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News |  24 Dec 2014 15:10 |  By RnMTeam

Raghu Dixit talks 'The Dewarists', Gibson and 2015

MUMBAI: For the new episode of 'The Dewarists - Season 4', Raghu Dixit travelled to the spectacular Alsisar Fort in Rajasthan and collaborated with his sister-in-law Bindhu Malini, wife of Swarathma's Vasu Dixit. Keeping true to the theme of the show's current season, which fuses old poetry with music, Dixit and Malini pay homage to the works of Amir Khusrow.

"'The Dewarists' originally approached us to curate the entire new season, but since we were so occupied with non-stop touring and gigs, we could not oblige. However, we decided that we had to be a part of at least one episode. So, this time, I have collaborated with my sister-in-law Bindhu Malini, who is also a trained Hindustani and Carnatic singer. She has been following the works of Khusrow for a while, so this theme seemed perfect," said Dixit.

"Bindhu had already started composing for the piece and she thought it had quite the Rajasthani folk music vibe to it. And, that is how we ended up going to Alsisar and staying at the beautiful Alsisar Mahal and composing the track in three days and shooting it at the fort. We had just got off performing at NH7 and were soon going to perform in Kathmandu. We only had a window of three days, so, we just grabbed it. Usually, 'The Dewarists' provides five days for the production of an episode, but we did not have that long," he added.

The final composition- 'Daiyari', is inspired by the works of Amir Khusrow, especially one called 'Afzal-ul-Fawaid.' These works are tributes to his master, Nizamuddin Auliya. "In his poem, Khusrow shows complete surrender to his master. There is a line that says that he has coloured himself in the love of his master. The poetry is just beautiful and the relationship between him and his master is very interesting," said Dixit when asked about the song.

Dixit calls 2014 an "eventful" year for his band- The Raghu Dixit Project, with 110 gigs across countries, including the coveted Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. At the annual NH7 festival, The Raghu Dixit Project brought its music to a visual level, by collaborating with the Indian contemporary dance company Nritaritya and having them perform to original Raghu Dixit Project songs. "I can look back at 2014 with tremendous pride and joy," said Dixit.

After taking the Scottish highlands by storm, The Raghu Dixit Project is all set to conquer the Queen's country. The Indian folk rock band, led by Dixit himself, starts their UK tour from June 2015 through to August 2015, after which they tour in South Africa in September. In 2015, the band also aims to start shaping its third studio album with a possible release date of 2016.

Dixit will also be lending his music for a few upcoming South Indian films, and is hopeful of a Bollywood film. When asked if the music of The Raghu Dixit Project varies vastly as compared to that of his films, he opined, "Music in film is not just based on the music director. He has to go along with the market demands and to what the director has in mind. All that the music director has to do is play."

The Raghu Dixit Project will also start shooting music videos for songs from its sophomore album 'Jag Changa' soon. "Because a lot of our fans have been asking us for the chords of our songs, we have collaborated with Gibson to produce tutorial videos of our songs that will be released by January," said Dixit.

The third episode of 'The Dewarists – Season 4' featuring Raghu Dixit airs on Saturday, 27 December on Pepsi MTV Indies.