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Bengal has a great taste for melody: Jatin Pandit

Jatin Pandit, of Jatin-Lalit duo, is all set to debut as a music director for the Bengali film Krishnakanter. Ritujaay Ghoshspeaks to the composer.

music Updated: Apr 13, 2007, 11:19 IST
Sudipto Shome
Sudipto Shome

First it was Lalit Pandit making his foray into Bengali films as a music director. Now it’s the turn of brother Jatin Pandit to do the same. Jatin, who is one of the two music directors for filmmaker Raja Sen’s next venture Krishnakanter. He will compose a track for the film.

“I am working on the number. I am trying to make it in such a way that it goes along with the novel written by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay. The song will be melody based,” says Jatin.

The music director’s earlier tryst with the language involved composing for Rani Mukherji’s debut film Biyer Phool, but that was as part of the Jatin-Lalit duo, which also composed for a Bengali album by Kumar Sanu. Post-split, this is the first time that Jatin is composing for a Bengali movie.

Going bongers
Jatin, who is a name to reckon with in the industry, establishes his connection, “I was born in Kolkata. We used to stay in Burrabazar till I was seven years old.”

“Bengal has a taste for sophisticated melody. This is what has probably influenced me to become a melody-based composer,” he says. It is that comfort level that makes him open to composing more numbers for regional films.

The conversation veers towards Jatin’s career in Bollywood.

“A lot of things are happening but right now I am not in a position to say,” says the composer, adding that he is preparing to cut a Hindi album, three songs of which have already been done. Melody is the thread with which he is spinning his musical yarn here, too, he says.

Talking about his preferences, the composer informs that he disapproves of remixes. “They are in a way polluting the song-sphere. They are interfering with nature,” he says.

“Somebody has painted a picture with a set of colours and sincerity and dedication. Then somebody else goes ahead giving it a new coat. It’s no point doing that. The same can be said about old songs, whose remixes are all over the place these days,” he adds.

The remix virus
Isn’t the present generation crazy about to remixes?

“No, they are forced to listen to them. If you find those songs on television the moment you switch it on, you have no option but to watch. I am sure if options are given, people would shift to melodious numbers,” he asserts.

How is life after the split?

“Both of us have started all over again. I will do what I used to do earlier. I will make melody-based compositions,” he says.

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