Sonu Nigam gives modern twist to classic ghazals on MTV Unplugged

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Ghazals, which are recognized among the top soothing genres of Indian music, bumps into mesmerizing renditions in the soulful vocals of Sonu Nigam.

The singer is set to usher in the magic of the ghazal in the 8thseason of MTV’s Unplugged series, where he will be heard singing songs by legends like Pankaj Udas, Ghulam Ali, and Jagjit Singh.

Evergreen melodies like Jagjit Singh’s ‘Koi Yeh Kaise Bataye’ and ‘Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar’ along with Ghulam Ali’s ‘Apni Taswir’ will be given a modern twist by Sonu Nigam

Speaking about the inspiration behind singing ghazal, Sonu said that he wanted to give the younger generation a taste of the classic treasure to enable them to discover the beauty of the musical genre.

“We have tried to give a modern twist to these old songs, wrap it up in new attire and present it to the audience. We were deciding on the kind of songs we can incorporate in this episode. We discussed if I should sing my own songs or present some old classic numbers. We finally decided on ghazals. We were lucky enough to grow up with this kind of music, but today’s generation is not aware of it,” Sonu said.

Sonu said platforms like MTV provided artists certain freedoms that are generally not offered in the world of commercial music.

“Generally when we sing a song, we are told all about how to sing and what to sing. But over here, we are clear to sing what we want,” he said.

The latest season of Royal Stag Barrel Select MTV Unplugged will spotlight a unique and beautiful line up of soul-stirring vocals and exotic musical orchestration by some of the musical geniuses including Guru Randhawa,  Diljit Dosanjh, Benny Dayal,  Shahid Malaya, Jonita Gandhi,  and Neeti Mohan, who will play their favourite songs unplugged.