Shilpi Paul debuts with Naughty Billo
Shilpi Paul has emerged as a playback singer with her first playback song for Anushka Sharma in Phillauri bringing the character Naughty Billo alive in the ghost friendly film releasing soon. Shilpi Paul who hails from Raipur and has begun a journey towards creatinga name for herself and this is just the beginning. She has participated on quite a few TV channels including Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Bharat ki Shaan. She has emerged as a winner on Dabang Channel’s Suron ke Dabang and ETV’s Fankaar. She has performed live globally live with famous artists like Lalit Pandit, Usha Uthup, Javed Ali to name a few. From singing cover versions to her own song in Bollywood with Naughty Billo in Phillauri, we are sure she will win more hearts and more Bollywood assignments.
Dire Straits Experience Plays for a Cause
This year Seagram’s 100 Pipers ‘Play for a Cause’ took things to the next level presenting The Dire Straits Experience live in India for the first time. Dire Straits was one of the biggest acts in music history with several classic songs and have sold over a 100 million records. They have a huge following in the country and its hardly surprising that it was a much looked forward to event.
The Dire Straits Experience features only two members of the original line up, saxophonist Chris White and drummer Chris Whitten but they have in their lead guitarist and vocalist, Terence Reis, a musician who sings and plays uncannily like Mark Knopfler giving an authenticity to their sound that feels almost as if you were listening to the original Dire Straits. So I had high expectations from them and I can say without reservation that I was not disappointed.
Play for a Cause is an initiative that is aimed at helping the underprivileged and will focus on helping provide sustainable drinking water to villagers in Rajasthan. Mr. Jagbir Singh Sidhu, VP, Marketing at Pernod Ricard India said, "We are very proud of The Dire Straits Experience and thankful to them for partnering with us to help the cause and “Be Remembered for Good”.
The Dire Straits Experience comprises of original Dire Straits members Chris White (sax, flute, percussion, vocals) and Chris Whitten ((drums) supported in the lead by Terence Reis (Lead Vocals and Guitar), Tim Walters (Vocals and Guitar ), Simon Carter (Piano, Organ and Keyboards), Danny Schogger (Piano, Organ and Keyboards) and Paul Geary (Vocals and Bass Guitar). Chris White said, “ We are happy to become a part of this great event which is bringing music and artists together to make a difference to the society”.
The event as expected drew a huge crowd of enthusiastic fans. The night kicked off with the band playing the epic “Telegraph Road” from the album Love over Gold, which speaks about progress and how the telegraph road evolves into a town, city and so forth. It was really a mind blowing introduction to the Dire Straits Experience and the extended version for around 15 minutes was sheer bliss.
They followed this up with their hits ‘Walk of Life’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’, with Chris White performing the unforgettable sax solo that still gives me goose bumps every time I hear it. Up next was, “Tunnel of Love” which ends with that incredible guitar solo, ‘Your Latest Trick’ and the palpably atmospheric sound of “Private Investigations”.
The three guitarists and drummer then rocked the audience with “Once upon A Time in the West”, after which Chris White came back on stage with an incredible instrumental track. They followed this up with, “Brothers in Arms”, their masterpiece on the futility of war and the common plight of soldiers on both sides. And finally they launched into the iconic Dire Straits track, “Sultans of Swing” and as the crowds shouted for more, came back and performed “Money for Nothing “, my favorite and the only song I felt was a little not there like all the other songs.
Too bad for those guys who did not show up declaring that this was not the original Dire Straits, cause had they been there and just closed their eyes and listened to the music, they would have realized that The Dire Straits Experience lets you experience Dire Straits like nobody else and what an experience it was.
