Sartaaj Chronicles

Singer Satinder Sartaaj on his latest album, his philanthropic endeavours and his new music production house

Confined to a small room in a hospital in Indianapolis, US, as he battled cancer last year, cricketer Yuvraj Singh had one song on his mind — Satinder Sartaaj's Sai. Music was like a therapy, admits the cricketer, and Sai, says its singer, is a constant companion of hope and health. In Chandigarh on Wednesday to release his latest album, Afsaaney Sartaaj De, and announce the launch of his production house, Firdaus Productions, Sartaaj shared his meeting with the cricketer and his association with Singh's NGO YouWeCan, that generates awareness and facilitates early detection of cancer across India. With centres in Kolkata and talks on with hospitals in south India, the NGO is now planning to open a detection centre in Bathinda. Since music is considered a universal medium of healing, Sartaaj is using his music to generate funds for YouWeCan through concerts. It is this social consciousness that he brings to his latest album as well.

Unlike the "shallow" lyrics and "high decibel" Punjabi music being produced these days, Sartaaj has remained true to his roots. The music and poetry, composed and sung by him, makes an impact. If the song Kudio roya na karo is a tribute to the Indian women, Putt saadey talks about the brain-drain from Punjab and the plight of parents left behind.

The song Darkhta'n Nu pans is based on environmental issues, while Dard Gareeban Da empathises with the pain of the poor. Khilare questions the common man and urges him to look within instead of blaming his destiny and God. While Maula is another version of Sai, an ardaas and conversation with God, Khidari and Jang Jaan Waley salute the spirit of sportsmen and soldiers respectively. Finally, Soohe Khat and Aakhari Apeel are about love, loss and hope.

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