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Simplifying classical music for masses: Himesh Reshammiya.

Simplifying classical music for masses: Himesh Reshammiya.  

THREE AND a half years in the film music direction and he has pampered many a glutton for tuneful melodies. The current "Nikamma" and other songs in "Kyaa Dil Ne Kaha" have already topped the popularity ladder.

At 26, he was offered by Salman Khan to score music for his "Hello Brother". Then came "Kurukshetra" and "Jodi No.1" that made waves in the musical arena of hits. Young Himesh Reshammiya has once again appeared on the melodic firmament with Abbas-Mustan directed "Humraaz" this time with "inclusion of ragas in simplified way to cater to both masses and classes," as his claim goes.

Himesh owes his passion for music to his father, Vinay Reshammiya, a veteran in the domain "who introduced electronic music in films." The passion found his best expression in "Humraaz" where Himesh has used raga Aheer in the title song, "Sanam Mere Humraaz", Bhairavi in "Tune Zindgi Mein Aake" and Ambarajni in sad notes.

"Out of all, this film satisfies me most for I could utilise my training in Indian classical music, though not to the fullest," he admits. Yet he believes that connoisseurs can forgive him the cost of simplifying ragas to the taste of masses for "commercial reasons matter".

Try to coax him into revealing his heart about current music and he bares it all.

"There is a lot of pressure on a young music director like me. On one hand some shooting is going on where a song has to be picturised, on the other, the impatient producers want the song to be hurried through. If a singer takes long in capturing the notes, we are asked to change the singer and pick up those who would deliver best in shortest possible time. The rents of the studios where we record also add up each passing day. Melody is the greatest casualty in such situations. Hence, in the end, one thing is taken most care of - songs should be accepted commercially," Himesh heaves a sad sigh. But this time he thanks Venus for allowing him to perk up his appetite for soulful music.

For this, he has taken care of two things in "Humraaz" - the orchestra is kept less than the voice, so that "pakki bandish" does not lose its place, "I have kept 70:30 ratio here," and entertained singers who have good command of the nuances of pure music - Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sonu Nigam and Udit Narayan for lead songs.

Annoyed with lesser-trained singers who want to be stars overnight, he tips - they should sing "at least 50 songs for their voice to grow mike-friendly and sharpen their pick up sense."

Among the breed of new singers he finds "none who could do wonders in the music arena even in the next five years."

But Himesh promises to do wonders with his next venture - a Pentaloon film "Chura Liya Hai Tumne" with Esha Deol and Akbar Khan's son Zayad, Satish Kaushik's "Setu" for which Salman Khan has shaven his head and one with Padmalaya Productions.

"Happy-go-lucky, an avid film goer and admirer of Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Shankar-Jaikishan," as he describes himself, Himesh is all pepped up to do a track with Lata Mangeshkar for which dates have yet to be finalised. At present he is quite optimistic about the music that would soon "touch many hearts," he assures you.

RANA A. SIDDIQUI

Photo S.Subramanuim.

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