Thomson Andrews goes International
Thomson Andrews, who recently sang additional vocals for Rangoon, has released his International Pop-Funk Single ‘I Got Your Money’ on 15th March. The video was conceptualized and directed by Hollywood based Director Stephen Shadrach, who has worked with the likes of Clint Eastwood and others.The highlight of the single is that the entire music video costumes were styled by Angelina Pitt - CEO and stylist of the fashion house LA MAISON DE FASHION, who has styled Jason Derulo, R.Kelly, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Nicky Minaj , Tyra banks, Kevin Hart, Paris Hilton, VOGUE MAGAZINE, GQ Magazine, EMPIRE Show among others in the past.Thomson who has sung, composed and written the song has left no stone unturned to produce exactly what he wanted . The Music is produced by Candy D’Souza and has india’s best musicians playing on it including MOHINI DEY on bass, NYZEL D’MILA on guitars and LINDSAY D’MELLO on drums. The song was dubbed by sound engineer Chester Misquitta @ Plugging Studios and is mixed & mastered by Abhishek Ghatak.The music video of 'I Got Your Money' was shot at prime locations in Los Angeles, USA at places like Hollywood Hills, Hollywood Blvd (Walk of fame), Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Pier and Santa Monica Beach.Commenting on the same, Thomson says "This song was composed by me in early 2014, during a Mumbai local train journey I was on, when a thought just crossed my mind and I started humming a melody (Now the main hook/chorus!) which really got stuck in my mind as the tune is super catchy. I wrote the chorus lyrics and over a few days I sat at my desk at home and ideated a fun story around the chorus & wrote this song narrating a guy’s positive breakup story; wherein his girlfriend cheats on him and when he finds out, he is happy to dump her as he realizes that he deserves someone way better and walks out of this dishonest relationship as a winner.
"After I finished composing the entire lyric of the song, I performed the song at many of my Indie Live concerts across India and gained lot of great feedback about the song, hence I decided to make it a Record/Single and began creation of the track with few close musician friends , who are also the best from the Indian music industry, along with Candy D’Souza, my producer who visioned the song with me till its final stage, after several alterations to the structure and composition, to make it as beautiful as it finally sounds now!," adds Thomson.It will soon be available on iTunes and 700 other digital music platforms including caller tunes etc in india too.The video will be aired soon on 9x0, VH1 and other channels in INDIA and BBC ASIAN NETWORK RADIO in UK will air the song their network as TOP TRACK OF THE WEEK as confirmed already. (audio previewed by BBC Asian network UK)Thomson has previously sung songs like 'Bach Ke Bakshi' from ' Detective Byomkesh Bakshi', 'Shehar Mera' from 'One By Two' and 'Rumani' from the movie 'Akaash Vani' and also has recently dubbed for Pritam on the BGM of SRK starrer Raees.
On the AIR!
All India Radio (AIR) has finally introduced digital radio technology in the AIR Network by installing new state of the art Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Technology transmitters by replacing old outlived 37 Medium Wave/ Short Wave transmitters.The new AIR transmitters include 35 new state of the art technology Medium Wave (MW)/ DRM transmitters as a replacement of old technology valve based MW transmitters. Additionally, two new state of the art technology Short Wave (SW) DRM transmitters have been approved for installation as a replacement of old SW transmitters.Digital DRM Receivers are pretty expensive, but AIR is in touch with DRM Receiver manufactures for producing DRM Receiver at an affordable price. The new state of art technology DRM transmitters are capable to transmitting signals in analogue or digital or simulcast mode (mix of both analogue & digital).These new transmitters are presently operating in simulcast mode so that the common man can receive AIR programmes on conventional receivers and also on Digital DRM receivers.Of the new transmitters, four are in Delhi: Four each in West Bengal and Rajasthan; three each in Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu; and two each in Assam, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab have one each.
Many of us “think” of doing “good deeds”, but somehow these get stuck at the “thinking” stage only.
Not so for cricketer Suresh Raina, choreographer/filmmaker Remo D’souza and musician Suresh Wadkar. These 3 musketeers have come up with a unique idea and are gearing up with their assistants to mentor kids from the lower economic strata.
