When I first heard the trending song that has gone viral on social media, in the past few months, called Chaand Baaliyan, it didn’t strike me as anything different. It sounded like one of those ad jingles that we wiggle our thumbs or toes to, whatever be your inclination, and then forget about it.
Exactly two weeks later, I heard it again. I started liking it and by the second play, it grew on me. And then I saw the earnest, very hinterland kind of, young man singing it, like it was a song tailored to his personality and I liked it more.
Was he good? You bet.
It stayed with me, and I’ve been humming it ever since. The real trick or marvel of a work of art is when it, the essence of the music, book, art piece, writing, photo, etc., stays with you long after you have finished viewing or listening to it.
That. Is what makes that particular thing so special.
Chaand Baaliyan, for all purposes, comes across like one of those foot tapping songs you hear in small towns where the Romeo chases his Juliet, who is often a foul-mouthed beauty. And that is really the wonder of it, because these are real people.
People like the hero and heroine of the song, as they are portrayed, exist and this is not sanitised love, as portrayed in a dream world. It’s a real, rustic, honest relationship where a man chases a woman, and she shouts ‘gaalis’ at him. Hinterland love, if you please. Of course, she comes around later and blushingly accepts his love. But that’s another story, altogether and for most people in this country, this is pretty much identifiable.
The honesty, the purity of the lyrics and the mellifluous tune won me over.
Now, before you think it’s a one song wonder written by a hitherto unknown singer, let me warn you that this is no ordinary guy.
He’s a pathologist by profession and also a moonstruck musician who composed and sang this song, for his wife, a paediatrician, who had asked him to buy these popular, circular shaped earrings for her, the Chaand Baaliyans, on which the song is written. By then, he hadn’t bought them for her, but he was intrigued by the term, ‘Chaand Baaliyan!’
That is how the song happened.
Neither was Aditya Sirsa or A.Aditya as he calls himself, aware of what these ear rings looked like when he, at first composed the song!
And it took all of two years for this song to lie in obscurity before it suddenly became viral this year on social media and every Instagrammer had to make a reel on it, as Bollywood biggies were also crooning to the CB song, the biggest dormant music hit.
And this is not his only song. “I have created several other songs like Mochaccino, Lajpat Nagar to Meena Bazar, 11 am blues, Kangana etc in various genres, available on Spotify or my YouTube channel,” says the soft-spoken singer whose voice has a calming influence.
“I have been attracted to music since childhood. But I got serious only after 2008. I learnt to play the guitar, a bit of Indian classical vocals and Western classical piano and got involved at a much deeper level once I started composing my own music,” says Aditya who is currently flying high after the resounding success of Chaand Baaliyan.
What’s in the future for him? “Life has become a lot busier now because I am also doing live shows, so the preparations for that along with studio music time, makes my routine quite hectic.” But he’s certainly not complaining.
A word of advice for young musicians? “Just be yourself. Play your own music, do your thing and don’t try to be like anybody else!”
9 m views of this song
Aditya A has 121 K subscribers on his YouTube channel