Says Madhushree, “In our industry, you sing what is given to you and then you are slotted. I sing ghazals as it gives me peace.” She talks to CS about the concert:
Good music, good ghazals
Verses strung together to make a beautiful melodious garland… that is what ghazals signify for me. When emotions flow in a poetic form, it feels like you are in a garden of beautiful flowers as they rain on you. Music transcends languages. I believe that you enjoy songs even if you don’t understand the meaning. Ghazals, besides Indian languages, are even sung in Turkish. And I love it when people appreciate good music, stepping beyond borders.
Tribute to legends
I am going to pay a tribute to Begum Akhtar — The Mallika-e-Ghazal. Jagjit Singhji who will always be young for us through his mellifluous voice, Noor Jahan for her unique gayaki, and of course, our own industry legends like Madan Mohan, Shankar Jaikishen, Khayyam, Rajesh Roshan, SD Burman… their compositions are part of the tribute.
It is very difficult to choose from a treasure chest. All jewels are so priceless and precious. Zindagi mein toh sabhi pyar kiya karte hain; Mehdi Hasan’s vocals in Main toh markar bhi meri jaan tujhe chahoonga; Begum Akhtar’s forever alive Woh joh humme tumme karaar tha; and then the simple and soul-stirring Tumko dekha toh yeh khayal aaya; Dil cheez kya hai; Aapki nazron ne samjha (smiles).