Santokh Singh makes his debut

Channa ve ghar aaja was a universal hit and proved Santokh Singh's passport to fame. Now Santokh Singh makes his debut as music director in films with 3 S Creations' Lottery.

When Santokh Singh composed the Channa ve album, quite a few singers declined to sing for him either because they felt that he was a new music composer or because they were bound by contracts to other music labels. Santokh recalls, "Kunal Ganjawala agreed to sing the song. The rest is history."

However, Channa Ve was not exactly his first album as a music director. It was Saawaria with Jaspinder Naula and Bobby Singh and after that Nanna featured Nanna, a singer from California.

"Even if I want, I do not think I can come up with another Channa Ve", says Santokh Singh. "Songs like that happen and cannot be planned. But my songs in Lottery have all the ingredients that the masses would love. The album has an "item" number, a ballad, a club number, and an unplugged song too. I went merely by the requirement and the situations that the film had and did not compromise."

Santokh says that producer Govind Satnam and director Hemant Prabhu, gave him a free hand despite the fact that he was making his debut as a music director.
How did he plan the music considring that Indian Idol Abhijit Sawant was turning hero? "That was not the deciding factor," says Singh. "I went completely according to the script's demands. But Abhijit got to sing all his own songs."
Does he also sing? "I will sing a song I compose only if I feel that my voice will suit the song or am asked to sing by my producer," Santokh quips modestly about the current trend of music directors singing their own songs.

Santokh is of the opinion that lyrics are of primary importance. Santokh was impressed by Kumaar, who has written popular numbers like Desi girl (Dostana) and Soniyo (Raaz) and asked him to write for Lottery. "Sirf lyrics se ek gaane ko pehchan milti hai," says Singh.
Santokh is now scoring music for a film called Shabaash about a dance competition. He is also recording an album with New York-based NRI Biba.
His all-time favourites are Laxmikant Pyarelal, R.D. Burman and Shanker Jaikishan. Though he is in awe of singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar, his favourites on the scene today are Sonu Niigaam, KK, Kunal Ganjawala, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shilpa Rao and Shreya Ghoshal.

Santokh Singh hails from a Rajasthani family in Punjab and has trained in Indian classical and Western classical and the piano from the famous Joe Fernandes and does not mind calling a spade a spade. Talking about the latest move in India not to allow Pakistani singers to sing here, he says he endorses the move that was earlier suggested by playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya. "I am against Pakistani singers making money here when brilliant singers are there in India. I feel that our country should come first and the artiste only next. In any case, I am of the opinion that not all singers from Pakistan sing well. With the exception of a Ghulam Ali or a Mehdi Hasan, most of the others are completely besura."

Radio City gets interim stay order
After the IPRS initiated proceedings against Radio City, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has already issued an interim stay order against these entire proceedings on January 29. Additionally there is also a civil case in the Mumbai High Court that Radio City has filed against IPRS where Radio City is challenging IPRS's locus standi to collect royalty and the matter is sub-judice.

A press release issued on February 20 states, "The facts of the release issued by IPRS are concocted and misleading. The actual facts stated in the IPRS press release are much different from the actual criminal complaint filed by IPRS", claims a Radio City press release.
"The Company believes that the criminal complaint filed by IPRS two years after the alleged date of offence is with malafide intention and proper procedure was not followed as outlined in the Criminal Procedure Code and which has been incorporated in the petition filed by Ms. Apurva Purohit before the Honourable AP High Court.

"IPRS has actively suppressed the fact that before challenging its locus standi to collect music royalty from FM Radio stations, Radio City has filed an application before the Copyright Right Board for acquiring compulsory license, which is pending.

"IPRS has further actively suppressed the fact that Radio City has challenged IPRS' locus standi to levy and collect music royalty from private FM Radio stations and also claiming the money wrongly paid to it, by filing a suit in the Honourable Bombay High Court in the year 2006 and the said matter is sub-judice.

"Active suppression of these vital facts, which have direct bearing on the criminal complaint filed by IPRS, clearly testifies that the complaint is malafide.
"The facts of the release issued by IPRS are concocted and misleading. The actual facts stated in the IPRS press release are much different from the actual criminal complaint filed by IPRS.

The actual chronology of events are stated as under -
1.IPRS had filed a criminal complaint before the Addl. CMM, Hyderabad against Apurva Purohit, CEO, Radio City and two Radio City personnel on September 30, 2008.
2.The summons was issued for appearance on November 7, 2008, which was neither received by Ms. Apurva Purohit nor by Radio City.
3. The Court issued fresh summons for appearance on January 23, 2009, which was received by Radio City.
4.Accordingly, the lawyers appeared on behalf of Apurva Purohit on January 23, last and filed an exemption application that was rejected by the Addl. CMM and a non-bailable warrant was issued against her. Although neither of the other two accused nor their lawyers appeared, no non-bailable warrants were issued against them.

"Ms. Apurva Purohit filed a petition under Sec. 482 of CrPC before the Hon'ble Andhra Pradesh High Court for quashing of the entire criminal complaint and in the interim sought a stay on the non- bailable warrant and the entire proceedings before the Addl CMM.
The Honourable AP High Court after hearing the Ld. Senior Counsel passed an order last January 29, granting an interim stay for the entire proceedings and the non-bailable warrant.
"Hence, the statement made by IPRS that the criminal complaint has been filed against the Directors of Radio City and that the summons were issued for appearance of Ms. Apurva Purohit on September 30, 2008 are incorrect as the criminal complaint was only filed by them on the same date, hence a question of appearance of Ms. Apurva Purohit on the same day does not arise."

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