Vishwaroopa Darisanam: SP Balasubrahmanyam's last album to be out on June 1
The 30-minute track is produced by Symphony Recording Company, in association with Dolby Atmos
Vishwaroopa Darisanam, the last album by late legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam is set to be released on June 1. Produced by Symphony Recording Company in association with Dolby Atmos, the 30-minute album was announced at a private event on Wednesday.
The album has music composed by KS Raghunathan and lyrics by Gurunadha Sitthar. The album is a musical interpretation of the conversation between Arjuna and Lord Krishna during the Kurukshetra war. "It's an interpretation of Krishna's form and this is the essence of Shrimad Bhagawad Gita," explained Rajesh Dhupad, the CEO of Symphony Recording Co.
"The idea germinated five years back. I wanted to make an album about Vishwaroopa Darisanam. It's a very difficult song to write and we struggled to find a lyricist. We finally found Gurunatha Sitthar, a pioneer Tamil lyricist. After we got the final form of the song, we started searching for a singer and finally it dawned on me that SP Balasubrahmanyam sir will be perfect for it. In fact, we recomposed the song to fit sir's style. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the recording, but we decided to finish the voice recording with sir even before finishing the composition," said Rajesh while speaking about how the project came to be.
Though Rajesh is visibly elated about the release of the track, he wishes that Balasubrahmanyam was here. The legendary singer passed away on 25 September 2020 at the age of 74, and adding more woes, he never got to listen to his final album. "I miss him, and it's also sad that he left even before he could listen to this track, something which he was excited about," says Rajesh. "Sir's son SP Charan is very much aware of this project, and he too is looking forward to the release of the track," he added.
Rajesh is elated about collaborating with Dolby Atmos Music. "This piece is very layered musically, and it is possible for one to listen to these individual layers only because of Dolby Atmos," he said.
Sameer Seth, the Director of Marketing – India of Dolby Laboratories explained how the experience of listening to such a magnanimous composition in Dolby stands apart from regular stereo. "It goes beyond the capabilities of stereo and surround sound because the music isn't restricted just to the left and the right channels, and instead, it gives a 360-degree experience."
"It's a completely new way to listen to music. It delivers the artist's vision in the best possible way and brings the artist closer to the fan," said Sameer, adding that the technology enables a listener to be a part of the experience.
In the modern world, when young consumers can get access to all sorts of musical content with just a click of a button, promoting a divine track such as Vishwaroopa Darisanam needs the help of technology. "This is where Dolby comes in. Young audiences are prioritising audio more now. A quality audio experience is something that people are now looking for in smartphones, and Dolby provides that," says Sameer.
Interestingly, Vishwaroopa Darisanam is also the first non-film music album to be released on Dolby Atmos. "It is a privilege to have partnered with Symphony to release the legend's last album. However, we are just getting started and there is a lot to come up," ensured Sameer.
Vishwaroopa Darisanam will release on June 1. The album will be available on Dolby Atmos on Apple Music and Hungama Music, while the regular stereo version will be available on music streaming services such as Spotify, Wynk, and YouTube.