An interview with Kanimozhi composer Satish Chakravarthy

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An interview with Kanimozhi composer Satish Chakravarthy
An interview with Kanimozhi composer Satish Chakravarthy

The movie Kanimozhi might have breezed past many without creating much of an impression but those who saw the flick were quite inquisitive to know about the new kid on the block providing the music for the movie. The music was not at all disappointing unlike the movie and turned out to be Satish Chakravarthy’s first theatrical success. Satish went to the famed Berklee College of Music to explore his musical side

We caught up with the composer as he got talking on his experience for the flick Kanimozhi and his association with maestro AR Rahman.

So Satish who have been your inspirations and where and when did it all begin ?

Music kicked off for me at a very tender age of 5 under Mrs. Meena, daughter-in-law of the legendary Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. Later I trained under George Harris, Jacob John and Geetha Menon. But it was under Geetha Menon’s training that I was exposed to western singing and lyric writing apart from piano performance.

How was your experience with A R Rahman ?

After coming back from Berklee, I got an opportunity to assist none other than Rahman it proved to be the greatest learning experience. Not only was he a great boss but also a wonderful friend and mentor. During the recording of Jodhaa Akbar, he sat next to me and gently prodded me to focus on my own career as a composer apart from just assisting him — this gave me the confidence to strike out on my own. And I composed the music for my first film Leelai.

Tell us about your first theatrical release Kanimozhi, how did things fall into place so soon?

T. Siva of Amma Creations who listened to the music of Leelai (his previous album which was delayed) asked me to come over to his office. At his instance, director Sripathi Rangasamy also listened to the songs and was impressed. He narrated the script of Kanimozhi to me. I realized the story was unique and would offer me great scope to come up with good melodies and a meaningful background score.

We know that the music has done well was it an overwhelming experience for you?

Yeah surely! It was a big day — people from different walks of life appreciated the music. They said it had a new sound and it’s good to hear that people want to hear something new.

Do you see your work for Kanimozhi as a big step on a technical level keeping in mind the live sound?

It was a great experience working for Kanimozhi.I was impressed with Sripathi’s confidence in making silence eloquent in the background score, hence, the music becomes a character in the film. The producers and director have taken Tamil cinema one step closer to Hollywood by boldly employing live sound recording instead of dubbing the dialogues. This has enabled Jai, the hero, to prove that he is an actor of incredible spontaneity — he makes you feel this film is just a slice of his everyday life.

We appreciate for spending your valuable time with us and hope that your future projects will bring you great success.

Thanks a lot, it’s my pleasure.

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