'Breathless' was an important milestone in my life.
I think times have changed, and there's no dearth of talent in the music industry.
As responsible artists, it's our duty to let the youth know the importance of devotional music.
We have harmonies, folk songs, and compositions attached to each occasion - ranging from birth, harvest, to our festivals. Our country thrives on culture, music, and arts. Musically, ours is a very rich country.
If some independent artists are using film as a medium to reach out to an audience, it should be promoted. Cinema is a popular medium and has a broad reach. There have been films with ghazals, classical and folk songs sung by local artists, which gave them popularity.
Lataji defines the sound of Indian music, and I always had a secret desire of recording with her at least once.
Who are critics? Do they know about music? Have they proved themselves in the field? I remember, when we came up with the music of 'Dil Chahta Hai,' some of the critics said that the songs sounded like jingles.
I have always been fascinated by Krishna, the Indian deity.
You will see nowadays TV's Top 20 and Radio's Top 20 tend to be the same. And then there are films that never reach to mass audience, and because of that, their soundtrack also dies a silent death.
I'm a proud mainstream musician, but having said that, I do firmly believe there's more to musical talent in India than just Bollywood.
I have tried to show the influence of folk music in Bollywood, in Tamil movies, in Telugu cinema.
I don't mind travelling to and fro from Navi Mumbai for work because the calm and serene atmosphere I enjoy here is unparalleled.
When you are busy with all the live shows and bands, world music and jazz music, it takes time to come back and do a pop album. It needs its own length of time.