Ayaan Ali Bangash and Amrita Kak on Re-Creating ‘Chhap Tilak’ and Classical Music Reaching ‘Peak of Powers’-Entertainment News, Firstpost


The sufiyana kalam inspired by Khusrau’s devotion to his spiritual mentor, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya resonated well with many artists due to its mystical melody and lyrics and it was a challenge for the trio to recreate the song with a new approach.

Every music lover has lived and loved’Chap Tilak‘, a Ghazal written and composed by the 14th century Sufi mystic Amir Khusro. Over the years he has received many notable Pakistani and Indian Qawwal versions including Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mehnaz Begum, Abida Parveen, Sabri Brothers and Bollywood renditions by Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. Now Panorama Music has released a rendition of the song which was sung by Amrita Kak, with brothers Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash on the sarod.

The sufiyana kalam inspired by Khusrau’s devotion to his spiritual mentor, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya resonated well with many artists due to its mystical melody and lyrics and it was a challenge for the trio to recreate the song with a new approach.

“It’s the song that has been sung by so many greats lately, so it’s been a really big challenge,” Ayaan Ali Bangash told Firstpost and added that Amrita, being a classically trained singer, has added a totally different component, color and texture to the song.

For ecstatic Amrita, who began her singing career with ‘Calm down‘, a super hit song by the star of Salman Khan ‘Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya‘, the best thing about their version of ‘Chap Tilak‘ is that it was done on sarod. “I think Chhap Tilak has never been done on sarod before.”

The rendition was shot with the three artists at the picturesque Amer Fort in Jaipur and received love and appreciation from the likes of Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan on social media.

The lyrics of the song contain both elements of romance and devotion and have brought countless eyes to tears every time they hear this moving track. For Ayan. the beautiful portrayal of the role of the gurus (teachers) in the song is simply unparalleled.

Ayaan and his brother Amaan are known as the torchbearers of the legacy of their father Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Sahab. They are the most famous Indian classical musicians and seventh generation musicians belonging to a musical lineage called the Senia Bangash school. Over the past two decades, the Bangash Brothers have released multiple albums and performed across the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, and WOMAD festivals on many continents.

With a long association with classical music, they have only seen the industry go from strength to strength. “Classical music is frankly at the peak of its powers today,” Ayaan said.

From being an art form that had a very restricted audience to move into concert halls, the reach is now wide. “This art form was never intended for the public and was always associated with royalty and intimate gatherings at the time. However, over time it moved to concert halls,” said he said, giving examples of how classical music is played in the biggest venues like the Royal Albert Hall in London and the City of Science in Kolkata.

However, like all industries, even the classical music industry has seen challenges in the recent past due to pandemics. But there is also a silver lining to this. “I think the whole concept of the digital event and the online event has gained momentum and it’s been an interesting time to explore the digital medium for concerts.”

But sarod players have been hesitant to play online gigs besides contributing to COVID relief funds because they believe it’s the craft that needs to be heard live. “Playing live is timeless and eternal.

For Ayaan, being a Padma Vibhushan Ustad Amjad Ali Khan song comes with a lot of responsibility, but the one thing that has stuck with her throughout her musical journey is to stay humble and calm.

“My dad always said you have to be a good human being first,” Ayaan said and recalled her dad always telling her the scent of blessing was just as important to achieving bigger goals. .

With a long career as a Sarod player, Ayaan and Amaan have collaborated with guitarist Derek Trucks, of the Allman Brothers Band, guitarist Sharon Isbin, the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and the Avignon Symphony Orchestra, among others, and established themselves as a duo, continuing their musical heritage in tune with tradition and contemporary times.

They recently won the gold medal at the Global Music Awards in Los Angeles for their new album Peace Worshippers. More recently. They also joined Gwen Stefani, Jon Bon Jovi for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and multi-GRAMMY award-winning musician Joe Walsh’s Vetsaid benefit concert in December 2020.

Talking about whether the music industry has changed for good lately, Ayaan says music releases have now taken on a whole new dimension.

“We used to buy LPs or CDs as gifts and now it’s embarrassing to give someone a USB stick, but I’m glad some labels are releasing vinyl again,” Ayaan said.

The only need these days is to keep reinventing yourself and keeping up with the changing times and that’s what the music industry is doing.

Nivedita Sharma’s work experience includes covering fashion weeks in Milan, Pakistan, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Dubai and award functions like IIFA and TOIFA.

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