‘Ghaliban’ launched by Pankaj Udhas and others at a star-studded event in Mumbai

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Mumbai – An ode and tribute to Mirza Ghalib and his mesmerizing poetry, Ghaliban was launched by Hungama, India’s leading digital entertainment company at a star-studded event in Mumbai. This unique Ghazal Album is conceived, composed and created by Sudeep Banerji featuring him along with Vishal Bhardwaj and Amrita Chatterjee. A tribute to the legendary Mirza Ghalib, the album is a contemporary take on classic Urdu poetry with a music treatment that amalgamates modern and traditional elements together. Available on Hungama Music and Hungama Play, the album will also be distributed by Hungama across different platforms.

In a first, Vishal Bhardwaj, known for his cinematic excellence, plays the narrator in the album and also recites some of the most beautiful couplets by Mirza Ghalib along with Sudeep Banerji and Amrita Chatterjee. Conceptualized by Sudeep Banerji, the album reflects the inspiration he drew from the bylanes of Old Delhi, where Ghalib lived and where Sudeep Banerji learned the art of ghazals.

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Trained under the legendary singer “Mallika-e-Ghazal” Begum Akhtar’s foremost disciple Smt. Shanti Hiranandji, Sudeep Banerji is the only male singer to have followed the traditions of light classical music like Dadra, Thumri and Ghazals and is also an accomplished music director who has composed music for more than 70 albums with various singers including Jagjit Singh, Asha Bhosle, Ustad Rashid Khan, Hariharan, Anup Jalota, Roop Kumar Rathod, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan, Kailash Kher, Sadhana Sargam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, among others.

The Ghaliban album was launched by Pankaj Udhas Vishal Bhardwaj, Manoj Bajpayee and Gajraj Rao who recently got Filmfare award for best actor for Badhj ho.

Speaking about the launch of Ghaliban, Neeraj Roy, Founder & CEO, Hungama Digital Media said, “The popularity of ghazals transcends geographical borders. The genre is appreciated worldwide for its unique blend of poetry and melody. It is an honour to associate with Sudeep ji for ‘Ghaliban’ and I’m certain that Mirza Ghalib’s renditions by him, Vishal Bhardwaj and Amrita Chatterjee will leave the listeners mesmerized.”

Since the time they were in college, both Sudeep Banerji and Vishal Bhardwaj have been captivated by Mirza Ghalib and his poetry. ‘Ghaliban’ comprises six soulful tracks dedicated to the entrancing poetry by the maestro from the Mughal era. Taking the Ghalib’s musings forward, Sudeep Banerji, Vishal Bhardwaj and Amrita Chatterjee will leave ghazal-lovers spellbound as they bring Ghalib’s words back to life, over 200 years after he penned his last poetry.

Speaking about the launch of the album, singer-composer, Sudeep Banerji said, “It will be an understatement to call Mirza Ghalib the greatest poet of all times. Deep, meaningful and soul-stirring, his poetry touches the heart of everyone who hears it. I am overjoyed that my love for Ghalib Saab’s work is bearing fruit in the form of ‘Ghaliban’ and glad to finally present it to listeners around the world.”

Producer-director-composer Vishal Bhardwaj said, “I have always been in love with melodies and with my contribution to this album, I hope that I am able to showcase my love for Mirza Ghalib’s masterpieces. I am very excited to learn the audiences’ response to this album and hopefully collaborate with Sudeep ji soon.”

Album Credits: Lead Singer – Sudeep Banerji, Narrator – Vishal Bhardwaj, Accompanied by – Vishal Bhardwaj and Amrita Chatterjee. Song Titles include Dil-e-Nadan, Yeh Na Thi Humari Qismat, Koi Umeed Bar Nahi Aati, Nuktacheen Hai Gham-e-Dil, Har Ek Baat Pe Kehte Ho Ke Tou Kya Hai and Ibn-e-Mariyam Howa Kare Koyi

Best wishes are pouring in from all corners of the world where Ghazal is appreciated. Ghazalsara CEO, Dr. Sayeed Mohiuddin has extended his best wishes all the from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the grand success of this Ghazal Album ‘Ghaliban’.

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