The multi-talented maestro discusses her new album Dayaar-e-Rooh, music, inspirations, and talent to generate emotion
WHETHER it’s singing blockbuster Bollywood songs, composing, releasing superior albums, or delivering mesmerising dwell ghazal and Sufi performances, Kavita Seth has completed most issues in music marvellously properly.
As a substitute of basking within the glory of her many spectacular achievements, the music expertise continues to supply new listening experiences and has completed that together with her lately launched album Dayaar-e-Rooh. The 9 monitor masterpiece, recorded utterly dwell, showcases her lovely singing and composing skills. The songs delving into themes of spirituality and connection to the divine have messages of affection, compassion, and hope.
Jap Eye caught up with the multi-talented maestro to debate her new album, music, inspirations, and talent to generate emotion.
You’ve gotten achieved a lot, but preserve delivering nice music, what retains that motivation and fervour alive?
It doesn’t matter how a lot you obtain in life, the starvation to raised oneself is the one means ahead. This zeal is my motivation. There are moments I’m pleased with my work and do discover a scope for enchancment at occasions too. The fervour and hearth inside preserve this journey attention-grabbing and intensely fulfilling.
Inform us about your new album?
I launch one music from my latest album each week. The album is named Dayaar-e-Rooh, which suggests the world of the souls. I’ve explored how poets give life to songs, ghazals and nazms, which is mirrored within the songs. Sant Kabir’s dohe (couplets) composed by Kumar Gandharva additionally discover a place within the album. It holds a really particular place in my coronary heart. On the entire, I really feel like this album is a bouquet of flowers.
What was the thought course of behind recording it dwell with musicians?
I wished to offer the album a sure contact that might solely be skilled by way of dwell music. I didn’t need it to sound like a recorded piece. Once we sing dwell, generally I’m going right into a trance and the musicians additionally lengthen sure items and don’t persist with the set sample. I wished to verify my listeners felt like they had been listening to a live performance. I wished to retain a free-flowing high quality within the songs. Earlier than engaged on this album, we had recorded ghazals for Mira Nair’s A Appropriate Boy in the identical means. The thought was to maintain it actual and pure.
Which of your songs is closest to your coronary heart?
A mom can by no means actually choose favourites, isn’t it? Additionally, as an artist, I discover it very troublesome to decide on one. The 9 songs I’ve chosen as a part of Dayaar-e-Rooh, together with nazms, ghazals and songs, are all lovely in their very own proper. They’ve their very own magnificence. Most important jiska zikr karti hoon, woh meri fikr karta hai and Uski awaaz aise aati hai are some songs which I personally love. Nevertheless, an artist creates for individuals, and I consider that good music all the time finds its listeners.
How a lot do nice lyrics make it easier to as a singer?
I’m an old-school composer. I learn the lyrics first after which in the event that they encourage me, the tune mechanically flows in. On this album there’s a nazm by Shamim Zehra ji who used to share her poetry throughout Covid lockdown. Her phrases struck a chord with me, and I composed the tune with out a lot ado. The lyrics encourage me to compose the tunes.
Who’re you hoping connects with these songs?
I wished to create an album with musicians who’re enjoying dwell, and it’s recorded dwell. I’m hoping individuals who take pleasure in listening to good poetry set to tunes, will prefer it. A superb music finds its viewers. I by no means anticipated Rangi Sari to turn into so standard, nevertheless it did. I consider it’s future. I sing my songs after which go away it to my viewers.
Which music on the album challenged you most as a singer?
They had been my very own compositions, which is why it wasn’t troublesome. Sunta Hai Gurugyani, which is Kumar Gandharv ji’s composition, was difficult as a result of it’s a canopy model. The comparisons are inevitable. However I didn’t let that have an effect on me.
How do you generate a lot feeling in your voice?
It’s god’s present. His grace. I perceive the lyrics after which sing. I attempt to convey the ideas and emotions of the poet or lyricist. That’s all the time been my purpose.
Do you’ve gotten any unfulfilled musical ambitions?
My journey has simply began. I need to obtain a lot extra, and the sky is the restrict. My need and dream are to carry out in a few of the finest live performance halls on this planet. The thought is to additionally heal individuals with my music. I need to sing songs which have a soul. I want to take my music to totally different corners of the world, carry out music dwell and join with individuals from throughout the globe.
Lots of people take pleasure in listening to your lovely voice, however what music do you want listening to?
I hearken to all types of music. Earlier I used to solely hearken to classical renditions, ghazals or qawwalis. I nonetheless love these genres.
Ragas and devices even have a particular place in my coronary heart. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, Jagjit Singh, Madan Mohan are a few of the artists I really like.
I additionally hearken to world music. Music that touches your soul is what I like probably the most.
At this time what conjures up you as an artist?
My ardour to do good work conjures up me. It takes me ahead in my journey to create higher. It’s a lifelong course of.
Should you may grasp one thing new in music, what would it not be?
GenZ listens to rap and that’s one thing I can’t sing. I want to strive singing that. I’m all the time open to exploring, studying, and having fun with music.
Why ought to we choose up the brand new album?
It’s a group of poetry set to tune. The lyrics are significant, and the listening expertise is like that of a dwell live performance. I hope individuals will prefer it, as I’ve completed my finest.