Jeet Gannguli traces the evolution of Bengali commercial music
An 18e A generation musician in his family, Jeet Gannguli has taken commercial Bengali music to the next level. Aashiqui 2’s unforgettable melody composer, Khamoshiyaan, Premer Kahini & Challenge credits his father Kali Ganguly for all his successes.
“My mother introduced me to music with Rabindra Sangeet when I was 5 years old, while my father introduced me to the technical concepts of notation, pitch and scale. The first memory I have of writing an aria is for a school play called Shottyi Bhooter Goppo which was then reversed with Dhaker Taale Komor Dole in 2009 to the same tune, ”Jeet recalls.
In early 2000, when Jeet visited Kolkata with his wife during the Pujas, he was very disappointed not to hear any Bengali music being played through the pandals. “The film music industry in Bengal was at an all-time low by then and I took an oath to change the soundscape here. the film First Kahini“, says Gannguli who made his debut as a songwriter with the film. First in 2004.
The musician feels that reality shows showcase a lot of hidden talents. “The present times demand a complete artist who is not only talented but also intelligent. A budding musician must be tech-savvy because independent music in digital spaces is gaining momentum after the pandemic, ”he quickly underlines. With OTT platforms booming, the songwriter has taken on the challenge of delivering hits on the digital space.
“I was eagerly awaiting theatrical releases after the pandemic and finally saw one with Tonic. It was exhausting composing for digital releases. I think that films should always be explored in theaters and not in OTT ”, shares Gannguli whose Suna Hain for Sanak released on Disney + Hotstar resonated well with listeners.
Gannguli has many projects going on. We will see him tuning tracks for Kolkatar Harry and a single for an upcoming film by Bollywood director Mohit Suri.