Their game plan is to set up extensive workshops at a Vivek Oberoi’s newly built school on the outskirts of Mumbai, which has been built for people who have booked houses in the sustainable housing project. At present the search is on for different artists, singers/musicians, painters and sculptors to mentor the students.The different in depth courses will be free for girls, while boys will be charged a minimum fee.
The Grand Ole Man of Rock n Roll dies at 90
Guitarist, singer, song writer, Charles Edward Anderson ‘Chuck’ Berry, one of the pioneers of ‘rock n roll’ which laid the foundation for today’s popular music is, no more. He died at his home near St Louis in Missouri at the age of 90.Chuck Berry started off by playing in high school concerts and later went on to play with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. He was initially influenced by the showmanship and blue guitar riffs of T-Bone Walker and country music popular among the white population, and adopting the singing style of Nat King Cole, besides the legendary bluesman Muddy Waters.His first break came when he recorded ‘Maybellene’ an adaptation of the country song ‘Ida Red’ for Chess Records which became a huge hit, selling over a million copies reaching No. 1 on the Billboard rhythm and blues charts. Since then he had several other hits including ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Rock and Roll Music’ ‘My Ding-a-Ling’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’.Chuck Berry’s music was a defining moment in the evolution of popular music and has influenced some of the biggest names in music including, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and many others.He was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at its opening in 1986. He has been ranked 5th in the 2004 Rolling Stone list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and three of his songs are listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s, 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. And Berry’s hit ‘Johnny B. Goode’ is the only rock and roll song included in a collection of music, Voyager Golden Records, sent into space aboard the unmanned Voyager 1 spacecraft to give intelligent extraterrestrial life forms a taste of earth culture.Incidentally Chuck Berry was all set to release an album of new songs after a gap of 38 years when he passed away.
Hariharan celebrates 4-decade long career
Famed Bollywood singer Hariharan who completes 40 years as a singer is all set to celebrate this memorable occasion with a live concert at the Shanmukhananda Auditorium. It has been an eventful four decades for veteran singer and he is, glad that he was able to successfully straddle various genres and styles of singing during his career.
In recent times though he has not been much heard in Bollywood due to the shift in the USP of film songs with the rapid generational changes that have taken place in Bollywood films and music. At the same time any type of music that has popular appeal and people enjoy is good.Today independent music is making a comeback but even when it was going through a low phase Hariharan had churned out numerous albums because it was necessary for him as a singer to foster and energize his artistic creativity by coming up with new songs.
There’s a lots more that needs to be done to further independent music and he is looking forward to a fusion music project combining classical music and EDM that he is doing with his son, Akshay, who is a composer, arranger and producer. He will also be releasing a live recording of his renditions of Mehdi Hassan’s ghazals.
Celebrating Women's Day
MTV flipped their logo upside down to WTV on the occasion of International Women's Day to show solidarity with women everywhere. A lot of companies including MTV, United Talent Agency, Fusion TV and others are organizing special programmes and features in support of women and also join the A Day Without Woman protests to highlight the value of women in the workforce and for gender equality
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's, is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.It is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century - and continue's to grow from strength to strength.
The Unplugged Trio
Unplugged is an acoustic trio band from Delhi who recently performed at the Monkey Bar recantly and was impressed to profile the band. The band consists of two vocalists on acoustic guitars, Manish Gunthey and Aditya Jassi and one drummer, Ashwani Verma. Unplugged performs a mix of English retro, pop and contemporary music and Hindi retro,and Bollywood covers. Using their engaging vocal style and their own unique improvisation on cover songs, Unplugged caters to a niche audience. Manish Gunthey is also the guitarist for Bollywood actor and singer? ?Ayushmann Khurrana. He accompanies and performs with Ayushmann? ?on his solo gigs. Aditya Jassi is also a playback singer, having ventured into Bollywood ??debuting with a song for the Jimmy Shergill and KK Menon starrer,? ?"Strangers" in 2007, a song for "Dil Kabaddi" starring Irfan Khan,? ?Konkona Sen in 2014. He recently opened for Grammy nominees,? ?“Hoobastank” at their maiden tour to India in Shillong. Ashwani Verma was the founding member of the Indian band, Euphoria. Unplugged was recently aired on Sarthik's cafe on Delhi's Radio One,94.3 FM.
