Indian music Industry has had gems of the likes of R.D.Burman, S.D.Burman, Laxmikant-Pyarelal who happen to have given magnificent melodies to Indian cinema. Some whacky, some soulful, some which happen to be overwhelming dance number. But each one was fresh and highly energetic. Off late with melodies being remixed or emulated from the western numbers, it is difficult to say if we do get fresh melodies. But, after almost 28 years, a woman music composer, Sneha Khanwalkar, has woven some unsullied, fervent numbers. And, yes, we are loving it. In nick of time Sneha has developed huge fan following and most of it happen to be young chaps like you and me.
Sneha Khanwalkar is one rare gem in the music industry with sense for music. Her melodies are raw, ripe and rich. They embed the soul of the singer, have an element of humor and are entertaining all the same. One can say that her style of composition is creative and innovative. A girl who was swayed by animation and art direction did better by plunging into the stream of music and melody we’d say.
If it wasn’t for her then we’d never have heard the rustic raga of “Womaniya”. The number was an item and an instant rage! As funny as it was, “I am a hunter” too was equally entertaining. In fact, all the tracks from the movie Gangs of Wasseypur, part 1 & part 2 were amusing. In terms of music lovers, we’d say that the songs were much, much delectable. No one would have thought that music from the soils of Bihar with the folk mingling to the tune could have enriched the music of any film. To play with the folks and its tunes is a massive responsibility in itself; however, Sneha scored brownie points with her GOW compositions.
Like they say, Sneha treaded the unfamiliar territory and emerged victorious. From a Punjabi dhuns of Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! Sneha switched to Bihari folk. She might have done that to avoid stereotypical tunes and compositions but that only worked magic for her. Sneha did a lot of research before she took a dip in the jingles of Bihar. She is said to have landed at All India Radio of Patna from where she reaped the melodies of Wasseypur. For “Hunter”, the hitchhiker packed her bags and went off to Trinidad and Tobago where she stayed for 45 days before coming back with the melody. For those oblivious, Sneha went to West Indies only because Trinidad and Tobago house most Bihar migrants and also because the so called “Bhojpuri Caribbean Chutney Music” was the catchphrase that had caught on with her. She was fascinated by this new genre of music and wanted to explore it.
Many composers we know would rack their brains sitting in a plush studio with a few newbie composers and they’d either steal the music from these composers or would just make a clean sweep with music from the west. Sneha does exactly opposite! She trots on the barren paths, where the posh Mercedes or Honda City ceases to enter. The sodden paths of the villages is where is goes hunting for piece of music. Strange, isn’t it? It is here that she meets spanking new folk tunes and embraces them with the touch of her creativity! She records her findings and comes back to her studios. Here she tries matching her findings while racking her brain with the lyricists.
Lately with the compositions of Khoobsurat going viral, we wonder how Sneha manages to store these melodies or how skillfully she comes up with one. The album of Khoobsurat gives a hint into her ingenious creativity. It has a juvenile-ish gloomy song, “Preet” in contrast with the hip numbers “Maa Ka Phone” and “Engine Ki Seeti”. These happen to be a must listen if you still haven’t heard them.
Meanwhile you listen to these songs we await more peppy compositions from the talent herself. Bravo! To the Womaniya Sneha Khanwalkar. Way to go, lady!