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Tapas Jingles all the way to bollywood

DNAHM49010 | 11/5/2011 | Author : Devika Chaturvedi | WC :410

Remember those tunes that you hummed from advertisements like - 'Kya aap close up karte hain'? Or also the pizza song where Paresh Rawal danced - 'Tana na na ri le pizza aaye free' Have you ever wondered about the man behind those tunes and catchy jingles? Many would not know, but Tapas Relia is an Amdavadi.
But making those jingles saturated this artist and after almost two decades in the industry he has carved his name in the Indian film music industry by composing for recent film Mod by Nagesh Kukunoor and also India's first animation film Hanuman and its sequel, to name a few.
"Considering that I come from a Gujarati family with a prominent business background getting into music was not an easy dream. But soon after I finished my school I moved to Mumbai to pursue my interest" recollects Relia from way back in 1996. "I didn't choose to do the regular BCom's or BA's and was equipped with an academic qualification that many would consider a
joke but I chose to leave Ahmedabad," says Relia who later did a summer course in 'Composing for film & multimedia' from NYU. But he believes no one can teach you how to make music.
It does not bother him the least that technicians most often don't get recognition. "I am not in the industry for fame. I would be as happy as I am now playing for Ganpati mandals. I know my position as an artist, where my music stands and I am happy for now," says the composer.
Exploring his cinematic pastures with very recent film Mod, he narrates: "I had done a film Yeh Honsla with Nagesh (Kukunoor) earlier which never got released but Mod was my second film with him. He found my music online and contacted me and we were soon working together."
He feels that casting a star for a film is as important as casting a singer for a song because a singer has the power to ruin your music or just enrich it further.
Relia also has a keen interest in watching films. "Every single day of my life I spend sitting on my couch watching a film, believe me or not" he says. Considering that Vishal Bharadwaj turned to films after being a music composer, does Relia have similar plans? Fifteen years from now he sees himself becoming a producer of films not a director but music will remain his first love.

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