What ever happened to good old Ghazals where sound and symphony would work hand in hand to produce the most enchanting, mesmerizing and spellbinding music? All we seem to hear in today’s fast-paced world is rock, EDM, hip-hop and other forms of head-banging, heart-thumping and fist-pumping music. What we do need, at least every once in a while, is some calming, soothing and soulful tunes to slow us down, relax the mind and the senses and make us appreciate the classical, age-old genres of music. And that’s exactly what Ranjeet Rajwada brings to us, coupled with his breathtaking voice that is sure to captivate your hearts and take you back to the melodies of the yesteryears.
Ranjeet draws his musical and vocal inspiration from the masters of the Ghazal genre such as Ustad Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, and Mehdi Hassan Sahab. This young prodigy is well known for his performances on the popular Indian music TV show ‘Saregamapa Singing Superstars’ in 2010 that brought the audience present at the studio, and at home alive while melodiously refreshing their memories with some of the greatest hits of all time. Even as a child, Ranjeet was always motivated by his father Mahesh Rajwada, and the musical environment he grew up in. Music, it seems, runs in Ranjeet’s blood.
“I am not a songwriter but I have the knack to judge good lyrics and give my best to integrate it with my music to give justice to the whole composition”, says ‘The Prince of Ghazal’, as Ranjeet is popularly known as.
Ranjeet confesses that he has never faced any negativity or hardships to date, the sole and simple reason being that his love and passion for the musical arts has instilled a sense of strong self-confidence in him in every step of the way and that has built the trust in him to go further. Ranjeet found solace in music and music didn’t let him down either making him a master in the genre of Ghazal music.
I am not a songwriter but I have the knack to judge good lyrics and give my best to integrate it with my music to give justice to the whole composition
“According to me, music is like praying to God because I feel a divine connection.” Some pray and some provide offerings to the Gods while others conduct pujas to feel at one with the Almighty. But Ranjeet? His singing is the equivalent of his communication with God.
Ranjeet says that on a non-musical note, his biggest inspiration is Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Azad. And musically, his biggest inspirations are his guru and father, Mahesh Rajwada, his second guru Chiranji Lal, and Ustad Mehdi Hassan, Ustad Ghulam Ali and Jagjit Singh. But still, Ranjeet gives most of his musical credit to his father who, he says, has been his number one mentor and his pillar of strength. “I couldn’t have asked for more.”
I want people to remember that Ghazal is immortal and everlasting and the genre is still alive. I want to promote Ghazal while sticking to the roots of Indian classical music.
Ranjeet says that when it comes to Ghazal music, there are a good number of listeners around the world but comparatively less number of singers. “I want people to remember that Ghazal is immortal and everlasting and the genre is still alive. I want to promote Ghazal while sticking to the roots of Indian classical music.”
For those who are aiming to pursue music professionally, Ranjeet advises them to first listen to good music including authentic Indian classical music before delving into composing immediately. He also advises them to be open to continuous learning and practice a lot of patience. Because this bold singer and music composer doesn’t think of music as just sounds and vocals combined, but as a way of life. “Not only will it give you immense happiness and peace of mind, it will instill a sense of maturity and align your thought process.” After all, why practice meditation and attain well-being with yoga, vastu or feng shui, when you can do it with music?