Music director Mychael Danna
won an Oscar in the Best Original Score category for his work
in Ang Lee's Life Of Pi, about a shipwrecked Indian boy.
Danna has had a very close collaboration with Lee as they
have worked together in the past for films like The Ice
Storm and Ride with the Devil.
Life Of Pi, which is based in India and stars Bollywood
actors Irrfan Khan and Tabu, follows the story of a young boy
who is lost in the ocean on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger for
some 200-odd days.
Danna, who is married to Indian origin Aparna Danna, spent
more than a year working on the music for the film with Lee,
at first discussing the philosophical elements of Yann
Martel's novel, on which the movie is based.
The orchestra was recorded in LA on the 20th Century Fox
lot, while various other elements were recorded around the
The first composed piece for the film was the song Pi's
Lullaby, which he wrote with the South Indian singer Bombay
Danna, who is known for creating distinctive and layered
musical palettes, has had a longtime fascination with India as
he has previously worked with Indian origin filmmakers Deepa
Mehta for Water and Mira Nair for Monsoon Wedding.
Danna recently won a Golden Globe for his Life Of Pi