Who are Teemeer and the Cirkle? Founded by Teemeer Chimulkar, the band is a concept of Hinglish Hard Rock fused with an acoustic vibe that’s bound to keep you grooving. The Mumbai based band is popularly known for their tributes to Pearl Jam, Metallica, Aerosmith, Nirvana as well as some classical unplugged pieces by Kishore Kumar, RD Burman and many other maestros of the Bollywood industry.
Hosting a live musical tribute to RD Burman, the trio that includes Teemeer Chimulkar, Krishnakumar Venkitachalam and Suprit Gaikwad performed live on Tuesday night at the Door No.1, Bandra.
Teemeer Chimulkar talks to Media Konnect on the RD Burman's influence and the scope of music beyond the film industry in India today. –
MK: RD Burman was one of the greatest music directors of the Indian film industry. Can you tell me more about this show and why you chose a tribute on his music?
Teemeer: Music by RD Burman is something, all Indians have grown up listening to. Three generations have heard his songs and lived by the lyrics. It’s been running on the radio for years and moreover in the family. The best part is that the young generation knows these tunes. They wouldn’t know the late 90’s and the 2000’s, but they know the old “Gulaabi Aankhein” and other songs. This is something so evergreen, pure and magical to listen to. Every Indian today has grown up with all these songs. In today’s generation, computers and auto tunes can’t do stuff that he did in the 70’s. A lot of hard-work and dedication went into making these songs and will definitely play for another 30-40 years to come.
MK: In a recent press release, Salim Merchant said “There is no Music industry in India.” What is your opinion on this?
Teemeer: I don’t know whether this is a sad thing or a good thing, but yes India is known that way. This is because movies are a big deal in India. Everybody watches Bollywood movies, the stars are big and are followed everywhere. So a Gulaabi Aankhein became bigger because it was a film song. These songs have also survived through the years because there was melody and music in them. I’m sure that there must be somebody who will come up and turn this tide over. It’s just a phase and till now it is the film industry.
MK: Now that we are talking about films, do you think that music in India can stand without the support of the Indian Film Industry?
Teemeer: When I was growing up, my dad used to play radio every morning. I started listening to these songs in 80’s and 90’s because of the radio. I was introduced to music from the films at a young age. If there was no film music, maybe I would have been a different person. So personally, I would dedicate my music life to those days in my childhood when radio got the seed inside me. Because of that, people get into music and then diversify into other genres like heavy metal, hard rock, English. But the truth is that the base for the Indian musicians is the film music. It’s everywhere. It’s on your phone, in the cinema halls and on the radio. It’s even playing in cabs and rikshaws. It’s hard to compete with something like that and would take time.
MK: Apart from the melody, what makes the music of the film industry stand above the rest?
Teemeer: There is a lot of money, and a whole lot of publicity. In addition to that, there is a massive advertising budget that promotes this music. As an independent artist, even if I make music, I won’t have the money to promote it like this. It may be better than a film song but it will not have the money to promote itself and move at that pace. “Films se platform banta hai”. There is a lot of budget for exposing that song and promoting it all over, till kids start humming it. You have 2 year olds who are singing and dancing to these tunes. You just can’t beat that. It’s like a “Necessary Evil”.
MK: Looking forward, where do you see the Indian independent music going? What needs to be done?
Teemeer: Independent artists have to work extra harder. There is no two ways about that. Work on your sound, work on your marketing strategies and your presence. The reality of Indian music today is - “Jo dihkta hai, wo bikta hai.” The artists will really have to do something out of the box to get noticed if they are working on non-film music.