Great things happen when great people come together and join hands to make music. In what is already perceived as a great piece of quality music, the lyricist of the new national anthem ‘Saya Thunga Phul Ka Hami’
, Byakul Maila
and musician Shantiram Rai
have hit the stands with their latest effort ‘Utsaha’
. Many may not have heard much about Shantiram Rai,
but he is a well known name among the music industry circles having spent over two decades singing and providing music for other artists. Though the duo who have been friends for a long time, had made plans in working on a musical album for sometime, Byakul Maila’s
sudden popularity in lieu of him having composed the new national anthem of Nepal, saw him committed to other spheres of his career including various performances and felicitation functions, and hence the delay in completing this much awaited album.
In spite of having been making music for over two decades and relatively successful in earning from the industry, not much has been heard of Shantiram Rai and when fursad.com caught up with him and asked him for the reasons, this is what the elusive musician cum singer had to say – “I am partly to be blamed for this. I wish to do my stuff in my own terms and I do not believe much in the media. Moreover, I am dead against false promotions that a lot of people resort to these days”. Coming back to the album ‘Utsaha’ collaborated with Byakul Maila, he said that he did go through quite a lot of difficulty during the making of it. “Though things were already in place much before he wrote the national anthem, his sudden popularity and hence, his business shelved the project for a long time. Moreover, there was this added responsibility of coming up with an equally good album keeping in mind Byakul Maila’s as well as the expectations of the whole nation in mind. I think I have used up all my twenty years of experience in the field on ‘Utsaha’. We faced a lot of hardships as well. For instance, the songs were ready but we were short of funds to record the. We went from pillar to post of numerous organizations for help but none was forthcoming. Finally, we did manage to pay off the recording studios with a little help from our families and friends. Comprising of a total of seven songs, the album is based on folk and sugam sangeet and has been released under the banner of Music Nepal. Those lending their voices on the album include Parvati Rai, Kala Rai, Sarala Rai, Aavha Mukarung, Lashmit Rai, Jagdish Samal, Bhisan Mukarung, Rajesh Payel Rai, Ram Krishna Dhakal and Shantiram Rai himself. Here’s fursad.com wishing ‘Utsaha’ all our very best.