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LEAH GEORGE
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MUSIC Shrikanth Sriram is working on the theme track for the movie Life of Pi

Tunes refreshing Shrikanth Sriram
Tunes refreshing Shrikanth Sriram

If I was stuck on a tiny boat with a hyena, zebra, orangutan and a Bengal tiger for company, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the sound track playing in my mind would be anything but happy. But therein lies the genius of Shrikanth Sriram, or rather, Shri who was signed by Fox STAR Studios India to create the theme track for the movie adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi .

Shri defies all expectations of the soundtrack saying, “It’s a pop song. It’s a song that tries to touch the spirit of Life of Pi , without actually describing it. It has a strong, strident tempo. But it’s not your everyday pop song.” The song, with lyrics by K.C. Loy, and vocals by Suraj Jagan, features an eclectic range of instruments from the bass, guitar, and most prominently, the flute.

“The song is about dreaming, it’s about hope. It’s like flying away within yourself, without you really flying. It’s very metaphorical in parts,” says Shri in a telephone interview. The artist, who gained recognition for his work in international television and film music for movies like Barah Aana and Striker , describes the song as having a more contemporary, global feel to it.

On the journey creating the track, Shri says, “The early sketches were too philosophical and introspective. Then there was the question of whether it’s ‘mass enough’, or if there is too much drama. I’m still working on it, but the final version will be ready in a few days.”

The film starring Suraj Sharma, Irfan Khan and Adil Hussain, with screenplay by David Magee, is a creation of Oscar award-winning director, Ang Lee. “I’m not working with Lee directly, I’m working with Sony, but I would love to work with him directly one day.”

Life of Pi releases in India on November 23.

LEAH GEORGE

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