Unlike today, composers singing their own songs was not really a trend in the ‘90s or the early 2000s. Jatin Pandit, of the composer duo Jatin-Lalit, did sing a few songs like “Rooth Kar Humse Kabhi” (‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’), “Yeh Dil Deewana” (‘Vaade Iraade’) and “Aao Na” (‘Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani’), among others but his brother and partner Lalit Pandit largely stayed away from the mic. However, two years back one heard Lalit’s mellifluous voice on the song Kuch Toh Dil” from the album of the web-series ‘Flames’ Season 2, which was scored by the composer himself. Lalit, along with brother Jatin, had performed as a singer on some of the songs from their private album ‘Rhythmic Love’.
Now, with the composer launching his first ever single as a singer-composer, one hopes to hear him lend his voice to his compositions more often. “Jaane Kidhar Le Jaayein”, Lalit Pandit’s first independent single, is a breezy composition that you find yourself humming in no time. The song has the kind of melody one had come to associate with Jatin-Lalit back in the day. While the tune doesn’t really remind you of any song, the song has the feel of a couple of songs composed by Lalit like ‘Pal Tham Gaya Hai’ (‘Pyaar Mein Twist’)
The tune is pleasant and humble and is well complemented by the simple yet poignant lyrics written by Alok Ranjan Jha. Just like the song, the video has a serene, laidback feel to it. The hills, the greenery, Lalit spending time with his loved ones and composing music in the lap of nature – all of it makes for good visuals. Most importantly, the visuals have been strung together nicely.
As a singer, Lalit gives a very good account of himself. The composition he has picked to make his foray into the independent music space suits his voice and works well towards showcasing his skills as a vocalist. The arrangements are quite nice with every music piece, including the sporadically played saxophone sample, augmenting the track.
“Jaane Kidhar Le Jaayein” is a wonderful melody and the kind that you would like to play on a loop while going on a long drive. The song marks a good beginning to Lalit Pandit’s journey as an independent artiste and one keenly looks forward to the kind of music he churns out next as a composer and a singer.