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Nachiketa: Wanted to be Ghazal singer

Posted on Jan 17 2014 | IBNS

By Anuradha Dutta, Kolkata, Jan 17 : Nachiketa Chatterjee, the singer whose songs speaks more about the struggles and turmoils of human life than the subtle feelings of love, had actually aspired to be a Ghazal singer.

"I wanted to be Ghazal singer, but I could not be one," revealed the singer who became popular with his 'Jibonmukhi' or life-oriented songs.

Nachiketa who will be performing at 'Idea Jalsa' with popular Indian playback singer Hariharan said, he had to opt over Ghazal for want of money.

"People did not allow me to sing Ghazals as they only preferred my 'Jibonmukhi' songs. They liked the rebellious image of a singer, but did not recognise his romantic and more gentle side," conveyed the singer.

Durga Jasraj, founder director Art and Artistes, which conceived and produced Jalsa- music for the soul, revealed that it was her father who told her to make Nachiketa a part of Idea Jalsa.

"Bapuji (Pandit Jasraj) had heard his songs and was very much impressed. He told me that he would be very proud of me if I was able to make him a part of Jalsa," said Jasraj.

Nachiketa is expected to give a dual performance with Hariharan apart from Ghazals and the 'Jibonmukhi' songs for which he is famous for the Idea Jalsa concert to be held on Friday at the Science City.

"After 25 years Hari will listen to my songs," said Nachiketa.

"My friendship with Hariharan is more than two decades old. I remember the days when we would sip tea and sing 'Kuch Door Hamare Saath Chalo', while hanging around Chitrabani studio," reminisced the singer.

Idea Jalsa is being held in 14 cities this year and is featuring over 88 genres of Indian music and more than 150 musicians through live music concerts.

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