Rojantha has a very special meaning for me as it is my first music album in Telugu. Although I did produce an English album ‘To God With Love’ along with REAPERS, God gave me the privilege of writing lyrics and also composing tunes for the songs in ROJANTHA. All honor and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rojantha is a big adventure for a novice like me who has never written any lyrics or composed any tunes before. I have to admit that I am neither a lyricist nor a musician. I cannot even play a single musical instrument, and I am very bad in Telugu. Perhaps these inabilities/inexperiences are all a blessing in disguise as the tunes I composed turned out to be a bit different from the conventional Telugu Christian devotionals. And the lyrics I wrote were not so poetic at all but purely of the spoken language style that we normally use day in-day out. The title ROJANTHA itself is a word that is used very often by all of us in our regular conversations. Moreover I deliberately tried not to use too many biblical names or terms so that even the non-christians can easily understand and associate with the lyrics.
I am of a strong opinion that most of our Christian songs are stereotyped, especially telugu songs. Although few albums have brought in some change these days, there is still so much that needs to be done. I am not trying to say that we should bring in a new culture in our music but to create music that even our younger generations could identify with. The world is changing, new generation is here, and the devil is all around them. Music from movies and pop albums is more exciting these days for the young ears than the Church music. This is how the devil is invading them, and we cannot and should not allow this to happen. I remember a song written and composed by Larry Norman in the 1970’s ‘Why should the devil have all the good music’. It is very true. Why should it have?
I am very happy with the music Bro. JK Christopher has given for this album. It is very fresh and trend setting. Beyond any doubt the music in this album will remain a masterpiece for long time.
Rojantha is just a small attempt, a drop in an ocean, to make our Christian music more young and fresh. Only time will say whether we succeeded in doing so, but nevertheless an attempt has been made. Still miles to go…
After all, “Why should the devil have all the good music”?