Every song needs to have a meaning, otherwise it is just noise
For Jasleen Aulakh, the inspiration was hidden in her mother’s diary. While her mother stowed away limericks in it, Jasleen fostered a deep love for music, constructing a make- believe studio in her room as a child and recording songs. And when she finally dug up her mother’s unpublished
songs and poems, Jasleen knew she has to do justice to them.
Q. How did ‘ Ittefaq’ happen? A. I stumbled upon my mother’s diary in which had lyrics and poems. I stole some stuff from it and made a tune! That was a big ittefaaq, coincidence. From then, there was no looking back, now I compose music with her and will release my first album next month. It is called “Polly’s Diary”, after my mother. Q. What genre inspires you?
A. I am inspired by Punjabi, Himachali and Rajasthani folk music. I like to keep my music acoustic. I use unconventional instruments like debuka or a jimbe or a rubab. When I travel, I pick up local instruments and use that with folk tunes. For example, in my song ‘ Paisa Paisa’, I’ve used a danmoi, a Vietnamese version of morchang, a Rajasthani instrument.
Q. How did audience react to that?
A. Most people have taken to my music and I am grateful for that. But then there also some who just don’t have an ear for serious music. It is really annoying when people come up to you and request you to sing ‘ Munni Badnam Hui’ Q. How is contemporary music from Punjab evolving?
A. I see a lot of scope for Punjabi music now. Our folk music is something we should cherish and I am trying to make people aware of and value our tunes. There’s so much more depth and meaning to Punjabi music than what people perceive. Q. Do you think your experiments with folk music are working?
A. It seems to be working. I keep it earthy and that is the reason why I didn’t go electro. I am not changing the genre too much and keep the essence of folk alive. Sometimes, people just want to hear something new. So I am presenting the same thing, with a new flavour. I adore Sufi music and am waiting for the day to arrive when people understand its real meaning music and don’t just term any Bollywood song “Sufi”.