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By leaps and bounds

Pritam Chakraborty recalls his FTII days and commends the new freedom of sound in Bollywood music.

Written by Swasti Chatterjee | Published: July 23, 2011 3:08:23 am

“Rock ballads are more my style of music. I am not a tabla or a dholak person,” declares musician Pritam. “Musicians need to find their own style rather than blindly ape trends. That is what sets all the new-age musicians apart from each other. They are finding their own space and acceptance with the masses.” In town for a concert,Pritam reminisced about his days at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII),and also about his tryst with the Bollywood music scene. “I feel that as a musician,I need to explore new genres of music that eventually helps me grow as a musician.”

“Film music is more theme-based. For instance,a lot of the music that I have directed for movies is Punjabi,because the theme of the movies itself was so. But for Khatta Meetha ,which was set in the heartlands of Maharashtra,the music was more Marathi,with many Marathi words in it,” he says. Pritam,who has composed music for films like Dhoom,Race,Love Aaj Kal and Golmaal, believes that the scope for musicians has widened in recent times. “I remember my days at the FTII. I had to lie to my parents and tell them that I was pursuing a science course in a government college to come and study there. In fact,in the early 90s,there wasn’t much scope for musicians. Now,with more and more different genres being adapted into film music,there is more scope.”

With films like Dhoom 3,Race 2,Mausam and Barfee in his kitty,Pritam feels that his creative freedom is sometimes curtailed with his professional commitments. “I would love to work with my own band and play music that is not bound by any constraints,the way it used to be during my days at the film institute. Everything was just about expressing oneself. This trend is slowly coming back into Hindi film music too. Delhi Belly had refreshingly different music. Something that is very different from my style and I appreciate the fact that more and more variety is coming into film music,” he says.

Pritam is in the city as a part of many performances in the city that have been scheduled on a quarterly basis throughout the year,and features the likes of Shubha Mudgal and Prasoon Joshi. He was accompanied by Sa Re Ga Ma Pa winner,Aneek,and Soham Chakraborty,of In dino fame.

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