The rhythm's still alive

Though he’s close to 70, Pyarelal is still as passionate about music as he was in his younger days. Gearing up for his album launch, he shares his feelings with CS at his residence in Bandra:

Pyarelal Sharma
Who: Pyarelal Sharma
What: On his new album
PIC/ Santosh Nagwekar

It’s the ‘Harkat’
We had been speaking to a few people close to us, but nothing was working out. Then I happened to meet singer Pankaj Chaturvedi, and thought that he had a beautiful voice. I find that the new crop of singers are very good but the range of their voices is very high. Pankaj’s voice is modern, yet it has ‘harkat’ in it. So, I thought of exploring his voice. We’ve used many musicians along with a combination of modern as well as Indian instruments.

Album talk
We are coming out with a private album after 11 years; that’s a long time. But I feel that people have given us a lot of pyaar- mohobbat. Today, nobody buys albums. But we spoke to a lot of people, and they said they will definitely buy it. So even if 8,000- 10,000 albums are sold, we will be happy. Saraswati Ma Ka Aashirwad Hai. In music, the closer you are to the truth, the better music you will create. Sach mein ‘sa’ hai, sargam mein bhi ‘sa’ hai. So, if the music is true, I’m sure people will accept it with whole-heartedly.

Blessed by the best
Every day is a new day for me. If I think that I have achieved everything, I will be finished. It’s all about teamwork. If Laxmikant- Pyarelal achieved anything, people like Anand Bakshi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kaifi Azmi, Sudhir Ludhianvi have a lot to do with it. We got maximum love and care from Lataji (Lata Mangeshkar). I won’t call it support, it’s a blessing. We worked with Rafisaab (Mohammed Rafi). I have never met a man like him, and will never meet someone like him, ever. He was not just a great singer, but also a great human being. His voice suited everyone, right from Shammi Kapoor to Johny Walker. If he was alive today, then Shah Rukh and Salman Khan aur chamakte! (smiles)

Music that’s evergreen
Laxmiji (Laxmikant Kudalkar) is still alive for me. People still listen to his music with a lot of fondness. So I feel he’s still alive. In the same way, people like Shankar-Jaikishan, Pancham da (RD Burman) are also alive. And for Laxmiji, what can say I say. Unki tareef karna toh aisa hoga jaise sooraj ko diya dikhana. I’m very lucky to have had a friend like him. A great composer and great friend.

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