Pun­jabi mu­sic matches Jazz

GAU­RAV DAYAL

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNJABI -

En­gi­neer turned mu­si­cian, com­poser and pro­ducer Gau­rav Dayal, wears the un­usual ti­tle of Pun­jabi Pop King in the in­dus­try. He has to his credit songs like, Jassi’s ‘ Dil Le Gayi Kudi Gu­jarat Di’, Mika’s ‘ Gabru’, and says the pos­i­tive scales of Pun­jabi mu­sic gets peo­ple’s at­ten­tion.

Q. What global mar­ket does Pun­jabi mu­sic im­pact? A. The non- film mu­sic in­dus­try de­pends a lot on the Pun­jabi mu­sic mar­ket. Pun­jabi mu­sic is ac­cepted glob­ally, and both Jay Z, Se­lena Gomez have used my ( mu­si­cal) ele­ments. Like Gospel mu­sic there seems to be a scale link. Q. What else is com­mon?

A. If I can be so bold enough to say that Pun­jabi mu­sic scales are dif­fer­ent from In­dian ra­gas and has in­flu­ences from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, there is a match with scales of Jazz. It is global be­cause of two things— rhythms and the swing fac­tor. Dhol and tumbi may not be fa­mil­iar abroad but R& B is, the com­mon har­mony is fa­mil­iar. Q. Don’t folk Pun­jabi folk- tunes be­come pop­u­lar? A. It is not pure folk that makes it, it is the adap­ta­tion. I did an al­bum called ‘ Groove Pun­jab’ where I used R& B and that got ap­pre­ci­ated by both In­dian and in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences.

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