Wednesday April 2, 2008

Charkha (Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rohail Hyatt)

Posted by Karthik

Thanks to his pedigree, Rahat’s first Indian album is a landmark. The combination of electronic sound, his vibrant vocals and some fantastic tunes is immediately arresting. The overall mood is sedate and ambient – best expounded in songs like More ang ang, Dunga pani, Aj hun and Saiyaan. Na janay kahan is the most commercial and familiar sounding tune, thanks to its Pakistani pop like structure. My personal favorite is the strongly sufi-flavored Kanday utay and the delightfully varied Tere bina that takes a strikingly different hue half way through! Charkha is a classy, mature and evolved piece of work!

Keywords: Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rohail Hyatt

Note: I completely missed mentioning the composer’s name here. Thanks to Disco Deewana’s comment for pointing this out.



  • sanjay J

    Lol !
    familiar sounding tune is right, Kathik !
    The 1st and 2nd lines of Na Janay Kahan are straight from “Uninvited” by Alanis from City Of Angels (1998) soundtrack ! [ emailed u the link]
    but must agree with you. On the whole a classy album.

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  • Music is by Rohail Hyatt, the main behind Pakistani band Vital Signs. He also composed ‘Jiya Dhadak Jaye’ for Kalyug. The album was produced and ready 3 years ago. Checkout Rohail’s brilliant background music for ‘Khuda Ke Liye’.

  • dhruvatejvemula

    Brilliant album!

    Had great expectations after after jiya dhadak dhadak, o re piya, main jahaan rahoon, bol na halke halke and the others, and after your review.. and it surpassed them..

    And why is one of the keywords “Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan”? 🙂

  • Karthik

    Because Nusrat is Rahat’s uncle and people who like Nusrat’s music ‘may’ possibly like Rahat’s too!

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