Daler Mehndi: Technology can make even a bad performer look good - Hindustan Times

Daler Mehndi: Technology can make even a bad performer look good

BySoumya Vajpayee
Dec 02, 2023 10:27 PM IST

The singer talks about the importance of good light and sound during a gig; shares how the audience has evolved

He has been rocking the stage for decades, entertaining audiences across generations. As he gears up for his performance at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender tomorrow in Pune, Punjabi pop icon Daler Mehndi says he’s seen the audience evolve. “Now, they have mobile phones, so things are very interactive. As an artist, it feels nice to see videos clips from a gig that they share on social media alongside all the amazing messages. Other than stage light, the view from the stage is amazing when they wave with their phone flashlights on. It feels gratifying. Everything has become very up close and personal. My audience has grown from one generation to another,” says the singer, as he goes on to talk about the importance of good light and sound at gigs.

Daler Mehndi
Daler Mehndi

“When you have passionate light and sound engineers who love what they do and respect music, nothing can stop an artiste from creating magic on stage. Technology makes even a bad performer look wow. Imagine the wonders it could do to someone who is good at their music,” says the 56-year-old.

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Though he loves going behind the mic, Mehndi says the high he gets by performing live is unparalleled. “What’s interesting is that almost all my performances are extempore, where even my group doesn’t know what I will sing next. Some of my iconic songs such as Sajan Mere Satrangiya, Kudiyan Shehar Diyan and Namoh Namoh took shape on stage,” says Mehndi, who does “ardas” before heading for his stage performances.

Speaking about the ritual, the singer, who will be performing his hits Bolo Ta Ra Ra, Ho Gayi Teri Balle Balle and Dardi Rab Rab at the show tomorrow, adds, “Before I hold the mic, I ask the divine to allow me to sing in a way that everyone enjoys my show.”

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    Soumya Vajpayee is the Senior Editor (Lifestyle & City) for Hindustan Times HT City (Mumbai and Pune) and writes on music, entertainment and lifestyle.

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