Celebrate Holi with Culture
'Holi' the festival of colours is celebrated joyously across India to denote the arrival of spring. Traditionally, in Vrindavan and Mathura, Holi was played for 7 days continuously! The frolic with colours happens everywhere - in the open streets, outside temples and buildings. However, in recent times, the colors are substituted with chemicals and they contain toxic agents. These pollutants are highly damaging and affect the exposed parts such as eyes, skin, hair, etc. Madhuvan Trust has decided to change this and celebrate Holi by extending the rich Indian heritage of music and dance. With help from Vallabh Sangeet Ashram and Kala Gurjari we are organising "Holi Ke Rang" a unique programme with a vocal recital by Pt. Sukhdev Chaturvedi who will present Holi songs in raga Hori Dhamaar, Rasiya, Brij Folk Sangeet, etc. This will be followed by a Kathak dance performance by Smt.Smriti Talpade. She will present different colours of Holi through her dance.On Saturday11th & Sunday 12th March. This program is Free for Music lovers.
MTV Beats launched
Viacom18 has strengthened its youth and music portfolio with the launch of a 24x7 Hindi music channel with a focus on Bollywood – MTV Beats. With MTV Beats going on air, Viacom18 now be offers its audience a one-stop destination for all their music needs. The launch of MTV Beats in the city took place with the BAAP of all parties in presence of the biggest names from Bollywood Music fraternity! While attendees shook a leg to the LIVE performance of dynamic duo Vishal and Shekhar, they were seen swooning over the beautiful voices of Jasleen Royal, Papon and Divya Kumar. Amongst the crowd, renowned personalities such as Hard Kaur, Varun from Splitsvilla, Devraj Sanyal, and many more were seen cheering on and having a blast! Music fans were truly mesmerized as each performance struck a chord as they celebrated the birth of the newest Bollywood Music Channel.
In Celebration of 25 Years
The Brit-Asian Steven Kapur a.k.a. Apache Indian refuses to sit on his laurels as he launches his brand new album IN JA (or `In Jamaica’) – as the title indicates, Apache returns to his roots with an out and out Reggae album! In celebration of 25 Years of his Music career, IN JA - Produced by Jim Beanz (who previously worked with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Shakira, Justin Bieber, Empire TV Series & more is a sonic treat with great production and strong lyrical content.Sharing his excitement for the album, Apache Indian said `In Ja’ takes you on a journey back to Jamaica and celebrates my deep love of Reggae music! The Album gives you some great songs, it will keep u singing dancing and thinking of the important messages behind the lyrics. Working with Jim Beanz & Charlie Hype has been the most inspirational experience of my career and allows me to celebrate 25 years in full style!
Devraj Sanyal, MD and CEO of Universal Music Group, “With a career spanning over 25 years in the music business itselfmakes him Special and none can doubt his immense contribution towards introducing Indian sounds to the western world through his unique brand of `Bhangramuffin and we are delighted to release his brand new studio album `IN JA’ ,it will be available across all digital partners exclusively on Universal Music.
