Classically Mild

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Classically Mild
Classically Mild.jpg
Studio album by Sonu Nigam
Released 2008 (India)
Recorded 2008
Genre Semi-classical
Label Sa Re Ga Ma
Sonu Nigam chronology
Chanda Ki Doli
Classically Mild
Rafi Resurrected

Classically Mild is a semi-classical album sung by Sonu Nigam. The album was released by Sa Re Ga Ma on 11 February 2008, this being after a 3-year gap since his previous album Chanda Ki Doli. It was officially released on the stage of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs International, a children's singing competition on Zee TV which Sonu Nigam was a judge on at that time. The album was officially launched at the hands of Sonu Nigam's father, Agam Kumar Nigam, himself a successful Indian pop singer, as had his last album Chanda Ki Doli been.

The album is Sonu Nigam's first official attempt at classical music. The music director is Deepak Pandit and the lyricist is Ajay Ihingran. While it was the former's first collaboration with Sonu Nigam, Ajay Ihingran had received the UP Governor's Award for his first album, incidentally with Sonu Nigam, the Hindu devotional album Sanskaar. Santosh Mulekar helped Deepak Pandit in the music arrangement and Pramod Chandorkar did the mixing for the album at Sonu Nigam's studio.

The album has 8 tracks, each exploring a different spectrum of emotions, including love, loneliness, praising women, patriotism as well as spiritualism.

Sonu Nigam describes the album on the cover as his "attempt to remind himself how far away (he is) from being a singer". He describes how hard he worked to achieve this level of perfection and how this was part of his efforts "to keep the student in (him) alive". He thanked all those who contributed to making the music and ended by dedicating the album to his then-newborn son Nevaan as his "Dad's gift of his honest labour" to him.

The song Soona Soona was the only one made into a video, starring Sonu Nigam himself, shown in the video in the avatar of a Greek god. There were plans for videos for some of the other songs but they never materialised. The album was a commercial and critical success although it was not played much on radio stations at the time.

Track list[edit]

Number Song Title Length Description on album Raag used
1 Sochta Hoon Main 7:21 Celestial magic / Moments of truth / Maya Raag Sindh Bhairavi
2 Bheege Bheege 6:24 Drenched in Ecstasy Raga Puriya Dhanashree
3 Soona Soona 6:04 The Homecoming Raag Des
4 Suratiya 5:21 Submission Raag Holy Kaafi
5 Chalki Chalki 5:16 Moonlight Twirl Mishr Sarang
6 Dhanya Dhanya 7:41 The Woman An Eternal Enigma / An Ode to the Woman Raag Maand
7 Lamha Lamha 5:59 Lashna / Celebration Raag Bilawal
8 Aai dil mat ro 6:41 Viraha / Memoirs of another day Raag jog Kauns