Monday, August 19, 2013

Dayaghana Re... A Prayer from PITRUROON

As I type this post I am sitting in Susmit's Limaye's music room in Goregaon. We are in the middle of the 3rd reel of composing the background score for PitruRoon, a movie being directed by Nitish Bharadwaj. Nitish is directing his first movie and his enthusiasm is infectious. We have taken a ten minute break for tea. Susmit and Nitish are collaborating on the tea making while I write this post.

The background score will soon be over and the film will go into the final stages of post production. Although composing and recording the background score is exciting, the part I enjoy most is doing is the songs.

And I absolutely cherished the experience of composing and recording the songs of PitruRoon, which is based on a story by Sudha Moorthy.

The first song that I composed for the film was DAYAGHANA RE... a prayer. Ranga Godbole, also the producer of the movie is a prolific lyric writer. He penned the song in a little above 10 minutes, so the ball was in my court. For this song, I did what I usually never do. I composed two tunes for the same lyrics. Nitish chose this one! I myself was in favour of this tune. The words Dayaghana Re were like a calling. The prayer was different from most other prayers because it was not a prayer that asked or demanded but thanked in gratitude.

There was a lot of discussion on who the singer should be and I came up with the name of Roopkumar Rathod, whose fan I have always been. I believed that his voice would suit Sachin Khedekar on whom the song was to be picturised. Also Roopji's voice had the magnanimity and contentment. I always find his rendition very spiritual even in a romantic song.

In the arrangement too there were a lot of discussions with Susmit Limaye who arranged the song. The interlude before the first verse uses a string & horn arrangement to denote the vast landscape of the countryside. We also used the bamboo flute, played by Varad Kathapurkar to underline the rustic Indianness of the song. The percussion is altogether acoustic (played by Vijay Shivalkar & Mandar Gogate) which accounts for the earthy sound. We have used as many acoustic instruments in the song as possible.

The song released on Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM, last week and has been getting good reviews. Next week I shall write about the other song... Man Moharale sung by Hamsika Iyer and Hrishikesh Ranade. Till then sing along with Dayaghana Re... A prayer of gratitude and contentment!

© Kaushal S. Inamdar, 2013