Composer and singer Arjunna Harjarie says that if the director or producer is unable to communicate what they want, it becomes difficult to compose the music
There’s a pressure to continue the legacy of my parents,” says composer and singer Arjunna Harjarie. His parents — Madhusudan Harjarie and Lakshmi Madhusudan — are well-known classical singers. Harjarie, who has learnt music from the age of two-and-a-half, says, “My mother made sure that I got the right musical knowledge. I have learnt Western classical and sound engineering, however, I have to admit that it’s difficult to stand up to the expectations. That said, my family has always given me both financial and moral support,” says the singers who has trained under Pt Suresh Wadekar at his gurukul.
Harjarie started off his professional musical career as an advertisement jingles composer. He has been collaborating with leading lyricists and directors like Kumaar, Prasoon Joshi, Amit Sharma, Rajesh Saathi, Anupam Mishra and others. Over the years, he has worked as a background music composer and composer for films like Hair is Falling, Manzoor Nahi, Calapor, Chudail, Titoo MBA, Do Lafzon Ki Kahani and others.
He has currently composed three songs in Farhan Akhtar-starrer Lucknow Central. One of its songs — Kaavaan Kaavaan is a chartbuster and the singer says, “The brief they (producer Nikhil Advani and director Ranjit Tiwari) had given me is that they were looking for a song on life. In fact, Teen Kabootar was the first song to get locked. Though it’s a love song but it’s also about life. Teen Kabootar is a peppy, realistic and rustic number. We have avoided using instruments in this song.”
He adds, “We wanted to create melody that supported this kind of arrangement. In fact, we created Teen Kabootar in 15-20 minutes. Kumaar, Ranjit and I were sitting together and discussing and that’s when we created the song.”
But did the leading man of the film, Farhan, who himself is a popular and talented musician and singer give any kind of suggestion. “I met him when we were working on Teen Kabootar and he suggested a few things. During the making of Kaavaan Kaavaan he suggested that we shoot up the tempo. Other than this, he did not interfere with the music,” he says.
This is not the first time Harjarie has collaborated with filmmaker Nikhil Advani. He had composed the original score, songs and lent his voice for Nikhil’s TV show P.O.W. Bandi Yuddh Ke and his social project Guddu Engineer. “I think I have become his in-house composer (laughs). Since we first started working, our relationship has become deeper. It’s always great working with him.”
The composer says that when the director of a film understands music, the process of composing music become easier. “If the director or producer is unable to communicate what they want, it becomes difficult to work because it’s not possible for a composer to find out what’s going on in their mind,” says the composer who has won the Abby Gold and Bronze Award for Best Music Score and songs in 2017.
The singer further adds that music is an integral part of his life. “I first wanted to be a music arranger and then singer because I was popular in school. In a song, a singer’s involvement is less but I wanted much more involvement in a song. I wanted a song to be my responsibility,” says the composer who thinks that among the current lot of singers Arijit Singh is of a different league.