Sukhakarta, Dukhaharta with Pankaj Udhas

Pankaj Udhas
Pankaj Udhas

By Narendra Kusnur

Pankaj Udhas has always specialised in ghazals, and hasn’t really explored devotional music. So it was a surprise to see him post a video of his latest song ‘Jai Ganesh’ (‘Sukhakarta Tu Dukhaharta Tu’.)

Both musically and visually, the song is a treat, filled with the fervour and energy that goes with the Ganesh festival. It’s very uptempo and filled with driving rhythms, shown between shots in the recording studio and the Parel Lalbaug area. A group of chorus singers adds to the vigour.

As Udhas admits, this is something very different from whatever he’s done before. The idea stemmed from a casual lunch chat between him, his daughter Nayaab Udhas, music director Vishal Dhumal and lyricist Aalok Shrivastav.

The instruments include the keyboards, conch shell and shehnai (played by Omkar Dhumal), besides a range of percussion instruments including Ojas Adhiya’s tabla played in a dholki style. Avi Lohar’s sound arrangements, Ashish Choubey’s recording and Aftab Khan’s mixing are perfect.

The video directed by Rajesh Sethi is a delight, using outdoor shots taken by Sanjay Kumar and Rajesh Singh last year. Lokesh Lohar’s smooth editing moves from studio shots of Udhas and the musicians to street crowds to images of Lord Ganesh.

Udhas says his faith in the Elephant God and blessings from Siddhivinayak Temple in Prabhadevi inspired him to take up this project. The song, presented by his company Velvet Voices in association with Hungama, is available on digital platforms besides CDs costing Rs 99 that can be acquired from online stores like Amazon.

Worth a listen, worth a watch, worth playing now and even after Anant Chaturdashi.

About Sukhakarta, Dukhaharta with Pankaj Udhas
Worth a listen, worth a watch, worth playing now and even after Anant Chaturdashi, writes Narendra Kusnur

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

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