India’s top Pianist Brian Silas turns composer
New Delhi- India’s top Pianist Brian Silas has turned composer with the launch of BBC’s Radio Drama Series ‘Life Gulmohar Style’ directed by veteran broadcaster Pervaiz Alam. Known for his rendition of Bollywood melodies on piano, Silas is now eyeing the largest film industry in the world- Bollywood.
“I am glad that now people will have an opportunity to listen to my work as a composer as well. This is for the time that I have composed original music for a drama that would continue for a year. Actually, composing the theme song was quite a challenge but I am really pleased that within such a short time the song is a hit among youngsters,” said Silas, who has released more than 20 music albums of playing Bollywood music on piano.
The 156-part Hindi-language radio drama, entitled Life Gulmohar Style, is now being broadcast every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 7:30-7:45 pm. The drama, based on women-related issues, is also available for podcasts on BBC Hindi Online.
Life Gulmohar Style tells the story of five young people in search of their destiny. It is funny, romantic and serious. The drama deals with a host of issues facing women today, including their sexual and reproductive health, violence, and their roles and responsibilities in a changing India – all in an entertaining way that stimulates listeners to question negative attitudes about women. Directed by the BBC’s award-winning producer Pervaiz Alam, Life Gulmohar Style goes out on five of All India Radio’s FM Rainbow stations: Delhi, Mumbai, Jalandhar, Lucknow and Kanpur.
Over the course of the year, the BBC World Service Trust will be tracking audience reaction to the drama on a dedicated website www.lifegulmoharstyle.org and through research it will measure whether the show has had an impact on changing attitudes towards women.