Lalit Pandit believes that in recent times, the only genuine male talent as a singer that has emerged is Arijit Singh. “The industry badly needed a new fresh voice after the 1990s’ batch of artists that we had and for a while it looked that we wouldn’t have that. But slowly and surely there was this boy who was showing talent and eventually made a break in the industry,” he said.
“Arijit Singh assisted me, I knew he was going to make it big,” composer Lalit Pandit pays tribute to the singer on his birthday
Lalit recalls his first meeting with Arijit. “I first met Arijit through Mr. Ramesh Taurani. It seems three young people has just finished off a reality show called (Fame) Gurukul in which Arijit was a winner. There were two more people Shamit (Tyagi) and Mona (Bhatt) whom Tips had signed as their artists to be launched with an album. Ramesh ji asked me if I could train them further and if I could work about six songs as an album. I agreed and met these three, Arijit, Shamit and Mona. They looked excited to work with and very curious to see how songs are made and how things take up shape in music.”
Lalit worked with Arijit on this album for six months. “It was great fun,” he said. “I interacted with them and worked making this album according to their strengths as singers. My assistants and me noticed clearly Arijit as having a clear edge amongst the rest and he sang wonderfully. He was good!!”
Lalit said Arijit kept in touch thereafter. “After the album was finished, Arijit still kept coming and sort of assisted me in doing scratches and voice dubs for a while. I still have some of his scratch recordings that we did together and they sound wonderful indeed! Arijit sang his first song in a studio for me for this album. We had made it together and since he had rehearsed the song for many days, he really cracked it well. It was a beautiful song but for some reason the album never released!!I don’t know why.”
After assisting Lalit, Arijit moved on. “After assisting me for a while, he moved on and worked and learnt with Pritam. It’s here that he got some really wonderful songs and started making a mark in the industry. He sang songs of different genres and kept growing and growing. He sang wonderful songs for Mukesh Bhatt and others who have an ear for music. Arijit’s parents are musical people, he told me once as I asked how music came to him and if there was a family background; there indeed was. His father is a Punjabi Sikh and mother is a Bengali. Arijit’s father sings I believe and he has learnt music as a child.”
What according to Lalit makes Arijit stand out? “The part that makes Arijit different from the others is his expressive voice, singing technique and his riyaaz that he has done and worked hard on. You may have a God-gifted voice and everything, but if you have not practised and if you don’t keep practising, you won’t make it. He has worked very hard and I have seen him struggle. He is very intelligent and humble,” said Lalit.
Lalit is happy with Arijit’s success. “I am extremely happy that he has made good in life through his hard work. His voice has indeed had a mesmerising effect over his audience and gets tremendous liking and love from youngsters. Both my sons love his singing. I have noticed this after the humongous success of his concerts that he has excelled in. A lot many singers became conscious as it always happens when a young talent like Arijit emerges. I recently saw his concert in Pune and I must say he is outstanding as a performer and someone who has a right vision to take the Indian performing art to a different level. He, being an all-rounder, musician, singer, technician and programmer, composer, has the understanding of how to execute a live concert! None of his seniors have that and will not have because the grooming has been different! He has learnt a lot and has given his blood, sweat and tears to his work. His combination with Priyam and with Mithoon has been tremendous. I wish him a brighter future on his birthday and happiness always to him,” signed off Lalit.
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