Understanding the art of composing (Part 1)
A free online workshop on Zoom by Shantanu Moitra
Composition is the mainstay of music performance in any tradition. There is no music without composition. It is significant, therefore, to understand what constitutes a composition, and how it really takes shape in the hands of a composer. In today’s world, being a composer is regarded as a valid career option for talented musicians, and thus, it becomes equally important to understand the attributes of a composer.
In the first session of this two-part series, Shantanu Moitra will discuss what makes a successful composer and how one identifies the composer within oneself. He will delve into the building blocks of composing, the tools used and distinct approaches that need to be adopted while composing for various media. Citing examples from his own work, he will share insights into his approach to compositions.
Starting with advertisement jingles, Moitra went on to compose music for landmark films including some award-winning works like Parineeta, 3 idiots, Pink, Lage Raho Munna Bhai and others. He has also to his credit independent albums like Ab Ke Sawan and Gulzar In Conversation With Tagore. Furthermore, Moitra has uniquely married his adventures and music to create 100 days in Himalayas and Songs of the River, based on climbing up the great mountains and cycling along the mighty Ganga.