‘Our ideologies and thought process match’

Debarati Palit Singh
Friday, 10 January 2020

Music composers, Sachet-Parampara, who have composed Muqabla and Ghamand Kar, talk about their collaboration and journey so far

They are known for giving us the love anthem of 2019 — Bekhayali. The Kabir Singh track has garnered more than 100 million views on YouTube. The former music reality show contestants turned music composer duo, Sachet Tandon and Parampara Thakur, in a short of span of their career, have worked on some big films. The duo have created soundtracks for Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, Pati Patni aur Woh and others.

Their latest tracks — Muqabla (Street Dancer 3D) and Ghamand Kar (Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior) are being equally lauded by the audience. The songs are from different genres, but they have mass appeal. The young composers admit that they feel a certain level of pressure while working on every track. 

Excerpts:
- Congratulations, Muqabla is a chartbuster. Was there any pressure while recreating the song?
Thank you so much. We are glad to hear that. Talking about the pressure, yes, every song comes with its own challenges and a little bit of pressure. But with Muqabla, we could have fun despite the pressure. We had a great time recording the song in the studios.  

- The original track was a part of Humse Hai Muqabla film that released in 1994. How did you maintain the original’s essence and yet make it sound contemporary?
We didn’t try changing it much because the original song had a great feel and energy to it. We kept that energy intact. The music, beats of the song were very contemporary. Tanishk Bagchi has added new vibes to the song.  

- What was the brief while working on Ghamand Kar? Were there any challenges while working on the track as it’s a historical film?
Tanhaji-The Unsung Hero is our first period drama film and we are very happy to be a part of it. We knew we had to create something really strong and different. It is the story of Maratha warriors so we had to keep the background and the instrumentation in mind to ensure that the song had a perfect balance of melody and contemporary sound. 

- It’s believed that men and women think differently. Do your different sensibilities, ideologies, thought process help while composing music?
Yes, we think differently. It definitely helps the song to get more feedback and opinions. The songs that we create are exposed to two minds than one. Luckily, our ideologies and thought process match, and we have similar aims.  

- The two of you met on The Voice India. How do you look at your journey so far?
It has been a tremendous journey. We remember every single day. Every new day has come with a lot of learning and experience. We were always open to trying something new and aren’t scared to experiment. In those terms, 2019 has given us both a lot and we’re thankful to god for that.

- What is the secret behind the strong relationship that the two of you share as fellow composers and what has contributed to the success of your music?
We think respecting each other and each other’s ideas is very important. We both have been trained in music for many years but in different genres. And combining those experiences and creating a song is a great feeling. A lot of hard work goes into creating a song. Then it’s up to the audience whether they like our music or not.  

- Both of you are also singers, how do you detach yourself when someone else is singing your track?
We can’t get detached at any point while making a song. Each stage and moment is crucial. We are composers and we keep looking for the best singer for our creations. We believe that when a singer is coming on board, it should help the song grow bigger and stronger than what it was earlier.

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