Saarang brings you the BANDHUNTS
Decibels is our Western Music semi professional band hunt. Winners get 1.5L prize money, the opening act for Saarang's Rock Show, headlined by Katatonia and gig opportunities at Bangalore Open Air and Eleven Gauge Recording, Bangalore. Powerchords is our Western Music inter college Band hunt. Participate and win 60k prize money and a gig at Unseen Underground at Chennai. Tarang, our Light Music band hunt promises winners 60k prize money, the opening act for Saarang's Pop Night, headlined by Shaan and gig opportunities at Eleven Gauge Recording, Bangalore.
BACARDI NH7 Weekender 2016 a Great Success
The happiest music festival BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender 2016 opens its much-anticipated seventh edition in Pune today at a brand new venue Life Republic in Marunji, Hinjewadi. The first day of the festival culminated in heavy-duty performances including India’s biggest bass producer Nucleya, indie-electronic champion RAC (DJ Set), Mumbai-based Indian blues band Kanchan Daniel & The Beards, live electronica project Nicholson, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sid Vashi, Delhi-based electronica duo Komorebi and electronic music artist Dualist Inquiry. The Pune leg of the festival features three diverse stages on Day One – Bacardi Arena, Bacardi House Party and Breezer Vivid Village.
The festival offered fans a true festival experience with delicious options at the food area with cuisines ranging from Indian, Chinese, American, Thai to Lebanese and Arabian. With 30 vibrant food stalls and trucks, fans can took a break from the music to satiate their taste buds with gourmet pizzas, burgers, Kolkata kathi rolls, chocolate stations, waffles, slushies and gourmet coffees to name a few. The bazaar section featured an array of creative products with everything from crafted jewelry, quirky giftables, dreams catchers to a dedicated thrift shop!
This year the festival also launched its official app to keep fans updated on all the information they need to know while they were there. The app contains artist set timings, customisable daily schedules, ability to view friends' schedules, festival maps, artist information, stage information, emergency contact numbers and many more features to enhance the festival experience.
Day Two had a massive line-up with performances by internationally renowned acts such as prog rock artist Steven Wilson?, Swedish indie folk singer Jose Gonzalez?, alt-rock trio The Joy Formidable, Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson?, Indian/American prog metal band Skyharbor and some of the biggest artists from the Indian music scene including North-East’s favourite singer-composer Papon, Madras/Bangalore-based Dance/Punk band The F16s?, guitar prodigy Rhythm Shaw and musical ensemble Sempre Libera?.
A Spiritual Experience
On Sunday at a Sitara studio in Lower Parel,Mumbai was the venue of a very interesting musical collaration of Magsaysay awardee T.M.krishna & Jogappas ( for those who don’t know Jogappas, they are a Musical Transgender community) organized by the First Edition Arts. The show began with T.M.Krishna introducing the Jogappas & how the collaboration came about and as each song was explained with the Raga & what each song was all about ( the initial songs I missed due to a full house) after the initial songs was a song dedicated to Renuka Devi in Raga Kanad Bengalam this was followed by a Hari Kirtan in Marathi which was sung in Karnatic style explained to the audience as this was due to Thanjavur being under the Maratha rule for nearly two centuries from 16th to 18th centuries.Then came the song “Phodla” by the Jogappas about Krishna breaking matkas to steal curds this got everybody clapping along this was followed by a duet, Krishna bhajan, where Karnatic music the music of the Jogappas blend together.
This was followed by song about reincarnation to say why bother with wordly pleasures when we don’t know what our incarnation has in store for us.Then an Abhang Adi Shakti by Tukaram followed by a bhajan for World Peace in a polarized world.
It was great evening when you experienced the magic of music, the humanity of a Karnatic legend where you could feel the passion of each song, the joy & happiness exhulted by the Jogappas & a sheer goodness of the audience who accepted & appreciated the joy & happiness of music TM Krishna and the Jogappas presented. It was a great pleasure to be there for this spiritually moving event.
Song on Demonetisation Released
Shaan & Prasoon Joshi release a song on Demonetisation. Demonetisation apart from Nation wide protests, seems to spark off creativity too. Shaan said, “The song is based on a poem penned by Prasoon Joshi and is called ‘Ek Saccha Kadam’, and is composed and sung by me. It is a very motivational piece and Prasoon did this for the Dainik Jagran group. I strongly feel this demonetisation is indeed a huge step by Narendra Modi Ji and I am inspired by the whole agenda.”
"As we have limited keys to access the piano keys when composing, here too we have limited access to funds. But we are trying our best with all the constraints and that’s life, and yes 'Yeh video black money se nahi bana hai' (No black money has been used in this making of this video),” quips Shann with a smile.
Apple Music available on the Ola Play platform
Ola, India’s leading mobile app for transportation, and Apple Music have put music centerstage, where any passenger taking an Ola Prime Play will be able to experience and consume Apple Music content such as curated playlists, new music from top artists and emerging acts, and more.Ola will also join an exclusive selection of both International and local tastemakers as well as style leaders as an Apple Music curator in India. Ola will curate a range of themed playlists reflecting India’s diverse music genres and broader interests of Ola customers from over 102 cities. Ola Play is powered by proprietary in-car and cloud technologiesfor choice of personalized content and a fully connected interactive experience for the user. The platform hardware is a first of its kind solution built by Ola in partnership with Qualcomm. “Music lovers in India are enjoying Apple Music’s hand-picked playlists based on the music they love, hearing new music from artists like Drake and A.R. Rahman first before anyone else, and discovering new artists like Divine and Madboy Mink every day. We are thrilled to bring Apple Music to Ola Play,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s Vice President of International Content.
Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder and CEO, Ola said, “We are thrilled to announce that our customers can now enjoy the Apple Music experience on the Ola Play platform. Ola Play represents the future of many things, of which, listening and interacting with music is a key element.” He further added, “Apple Music brings the best features together for an experience every music lover will appreciate. Coming together with the market leader in music, will completely transform the ride experience for millions of Indians on the move.”
Amruta's Music Album in Controversy
Amruta Devendra Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis and an established banker in her own right, who made her Bollywood debut as a playback singer in 2015, recently shot the video for her first music album with Amitabh Bachchan. However, things don’t seem to have gone as planned, as recently released pictures of Amruta shooting for the music album, went viral and stirred up trouble. Sanjay Nirupam, President of Mumbai Congress, tweeted on Amruta Fadnavis's debut saying "80ppl have died due to #notebandi. The real beneficiary of new currency is dancing with Big B. Did u both PM and CM notice?" In a recent interview Sanjay questioned Amruta’s insensitivity as he stated, “We have no objection to a person pursuing hobbies. But as the wife of the CM you are expected to be more sensitive. Yesterday when she was singing and dancing for this shoot, 7 jawans got martyred. People are dying in bank queues. Shouldn't the wife of CM be more sensitive? How can she just be so indifferent?” However, this is not the first time Amruta’s motives have been questioned, nor will it be the last. So rest assure, these allegations won’t stop the ambitious Amruta from fulfilling her dreams!
Manju Warrier's Cancer Song
Manju Warrier is a successful Indian film actress and dancer, widely known for her work in multiple Malayalam films. Her participation in the Kalathilakam in Kerala State Youth festival was what got her noticed by the media and soon after she made her debut in the film industry at the young age of 16, with her first film ‘Sakshyam’. Manju soon became an established and successful actress, and a well-known name in the film industry. Her prominent films include ‘Sallapam’, ‘Ee Puzhayum Kadannu’ and many more. Manju’s hard work, coupled with her superb acting and dance skills, earned her numerous awards and the appreciation of many, over the years.
The pretty lady, who is also known for her harmonious singing skills, has recently joined hands with music composer, singer and musician, Ratheesh Vega, and together they have come forward with a beautiful song, dedicated exclusively to cancer patients. The song, which is titled 'Swanthana Geetham', seeks its audience among cancer patients, and aims at providing them with the consolation and comfort they require during their period of suffering, and also give them hope to carry on to fight and defeat cancer!
Syrinx: XXII thrilled to perform in India
Syrinx:XXII, is a world famous international band, consisting of the fantastic trio, Raj Bhimani, Katharine Rawdon and António Carrilho. After recently performing at the Alliance Francaise, Bangalore, the band was thrilled that people of Bangalore so willingly accepted them and their music. Pianist Raj Bhimani stated, “Since we bring a different kind of music compared to what people listen to in India, it’s very important for us.” He also added, “Bangalore has a long tradition of appreciating a variety of music. We’re honoured to be part of that tradition.”Katharine Rawdon, the bands flutist, believes that performing live music is much more personal. António who couldn’t agree more claims, “Our repertoire is unusual. We want to break that barrier that you can only do one type of music. When people listen to us, they should go home with a smile. Not laughing, but smiling.” On the note of music being a global industry, and an ancient one Katharine proclaimed, “We believe there’s always room for someone to be creative. And we’ve noticed that musicians are realising their full potential. I believe that will happen in India which is a hotbed of creativity, ambition and seriousness.”
Social Issues Is An Responsibility
Director-Producer-Writer and Music Director Hrishikesh Pandey has worked on several powerful campaigns dedicated to Indore city as well for India. In June, He had directed the video song 'School Chale Hum' for the Madhya Pradesh Government. He said, "Film makers are mirror of the society, I take it as a responsibility to act upon the social issues. I am trying to bring small-small social issue in a video-friendly manner, and I hope it can also be carried by an individual to help in our nation's development. I started with a video song 'School Chale Hum', the song was crooned by singer Shaan, recently I did another video song 'Vanar Sena', it is major social issue of Open Defecation, recently, we have started this campaign in Indore and I am very happy to see the megastar Amitabh Bachchan to also support PM Modi's Swachh Bharat Mission."
Hrishikesh has also directed a video song “Vanar Sena” which is based on the concept and story by P. Narahari who is an IAS officer. Hrishikesh added, "It was based on the true story of "Indore Swachchta Sangram" which lead to Indore (Rural) becoming 100% Open Defecation Free (ODF) under Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan by 25th January 2016." The video showed small kids represented as Vanarsena giving the message to people to stop defecating in the open. Film maker and Music Director Hrishikesh Pandey has written the lyrics and composed the music of the song.
Last but not the least, Hrishikesh has also developed 'Swachch Indore', a song sung by Dev Negi. This song has been made for the Municipal Corporation of Indore on similar lines of Modiji’s Swachch Bharat Abhiyan. Hrishikesh's production house Hribom has created numerous videos highlighting several issues for the city of Indore and also for our country like bus service, blood donation, organ donation, road safety and use of helmets, “Respect woman” highlighting eve-teasing and women empowerment.
Is Independent Music Really Dead?
