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News |  02 Nov 2015 20:23 |  By IANS

Arijit is an educated musician: Shankar Mahadevan

MUMBAI: Singer Shankar Mahadevan, also a part of Bollywood's renowned composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, feels that Arijit Singh, who has been in demand since æTum Hi HoÆ, is going to stay in the music industry for a long time as he is an ôeducated musicianö.

ôArijit Singh is going to stay for a long time because he is an educated musician. He knows his music. He understands his 'sargams'. He has got depth. I knew him even before he became Arijit Singh,ö said Mahadevan.

When asked why singers have phases in Bollywood, he said, ôIf you are a musician of a very high caliber, if your aesthetics of music is very high and you are an educated musician, then you are going to stay for a long time.ö

ôWe have been composing music for the last 19 years and this year we picked the Filmfare Best Music Director award (for '2 States'). It's difficult to sustain, but if you have got quality, then you will sustain. There needs to be depth in your music,ö Mahadevan added.

The composer trio are best known for composing songs for films like æDil Chahta HaiÆ, æKal Ho Naa HoÆ, æKabhi Alvida Naa KehnaÆ, æWake Up SidÆ and æDil Dhadakne DoÆ.

He feels that Bollywood music keeps on ôevolvingö time after time.

ôMusic keeps changing. It keeps evolving. It keeps trending with the changes that happen in the story. It's like fashion. But with changes, you have to maintain the sanctity of music and its esthetics, which are 'sur' and 'tal'. Within that you can do whatever you want,ö the singer/composer said.

He also believes that India is "rich in music".

"There are so many classical and other types of music. First of all, we should learn to respect our own music. We don't respect our classical music and our folk music. If you go to Europe or an Arabic country, they often listen to our classical music,ö he added.