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Music can raise someone's mood, get them excited, or make them calm and relaxed. Music also - and this is important - allows us to feel nearly or possibly all emotions that we experience in our lives. Unsplash

Music director, composer and singer-songwriter Samira Koppikar feels that creativity is beyond gender. “Patriarchy does exist in various industries. Yes, I have had strange experiences like when my vocals for a feature film song were dropped last minute as a male music composer duo got to know that I’m not just a singer but also a composer,” Samira told IANSlife.

“But I’ve also had other male composer colleagues who not only encouraged me but even called to congratulate me on my Filmfare nomination for ‘Bareily ki Barfi’ or more recently appreciating the ‘Laal Kaptaan’ feature film album that I created. My experience has been good so far,” Samira, who has been singing and creating music since 2010. In 2015, she made her debut as a Bollywood music composer with the song “Maati Ka Palang” for the film ‘NH10’.

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“Patriarchy does exist in various industries”, says Samira. IANS

Her latest song “Rehguzar”, from the upcoming film “Bole Chudiyaan” is a melodic, youthful song which weaves the emotion of romance into it’s sonic fabric. Penned creatively by Puneet Sharma, it reflects the nuances and grandeur of the feeling of “falling in love”, says Samira who has also rendered vocals for this song. It features Tamannah and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

Love and romance has been an indispensable part of Indian film music since their inception, she says, and adds that modern love songs are sonically contemporary.

Taking a dive into the olden days, Samira shared: “Vintage Bollywood featured love songs which had strong melodies and memorable, meaningful lyrics. The highlight of the songs were the melodies, lyrics and singers’ voices. The backing music was lesser prominent and more organic, comprising of only live instruments.” Samira says that the evolution of technology in terms of sequencing, music programming and production has provided music composers with modern music creation systems. They now have the ability to use ambient, electronic or even organic sounds, drawing into sound banks, yet combining these with live instruments rendered by session artists.

“Hence, modern love songs are sonically contemporary. Some of them retain the essence of melodic and lyrical richness. Yet others don’t as at time the background music dominate or the tunes and words are dumbed down to fit moulds that are considered commercially viable,” she said over email.

Music is a language of emotion in that it can represent different feelings and barge into the soul with no boundaries or limitations. Unsplash

How does see the music industry changing post pandemic?

“Post-pandemic one noticed more non-film or indie music releasing through various platforms. For a while now feature film albums have taken a slight backseat. Currently theatrical releases of feature films are uncertain on account of the pandemic, in the meantime films are being released on OTT platforms… Songs of those films are releasing. OTT platform content consumption is healthy and now increasing. Web series, films, documentaries etc also have music requirements for background scores for which demand is increasing. Music requirements for advertising and TV serials had slowed down as well, but are gradually picking up due to the unlock, since production houses have cautiously started shooting again.”

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“Bollywood film makers have been exploring scripts and stories that are unique in terms of concepts. Music has been evolving and shall do so even further. Recently music composers have had the scope to create songs and background scores which are varied in terms of content, themes and sonic palettes. Yet requirements for the larger-than-life romantic tracks, groovy or party songs shall also be there which would be created as per needs of content makers,” she concluded. (IANS)


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On the opening day of the wrestling competition, Ravi Kumar defeated Bulgaria's Georgi Vangelov 14-4 on technical superiority to reach the last-four in the men's 57kg category, while compatriot Deepak Punia overcame China's Zushen Lin 6-3 on points to advance to the semifinals.

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India's 86kg freestyle wrestler Deepak Punia showed no signs of the niggle that had forced him to pull out of the Poland Open Ranking Series in Warsaw in June, as he defeated Nigeria's Ekerekeme Agiomor on technical superiority to secure a quarterfinal berth.

He got his Olympic campaign to a fine start as he was in control from the start of the bout and hardly ever allowed his Nigerian opponent any room to maneuver his moves, finally winning with a 12-1 on technical superiority.

Punia, who had also suffered an elbow injury just before the Games, was slow at the start but came into his own as the bout progressed, inflicting takedowns at regular intervals to earn points.

The Indian wrestler eased into a 4-1 lead at the break and extended his lead comfortably in the second period.

Punia, the silver medallist from the 2019 world wrestling championships, then set up a clash with China's Lin Zushen in the quarterfinals and defeated him 6-3.