Refrains of ‘Tune Mujhe Bulaya Sherawaliye’ rent the air as pilgrims scale the arduous terrain leading to the Vaishno Devi temple. Over the next six-eight hours that it takes to reach the top, Narendra Chanchal‘s high-pitched melodies keeps them company. The singer, known for his jagraata songs, may have passed away on Friday, January 22, but his songs will continue to help devotees appease the Goddesses.
Narendra’s contemporary, bhajan singer Anup Jalota, who is currently in Bangalore, is deeply moved by his demise. When ETimes reached out to him, he lamented over what a great loss it is. “Narendra Chanchal ji was one of his kind. He single-handedly created a whole new genre of music–Maata Ki Bhetein,” informs Anup.
This new genre benefitted not just the singer but soon spun a whole new livelihood. “Narendra Chanchal ji couldn’t be everywhere, so people started singing like him and adding ‘Chanchal’ to their name so that the leftover events came to them. They made a career out of it! I have only one fan who added ‘Jalota’ to his name to make money but there are several Chanchals out there,” points out the bhajan singer, who shared a warm relationship with the late legend.
“He used to respect my father a lot and the same respect was afforded to me by extension. I remember the one time when we were both at an event to sing our respective songs but someone came up to him and requested him to sing a bhajan too while he was on stage. The humble man that he is, he said he would start singing bhajans the day he could sing like me,” reminisces Anup, his voice cracking with emotion.
The singer is heartbroken over the loss and will be flying down to Delhi on Monday to attend Narendra’s prayer meet in the Capital. “His son called and requested me to sing some bhajans since his father loved them so! I plan to sing his favourites ‘Aisi Laagi Lagan’ and ‘Rang De Chunariya’ amongst others,” concludes Anup.
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