Vishal Dadlani

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Vishal Dadlani
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Dadlani performing live at Bacardi NH7 weekender
Background information
Born (1973-06-28) 28 June 1973 (age 43)
Origin Mumbai, India
Genres Electronica , Indie Rock, Indian Film Music
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Record Producer, Musician, Performer, Actor, MainFront Of RockBand Pentagram
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Akon, Pentagram , VLT (Vishal Likes This), Vishal-Shekhar
Website www.chameli.ooo

Vishal Dadlani is an Indian singer, music record producer, composer, performer. Vishal is the vocalist/songwriter of the indie rock/electronica band, Pentagram (Indian band),[1] founded in 1994, regarded as one of the pioneers of original Indian independent music, having received recognition locally as well as globally. Vishal Dadlani is also one half of the Bollywood composing/producing and performing music duo Vishal-Shekhar,[2] since 1999. They are credited with being amongst the architects of the modern Bollywood sound, having composed for 60 films and released over 300 songs, and performed over 1000 shows worldwide. Vishal has always supported Indian independent music, and helped many artists and bands find their feet. Raghu Dixit,[3] now a hugely successful artist in his own right, is one of Vishal's earliest proteges. Vishal and Shekhar released Raghu's first album to great success, in 2008. Vishal's involvement as a jury member in many of India’s biggest music talent hunts including, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa[4] 2007 & 2010, Indian Idol Junior 2013 & 2015, The Stage 2015, have been prominent in highlighting his constant search for, and encouragement of, fresh talent in both, the mainstream and the Indian independent music scene. Vishal also co-founded indie-giant Only Much Louder[5] with Vijay Nair[6] in 2002 and exited a couple of years ago. Vishal is equally at home with indie music, rock, electronica, hip-hop and Bollywood sounds, has now launched his own label in 2015 called VLT (Vishal Likes This) to create a wider platform for indie artists in India.

Early life[edit]

Vishal Dadlani, 43 (born 28 June 1973), is self-made, forthright and extremely sensitive. His eclectic taste in music comes from his parents love for all forms of music, and from being a part of Pentagram. He is committed to social change and improvement, and is open and vocal about it.[7] Vishal was born and raised in a Sindhi family from Mumbai, Maharashtra. He is a self-taught musician, and is home to indie rock, electronica, hip-hop and Bollywood sounds. Vishal went to Hill Grange High School, Mumbai and subsequently attended Jai Hind College,[8] Mumbai for two years (1989–90) then was shifted to H.R. College of Commerce and Economics. Vishal graduated in 1994 with a degree of Bachelor of Commerce. Vishal speaks English, Hindi, some Urdu and Marathi. He has also studied French and Japanese. He has sung in English, Hindi, Sindhi, Tamil, Marathi, Bengali and Punjabi, and written music in English, Hindi, Marathi and Telugu.

Career[edit]

Pentagram (1994-Present)[edit]

Vishal Dadlani’s musical journey started back in 1994, with the electronica/indie-rock band Pentagram (Indian band) formed in Mumbai. The band fronted by Vishal Dadlani (one half of the film music producing duo Vishal-Shekhar) with Randolph Correia on guitars, Clyde D'souza (former member) on guitars, Papal Mane on bass and Shiraz Bhattacharya on drums. All of whom have recently been actively involved in the Bollywood music business. Pentagram received their initial recognition and fame by winning three major rock competitions at IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay. Of these, Livewire, the annual band competition at Mood Indigo landed them a record deal. Pentagram regarded as one of the pioneers of original Indian independent music, the band has received major recognition.[9] Pentagram has been recognized among the top rock bands of India since past 20 years.[10] Pentagram have had a brief touring history outside India; including the Sundance Music Festival in Estonia in 2003. In 2005, Pentagram became the first Indian band to play at the Glastonbury Music Festival in the UK.[11]

