Shreya Ghoshal is a singer who proves her metal whenever there is a chance. This one is no exception and one is spellbound as she sings Manwa aage bhaage re to start Kashmakash, the Hindi version of Rituparno Ghosh’s Noukadubi. The slow number has very light background music and Shreya takes the song ahead on her own, and so delightfully. Loved to hear this one. Especially if you listen to Gulzar’s words carefully.
Hariharan starts singing the second song khoya kya of the album like he were Ustaad Hariharan. I mean to say, Hariharan has always been wonderful with his singing but this time the depth in his voice almost beats himself. My guess is that he’s getting better with age, if there is scope. Gulzar is definitely better in this one. A bit on the philosophical side, it’ll be definitely loved if you’re one for the slow, serious singing.
The next song Teri Seemayein again brings in Shreya. A well sung one again, though I found the lyrics a bit confusing at some points. Probably haven’t been able to decipher the words of the maestro.
The next song, Naav Meri, brings in Hariharan and Madhushree. While the song treads at a slightly higher pace than the rest, the lyrics are absolutely delightful and hence the song completely touched me. In fact the arrangement of the song is interesting too as it seems to moving like a boat itself. Do listen to this one. Doob ke shayad is nauka ko mil jaaye kinara..
The last track of the album is a rendition of Tagore’s anandloke, mangalaloke by Sudeshna Chatterjee and choir. The good part is that even with my very limited Bangla knowledge, I was able to understand most of it.
Overall, Kashmakash is one delightful album with slow and meaningful songs and if you’re one for the kind, this treat with the big names like Hariharan, Shreya and Gulzar should not be missed, even if contains just four Hindi songs.
You can buy the album from flipkart here.