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Tuesday, March 18, 2003

Indian Express: Two to Tango
New Delhi, March 17: Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani? do the names ring a bell? Perhaps Vishal-Shekhar will appear more familiar. Yes, the music director duo who composed the recent hit Chhodna re from Kaante. The two are now upbeat about their music in Sujoy Ghosh's Jhankar Beats, which is currently being promoted on television. And they aren't a bit ruffled with all the controversy that arose between their music and that of Anant Mahadevan's Dil Vil Pyaar Vyaar. Film journals were full of stories about how both the films had music tracks inspired by R.D. Burman. And there were allegations and denials about who had stolen the concept from whom.

"We have the benefit of being on the higher moral ground," asserts Vishal. "Jhankar Beats is a genuine tribute to R.D. Burman. Contrary to reports, the music here is original, with a single R.D. Burman song. The other film was just a convoluted script with some R.D. songs," he adds. ...

Thursday, March 06, 2003

The Daily Mail - Daily News from Pakistan: An interview with String - Pakistani pop group
Q. What motivated you to choose art as a career? Any source of inspiration?
A. We always wanted to create something new in music. This served as the motivational factor to choose art as a career. We are inspired by senior Pakistani singers and R. D. Burman.

"Strings was formed in 1989, when Bilal and Faisal met each other in their college. Bilal started on the keyboards and composition at the age of twelve, long before the concept of Strings was evolved, and later when Strings came into being, he took over the guitars along with composition and co-writing the lyrics of their songs with Faisal."


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