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Melody Makers

Music directors Vishal-Shekhar have created several chartbusting numbers for Hindi and regional cinema. They will be here in Singapore for a concert that promises to drive the crowds crazy

10/1/2015 10:46:07 AM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

The most successful music directors in the Hindi film industry have worked in pairs and current favourites Vishal-Shekhar are no exception. Whether it is a tribute to R D Burman in Jhankar Beats, remixing of classics like Bachna-e-Haseeno or Disco Deewane, or creating soulful melodies, the duo are top of their game, always smashing out hits.
The two were brought together by ad film maker Raj Kaushal who was directing his first feature film Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi in 1999. The two were independently working on scores and when they met and heard each other’s work, they decided to make music together.
In a partnership that has lasted over 15 years, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani have performed at several concerts across the globe and will be returning to Singapore this October. Their high energy shows are always packed houses with audience dancing to their peppy numbers.
India Se spoke exclusively to Vishal and Shekhar on the eve of their concert here.
India Se: Could you tell us a little about your background/childhood? Did you come from musical homes?
Vishal Dadlani: I come from a home where music was omnipresent. We listened to every kind of music, from all over the world, without any genre, style or language discrimination. All music was equal, and equally loved.
Shekhar Ravjiani: I was most fortunate that from a very young age I was encouraged to embrace music by my father. I grew up in the company of stalwarts like Jagjit Singh, Ustad Niyaz Ahmed Khan, my father Hasmukh Ravjiani and am ever grateful to have been mentored by them.


India Se: You both do not belong to the Hindi film industry but have managed to reach the top. How easy or difficult was it for you to break in, considering that there are several jingle composers who do not make it big? Does the industry accept new talent?
Shekhar Ravjiani: Getting to the top is never easy. It's a lot of hard work and energy spent trying to give your best to your work. You've got to keep pushing the boundaries and go beyond what's expected. That's the only way to break through. The industry is extremely welcoming of new talent and there's room for any talented individual who's willing to work hard and persevere. But there's always that little bit of luck that is needed to push you further.
Vishal Dadlani: The film industry, now more than ever, is extremely open to new talent, and it's a wonderful thing. Healthy competition only increases talent, and fortunately there's more than enough work for everyone.

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