TSOM 1 June 2007


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An Interview with Asim Ghosh, June 2007

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Dear Taranaa Members,

We are presenting to you our first audio interview with our own Asim Da. This is our effort to diversify TSOM presentations. One of the ideas was to conduct audio interviews with previous SOMs and focus mainly on the conversation with them instead of renditions of songs by them. How successful are we in our bold attempt? Thats what we need to find out from you. At the bottom of the page, we are including some of the songs performed by Asim Da in the past.

So, without further ado, lets listen to Asim Da.


Image:Mic.jpg Interview with Asim Da - Part 1 ( 11:17 )

Image:Mic.jpg Interview with Asim Da - Part 2 ( 8:34 )

Image:Mic.jpg Interview with Asim Da - Part 3 ( 8:9 )

Image:Mic.jpg Interview with Asim Da - Part 4 ( 10:47 )


Regards,
TSOM Selection Committee


Your Questions, My Answers ...

(1) Who encouraged you to sing early on?
My family was very supportive of my singing hobby. My grand father once admitted me to a local music school when I was 6, to learn Tagore songs. But going through a typical routine, sitting with other students waiting for your turn to get the teacher’s attention … weren’t exactly my cup of tea. I liked spontaneity, singing songs that I liked, at my free will. That was me! Later on in college, I met a friend who became my ‘best inspiration’ ever. We now live a world apart, but memories of those days haven’t faded away a bit!

(2) How encouraging is your family towards your pursuit of musical interest? Does your spouse have hang-ups about your staring at the "red screen" at every given opportunity? ;)
A great deal, especially my 9 years old daughter. She catches when I go off rhythm; stops me right away when I am stretching myself to reach the high notes of Bheege Honth Tere; even suggests to tilt my head (like Amitabh did) while singing “…gir jaaoge aur bhi meri parchhaiyon mein” in Dilbar Mere, to bring out the proper expressions; asks me to sing again “Suhani chandni raateN, humeh sone nahin deti”, when she liked my rendition. Kids are amazing!!!

(3a) Can you describe in your words what good singing means?
When a singer sings from his/her heart instead of mouth, pours enough emotions to bring out the true essence of the poetry (which the poet/lyricist intended to express) and forces the listener to forget the surrounding by getting completely immersed into the song … that’s good singing to me.

(3b) And what is the most important aspect of good singing, sur, taal, diction, poetry, feelings, or sounding like the original singer?
Now that’s a toughie, because, every one of those attributes (except the very last one) is important. But if I had to pick just one, that would be feelings. You could have a perfect sur, taal, diction, etc., but if the feelings and/or emotions are missing from the song, it becomes lifeless.

(4) Would you like to share some weaknesses of your singing and your effort to improve them?
I am grateful to Ramesh and Soumitra for correctly pointing out my voice-shaking weakness. I have been diligently working toward improving this weakness, especially on long/sustained notes.

(5) Do you think certain foods affect or help your singing?
I personally never had this experience; however, somewhere I read that oily foods are not good for your (singing) voice.

(6) If at all, you get a chance to choose and sing with any male/female Bollywood singer, who would that be? Why?
Lata Mangeshkar! Not that I’m even worthy to stand next to her, however, it surely would give me the thrill and experience of my life to stand on the same stage with the Nightingale of India.

(7) Who do you style your singing after? If no one, then what do you think is your singing style?
I love to sing KishoreDa’s songs. Love his style and delivery.

(8) What aspects of Taraana.com made you decide to become a member?
The interaction between members, which is not found at the competitors’ sites. There are many places to buy tracks from, but nowhere you would find a community such as ours.

(9) If you have to suggest some improvements for Taraana.com what would they be?

  1. Community involvement. I know Taranaa recently co-hosted the Pittsburgh Contest. More of such concerts at major cities throughout the country would be a huge advertisement for Taranaa. I know it’s a huge undertaking, but with increasing memberships throughout the globe, it’s not impossible either.
  2. Increase the frequency of tracks production without compromising the quality. We don’t need to mass-produce 100 tracks per month for the sake of beating the competitors’ numbers. At the same token, as most members join Taranaa just for the tracks, they expect a steady flow of newly created tracks than just getting 5-8 a month. I’d also recommend keeping these tracks uniformly distributed between male solos and female solos, new songs versus oldies, etc. etc.

(10) Do you record in a studio or home? What equipment do you use for home recording?

  • At home.
  • Hardware: Yamaha MG124FX mixer, Sennheiser microphone, Sennheiser headphones, desktop PC.
  • Software: Audacity (for mixing), Sony SoundForge for recording & effects.

(11a) Would you like to receive feedback in public (Taranaa forum) or through private messages?
In open Forum

(11b) What aspects should be considered carefully while giving feedback in public?

  • Emotions & nuances
  • Diction/pronunciations

It’s a personal choice of the person who’s giving the feedback. Not everyone likes to touch all the attributes (sur, taal, lay, bhaav, etc.). In general, he/she needs to be:

  • Blunt, yet polite. Explain which part you liked the best, which the least, and why.
  • Emphasize on the feelings/emotions.

(12) Lastly, if you had a choice of choosing five new tracks for Taranaa library what would they be?
Just five? Not fair! Kidding. Here you go (sorry for being partial, you know I am an avid KishoreDa fan):

  1. Raasta Dekhe Tera (Kishore, Humshakal)
  2. O Re Hawaa, Dhire Se Chal (Kishore, Shreeman Shrimati)
  3. Ankhon Mein Humne Aap Ke (Kishore+Lata, Thodisi Bewafaai)
  4. Kaun Hai Jo Sapno Mein Aaya (Rafi, Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan)
  5. Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (Lata, Aap Ki Kasam)

Solos

Duets

Image:Mic.jpgMain Shaayar To Nahi Image:Mic.jpgKia Mausam Hai (with Deblina & Azam)
Image:Mic.jpgKabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein Image:Mic.jpgJis Gali Mein (Solo)
Image:Mic.jpgAb Mujhe Raat Din Image:Mic.jpgBane Chahe Dushman (with Azam)
Image:Mic.jpgGeet Gaata Hoon Main Image:Mic.jpgEk Pyar Ka Nagma (with Leena)
Image:Mic.jpgHumeh Tumse Pyar Kitna Image:Mic.jpg-
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