A Tale of Two Worlds

Amit Trivedis compact studio in Mumbai

The difference that Trivedi refers to is almost palpable, when we join him two days later at a session for Aiyya. The song Aga Bai has a strong Lavani influence for which, he has singer Monali Thakur croon the backing vocals in Marathi. Due to record a sarod instrumental, he begins to worry upon realising that the sarod player being sent across to him is an elderly woman. "I cannot have her hear the lyrics—they are full on innuendos," he exclaims.

It is only once the recording is over that he plays the song, complete with the sarod recital. Titled Ijjat Pappad, the track is as eccentric as Emosonal Atyachaar. While the lyrics have a woman seducing a man (vocals by Sneha Khanwalkar and Amitabh Bhattacharya, also the lyricist), the music is a melange of styles — fusion to classical, layered with barks of dog mouthed by a human. "Isn't this a mad song? I've had so much fun working on it," he laughs, before adding, "I don't wish to brag, Aiyya's music is bound to be a hit." Amen.

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