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On a melodic mission to Indie-yeah

After Pearl Jam, Coldplay and Radiohead, BBC music producer Miti Adhikari to work with Agnee.

music Updated: Feb 26, 2010 02:18 IST
Nikhil Taneja

Veteran

BBC

music producer and sound engineer, Miti Adhikari is now entering the Indian independent music scene.



Adhikari, who’s produced songs for over 200 international acts including Nirvana, Coldplay, Pearl Jam and Radiohead, has recently finished work on Mumbai-based rock band Agnee’s new track,

Ranjhan yaar di

. The song, also the theme of

MTV

reality show,

Splitsvilla 3

, is Adhikari and Agnee’s first Punjabi song and combines the sound of mridangam and electronic grooves with Punjabi lyrics.



“A Kolkata-based friend told us about Adhikari and I sent him my tracks. Later, he messaged me in the middle of the night saying he can’t stop humming Ranjhan… and agreed to work with us. We’ve just got really lucky,” says Mohan Kannan, vocalist of Agnee.



Adhikari has in the past worked on his cousin, Neel Adhikari’s fusion band, Class Apart. Writer Shobhaa De heard the songs and asked the outfit to compose an album that was released with her book, Superstar India.



“After that, quite a few Indian bands approached me to produce records,” recalls Adhikari. “I was travelling to India then, so worked on The Supersonics’ album, and on the songs of a Bengali rock act called Jack Rabbit.”



Adhikar’s in love with the Indian indie scene. “I don’t understand Bollywood but love the underground scene in India. I’ve brought a travellling studio down here and want to work with bands, thus helping in the evolution of the trend. I want these bands to match their international counterparts,” he says.



Adhikari is currently working on albums of bands such as Menwhopause and Cassini’s Division, and is teaming up with Agnee for a few other songs.