Music should touch the soul, says Kailash Kher

Published: Nov 21, 2013, 08:38 IST | Rashmi Henriques |

Aknown for hits like Teri Deewani, Tauba Tauba and Yaa Rabba, Kailash Kher is all excited about his first item number for an upcoming movie

He says, “It has been created by the band Kailasaa and is different from the item numbers being played these days.” Excerpts:

Substandard writing
One should set some standards for oneself, there should be a benchmark to how much one should compromise when it comes to good lyrics. Every creative person needs to draw his ethics even if it’s at the cost of delivering a song that might not be a chartbuster. Audience is like an empty canvas, they will reflect the colours that’s filled in them. It’s time to educate them about good music. This cannot be achieved with nonsense content masquerading as creativity.

Music is a catalyst
In the olden days, music and lyrics played an important role in a film. The composers, music directors and singers spent a lot of time on it. I believe that music should be more than just a creative attempt, it should touch the listeners soul. Songs should have an element of sensitivity for people to empathise with. I want to create music that lasts through generations.

My beliefs
It is my firm belief that wealth will come and go but respect is irreplaceable. Our country is a treasure house of diverse cultures, religions and philosophies but the common thread is spirituality. The current generation is busy trying to be cool, which is so stupid. Have they forgotten that it’s only in India that we don’tneed an appointment to meet our parents? Isn’t this reason tocelebrate?

Inspirational idols
People doing the routine thing in a creative manner encourage me to work harder. There are days when my four- year-old son Kabir’s questions intrigue me. It makes me look at things from his perspective and also seek answers to his questions. Such reflections help me create good music.  

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