Tori Na Muklave
Singer: Ranjit Kaur and Mohd. Saddique
Putt Saadey - Satinder Sartaj
Bota Holi Tor Mittra
Singer: Harcharan Grewal, Surinder Kaur
Tere Bote Di Muhaar Ban Javan
Singer: Harcharan Grewal, Narinder Biba
Tere Tilon Ton - Kuldeep Manak.
A wide open space, a river delta, Cessna flying over river Brahmaputra, a well-made cup of coffee and a sound engineer…bliss does not only lie in the revving sound of bikes or in posh rectangular spaces, it lies somewhere in that open space; a space that overwhelms independent musician Rabbi Shergill, a space that he connects to on a deeper level.
Rabbi doesn’t want to invest a lot of grey cells on the futile exercise of unraveling more; he would rather talk about his up, close and personal experience of seeing the wildlife from his recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh. In Chandigarh to perform at a concert organised by Rotaract Club, the artist gives a damn to endless things, clothes being one of them! Rest, we figure out.
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“This isn’t a clearly defined off-season for working musicians, but there is a lull in gigs. I think I will start working in May or June maybe,” says Rabbi on what’s new after the song Challa in Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
Being a misfit
There is nothing like Bollywood sensitivity. The dynamics of film-making is changing, which sees fusion of newer sensibilities. I think it is either Punjabi or Bollywood music; there is nothing like Delhi or Kolkata-based independent music. These are the two markets in music and looking at their paying capability, both are the same. Punjabi music is doing great, however I don’t fit in either of the two. I am a misfit in both! I have to define my own niche; I have to find some window for myself.
I don’t think I am a Sufi by any stretch of imagination. I don’t know what Sufi means; it is best exemplified by the qawaals. I don’t even know if all Punjabi poetry is Sufi! I write about politics, relationships; I don’t fit in here. As far being spiritual is concerned, I am as human as the next person in question. I like human pleasures as I like the metaphysical ones. In fact, I find more bliss in watching a river delta than being in a gurdwara. Like anyone else, I am moved deeply by a beautiful landscape and find an inherent unconscious connection with the nature.
Talk about collaborations
Collaboration (read Dewarist where jamms-in Papon!) is a cultural product dictated by the market. It is more like a commercial product, where some people decide what the format will be. It is no form of artistic expression. If you ask me which artist I would like to collaborate with, I would to put pressure on my grey cells. All I can say is give me a good mixing engineer with whom I would like to collaborate.
I can barely take Mumbai or Delhi, as spaces is not my idea of connecting. I feel there are endless things to do; I am not fond of bikes, I give a damn about clothes…let me fly a Cessna over Brahmaputra and I will find my bliss!
Jutti Khal Di Marora
Singer: Farida Khanum
Gur Nalon Ishq Mitha - Yaari Jatt Di (1987)
Punjab Diyan Lok Boliyan
Singer: Gurmeet Bawa