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Once more, Adesh?

Adesh Shrivastav is stuck with the same tunes, same styles and same singers

Dil Kahin Hosh Kahin
Rs 290 (CD)

Dil Kahin Hosh Kahin means the heart is in one place and the mind elsewhere. Was this Aadesh Shrivastav's state of mind when he made the eight tracks of this album?

He repeats the Tarkieb formula here, and gets the same Jagjit Singh and Sabri Brothers to sing for him.

The question is, should he get Asha Bhonsle and Lata Mangeshkar to sing for a heroine who doesn't look a day older than 15?

Asha Bhonsle sings Jab samne tum aa jate ho with Jagjit Singh. She falters on the humming of this wandering tune. Jagjit Singh only sings a couple of lines, a guest voice appearance.

Tum se milkar by Lata Mangeshkar makes one realise how shaky her once-golden voice is getting. Nothing much can be said about the tune, and the same old formula chords beaten to death by Hindi film music composers. The syrupy chorus is squeezed in when Adesh runs out of ideas for the interludes. Jhukti aankhen, rukti sansen sees a panting Lata struggling with the song.

Nida Fazli's lyrics never rise to anything more than simple logical statements

Tumse milkar tumhe bhulana
mushkil hai aasan nahin

This song drags on for all of seven minutes and 17 seconds. As if that were not enough, there is a second version by Kumar Sanu.

Chandni ka challa is the folksy dholak-accompanied group song. The harmonium interlude gives the song some acoustic reality. Alka sounds young and renders the song with impish relish.

Kya tera kya mera hai begins with an intense humming by either Sukhwinder Singh or Mohd Aziz. Udit Narayan, Ravinder and Arun join in. But except for that beginning the rest of the song lapses into cliches of beat and orchestra (chorus humming and loud violins). The second interlude shifts to the minor key and uses a flute like R D Burman might have. Sukhwinder does an ad lib bit in Punjabi folk style.

The message of the song is that love cuts across all differences of caste, creed or religion and even mentions Mao in passing.

Dil mandir bhi hai masjid bhi is the line highlighted by violins racing down the scale. This song lasts 10 minutes and 13 seconds. The muezzin calls out, there is a shabad, a Haridas sloka and a bhajan. A veritable religious chanting tour.

Kahin kahin se har chehra with Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle and Jagjit Singh has some good sarod interludes, but is otherwise an unremarkable tune.

Asha sings a brief alap in raga Durbari Kanada to begin Jo huwa woh huwa kis liye. It's a song attempting the Umrao Jaan style.

Kya batayen mohabbat kya hai is a Sabri brothers qawwali with lots of sargam passages as well as nom-tom. Vishwa also sings. They repeat the refrain Kisi ka ban ja ban ja which Adesh has already used in Tarkieb. That is the general feeling on this album -- that Adesh is stuck with tunes, styles and singers.

S Suchitra Lata

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