A powerhouse trio in Bollywood music, the trio of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa have numerous hits to their name, starting with the 1999 film Shool. From their first major hit album, for the soundtrack of Mission Kashmir (2000), to the acclaimed Dil Chahta Hai (2001), all the way to Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), fans can expect non-stop hits from a career now spanning 25 years.
Ehsaan was creating jingles at Mumbai, and Loy was in Delhi writing for television with Quiz Time by Siddharth Basu. Loy then composed music of Pranoy Roy’s show “The World This Week”, and Shahrukh Khan’s first serial “Fauji”. When Loy moved to Mumbai, he and Ehsaan started working together on jingles. Shankar used to sing for their jingles (Indian parts). He used to freelance as a singer with several music composers, and then launched his first album ‘Breathless’.
At one time, Shankar was busy with his engineering career, Ehsaan with his music, and Loy was contemplating what to do. The late film maker Mukul Anand, got the 3 together for his magnum opus ‘Dus’ and the track “Hindustani” struck a chord, ripped through the charts and turned into an overnight anthem. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the band, was born.
Scoring for films, advertisements, the works. S-E-L started to merge with something that everybody would sink into with open arms. The freshness of good vibrations, melody and beats. “Dil Chahta Hai” perched them atop the rest and “Kal Ho Na Ho” fetched them a National award. But behind these layers is the other side of SEL that constantly engages in creating awareness, raising funds and helping those who really need it. This is the most definitive pitch with which the trio continues to walk on… making every listen worthwhile.
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Where: Jubilee Stage
When: February 4