If you felt that the era of Independent music was dead and gone, then have a rethink. Indian Singer Hriday Gattani, who is soon to release his new single ‘Uljha’ along with Vishal Dadlani, strongly feels that independent music is on a comeback trail. "I think the idea of independent music had faded away a few years ago, but now I feel it's coming back, all thanks to YouTube and the digital market which helps majorly" quoted Gattani.
"If it gets the kind of support film music gets, it will grow. It is happening slowly but steadily”. Gattani's brand new single ‘Uljha’ will see the light of day on the 25th of November 2016. The song is composed, written and sung by him. Asked about his collaboration with Vishal, he says it's been a wonderful experience. "Vishal is a really chilled out guy and not at all a task master. Music has to come naturally and he really gives you that space," said Gattani.
Paytm founder is a music lover!
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, is an Indian entrepreneur and the founder of Paytm, an Indian e-commerce firm which deals in mobile recharges, bill payments, bus travel, and now even movie ticket booking. But did you know that this successful entrepreneur is also a staunch music lover?
Vijay grew up in an extremely disciplined and simple family environment. “It was a very humbling experience,” says Vijay. “It was when I got my first job in 2000, we bought our first colour TV. Books were the only means of hobby for us. I love music and thanks to All India Radio, I became a lover of Indian and Western classical music,” he recalls. His choice in music is pretty varied and ranges from Hindustani classical maestros, such as Hariprasad Chaurasia, Bhimsen Joshi, Shiv Kumar Sharma, to some western classical masters like Mozart and Beethoven. His other favourites include U2, Jim Morrison and Coldplay.
Vijay who is the self-proclaimed resident DJ at One97, likes to frequently experiment with various sounds and types of music. He claims that music helps him relax, and says he loves listening to music whenever he is on the go!
Swastik - Celebrating Pt. Kartik Kumar's 80th Birthday
‘Swastik’, a concert featuring Sitar Maestro Niladri Kumar, was organised by A Field Production Pvt Ltd., in celebration of the 80th birthday of his father, Pt. Kartik Kumar. He father who hailed from the Maiher Gharana and was a disciple of the late Pt. Ravi Shankar. Pt. Niladari Kumar was accompanied on tabla by Aditya Kalyanpur (disciple of Ustad Alla Rakha), Shubh Maharaj (disciple and grandson of Pt. Kishan Maharaj of Benaras Gharana), Satyajit Talvalkar (son and senior disciple of Pt. Suresh Talwalkar) and Ojhas Adiya ( disciple of Pt. Mridand Raj) The concert comprised of a presentation covering 4 Ragas, 4 different talas and 4 tabla accompanists. The concert began with a brief Alaap in Raga Suddha Kalyan, followed by a Gat composition in Jhaptal. Aditya Kalyanpur accompanied Panditji on tabla for this part. Niladri Kumar said that he remember this composition when he was very young and used to accompany his father Pt. Kartik Kumar, on the tanpura at the concert at Vile Parle Music circle, when he played this composition.
The next presentation was Raga Jinjoti. After a short Alaap, he performed Gat in Dhamar Tala of 14 Beats. Shubh Maharaj accompanied him on tabla and the audience was able to see the true colours of Banarasi Baj in Shubh Maharaj's tabla. After the interval Niladri Kumar presented Raga Hemant. This raga was created by the late Ustad Allaudin Khan, popularly known as Baba, the founder of Maiher Gharana. The Gat composition was in Rupak Tala and Ojhas Adiya provided excellent support on the tabla. The fourth raga was Tilak Kamod in Ek Taal & Satyajeet Talwalker provided nice support on tabla.
The grand finale was the most awaited, where all 4 tabla artists and Niladri Kumar performed together, Raga Bhairavi. This was most mesmerizing and mind blowing moment for the audience. The concert was well attended by celebrities like Ustad Taufiq Querashi, Pandit Dinesh Ghate and flautist Nash Naubert to name a few.
Punjabi music thriving in Canada
The popular and beloved Punjabi music, which already dominate the music markets in Dubai and UK, seems to have gained several new fans in the glorious country of Canada itself! Numerous touring Punjabi musicians claim that business is booming, and had increased almost by 60-80 % in the last few years alone.
Esteemed rappers like Raftaar attributes the growing population of Indians in Canada to the increasing popularity of the Punjabi genre, as he states, "Most Punjabis go to Canada anyway, and in the last two to three years, there has been an increase in Punjabi population in Canada, which is also evident in the number of Punjabi people Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has in his cabinet".
Raftaar discloses that the new remakes of Punjabi classics, such as ‘Kala Chasma’, are the ones which have caught the people’s attention.
Folk hop artiste Jaz Dhami praises Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau for his contribution towards Indian culture. "It's great what Trudeau has done. He is promoting Indian culture and Punjabi music, by extension, which anyway has a great following. This is one leader who understands the importance of Punjabi music in his country's music space." he says.
Gaana Launches India's First Music Streaming Bot
'Gaana', India's largest music streaming app, has announced its new innovative and first of its kind product feature, 'Gaana Facebook Messenger Bot.' In the last year, Gaana has released several new features like material design, local music integration, tabbed layout, improved recommendation engine and wallet integrations that have helped Gaana to further enhance customer experience for its users.
Gaana Facebook Messenger Bot is the world's first music streaming bot inside the Messenger app. Gaana has a huge fan base on Facebook, and this feature will help drive engagement and further strengthen Gaana's leadership position in the music streaming space.
