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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Chennai composer duo’s song nominated for international award

Vishal and Aditya, 20-something composers in Chennai, have found themselves in elite company as their song Bhalobasha, has been nominated in the World Music category at the Global Peace Song Awards, a brainchild of Steve Robertson and Grammy Award-winner Ricky Kej, started to create awareness about music's power to inspire and create peace. What makes their achievement special is that Bhalobasha is
among the only two songs from India that have been nominated; the other one has been composed by popular composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Aditya has studied Sufi, Qawwali and Hindustani music at AR Rahman's music conservatory, while Vishal has learnt the piano from the Trinity College of Music, and also knows audio engineering. "We both knew each other because we studied at Vivekananda College, and were part of a band there. Seeing one of our performances, we were given a break by Rotary, who asked us to compose two songs for them," says Aditya. The duo has also composed music for the 2014 Tamil film, Gubeer, and has recently signed on a horror film directed by an associate of director Bala.
Talking about this song, Aditya says, "We were thinking of composing a song that highlights the fact the music has no boundaries. Around the same time, we came across information on Global Peace Song Awards on Facebook, and decided to submit our song to the competition, as we wanted to know where we stand compared to our peers globally." He says they composed the song in just one day as they came across the FB post only three days prior to the deadline.
The duo has used five languages in the song, which has been sung by three singers — Aditya himself (Tamil and Malayalam) and Super Singer contestants Saicharan (Telugu) and Vaishali (Hindi and Bengali). The song has four lyricists — Karthikeyan (Tamil), Krishnakanth (Telugu), Vinayak (Malayalam) and Vikram (Hindi and Bengali). Most of these people have started working in films as well, Aditya adds.
"Even though there are five languages, the song will never sound discordant. It is a classically oriented song and we have used one raga each for each of the five languages, but they will not seem conflicting when you hear the song," he assures.
The result of this competition will be revealed around mid-August and the duo is confident that Bhalobasha, which means 'language of love', will win either of the two awards that they stand a chance to win — the jury award and the public award (which is decided through online voting).
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