Bathinda to Bollywood: The Bawra brothers’ way

  • Sondeep Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2015 15:44 IST

Music is a way of life for Bathinda’s Inderjeet Singh Bawra (Inder Bawra) and Paramjeet Singh Bawra (Sunny Bawra), who are third generation musicians from the Bawra family, but the first to break into Bollywood.

Their father Major Singh Bawra and grandfather Mohinder Singh Bawra had earned a good name for their musical talents but could not break into tinsel town.

"We will be composing the music for two more Bollywood flicks this year," shared the duo who were in Bathinda recently. The brothers are responsible for the background score of thrillers including Ankur Arora Murder Case and Hate Story 2 and are very soon going to compose music for two more Bollywood flicks.

The duo’s journey

Before Bollywood, they scored music for more than 30 television serials telecasted on channels such as Sony TV, Colors, Star Plus, Star One, Zee TV and Life OK and is at present working on
Razia Sultan, a new series launched on &TV from March 2, and Chakravartin – Ashok Samrat telecasted on Colours.

A nostalgic experience

Working on Razia Sultan is also a nostalgic experience for the brothers.

“When grandfather used to recite the story of Razia Sultan, he would often mention that she was imprisoned in the Bathinda fort. The story keeps reminding us of him while we work on the music for the serial,” shared Inderjeet.

For the love of music

Inder is the eldest among the three children of Major Bawra and did his schooling from Bathinda. After passing Class-12 in 2000, he went to Mumbai and started learning music from NR Pawan and later from Ravinder Jain.

Sunny joined his brother in 2004, after completing his graduation from DAV College Bathinda. The duo then worked as assistants with Ravinder Jain for four years.

Inder says that he is still learning different concepts of Indian music from NR Pawan and Suresh Wadkar whereas Sunny is working on western music and has joined Trinity University’s London College of Music.

The duo says that they always try to keep the power and limitations of contemporary and western music in mind so that the flavour and authenticity of the musical creations can be retained.

The brothers have ample knowledge of traditional ‘doha’, ‘chopai’ ‘chaand’ ‘swaayiya’ forms of poetry, which have been transferred as custom in the family.

Inder said that in childhood they had often heard recitals of Ramayana, Bhagawad Gita and Mahabharat and other historical stories from their grandfather. That exercise, he says helped them when they were working for Jai Shri Krishna, Devo ke Dev Mahadev, Shakuntla, Veer Shivaji, Maharana Partap and Jhansi Ki Rani Serials and other serials based on historical incidents.

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