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News |  19 Jul 2019 13:07 |  By RnMTeam

Ghazal is never sung but read, says Sudeep Banerjee

MUMBAI: “People have to understand what Ghazal is all about. You have to listen to your masters first before venturing out,” says Ghazal singer Sudeep Banerjee when asked, what young buds, who are pursuing this music need to know.
 
He further adds, “Ghazal is not a job, but it’s an institution, lifestyle. One should go deeply into it until you get a hang of it, it will turn to be a learning curve.”
 
Sudeep’s ghazal repertoire includes Zafar, Ghalib, Zauq, Daag etc., and the sharp edge of the writings of modern poets like Faiz, Nida Fazli and others.
 
He has also received invaluable guidance in Hindustani classical music from one of India’s leading classical vocalists and gurus, Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty. Sudeep loves Urdu and can read as well as write the language fluently, which enables him to dig deep into the fascinating treasure-trove of enchanting classical and modern Urdu poetry.
 
Sudeep’s singing is inspired by the music of his three inspirations Mehdi Hasan, Jagjit Singh, who has also sung to Sudeep’s music and Kishore Kumar. 
 
What sets Sudeep apart? He is what a ghazal singer needs to be – a poet at heart, who keeps the poetry upfront while rendering it. 
 
Sudeep believes, “A ghazal is never sung, but read. (Ghazal gaayi nahin jaati, padhi jaati hai).
 
According to him ghazal singers should be great ‘ghazalars’, they should have ability to do ghazals.
 
“This genre has great form of music and that’s the reason biggies have pursued this art. I feel it’s a great form of expressing yourself musically,” he ends.