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The Mind Behind the Lyrics: Hitesh Kewalya
September 1, 2009, 6:22 am
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hitesh2 Hitesh Kewalya is the man behind many of Swarathma’s song lyrics. A gift with words inherited from his father has been put to excellent use with the sensitive engagement with the subjects that Swarathma chooses to compose about. Here he speaks of his journey through life, and the part that he shares with the band he loves! DOWNLOAD complete Swarathma album lyrics

I remember the days my father would recite poetry to us children, he was a really avid reader and ever so often would sing or read out passages of pieces he really loved. I was a quiet kid, and writing soon became my way of expressing my emotions. I loved watching films, commercial Bollywood to World Cinema I’ve been through it all, and every frame has built my way of looking at the world!

Design became one of my passions while growing up, and it was at the National Institute of Design that I met Vasu (vocals, guitar). Over the years at NID we would collaborate on songs, unfinished tunes that Vasu would show me and to this day the way we work has changed very little.  Most of the time Vasu calls me up and either sings a tune on the phone for me or just sends a scratch recording version. We discuss some ideas over email and then my job begins…over a few sittings we are done. I would love to jam with the band while I am writing, but distances (they in Bangalore, me in Mumbai) don’t always permit that.

I think writing and designing overlap in many ways – like you design a narrative…even a song, where words are placed in order to create a sound wave, which evokes thought or any other response. But my design skills are limited to the stories I tell through my writing, short films and songs. So, I’m a storyteller not a designer!

What I love about Swarathma is that watching them live is so very elevating. They have an electric presence on stage. And the kind of themes that they choose makes it exciting to listen to them. I feel they are a very jam-friendly kind of band – if they go onto the streets and just ask random people to jam with them they’d be able to do it and would thoroughly enjoy it also. And I think that’s the USP of the band. My favourite Swarathma song is ‘Sur Mera’ – though they hardly ever play it live. Just writing it gave me a high.

According to me, nobody creates music, it’s just there. We enjoy it just when we take note of it. It is in this garb of enjoyment, that our mind becomes receptive to the ideas being expressed through music!

If a stranger comes into a room and extends his hand you’ll think twice before shaking it. But if a musical sound or a melodious tune is wafts into your ears, you won’t think twice before tapping your foot to it. So I think music just makes everyone very receptive.

Edited by Jishnu Dasgupta.

Hitesh’s songwriting co-credits:

Jaana Kahan Hai Mujhe | Pyaasi | Pyar Ke Rang | Patte Sare | Sur Mera | Yeshu Allah aur Krishna


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Hi …M from Darjeeling…I just love “Ee Bhoomi” even though I m not able to understand the lyrics completely..but even a sI type I am listening to this song..I want to perform this song in my office party..m not able to find the original lyrics and the chords…would be great if could you help me with this…I have just 2 weeks to prepare and I definitely want to open my performance with this song…PLZ HELP!!!!!

Comment by Prashant Pradhan

I love Jaana Kahan Hai Mujhe’s lyrics. I think its really deep! From the beginning itself, the flow of the words is just beautiful. I wish I could write in Hindi. I write English poetry and I wish music could be put to some of them. But then, people always wish, don’t they? Even Pyar Ke Rang and Yeshu Allah have great lyrics! Keep it up!

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