A brief intro
I am music director Satish Chakravarthy and have
composed music for Kanimozhi. I am an engineer by
education, having graduated from REC (NIT now) Trichy
and studied music in Berklee College of Music in Boston.
I am working for the past seven years in Chennai.
I have worked under AR Rahman since 2006 in 14-15
films. Then I did a film called Leelai with Aascar
Films directed by Andrew Louis. Kanimozhi is my second
film produced by Amma Creations T Siva and directed
by Sripathi Rangaswamy.
What are the
projects that you have worked with ARR?
I started with Sillunnu Oru Kaadhal, Jaane Tu Ya
Jaane Na, Jodha Akbar and others.
It was a great experience to have worked with
Rahman. He is not only a great musician but
also a wonderful human being. Rahman is a great
boss. He took me under his wings and mentored
me to become a better musician and taught me
how to use technology in an artistic way. You
don’t get this kind of learning anywhere
else. Rahman is also like a friend, philosopher
and guide to all those who work with him because
he likes to take care of people who work for
him. It is his encouragement which has made
me an independent music director.
Rahman is a great boss
Success does not affect Rahman
as a person
like his humility. He remains grounded always.
Success does not affect Rahman at all. He treats
all human beings equally irrespective of their
backgrounds. I really look upon this quality
of Rahman as a person.
Kanimozhi happened because of Amma Creations T Siva
who is a close family friend. He has known me since
my formative years and has been following my career
as a musician. Hence when Kanimozhi happened, he gave
me the offer as he liked my work in Leelai and felt
I had the potential. He supported me in making all
the songs come out very well as he is a very musical
producer. He gave me the freedom and there was no
budget constraint. Sripathy Rangaswamy, an associate
of Venkat Prabhu is the director of Kanimozhi who
is also musically inclined and listens to a lot of
western classical. Working with such a person was
very good as he has brought out the best from me.
How has been
the response for Kanimozhi?
The feedback that I have been receiving is very good.
Malathy Sundaram of behindwoods.com has appreciated
my work. I always follow her review as it is very
musical because it gets into the technicalities of
the music as well. The reviews and responses from
people have been very good too. People like Muzhu
Madhi and Thada Thada and I am happy.
Did the original
Kanimozhi or the CM listen to the songs?
Of course, the audio was released by the CM and he
was very appreciative of the songs. The CM gave a
very good feedback about Kanimozhi.
What about Kanimozhi?
I am not sure if she listened to the songs.
Have you signed
any new projects?
I am yet to sign on new projects. I am talking to
people and looking for good scripts.
are the major influences on your music?
Ilayaraja has always been my inspiration. He
is the ideal towards which every music composer
should aspire to. I have been brought up on
a diet of MS Viswanathan and Ilayaraja sir and
they are my musical influences.
Ilayaraja has always been my
How is the music
scenario in Kollywood?
I think it is very
good as lots of youngsters are coming into the field.
Every week, there is a new audio release and there
is a new music composer which means there is no dearth
of talents. These days, I also get to hear many melodies.
I am optimistic about the music scenario in Kollywood.
Remix is a genre of music
is your take on remixes?
is a genre of music. It would be interesting
if it is used correctly. It depends on the script
and if the script demands, then we can have
remixes. For instance, Bala sir’s Pithamagan,
where there was a medley of sorts of old songs
(involving Suriya and Simran) which provided
a light-hearted relief to an otherwise serious
film. You could call this as a remix but it
was well-handled by the director that it played
a dramatic function in the film. I feel remix,
if dealt well by a director, could be very positive
for the film.
Music for lyrics
or lyrics for music?
Well, it can be done both ways provided you don’t
know which was first created when you listen to. That’s
the only requirement of the creators. The audience
should not be able to perceive that tunes were set
for the lyrics and vice versa.
I like the genre of rap very much. Rap has been
there in our culture from a very long time.
Western society is using rap because it is rhythmically
very inspiring and interesting. Rap is an amazing
art form and it is not easy for anyone to do
a rap. To say something in rhyme and meter is
not an easy work. Rap works very well in Indian
music as rhythms in Indian music are very complex.
And as rap rhythms are also very complex, it
jells well with Indian music. If it is used
correctly, it is amazing.
Rap is an amazing art form
On sounds masking
the lyrics in modern music
If technology is not used properly, it could result
in sounds masking the lyrics. What I have always admired
in Rahman’s music even though it is the benchmark
for modern music, technology wise, voice will always
be in the forefront. He ensures that voices are not
drowned in his arrangement in all his works. When
the lyrics are not understandable, it is because of
the singers who are not native speakers of the language.
Rahman always gives importance to the voice which
carries the melody. In Harris Jeyaraj’s music
too, there will not be any disturbance to the voice
at all. Whenever technology is used appropriately,
it results in good clarity.
Gautham had really used them
well on screen
albums in the recent times
liked Raavan very much which was musically very
interesting and challenging. I could perceive
Rahman’s Hollywood experiences in it.
The manner in which Hollywood approaches a score;
Rahman has also approached the structure of
the song very openly. I also liked Vinnai Thaandi
Varuvaaya which had a musical theatre feel.
The songs did not fall into the pattern of pallavi,
saranam and Rahman had handled the melody without
these structures which was interesting. Gautham
had really used them well on screen. It is a
very difficult thing to do but they have pulled
it off very well.
singers from current crop
Shreya Ghosal stands out. She is extremely talented
and grasps the nuances of the music in a jiffy
and delivers much better than what the music
director envisages just like SPB sir. In the
male voice, I like Karthik who is again very
talented and does justice to every song. Shreya
Ghosal and Karthik stand apart.
Shreya Ghosal and Karthik stand
Creating music is a gratifying
sing, write lyrics and compose music. Which do
you like the best?
as regards me, it is all a part of the same
job, expressing music. I enjoy all the three.
However I am always partial to creating music.
Creating music is a gratifying experience.