Ehsaan Noorani is one of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio, composing of three talented Indian musicians namely
Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan himself and
Loy Mendonsa. He is a popular music composer and guitarist.
Ehsaan was born on October 12, 1963 in Hyderabad, India. He grew up in a place instilled with appreciation to different music genres at an early age. At 14, he started learning guitar under the teaching of Bismarck Rodriguez in Mumbai. During the mid 80’s, he attended the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), which is known as MI now. This became the turning point of his life as a musician as he slowly began to progress as a guitarist with huge potentials. He considered this period as ‘the best years of his life’. He went to Los Angeles, which is known to be the Music Capital of the World, and showed himself to the great musicians like Larry Carlton, Robben Ford and many more.
Ehsaan was influenced by the famous bands of the 70’s like Pink Floyd, Led Zepellin, Wishbone Ash, Santana and Deep Purple. Since then, he became inclined and fond to the Blues; something about the genre has caught his whim and he continues to hold into it until today. He listened to BB King, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton and Robert Ford to help him in shaping up his Blues vocabulary and become a stepping-stone to his improvisation.
When he returned to India, he worked with coposers like Louiz Banks for several advertising commercials and continues to create trends to the industry with his captivating tunes, expertise in guitar and his cleverness in music. This led him to compose music for commercials and just before he knew it, he was brainstorming with Shankar and Loy. The trio started to compose music for films and they were known as SEL.
Composing music for films and commercials had helped him to experiment in various music styles like blues, metal, electronic, rock and country, but his heart is still fond of doing Blues and until now, he is still performing with his band called Apostrophe.
Ehsaan together with Shankar Mahadevan have lent their vocals to several songs, including Yeh Dil Deewana from the 1997 Bollywod film Pardes,
from the 2000 comedy-drama film Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, and
Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
from the romantic comedy film Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge. He also lent his guitar pieces to songs made by many music directors like Vishal Shekhar for the songs Bin Tere and Sadka Kiya from the box-office hit film, I Hate Luv Storys and Small Town Girl from the rom-com film Bachna Ae Haseeno.