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The Next Big Thing: Music composers

Let's have a look at the music composer's who are going to make it big in the year 2011. Read on to know more.

music Updated: Dec 25, 2010 19:52 IST

Let's have a look at the music composer's who are going to make it big in the year 2011. Read on to know more.



Our judges

Abhinav Kashyap, Film director

Sneha Khanwalkar: She seems very talented and I hope to see her do lots more work

Lalit Pandit: He had been out for a very long time. But now he’s back with a bang

Amit Trivedi: Superbly talented. Amit is brilliant. His music is extremely fresh



Raj Kumar Gupta, Film director

Amit Trivedi: Truly gifted, he has a musical interpretation of a film’s storyline

Sneha Khanwalkar: The only woman music composer, she goes out looking for new sounds

Medieval Punditz: Experimental sounds, they have been doing a lot of underground music



Kabir Khan, Film director

Sneha Khanwalkar: Has a very interesting take on music and how it has to be presented.

Amit Trivedi: Interesting work and great music. His take is very fresh

Sohail Sen: Some of his non-film tracks are brilliant, though his movies haven’t done well.



And the music composers who get the maximum votes from our judges are...



aisha- amit trivediSneha Khanwalkar

‘Travelling makes music fun’

She is young and she is a woman. In an industry that has hardly seen any female music directors, Sneha’s work is being talked about. But she doesn’t play up her gender. "Reminding myself that I am a woman and might have a different take (on musical interpretation) will make me self-conscious. So I don’t think about it," she says.



Originally from Indore, Sneha has a musically-inclined mother, which is how she got interested in the field. It wasn’t her first choice of career though. In junior college, Sneha did animation, but realised that music mattered more.



Her first movie was Hope, then Ram Gopal Verma’s Go. Then came her lucky break – Dibakar Banerjee’s Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, for which she got rave reviews. To research the music of the movie, Sneha travelled to Punjab and Haryana. "I like travelling," she says. "Travelling makes composing music fun for me." You’ll hear her music next in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur.

Claim to fame
Composed music for Oye Lucky Lucky Oye and Love Sex Aur Dhokha
Travels all across India to research new sounds

Amit Trivedi
Second coming
Amit Trivedi was the music director to watch out for in our predictions last year. He wins this year too. With peppy music in films like Wake Up Sid and Aisha, Amit’s music continued to be in the news. And if the trailers of the film, No One Killed Jessica are anything to go by, he will end the year with a bang again. Though he’s very young, Amit is credited with bringing a fresh wave of contemporary music to the film industry.

Claim to fame
Got the National Award for Dev D
Composed music for Aamir and Aisha

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