The Dire Straits Experience
This year, 100 Pipers ‘Play for a Cause’ is getting bigger with The Dire Straits Experience band, performing live for the first time in India. The British band will be making their stage debut in the country and support the 100 Pipers ‘Play for a Cause’ initiative to provide sustainable drinking water to villagers in Rajasthan. This formidable event in New Delhi will feature original Dire Straits band mates Chris White (sax, flute, percussion, vocals) and Chris Whitten (drums) supported in the lead by Terence Reis (Lead Vocals and Guitar). 100 Pipers Play for a Cause has become one of the largest movements by any brand in the world. Since 2014, more than 200 leading artists like Farhan Akhtar, Vishal Dadlani, Ehsaan Noorani, and legendary bands like Parikrama, Indian Ocean, MLTR, DJ Hardwell have performed in India for “Play for a Cause” in more than 25 cities, supporting people affected by natural calamities like “Kashmir floods, Earthquakes in Nepal and India etc.”The event will be held on
17th March - Gurugram &18 March - Bengeluru.
Lyricist Rajesh Johri Passes Away
Lyricist Rajesh Johri who penned many hit songs for Indian pop artists and for films passed away unsung and unknown a few days back. He wrote Paree Hoon Mai which was a sensational hit for Sunita Rao. Colonial Cousins' big hit Sa Ni Dha Pa was another song penned by him along with Leslie Lewis. In fact it was Leslie who passed on the information of Johri's death.
One of his best known songs was Subah Subah Jab Khidaki Khole from the film Yash. Sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Jojo it was a chartbuster. He also penned songs for quite a few films including Akarshan, TaajMahal, Yash, among others.
Ae Khuda Yeh Bata Aisa Hota Hai Kyun (Akarshan), Mausam Ka Taqaaza Hai (Akarshan), Taj Mahal Ki Ba Zabaani (TaajMahal), Johny Joker (Shweta Shetty album), Aisa Hotaa HaI (Shaan/Sagarika album – Naujawan) are some of his better known songs.
Sadly very few people remembered him when he passed away which is a tragic testimony what happens when your stars stop shining in the Music Business.
Bollywood Music Project reveals the first line-up of artistes
Bhutani Group presents Micromax Bollywood Music Project; powered by Hungama is all set to debut in Delhi this year. Touted as Asia’s largest Bollywood Music Festival, Bollywood Music Project is organized by Event Capital (a Laqshya Media Group Company) and TM Talent Management. The festival will be held in New Delhi on March 25 and 26, 2017 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Grounds.
Today the Bollywood Music Project: Delhi Edition announced its first line-up of artistes. The multi stage, multi-genre music project will see performances by iconic music artistes like Amit Trivedi, Vishal & Shekhar, Rekha Bharadwaj, Badshah, Raftar, Manj Musik, Nindy Kaur, Zubeen Garg, Asses Kaur, Ash King, Babbal Rai, Divya Kumar, Harrdy Sandhu, Harshdeep Kaur, Jassie Gil, Mohammed Irfan, Pawni Pandey, Shashi Suman, Shefali Alvares, Zublee Baruah and many more.
Bollywood Music Project is collaborating with the biggest names in the industry to belt out tunes infused with music from genres like contemporary, folk, Punjabi, rap, Sufi, pop and hip-hop among others. Bollywood Music Project is offering an assorted platter of Bollywood music tunes to woo the music lovers in the Capital.
Swaroop Banerjee, CEO, Event Capital, said, “Our entire strength to launch the second edition of Bollywood Music Project in its first year, comes from the fact that Bollywood has accepted us as a part of their family. Icons like Vishal & Shekhar, Amit Trivedi, Badshah, Rekha Bhardwaj, Raftaar and all others in our line-up are with us as a reckoning force, when we have launched the initiative in Delhi. For the fans in Delhi, we have included iconic Punjabi Bollywood acts like Jassie Gill, Harrdy Sandhu and others who represent the heart of Bollywood footprint in North India.
We managed to reach out to over 26 Million people across mediums in our first edition, and our endeavor is to increase the footprint even further. It is the fan engagement with their favourite Bollywood icons that makes this show very different from any other festival. In the coming weeks, the capital will see a lineup that is historic at its best with six genres of Bollywood music playing under the umbrella of Bollywood Music Project.”
