Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.
Shubha Mudgal (born 1959) is a well-known Indian singer of Hindustani classical music, Khayal, Thumri, Dadra, and popular Indian Pop music.
She has been awarded the 1996 National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Film Music Direction for ‘Amrit Beej’, the 1998 Gold Plaque Award for Special Achievement in Music, at the 34th Chicago International Film Festival, for her music in the film Dance of the Wind (1997), and the Padma Shri in 2000. She is also close to movements like ANHAD and SAHMAT.
Shubha Mudgal started performing as a Hindustani classical singer in the 1980s, and gained a certain reputation as a talented singer. In the 1990s, she started experimenting with other forms of music, including pop and fusion varieties. She says, “I believe in music. Khayal and Thumri are my favourites, but that does not mean that I should not experiment with other forms. Why should I curtail my musical urges?” asks the singer and adds, “I want to allow the artist in me to come through. If you are a musician, how can you say, ‘this one is from devotional poetry, so I am not going to sing it.’ In addition to her recordings and concerts, she briefly runs a website called raagsangeet.com aimed at lovers of Classical Indian Music.
Mudgal composed and sang the title track of Star Plus’s No.1 serial Diya Aur Baati Hum along withKailash Kher. It is a very soulful, classical-based Rajasthani folk song.