For the first time, a Tamil musician's name is appearing in the title of Paramount Pictures Hollywood blockbuster movie Cloverfield (USA). He is Lekha Rathna Kumar, a well known ad filmmaker and music composer in Tamil Cinema for the past 20 years.
Lekha, the maker of popular Idayam Nallennai advertise in the eighties, is still very busy in making ad films for popular brands. On the other side, he is running a well equipped music library, which consists exclusive music track with 4000 titles for the use of background score for films.
Joining as the Indian representative of German based Sonoton music Company, Rathna Kumar offers music tracks for new films or tele serials and radio programmes for low cost. He has the complete collections of the Traditional Music of India, with the help of the leading Musicians.
Now a track named 'Pankida...' from his collections has been used for the super hit movie Cloverfield directed by Matt Reeves. The director gave the credits to Lekha Rathna Kumar in the title also for this track. As a Tamil musician, this is a rare achievement for Rathna Kumar.
"I was really surprised when I saw my name in the title of this blockbuster movie. They used my track in a scene based on Bangra type Indian dance. This is really a rare honour for me and it gives more enthusiasm to work on this project."
Rathna Kumar plans to popularize the concept of giving music tracks on license base for a stipulated period for low cast to film producers and serial makers.
He says, "The Music CDs and Collections created by us are utilized throughout the World for many Music related purposes. Low-budget film producers and even some of the music directors, who are hard pressed for time, can have a sigh of relief by using our well composed tracks, which suit for all the moods and situation of a film. It works out cheaper for films and mega serials besides commercials. If they use our collections perfectly, they can rock in the background Music by spending just Rs.40, 000 instead spending Rs.3 to 5 Lakhs."
There is no need for visiting Lekha Rathna Kumar or his office in person to get these tracks. Simply, visit the site www.sonoton.com and just click the kind of music you are seeking to your project. You can hear the track also online. Every track has a code number. After choosing the track, you mention that number and send a mail to Lekha Rathna Kumar and he will arrange for the CDs of those tracks for you within a couple of days. Then you get the license for those tracks for the whole year and after that you have to return those CDs after the expiry of license.
Very recently, veteran filmmaker Bhagyaraj had visited this library for background track selection for his forthcoming film Pudhiya Vaarpugal. For further details Rathna Kumar can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sonoton.com.