Redefining devotional music

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Aug 2017 11:15:53

Youngsters have a set perception about devotional music, says singer Kailash Kher, who has come up with his new independent album Shivoham and hopes to redefine the genre.

Kher is known for his Sufi singing style and for delivering tracks like Bam Lahari, Teri Deewani and Allah ke Bande.
Asked about what made him explore devotional music in his new album, he told IANS: “I think the moment you say ‘devotional music’, youngsters think of an old aunty sitting and doing her evening ‘puja-paath’ playing that music. But devotional music is more than that.”

“It gives you a high, a spiritual connection with the Almighty if presented in a correct manner. Many youngsters liked ‘Bam Lahari’ and when they dance on the song, they got into a trance while listening to it. So, through Shivoham, I attempt to redefine devotional music.”
Kher said he wanted to celebrate the idea of unity through his new work.

“I believe that God is one, so are our prayers and we all human beings are one. I also believe that the prayers and good deeds should have a sense of honesty. If you are hungry, instead of doing ‘puja’, do your ‘pet puja (feed yourself’)... You know what I mean? If an old man is hungry, give him bread instead of advising to pray to God, because He lives in us, His energy lives through us.”
Kher is planning to come up with one album every year on devotional music.