“Have you ever wondered why we don’t have a Ricky Martin or Enrique Iglesias kind of figure in India,” questions Subroto Chattopadhyay, chairman, Peninsula Studios. “It is because all our pop icons are film stars.” “There are many people associated with a film song – the singers, the lyricists… but for me the music directors are the true emperors of melodies. About three-four years back, I suggested that we should build a story on the music directors,” he says.
The idea has resulted in a series of plays – titled Emperors of Melodies – that seek to capture the life and works of these music makers. Directed by Sita Raina, the series is presently a trilogy that covers SD Burman, OP Nayyar and Madan Mohan, but Chattopadhyay says the plan is to feature five other music directors too – RD Burman, Hemanta Mukherjee, Salil Chowdhury, Roshan and Shankar Jaikishan. The one on OP Nayyar is to be staged today.
- Emperors of Melodies: A Tribute to OP Nayyar
- When: April 22, 7.30 pm
- Where: The Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Nearest Metro station: Jor Bagh.
- Tickets available on Bookmyshow.com
“After Subroto shared the idea, the team needed to do a lot of research for these plays. Since they are on real-life characters, factual accuracy is important,” says Raina. Presented as a musical theatre, the story of OP’s life will be told by two narrators – Atima Mankhotia and Ajay Mankhotia, who had known the music director personally. Naveen Anand has contributed a lot to the music production of the play. “Vivek Mansukhani is playing OP Nayyar. Plus, we will have clips of his songs and singers will present live renditions of his songs. Those who had known him personally and professionally will come on stage to talk about him,” explains Raina.
Of the music director, known for his Punjabi folk inspired music, Raina says, “He was a perfectionist. He would never compromise. It was what helped him succeed and eventually also resulted in his downfall.”