Mayank ShekharThe world has music bands. India has all the time had musical duos — composers, like many nice issues, displaying up in twos! A few of them such cute siblings — similar to Sajid-Wajid (the latter sadly no extra); or Salim-Sulaiman. Others, pals: Sachin-Jigar, Laxmikant-Pyarelal. And some nonetheless who aren’t pairs in any respect — Raamlaxman (who scored for Hum Aapke Hain Koun), or Ismail Darbar (composers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas) are one and the identical individual!

The place do I ever see music composers celebrated repeatedly — as a rule posthumously — by title? On sada-bahaar retro-nights held in Mumbai’s music halls like Shanmukhananda and so forth, the place novice/skilled singers get collectively to pay “tribute to a legend” (residing or in any other case). You see their pocket adverts every single day within the newspaper. Why do I by no means go to one in every of these nights, as an alternative of listening to the identical songs, on my drunken, must-listen, Bollywood retro YouTube/Spotify playlist? As a result of what is the level? The sense I get is performers on these reveals take pleasure in imitation/mimicry of a composer’s works — instrument by instrument, notice for notice.

Reasonably than interpretations, or cover-versions — being the very best type of flattery/fandom.

That reality alone, to my thoughts, makes Instances of Music on MX Participant (created by KG Ramnarayan, Vaibhav Modi ) the best TV/actuality present on Hindi music ever, the place Bollywood’s prime composers do variations of one another’s most beloved tracks.

What did I study from Instances of Music? Apart from that the musical duo/jodi Sachin-Jigar — doing an outstanding mash-up/model of Euphoria’s ‘Maeri’ and ‘Dhoom Pichak Dhoom’ (notches above the unique) — are the sweetest new children on the block. Was glad to lastly put faces to the tune Saibo, their crackling composition from Shor within the Metropolis.

Overlook that. If it wasn’t for this present, would’ve by no means recognised brothers Anand-Milind — sons of the good Chitragupt from Bihar — off the road. Had no clue what they appeared like. They’ve scored about 20 Govinda soundtracks. Most of them have been tapori hits of their instances. But all of them are referred to as Govinda songs, who neither sang nor composed them (he did not choose them up both).

However that is what Bollywood music movies, ’90s onwards, did to musicians within the public creativeness. Wholly cement songs on the superstars they had been shot on. It was solely on the flip of the millennium that composers who had been judges on music actuality reveals on TV grew to become family faces in consequence. Vishal Dadlani of the Bollywood duo Vishal-Shekhar and rock band Pentagram, and what an absolute dude, graciously hosts Instances of Music.

After an episode of which I caught Dadlani once more on common/mainstream TV, internet hosting a Raj Kapoor (RK) special-episode on Indian Idol, with actor Randhir Kapoor as chief visitor. I get that RK Movies’ music had a singular/distinctive flavour. But, such a full-on, lengthy tribute to the music alone. And never a phrase on the composer(s) — even when as a brilliant/scroll on display screen, simply mentioning the title(s)? So what in the event that they labored on a particular transient? Unhappy. However anticipated.

Can inform you this, RK or not, merely knock off some composers’ works from Bollywood, and there shall be no historical past left to speak about. Music is how reminiscences of films in India are neatly saved and preserved. That is additionally maybe the world’s solely tradition that is advised its most interesting tales via songs (and continues to)! And but the hardest query, after an audio clip, in a hardcore music quiz is, “Determine the composer?”

For one, in case you’re a die-hard RD Burman bhakt (thousands and thousands like me), there may be his omnipresence to imagine that any dope Bollywood monitor post-70s, and pre-’95 (when AR Rahman entered the scene and adjusted it) is mechanically RD!

A few of my favorite ‘RD songs’ — ‘Jawaani Janeman’, is by Bappi Lahiri; ‘Koi Roko Na Deewane Ko’, by Laxmikant-Pyarelal; and ‘Bhool Gaya Sab Kuch’, by Rajesh Roshan! Even Amit Trivedi who covers ‘Allah Tero Naam’, eternally thought that his favorite tune from Hum Dono (1961) was in actual fact by RD’s baap (actually), SD Burman! As in opposition to, the underrated, comparatively unknown Jaidev.

In fact, all artwork grows out of different artwork. Covers/tributes are only a extra sincere acknowledgement of that, and a break from the burden of being the ‘creator’! Know what you are pondering of. Whereas lots is made from Bollywood composers plagiarising up to now, I am solely stunned there have been solely such few instances.

Kalyanji-Anandji composed 600 albums! That is a whole discography/output of all prime musicians mixed within the West. Bappi Da recorded over 180 songs for 35 albums in 1988 alone — that is about twice the scale of the total, annual Billboard chart! Liked Vishal-Shekhar’s model of Bappi Da’s ‘Yaad Aa Raha Hai’ on Instances of Music, by the best way.

My favorite variations? Not from music duos! However the uncommon, feminine Bollywood composer Sneha Khanwalkar’s goth/electronica quantity on the band Indian Ocean’s ‘Bandeh’. And Mohan Kannan’s whole ‘Agnee-fication’ of the traditional ‘Roop Tera Mastana’. Phenomenal! That I miss getting a drink with these two geniuses is only a light disclaimer. Cheers!

Mayank Shekhar makes an attempt to make sense of mass tradition. He tweets @mayankw14 Ship your suggestions to

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