Kausar Munir: Poetry is self-expression, songwriting is custom work | MorungExpress

Bombay, August 27 (IANS) Famous poet and lyricist Kausar Munir believes that becoming a lyricist is quite a personalized job that requires a different set of skills, while poetry is largely a poet’s self-expression.

She 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 others.

While the poet-lyricist is part of ‘India Shayari Project’, a poetry show, when asked about the difference between writing poetry and writing lyrics for a Bollywood song, Kausar told IANS: “Poetry is very different in that sense compared to writing the lyrics of a song as poetry follows certain rules and parameters. Poetry is essentially something that I believe arises from your own experiences, stories, thoughts and expressions. is purely the expression of the poet, that is what poetry is.

“While writing movies or songs is a very specialized and personalized job. You write a script for a character/actor by a briefing given by the director, keeping in mind the constraints of the business, which is the music label and the producer. So of course, as long as the thoughts are yours, but what the thoughts have to accomplish was said by someone else.”

“So it’s a very specialized job and people don’t understand that not every poet can be a lyricist and that it’s not necessary for every lyricist to be a poet in his purest form. But yeah, poetry is very different, the demand of a lyricist is very different from the demands of a poet. It’s a whole different set of skills,” she pointed out.

It is quite interesting to observe how poetry and music share an internal relationship; but in recent years, the quality of song lyrics is not as memorable as before.

When asked if somewhere in the mainstream entertainment space poetry is going away, Kausar insisted on staying relevant with the times and moving with the vibe.

She explained, “No, it’s not. In every era, the requirements change. In an era where emojis have their own language, if I say ‘Chaudavi Ka Chand Ya Aftab Ho’, it’s not okay. adapt well to less and until it’s a period drama.Everything keeps changing depending on the mood of the moment.

“For example, the 90s saw Nadeem-Shravan bring in a completely new sound. Even in the new millennium, we have wonderful poets and writers who have bought into new ways. Javed Sahab and Gulzar Sahab remain the deans of this space. ” Rockstar” (Bollywood film starring Ranbir Kapoor) can be considered one of the best lyrical albums of all time. Irshad Kamil’s depth of thought, vocabulary and language is marvellous. Amitabh Bhattacharya I think it’s the new age Anand Bakshi and Anand Bakshi is a giant. We have to do what’s in the mood of the moment,” she added.

As the India Shayari (ISP) project was launched on ZEE5 with Kumar Vishwas, Zakir Khan and Kausar, she said such an initiative would open many doors for young poets to flourish.

“I believe the younger generation is extremely interested in ‘Shayari’ and poetry, but maybe they need more portals and doors to open for them to get familiar with it and maybe better at it. I think Zee Live’s India Shayari project on ZEE5 is great because the first sample of the show was tailored to different sensibilities and demographics so you can understand what the scope and scale of poetry can be. done, all in the service of popularizing something that has demand anyway, but we have to point it in the right direction,” Kausar signed.

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