“Music is part of every film in India”
Bishakh Jyoti, who recently received the National Award for Krantikari Guruji-The Times Ahead as Best Music Director, talks to SHALINI SAKSENA on his journey
How does it feel to receive the national award? What does this mean to you?
I am truly honored to have received this prestigious award. It is an inspiration and a motivation for me to work harder and harder and to always give the best of myself. I want to dedicate this award to my fans, my followers and friends who have always supported me from the very beginning.
You have come a long way since the days of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa (SRGMP). How was the trip ?
The trip was not at all smooth. As I came from a very small town in West Bengal where people hardly have that kind of platform and exhibition. So coming from such a background and becoming a finalist in the Competition is always very special to me. I learned a lot from all my mentors and judges like Vishal ji, Sajid-Wajid ji and it was a wonderful learning experience for me.
How did you get interested in music?
Since childhood, I had a fondness for music because of my father. He’s not anymore, but his love for music made me a true music lover and it was from there that my love and affection for music started.
You’ve done a lot of digital gigs. Was it very difficult?
They’re always tough at first, but let me tell you, it’s one of the nicest ways to connect with your fans and your audience who are enjoying your performance sitting at home. Digital concerts have been a solution to entertainment during the difficult times of the pandemic.
What made you say yes to being part of the grand jury on SRGMP?
If you see that in a platform that you started your musical journey from and got recognized and at the same stage after 10 years you had the opportunity to become a grand jury, I think very few people will deny it. Also, sharing the platform with my idol Shankar ji and Vishal ji means a lot to me.
What / what inspires you?
Music inspires me a lot. Md Rafi Sahab, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh Ji inspires me a lot. I learned a lot from many great music composers like SD Burma and RD Burma. There are Shankar Mahadevan and AR Rahman; they were a big inspiration to me too.
How did you end up working for the Bengali and Odiya industry?
The two industries are almost the same. The only difference is the language. A great thing about the Odiya industry is the love for independent music and independent musicians. While the Bengali industry is mainly based on film music.
How important is music to a film in India?
Music is an integral part of every movie in India. Because the story that Indian stories carry in movie music is necessary to portray that in a beautiful way. Besides the songs, the background music plays the most important role in any movie.
After that ?
Many projects like Lucknow Times and Aasma will be published soon. Besides these, there are also few other films that I work on.