Ghazal master Pankaj Udhas has had the spotlight focussed on him for more years than we can count. While he prefers, he has said, to concentrate on his own concerts and albums without diluting the essence of his music, he has worked in films too. Remember Chitthi ayee hai from Naam (1986), Jeeye to kaise jeeye from Saajan (1991) and Main deewana hoon from Yeh Dillagi (1994), among others? He is willing to experiment, that is obvious, without straying too far from what he does best.
But there is one boundary that Udhas refuses to step over. In keeping with the current trend of re-dos of old songs – ‘recreations’, as they are called – may of his fans would not object to the ghazals he has done being rejigged to make them more contemporary and appealing to a wider audience, no? No. When asked in an interview, Udhas was firm. He told his interviewer, “I believe every creation should be an original. I have never been in favour of ‘covers’. If I am approached for my songs to be ‘recreated’, my answer would be ‘ABSOLUTELY NO!’”
Well, that’s that, hai na? But even if you can’t get a new version of any of Pankaj Udhas’ golden oldies, here are some you can listen to any which way…
- Main deewana hoon (Yeh Dillagi)
- Chitthi ayee hai (Naam)
- Jeeye to kaise jeeye (Saajan)
- Dil deta hai ro ro duhaai (Phir Teri Kahaani Yaad Aayi)
- Mahiya teri kasam (Ghayal)