We Are Not Listening (1996-2001), was the debut album of Pentagram. Pentagram won MTV India's Artist of the Month award in 1997 and also won the Channel V awards for Best Live Band and Best Indian Band in 1997 and 1998. They were featured on Channel V's Big Gig show, an hour-long live performance, which was plagued with bad sound.[12] The second album, Up (2002) saw the band’s sound evolve into a deliberate, definitive electro rock. One of their greatest hits as listed by the Rolling Stone Magazine on their article “25 Greatest Indian Rock Songs of the Last 25 Years ” was Drive (Up, 2002).[13] During this time Dadlani found fame as a Bollywood music composer, singer and lyricist with movies like Jhankaar Beats, Bluff Master and Salaam Namaste. Pentagram's third album It’s OK, It’s All Good in 2007 recorded under their own record label, Pentagram Music too received noticeable attention in India. The first single off this album "Voice" won the Song Of The Year and vocalist Vishal was awarded Vocalist Of The Year at the Jack Daniel's Annual Indian Rock Awards. "Voice" also received considerable airplay on VH1 India. The song was later used in a music video competition by the channel and Nokia, and the video that has been released features the contributions of various fans across India who sent in their videos.[14] Pentagram have toured around the country, performing at clubs, college festivals and music festivals like the Bacardi NH7 Weekender and the Invasion festival.[15] In 2011, they released their fourth album, Bloodywood (EMI) and have been touring the same live for the past few years. The same year, they also got to open for one of their biggest inspirations, The Prodigy, at the Invasion Festival in New Delhi and Bangalore.[16] In 2013, they appeared on MTV Unplugged, supported by guitarist and producer Gaurav Gupta and pianist Karan Joseph. In 2014, they complete over 20 years of being together.[17]

Pentagram Discography[edit]

Vishal & Shekhar[edit]

In 1999, Vishal & Shekhar, the Bollywood composing/producing and performing music duo was formed. The duo consisting of Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani who have worked in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Marathi films. Their notable works include Jhankaar Beats (2003), Dus (2005), Bluffmaster (2005), I See You (2006), Om Shanti Om (2007), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Dostana (2008), Anjaana Anjaani (2010), Ra.One (2011), Student of the Year (2012),Chennai Express (2013), Bang Bang! (2014) and Happy New Year (2014).[18] The duo has received noticiable recognition in the past 15 years, and today are credited with being amongst the architects of the modern Bollywood sound, having composed for 60 films and released over 300 songs, and performed over 1000 shows worldwide.The duo rose to prominence in 2003 when they composed the score for the film Jhankaar Beats which included the song "Tu Aashiqui Hai". They won the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent for Jhankaar Beats.[19]

Other Work by Vishal-Shekhar[edit]

They have been judges on the star hunt show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 and the musical talent show Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star with director and choreographer Farah Khan. They are the judges on Amul Star Voice of India Mummy Ki Superstars. They were mentors and judges in the reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa with Sajid-Wajid. They composed the Indian Premier League theme song of season 3 and the anthem of Kolkata Knight Riders. Following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Vishal Dadlani launched a petition to ban live media coverage during the rescue operations.[20] They composed the song "Allah Ke Bande" from Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II.

Both Vishal and Shekhar appeared as judges in the reality singing show for children and teens, Indian Idol Junior, Season One, while only Vishal appeared in Season two [21]

Vishal has also performed a Sufi influenced song Madari in the Season 2 of Coke Studio (India).

Awards and Recognition (Vishal & Shekhar)[edit]

They are credited with being amongst the architects of the modern Bollywood sound, having composed for 60 films and released over 300 songs, and performed over 1000 shows worldwide. The duo has received great recognition, not only in India but across the globe.

