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News |  16 Aug 2016 15:02 |  By RnMTeam

If you want to survive in the industry, knowledge of Indian classical is important: Jeet Gannguli

MUMBAI: Composer of Aashiqui 2, CityLights, Hamari Adhuri Kahani (3 Songs), Rustom (two songs), and Raaz Reboot, Jeet Gannguli is a renowned music composer of Bengali and Hindi film industry. Gannguli made his first move into the world of music at the age of four and started composing without realizing at the age of 11-12.

He is outspoken, confident and compassionate. In a candid conversation with, the ‘Dhal Jaun Main’ (Rustom) composer said, “I have started working in Bengali films in 2004. In that case, Surinder Films and Shree Venkatesh Films are my godfathers. Bengali music industry is getting better nowadays; there was a long gap after Pancham Da and Salil Chowdhury. I am fortunate that my compositions are getting transformed into Hindi and reaching the Bollywood industry as well. When I compose music, no matter in what language, I consider it as work. Music has no language,” added the composer.

Gannguli had worked for a song in the film ‘Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai’ with Pritam and then came back into the music industry as a solo composer with ‘Blood Money’, which was produced by Bhatt’s Vishesh Films.

According to the composer, “It was not an easy victory in Bollywood. Mukesh Ji once heard the Bengali song ‘Khujechi Toke Raat Berate’ and called me next day. I thought it was a prank by someone; but, it was not. Mukesh Ji asked me to come over for his next project and the next day I met him with my guitar. He was in love with that song and asked me to compose the song in Hindi and after that ‘Jo Tere Sang’ (Blood Money) happened.”

After this, there was no turning back for Jeet Gannguli. Starting from blockbuster numbers from 'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi', 'Raaz 3', 'City Lights', to 'Aashiqui 2', 'Khamoshiyan', 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani', and his livelihood got a kick by Mukesh Bhatt, according to the composer.

Gannguli’s family is related to music from last 18 generation. As he belongs to a musical family, he said that there was no liability in the family and music is in his blood.

Speaking about his inspiration and childhood, “My maternal grandfather was a famous sports journalist and I used to go with him to the grounds. Love for football began there. I was a very good footballer and played in junior Mohun Bagan. I used to compose songs when I was a teenager. My father gifted me a recorder and whenever I used to compose something my mother used to record it. This is how it all started. As I was into group theatre when I was in school, I composed a song for a drama ‘Shottir Bhuter Golpo Boli’ and after so many years in 2008-2009, the song was recreated by me as ‘Dhaker Tale Komor Dole’ for a Bengali film ‘Paran Jai Jaliya Re’ under Shree Venkatesh Films. After my school final (10+) when I couldn’t decide what to do as I loved football and music both, my father said ‘If you want to be a footballer then get hold of it, but if you want to do music then you have to leave football, as you can’t accomplish both in the same way. I took one day time to decide and decided to carry on with music,” added the ‘Dard’ composer.

While talking about current scenario in music industry and upcoming projects, he said that he is passionate about independent artists and believes that Indian classical music is a ‘Khazana’. In that context he said, “Indian classical music has the richness and it is vital for new upcoming singers without doubt. If you want to survive in the industry, knowledge of Indian classical is important.”

Presently, Jeet Gannguli is done composing for a Bengali film ‘Love Express’ which will release end of August. In addition to that, he is also planning to do a single music video by next year, working on Ram Gopal Verma’s next along with some untitled songs under T-Series.