Anand Nithoo, 50-years-old, a Mauritian living at Quatre Bornes and founder of Ebanez Music, is making history in Mauritius as a music director, by recording his latest song with two living legends from Bollywood: Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, with lyrics by Anjaan Sagri from Mumbai.
The project started with the recording of the music in December 2018 and the vocal parts were added in January 2019. Prior to the recording in Mumbai, the rights for this tune were registered at the Mauritius Rights Management Society (RMS). Having great appreciation for quality music and the authentic flavour of live instruments, Anand Nithoo opted for acoustic instruments in his song; this included a complete string section consisting of the finest musicians in the Bollywood industry. With this approach, he achieved the target of making world class music. Both singers, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, expressed utmost satisfaction upon working on this Mauritian project. Alka Yagnik even stated, “I think that after a long time, I have sung a very sweet song.”
In the recording studios in Mumbai, other participants also showed much enthusiasm when working on such an uncommon tune. It is a romantic tune, which is Anand Nithoo’s preferred style and it is somehow very distinct from the contemporaries of Bollywood.
This is not the first time that he has composed music for a Bollywood singer. The first song recorded in Mumbai was in 2010 when singer Babul Supriyo (now a State minister) sang “Vaada,” a composition of Anand Nithoo, and in which a Mauritian female singer, Artee Jankee, also took part. The song was written by Mauritian lyricist, Varsha Bhugeerutty. As it was merely an audio track, this could not be exploited in any medium, other than radio. Facebook was hardly popular in those days and sadly, only one private radio accepted to broadcast the song! However, in 2018, “Vaada” was worked out again locally and a video music clip was made and circulated on social media.
Prior to the musical video clip in 2018, Anand Nithoo has composed several other romantic tunes with international singers. “Tumhi Meri Zindagi,” in 2016, was his first attempt at making musical video clips. He himself sang and was accompanied by an Indian friend, Roshni Jayakrishnan; the lyrics were from another Indian named Vikas.
A year later, the level of the production was enhanced with an Indo-Mauritian production, “Oh Sanam.” Anand Nithoo composed music for this production and two singers from Mumbai, Anant Bhardwaj and Nirupama Dey, sang the piece. The lyrics of “Oh Sanam” were written by Leena Pathak from Mumbai.
Apart from the above songs, Anand Nithoo did compose a few other tunes but all these compositions have never been used commercially. They were made out of passion for music. Further, for all the musical compositions since the beginning and till the latest one with Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, the original music was played by a trio of young Mauritians from Ebanez Music and recorded in Mauritius at the same institution. Over the years, the young talents, who are also the children of Anand Nithoo, grew up in music and are his main support. Anand Nithoo believes that there is room for making more songs, but financially, this is not viable right now due to lack of appropriate markets.
Now that the new song has been recorded at a highly professional level, the team is back to Mauritius and getting ready for the shooting of the video clip in Mauritius with Mumbai based actors. Anand Nithoo intends to market this product at international level through private channels.
Anand Nithoo expressed his satisfaction for this achievement and also highlighted the support of his wife in his musical journey for years and who is also the backbone of his success. As it has always been appropriately said, “Behind the success of every man, there is a woman.”
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