MUMBAI: Shefali Saxena recently released her single “Ghoomar”. Ghoomar – A Royal Folk is composed by eminent Sitarist singer Suhel Rais Khan, son of legendary sitarist Ustad Rais Khan, who made a major contribution to the golden era of Indian cinema. The song is also co-sung and written by Rajasthani artist Rekha Rao. Shefali Saxena, trained in kathak and Hindustani vocal music, was not only showcased with her prodigious looks, but also directed the video under her label “Unwind Communications”.
The duo released several singles last year in the Indian Folk genre, preserving the rich cultural heritage of our country. Some of the singles have been featured in Trending Top5/Top10 lists of music platforms. Ghoomar is the glory of royal Rajasthan and symbolic of India’s rich cultural heritage.
It’s a rhythmic song, with heavy grooves and classic alaap, but at the same time preserving the rustic, raw flavor of traditional folk music. A song filled with innocence, grace and admiration of a Rajputana woman, performing auspicious occasions with a ghoonghat on her head covering her face and aesthetics in the movements and gestures adorned with flowing dresses called ghagara. Ghoomar concentrates a splendid display of feminine energy and devotion to Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music, arts and wisdom.
Shefali says “Although the music transcends language, culture and time, and although the notes are the same, Indian music is unique because it is evolved, sophisticated and the melodies are defined – Dayananda Saraswati” I completely agree Indian music, whether folk, classical, contemporary or any other traditional form as long as it retains its pure, rich feel and smooth power. I am a proud and extremely emotional Indian, when it comes to our heritage culture, which is looked upon with so much honor and fascination abroad as well, but somewhere we lose it in the latest musical trends, which I think , are more sound-based than melody with sometimes misleading lyrics.
With Ghoomar and other past releases with very talented musician Suhel Rais Khan ji, I made a little effort to revive our authentic Indian folk culture, which is slightly unknown in the indie music industry and more prevalent in Bollywood. I worked creatively in every aspect of this great video with honest intention and with my strong team, whether it was the royal Rajputana with a bold attitude, choreography with props and most importantly, the filming location , an elegant, historic, fortified 300-year-old Chomu Palace in Rajasthan, a story of bringing Incredible India to today’s invincible youth, mostly listening to music platforms.
Song link :-