Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome our newest member of the Nitelife ensemble, the effervescent Ms Jade Milburn. Every week, this wandering minstrel will be bringing you the hottest tunes from the four corners of the earth. She will be discussing global sounds, analysing innovative musical trends, presenting new bands and musicians, and if that’s not enough, she’ll be throwing in some great interviews with some very special individuals, about their favourite music from their home countries. This week, she’s in India soaking up some sun, sipping chai, and of course, checking out some iconic Bollywood music.
This week, I am in situ, on the fascinating, ethereal sub-continent of India, and I am going to introduce you to the beautifully lyrical poetry that is Hindi music.
Hindi is the predominant language here in India and it is represented beautifully in art, literature and music. The Hindi film industry – also known as Bollywood – and Hindi music go hand in hand. Millions of Rupees (Indian currency) is pumped into the Bollywood industry every year, with each blockbuster movie spurning several musical hits.
This year, one of the biggest film releases was Badlapur, a movie about a man who tragically loses his wife and son in a bank robbery. The film, while beautifully put together, has a grim story-line; much of the focus is on loss and separation.
Indeed, one of the people that I saw the movie with said, coming out, “I feel depressed after watching that.” It is not a fairy-tale and a large part of the movie focuses on how the protagonist feels after losing his wife. However, it has spurned one of the most beautiful songs that has ever been turned out by the Bollywood industry. That song is Judaii, and it is a soulful lament about how a man feels after losing the love of his life.
The track has achieved mammoth radio play in India this year, with some people mentioning that it has revived Hindi music. It is truly a fascinating song and it has been in constant play on my own playlist whilst I have been in India. It just expresses emotion so beautifully, and the juxtaposition between the two unique voices in the song, tells a lyrical dance between man and woman.
The two vocalists in Judaii are Arijit Singh and Rekha Bhardwaj. Arijit Singh is a big player in the Hindi music industry. He has had several huge hits, usually linked to Bollywood movies. He is known for his soulful, haunting, ringing vocal. Rekha Bhardwaj is another big contributor to the Hindi music industry and she is known for her distinctively husky, earthy tones – they are a perfect blend.
The composer, Sachin Sanghvi said, “We waited six months to get Rekha Bhardwaj and Arijit Singh together for the first time for Judaai. We knew that their voices would make the song unforgettable”.
Altogether, Judaii is a must-listen to piece, displaying two distinctive voices that showcase the best of Hindi music – all wrapped up in one song about love and heartbreak. Check it out below.