Composers have been singing their compositions from time immemorial. Be it a legendary SD Burman singing wahan kaun hai tera musafir in Guide or a rock-popping Anu Malik trying Ek Garam Chai ki Pyali ho, composers have always found their share of singing, especially when they compose single. But for past some years, the trend has cathed up more and more, Himesh Reshammiya gave it a boost and now almost every composer is singing. This year, some more composers came behind the microphone, and more seriously than ever before.
First comes Vishal Dadlani. The guy has decided to set up some record or something. He sings for a rock band, Pentagram. He composes. He used to sing his compositions too. But this year, he has crossed many borders and sung for many composers, from Vishal Bharadwaj to Salim-Sulaiman. Interestingly, some of the best songs of the year belong to Vishal Dadlani this time. The list includes dhan te nan from Kaminey (Vishal Bharadwaj), barso yaaron from London Dreams (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), and Kurbaan hua from Kurbaan (Salim-Sulaiman). Besides, he also sang Nazara hai (8×10 Tasveer) and Gadbadi hai (Rocket Singh) for Salim-Sulaiman this year. Never mind a superbly sung You May be (with Shekhar) for Aladin.
Like Vishal, even Shekhar Ravjiani was also called to sing ‘Ye Zindagi bhi’ in Luck By Chance, a Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composed album.
Next comes Salim Merchant who has entered proper singing from giving background vocals for his movies. With Luck’s Khudaya Ve, Salim got himself recongnized as a good singer and came up with Ali Maula in Kurbaan, and even Pankhon ko in Rocket Singh. All these songs are good and have been sung with the expertise they need.
Dev.D composer Amit Trivedi also had his share and sang Nayan Tarse, and a well received Saali Khushi other than Duniya and Aankh Micholi in the album.
Composer-lyricist Piyush Mishra came up with Anurag Kashyap’s next, Gulaal, and hit hard with his ‘Duniya’.
Composer duo Sajid-Wajid were also not left and after doing Bang Bang with Salman in Hello, Wajid sang a beautiful Tere Bina for Vashu Bhagnani’s Kal Kissne Dekha, apparently the best song of the film.
And while Himesh Reshammiya kept all his songs as usual, Ashutosh Gowariker’s newcomer composer Sohail Sen was no less and sang nine songs out of thirteen for What’s Your Raashee, something quite big for a new guy.
Also, Shankar Mahadevan sang songs for Vishal-Shekhar in Aladin and one could hear him sing in both the movies released that day as he had sung a number of songs for his London Dreams too.
Other than these, there were a number of composers who sang a song or two for their albums, but one of the most interesting cases was of Amitabh Bhattacharya who sang no song for Dev.D where he had penned the lyrics for all sixteen songs. Still, he sang an Amit Trivedi composition penned by Javed Akhtar for Wake Up Sid, and it turned out to be one of the best songs of the year. If you haven’t got it yet, I’m talking of iktara, one of the biggest hits of the year. More interestingly, Amitabh sang iktara with Kavita Seth whose compositions were out at the same time in Yeh Mera India. And now, the guy is back to writing as he has written lyrics for one song ‘Just Do it’ for Chance pe Dance.
In short, this has been an year of singing composers, singing lyricists (Amitabh Bhattacharya, Swanand Kirkire, Piyush Mishra), singing actors (Amitabh Bachchan for one), and even singing directors (Yeah, Ashutosh Gowariker sang too, manunga manunga in What’s your Raashee). So peopl are crossing borders. And the future is all the more this way. If there is any doubt, listen to Lalit Pandit (of Jatin-Lalit) in Dulha Mil Gaya.