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Can north east rock on the Hindi music scene?

December 16, 2010 06:55:39 PM IST
Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
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Sudhir Mishra in one of the recent interviews had predicted that Shillong Chamber Choir Orchestra has definite potential to make its mark in the world of Hindi cinema in a big way. Shillong's Chamber Choir Orchestra was the winner of the India's got Talent and the range of music that they exhibited during the course of their different performances was a clear pointer to the fact that here is a group which has its ears to the ground as far sense of music is concerned.

Shillong Chamber Choir was formed in 2001 and it has really made its mark in a big way. It is for the first time that this band made its debut in the mainstream and won heart of all the aficionados. North East is one of the most vibrant entities as far as music sense is concerned, and each region among the seven sisters has its own brand of music, as diverse and as varied as chalk and cheese. But sadly enough they have not been able to make their mark in the world of Hindi cinema in a big way. It could probably be owing to the fact that they are content playing in their geographical space. However, the success of Shillong Chamber Choir must be a wakeup call for them.

After all, one fellow North Eastern, father and son duo dominated the world of Hindi music for decades together, and if they could bring such a rich tradition of music into the world of Hindi music, imagine what would be the effect on Hindi music if all the seven North Eastern states get a foothold into the world of Hindi music. The father-son duo under reference is Sachin Dev Burman and Rahul Dev Burman.

Subsequently another musician from North East had swept the Indian music fans by his sonorous voice, the singer and music director being Bhupen Hazarika, who somehow decided to go back and continue to give his music in his native place, i.e. in Assam. It was a monumental loss for Hindi music, as his music had a really earthiness, and Gulzaar's RUDALI would not have been a success, and Dimple Kapadia's character would not have attained the mystique as it did riding on the music of Bhupen Hazarika.

The time has indeed come for the music makers from North Eastern parts of the country to make their presence felt in a big way. With the directors of the likes of Sudhir Mishra backing them up, the innings with Hindi film music should not be a path strewn with pebbles, but should become a path beckoning with flowers.

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