Key
Denotes nominations received by Vishal Dadlani alone.
Annual Central European Bollywood Awards[edit]
Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2005 Best Soundtrack Dus Nominated [22]
Best Song "Dus Bahane" (from Dus)
2007 Best Soundtrack Om Shanti Om Won [23]
Best Song "Dastaan-E-Om Shanti Om" (from Om Shanti Om)
"Main Agar Kahoon" (from Om Shanti Om) Nominated
2008 Best Soundtrack Dostana [24]
Bachna Ae Haseeno
Best Song "Khuda Jaane Om" (from Bachna Ae Haseeno)
2010 "Wallah Re Wallah" (from Tees Maar Khan) [25]
2011 Best Soundtrack Ra.One Won [26]
Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Award[edit]
Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2008 Best Music Director Om Shanti Om Nominated [27]
Best Lyricist Ankhon Mein Teri (from Om Shanti Om)
2010 Best Male Playback Singer Dhan Te Nan (from Kaminey)
(along with Sukhwinder Singh)
[28]
2011 Best Music Director I Hate Luv Storys [29]
2014 Chennai Express [30]
Asian Film Awards[edit]
Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2008 Best Composer Om Shanti Om Won [31]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards[edit]
Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2010 Most Entertaining Song "Sheila Ki Jawani" (from Tees Maar Khan) Nominated [32]
Most Entertaining Music Anjaana Anjaani
2011 Most Entertaining Song "Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One) [33]
Most Entertaining Music The Dirty Picture
2012 Most Entertaining Song "Radha" (from Student Of The Year) [34]
Most Entertaining Music The Dirty Picture
2013 Most Entertaining Singer (Male) "Balam Pichkari" (from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani) [35]
Most Entertaining Music The Dirty Picture
Filmfare Awards[edit]
Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2004 RD Burman Award for New Music Talent Jhankaar Beats Won [36]
2006 Best Music Director Dus Nominated [37]
2008 Om Shanti Om [38]
Best Lyricist "Ankhon Mein Teri" (from Om Shanti Om)
2009 Best Music Director Dostana [39]
2010 Best Male Playback Singer "Dhan Te Nan" (from Kaminey)
(along with Sukhwinder Singh)
[40]
2011 Best Music Director Anjaana Anjaani [41]
I Hate Luv Storys
Best Lyricist "Bin Tere" (from I Hate Luv Storys)
2012 "Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One)
(along with Niranjan Iyengar)
[42]
Best Music Director Ra.One
Best Male Playback Singer "Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One)
(along with Akon)
2013 Best Music Director Student Of The Year [43]
2014 Chennai Express [44]
Global Indian Music Academy Awards[edit]
Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2011 Best lyricist "Tujhe Bhula Diya" (from Anjaana Anjaani)
(shared with Kumaar)
Nominated [45]
Best Film Song "Sheila Ki Jawani" (from Tees Maar Khan)
Best Film Album Anjaana Anjaani
Tees Maar Khan
Best Music Director Anjaana Anjaani
2012 Ra.One [46]
Best Film Song "Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One) Won
Best Film Album The Dirty Picture Nominated
Ra.One
2013 Best Music Director Student Of The Year [47]
Best Film Song "Radha" (from Student Of The Year)
Best Film Album Student Of The Year
Best Duet "Radha" (from Student Of The Year)
(shared with Shekhar Ravjiani, Udit Narayan, Shreya Ghoshal)
2014 "Balam Pichakari" (for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani)
(shared with Shalmali Kholgade)
[48]
International Indian Film Academy Awards[edit]
Year Category Recipient Result Ref.
2004 Best Music Director Jhankaar Beats Nominated [49]
2006 Bluffmaster! [50]
Dus
2009 Dostana [51]
2010 Best Playback Singer Male "Dhan Te Nan" (from Kaminey)
(along with Sukhwinder Singh)
[52]
2011 "Adhoore" (from Break Ke Baad) [53]
Best Music Director I Hate Luv Storys
2012 Ra.One [54]
Best Song Recording "Chammak Challo" (from Ra.One) Won

Upcoming Projects 2016[edit]

Sultan produced by Aditya Chopra under his Yash Raj Films banner, starring actor Salman Khan directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the movie will hit the theaters in 2016. Composer duo Vishal-Shekhar will compose for Salman Khan's next project Sultan, promise to create "more magic" with their creations.[55]

Filmography of Vishal Dadlani[edit]

Music director (Vishal & Shekhar)[edit]

Playback singer (Vishal Dadlani)[edit]

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  3. ^ Raghu Dixit an Indian singer-songwriter, producer, and film score composer who is the frontman for the Raghu Dixit Project, a multilingual folk music band.
  4. ^ Sa Re Ga Ma Pa,an Indian musical reality TV game show. It started in 1995, and as of April 2012 it had 16 seasons with 1076 episodes.
  5. ^ Only Much Louder,a management company for Indian music groups.
  6. ^ Vijay Nair
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