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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Amit Trivedi Is Not Rahman


Comparisons are always unfair. Sachin Tendulkar isn't Sunil Gavaskar or Donald Bradman. Abhay Deol isn't Amitabh Bachchan or Shah Rukh Khan. And, you guessed it, Amit Trivedi, the up and coming music director who has given us memorable soundtracks for Aamir and Dev D, isn't Rahman. However, Trivedi is a rising star on the Bollywood music direction scene. He possesses an unusual talent for raw rhythm and excels at bass lines and percussion. For example, the opening of Chakkar Ghumyo (Aamir) is both inventive and raw. He also borrows creatively from Western influences. For instance, Phas Gaya (Never Mind) reminds me unmistakably of Jamiroquai. Here again, similarly to the opening for Chakkar, Trivedi employs verbal percussion very effectively. He experiments successfully with various genres, e.g. rock on Nayan Tarse (complete with guitar feedback) and Emosanal Attyachaar (Rock Version) and rap on Pardesi. Also worth noting is the use of sampling, e.g. on Nayan Tarse. To me, his rhythmic inventiveness is his core strength. I have, however, yet to see the nuanced compositional underpinning tying an entire soundtrack together thematically as the classically trained Rahman has done on the scores for Water, Kisna, or Bose. Perhaps that is still to come since Trivedi is just getting warmed up with only two movie soundtracks under his belt, both of which hit the listener like tsunamis. It's a clever idea to include 18 (mostly small) numbers on the Dev D soundtrack, thereby allowing Trivedi to showcase a wide variety of his skill set and giving most listeners something to hang their hat on. A great debut is one that keeps fans thirsting for the next offering and Amit Trivedi has more than achieved that. I define a good album based not on how many hits it produces but on how many times one is drawn to listening to it over and over again in order to completely internalize the richly textured music. And on that account again, Trivedi scores big.

6 comments:

  1. I like his Nayan Tarse.He has a great deal of potential.

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  2. i just love his music.... hes awesome !!

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  3. I watched Dev D last night, and I thought the music stole the show (which may or may not have been the intent). A fair comparison would be Dev D vs Slumdog, which the former wins hands down. Slumdog was below average, IMHO, but then it's got the big O to show for it!

    Anyway... great work by Trivedi and company.

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  4. amit trivedi rocksssssss.........amazing exprimental ...commercial and all kinds we can see in his music.........success of dev d ...do lies to a great extent in the music....
    i might have heard al the dev d tracks minimum over a 400 times till date .....and still they remain very new n close to me.. Amit trivedi ...rocksss

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  5. Abhay Deol isn't Amitabh Bachchan or Shah Rukh Khan he is beter than Amitabh Bachchan because he do acting and bachan's just do HAIN HAIN and amit trivedi is is quite new to compare with rehman but he is better than other like anu malik, reshamiya and all other who theft other's music and still given a shit

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  6. He has the potential and trust me with time as he gets more experience he can really make it into the big league

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