Shankar Mahadevan
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Shankar: It is more than just music!

Shankar Mahadevan


New Delhi, Oct. 31 -- Shankar Mahadevan, of the popular Bollywood musical trio Shankar Ehsaan and Loy, made his presence felt first with the song Breathless in 1998. Credited for composing several blockbuster songs, Shankar tells us that after a certain point in the industry, composing a tune becomes the easiest part of the elaborate process.

The trio is again in the news for giving music in an upcoming film starring Ranveer Singh, Govinda and Ali Zafar.

"Initially, it is just about music. After a point, once you are established, it's not just about music. It's a long sustained process. Music design is what that becomes important. So for that, composing a melody or tune becomes the easiest. There's a thread that weaves you into this situation," he says, explaining his perspective on the music industry.

Talking about the importance of audience feedback, the 47-year-old says, "It matters to me. After all, it's the fruit of our hard work. The key here is creating music. Plus, music keeps changing. When a large audience listens to your music, over a period of time, it means you are on the right path. I have been in the industry for 18 years, and I know one thing that a person's success or failure - more importantly failure - is underlined by audience's response."

Talking about the positive feedback that they are getting for their music in their next film, Shankar says that the title track is a very 80's inspired song and is a tribute to one of his favourite playback singers. "It's a very 80's song. The yodeling in the song is a tribute to one of my favourite singers, Kishore Da (Kishore Kumar)," he says.