Mr. Tarsame Mittal, Founder of TM Talent Management added, “Bollywood Music Project is one of the most important projects for us which has Music in its epicenter. With BMP, we wish to give music lovers of the most popular genre in the country a great experience.”
Priyanka Chopra in Baywatch
Priyanka Chopra is slowly but determinedly making her mark in Hollywood. Her first outing was her international pop music debut, then the lead role in TV series Quantico, her recent red carpet appearance at the Oscars along with Dwayne Johnson and soon she will make her Hollywood debut in the upcoming Baywatch movie. In the movie she plays the role of a villain, Victoria Leeds, alongside big names like Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.
The first poster release of the movie sees Chopra standing in a red dress, peeping through a set of shades. The caption along with the picture reads, “Being bad can be so good.”
Man with the Kaleidoscope Eyes is No More
Celebrated artist, illustrator and graphic designer, Alan Aldridge, best known for his graphic art for The Beatles and Apple Corps, passed awayrecently. Details of the cause of his death are not known except that he was seriously ill. Alan started work as an illustrator with the Sunday Times and freelanced for Penguin Books before joining the company as Fiction Art Director in 1965. In 1968 he started his own design firm, INK.
Aldrige’s art epitomized the rebellious, nonconformist, psychedelic era of the 60s like no other. He nicknamed himself The Man with the Kaleidoscope Eyes taking a line from the lyrics of the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in, for the title of his autobiographical book.
One of his early successes was The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics Book and probably his best known work is the The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast, in collaboration with William Plomer, for which he won the Whitbread Children's Book Award (1973). He also designed the album cover art for some of the biggest names in rock including The Who, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and many others.
Though, not as well known is the fact that, he was also the creator of the iconic Hard Rock Cafe logo. Aldridge was hired by Hard Rock's founders to design t-shirts for a local football team sponsored by the original London cafe. The shirts and logo, much like their designer, became a cultural phenomenon.
Torchbearer of Indian Classical Music - Anuradha Pal
Renowned tabla artist, Anuradha Pal, one of the first women to have broken into this male dominated area of Indian classical music, has been featured among the most prominent Torchbearer's of Indian Classical Music, in a new book by Harsh Meswani, which was launched recently. The book was released at the hands of some of the greats of Indian classical music and film industry including Amitabh Bachchan, her Guru Ustad Zakir Hussain, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma to name a few. Anuradhaji is also being honoured with the Rotary Vocational Appreciation Award on March 8, which is International Women’s Day, by the Rotary Club of Bombay West, for her, “exceptional commitment and excellence as a tabla maestro and her outstanding contribution to the field of Indian Classical Music.”
Her recent musical offerings include:
FOLK BEATS (Video) - A unique confluence of Rajasthani Folk Music & percussion (Dholak, Kadhtaal) etc. with Hindustani Classical Flute, Tabla & World Percussion, featuring a magical weave of energizing, romantic & inspiring songs for every occasion & emotion - Holi, Diwali, marriage, childbirth celebrations, love, courage etc
One of their new presentations is ‘Krishna Ke Taal™’ - Here Anuradhaji combines the sahitya from the Shrimad Bhagvatam with poetry, instrumental, Vocal, Percussion along with the evocative language of the Tabla, to present the romance, playfulness & the myriad colours of Shri Krishna and his leelas like Kaliyamardhanam, Makhan Chor, Govardhan Parvat, Govinda ala re etc. This presentation transcends all divides, to present the integrated beauty of our Indian culture & heritage!
STREE SHAKTI… RANG SE SANG’ - is a unique & interesting concept celebrating International Women’s Day & Holi with the first & highly acclaimed all-female Indian Classical band, Anuradha Pal’s Stree Shakti presenting a Woman’s journey of trials & triumph to achieve her life’s goals despite society’s discrimination. An exhilarating interplay between Kathak dance & Tabla convey the Power or Shakti of woman; special semi classical compositions & Thumris with Tabla convey the love, romance & grace of woman, and the Carnatic Violin expresses the companionship & support, she provides.
