Dehradun: The much awaited musical album (video) of renowned Uttarakhandi folk singer Narender Negi invaded the market on Friday. Music lovers in the hill state were anxiously waiting for Negi,s “Ab Kathga Khailo” since a long time.Few months back its audio was released and it evoked warm response from all quarters. The video of ‘Ab Kathga Khailo’ was officially released by State Secretary of Communist Party of India Samar Bhandari at a hotel in Dehradun on Friday.
Negi’s new album Ab Kathga Khailo makes a sharp attack on rapidly spreading corruption in the country. It also highlights the corruption of the State Government. Commenting on the new video, folk singer Narendra Negi said, “I write songs on things happening around me. Corruption is a big issue in the current times. My album contains two songs on corruption and I am hopeful that the music lovers will like them.
The shooting of this album took place in various locations in Dehradun and Pauri districts. Directed by Anil Bisht, Ghananand, Vimal Bahuguna, Rajesh Joshi, Harshpati Rayal, Madan Duklan, Rakesh Gaur, Ajay Solanki, Kabilas Negi, Yatendra Bahuguna, Mukesh Sharma, Abu Rawat, Beena Rawat, Richa, Neelam Bisht and Shivani Rana are the leading artists in the new VCD. Usha Negi is the dress designer and Ravi Bhatt the cameraman.
A presentation of the Himalayan Films, the title song -’Commission Ki Meet-Bhaat’ is a satire on the functioning of top brass of the Uttarakhand Government involved in making money through commission. Right from Maha Kumbh-2011 and Sturdia land scam all figure in the song. The folk singer also makes a sharp attack on the supporters of political leaders acting as agents. Machu Pani Paindu is the second song on corruption in the album and it points at lower office level corruption.
Another attraction of the album is a duet by father and son. Narendra Negi’s son Kabilas Negi (an MBA Graduate) makes a debut. The father-son has teamed up for the first time to sing Apuru See Dikandu Che, a song on highlanders preferring to call themselves native of Dehradun rather than the hills. The psychology of many young Uttarakhandi who hate being called a Pahadi is minutely captured in the song. Mayadar – is a sufi song, while Rupako Jadu and Main Tho Suni Tera Gaon Maa are the two love songs in the album.
Mohan Lakhera, Director of Himalayan Films, said, Himalayan Films began its journey in 2008 and we have produced 14 video albums, 25 audios, 5 films and 10 MP3 in these bygone four years. We are committed to the promotion of the hill folk and we will continue our endeavor. We also wish to provide good platform to the youth and talent of the state.
Brief profile of Narendra Singh Negi: One of the most prominent folk singers of Uttarakhand, Negi was born on 12 August 1949 at Pauri Village in district Pauri. An institution by himself Negi, began his music career with “Garhwali Geetmala”. He is not a mere entertainer but is an Artist, a Singer, a Composer and a Poet, who is sensitive to his surroundings.