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 Pyar hai is the only song in the album by Gulzar, although the jacket gives his name first, and more prominently than the name of the poet who has written all the other songs (Riyaz-ul-Rehman)






Adnan, Asha and who?

Barse Badal comes in the wake of Kabhi To Nazar Milao, and features, besides Adnan Sami and Asha Bhonsle, some nameless voices

Barse Badal
Rs 55
Gas Music

Barse Badal is produced by Gas Music, which came into being when three senior music industry executives, slightly drunk at a new year's eve party in Mumbai, decided to do something to bring international music to India.

Gautam Sarkar (ex-BMG Crescendo India), Soumitra Maitra (ex-EMI-Milestone) and Arindam Sengupta (ex-Gramophone Company of India) launched their venture in 1998, and in the next couple of years signed contracts with V2 Music Group and Timbuktu Music of the UK for distribution of their titles in South Asia. Then came their contracts with Charly Records (Denmark) and Malligator Records (USA). They also have an exclusive distribution arrangement with Javelin Distribution of the UK.

Barse Badal is produced by Anand Music Company, which has its office in Mumbai, and is distributed by Gas Music. It features the hugely talented pianist Adnan Sami Khan and the diva of Indian film music Asha Bhonsle.

Adnan's dream of composing the tunes and singing with Asha came true with Kabhi to Nazar Milao, which has been a reasonable commercial success. A second song from the album, Lift karadey has been on the TV channels these days. (The first, by the way, was the title song, Kabhi to nazar milao).

Of the eight tracks in Barse Badal, a couple, like Suhani rut, don't have the singers' names mentioned. Suhani rut, the first song on Side B, is a light rendering of raga Darbari Kanada. Aae khuda brings back Adnan, who sings, and probably plays the keyboard as well. He whispers, modulates his voice, and approximates all the styles popular in vintage Hindi film music, but nowhere does he excel at his attempts. The next track, Woh mujhe, features a woman's voice that is again not identified. This is definitely not Asha. The tune, based on raga Yaman, falls well within the Hindi geet tradition.

The last song of the album, Bhiga mausam, harks back to the sentimental Hindi film song, although you may end up liking the violin-piano orchestra and the cut, jaunty style of Adnan's singing.

The title song Barse badal is what you'd call a peppy song, and the peppiness comes as much from Adnan and Asha as from the orchestra of the violin and the dholak. Pyar hai is Latin in its colour -- guitars, accordion, samba beat -- and features Adnan and Asha in a duet about the happy effects of love. This is the only song in the album by Gulzar although the jacket gives his name first, and more prominently than the name of the poet who has written all the other songs (Riyaz-ul-Rehman). This number was also featured in Adnan's earlier album, Kabhi To Nazar Milao, and was praised by this magazine's reviewer.

Ankhein is a slow number, and testifies to Adnan's ability to think on the lines of old masters like S D Burman. The orchestra too makes a nostalgic reference to the past, with its swooping violins, and very familiar phrases on the flute. Adnan is a music composer who can look back in affection.

O Priya


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