By: K | April 09, 2018

 

I've always had a keen passion for the stage and collaborating with other musicians and I'm very happy that after a gap of few years, I once again have the opportunity to be a part of a band of extremely talented musicians. Our band is called Goods Vandi. We perform Indian retro pop, funk, and rock - both originals and covers of old songs. 


Goods Vandi's lineup includes Malgudi Shubha on vocals, Aravind Murali on bass, Donan Murray on guitars, myself on keyboards, and Soundz on drums. We have recently recorded a few of our songs and are now gearing up for a couple of live shows. 


You can follow Good's Vandi's journey here and listen to our songs here

 
Goods Vandi
 
Malgudi Shubha
 
Aravind Murali
 
Donan Murray
 
K - Goods Vandi
 
Soundz
 

Goods Vandi - All aboard the freight train!

Category: Band 

Tags: Goods Vandi 

By: K | February 18, 2018

Sankalp Reddy and I met at my studio a few days before New Year's Eve 2015. He was in the final stages of pre-production for his debut film, a rather interesting one for that, The Ghazi Attack. It was the story of a forgotten Submarine battle between India and Pakistan which took place in 1971. 
As a Composer, I  think it's my good fortune that films with varied canvases come to me. Ghazi was definitely one of them. The storyline was taut and the production values were top notch with the camera and editing handled by renowned technicians Madhi and Sreekar Prasad respectively. 

Initially, there were two situations in the film which had song sequences in them. As the shooting progressed it was decided to do away with the songs altogether as they didn't fit quite well with the scheme of things. 

The Director and I felt that the music although epic should definitely have an Indian touch to it. So I went about generating ideas for the various sequences and these developed as I received footage from the production which became better with each stage of CG and colour correction. 

One thing that we all agreed upon was to have a  fine balance between music and sound effects (Handled by Tapas Nayak) as the submarine sets had such detailed models of the various electronics and sound producing gadgets and it would've definitely been a shame if the music had overpowered that soundscape. 

We recorded a lovely 30 piece string section, conducted by Yensone, for most of the music in Chennai, at the famous Prasad Labs Studio. This particular studio has quite a generously built recording area with a very high ceiling, at least compared to most spaces remaining in Chennai. You'd agree if I said the studio held a lovely old world charm! 

This short will give you an idea about the process.

Category: Feature Films 

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By: K | November 20, 2017

 

Just completed work on The Talwars - Behind Closed Doors. It's a 4-part documentary series by HBO Asia on the Aarushi-Hemraj Murder Case, one of India's biggest murder mysteries to date.

It has been a brilliant experience working with an outstanding team, comprising executive producer Sarah MacDonald, a BAFTA-winning documentary filmmaker, and film editor, Miikka Leskinen, who's won nearly a hundred awards including a Primetime Emmy along with Oscar and BAFTA nominations.

 
The Talwars - Behind Closed Doors Poster
 

The process of working on the background score for the 4 episodes has been very intense from the start to the end. Although it still remains to be seen who the culprit is, this series will throw some light on what and how things happened after the duo were found murdered in the Talwar's Noida residence, as everyone involved present their stories in the exclusive interviews in the documentary.

You can watch it on Star World and Hotstar from November 26th.