TDIM - Ehsaan Noorani's Birthday - 12th Oct
October 12, 2013 @ 13:42 pm
Ehsaan Noorani's Birthday
Ehsaan Noorani is the Ehsaan of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio which consist of Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and himself. He is a famous music composer and a guitarist. He was the guitarist for many music directors before he started composing music.
Ehsaan has also studied music with Mr. Bismarck Rodrigues, an experienced guitar teacher from Mumbai (Bombay). He has also lent his vocals to Yeh Dil Deewana song in film Pardes alongside his partner Shankar Mahadevan.
Ehsaan's roots are a testimony to the school of music that he hails from and defines the thought-processes that go on to make-up the phenomenon that Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy are in this part of the globe. He enjoys blues and electronica.
Ehsaan was raised in an environment that inculcated the appreciation for various genres of music right from an early age. And before one knew it, young Ehsaan was bitten by the musical bug! He soon began learning the guitar under the expert tutelage of Bismarck Rodriguez in Mumbai at the age of 14.
Ehsaan attended GIT (The Guitar Institute of Technology as it was then known, now known simply as “MI”) between March 1985 and 1986. This period proved to be the turning point of his musicianship as he gradually began to develop into a guitarist of immense potential. Admittedly, it was a steep learning curve that egged him onto push beyond the realms of his known abilities.
After being influenced by popular bands of the 1970s like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Wishbone Ash and Santana; Ehsaan developed a strong inclination and affection for the Blues. There was something about the genre that caught his fancy then and continues to hold him in thrall even today! Listening to players like Johnny Winter, BB King, Eric Clapton and Robben Ford helped him build a blues vocabulary, which was his stepping-stone to improvisation.
On his return to India, Ehsaan was drawn into the studio scene working with composers like Louiz Banks for numerous advertising commercials. He continued to make waves in the industry with his catchy tunes, musical brilliance and expert guitarmanship. This soon led to Ehsaan composing music for commercials. And before one knew it, Ehsaan was soon brainstorming with Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa. The three came together to compose music for films…SEL was born and the rest is history!
Composing for commercials and films helped Ehsaan experiment with many different styles of music – blues, rock, country, electronic or metal but his heart still lay and continues to lie with the Blues (he still performs with his current band “Apostrophe”)!
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