Monday, December 12, 2011

Mahi: An Anthem for Geet lovers across the globe!!



When the title of the show itself has the word GEET in it, how can the music not live up to your expectations? Your heart skips a beat the moment you hear the word “mahi” as it makes you go through unexplainable emotions. To most Mahi is synonymous with Maan and Geet who are fondly called Maaneet. Geet-Hui sabse parayi that started off as a show on honor skilling and subsequently went on to become one of the most sought after love stories on the cyber space has a very strong background music to its credit. 

Rangmunch.TV caught up with Raju Singh the voice behind Mahi as well as the man who single handedly has composed all the mesmerising tunes of this hit series. As the show is drawing close to an end, the composer is now all set to release a finale version of Maahi as a tribute to all his fans. Here is a little story about how it all began. Over to Raju Singh.

Raju Singh: I have known Gul Khan (Producer 4Lion Films) from the time she was working on Indian Idol. So when she turned Producer with Geet, she approached me, saying they were making a show that was concentrated in Punjab. I took up this project only for Gul and my sentiments towards Punjab(smiles). When I signed up for this show, I went up to my grand mother to let her know I was working something with a Punjabi backdrop. She in fact also told me about the plight of the women, who go through similar incidents and the subsequent trauma. That was sufficient enough background for me to do my home work. We decided that the music should be such that it would convey the pulse and emotions without any words.  That’s how we went about creating this tune. 


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The Birth of the Musical Saga:

Gul has a very massy commercial music sense. I call her the Mandolin girl because she wants it in all her tunes, she asks me Raju, Mandolin daal rahey ho na? I just love the way she explains and reacts to my compositions. It is like instant feedback. During Geet, she would sit here listen to me play the music and suddenly react by the snap of finger and go- yes this works! It helped me to not get side tracked from the main theme.


The first  promo had a black backdrop with just Geet written on it. If the music also could manage to convey the same we knew we would be set. The Creative team of Star One was also very helpful in taking the music into a different sound zone. When you hear the above tune, you can instantly identify with Punjab as the backdrop of the show.

If you hear the music, you will hear na-na-na humming in the background and, we generally do this while composing and there are no lyrics as yet. But with Geet we decided to keep it that way because it gives the placement of words. Sometimes lyrics can’t do justice to every scene. A musical person would say you have used scratches. But it was sounding nice to me and no one complained, hence we went ahead with the same.

A lot of times people are happy with the music they have heard before. But here Gul deserves a lot of credit. She picked up the stuff that was not only unconventional but also intense. If you have heard this tune, you will know what I mean.

The tuning between us was such that, we were on the same page always. I didn’t give her ten options, but what I made is what she liked. We would sit together and compose and it would fall in place. 

The Meloncholy of Geet:


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Raju Singh: The composition of this raag had almost gotten emotional when it was first made. It made me cry, and that's why I decided to use it. I have sat down to compose these themes at night because that is when it is all peaceful and calm. I know what this kind of music does to me. I felt I must give what I experience when I hear such music to viewers as well. 

Tune 3: Maan Singh Khurana's Entry


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Raju Singh: When Gul explained the character of Maan to me, I took down notes. Music is like clothes. You identify the character of a person by the background music that is played on the person. So, we had to design his music according to his moods, his temperment and the attitude he carries. The first tune where he is introduced saving Geet, the music had to have an intense feel to it without losing the Punjabi essence in it.

Every character has certain set boundaries, and when you keep that in mind it is easier for you to work around the same. We did Maan's music in various scenarios. Initially we felt the scene where Maan is shown coming out of the water was too western, but when that very score worked, we decided to keep it.

His re-entry in the office had to have another feel as he was being re-introduced in another avatar, so we composed a tune that would go with that as well.

The Birth of Mahi:

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Raju Singh: Every character on a show has his or her own signature music. That is how you identify with a character. If you were to watch a scene without the background music, it would look and sound very different. The other tunes we had composed for the story had no words. I felt there was a need for something that people could catch onto every time they saw Maan and Geet come on screen. 

That is why I decided to put Mahi and give their track another dimension. Even when a tune is playing, you think of the lyrics. We relate to songs through words. I felt even if it’s a word, it would work wonders. That is what has worked and this is where we are. We have used Rabba for Iss Pyar Ko Kya Naam Doon and now I am running out of words. ( laughs)









Raju Singh's Message to his fans on GEET:



Drop by drop makes an ocean, and now you know, that every bit of the show you watched and loved in the last year and a half had its contribution from every end! Now go back,  try and thinking of watching all those lovely moments and sequences without a decibel of music. Would it have been the same? You have your answer. Rangmunch.TV would like to thank Raju Singh for sharing his journey on Geet-Hui Sabse Parayi with us! So we part for now, until we meet again very soon!

Edited by:
Niharika Vidya Sagar

Interviewed by:
Niharika Vidya Sagar
Swati Ghosh

12 comments:

  1. Wow, interesting ! Love it ! Thanks RM for this interview of Raju Singh and the lovely BG mahi tunes !

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  2. lovely segment and thanks to Raju Singh for creating this anthem of love for us forever etched in mine as well as my childrens hearts

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  3. I thank Raju Singh for making Mahi ve and all other tunes for GHSP. you're amazing!

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  4. Rajuji your Mahhiiiiiiii will be always haunting me :)) thankyou for such beautiful Geet music.

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  5. After listening to the music I have tears in my eyes and lump in my throat. Next few days are going to be difficult!

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  6. Maahi, GURTI, GHSP will stay with me till the day I quit this earth .. Miss you already :((( Thanks for such a lovely article :)

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  7. Swati and Niharika
    Thank you so much for this wonderful write up on Raju Singh Jee, the man behind the Mahi mania. One of the classic thing about our show was each emotions had different background music. If you have been watching the show for long time, as soon as the music changes,you would immediately know whats coming ahead. Thanks for wonderful videos.

    You gals are just awesome. Keep up the excellent work.

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  8. Thanks Swati & Niharika for doing these interviews to pay collective tribute to one of the best shows we have seen....I think Raju Singh's music played a big part in our enjoyment of the serial.

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  9. Yo babes! I was waiting for Raju Bhai's journey for the longest time - thanks for this haan!

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  10. Finally, I managed to do some jugaad to be able to commnet here. I absolutely love loved loved the fanspeak of the Geetians. The things they said made me nostalgic and upset. Rangmunch. Thanks ever so much for these articles. Esp that of Raju Singh!
    Muuah!

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  11. only hearing the back ground music and tunes i watched all episode in many times.thank you so much to giving us the awesome interview with Raju Singh

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  12. U guys have forgotten the sad song...tadap tadap ke yeh dil narr hota hai...:(

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