The celebrated poet and lyricist Kausar Munir believes that becoming a lyricist is quite a personalized job that requires a different skill set, while poetry is largely the self-expression of the poet.
He said that the younger generation is very interested in ‘Shayari’ and poetry, but they need more doors. Kausar is known for writing some of the beautiful Bollywood songs like ‘Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin’, ‘Suno Na Sangemarmar’, ‘Falak Tak’ among many others.
As the poet and lyricist is part of the ‘Project India Shayari’, a poetry program, who was asked how writing poetry differs from writing the lyrics to a Bollywood song, Kausar Munir told IANS: “Poetry is very different in that sense compared to writing lyrics. of a song as poetry follows certain rules and parameters. Poetry is essentially something that I feel comes from your own experiences, narratives, thoughts and expressions. It is purely the expression of the poet, that’s poetry.
“Whereas film or songwriting is a very specialized and personalized job. You are writing a script for a character / actor by a writing given by the director, taking into account the compulsions of the trade, which is the music label and the producer. So of course, even though the thoughts are yours, someone else has told you what the thoughts need to accomplish. “
“So, it is a very specialized work and people do not understand that not every poet can be a lyricist and it is not necessary that every lyricist be a poet in his purest form. But yes, poetry is very different, the demands of a lyricist are very different from those of a poet. It’s a completely different skill set, ”noted Kausar Munir.
It is very interesting to observe how poetry and music share an internal relationship; But in recent years, the quality of the song lyrics is not as memorable as it used to be.
When asked if somewhere in the mainstream entertainment space poetry is disappearing, the lyricist emphasized staying relevant over time and moving with the vibe.
Kausar Munir explained: “No, it is not. With each changing era, the requirements change. In times when emojis have their own language, if I’m going to say ‘Chaudavi Ka Chand Ya Aftab Ho’, it won’t fit well unless it’s a period drama. Everything keeps changing according to the vibe of the moment. “
“For example, the ’90s saw Nadeem-Shravan bring a whole new sound. Even in the new millennium, we have wonderful poets and writers who have shopped in new ways. Javed Sahab and Gulzar Sahab continue to be the masters of this space. ‘Rockstar’ (Bollywood movie with Ranbir Kapoor) can be counted as one of the lyrically best albums of all time. Irshad Kamil’s depth of thought, vocabulary, and language is wonderful. Amitabh Bhattacharya I think it is the new age Anand Bakshi and Anand Bakshi is a giant. We need to do whatever the mood of the moment is, ”he added.
When the India Shayari Project (ISP) launched in ZEE5 with Kumar Vishwas, Zakir Khan and Kausar Munir, he said that such an initiative will open many doors for young poets to flourish.
“I think the younger generation is extremely interested in ‘Shayari’ and poetry, but perhaps they need more portals and doors that open for them to become familiar with it and perhaps understand it better. I think Zee Live’s India Shayari Project on ZEE5 is great because the first sample of the show targeted different sensitivities and demographics so you could understand what the scope and scale of poetry can be. Actually, all in the service of popularizing something that is in demand anyway, but we must point in the right direction ”, concluded Kausar.
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