By Kanika Rajani
After getting to know each other on the sets of Gumshuda, Percussionist Bickram Ghosh and Sonu Nigam went on to work together on two films, Sooper Se Ooper (Kirti Kulhari and Vir Das) and Jal (Purab Kohli, Tanishtha Chatterjee and Kirti Kulhari). The duo recently collaborated to work on an independent album titled The Music Room. Everthing about the album, the Music Room is innovative, right from its Muddy Electronica genre (which they have coined) to its world music feel. Roping in Nigam and Ghosh was also a good idea as the two come from vastly different backgrounds. “Muddy because it’s earthy and has its roots in folk music. The electronica beat is edgy, trippy and this sound is found in the album’s music,” said Ghosh as he explained the muddy electronica genre.
The album also has a world music feel which has not been dabbled into much by Indian musicians. “World music involves using ethnic instruments. You can have world music from the Middle East, Indian instruments, or any country. It involves showcasing ethnic instruments and using them as vital pieces. For instance if there is a sitar playing, it goes into a jam and that piece becomes the central figure,” said Ghosh as he further explained what the term world music meant. “Besides using digitally available softwares, we have also used live brass guitars, live guitars, live percussions, and I’ve even played the harmonica” added Nigam as he described how the duo spontaneously scored music for the album. Nigam is credited with singing all the tracks and penning the lyrics for their album, and Ghosh has played the tabla and other percussion instruments.
While speaking about the album’s title, Ghosh elaborated about a sense of nostalgia and reverence attached to the room they scored music in. “We are letting the listeners into the room we created the music in.” This novel album also sees Nigam composing music, when asked about why one does not hear much of his compositions, Nigam mentioned, “People are lucky to find directors of their choice. I’ve seen Anu Malik, Sajid-Wajid and Jatin-Lalit struggling. It’s difficult to explain your ideas to directors. Making music is currently not a priority,” said the singer who plans to release an independent album every year. The duo are also presently working on an album which involves them reinventing Bollywood classics from the yesteryears.
We will also hear them in Happy Anniversary, Chowky, among others. The former is Gaurang Doshi’s production and Prahlad Kakkar’s first film. Chowky, directed by Shekhar Ghosh is about a police officer and what happens in a police station.