Music composers don’t have a free hand, says Lalit Pandit

Lalit Pandit, musical director, singer and lyricist, is well known for his work in Dabangg (2010) and Aap Jaisa Koi Nahin, among others. His work, along with singing and songwriting legends, was celebrated at the Eternal Hits Once More event. There were many famous singers, like Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, Shaan and others. This occasion was a celebration of their magical melodies.

The show is designed by IM Entertainment. It is the company of Meena Pandit, his wife, and the proceeds will be extended as financial support to senior musicians in the industry. It was held on September 23 in Mumbai. In an interaction with The Free Press Journal, he talks about his performance, his family and current music trends.

He talks about the concert. He shares, “Right before Covid, we did this gig in February. We had decided to organize celebrations for musical directors and singers who have contributed to the music industry. Now that the pandemic is over to some extent, we plan to hold these celebrations again in 2022. We have original singers performing with a live orchestra. It happened in Mumbai…and then we will plan to do it in other cities in India.

Speaking about this year’s performances, he gushed, “This show mesmerized the audience with our songs. I sang a song with my son, Mujhe Raat Din Bas and later I also performed with other singers.

He talks about how his legacy is passed on. “My two sons have a passion for music. My eldest son wrote a song about the war. It was posted on YouTube. It’s a blessing from God that my whole family has been blessed with music. This generation perpetuates its ancestral musical chords. He feels good. They learn music with me here,” he says.

On a parting note, he spoke about current music trends, which lack melodious songs. “Sometimes the melody works wonderfully. If it’s a dry spell in the music, I feel like the melodic songs and the music will bounce back later. In the 80s, we were doing action movies, so the audience could hear different kinds of songs. Again, in the 80s and 90s there was a period of music. Movies like Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha and Aashiqui etc. are out. And we’ve seen every musical director make wonderful music. Everyone coexisted together. There was a boom in the music industry. After that, the music is no longer made as before. Composers do not have carte blanche. Directors want the best movie but don’t believe they should expand freedom. The musical environment must be given. Most musicians have become composers. It’s easier to make a song, but composing is the hardest job. We need a good writer with a great mind, heart, soul and voice to be able to create this musical golden age. Songs can’t be memorized because we can’t remember the words to those songs,” he concludes.

Courtesy of FPJ

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