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Updated: July 24, 2010 16:10 IST

Play on, Raghav

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Versatile musician Raghav Sachar on his forthcoming albums and the challenge of composing for Bollywood. He is also ready with a version of the National Anthem, a track that has been with him for the last three years.

Raghav Sachar may be hard pressed for time, but he is loving it. The 29-year-master of 31 instruments, who first started playing an instrument at the age of four, is gearing up for two back-to-back albums, under his music label Raghav Sachar Music, and is not just involved in every single creative aspect but also monetising the venture. “I am glad that I am able to do a lot of things. I'd like to define myself as a one-stop shop. I don't need to depend on anyone else to execute the creative goals I have. I love each of my roles — the whole journey. Of course, it is very time consuming but the satisfaction is immense,” says Raghav, as he is shooting for the music video of his album — ‘Vande Mataram', hitting music stores on August 1.

As soon as that's done, his next — an ambitious single with a DVD, ‘Raghav Sachar Set The Fire' — will be released. The National Song has often been worked on and one wonders why Raghav was intent on working on it. “Vande Mataram is anyway a brilliant composition and yes, a lot of people have worked on it, including Rahman. I have done three different renditions of it in my album,” he says. The first is a vocal rendition by Raghav, the second is a female rendition by a singer named Paroma and the third is an all-instrumental version.

‘Set The Fire' is the release of a live concert in Mumbai. “I performed to a 10,000-strong audience at IIT Powai last December, and Dhiren, my director who makes all my videos, shot it with five cameras. He's edited it, and it has turned out to be quite excellent. That's the beauty of a live concert. I am at ease and spontaneous as opposed to a rehearsed video,” he says. September will see the release of this DVD.

Raghav is also ready with a version of the National Anthem, a track that has been ready with him for the last three years. Obviously, he has no plans to monetise this one, but is looking for an alliance for public screenings.

Much as he loves his independence in creativity, Raghav is also happy dabbling with Bollywood music once in a while. The composer, who has to his credit films such as “Kabul Express” and “Tum Milo To Sahi”, is doing the music for Vikram Bhat's next “Phirr”. He even does a cameo on screen for one of the songs. “In films, creativity is the director's perspective. I have to go with it,” says the musician who has been inundated with offers to act in films too. The self-proclaimed perfectionist has plans of growing his music label into a production company in the coming years. His interest in films also makes him hope that one day, not only will he be able to produce films dealing with unusual genres but also act in a musical.


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