The Music Poetry Project is a unique album that takes some of the
most precious poems of Hindi and turns them into soulful songs.
Who am I?
I’m Chinmayi, a trained Hindustani Classical singer and
the lead singer-songwriter of Spice Route – a Delhi-based fusion band. After having
dabbled in fusion-based contemporary Hindi music with a blend of classical
influences, and collaborating with some of the finest artists in the country, I
am now attempting to popularize and reignite the love for Hindi poetry among the
What is The Music Poetry
This is an album consisting of music based on
some of the finest poems in the Hindi language. The album comprises of select
poems from legendary poets of the modern era, such as Ramdhari Singh Dinkar,Harivash Rai Bachchan, Nirala, Mahadevi Verma, Anamika, Dharmaveer Bharti,
Shivmangal Singh Suman, Bhavaniprasad Mishra and Maithilisharan Gupt. composed and produced as songs.Some really renowned independent artists are supporting the project through their music such as Susmit Sen, Sharatchandra Shrivastav, Baiju Dharmajan and Deepak Ram.
Why are we doing something like
This album is a small step towards popularizing some of the finest
poems of Hindi through music. The select poems will be arranged into songs and
will be compiled into an album. Our objective behind such an album is:
- To compose the best of Hindi poetry into songs
so that they can reach out to masses and become popular.
- To bring together some of the finest musicians
of fusion music who are considered maestros in their field of work so that the
album created is truly a masterpiece.
- Need for revival of Hindi poetry and poetic
- There is a rich heritage of poetry in Hindi literature.
However, in the last few decades, there has been a steep deterioration of Hindi
Poetry. There are many social and educational reasons responsible for this.
Why does The Music & Poetry
Project need to exist today?
In general, there is a decline in the number students who opt for
Literature and Arts, as these are not considered economically secure streams.
Writing in Hindi is not aspirational for the new generation due to excessive
weight-age given to English as a medium. The vocabulary of Hindi is shrinking in
the younger generation and therefore they cannot comprehend complex works
written in earlier times. There is a dearth of fine writers in
Hindi literature today. The quality has dipped, and the poets are hardly
memorable. We need path-breaking initiatives that will not only popularize
great works but also inspire more and more Hindi writers to pick up the pen.
What can people expect from the
The album mainly revolves around the themes of nature, beauty, joy
of life, love and inspiration to fight against challenges in order to move
forward in life. The album is going to consist of ten songs, which will be an eclectic fusion of classical, folk and contemporary music.
I believe that this project has a much larger significance and it is something that is close to the hearts of a large population. It is not only my project, but one that belongs to people at large. There are many who believe that there is a great scope of bringing back good poetry in mainstream music and the fact that it is not there, hurts them. There are not too many people who are trying to make this happen, I just want to be the one, but there is no way I can do this alone! I need the support of everyone who feel strongly for this, in any way possible. And that is why I want to do it only as a crowd-sourced album.
Well, risks and challenges are a part of every game. Bringing together so many great, busy artists is one challenge. There may be other creative challenges, but I’m very confident that I can pull this off if I get the required funds, as I’m very passionate about this. And as long as the passion is burning bright, no challenge is too big to conquer.
Well at this stage, I’d like to believe that I should be able to raise the funds, as there are enough of such people who believe in it. I have been working on this project since the last six months. I have invested all my time, emotions and money into this album, therefore it would be heartbreaking to see this fail. Additionally, it would cause indefinite delays as I don't have a Plan B. But, I am confident that I can make this happen, with the support of all those who feel for Hindi literature and poetry.
The project is my first step in a series of activities that I want to pursue to bring together music and good literature. This is how I'm starting with poems of Hindi , tomorrow there can be nazms of Urdu or poems of other languages picked up by other artists. This project has the potential to grow into a movement which leads to music creation, events, workhops and even music festival.
In this day and age, there is no place one can escape to for long. Moreover, I worship my music and there’s no way I would bring disgrace to it by conning people. I’m too excited to bring this album to light and have invested too much into it to run away.