Bollywood singers join Dubai-based writer Melvyn Rodrigues to cut a Konkani album.
Bollywood singers Sunidhi Chauhan, Vasundhara Das and Soumya Rao have joined forces with singers and musicians from different parts of the world to bring out a Konkani album titled Dini Dini. They were been brought together by Kavita ? a Dubai-based trust that works for the promotion of Konkani poetry, which is headed by Melvyn Rodrigues, a reputed poet himself.
Dini Dini has been produced by Rodrigues and Mumbai-based music director Alwyn Fernandes, who has worked on the soundtrack of movies such as Satya, Vaastav, Mast and Jungle.
This album was released in Mangalore and Mumbai on January 7 and 8 respectively followed by a global release.
The 8-song album comprises 6 solos, a duet and a trio, and spans different styles, ranging from jazz-funk to disco, baila, rock and blues.
"I have tried to keep the lyrics and tunes simple, taking into consideration the tastes of the young generation, without compromising on its poetic beauty," says Rodrigues.
It is the first time that this kind of venture is being attempted in Konkani. "We started with a modest attempt, but soon realised that many people were interested in our venture. Word of our efforts spread beyond Dubai and we were soon besieged with queries from across the world," says Rodrigues.
This led to the inclusion of artistes such as Goa's nightingale Lorna, south Indian singer Guru Kiran, Rony D'Cunha, Warren D'Souza and Joy Fernandes (based in Kuwait) and Adolf Jayatilak from Mangalore.
But how did they manage to overcome the language problem?
"Initially, we were a bit concerned whether the singers would be able to do justice to Konkani songs, but believe me, you will not find a single mispronunciation across the entire album. Sunidhi, Soumya, Vasundhara and Guru Kiran are singing for the first time in Konkani.
"For Sunidhi, Soumya and Vasundhara, we wrote the lyrics in Nagari (a syllabic script used to write Sanskrit and Hindi) script," says Rodrigues.
And has justice been done to the singers?
"We have tried to do justice to each artiste. For example, the lyrics for Lorna were penned specially and I have retained the Goan dialect in her song. The same goes for the others ? we have matched their styles to the songs," says Rodrigues.
Proceeds from the album will go towards establishing a permanent fund to conduct an annual Konkani poetry competition among high school students in Karnataka, South India.