Swar Systems

Ranjan Sharma

(ranjan@swarsystems.com)

My Musical Journey...

Though music has been my passion ever-since my childhood but I actually started learning Indian Music when I was around 20 years old. 5 years of training in Indian Classical Music exposed me to the mystique depths, ins and outs of Indian Music. In fact my musical journey started when I was in school. Whenever there used to be a free period, I would run towards musicroom and try my hands on the Harmonium and other instruments.

Unlike most of the musicians, I started my career as an accounts assistant in 1995. After graduating as a Bachelor of Commerce while simultaneously doing Masters Diploma in Software Engineering, I soon began working as a software programmer. Soon, I realised that all this time I was actually drifting away from my first priority which was Music. I always wanted to be into something creative. I wanted to be in a field where i could utilize my technical knowledge as a software developer and my creativity as a Musician. That was the time when I joined an IT company as a Multimedia Producer. That was the place where I learnt a lot about Audio / Video production and always kept myself updated with the latest happening in the field of electronic music. While being engaged in work and studies I always made it a point to attend my Indian Classical Music classes.

During my job as a Multimedia Producer I got chance to compose music for several CD-ROM's(including THE MAHABHARATA, which is quite famous), corporate presentations etc. I also composed background music for a few high-profile companies like ABN-AMRO Bank, corporate song for VanFlon Pro. In my free time i worked on some of my own compositions with my keyboard and computer. I have a great desire to release these in the form of an album.

Quite recently I did a ghazal album with Sanjay and Sadhana Sargam which was released on HMV. Out of many jingles a few that are being aired on some TV channels are Mughal Mahal Chai, Mt.Kailash Mineral Water, Harsingar Chai.

So, what I am doing now ?

On March 2000, I have joined Swar Systems as a Multimedia Producer and then became very much involved in the development of all their products, from SwarShala 3.0 onwards. To be frank, I feel quite proud about this. These days with electronic music production at its peak, one can find various excellent software programs that are very good tools for composing western, pop, electronic kind of music, but its difficult to find products like Swar Systems's which are specially dedicated to Indian instruments and Indian music.

You can listen here to some of my compositions posted at SwarCafe section, for which I have used various Swar Systems products.

Best wishes !!