At the time of its launch, the Gaana Facebook Messenger Bot offers the following features to its users:
* Receive updates about the fresh content on Gaana.com
* Search anything on Gaana.com
* Share their favorite content with their Facebook friends
* Send their feedback to Gaana
* Go to the app/website directly from Facebook Messenger
Gaana users can customise Gaana Facebook Messenger Bot by clicking on m.me/gaana.com. Moving forward, the Gaana team will focus more on training the bot for smart conversations and users will be allowed to sync the bot with their Gaana profile to receive more personalized music recommendations & create playlists based on their conversations with friends.
The girl who turns music into art!
“I was looking for something other than a canvas to create artwork on, when the idea to paint on musical instruments came to my mind” says 27-year-old Krutika Bhandari. Krutika is a self-taught artist, and turning musical instruments into a piece of art is what she loves doing. She started painting since childhood, and claims she always possessed an apt for turning things into unique art pieces. “Even as a child, I would look to make or build DIY art and craft objects, rather than just paint on a one-dimensional surface” she says. She has painted over 30 instruments, and uses a Facebook page, ‘Muse Art’, as a medium for her customers to get in touch with her. “I always use light-based paints and take about a week to 10 days to customise an instrument” explains Krutika.
Music composer and conductor of the Indian National Symphony Orchestra, Bengaluru, Ashley Williams, recently got his saxophone painted by Bhandari. “I asked her to use UV paints to give a glow effect on the instrument. I loved the final outcome and am waiting for the right occasion to debut the instrument” Ashley happily stated.
Richie Mehta set to make a musical
Richie Mehta, is a Canadian film director of Indian origin, known for his famous feature films, such as ‘Amal’ and ‘Siddharth’. He recently teamed up with Ridley Scott and Anurag Kashyap for Google, as the executive producer for the documentary ‘India in a Day’, screened at the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Richie is currently working on his preparing a new film. “I am working on my next film which would be an Indian musical. It’s in a very different style. I would say it’s a cross between old Indian literature and old Indian music. It’s trying to explore and utilise what makes mainstream Indian films so beautiful, so accessible” Richie stated. Despite living abroad, the director’s films have always been rooted in India. “It will be an Indian story. All actors will be from India. I am still writing it so haven’t locked the cast yet” he claims. “When you’re abroad, day in day out you’re seeing different lifestyles. Then when you come here, it hits you in the face. You notice everything and because we are not from here, we don’t take it for granted.” he explains.
74-year-old Bebop artist passes away
Carlton Kitto, aged 74, was a Bebop jazz guitarist based in the city of Kolkata, passed away on 28th November. Born and brought up in Bangalore, Kitto started his music career in Chennai and then soon moved to Kolkata, where he became a part of a band named ‘Jazz Ensemble’. Kitto went on to play besides famous jazz artists such as, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Chico Freeman and many more. In fact, Kitto even played for the Queen of England when she visited India in 1969! Even at the ripe age of 74, before his death, Kitto could still be found playing his heart out at Grand Hotel and Hotel Park Plaza, and would never fail to dazzle the crowd with his bebop techniques. Kitto, would always say, “Music is what comes from the heart. I love bebop and nothing else. I have played bebop for the longest time ever and consider it to be the most graceful form of music ever. It is catchy and full of fun.”
Though a storm on the stage, friends and family claim the legendary musician was in fact a very down-to-earth, quiet, and humble man.
Saavn releases Papon's Latest Album
As the Music industry evolves the Power centre within the Industry will inevitably shifts towards the revenue generating platforms. Today it has moved from the Record companies to the digital platforms like Saavn and One Digital Entertainment which are the revenue generating models for Artists, Musicians, Copyright holders etc. The release of one of the most popular independent artists in India, Papon’s latest album, “The Story Now”, on the digital platform, just about affirms this.
The launch of the album at the lawns of a suburban 5 star hotel, attended by the who’s who of the Industry, was a very classy affair and struck the right note, with a host of top artists like, Anu Malik, Shubha Mudgal, Shreya Ghosal, Shaan, Bally Sagoo, Leslie Lewis, Eshaan snd Loy, Vishal Dadlani, Ankur Tiwari, Shilpa Rao, Hard Kaur, Divine, Harshdeep Kaur, Uday Benegal and many more. Music Industry professionals included, Devraj Sanyal of Universal Music, Mandar Thakur of Times Music, Atul Churamani etc. and others. From the Film & TV industry was seen Director Mohit Suri and his actress wife Udita, Aditya Swamy ex-MTV head, VJs Ranvijay and Raghu and many more.
The music business is all about Artists, Music & lots of Showbiz and all of that came together at the album launch for a spectacular evening. Hope these guys have a lot more offerings in the coming future.
Kayne cancels Saint Pablo tour
Kanye Omari West, well-known American rapper, songwriter, and record producer had energetically embarked upon his Saint Pablo tour, when a sudden turn of events landed him in a hospital bed. Sources claim that the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call of ‘disturbance’ at around 1:20 PM. However, when they arrived on the scene authorities reported a ‘medical emergency’ and Kayne was rushed to the hospital by the efficient paramedics. Kayne didn’t seem so well when he arrived almost 90 minutes late for his Sacramento concert. And to top it off he performed a mere two songs, before launching himself into a rant slamming Mark Zuckerberg, Beyonce, Jay Z and other famed artists. Soon The hashtag #KanyeIsOverParty began trending itself on Twitter as videos of the rant went viral.
However, his tour came to an abrupt end on Sunday, when the rapper cancelled his Los Angeles concert only hours prior to its opening. On Monday, Kayne went on to announce that he would also be cancelling the remainder of his tour. After what seems like a rough week Kayne looks like he could use some rest; however, we wish him a speedy recovery!
