Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The Ghazal is an Urdu poem of passion in all its myriad hues. In its heyday, the Ghazal, thanks to the pioneering work of luminaries such as Begum Akhtar and Roshanara Begum, rightfully claimed its place among the prime semi-classical genres of Hindustani (North Indian classical) vocal music. With the passage of time and the increasingly frenetic pace of the world around us, the Ghazal gradually acquired a new identity largely within the realm of popular music. kaise keh duuN is a welcome throwback to a golden but forgotten time, that transports you to a bygone world of leisurely beauty, of weaving melodies steeped in nuanced inflections in the classical traditions of North India. In this debut album, Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan, Minneapolis, MN based performer, composer, teacher and scholar of Hindustani classical music, presents a rainbow of Ghazals that tunefully portray the delectably finessed poetry of some of the greatest names in Urdu Ghazal. Each musical composition owes the foundation of its tonal architure to a principal Hindustani Raga (melodic template). Some of India's premier instrumentalists on the Tabla, Sarangi and Harmonium, complement and complete the melodic palette with their brilliant accompaniment. This confluence of sublime verse and music speaks of unrequited love, of eternal longing, of love's triumphs and failings and of a life that was, all the while alluding obtusely, to an incessant quest for the ultimate spirit.
Personnel: Pooja Goswami (vocals); Murad Ali Khan (sarangi); Sunil Goswami (tanpura); Pandit Sudhir Pande (tabla).
Audio Mixer: Joy Islam.
Recording information: MLB Surtaal, Delhi, India.
Director: Philip Blackburn.
Translator: Riyaz Latif.
Arranger: Dr. Shailendra Goswami.