Press Trust of India
September 17, 2012 19:11 IST
Kailash Kher is collaborating with folk singer Prahlad Singh
Popular Sufi singer Kailash Kher
is collaborating with folk singer Prahlad Singh Tippanya for
the fifth album by his band Kailasa.
Tipaniya, who performs Kabir bhajans in the Malwi folk
style from Madhya Pradesh, will be contributing to at least
four to five songs in the new album.
This is the first time Kher and his band has collaborated
with anyone despite getting several offers, even from foreign
"Ever since my career began, a lot of opportunities have
come my way. Canadian musician Michael Brook, who collaborated
with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, wanted to work with us after
listening to our music in Los Angeles.
"But when it comes to collaborations, we wanted to
explore the music from our own country, which has so much to
offer," Kher told PTI.
Tipanya, who is a teacher-principal in a small school in
Madhya Pradesh, was awarded the Padma Shri in 2011. Kher heard
him perform at a concert organised in Tipanya's village last
"Tipanya's music reminded me of my childhood and my
father. It's the rootedness that connected me to him. We are
looking to create a unique collaboration by fusing his lyrics
and style of singing with the contemporary music that Kailasa
is famous for," he said.
Kher, whose Bollywood film songs as well as his albums
are quite popular, said folk music is receiving the
appreciation and attention it deserves.
"Folk music has been the USP of many film songs. These
days music is available to people across various formats, be
it internet or mobile, and that has benefited folk music as
well. Times are changing," said Kher.
Kailasa's fifth album is expected to be out early next
year. "That is if we are able to finish it by then since we
are busy with tours and other commitments," said Kher.