The AMAs 2016 winners list!
The American Music Awards are an annual American music awards show, which celebrates the industry’s artists, and the winners are solely determined by a poll of the public and fans, who vote via the AMAs website. Recently, the 44th AMAs took place on 20th November at the beautiful Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. This year the AMAs were hosted by model Gigi Hadid and hilarious Jay Pharoah. It was a glamourous night as artists such as Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga set the stage ablaze with their performances.
An award night is all about winners & losers, so without further ado let’s look at the top winners of AMAs 2016! The ‘Artist of the year’ was awarded to pop sensation Ariana Grande, and ‘New artist of the year’ bagged by Zayn Malik. ‘Collaboration of the year’ was won by Fifth harmony featuring ty dolla $ign, and Beyonce won ‘Tour of the year’. However, Justin Bieber seemed to be the name on everyone’s lips as he bagged award after award! Justin’s video ‘Sorry’ won ‘Video of the year’, along with ‘Favourite Album’ for 'Purpose', ‘Favourite Song’ for 'Love Yourself', and ‘Favourite Male Artist’ in the pop/rock genre.
Learn Maths through Music
Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa), is an institute located in Bangalore, which was established by violist, L. Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurthy. The institute which teaches both Indian and Western music, is all set to host a unique workshop for its students, in hopes of bringing mathematics and music come together. Louis Day is a trumpet player, and Sam Hewitt is a fairly well-known vocal scholar at Trinity College. Together, they are currently working with HeyMath. Louis and Sam, are two mathematical geniuses from the University of Cambridge, who also happen to be music scholars. In collaboration with HeyMath, a Chennai-based company, they are currently prepping themselves to train around 50 children, in simple arithmetic at a workshop, which is set to be held on November 27th 2016 in Bangalore.
“Even before children learn to speak, they get familiar with music. So it makes sense if music is used to understand other subjects. Earlier, we had conducted workshops on how principles of physics could be learnt through music by showing students differently sized instruments. This is an excellent method to transform education using music," says Bindu Subramaniam, Dean, SaPa.
The Story Now...
For all those Papon fans out there, the release of his latest album, “The Story Now”, will bring cheer. It has been over two years since he has released an album and now the wait is over. The album is being released on the digital platforms, Saavn and One Digital Entertainment. The launch ceremony opened with Gaurav Wadhwa, VP, Entertainment and Original Content, Saavn, stating how he was a great fan of Papon and how their friendship had brought them to work together and how he looked forward to the success of the album. He was followed by Founder and COO, Gurpreet Singh of One Digital Entertainment, a man of few words, who conveyed his company's plans and the importance of the Papon album launch on digital platforms.
The show hosted by Mansi Scott, began with the lighting of the lamp by Shuba Mudgalji. Papon's mother then spoke a few emotional filled words. Papon in a causal white shirt, jeans and red sports shoes, in his own style spoke about his musical upbringing, with his parents and the evolving medium of music from Cassettes to CDs. The video of the track, “Loving a Dream” was then screened, which he said was shot in his house with no budget but the shoot got his walls new wallpapers. The Song “Loving a Dream” is a real cool bluesy reggae track and will be a super hit. The tune gets into your system and is very hummable from the first listening. The video even though a low budget video conveys the feel of the music and the video director has done a great job.
The 2nd Song “Kahin na kahin”, was about his travels and the video is a combination of edits of various trips and live shows. The next song "Aerii Sakhi Moraea", a ghazal sung in the Papon isstyle and the last track "Sahil". Then there was the jam with all the artists joining in with Papon and it was a night to remember where the star named “Papon” shone brighter than all the other stars.
The function was held at the lawns of subarbun land was a very classy affair had the right combination of lots of Artists like Anu Malik, Shubha Mudgal, Shreya Ghosal, Leslie Louis, Eshaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa, Bally Sagoo, Shilpa Rao, Hard Kaur, Divine, Harshdeep Kaur, Uday Benegal and many more. Music Industry Professional like Devraj Sanyal of Universal Music Mandar Thakur of Times Music, Atul Churamani. From the Bollywood & TV Industry were Director Mohit Suri with Actress wife Udita, Aditya Swamy - ex-MTV head, Rannvijay Singh, Raghu Ram, Suchitra Pillai-Malik and many more.
GCF - A Night to Remember
Namaste friends, yeh hamari khushkismati hai ki itne khoobsurat desh mein aaye hain, screamed lead vocalist Chris Martin and band members bassist Guy Berryman, drummer Will Champion, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland took to the stage. Fans of Coldplay will never forget this day they loved every minute of a band they have followed for the last 2 decades. Martin invited A R Rehman on stage and created historyperforming with him the patriotic song Ma Tujhe Salaam. Martin also jammed with Rehman on a few strains of Channa mere ya veryeffortlessly, which brought a close to the night. Earlier, Hip hop lovers were treated to some break beats from American hip hop Jay Z that had the crowd stomping their feet. Demo Lovato added to the heat in a body hugging suit, performing four tracks. Brit boy band The Vamps began with their hit song Cecilia.
Arijit Singh rendered a version of Ae dil hai mushkil, followed by Bollywood stars like Sonakshi Sinha, Shraddha Kapoor, pop singer Ananya Birla. Music composers Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy gave the crowd the best of their hits. Big B gave a message performing with the Shillong Chamber Choir to the song Teri yari where Farhan Akhtar joined him. The Mozart of Madras A R Rehman, put the crowd in electric mood with Tu Hi Re, Dil se and a Tamil version of Hamma. Shah Rukh Khan urged the crowd to take up the causes set by the Global Citizen to change the world followed by Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Frieda Pinto, Monali Thakur, Vivek Oberoi and Vidya Balan.
Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis promised to make Maharashtra free of open defecation by 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present through video conferencing and he also mentioned Bob Dylan lyrics "for the times they are-a-changing". The Global Citizen festival made sure the entertainment value and the message ran very high through the entire day.
Confluence by the NCPA
The show ‘Confluence’ held by the NCPA was 90 minutes of Fusion Music led by Ranjit Barot on drums, Mohini Dey on bass, Gulraj Singh on keyboards and Grammy award winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on his Mohan Veena. The show started with Ranjit Barot paying tribute and remembering his good friend mandolin player, U Srinivas for the track, 'Songbird' (the actual title is in African Sona Innon), from his debut album 'Bada Boom', released in 2010 and sung by Gulraj Singh. In the next performance, Panditji joined the trio, for the song titled the 'Night Song', composed by Ranjit Barot. This was followed by another piece composed by Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt titled, 'Jog Jazz', an up tempo song at times with a hilly billy feel, at times based on Raga Jog, which was very interesting. The next song was 'Super Nova', a tribute to the late tabla maestro, Allah Rakha saab, and the way he expressed his tribute to abbaji was very very touching and especially because his son Taufiq Qureshi happened to be in audience. He must have left the show very happy, being one of abbaji's leading students who still pays tribute to his guru.
After this, one of ladies shouted that she had traveled all the way from New York to hear Panditji perform some Rajasthani folk songs, so they willingly obliged by performing 'Savariya', and then followed it up with the national song 'Vande Mataram' and lastly Panditji's Grammy award winning song, 'Meeting by the river'.
Mohini Dey on bass was excellent as ever, Ranjit Barot was master class, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt was exceptional needless to say and Gulraj Singh on vocals made his debut as an singer, overall worth a trip to the NCPA.
Coldplay, Jay Z to Rock for a Cause
Coldplay, one of the biggest selling bands in the world today, is all set to rock Mumbai and India at the first Global Citizen Festival India 2016. Sharing the stage with them will be multiple Grammy Award Winner Jay Z, chart-topping singer-songwriter Demi Lovato and boy band The Vamps. Due to political controversies over taxes and discounted rentals for the venue, there were serious doubts whether the concert would actually take place at all. But due to the efforts of Global Citizen CEO, Hugh Evans and other supporters, that’s all in the past. One of the biggest concerts to be staged in India with over 80,000 ticket sales, it will also feature top Indian artists including the legendary A R Rahman, Arijit Singh, Shankar-Ehsan-Loy, among others and Bollywood greats including living legend Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Freida Pinto and others. Celebrity sportspersons including Sachin Tendulkar, Leander Paes, boxer Vigendra Singh and wrestler Sakshi Malik will be present at the event. The organizers of the Festival, Global Citizen India, is a social action platform committed to social change in the areas of education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and they believe that collective actions of Global Citizens across the world can end extreme poverty by 2030.
People fortunate enough to attend the event can look forward to awesome evening listening some of the greatest artists of our time and while the rest can still catch the show on VH1.
Music legend passes away at 86
It was truly a sad day when music legend Mangalampalli Balamurali Krishna passed away on November 22nd in Chennai, at the fruitful age of 86. Sources claim that he had been ill for quite some time. Balamurali, as he was affectionately known as, was a well-known singer loved for his melodious voice and heart-warming songs. His songs could be enjoyed by all in a variety of languages, including Telugu, Kannada, Sanskrit, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, and even Punjabi. The talented man was also a renowned music composer of Carnatic music, a classical style of Indian music, with Southern roots. He produced several songs for south Indian films, and many of them turned into super hits.
Apart from his melodious voice, Balamurali was also talented in the art of playing instruments and played numerous instruments, including the Indian violin and the mridangam drum. The music maestro is said to have performed in over 18,000 concerts across the world, and majority of these included songs in his native tongue, Telgu.
Balamurali will surely be missed by family, friends and his fans; but his music will surely live on forever, to inspire generations to come!
Zubin Mehta - An Intimate Portrait
To commemorate Zubin Mehta’s 80th birthday milestone and his music, a special documentary program was written and created by Fali R. Singara. The feature, titled, 'Zubin Mehta - An Intimate Portrait' was produced by Doordarshan. Participating in the documentary were filmmaker Shyam Benegal, industrialist Ratan Tata, media personality Anil Dharker, author Bakhtiar K. Dadabhoy (who recently wrote the book Zubin Mehta: A Musical Journey, social worker and MMMF (The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation) founder Ms Mehroo Jeejeebhoy, and many others individuals who have been closely associated with him since his childhood, who have been part of his musical journey conquering the world, and who gave rare personal insights into the life of this great Maestro. Zubin Mehta was born on April 29 1836 in Bombay. The son of Mehli and Tehmina Mehta, the Maestro’s father was a noted violinist and founding conductor of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra, and also conducted the American Youth Symphony upon moving to Los Angeles, CA.
Zubin Mehta studied at St. Mary's School, Mumbai, and later graduated from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai. While in school, Mehta learnt to play the piano, but planned to study medicine and become a doctor. But at the age of eighteen he left Mumbai and travelled to Vienna where he became a music student. The documentary explores the Maestro’s relationship with his father, his Mumbai roots, his work on the international stage, and his collaborations with famous Indian artists like Ravi Shankar.
