Sify.com caught up with Kailash Kher at the Baccardi NH7 Weekender and got him talking on his inspirations, the band and gender equality.
Q: All your songs tell a tale. What are the kind of stories that inspire you?
Kailash: Anything that defies intelligence and conditioning inspires me. Love in all its forms is illogical and impractical, and yet it sustains life. And I don’t mean reproduction or biological life. I mean the concept of being alive – passionate, feeling. Thus I wrote in my song Daulat Shohrat..."pyaar mohobbat se duniya mein kuchh badhkar hota hi nahi... daulat jaaye to jaaye koi pyaar bina rota bhi nahi. (Nothing's greater than love or affection in the world. Money may go. But it's love that can make you cry.)"
Q: The song Tu Kya Jaane revolves around a strong female character who decides to take control. How did that song take shape? And in the wake of protests against gender discrimination on various levels, what is your message to the youth of the country?
Kailash: Gender equality education begins at home. If you are a male chauvinist, your children will either be the same or will grow up hating you or avoiding you. The same is my idea about obsessive male bashers. We, as a nation and as a race, must focus on humanity, on spiritual and mental growth as a people.
Evidently our female counterparts are obviously suffering on various more mental, emotional and physical levels. We are a billion people who refer to anything precious and respectable as 'her'. And yet, we forget that we must pay homage and respect to the devis in your life and around us – our mothers, sisters, wife, daughter, friends, girlfriends, aunts, grandmothers, nannys, teachers. Every woman who has been there for us.