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Two voices

IT was not an easy task sifting six poems and rendering them to music. Not even for a veteran like Jagjit Singh, smitten though he has been by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's poems. On the release of "Samvedna", the ghazal singer said that on looking back he can "now heave a sigh of relief. Making poems into songs is never easy though in this case most of the poems had a natural rhythm to them." To add to it, Singh requested the Prime Minister to lend his voice to the album. According to Singh, Mr. Vajpayee was "most cooperative and everything went off without a hitch." Talking about the poems he had selected for the album, Singh said that from his writings Vajpayee came across as a man "very close to human sufferings." Singh feels that music channels have spoilt the culture of music and is of the view that jumping on to the pop bandwagon will not serve any purpose.

SUCHITRA BEHAL

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