Tuesday, July 03, 2007

What I have been doing....

Here I am... back after a long time. I have been doing a lot of things during this interval, apart from gleefully watching the responses that have been pouring in on the post about Rahman. I have finished composing music for my first Hindi film - IT'S BREAKING NEWS. The film has been directed by my brother, Vishal. If everything goes well it should be out by the last week of August or the first week of September. There are two songs in the film - one sung by Hamsika (of Chanda Re fame from EKLAVYA) and Bhushan Marathe; the second song has been sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Shreya Ghoshal.

Then I was invited to be one of the four mentors-cum-judges on the Marathi SAREGAMAPA. I mentored Pankaj Vishnu and Madhurani. I must say that it was a terrific experience being part of such a popular TV show.

Last week, another of my Marathi albums called CHAPHYACHE SHIMPAN was published in the presence of an august gathering by Suresh Wadkar and Shreedhar Phadke at the Dinanath Natyagruha in Vile Parle (E). Both the guests had a lot of good things to say about the album, especially the compositions. The album is out in the stores and I am hoping that it has a good run. The songs have all been sung by Sonali Karnik, who has been the megafinal winner of the talent hunt show MERI AWAAZ SUNO, which had been endorsed by Lata Mangeshkar and Yash Chopra.

I had some beautiful moments recording songs for this album and had the wonderful opportunity to work with a legendary musician like Manohari Singh, the saxophonist par excellence. Any saxophone interlude that you remember from Hindi films from the late fifties to the late eighties - chances are that it was played by Manohari Singh! May it be the duet of Saxophone & Mohammed Rafi in Hai Duniya Usiki, Zamana Usika from Kashmir Ki Kali to Bedardi Baalma Tujhko Mera Mann Yaad Karta Hai from Aarzoo to Roop Tera Mastana from Aradhana to any of R. D. Burman's hit songs thereafter.... saxophone and Manoharida are inseparable ingredients! It was a treat working with the 84 year old musician who at this age blows a saxophone with an enviable passion when his age-mates will think twice before blowing the candles out on their birthday cake!

These are a few of the things that I have been doing during this period of absence. What I haven't been doing is posting on the blog! I promise that my absences won't be this long from now on. There are a lot of things to share with you - some music in the world of noise, some noise in the world of music!

© Kaushal S. Inamdar, 2007