Music to the ears—SAFAL hosts digital music composition workshop

By Bhushan Salunke

The South Asian Film Arts Literature Festival 2020 (SAFAL) and Australian South Asian Forum (ASAF) organised a free special two-hour digital music composition workshop on 1 March for eight budding musicians with knowledge in electronic composition tools like Garage Band or for those who could play any music instrument at an intermediate level.

The objective was to introduce interested people to composing East-West fusion in Australia, for sampling or accompaniment to primary instruments.

The workshop was conducted by Kiran Pradhan at his Muzitek Creations Digital Music Academy, Holsworthy.

Ash Gholkar and Kedarnath Pagaddinnimath, co-founders of ASAF were pleased with the response and participation and thanked Mr Kiran Pradhan for conducting the workshop.

Kiran, a mechanical engineer by qualification from IIT, Mumbai, is a passionate music aficionado. A self-taught guitar, tabla and a keyboard player, Kiran is an accomplished music composer in the area of computer-based music sequencing, arrangements and rhythm programming.

Kiran’s work portfolio is wide and diverse. He has composed a children’s album for HMV, India written by Mangesh Padgaokar; folk songs (Lavni) for HMV sung by Sulochana Chavan & Jaiwant Kulkarni; worked with All India Radio & Mumbai Doordarshan; an album called Lag Ja Gale, consisting of the instrumental version of Lata Mangeshkar’s greatest songs.

Last year he released an album of Marathi songs called Romance in Mumbai. In 2019 he did a big music production for Swami Narayan temple for the events held in Brisbane and Sydney.

Kiran has a state-of-the-art recording studio in Sydney, where he works full time in music production. Kiran has produced many private albums for local singers from Sydney and other South-East Asian countries. He has composed music for locally produced films and dramas. Kiran has composed and arranged more than 80 titles of lounge music, which were featured on Singapore Airlines and Jet Airways.


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