‘POP­U­LAR­ITY DOESN’T DE­FINE QUAL­ITY’

Mu­si­cian Shankar Ma­hade­van says that songs lack­ing depth die a ‘quick death’

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Rishabh Suri IANS

who has been a part of Bol­ly­wood for al­most two decades now. His part­ner­ship with Eh­saan Noorani and Loy Men­donsa has given us hits such as Socha Hai (Rock­star; 2008), Mas­ton Ka Jhund (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag; 2013) and Gal­lan Good­iyan (Dil Dhadakne Do; 2015). The com­poser, who was in Delhi re­cently for an event, feels that the rea­son lis­ten­ers are not get­ting to hear good songs is be­cause they are not be­ing made in the first place. “[A lot of] tracks [these days] lack depth. They do get pop­u­lar in the be­gin­ning, but even­tu­ally, they die a quick death. When lis­ten­ers aren’t given any­thing good, then they have no choice but to ac­cept the same,” he says. “Also, songs to­day are lit­er­ally shoved down your throats 3000 times a minute. One is made to lis­ten to the same songs on ra­dio, TV and web­sites!” says the 50-yearold, adding, “You have to flow against the tide. Me, Eh­saan and Loy have been try­ing to come up with stuff which is mu­si­cally aes­thetic and of a cer­tain level.”

We should name and shame those who sex­u­ally ha­rass oth­ers, ac­tor Vidya Balan said. “I think that peo­ple who have suf­fered this only know what ex­actly does it feel like when you’re re­ally in an un­com­fort­able sit­u­a­tion. When some­one just rubs or touches you with his hand, some­times I get re­ally an­gry. So I think in that sense, there are a lot of de­grees in sex­ual ha­rass­ment.” She added, “I am very glad that peo­ple are talk­ing about it now. Women are talk­ing about it, and they should talk about it be­cause it is not their fault. We should name and shame those who are sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing oth­ers, un­doubt­edly.” Her up­com­ing slice of life drama has the re­hashed ver­sion of the hit Mr In­dia song Hawa Hawai that orig­i­nally fea­tured ac­tor Sridevi. Vidya said that Sridevi liked the song. “Af­ter watch­ing the song, Sridevi told me, she found me very cute in the song, and she found the song lovely, es­pe­cially the way we did it... (was) very happy with it. I

Some­times, a song be­comes fa­mous not nec­es­sar­ily for the rea­son why it should be fa­mous SHANKAR MA­HADE­VAN, MU­SI­CIAN

don't want to say much, but it would be bet­ter if you ask her be­cause I can only tell you this much.”

I am glad that peo­ple are talk­ing about [ha­rass­ment] now. Women should talk about it be­cause it is not their fault VIDYA BALAN, AC­TOR

Shankar Ma­hade­van has col­lab­o­rated with English jazz mu­si­cian John Mclaugh­lin for his soon-to-be-re­leased project

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