I'm following my heart, not a brief: Shekhar Ravjiani
Shekhar Ravjiani's fourth single, which released recently, is a meditative interpretation of Hanuman Chalisa. In a chat with Deepali Dhingra, the music composer and singer confesses why he sleeps with a smile on his face when he makes music for himself
If you happen to follow Shekhar Ravjiani on Twitter, you will know for a fact that the music composer and singer never has a negative thing to say about anyone or anything. And, that, is quite an achievement in the social media world, where it seem that more than half the people are on it just for the very purpose. Point that out to Ravjiani and he laughs, “Well, I believe in the power of positivity and being happy. I come across many people who exaggerate their problems and make them bigger than what they are. So I just like to share my thoughts with them. I think if you emit positive energy, then the other person is bound is receive it.”
It is somewhere from this positive zone, that the musician’s next single has developed. After Sazni and Savli in Marathi and Butterfly in Telugu, the affable artiste’s next single is a meditative interpretation of Hanuman Chalisa, which he has dedicated to his grandmother, who passed away a year ago. “My grandmother used to recite the prayer every day and it was she, who wanted me to make my own version of the Hanuman Chalisa,” he adds. Through this track, he hopes to instill the power of faith in listeners. “For me, Lord Hanuman symbolises wisdom, devotion and power and I feel blessed to have been able to compose this track,” he says. The music video for the song was shot in Kashid and along with the single, Ravjiani has also launched a mobile app and a pocket book, which explains the meaning of the Hanuman Chalisa.
Although the young singer has a host of Bollywood projects as music composer with Vishal Dadlani, including the upcoming Bang Bang and Happy New Year, singles give him a different kind of high. “Here, I’m just following my heart, and not some brief given by a movie director. I have been following a brief for the past 14 years and although that has its own magic, making music for myself gives me a lot of happiness and I sleep with a smile on my face,” says the 35-year-old.