‘Kalank’ composer addresses plagiarism controversy


The teaser of ‘Kalank’ has released to rave reviews and lots of audience curiosity, but some viewers have noticed a potentially controversial issue with the clip.

Social media has been buzzing after several Twitter users started pointing out that the teaser’s background music sounds similar to a score from popular TV show ‘Flash’, Bollywood Hungama reported. The viewers are now accusing composer Sanchit Balhara of plagiarism.

Balhara has released a statement on Twitter to address the controversy, saying that, “Let me inform you, what you and some other people are referring to “copied” is a basic music technique called arpeggios. When an arpeggio is played by an orchestra, it’s supposed to sound very similar to your mentioned original music of ‘Flash’. And if you consider that “copying” then I would request you to start listening to composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky to find how commonly this technique is used in classical music and film scores. So, calling my music piece “lifted” would be similar to calling a writer’s work copied from Shakespeare, Dickens, Orwell etc. just because they all used a pen, paper, and English as a technique to write their Art with. I am an educated composer and highly against the plagiarism of music.” He further clarified his point by sharing some examples of the technique and added, “I would suggest you do a small amount of research before accusing any creative artist of plagiarism. And tarnish the image of my hard work and passion. Just because you have power, please do not misuse it.”

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