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Javed Akhtar: Don’t put the blame on today’s youth for the lack of melody

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Javed Akhtar Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar

Noted Lyricist, poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar, who recently received the Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award in Mumbai at the “Amrut Hriday-Swar Lata” event held to mark Lata Mangeshkar’s 75 years of work in the field of music and 80th birthday of Lata didi’s brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar, was at his sarcastic best when he commented on the present state of music in film industry.

Overwhelmed at the honour, Javed spoke his heart out in expressing his concern over the music which is normally heard in the film industry. He sarcastically said, “The percussions in today’s music is on the higher side, resulting in the singers voice getting lower scale which results in a strange experience where we hear the music but have to really try our best to hear what the singer is singing, and only when you achieve this feat, you can understand what the lyricist has written and sometimes it turns into a disappointment as you feel it was better not be heard.”

Comparing it with the previous time, Javed Akhtar said, “In those days when Lata, Kishore, Rafi etc, use to sing, music was the body, singer was the soul and words where the clothes (character) of the song, today we hardly come across such examples in this age of social media, sms etc. the world has got shorter and the effort to create a melody is decreasing, more attention is given to create music which can be sold and achieve the target, goal.”.

People who have less knowledge are in the game and justify the downfall of melody by saying that it’s the demand of the youth, today’s generation wants to hear such music.” He added.

Concluding it with an intriguing counter hailing the genius of Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar, Javed Akhtar said, “If today’s generation wants to listen this then why the contestants in every singing competition on TV sings songs sung by Lata, Asha, Geeta Dutt, Kishore, Rafi, Mukesh etc. Why old songs continue to enjoy the patronage generations after generations, why are old songs downloaded in phones, computers of people, we still remember a 60’s number today and identify the singer, but it becomes difficult to know the singer and or lyrics of a recent hit number, the young generation is not the culprit for the lack of melody in today’s film music. I have a bank of songs sung by Lata and Kishore and I play them daily during my one hour walk and I enjoy the moment daily, when my one hour gets over is a mystery that I don’t wish to solve, I tried this with other singers but failed” he winked making the audience present erupt in laughter first and while settling down have a serious afterthought.

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