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Monday, January 4, 2010

English Translation of the Interview (Episode-3)

Sharda had made her grand debut in hindi film industry with the movie-Suraj, the music for which was composed by arguably the best and most popular ever MDs in HFM: Shankar - Jaikishan.
A series of her interviews on radio channel Vividh Bharti was broadcast under the program ‘Ujaale Unki Yaadon Ke’. Hindi transcript was posted on various blogs. However, after receiving overwhelming request from non-hindi speaking fans, all the interviews have been translated in English.
This is the translation of Episode-3 broadcast on 27 September 2009.

Younus Khan:You might be remembering, in the second episode, Shardaji was telling how Rafi saheb taught him to bring expressions in a song.
Sharda: That is why there were expressions in ‘sun-sun’ too.
Younus Khan: Please demonstrate!
Sharda: (giggles and sings) ‘sun-sun-sun re balam, dil tujhko pukaare, chal-chal-chal re balam, dil tujhko pukaare’. ‘Pukare’ means calls - it’s a request. Othwerwise if you sing plainly then (sings without expressions) ‘sun-sun-sun re balam, dil tujhko pukaare’.
Younus Khan: Hmmmmm
Sharda: This was song without heart and soul.
Younus Khan: That’s right. Very nice, you demonstrate beautifully. I can recall, there was one of your ghazal albums some two years back!?
Sharda: Yes-yes. That I distribute privately because it has not been released through any company and that I had done for the first time because I liked Mirza Ghalib’s ghazals so much – each one is full of really beautiful philosophy and I composed them one after the other after reading them. I composed 24 ghazals this way and prepared twin album. Now people are demanding it privately, demand is there all over the world and I am distributing it privately. My website is
Younus Khan: Very nice (laughs)
Sharda: And my email ID is
Younus Khan: Very nice! OK please tell which of Mirza Ghalib’s ghazals you have sung and whixh ghazal is your favourite?
Sharda: Out of them ‘Hazaaron khwaaishein aisi ke har khwaaish pe dum nikle’ and ‘ Phir mujhe deeda-e-tar yaad aaya’.
Younus Khan: Great-great!
Sharda: And ‘Dil-e-naadaan tujhe hua kya hai’.
Younus Khan: Great
Sharda: ‘Dil-e-naadaan is there on Youtube.
Younus Khan: Yes-yes. So which ghazal will you hum for us now?
Sharda: (sings) ‘Rahie ab aisi jagah chal kar jahaan koi na ho, humsukhan koi na ho aur humzabaan koi na ho’.
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Ghazal: Rahie ab aisi jagah….. (Non-film ghazal – Sharda)
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Younus Khan: Excellents! Very nice! Do you still do stage shows?
Sharda: I do a lot of stage shows. I am also doing albums. Right now I am doing albums for little kids. I have done teen age music for small songs for kids of 3 to 8 years which they listen along with their mother-father. So that they don’t need to sing ‘something like dil de diya’ or ‘pyaar ho gaya’ (Younus Khan laughs). These all are not required. And I have done one more album on nature & birds named ‘teen age music’ for children of 8 to 15 years.
Younus Khan: Please hum one such song. Children should also know about the beautiful songs you have made. Sharda: (sings) "Lehrein, saagar ki lehrein, chanchal lehrein, kabhi nahin rukti, uthti hi rehti, lehrein, lehrein”.
Younus Khan: Very nice
Sharda: This is for the teen age children.
Younus Khan: And it also contains a message about never to stop, ust keep going!
Sharda: This entire thing – you know, is progressive and encouraging songs. Children will actually be inspired after listening to these songs, they would get motivated.
Younus Khan: You are absolutely right, Shardaji! So should we listen to a baal-bhajan composed by you?
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Baal-bhajan: Rama-rama, sita-sita….. (Non-film bhajan – Sharda)
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Younus Khan: OK please tell, after listening to the songs of this era, do you like any of them? What comes to your mind?
Sharda: Well! We like few songs after listening to them. But generally no song seems to be impressing much.
Younus Khan: What is the problem with today’s music? What is the biggest problem?
Sharda: The problem is that now musicians have become music directors. Music directors used to possess talent given by the nature. Like there were Naushad sahib, Madan Mohanji, Naiyar sahib – they were all music directors. They used to compose tunes. Today musicians record in computers. You play any notes, fit lyrics to them and it becomes a song. That is why, you know, tunes are not properly composed.
Younus Khan: Ok, when you see today’s children sing old songs in the musi shows, on television and even in private gatherings, how do you feel?
Sharda: It feels like as with Ramayan, any generation would listen to it and sing it. It is never going to be wiped out, no! We lived in the golden era of film music. It will be evergreen.
Younus Khan: On this note I recall one of your evergreen songs from film Deewana ‘tumhaari bhi jai-jai, hamaari bhi jai-jai’
Sharda: (giggles)
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Song: Tumhaari bhi jai-jai….. (Film – Deewana)
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Sharda: It’s like that in Deewna there was no female song. There were three of my songs in it – ‘Tumko saanm pukaar ke’, ‘Taaron se pyaare’ and ‘Tumhaari bhi jai-jai’ . I don’t know what happened to the producers, why they didn’t keep my songs. Though even now public is desparate to listen!
Younus Khan: Yes-yes, we too want to listen to it.
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Song: Taaron se pyaare….. (Film – Deewana)
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Younus Khan: Shardaji! ‘Duniya ki sair kar lo’ is such a song, today it is really easy to travel around the world. Auound the World was a very significant film. Even today people are singing this song!
Sharda: See this song seems new even today. It is seeming as if recorded today. Its tune and everything. The tune is so modern and unique.
Younus Khan: We want to listen this song from you.
Sharda: (giggles and sings) "Duniya ki sair kar lo’, you also sing along (Younus Khan laughs loudly)
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Song: Duniya ki sair kar lo….. (Around the World)
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Younus Khan: That was very-very nice. Shardaji, the usic that is coming today, in that too much importance is not being given to the lyrics. Only the instruments…..
Sharda: Who will write the lyrics? God lyricists are also required! There used to be so beautiful songs and lyrics that people used to have tears in their eyes while listening. Talat saheb’s songs are there – people used to cry while listening to them!
Younus Khan: About your analysis of taoday’s songs, it has spirituality as well as other things so please tell us something about it.
Sharda: Today if I listen to English songs, they have a lot of soul. Like there is a song from Titanic, really touching even after being modern, even after being of the current times. So the song should be this way and the musi must be accordingly. Talented people must do the recording after hard work. It is not like that you just touch something and get automatic rhythm, automatic music. If you put it automatically then how will it get the soul?
Younus Khan: In those days there used to be formal rehearsals, extensive work used to be done on the tunes!?
Sharda: Yes, there used to be many twists and turns in the tunes. Naushad saheb’s so many twists… And now straightway the octave (hums a modern tune), this is a tune. You take any exercise on the octave and compose any song on it. It has become that way, no?
Younus Khan: Yes-yes. Even then do you like any of these days’ songs, which you would like to mention?
Sharda: Now you have put me in a difficult situation (both laugh). Yes, this modern song not only sounds good while listening, it also give the body a dance movement. It feels like doing an aerobic exercise (Younus Khan laughs). Like ‘Kajraare’ and ‘Mauja hi mauja’ – this gives some exercise to the body.
Younus Khan: Hmmmmm. It seems more of an aerobic rhythm than music?
Song: Kajraare-kajraare (Film – Bunty Aur Babli)
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