Nitin Shankar prodigy of Asha Bhosle & R.D. Burman lashes out at the organizers
Nitin Shankar – Musician & maverick percussionist who has worked for as a Rhythm Arranger for nearly four decades lashes out at the organizers & jurists behind various award shows for excluding him for his due as the “Rhythm Arranger- Programmer” of the song Deewani Mastani from film Bajirao Mastani & demoted him as Additional Programmer without his consent, approval or intimation.
A renowned Musician & maverick percussionist Nitin Shankar who has been working in the film Industry for past 35 years feels extremely pained with the recent development in the Indian Film Industry “In music awards there is a specific category for arrangers and programmers award. Inspite of my name been on the Music Cd and film titles as an arranger, it was not mentioned in the nominees. This is negligence and carelessness, why my name was not included in the nominees as arranger. My contribution in the song is very much significant and crucial for the song. I have done many mega work projects, and have got my presence in the credits”
“The award is not of importance here but the importance is that my hard work and its credit is given away to someone else inspite of my name been reflecting as the arranger of the song in the credits. And when I bring it to their notice they put a post on their FB account without my presence at the award function that I have been awarded the award. They have my contact and could have informed me I would have rushed to acknowledge my presence, but they didn’t do so!!! Not only this but the height of negligence and irrelevant attempt at moping their mistake they have put my name as Additional Programmer on their Awards winner list on their website. This is the most degrading insult and I can’t keep quiet. An Arranger is called as an Additional programmer what is the intellectual capability of the Music award granting Jury / Group/ Panel” says Nitin Shankar.
To be fair to Nitin Shankar- the main behind the super hit Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani as a Rhythm Arranger has a rational point to make “Music has always been my pain killer but some people from the same industry have caused so much pain and grief to me. I thought music is the only thing that understood me all my life but I fail to understand why some people with pity interests fail to understand passionate technicians like us”
“Music is my life & is a reflection of what I go through & I am sure that the entire film industry will take notice of the unfairness being meted out to the technicians by a few self- centered people with vested interest &ensure its never repeated again. My contribution is valuable and I should get due recognition for the same and that to with respect” says Nitin Shankar.
He has worked with many Music directors to mention a few Jatin- Lalit, Anu Malik, Late virtuoso R D Burman, Ismail Darbar, Anand Raj Anand, Sajid-Wajid, and Honey Singh. And in many mega block buster projects. (www.nitinshankar.com )
He swears in the name of God and by his art and says that all his work is a tribute and gift to his Gurus Late Ut Allahrakha, Late Shri Marutiraoji Keerji ( Rhythm arranger of R D Burman ), Ut Zakir Husain, Ut Fazal Quereshi, Ut. Taufiq Quereshi, Trilok Gurtuji.