In 1995, the Maestro established the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation (MMMF) in Mumbai, in honor of his father. This not-for-profit organization and music school promotes western classical music through the presentation of high quality concerts and music education for children. The Foundation invited the Maestro to celebrate his 80th birthday earlier this year (2016) with a series of concerts with the Israel Philharmonic in Mumbai.
At an all star studded performance, with renowned guests like world famous tenor Andrea Bocelli, Mexican soprano Maria Katzarava, award winning cellist Amanda Forsyth and celebrated pianist Denis Matsuev among others joining the Maestro on stage, the Maestro played to a packed house.
Zubin Mehta is today considered as one of the world's greatest conductors in western classical music that the world has ever produced. And the Maestro has strong ties to Mumbai, the city where he was born and still retains his Indian citizenship. For the past fifty years, he has performed scores of concerts in Mumbai with some of the World's Greatest Orchestras. The Government of India had honored Mehta with the Padma Bhushan in 1966, the Padma Vibhushan in 2001, & the Tagore Award in 2013 for his services towards the Arts and promoting cultural harmony.
The feature also highlights the Maestro's 80th birthday concerts in Mumbai. Following the documentary, the concerts with the Israel Philharmonic, were showcased as special two hour programs on Doorsdarshan. During the concerts, the Maestro & the Israel Philharmonic gave a dazzling performance of Antonin Dvorak’s Carnival Overture Opus 92, followed by Beethoven’s violin concerto in D Major, Opus. 61. Also showcased on the programs were compositions from Classical masters Ravel, Brahms & Tchaikovsky. Another concert highlight was the renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman on stage with the Maestro. Mr. Zuckerman, who is a well known music conductor,whose work has earned him two Grammy awards.
by Noel Keymer
Ananya is 'Livin' the Life'
Ananya Birla, daughter of leading industrialist Kumar Manglam Birla, a well-known name as a leading innovator entered a new phase of her life as she launches her debut International single “Livin’ the life”. The 22-year old has been exclusively signed by Universal Music Group and her music is available worldwide across digital platforms. At a glittering evening recently, Ananya Birla’s single was launched amidst a host of celebrities and some exciting entertainment featuring Illusionists, street dancers and even a sand artist, Ananya Birla made her sensational debut performance on stage, belting out her single “Livin’ the Life”. The highly infectious and up-tempo pop / dance single is produced and co-written by Internationally acclaimed music producer Jim Beanz who has previously worked with global superstars Nelly Furtado Cheryl Cole, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo to name a few and recorded at Sunset Sound Studio, Pennsylvania. Says Ananya with Livin’ the life, I am following my dream. I’ve always loved music, and making music. The song is about finding who you are, because I believe that only by doing that, will you find happiness. For me I discovered I needed to try to spread love to others. For other people it might mean something else – playing football or looking at the sea. I believe that if you discover who you are really are, you can overcome any challenge. The song features a strong point of view for those who walk through life seeking their own true path. The song demonstrates Ananya’s drive, creativity, passion to help others overcome challenges. Her hope is that its heart-felt lyrics, melodies and dance-inducing rhythms, will inspire the same spirit of self-realization among listeners. The music video was shot on the beautiful Santa Catalina Island in California, is equally inspiring as it showcases a visual representation of the song’s impactful theme. The video is directed by international director Rock Jacobs whose previous work includes music videos for Skrillex, Marilyn Manson, Lil Wayne, The Game, Ice Cube, The Vamps, J Cole, Iyaz and Rick Ross.
Double Whammy on Nov 19
November 19, 2016 will be remembered not only as the date Coldplay performed in Mumbai but also the grand finale of the talent hunt show "The Stage Season 2", scheduled to be aired on Colors Infinity at 1.00 pm the same day. SOL Productions Founder and Producer Fazila Allana says, the talent in both seasons of "The Stage" has been fabulous, and the participants have had the judges and our audiences on their feet on multiple occasions. One of the distinctive aspects of the talent on "The Stage", is that they come from all parts of the country and are not restricted to just the big cities or metros as one might expect. Our last season winner Yatharth was from Varanasi, and even this season we have an outstanding talent in the form of finalist, Arunaja, who is from Kochi, and who took her first ever flight, to come to Bombay for her auditions. So just to remind you that even if you miss the live telecast of the finale on the 19th, you can watch the repeat telecast on November 20, at 10.00 pm.
Diljit to Judge Reality Show
A little Bollywood birdie tells us that the hot Punjabi singer-actor, Diljit Dosanjh who made his Bollywood debut in Abhishek Chaubey’s film Udta Punjab in June, is all set now to join Shankar Mahadevan as a co-judge on a reality TV show. “Singing is more of a passion for me than a profession, a passion which I have been nurturing for the last 11 years. This show will be an enabler through which I hope to share my passion with the country’s budding talent,” Diljit said, adding that he believes it is very essential to have a good voice as well as a performer’s personality. Diljit is all praise for his co-judge Shankar Mahadevan. “I am very excited to collaborate with a superlative singer like Shankar Mahadevan for such a unique concept. The show’s format is really intriguing,” he is quoted as saying. The Punjabi star’s next Bollywood project is reportedly Anushka Sharma’s home production, Phillauri, in which he will be seen sharing on screen space with the actress-filmmaker. “It was really wonderful working with Anushkaji and the team. She is a great co-star and producer,” says Diljit.
