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Music programmer and producer, Aditya Dev talks to Titas Chowdhury about his latest project, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, his love for recreations and more

With Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (ELKDTAL), music programmer and producer Aditya Dev has added yet another feather to his cap. Dev, who has, earlier worked with music composer Rochak Kohli in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety has collaborated with him again for the music album of the Sonam Kapoor-starrer romantic drama.

“Rochak paaji called me and told we had to do one song. He said there was this very interesting song. I agreed to it immediately. We have done many songs together. We meet every week and work on a new song. When he offered me this track, he didn’t tell me that was going to be the title track of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga,” he recalls.

Shedding light on the song, Dev says, “It was such a lovely song. It is a very different composition. As I was listening to it, I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I heard the hook line, I was surprised and it struck me that the song had been very beautifully composed. The flow was so good. It did not lack anything that the original song had. Since this song is a classic, I felt a huge responsibility. If anything had gone wrong, the song would have been trashed on social media. Luckily, that didn’t happen.”

About the reactions he has been getting, Dev says, “The response is very good. A few musicians who had worked with Panchamda on the original song called me and praised me for my work. It was a big compliment and a blessing for me.”

The music programmer-producer is also a part of T-Series’ latest digital music show titled Electro Folk. Divulging details about the show, he remarks, “I have been playing for quite some time and want to try doing something different. I got a call from Sanjeev (Vig) and Shivam (Malhotra) from Black Magic (Music) that they had an idea. I really liked it. We wanted to try to do something from the music compositions that are in vogue. We wanted to create a fresh musical piece. We had a meeting after that. I would also like to thank Jubin (Nautiyal). Then we got Shivam Chanana from T-Series on board. We all sat together to select the songs. Then we came up with the name ‘Electro Folk’.”

He adds, “We have taken folk songs from places like Himachal and Rajasthan and merged them with popular songs. We have changed their beats. I have composed and added some more elements to the first three songs.”

Hinting at his upcoming projects, Dev says, “I have a lot of films in the pipeline. I have programmed songs for a number of Dharma Productions’ films such as Kesari and Kalank. I have also worked on the music of Milap Zaveri’s Marjaavaan.” 


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