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Soumya Vajpayee, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, November 10, 2012
Music composer Shrikanth Sriram, popularly known as Shri, recently wowed audiences at Bacardi NH7 Weekender at Pune, playing his handcrafted customised bass. Renowned for adding a folk touch to his electronica-heavy tracks, the Brit-Asian musician is also composing the theme track for Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi.  

Life of PiIt’s going to be a Hindi pop song. I was approached by Fox Studios and Sony to write this track. We had a few chats on what the vibe had to be. I have been given the space to create my own music while keeping in mind the aesthetics of the film.” The track, which is in its finishing stages, will be out next week. The movie, starring Tabu and Irrfan, will hit theatres on November 21.

Shri says that lyrically and musically, the song reflects the essence of the film’s story, which is about hope and perseverance. “I had a very strong concept for the track. I worked with lyricist KC Loy, who has penned beautiful words that talk about a positive outlook towards life; about how despite being physically trapped, one can manage to fly freely like a swan. Singer Suraj Jagan has instilled life into the song with his amazing delivery,” says Shri, who has also composed for Hollywood film Battle in Seattle (2007) as well as Bollywood movies, Barah Aana (2009) and Striker (2010).

Meanwhile, the multi-instrumentalist is also busy with his project ShriLektric, that draws upon cross-cultural musical influences for its compositions. “I am also working on a bunch of songs with some cool collaborators in India. There are a couple of Bollywood films also in the pipeline,” he says.