Road to Sangam: Music Review

All I was expecting here was a good film without much, or maybe any music. But I got a good album too. As can be expected, the songs of the album believe more in good lyrics but the music is good enough not to get you bored, IF you are interested in words. The music is composed by Sandesh Shandilya, Nitin Kumar Gupta-Prem Hariya, and Vijay Mishra, and I still haven’t been able to figure out who has composed which song. So we’ll simply move to the review.

The album starts with Kailash Kher shouting Awal Allah at the top of his voice, one of his familiar styles. The song, coming right from the pen of Kabeerdas (don’t get technical here, actually Kabeerdas didn’t know how to read or write, but then it appeared in Guru Granth Sahib) has some wonderful words. If you like the lines awal allah noor upaaya, kudrat ke sab bande, ek noor te sab jag upjaya, kaun bhale kaun mande, go for the song. Kailash Kher won’t disappoint you.

The second in the album is simply Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite bhajan Vaishnav Jan to Taine Kahiye in a faster than usual mode. The song has not been changed anywhere other than in speed and the traditional feel has been kept. Sounds fine.

The third track of the album is a full fledged Ghazal Lab pe aati hai dua banke tamanna meri sung by Hariharan. The words of the ghazal are positive and have a distinct patriotic feel. Full of Urdu words. And no words for Hariharan.

Next comes the most interesting track of the album. Nine minutes long Qawwali, Hum Subah ke bhoolon ko, boasts of some rebellious lyrics set in a typical Qawwali tone, something that used to be common with Qawwali as much as I have heard the genre. Dramatic singing has been done well where required. See an example of lyrics:

Dharm khatre mein hai, usko bachane nikle hain
Mazhabi log ab mazhab jatane nikle hain
Laal ankhen liye khanjar chalane nikle hain
Nasamajh log apna ghar jalane nikle hain..

The next song, re mere maula is one with a larger element of music. Though the lyrics of the song are fine enough, the song has some good music while the mixing of the song is done in comparatively modern style, unlike the last qawwali. The singer, Shadab Faridi sounds good and the background chorus is well timed. Good, contemporary song.

We had Kailash Kher and Hariharan and now comes Kavita Krishnamurthy with Allah Ishwar naam tero. The song is a typical Bhajan in a tune sounding almost as old as Guddi’s humko man ki shakti dena. The interesting part is that the lyrics of the song sound like a medley of so many old ones, with added words. For example whileek tujhse aas ab to, ho raha vishwas ab to, bhool sabki maaf kar de, bair dil se saaf kar de sound like amixture of itni shakti hame dena daata and humko man ki shakti dena, tamas man mein sat jaga de comes straight from the sanskrit shlok asto maa sadgamay, tamso maa jyotirgamay. Allah Ishwar naam tero, patit pavan naam tero,kumati ko sanmati bana de come from Mahatma Gandhi’s own favorite lines, of course. Not bad, but it could be more contemporary I guess.

Lead Kindly Light is, as the name might suggest, a hymn. And in my only two hearings of the track, I could not grab many words with the many voices. Hence no comments on this one.

The next comes Gandhian theme music, which is a good, three and half minute long piece of music composed by Sandesh Shandilya. The piece starts with Ganga Sindhu Sindhu Narmada…. Saraswati Yamuna. And my geography and mythology suggests that they are only names of rivers and nothing else, which make almost the entire lyrics of the piece. Try this one. I liked it.

The penultimate track of the album, again a theme by Sandesh, is more or less rendition of the wordsRaghupati Raghav Raja Ram, and is called the Theme of Road to Sangam. Not bad, nothing great either.

The album ends on a very Gandhian note as the last track happens to be an instrumental version of Narsi Mehta’s Vaishnav Jan to. The instrumental Vaishnav Jan to is in its original speed, though the end has been added some effects.

Overall, Road to Sangam is a good album which places more emphasis on words rather than their singing. The music of the album, however, is average. You might like the album if you’re more into lyrics, and more of old era. Awal Allah and Hum Subaha ke bhoolon ko are the best of the album as they have the best lyrics.

लेखक: Harshit

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