On The Sets: Shantanu Moitra: Coke Studio @ MTV Season 2
May 18, 2012 @ 00:00 am
Ever wondered what it must feel like on the sets of Coke Studio @ MTV Season 2? We give you a first person account of all that goes on, on the floors of Coke Studio @ MTV!
The concept of Coke Studio started with Pakistan, moved on to Brazil and since last year, has become a rage in our country. The Indian music industry which has produced some fine gems like Shankar Mahadevan and Kailash Kher and when a show like Coke Studio came to India, it gave them a chance to come together and create true magic. From Carnatic music to recreated Bollywood songs to special tracks created for the show, Coke Studio is a treat for music lovers. And having witnessed the magic last year, it is safe to say that expectations are running sky high from the upcoming season of Coke Studio @ MTV. And so far, Season 2 has just exceeded our expectations, right from the moment we set foot inside the stage doors.
Shining lights. A low buzz of chatter sounded as technicians and cameramen ran about checking that everything was in place. Swanand Kirkire, the acclaimed lyricist, sat to one side having a serious discussion about the next song to be performed. After Amit Trivedi’s spellbinding shoot, the Coke Studio stage was now playing host to renowned music composer, Shantanu Moitra along with classical vocalist Kaushiki Chakravati and Mizo singer Mami Verte. Right from Pyaar ki Dhun to 3 Idiots, in his ten year long career Shantanu has continuously raised the standard of Indian music. But as the lights dimmed and the band struck the first chords of Kare Naina, a silence took over. Every eye was glued to the stage as Mami Verte started with the vocals and Kaushiki took over. After weeks of practice, Shantanu and his troop were in their element. The music wove such a strong spell that after the song ended; everyone including the music director took a minute to come out of the reverie. And as Shantanu entered the Preview room, you could almost feel the waves of happiness emanating from him. And if this is how each episode is going to be, it seems almost impossible to wait till July when the whole series will be aired!
And along with us on this special sneak peek were the three winners of the Coke Studio @ MTV contest on Twitter. Follow @MTVIndia on Twitter to get live updates on the happenings at the Coke Studio @ MTV sets. Also, keep your eyes peeled for more contests;if you’re lucky, you may be at the next Coke Studio @ MTV shoot too!
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