I have been listening to their songs since I heard "Man talyaat...malyaat" in our college's Firodia Karandak play 3-4 years ago. I have been hooked ever since. The reason is simple....the lyrics, the tunes, the music...its just inexplicable....Few months back when i had got the 3 of their released albums for my mom, the shopkeeper said "this guy(Sandeep Khare) sells more than Jagjit Singh and the likes ! ".
With lots of expectations me and Dhaval went for the show...and oh boy...! The theatre was jam packed...everywhere i could see people, many of them of our generation, which i was surprised to find. The show started with their trademark "ayushyavar bolu kahi". The show is arranged such that the songs and poems presented go from one mood of life to another. Salil has this soft, classically trained voice and Sandeep's is more charismatic with an identity of its own. And together they create magic....In few of the songs Sandeep interludes the tunes with verses from his poems, it sounds amazing.
With melodious and mightyly meaningful songs, impact is what you feel...and applaud is all you see and do. The best part about the Sandeep's writings is that he goes in depth in many other subjects other than the just standard romanticism. His poems like "Safarchand" on the mediocrity in life, and "Nastik" on being a nastik touch heights of imagination. I found "Nastik" deeply profound. Another poem "Love Letter" is a sarcasm on use of English in everyday Marathi.
And the second best part is that even a person with average art-appreciation genes can enjoy and understand the thought put behind his poems. A friend of mine recently rightly said..."Aplya veles hi kuni kavi zala asa aplya pudhcya pidhyanna sangu shaku ! "
At the end of the show we met them...i tried to say "Haslo karan dusre kahi shakya nahi..." a line from one of his poems, but i couldn't say it the way it should have been. I still remember the weird smile Sandeep Khare gave me :P
And i did i say the third best part... Sandeep uses these ugly, hoarse sounding words ( which are not that uncommon for Marathi ) in his compositions. Yet he and Salil, manage to make real good tunes out of them.
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