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Sporty threesome

Their compositions gave a complete new definition to ‘The-Generation-X Music’ with Dil Chahta Hai. And while the entire nation was gyrating to the tunes of Koi kahe kehta rahe and Dil chahta hai, they took a 180-degree turn and came back with a completely different patriotic package called Lakshya. Soon after, a melodious compilation for Mission Kashmir followed and Kal Ho Na Ho showed that they are all about variety. And to top it, there was Kajra re from Bunty Aur Babli, which proved that the versatile trio cannot be categorised as a specialist of any particular genre of music.

This is one fact which is known to all. But what we are talking about here is not their films, but a completely different medium they have carved for themselves and people are not even aware of it. Yes, you will be surprised to know that the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy threesome has been honoured with the opportunity of composing the music for the best of World Sports Events not once, not twice, but three times!

It started with Afro Asian Games, followed by the National Games and the recent Commonwealth Games 2006 held in Melbourne, Australia. “The people involved with the Commonwealth Games liked our work and hence we were invited to do the music for the same,” says Ehsaan.

Their composition played at the Commonwealth Games this year is a kind of an invitation to the players and others to come to India where the games are going to be held four years later. “The concept of the piece is akin to the theme song of the Olympics which indeed is a great honour,” adds a very happy Shankar.

Maestro’s surprise!

Everyone knows ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali for his singing, but few know his penchant for surprises. An example was when recently he shook up singer Sudesh Bhosle by making a sudden visit to his house. Sudesh was at a loss for words, seeing that the legend himself was standing in front of him.

“It was a great honour when Ghulam Aliji paid me a visit at my house,” says Sudesh who has recently opened a new recording studio in his own complex. Ghulam Aliji insisted in seeing his studio and also recorded a few lines there. Sudesh’s son is also an aspiring singer who is currently learning classical music.

“I was in seventh heaven when Ghulam Aliji said that he would want to hear my son. He was quite impressed by his singing,” says Sudesh, adding that Ghulam Ali’s son, who is a music director in Pakistan, promised to cut an album with his (Sudesh’s) son.

Did Ghulam Ali show any particular like or dislike in the food here' “He ate mutton biryani and paneer paratha at our place and really liked it. He is not at all choosy. The only thing he said was he doesn’t eat fish,” reveals Sudesh.

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