Vishal Dadlani


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Vishal Dadlani (born 28 June 1973) is an Indian music composer, playback singer, music record producer, lyricist and performer. He is one half of the film music producing duo Vishal–Shekhar, the other being Shekhar Ravjiani. Vishal was born and raised in a Sindhi family from Mumbai, Maharashtra.[1] Vishal went to Hill Grange High School, Mumbai and subsequently attended Jai Hind College, His also study in D.t.e.a sr sec school rk puram sec – 4 New delhi 110022 [2] Mumbai for two years (1989–90) then was shifted to H.R. College of Commerce and Economics. Vishal graduated in 1994 with a degree of Bachelor of Commerce. Vishal Dadlani’s musical journey started back in 1994, with the electronica/indie-rock band Pentagram formed in Mumbai. The band fronted by Vishal Dadlani (one half of the film music producing duo Vishal-Shekhar) with Randolph Correia on guitars, Clyde D’souza (former member) on guitars, Papal Mane on bass and Shiraz Bhattacharya on drums. All of whom have recently been actively involved in the Bollywood music business. Pentagram received their initial recognition and fame by winning three major rock competitions at IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay. Of these, Livewire, the annual band competition at Mood Indigo landed them a record deal. Pentagram regarded as one of the pioneers of original Indian independent music, the band has received major recognition.[3] Pentagram has been recognized among the top rock bands of India since past 20 years. Pentagram have had a brief touring history outside India; including the Sundance Music Festival in Estonia in 2003. In 2005, Pentagram became the first Indian band to play at the Glastonbury Music Festival in the UK. We Are Not Listening (1996-2001), was the debut album of Pentagram. Pentagram won MTV India’s Artist of the Month award in 1997 and also won the Channel V awards for Best Live Band and Best Indian Band in 1997 and 1998. They were featured on Channel V’s Big Gig show, an hour-long live performance, which was plagued with bad sound.[6] The second album, Up (2002) saw the band’s sound evolve into a deliberate, definitive electro rock. One of their greatest hits as listed by Rolling Stone Magazine in their article “25 Greatest Indian Rock Songs of the Last 25 Years” was “Drive” (Up, 2002). During this time Dadlani found fame as a Bollywood music composer, singer and lyricist with movies like Jhankaar Beats, Bluff Master and Salaam Namaste. Pentagram’s third album It’s OK, It’s All Good in 2007 recorded under their own record label, Pentagram Music too received noticeable attention in India. The first single off this album “Voice” won the Song Of The Year and vocalist Vishal was awarded Vocalist Of The Year at the Jack Daniel’s Annual Indian Rock Awards. “Voice” also received considerable airplay on VH1 India. The song was later used in a music video competition by the channel and Nokia, and the video that has been released features the contributions of various fans across India who sent in their videos. Pentagram have toured around the country, performing at clubs, college festivals and music festivals like the Bacardi NH7 Weekender and the Invasion festival. In 2011, they released their fourth album, Bloodywood (EMI) and have been touring the same live for the past few years. The same year, they also got to open for one of their biggest inspirations, The Prodigy, at the Invasion Festival in New Delhi and Bangalore. In 2013, they appeared on MTV Unplugged, supported by guitarist and producer Gaurav Gupta and pianist Karan Joseph. In 2014, they complete over 20 years of being together.