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?Music industry is facing worst days?

MUSIC INDUSTRY is passing through its worst phase these days, feels ace music arranger and director Amar Haldipur. He was in Allahabad on the occasion of Ram Rajyabhishek Samaroh organised by Shri Pattharchatti Ramlila Committee on Thursday.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 01:11 IST

MUSIC INDUSTRY is passing through its worst phase these days, feels ace music arranger and director Amar Haldipur. He was in Allahabad on the occasion of Ram Rajyabhishek Samaroh organised by Shri Pattharchatti Ramlila Committee on Thursday.

Amar's dedication and sincerity has won him the reputation of being the highest paid music arranger in the industry. The veteran artiste has also worked hard towards carving a distinct niche for the music arrangers in the industry as their contribution is basically ignored and overshadowed by the glamour and glitz of music directors and singers.

"To be frank, 50 per cent of the credit of any good music goes to the lyricist, 20 per cent should be acknowledged to the music director and 30 per cent credit goes to the music arranger. But unfortunately, we are not given much importance," said Amar. "I worked in 'Aur pyaar ho gaya' only on the promise that my name would appear separately as arranger," he added.

In his career of four decades, Amar feels that there are just a few in the industry, who have a right knowledge of music arrangement and they are Sonik, Pyarelal and Illaiyaraja. "It is difficult to provide the exact notation and detailing and the most significant aspect is to not to kill the essence of the song," stated Amar.

Starting as a violinist with Lakshmikant-Pyarelal, this popular artiste also assisted Rajesh Roshan in 'Kunwara Baap' and he got the opportunity to expose his talent in the movies Julie, Des Pardes, Natwarlal, Razia Sultan, Ankhiyon ke jharokhon se, Kabhi kabhi and Nadiya ke paar. However, he has also worked as a music director in several movies and in 'Shahenshah' he gave music by the name of Amar Utpal.

When asked about such a brief stint as a music director, he replied: "My conscience didn't allow me to commit to sycophancy in order to bag big banners. Today I have acquired such a reputation that the music directors invite me and I am the highest paid among the music arrangers," said Amar.

He rued about the present condition of the music industry, which, he says, has succumbed to commercialisation. "We are forgetting our identity and our culture and are busy aping the West. Promotion has taken the front seat and talent is being ignored," he said. "The reality shows have added to the woes as they have become the best examples of lobbying," he added.

Amar has also done several music albums with Pankaj Udhas, Asha Bhonsle, Ghulam Ali, Hariharan and Gulzar. Siddharth and Sangeet, the sons of Amar, are singing in the groups 'Band of boys' and 'Asma' respectively.

However, he has not lost all hopes and maintains: "I will keep on giving my best to the industry."