New Delhi: Keeping an arms distance from Bollywood, ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh feels Hindi filmmakers are money-minded and don’t appreciate the genre anymore.

"Filmmakers have no taste for ghazals. A lot of youngsters like soft songs these days, but Bollywood has no interest in ghazals...the industry is only about making money. Sab paise ke peechhe bhaagte hain (Everyone runs after money)," said Singh.

He has been singing for over four decades and has a repertoire comprising 50 albums. He has sung in different languages like Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Sindhi and Nepali, and continues to enthrall with his new songs, albums and concerts. But Bollywood is something he gives a miss now.

"See, I hardly ever had a connection with Bollywood. All through my career, I seldom sang for movies. I was always focussed on my individual career as a singer, and concentrated on my bhajans and albums...something that I still do," he said.

The singer, who was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, in 2003, is currently staging a concert, Ghazal Symphony, across different cities in India. He will perform live with 30 musicians in Gurgaon on April 24.

Singh is keen to lure youngsters with this initiative. "I hope ghazals will start appealing to the youngsters with this effort. My product is the same; only the packaging is going to be new in this concert," he said.

In his 70th year, he has planned to stage 70 concerts worldwide, but he sees no hope of taking Ghazal Symphony across the shores.

"I haven't planned an international concert for Ghazal Symphony. It will be tough to take the local musicians there, and teaching the right notations and tunes to musicians abroad, and then rehearsing with them will be extremely time-consuming. So that is not falling into my scheme of things," he said.

(Agencies)