PEHLI MULAQAT - MODERN ARRANGEMENT OF KISHORE KUMAR CLASSICS
In an interview with dynamic singer Sital Banerjee, Rajendra Ganotra talks to him about his life as a singer and his debut album “ Pehli Mulaqat” and much more.
Q) How would you define music?
A) Music is my life and life is music. Just like the way a human being cannot live without breathing, similarily music signifies everything in my life. Hence I have been naturally inclined to music.
Q) Tell me something about you ?
A) I hail from a family of music lovers and practitioners, thereby I was initiated at the tender age in my hometown at Kolkatta.
Q) How are you different from other Singers?
A) I liked to sing all types of songs particularily romantic and gazals. As a singer it is necessary to be versatile and explore one’s capabilities in all genres of music and try to established as a distanct musician, pertaining to a particular kind of music.
Q) Who inspired you?
A) Nature is my inspiration for music. As the day begins one can hear the chirpy of the birds and sweet music of the nightingale which is rare find in metropolitan cities like Mumbai.
Q) Any artist you’ d like to collaborate with in the future?
A) I like to work with great music directors like A. R Rehman, Shravanji, and many other great artist.
Q) What is your aim in your life?
A) To become a great singer and good human being.
Q) Your mantra for survival in this competitive industry?
A) My mantra is to sing melodious songs which again is not there in today’s musical world. The Bollywood music is dominated more by rhythm and less by melody. I would like to sing songs which has a fusion of both rhythm and melody. Hence if I concentrate more on the quality that would become my mantra for harmonious music.
Q) What do you think of the current music scene in Bollywood?
A) Today’s Bollywood music is dominated more by rhythm and rather than harmony and lot of musical instruments are used but sometimes one feels that the soul of music is still missing. Nevertheless there are few music directors like A.R Rehman who has introduced the new wave in Bollywood music which is uppealing and soul stirring.
Q) What happiness and success mean to you?
A) Being a singer I always relate to music as the main source of happiness and success. Hence happiness and success can be achieved only through music.
Q) Any Bollywood projects?
A) Not yet, but I like to work for Bollywood.
Q) What about challenges you faced in your life?
A) I liked to face challenges and I have struggled a lot to come at this stage. After two years I am getting the role of singer in my real life.
Q) Any message to the readers of our Blog?
A) In today’s world there are lot of problems and tragedies. I will be only happy if my music can provide happiness and peace to all human being.
PRESS RELEASE ON THE ALBUM :
Saregama India Ltd launches the most ambitious project by Esbee, “Pehli Mulaqat” Meet The Real Mr. Rock On
Pehli Mulaqat is Saregama India Ltd’s one of the most ambitious projects ever. The “Rock on Star”, Esbee the youngest singer to start singing Rabindranath Sangeet, saw his life flash before him in two-and-a-half hours while watching Farhan Akhtar’s latest flick- Rock On. Esbee is one of those few fortunate artists who get there dues eventually similar to the character of Farhan Akhtar in “Rock On”.
Currently, a global media director at a multi national firm, he saw himself living the emotions enacted by Farhan in the movie. Convinced of the need to return to his first love, Mr. Rock On became determined to relive his dreams as an aspiring singer. In 1989 Sital Banerjee was crowned the best singer at the finals of the All India Kishore Kumar Memorial Music Competition at Delhi’s Siri Fort auditorium.
The music industry at one time had rejected his aspiration to be a singer. And today after almost a decade Saregama India limited has given this ambitious artist the pleasure of releasing his own album named Pehli Mulaqat. The album is dedicated to none other than the legendary singer Kishore Kumar with a modern arrangement.
The album comprises of evergreen classic tracks like Nahin Nahin Abhi Nahin, Dream Girl and the impeccable Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si, giving the listeners a divine feel. Sital Banerjee has sung each song with different feelings and emotions catering to the lyrics and mood of the songs making it a blissful experience.
The album has tracks catering to every age group a conscious effort by Saregama India Limited.
Saregama believes that after all the previous milestones they still need to keep striving to bring good music to the fore, to provide a platform to the voices of future.
Track List – CD 1
1) Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si
2) Nahin Nahin Anhi Nahin
3) Aaaj Unse Pehli Mulaqat Hogi
4) Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein
5) Panna Ki Tamanna Hai
6) Kya Yahi Pyaar Hai
7) Ek Main Aur Ek Tu
8) Dream Girl
9) Yeh Vaada raha
10) Oh Hansini
11) Sagar Jaisi Aaakhonwaali
12) Suno Kaho Suna
13) Aise Na Mujhe Tum Dekho
14) Inteha Hogayi Intezar Kii
15) Kya Yahi Pyar Hai