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Known for her soulful singing, Shweta Pandit teams up with her sister Shraddha Pandit as the two foray into music composing and song writing. Here they are in conversation with Bhakti Mehta

Singer Shweta Pandit has expanded her repertoire by turning composer, and her first project in this avatar is composing music for an upcoming European film to be released in November. This international project marks Pandit’s foray into both composing and song writing, for which she has collaborated with her sister Shraddha Pandit, who has also won the Best Lyrics award for the Coke Studio song Cheene re mora chain mrignainiya.

Now, the talented sisters are planning to compose Bollywood music and are in talks with for films and web series. Says Shweta, “Both of us Pandit sisters are from a family of music as Jatin-Lalit are our dad’s younger brothers. We want to bring melody back to Indian films, which I find missing right now.”

Her sister Shraddha adds, “Our first composition was called Pyaar hai. The lyrics and the tune are a tribute to the recent attack in Pulwama. The song had been composed and written and when we saw this sudden unrest between people, I wanted to do something about it. What better way than to have music spread the message?”

About shooting the song, she says, “It has been shot in picturesque locations. The idea was to show how beautiful and peaceful the land is but look at what people have done to it.”

The song has a beautiful message that the Pandit sisters wanted to send across. “We wanted to convey that only we, as people, can get together to make the world a peaceful planet and we alone are responsible for setting aside our differences and letting a land so beautiful stay that way,” adds Shweta.

On the current trend of recreating songs, Shraddha shares, “I feel the industry is open to new talent and that is a great sign, but unfortunately most filmmakers are rejecting original songs and going for remakes of old hit songs. It’s time they gave the newer lot a chance and allowed original compositions to be a part of films, rather than opting for remixes, which fizzle out very quickly. Shweta and I are doing our utmost best to create originals. Hopefully, they will be picked up as we believe in melody-oriented songs.”

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