Honoured to be mentioned in Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s official blog.
Thank you sir…for this unforgettable experience.
‘Madhushala was written in 1933, when my Father was 26 years of age, and today as we approach almost 80 years of its existence it has only grown in its importance and popularity. The ballad that was put together as an interpretation of some of the verses which I sang in the same ‘dhun’ that my Father created, was an aesthetic delight. Choreographed by the very talented Mayuri and her dance troupe ‘NritaRutya’, on a stage setting, with music arranged by my dear friend Aadesh Shrivastava, during one of our many mad night sessions at his studio, was by far the most stunning moment of the 10th. It was the best tribute that I could ever have paid to the memory of my Father.
To me Madhushala has always expressed itself as a celebration of life ! Even in the darkest hours of our presence in the world, Madhushala accepting its being, found a joyous aspect to all that pervaded. The ballet had the briefing from me on this and was performed to perfection on it … with me joining in at the end expressing gay abandon with the dancers, despite the oppressive and sad realities of life. It has been a moment with me from the time of its recording that has brought tears into mine eyes, a moment when goose bumps filled me with the memory and the idealism of my Father’s philosophy – a philosophy which I hope and pray I can live and maintain for the rest of my living years … !!’