“‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ Played The Game-Changer For Us”- Jatin Pandit

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By Roy

The Indian music industry has a history of embracing talents who have brought revolutions many times with the power of creativity and experimentation. Such is the duo Jatin-Lalit. So on a candid note, Jatin Pandit shares the charms of the journey with us.

The passion for music in Jatin Pandit had taken its first flight at a very early age. He, along with his fellow young music fiends, used to write, create, and compose songs. They recorded and played it in the Akai tape-recorder of school, which his elder brother used to keep. “I used to possess a different quality. I loved fragmenting songs and recreating them in my own style. I have done such experiments most with RD Burman’s, Shankar Jaikishan’s compositions,” Jatin says.

Jatin had debuted as a musician in the movie called ‘Dil Hi Dil Mein’ starring his sister Sulakshana. But unfortunately, that picture didn’t work well despite good music. This story of moderate brakes went on for 10 years almost in Jatin’s life. “I shifted to my father’s place after I started getting differences with my sister. I began to learn from him after that. Gradually with time in an encounter with Mansoor Khan from where the journey of me and Lalit took off after few more obstacles,” shares Jatin.

Although the duo had started polishing with their names in Bollywood music industry, they were not aggressive and tricky minded people. Where other music composers were making a lot of money out of normal projects, the duo fell less recognised in the monetary matter.
But life had its plans. In another fortunate meeting with Asha Parekh, she redirected their talents to Yash Chopra and his wife and eventually they got the big project of ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’. “After that, there was no looking back,” says Jatin.

There is a uniqueness in every artist that makes him stand one in the crowd. Talking about the variations that the duo being in their compositions, Jatin says, “I have a sense of bringing variations in spaces of the song. While the singer becomes its face and voice, the exercise is done by the composer.”

Jatin Pandit has been an excellent guide to singers like Palak Muchhal, Sharib Sabri, Javed Ali and many more. “Art dies when the artist dies. I believe it’s better to treasure your art on your lifetime in someone who worships it,” believes Jatin.

Talking about the contemporary Indian music he states that there is an evolution in every 5-10 years I every aspect, music being the one amongst. Stories, themes, arrangements, and requirements have changed, and for good. But the discipline of music has been lost. No wonder that we do not feel the genuineness while listening to one these days.

“One thing I would definitely want to say to the aspiring musicians and singers that do not represent your art in shortcuts. Because of the way it’s has come, it will fade away. Give your art time and grow along with it to make it timeless,” concludes Jatin.

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