The STREE SHAKTI Band features Uma Dogra (Kathak), Anuradha Pal (Tabla), Sraboni Chaudhari (Vocal) & Padma Shankar (Carnatic Violin) & will be premiering this new concept at the SPJIMR Auditorium, Bhavan’s College Campus, Andheri (W) at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, 13th March, 2017.
Nucleya and Dj Chetas to Headline Bollyboom Holi Bash.
Bollyboom, the world’s first and biggest Bollywood electro-music festival is gearing up for its second edition as they kick off with the world’s largest Bollyboom Dance Music Holi Party. A 7 hour non-stop scintillating celebration of India’s much loved festival of color with Nucleya, Dj Chetas, Dj Aman Nagpal and Dj Shireen on 13th March 2017, at Tulip Star, Juhu Along with a stellar line up, the Bollyboom Holi Bash will also feature live percussionists, exotic dancers and performers and will usher in the festive mood. The event will offer a curated F&B experience for all attendees and a focus on making the overall celebration a safe and secure one.Expect a blend of Bollywood dance, pop and club music. Apart from promoting the use of eco-friendly organic colors, the event will be water free.
Nakash Aziz recreates 'Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai'
Nakash Aziz who has crooned some of the biggest Bollywood hits recently tried his hands at recreating the famous RD Burman track originally sung by Kishore Kumar, 'Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai' from ‘Kaalia’.The songs original location was a five-star hotel, where both Amjad Khan and superstar Amitabh Bachchan compete to steal an expensive jewel, but Aziz is seen singing the track in an auto rickshaw. Down south Nakash recently sang 'Tuaba Tuaba', 'Blockbuster' and 'Rathaalu', all of which were chartbusters.The original track composed by RD Burman has been arranged, programmed and recreated by Kshitij Tarey.
Varun, Sidharth & Alia to perform with Justin Bieber
A treat could well be on the way for fans of Karan Johar’s ‘Student Of The Year’ (2012) as the film’s leading cast: Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhatt, may team up once again. This time, the trio are expected to perform together during Justin Bieber’s concert in India.Arjun Jain, representing the event organisers, apparently confirmed this saying, “We have already received confirmation from some of the biggest celebrities in India for the concert and will try to definitely integrate indigeous elements into the event. We are considering bringing Alia, Sidharth and Varun on stage, like they did in their first film. However, things are in the planning stage now.”Grammy Award winner Bieber, is set to perform in India for the first time, as part of his ‘Purpose’ world tour, on 10th May in Mumbai.
Nehru's Tryst with the Grammies
Acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer, Ted Nash wins two Grammys at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards 2017, in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and Best Instrumental Composition category for Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom and Spoken at Midnight. India can take pride in the fact that India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s Tryst with Destiny speech on the eve of India’s Independence, was the inspiration for Nash’s Grammy winning composition Spoken at Midnight. It is one of the orchestral movements on the Presidential Suite album. The album is a unique conceptualization on the theme of freedom and human rights which transforms key moments from historic speeches, read by eminent personalities from politics and society, introducing the orchestral movements.
Nehru’s speech is read by eminent author, motivational speaker and alternative medicine advocate, Deepak Chopra.
Hip Hop Highway
Saavn and One Digital Entertainment join forces by launching their newest audio show, Hip Hop Highway. This is the first of its kind show and will trace the evolution of Hip Hop in the country. Hip Hop Highway will have 12 episodes, releasing a new 25 to 30 minute episode each Wednesday. The show will be hosted by Raaj Jones, and the first episode will feature Indian Rapper Raftaar and British-Indian DJ and Radio presenter Bobby Friction. Future shows will feature various artistes including Badshah, Divine and Naezy, among others. Listeners will hear from Indian artistes, promoters, labels, producers, and upcoming talent as they discuss all aspects of the hip hop genre, including mixing in-studio sessions and on-site interviews.