrangers, Solo Musicians, have created such a lasting impact on us that even today when we listen to those songs or a certain music piece, it sounds so fresh and live like it’s just been composed today.
Taking my passion for music ahead, I intend to advance a step by making Swar Aalap as Swar Aalap Digital which brings the world music, musicians, and musical culture under one roof. Compiling and bringing four generations together is not only a responsibility but an achievement in itself. This is also an effort to bridge the gap between audience and musician by presenting the life and illustrated work.