TV Vishal Dadlani

Composer, playback singer Vishal Dadlani (left) will be seen as one of the judges of "Indian Idol." This will be his third season as the show's judge. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—Sony Entertainment Television presents the audience with its tenth season of “Indian Idol” and the musician-singer- judge Vishal Dadlani shared an interesting nugget on World Music Day.

Said Dadlani: “I never knew that I would be a musician. It was something that happened to me. I grew up surrounded by music, as both my parents love music dearly. No one in my family has ever been a musician though. That journey started by complete chance when I was 19. I started learning to play a little guitar, and from there moved on to writing some basic songs. Then Pentagram happened, and my life changed. Those guys taught me everything I know. We wrote music, recorded, toured the college circuit and had a really good time.”

About turning composer, he said, “Meanwhile, I was offered the opportunity to do some music for a film (“Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi” in 1999, one of the earliest multi-composer films), and I needed some money for equipment, so I did it. I later found that Shekhar was working separately on the same film, and we had been friends for a long time, so we decided to work together. That is how ‘Vishal and Shekhar’ was formed, and today, we are grateful and humbled to be able to say that we’ve been in the game for more than 18 years.”

He went on, “As for ‘Indian Idol,’ I love the show because this is my third season, and I’ve never seen a more caring and honest “contest,” where winning and losing is just a part of the format, but whether it’s the contestants or the judges, our common love for music is above all.”

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