Durga Jasraj to make film based on classical songs

MUMBAI: Gone are the days when classical songs used to be a part of every second film. Who will forget those ear-catching songs in films like Mughal-e-Azam and Pakeezah and scores of other films.

To fill in this void, singer-turned-anchor Durga Jasraj daughter of music icon Pandit Jasraj is contemplating to produce a Hindi film with a number of classical songs. The film based on classical music will be made under her production and event Management Company ‘Art and Artistes.‘

"These days no one in Bollywood is making films like Baiju Bawra or Tansen, where classical music is part of the storyline. The last such film was Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam that had songs with references to classical music," Durga said. She is, however, yet to finalise a script and casting for the project.

Born and brought up in a musical household, Durga always had music in her blood and started her career at the age of seven as a classical vocalist, before turning into other music-related ventures.

Her reality show Jalsa on Doordarshan brought together classical music and reality show. The show had young maestros, selected through a talent hunt, and legendary artists performing in all genres of Indian music like Hindustani, Ghazal, Carnatic, Bhajan, Sufi, folk.

Produced by her company, the programme begun as a concert tour spread across 40 cities in India in 2006 but was later spinned into a reality show.

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