Ranjan

My Compositions

22.04.04 Chunavi Chaat (Folk) Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (0.2 Mb)
Notes This small clip was initially created for a humorous TV show broadcasted in India last February for the elections (Chunav means elections).  
Instruments used Harmonium 2, Tudd, Duff, Gunghroo  
07.01.04 Punjabi Masti (Bhangra) Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (1.2 Mb)
Notes Let's start the new year 2004 in a festive mood! This Bhangra remix should get you moving! Raise your arms, open your hands and shake your shoulders up and down : yes, just like a real Punjabi!  
Instruments used Tumbi, Dhol, Tudd  
18.12.03 Padharo Mare Des (Mand) Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (2.2 Mb)
Notes Mand is a very famous musical form from Rajasthan, very much appreciated for its melodious nature. Ranjan's beautiful voice adds to the enchantment of this remix.  
Instruments used Duggis, Duff, Tambourines, Gunghroo, Tabla, Sitar, Bansuri, Sarangi, Santoor  
25.11.03 Volume North 2 Demo (Fusion) Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (2.0 Mb)
Notes This composition features a large array of the instruments included in the new Volume North 2 that was just released today. We hope these will open new horizons for your creativity!  
Instruments used Duggis, Tambourines, Dimdi, Tumbak Nari, Duff, Harmonium, Gunghroo, Bansuri  
11.11.03 Mundian To Bach Ke (Bhangra) Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (0.4 Mb)
Notes And here, friends, a glimpse of our coming new volume of instruments! Let's groove to the Bhangra beat with Punjabi MC's world famous hit Mundian to Bach Ke.  
Instruments used Tumbi, Dhol  
06.10.03 Mumbai Dawn (Fusion) Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (1.1 Mb)
Notes Early morning in India's business capital. Sitar and sarangi express the calmness of dawning sky, while tabla depicts the turbulent croud of workers on their way to their jobs.  
Instruments used Sitar, Sarangi, Tabla  
25.05.03 VST Days Demo Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (5.4 Mb)
Notes This new fusion composition has been created using both SwarPlug plugins and voices from a Karma keyboard mixed in Nuendo. It will be used as a demo of our plugins at the German VST days.  
Instruments used Sarod, Sitar, Sarangi, Pakhawaj  
26.04.03 Fusion Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (4.84 Mb)
Notes Fusion composition loosely based on Raga Charukeshi. It starts with a very sentimental, serene and emotional feel, then gradually builds up the energy with vigorous taans (melodical fills) on sitar.  
Instruments used Sitar, Sarod, Santoor, Tabla  
22.01.03 More Piya Base Kaun Des Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (3.18 Mb)
Notes After most instrumental pieces, we are including here a full vocal item, beautifully performed by Delhi-based singer Pooja Goswami. This devotional song written by saint poet Kabir describes the longing of a woman for her beloved, as an image to the aspiration of a devoted soul for the Divine.  
Instruments used Tanpura, Sarangi, Santoor, Tabla, Pakhawaj and Dholak  
07.01.03 Vande Mataram Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (1.69 Mb)
Notes Instrumental version of the national song Vande Mataram, written by B. C. Chatterjee. Vande Mataram is a prayer to the Mother Land that was sung by freedom fighters all over India. It was then denied the status of national anthem in favour of a more consensual Jana Gana Mana. It still remains the dearest song in the heart of most Indians.  
Instruments used Santoor, Sarod, Tabla, Pakhawaj and Tanpura  
12.12.02 Silent Indian Night Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (1.53 Mb)
Notes An Indian version of the famous Christmas Carroll "Silent Night"!.. This song was created out of a standard MIDI file of the original, where the lead track was routed to the Sitar instrument in the Swar Sampler, while pitch bend and chikari strokes were added. Tabla tracks composed through SwarShala replaced the original Drums.  
Instruments used Sitar, Tablas (high and low pitch)  
18.11.02 Ab Lagan Lagi Kya Kariye (Remix) Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (1.05 Mb)
Notes "Now that I am in love with you, what can I do?..". This beautiful song can be understood in a romantic sense, but it can also have a deeper meaning as the prayer from a devotee to God. It was composed in CakeWalk, by combining tracks exported from SwarShala and others played directly through the keyboard.  
Instruments used Santoor, Tabla, Pakhawaj  
07.11.02 Garba Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (1.02 Mb)
Notes Garba is a famous dance form from Gujrat. Traditionally a religious dance performed in honour of Mother Earth, it is nonetheless also fun and interactive. Garba is performed by a group of women who dance in a circular pattern and clap their hands. Sometimes sticks replace claps, in which case it is called as Dandiya.  
Instruments used Santoor, Sitar, Bansuri, Tabla, Nagara  
28.10.02 Kashmiri Fusion Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (1.10 Mb)
Notes Fusion piece mixing synthesizer voices (Korg Karma) and Indian tracks. The Santoor and Bansuri (flute) tunes were played directly from the keyboard, using Swar Sampler. These instruments give an overall impression of a mountain tune, hence the title.  
Instruments used Santoor, Bansuri, Tabla, Pakhawaj  
     
16.10.02 Poocho Na Kaise Maine Download
Author Ranjan Sharma SSC (15 Kb)
Notes Famous song from film Meri Aankhen Teri Surat, sung by Manna Dey. Based on Raga Ahir Bhairav, it is one of the famous classical numbers from film music. Audio (654 Kb)
Instruments used Sitar, Sarod, Tabla, Tanpura MIDI (16 Kb)
16.10.02 Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Download
Author Ranjan Sharma SSC (15 Kb)
Notes Famous sentimental song from film Aandhi (1976), composed by R.D. Burman and sung by Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar. Audio (424 Kb)
Instruments used Sitar, Bansuri, Tabla, Dholak MIDI (10 Kb)
16.10.02 Raga Puriya Dhanashree on Shehnai Download
Author Ranjan Sharma SSC (17 Kb)
Notes Classical shehnai piece on Raga Puriya Dhanashree, a combination of Ragas Puriya and Dhanashree. Dominant note is Pa and subdominant is Sa. Audio (302 Kb)
Instruments used Shehnai, Tabla, Nagara, Tanpura MIDI (12 Kb)
16.10.02 Raghupati Download
Author Ranjan Sharma SSC (14 Kb)
Notes Traditional devotional song dedicated to Lord Rama. Audio (586 Kb)
Instruments used Shehnai, Guitar, Sarod, Bansuri, Tabla, Dholak, Tanpura MIDI (26 Kb)
24.09.02 Vaishnava Jan To Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (684Kb)
Notes Popular bhajan (devotional song) and one of the favourites of the father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.  
Instruments used Sitar, Tabla, Pakhawaj, Tanpura  
04.06.01 Ghazal Download
Author Ranjan Sharma Audio (388Kb)
Notes Ghazal from the album Ishq Ka Nagma (HMV), sung by Sanjay Talwar and Sadhana Sargam. It is inspired by Raga Bageshwari and lyrics are from famous Indian poet, Majrooh Sultanpuri.  
Instruments used Tabla, Dholak