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Wayne?s musical odyssey

Wayne Sharpe isn?t a name you?d relate to if you are a true-blue Bollywood buff.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2003 13:17 IST

Wayne Sharpe isn’t a name you’d relate to if you are a true-blue Bollywood buff. Perhaps it’d be simpler if we mentioned the names of Ajay Devgan and Prakash Jha. Sharpe, straight from Hollywood, is composing the background score of Gangaajal, Ajay’s new celluloid outing with Jha.

Sharpe is no greenhorn in the art of rendering musical definition to all those scenes that mesmerise you. With films like Pokemon, Atlantis and Firedancer, and several docu-features on Discovery, CBS Sports and NBC Sports channels under his belt, he knows his notes all right. Yet, the idea of a Hollywood composer creating background score for a Hindi film — and that too one that’s set in rural Bihar — stumps you.

Gangaajal is a realistic film, very dark and gritty. Totally western sounds would, therefore, be alien to the film’s feel. I am primarily creating a fusion of western classical orchestra and Indian percussion sounds to give a spiritual feel to Gangaajal’s background score, which mainly aims at offsetting the film’s sombre mood,” says Sharpe.

Of course, Sharpe is no stranger to Indian music. “I’ve been studying Indian music for the past few years, and Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Zakir Hussain are among my favourites,” he says. “And I’m a big one on Bollywood music too. I can listen to the soundtracks of Taal and Devdas countless times. I feel AR Rehman and Ismail Darbar are world class musicians.”

In fact, his love for listening to Bollywood soundtracks isn’t necessarily an outcome of his initiation into Hindi films through Prakash Jha. He tells you it’s his hobby, following the trends in film scores all over the world. He names Peter Gabriel’s score for The Last Temptation Of Christ and the numerous works of Ennio Marcone among his all-time favourites.

And when he isn’t composing, Sharpe loves to travel to places of natural beauty like Italy, Switzerland and the Thai beaches (his dream is to go on at least one Himalayan trek).

“Nature inspires music, after all,” he says.