Hema Malini turns singer on Lord Krishna’s birthday

Hema Malini has always been in the forefront of Indian art and culture, a true karma yogi, and now will debut as a singer on Janmashtami with a full fledged 8 track bhajan album ”˜GOPALA KO SAMARPAN’ at the ISCKON temple on Aug 13,  in Juhu, Mumbai. It also marks the coming together of Indian classical legends like Pandit Hari Prasad Chauasia, Rajan Sajan Mishra & Pandit Shivkumar Sharma specifically for the actress ”“parliamentarian Hema Malini.

Says Hema Malini, “The entire credit goes to Narayan Agarwal, a Krishna bhakt, who is known for bringing out the best of Jagjit Singh and Anup Jalota bhajans. When Narayanji asked me to sing 8 tracks for this album I was hesitant to sing as I am not a professional singer, and didn’t want to do anything in a  half hearted manner. But he insisted that I should listen to all the compositions first, before taking the final call.”

After hearing all the compositions she realized the importance of the album. She adds, “You don’t get to share platform with legends like Pandit Jasraj ji, Hariparsadji, Rajan Sajan ji and Shiv Kumar Sharmaji that often. And when such stalwarts have composed the tunes, then it was a tremendous pressure on me to perform well. Besides every track is differently composed, keeping the mood and situations in mind.”

And being a thorough professional as always, Hema Malini did her riyaaz for almost 6 months under the tutelage of Guruji Gagan Singh, at times rehearsing even on the flights.

Hema Malini got so involved in the project that she wanted to incorporate the Braj Language as a prelude to all the tracks and requested Ravindra Jain to pen a few lines. “Dada was very fond of me and it is probably his last work. Before every track I have used dialogues (bol) to explain the situation of the song,” says the emotional actress turned singer.

Hon. Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi ji releasing Hema Malini’s debut bhajan album ‘Gopala ko Samarpan’ written by Kavi Narayan ‘Das Narayan’. When Hema Malini presented the album to the Prime Minister, he told her that he had already heard her chants in Soundarya Lahiri and was sure that her debut  bhajan album ”˜Gopala Ko Samarpan’ will be as good.  

Poet Narayan Agarawal penned eight lyrics for this album. He has been a devotee of Lord Krishna and wanted Hema to be a part of this album. “Since the time, I heard her chanting Soundarya Lahiri in an album couple of years ago, I knew that she would sing bhajans beautifully. Her Sanskrit pronunciation is impeccable and that’s vital for any recitation. But Hemaji was not ready to sing eight tracks because she required enough time to rehearse before the recording, and keeping her film and political assignments in mind, it needed a lot of coordination. But I didn’t let it go, it was a herculean task, but we have achieved it finally,” says Narayan Agarwal.

All the 8 Bhajan tracks were recorded at Lata Mangeshkar’s studio in Mumbai suburbs.  The music video has been choreographed by Bhusan Lakhandri and will be aired on Zee Music.

Incidentally, Hema sang for the first time in 1977 for Kishore Kumar, Bengali album ‘Gun Gun Kore Je Mon’, released during Durga Puja which had become a chartbuster.

Last year too Babul Supriyo launched a music video that marked Hema’s musical sojourn as a duet singer with Babul in Aaji Suniye Zara.

8 Bhajan Tracks:  ”˜GOPALA KO SAMARPAN’

  1. Krishna Ki Preet by Pt Jasraj
  2. Na Radha Na Meera by Pt H Chourasia
  3. Palna Jhule Nand Gopal by Pt HC
  4. Nandlal Brijpal by Shiv Kumar
  5. Prem Kamal by Rajan Sajan Mishra
  6. Kar Kamlan Mein by Shiv Kumar Sharma
  7. Naino ki tum by Rajan Sajan Mishra
  8. Aisan Riji Mein by Pandit Jasraj


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