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Khatija Rahman Releases Debut Album ‘Kuhu Kuhu’, A Tribute to Lata Mangeshkar on Her Birth Anniversary

The album, which also features the all-female Firdaus Orchestra, comprises renditions of Mangeshkar’s iconic songs such as “Piya Tose”, “Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha”, “Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyaliya”, “Bekas Pe Karam” and “O Sajna”

Listen the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_sJnzXwR4A

Mumbai: Khatija Rahman has released her debut album, Kuhu Kuhu, as a tribute to the late music luminary Lata Mangeshkar on her birth anniversary.

The five-song album is an excellent showcase of Khatija’s mellifluous vocals, and includes renditions of Mangeshkar’s iconic songs such as “Piya Tose Naina Laage Re”, “Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha”, “Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyaliya”, “Bekas Pe Karam” and “O Sajna”. While making ‘Kuhu Kuhu’, the musician was guided by the intention to honour the talent, genius and art of all involved in creating these musical gems. Through this release, Khatija also tips her humble hat to the original, legendary composers and arrangers as well as the esteemed lyricists of these classic songs — SD Burman, Madan Mohan, Adi Narayana Rao, Naushad, Salil Chowdhury, Shailendra, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Bharat Vyas and Shakeel Badayuni.

Kuhu Kuhu, released with SaReGaMa, is crafted as a celebratory salutation to Lata Mangeshkar and her legacy of timeless music. Maintaining the songs’ original essence, this all-acoustic album also features the remarkable Firdaus Orchestra, an initiative of Expo City Dubai, an all-female ensemble mentored by composer A.R. Rahman and supported by UAE Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and CEO, Expo City Dubai Authority.

Watch the music video for the lead single “Piya Tose” here:

About ‘Kuhu Kuhu’, musician Khatija Rahman says,
“I began learning music in my teenage years. I had always marvelled at Lata Mangeshkar ji’s artistry, but when my teacher introduced me to ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ and other songs was when I started to actually sing and record myself performing her songs. Since then, I’ve had a beautiful journey with Lata ji’s music and I’ve enjoyed my moments of exploring her catalogue. ‘Kuhu Kuhu’ is my tribute to Lata ji and a way of paying my respects to a musician who changed the world as we know it. Her positive message to me following my first single is what inspired this album.”

The music video for “Piya Tose” is particularly special as it presents a visual emblem for global representation and collaboration. It features Khatija with the magnificent Firdaus Orchestra, comprising 54 women instrumentalists from 26 nationalities. The music video was filmed at the U.A.E. Pavilion, Expo City, Dubai. These visuals were important to Khatija who believes in the power of borderless creative synergies — not just behind the scenes but also on the screen and across stages. Together, Khatija presents Kuhu Kuhu as a tribute to one of the greatest female musicians of all time, Lata Mangeshkar.

Khatija Rahman adds,
“‘Kuhu Kuhu’ has also been largely possible due to Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy who has always been supportive of women in the arts. We’ve kept the sound of the album pure, rich and live to capture the essence of the music from the retro years. I hope people find nostalgia, joy and comfort in ‘Kuhu Kuhu’. Music has no cultural, national or gender barriers,
and your support means a lot to me.”

When Khatija released her debut single “Farishton” in 2020, Mangeshkar spoke with the young musician on a call and told her she liked the track. Now, on the occasion of Mangeshkar’s birthday, Khatija offers a five-track album to the world.

With her debut album, Khatija Rahman exhibits her multi-faceted vocal range as well as consistent artistic exploration. Blazing a trail with her 2020 offering “Farishton”, Khatija put forth the message of peace, community and equality in the track as well as the Miyazaki-influenced magical world of the music video. Khatija has also collaborated with glorious Irish rockers U2 and Grammy Award-winning composer Ricky Kej for the songs of hope and healing — “Ahimsa” and “Iltaja”.

Her film music ballads from Iravin Nizhal and Ponniyin Selvan-2 have moved listeners across the world. Ever since her playback debut at the age of 14 with Enthiran, Khatija has been charting a wondrous constellation as a new-age artist grounded in change and creativity. Up next, the musician is set to make her debut as a composer with Minmini. As she releases Kuhu Kuhu, the artist hopes people are transported back to their childhoods and are filled with joy and nostalgia as well as comfort through the tribute album.

The breakout musician whose latest projects include the Coke Studio India hit “Sagavaasi” with Arivu, “Rock A Bye Baby” with Julia Gartha from Mimi, “Pranama Pranama” with Vijay Yesudas from Maamannan and more has been building a pathbreaking name in music with her unique artistry. Khatija has traversed diverse genres like classical, rock, hip-hop, pop and more. In her debut album, the musician presents listeners with a special collection of songs from retro Bollywood.

PIYA TOSE: CREDITS

ORIGINALLY
Song composed and arranged by: SD Burman
Song sung by: Lata Mangeshkar
Written by: Shailendra
Label: Saregama

RE-IMAGINED VERSION
Presented by: AR Rahman
Singer: Khatija Rahman
Music Supervisor: Shubham Bhat
Vocal Supervisor: Dilshaad Shabbir Shaikh
Orchestral Adaptation: Meghdeep Bose
Orchestrated by: Riccardo Belleti
Performed by: Firdaus Orchestra, Conducted by Yasmina Sabbah
Additional Arrangements conducted by: Monica Woodman
Recorded at: Firdaus Studio, Expo City, Dubai.
Firdaus Studio Engineers: Aditya Modi, Navneeth Balachanderan, Peter El Khoury, Theodore Danso, Alexander Theux
Studio Manager: Ralph Tabet
Technicians: Ali Hassan and John Villaran
Panchathan Record Inn, Chennai: Suresh Permal, Karthik Sekaran, Aravind Crescendo, Suryansh, Sathish V. Saravanan
Mixed and Mastered by: Pradvay Sivashankar
Apple Digital Masters and Dolby Atmos Music Mix by: Riyasdeen Riyan
Project Manager: Karthik Sekaran
Song Artwork: Rhea Gadiyar

VIDEO CREDITS
Director: Nazeef Mohammed
DOP: Ronnel Parmar
Editors: Yogesh Chandravanshi and Sagar Parikh
Post Production Head: Allan Fernandes
Grade and Coloring: Nitesse Raccha
Lighting: Manu Jacob
Artiste Manager: Smrithi Menon
Production Manager: Shraddha Bachani
Camera Operators: Haresh Bhanushali, Prashant Goel, Ajay Gohil, Divyang Dubey Trinity Operator: Tom Lebaric
Jimmy Jib Head Operator: Alex
Jimmy Jib Boom Operator: Ryan
Focus Pullers: Srinivas Kusuma, Ayub Khan, Subbarao Baswani, Jayce Camua, Ali Murad
2nd AC: Asam, Charlie, George
VTO: Arfaz, Jericho
Key Grip: Visman Mohammed, Paulo, Chris Harker
DIT: Lijo, Osman

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