for United News of India on Oct. 14, 2007
Noted ghazal singer-composer Jagjit Singh has launched his new album ‘Karuna-a cry for compassion’ penned by devotional poet Kavi Narayan Agrawal.
”Compassion, tenderness and pathos are feelings that are expressed in the eight marvellous ‘bhakti padas’ that evoke the mercy and stir the supreme lord to cast a merciful look at us in all his grace,” said Jagjit Singh after the launch function at ISKCON in Juhu in suburban Mumbai. Bhajan Maestro Anup Jalota was the chief guest on the occasion.
”The theme of Karuna moved me so deeply that the compositions flowed with ease. I will treasure these emotions for years to come and I hope to transfer these emotions to my listeners too. This album truly reflects the feeling of compassion and devotion,”he added.
Kavi Narayan Agrawal said,”The literature of a period is a reflection of the times. I am deeply affected by everything that I see around me. I feel the pain and suffering felt by people in our world. The only way to alleviate this pain is by totally surrendering oneself to the almighty and begging for his compassion and Karuna.
My lifelong devotion to Lord Krishna is also reflected in my poems.” Commenting on the launch of the album, T Suresh, General Manager, EMI Music India, said, ”Meaningful devotional music is a need of the current times and Karuna is the first of a series of such releases from EMI this year. The album combines poignancy in verse with the sensitive compositions and magical rendering of Jagjit Singh. The album is sure to transport the listener to a state of spiritual bliss.”