Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy honoured at rock awards
It’s a career that's spanned a little over a decade and has witnessed a change in how music buffs listen to Bollywood music. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Bollywood’s go-to musicians have been one of the industry's few music composers to bring about that change.music Updated: Jan 22, 2011 15:30 IST
Recognising this feat, the trio were honoured with the Years of Excellence at the recently concluded JD Annual Rock Awards held at Hard Rock Café. Amidst a room filled with contemporary musicians, rock junkies and electronica artistes who collectively form the Indian indie scene - SEL walked away with the biggest honour of the evening.
"I am very happy to be conferred with this honour," says Shankar Mahadevan, the lead singer and co-composer of the trio. Although Mahadevan missed the ceremony, he gave his thank-you speech from Dubai and spoke about how the Indian music industry let him spread his classically-trained talent pan film, radio and even stage.
"I started out as a classical musician and dabbled with world music. Bollywood never seemed like a possibility. I found Loy (Mendonsa) and Ehsaan (Noorani) and formed a band. At most we thought, we’d play a few gigs and record some albums," recounts Mahadevan, who is thankful that Bollywood happened to them at a time when the industry was opening up.
"What used to be considered alternative then is contemporary now," says Mahadevan, whose debut track as a solo artiste called Breathless in 1997 is still one of his most requested tracks.
“2010 has been on our landmark year as a band. We went live on stage, toured the world and now there is so much to look forward to. I never thought a decade in the industry meant a lifetime too,” smirks Mahadevan.
Besides their film projects, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have also given the anthem of the Cricket World Cup 2011. “We’ve composed three versions of a classical-folk, rock song De ghumaa ke in three languages. One of our most energetic numbers,” he says.