When was the last time that a so called ‘amazing melody’ became an ear worm and you hummed it on repeat mode for days? Well, we too have been victims of similar symptoms.
However, it is often disheartening to find others term your new found Ilaiyaraaja or AR Rahman tune, a copy of some other melody that they dug up in their vast music library !
With the advent of digital music storage and media sharing sites, searching for that original tune has only become much more easier than the bygone vinyl era or the days where cassette recordings, where priced possessions.
Call it a nightmare for the music composer, but he would have never thought that media sharing sites would bring the cat out of the dark and aid in comparison of tunes, with just a click of a button. In fact, it doesn’t surprise us that these days composers in Bollywood, have to present the producers a written indemnity following the rampant plagiarism that is flooding the music scene.
Ilaiyaraaja, AR Rahman, Deva, Yuvan Shankar Raja, D Imman, Harris Jayaraj to GV Prakash Kumar. They maybe the A league composers in Kollywood midst numerous others. But despite prestigious claims of their respective music labels promoting ‘new’ music, derivations point out similarities from Ricky Martin to Pakistani pop sensation Junoon, from yesteryear Hindi and Tamil hits to the Algerian hits of Khaled and from African tunes to Backstreet Boys!!!
Call it inspiration or an accident, after all the seven notes in music are universal to every music system in the world. Where does one draw a line between copying music and being inspired from it ? Before you give it a deep thought, we were wondering if we should consider Dhanush’s Kolaveri di, an international chart-buster, an original? Have a look before you suggest a convincing take on it.