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It was a dream come true to work with Tina Turner: Sawani Shende-Sathaye

Three questions with Sawani Shende-Sathaye, Indian Classical singer

Q. How did you come on board the Beyond: Love Within project? What was it like to collaborate with the legendary Tina Turner?
A. Shrirang Mirajkar, who played tabla with me for all my concerts, knew Regula Curti, the producer of this album. It so happened that she mentioned to Shrirang that she was in search of an Indian singer who was professionally trained in music and also well-versed with Sanskrit shlokas and had a clear diction. She also wanted someone who was spiritual by nature, who understood the gist of the album — which was to spread peace and love through prayers from different religions. Shrirang suggested my name. Then Regula attended my concert, heard some of my commercial spiritual CDs and invited me immediately to sign up for this album. It was a dream come true to work with a legend like Tina Turner. She is a great artiste and also a very warm and sensitive human being. Regula Curti and Dechen Schak are great singers too. It was a great experience to work with all of them.

Sawani Shende-Sathaye
(L-R) Sawani Shende-Sathaye, Tina Turner, Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Regula Curti collaborated on the album

Q. What were the challenges in combining four different musical influences into one album?
A. It was an interesting process to select appropriate shlokas from Hindu traditions, which complement the exact meaning of Christian and Buddhist traditions. So, I selected popular shlokas as well as new self-written compositions. I have musically composed all the shlokas and compositions in this album. Avinash Chandrachud has done the music arrangements for the entire album as far as all the Indian instruments are concerned. Overall, it was a challenging yet enjoyable process.

Beyond: Love Within, Universal Music, Rs 395. Available at all leading music stores.

Q. What is spiritualism for you? How have you translated your idea of spiritualism in this album?
A. For me, music is the fastest and nearest path to reach God! This is how I practise spiritualism in my life. Though we practice our set of rituals, there is only one religion in this world — humanity. We must all try to be good human beings first, and spread peace and love in the world.

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