One of the most gripping aspects of any thriller is the opening theme, which helps to set the tone for what is to come.
In that sense, Prithvi Kumaraguru has done justice to the opening theme of supernatural series Asura Vettai, which is currently showing on Astro Vinmeen HD (CH 231), and he is only 20!
Astro Ulagam spoke to the youth, who's currently doing his final year in Bachelor of Broadcasting and Journalism at the Lim Kok Wing University in Cyberjaya.
Although music has always been a passion for Prithvi, exposure wise, it has only been uploading his works on his own YouTube channel, thus far. It was only last year that his mother Sherreen Murugas, who is a producer of Asura Vettai, asked him to work on a one-minute opening theme for the series.
It took four drafts before the production company Creative Stew, the production company, greenlit the theme and thus began Prithvi's career in mainstream music composition.
"I had no issues in setting the dark tone for the track as I have always loved thrillers and supernatural-related stuff.
"The producers also told me the gist of Asura Vettai, so knowing the story line help me set the mood," he told.
Check out Prithvi's opening theme for Asura Vettai below:
Besides the opening theme, Prithvi was also tasked with working on the foley - a unique sound effect technique that involves creating and performing everyday sounds for movies and television shows, for Asura Vettai.
As for the challenge faced in working on the project, Prithvi said it is living up to the high expectation thrust upon him, and keeping to the high bar set by fellow local music composers.
The opportunity has turned Prithvi into a sort of "celebrity" among his group of friends at university, who have given glowing reviews thus far.
As for his future, Prithvi had already been approached to compose the BGM (background music) for a magazine-style project his mother is producing next.
His advice to fellow aspiring musicians is: "Age is not a barrier. Being young is not a problem. Anyone can do anything at any age, as long as they put in the hardwork and follow their passion.
"Not everyone gets the opportunity, so it is best to make use of it when it comes around. It is better to fail trying, than to never have tried at all," he said.
Wise words indeed, Prithvi. Here's wishing you all the very best in your future undertakings.
You can follow Prithvi's budding talent at his YouTube account here, and Instagram account here.
Don't miss watching the SD Puvanendran-helmed 20-episode Asura Vettai, starring popular local talents including Harridass, Sangeeta Krishnasamy, Bhanumathi and Vemmana Appanah.
This gripping story revolves around Silva, a forensic investigator who finds himself being contacted by the dead through the crime videos he recorded. His life begins to fall apart when his loving wife becomes increasingly distant, and a series of linked, suspicious murders take up his time at work. Each murder and footage become more haunting, and eventually, Silva finds that he can no longer ignore ‘them’.
The series is shown at 9pm, every Monday to Friday on Astro Vinmeen HD (Ch 231), and is also available for stream on Astro Go and On Demand.