Mr. Lovely Sharma is a music director in the Bhojpuri and the Afghani film industry. We got talking to him. Read on for more..
How old were you when you discovered your passion for music?
Mr. Sharma: I was probably eight or ten when I was exposed to this beautiful world of music. My father was in the same business. I was very fascinated and before I could even realize, I had already started grooming this passion of mine.
How did you get into music direction?
Mr. Sharma: I started playing at a very young age. Basically, I play three instruments (and very well at that!) :- Guitar, Sitar and keyboard. I started doing shows (nationally and internationally) with Mr. Prem Bhatia. Also played with a few bands and it was only after that that I got into music direction.
You’ve worked with a lot of legendary singers. Who did you like working with the most?
Mr. Sharma: Yes, indeed. I’ve worked with people like Udit Narayan, Sadhna Sargam, Harshdeep Kaur, Javed Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan, Salim Merchant, Sonu Nigam, Richa Sharma and many more. But the best experience has got to be with Suresh Wadkar ji. It was an amazing experience.
Any singer in particular that you’ve dreamt of working with?
Mr. Sharma: Lataji. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to work with her!
Who would you like to credit for all that you’ve achieved?
Mr. Sharma: First of all, I’d like to credit my father (late Mr. Leela Krishan Sharma). He was my first and my only guru. And my wife for putting up with me for so long! (laughs). Thank you, lady! (points towards his wife)
Mr. Sharma: Music, undoubtedly! I’ve never considered music a burden. It’s something I live for! And that’s what has kept me going.
Something about this industry that you don’t particularly admire?
Mr. Sharma: Well, nowadays, you see a lot of amateur singers coming up and I’m not saying all of them (laughs), but many of them have absolutely no knowledge of ragas, chords etc. So, well, yea, the last thing the industry needs is a bunch of know-it-alls when the actuality is quite contrasting! (laughs)
What are you currently working on?
Mr. Sharma: I’m working on a record right now. It’s a modern adaptation of the retro music. It’s purely instrumental, but you’d most certainly find it different and appealing. The melody of those songs has been untouched. All that has been enhanced is the richness of the music. It’ll probably be out this November.
Your favourite piece of music created by you?
Mr. Sharma: One of my Afghani songs. It’s called “maa, tum sab kuch ho”. The song has gained international acclaim. Mr. Obama had also appreciated that piece of work.
Where do you see yourself in the next, say, ten years?
Mr. Sharma: Well, I’d probably have signed on to a label in the Hindi film industry. That would be the dream.
Recordings or live performances?
Mr. Sharma: Live performances, without a doubt! The way the audience interacts with you, it’s absolutely unparalleled!
Life with music or life with money?
Mr. Sharma: Music IS my life. And that’s the answer to your question.