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Involving poetry in lyrics a welcoming move: Irshad Kamil

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016,13:26 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | His songs are always rooted in literature and lyricist Irshad Kamil is happy that poetry is making a comeback in Bollywood songs. Kamil, 44, who is inclined towards poetry and folk tunes, be it the inclusion of Baba Farid’s popular hymn ‘Kaga sab tan khaiyo…’ in ‘Nadan Parindey’ from Rockstar or immensely hummable ‘Jag Ghoomeya’ from Sultan, says without literature it is not possible to write good songs.

I take involving poetry in Bollywood albums as a welcoming move. Vocabulary wise I experiment a lot. I did PhD in Hindi poetry and that is the reason why there is a strong influence of literature in my lyrics. I feel, be it any writer, reading is must, without reading good literature, you cannot write well, Kamil said.

The lyricist feels involving poetry in the songs not only enriches them, but also popularizes the poets, who have not received the recognition they deserved. If ‘Ikk Kudi’ was not part of ‘Udta Punjab,’ how many people would have known it is written by Shiv Kumar Batalvi, people, who are not avid readers, also know him now. Be it Faiz, Ghalib, Bulle Shah… poetry only enriches the lyrics.

When I write, I keep in mind to not be superficial and repetitive. I try to find out innovative ways to express the same feeling and poetry helps me in that, he added. Kamil, who is getting a lot of praise for his latest venture ‘Sultan’ said his favourite track from the album is ‘Jag Ghoomeya’ sung by Rahat Fatel Ali Khan.

The writer feels one needs to get into the skin of the character and understand the feelings when penning a romantic song. One needs to go into the story of the character before writing anything. If you are not able to understand the character completely you cannot write from your heart. Superficial lyrics can be written but, to write love songs like ‘Jag Ghoomeya’ one needs to become the character, he said.

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