Kanye to create biopic with Ferrell
Kanye West, a popular American hip hop rapper, recording artist, producer and husband to the gorgeous Kim Kardashian, has recently teamed up with actor/comedian and well-known TV personality Will Ferrell, to create a biopic for himself to showcase his life’s journey and his rise to fame. The 39-year-old multi-talented singer and Will Ferrell, have been spotted together on multiple occasions by the media. Sources claim that the two have been meeting up frequently, possibly to deliberate and trade their ideas regarding the creation of Kanye’s upcoming biopic. Though most biographical films (also known as biopics) are known to be solemn, tragic and serious in nature, Kanye on the other hand wishes his biopic to stand out from the rest. After a long, hard deliberation, Kanye finally decided that he would like his biopic to be a fun filled and humorous portrayal of his life story, as he himself is a sucker for good comedy. He also stated that he surely doesn’t want it being too serious or preachy. In fact, he wishes his biographical film to be light hearted and easy to watch, for one and all to enjoy.
Mel C thinks Zayn Malik needs professional help
Mel C said that Zayn Malik should get "professional help" after he admitted that he struggles with fame. The former Spice Girl said she understands what it is like to grow up in the spotlight and strongly believed that the ex One Direction singer would find some support helpful, as similar things had earlier made it easier for her to cope with the pressures of success. She was quoted as saying, "I can imagine he’s really struggling. Fame on that scale is a massive thing to come to terms with and to get your head around. "He probably needs some professional help to learn how to deal with it, because that’s what I did." "I spent my childhood wanting to be a famous pop star, travelling the world - and it bloody well happened!” Whilst the 42-year-old singer dreamed of fame and fortune, she admits the reality was very different. "We were taken away from reality and we lived in a bubble, and then you’re plonked back into the real world and it’s like what the f*** !”
Sting reopens Bataclan
Exactly one year after the terrorist attack in Paris on 13th Nov 2105, French security turned out in full force on Saturday night as British pop legend Sting reopened the Bataclan Concert Hall. Sting, wearing a T-shirt and jeans, asked concert-goers in fluent French to please observe a minute of silence before he opened the show. "We've got two important things to do tonight," he said. "First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attacks a year ago ... and to celebrate the life and the music of this historic venue. We shall not forget them." He then went on to play a string of hit songs including Message In A Bottle” & “Fragile”. Aurelien Perrin who survived the Bataclan massacre, but lost his good friend Nicolas Berthier said, “I have not been to any other bar or cinema since that fateful night. I'm here because it's important to finally finish a concert that was never allowed to end. It's for the memory of my friend and for all the 90 people who died." Some people who were invited however decided against attending the emotionally charged event.
Metallica Fans Rejoice!!!
For the past few weeks, Metallica have been posting messages that their first studio album in the last eight years, “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct” will be “available everywhere on November 18”. And they have kept their promise... in a much, much bigger way than anyone could have ever imagined! Apart from appearing in full on Spotify, Apple Music and elsewhere, every track from Hardwire is also available (complete with its own music video) to stream on the group’s official YouTube page. In total the band have uploaded ten new videos on YouTube in the past 24 hours, adding to the three tracks (Moth into Flame, Atlas Rise! and Hardwired) previously made available. Fans find this a very surprising decision from Metallica – not least because their long-term manager, Q Prime’s Peter Mensch, had earlier on in an interview quoted; “YouTube? They’re the devil. If someone doesn’t do something about YouTube, we’re screwed. It’s over. Turn off the lights.” So what’s Metallica’s real reason for streaming free on YouTube? Well, maybe the band knew their fans were going to upload the tracks anyway, and so wanted to maintain some creative control over how they appeared.
A New One for Neha
Neha Kakkkar, 28, a popular Indian playback singer recently launched her new single ‘Phone Mein Teri Photo’. A participant in the Indian reality show ‘Indian Idol’ Season 2, Neha kick-started her career with the launch of her album ‘Neha The Rock Star’ in 2008. Since then her melodious voice has earned her a permanent place as a playback-singer in numerous Bollywood numbers. On the subject of her newest single, Neha comments, "I am excited about my latest single, a soft, romantic number, ‘Phone Meh Teri Photo’. Many teenagers and kids are among my fans, and this song is apt for them." The self-proclaimed selfie queen claims that though she is looking forward to 2017, she believes 2016 has been her best year so far. Looking back at Neha’s achievements this year, we tend to agree. 'Kala Chashma' ('Baar Baar Dekho') and 'Kar Gayi Chull' ('Kapoor & Sons') are among her popular hit numbers this year. Also, her work with famous rappers Honey Singh and Badshah was much appreciated and enjoyed by all. And as Neha’s songs continue to increase in number, so does her ever growing fan base.
Taylor Swift's Sexual Assault Picture Leaked Online
A photograph of Singer Taylor Swift being allegedly groped by a former Denver radio host has been published by TMZ, (an American online newsmagazine which delivers daily updates on Hollywood's rich, beautiful and screwed-up) despite a judge’s order to seal the photos related to the case. The gossip site posted an image of Swift and DJ David Mueller on Saturday morning, which shows the ex-"Ryno & Jackson" show host's hand placed behind Swift's dress backstage following her 2013 Pepsi Center performance. "Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my a----, and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there," she said. “I remember being frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before,” said Swift. David Mueller was fired from his job following the Grammy-winning songstress accusations after which he went on to sue Swift in 2015, claiming that one of his superiors at the station committed the alleged assault. Swift said that any funds she may receive from the suit would be donated to charities "dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard."