ANNIVERSARIES:

Bette Midler 1-Dec ! Brad Delson (Linkin Park) 1-Dec ! Udit Narayan 1-Dec ! Bombay S.Jayashri 2-Dec ! Britney Spears 2-Dec ! Charlie Puth 2-Dec ! Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) 2-Dec ! Nelly Furtado 2-Dec ! Rick Savage (Def Leppard) 2-Dec ! Ozzy Osbourne 3-Dec ! Jay-Z 4-Dec ! Nagai Muralidharan 4-Dec ! Subash Goel 4-Dec ! Kadri Gopalnath 5-Dec ! Little Richard 5-Dec ! Sabbas Joseph 5-Dec ! Manoj 6-Dec ! Peter Buck (R.E.M.) 6-Dec ! Roshan Ara Begum 6-Dec ! Sujata Trivedi 6-Dec ! Ulf Ekberg (Ace Of Base) 6-Dec ! Vishwanath Rao Ringe 6-Dec ! Aaron Carter 7-Dec ! Nicole Appleton (All Saints) 7-Dec ! Bobby Elliot (The Hollies) 8-Dec ! Marty Friedman (Megadeth) 8-Dec ! Nicki Minaj 8-Dec ! Paul Rutherford 8-Dec ! Phil Collen (Def Leppard) 8-Dec ! Sinéad O'Connor 8-Dec ! Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran) 8-Dec ! Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers) 9-Dec ! Nick Seymour (Crowded House) 9-Dec ! Tre Cool (Green Day) 9-Dec ! Meg White (The White Stripes) 10-Dec ! M.Chandrasekharan 11-Dec ! Mahakavi Subrmanya Bharathi 11-Dec ! Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) 11-Dec ! Anutosh Degharia 12-Dec ! Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) 12-Dec ! Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) 12-Dec ! Paul Rodgers (Bad Company) 12-Dec ! Sheila E. 12-Dec ! Sriram Gangadharan 12-Dec ! Taylor Swift 13-Dec ! Tom DeLonge 13-Dec ! Muskan K. 14-Dec ! Babul Supriyo 15-Dec ! Rasoolan Bai 15-Dec ! Usha Mangeshkar 15-Dec ! Benny Andersson (ABBA) 16-Dec ! Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) 16-Dec ! Edwin Paul 16-Dec ! Flo Rida 16-Dec ! Michael McCary (Boyz II Men) 16-Dec ! Mike Mills (R.E.M.) 17-Dec ! Christina Aguilera 18-Dec ! DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit) 18-Dec ! DMX 18-Dec ! Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) 18-Dec ! Sia 18-Dec ! V.Thyagarajan 18-Dec ! Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project) 20-Dec ! Meghan Trainor 20-Dec ! Peter Criss (Kiss) 20-Dec ! Amin Sayani 21-Dec ! Anand (Milind) 21-Dec ! Calcutta K.S.Krishnamurthi 21-Dec ! Neyvelli Venkatesh 22-Dec ! Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) 23-Dec ! M.Subramaniam 23-Dec ! Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) 23-Dec ! Annie Lennox 24-Dec ! Dido 24-Dec ! Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) 24-Dec ! Ricky Martin 24-Dec ! Naushad 25-Dec ! andit Ram Narayan 25-Dec ! K. G. Ginde 26-Dec ! Lars Ulrich (Metallica) 26-Dec ! David Knopfler (Dire Straits) 27-Dec ! Malabika Kanan 27-Dec ! Pudukottai Dakshinamurthi Pillai 27-Dec ! Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman 27-Dec ! John Legend 28-Dec ! Deenanath Mangeshkar 29-Dec ! Ellie Goulding 30-Dec ! Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) 30-Dec ! Sonali Bajpai 30-Dec ! Tyrese 30-Dec ! A.Kanyakumari 31-Dec ! Andy Summers (The Police) 31-Dec ! Burton Cummings 31-Dec ! George Thorogood 31-Dec ! Joe McIntyre 31-Dec ! Mallikarjun Mansur 31-Dec ! Nandu Vichare 31-Dec ! Patti Smith 31-Dec ! Scott Ian (Anthrax) 31-Dec ! Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) 31-Dec ! Grandmaster Flash (1958) 1-Jan ! T.Chowdiah 1-Jan ! Rajashekhar Mansur 1-Jan ! Shrikrishna Narayan Ratanjankar1-Jan !Bharati Vaishampayan 1-Jan !Jyotyi Venkatesh 2-Jan !N.Kiranavali 2-Jan !Shalmali Kholgade 2-Jan !Akhtar Sadmani 2-Jan !Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) (1975) 3-Jan !John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) (1946) 3-Jan !Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) (1945) 3-Jan !Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) (1960) 4-Jan !Pandit Neeraj 4-Jan !A. R. Rehaman 5-Jan !Gurdas Mann 5-Jan !Marilyn Manson (1969) 5-Jan !Chris Stein (Blondie) (1950) 5-Jan ! George Brown (Kool & The Gang) (1949) 5-Jan ! Kamleshwar 6-Jan ! Meena Paleja 6-Jan ! Suman Ghosh 6-Jan ! Mark O'Toole (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (1964) 6-Jan ! Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) (1963) 6-Jan ! Kathie Sledge (Sister Sledge) (1959) 6-Jan ! Kenny Loggins (1948) 7-Jan ! Sean Paul (1975)8-Jan ! R. Kelly (1968) 8-Jan ! Terry Sylvester (Hollies) (1947) 8-Jan ! Robby Krieger (The Doors) (1946) 8-Jan ! Shirley Bassey (1937) 8-Jan ! A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) (1978)9-Jan ! Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band) (1967) 9-Jan ! Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) (1944)9-Jan ! Joan Baez (1941) 9-Jan ! Maharajapuram Ramachandran9-Jan ! Mahendra Kapoor9-Jan ! Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande 9-Jan ! K.J. Yesudas10-Jan ! Chris Smith (Kris Kross) (1979) 10-Jan ! Aerle Taree (Arrested Development) (1973) 10-Jan ! Joey Santiago (The Pixies) (1965) 10-Jan ! Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) (1964) 10-Jan ! Pat Benatar (1953) 10-Jan ! Donald Fagen (1948) 10-Jan ! Aynsley Dunbar (Jefferson Starship) (1946) 10-Jan ! Rod Stewart (1945) 10-Jan ! Nadeem 11-Jan ! Asha Khadilkar 11-Jan ! Mary J. Blige (1971) 11-Jan ! Tom Dumont (No Doubt) (1968) 11-Jan ! Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) (1958) 11-Jan ! Naomi Judd (1946) 11-Jan ! Shiv Kumar 12-Jan ! Mahesh Kale 12-Jan ! Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) (1974)12-Jan ! Per Gessle (Roxette) (1959) 12-Jan ! Javed Siddiqi 13-Jan ! Zach de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) (1970) 13-Jan ! Trevor Rabin (Yes) (1954) 13-Jan ! Ulhas Kashalkar 14-Jan ! Kaifi Azami 14-Jan ! Omi Sonik 14-Jan ! Ustad Alla Rakha Khan 14-Jan ! Caleb Followill (Kings Of Leon) (1982)14-Jan ! Pitbull (1981)14-Jan ! Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) (1969) 14-Jan ! LL Cool J (1968) 14-Jan ! Geoff Tate (Queensryche) (1959) 14-Jan ! Babla Mehta 15-Jan ! Jatin Rajguru 16-Jan ! O.P. Nayyar 16-Jan ! Maxine Jones (En Vogue) (1966) 16-Jan ! Sade (1959) 16-Jan ! Javed Akhtar 17-Jan ! Maya Govind 17-Jan ! Ramesh Taurani 17-Jan ! Sreekant Narayan 17-Jan ! Calvin Harris (1984)17-Jan ! Kid Rock (1971)17-Jan ! Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) (1957) 17-Jan ! 1Paul Young (1956) 17-Jan ! Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) (1948) 17-Jan ! Jonathan Davis (Korn) (1971)18-Jan ! Sawai Gandharva 19-Jan ! Jayanthi Kumaresh 19-Jan ! Dewey Bunnell (America) (1952) 19-Jan ! Dolly Parton (1946) 19-Jan ! Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) (1979)20-Jan ! Ian Hill (Judas Priest) (1958) 20-Jan ! Paul Stanley (Kiss) (1952) 20-Jan ! Sanjay Subrahmanyan 21-Jan ! Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) (1976)21-Jan !Billy Ocean (1950) 21-Jan ! Placido Domingo (1941) 21-Jan ! Steve Adler (Guns N' Roses) (1965) 22-Jan ! Steve Perry (Journey) (1949) 22-Jan ! Earl Falconer (UB40) (1959) 23-Jan ! Kuldip Sood 24-Jan ! Onkar Nath Thakur 24-Jan ! Rekha Vishal 24-Jan ! Neil Diamond (1941) 24-Jan ! Kavita Krishnamurti 25-Jan ! Alicia Keys (1981) 25-Jan ! Richard Finch (KC & The Sunshine Band) (1954)25-Jan ! Falguni Seth 26-Jan ! Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) (1963) 26-Jan ! Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) (1955) 26-Jan ! Chetanya Padukone 27-Jan ! Preety (Preety – Pinky) 27-Jan ! Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) (1945) 27-Jan ! Pandit Jasraj 28-Jan ! Suman Kalyanpur 28-Jan ! Pandit Jasraj 28-Jan ! Ajay Pohankar 28-Jan ! Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) (1980) 28-Jan ! Sarah McLachlan (1968) 28-Jan ! Jonny Lang (1981)29-Jan ! Eddie Jackson (Queensr˙che) (1961) 29-Jan ! Gajananrao Joshi 30-Jan ! Phil Collins (1951) 30-Jan ! Justin Timberlake ('N Sync) (1981) 31-Jan ! John Lydon (Sex Pistols/P.I.L.) (1956) 31-Jan ! ! Big Boi (Outkast) 1-Feb ! Don Everly (Everly Brothers) 1-Feb ! Lisa Marie Presley 1-Feb ! Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) 1-Feb ! Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook) 1-Feb ! Anwar 1-Feb ! Alan McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire) 2-Feb ! Graham Nash 2-Feb ! Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 2-Feb ! Ross Valory (Santana) 2-Feb ! Shakira 2-Feb ! Tony Butler (Big Country) 2-Feb ! Asif Merchant 2-Feb ! Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai 2-Feb ! Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar 2-Feb ! S.Somasundaram (Madurai Somu) 2-Feb ! Sean Kingston 3-Feb ! Mani Krishnaswami 3-Feb ! Alice Cooper 4-Feb ! Natalie Imbruglia 4-Feb ! K.K.Ravi 4-Feb ! Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 4-Feb ! Bobby Brown 5-Feb ! Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) 5-Feb ! Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) 5-Feb ! J.R. Cobb (Atlanta Rhythm Section) 5-Feb ! Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) 6-Feb ! Fabian 6-Feb ! Rick Astley 6-Feb ! David Bryan (Bon Jovi) 7-Feb ! Garth Brooks 7-Feb ! Steve Bronski (Bronski Beat) 7-Feb ! Dave "Phoenix" Ferrel (Linkin Park) 8-Feb ! Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk)8-Feb ! Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe) 8-Feb ! Biddu 8-Feb ! Jagjit Singh 8-Feb ! Shobha Gurtu 8-Feb ! Sophiya 8-Feb ! Carole King 9-Feb ! Roberta Flack 10-Feb ! S.Rajam 10-Feb ! Sanjay Tandon 10-Feb ! Brandy 11-Feb ! Kelly Rowland (Destiny's Child) 11-Feb ! Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) 11-Feb ! Sheryl Crow 11-Feb ! Louis Bank 11-Feb ! Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) 12-Feb ! Chitravina N.Ravikiran 12-Feb ! Rama Ravi 12-Feb ! Ed Gagliardi 13-Feb ! Freedom Williams (C&C Music Factory) 13-Feb ! Les Warner (The Cult) 13-Feb ! Peter Gabriel 13-Feb ! Peter Tork (The Monkees) 13-Feb ! Robbie Williams 13-Feb ! Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) 14-Feb ! Roger Fisher (Heart) 14-Feb ! Vijay Koparkar 14-Feb ! Ali Campbell (UB40) 15-Feb ! Brandon Boyd (Incubus) 15-Feb ! David Brown (Santana) 15-Feb ! John Helliwell (Supertramp) 15-Feb ! Mikey Craig (Culture Club) 15-Feb ! Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. (The Killers) 15-Feb ! Harish Bhimani 15-Feb ! Ramanathapuram C.S.Murugabhoopathy 15-Feb ! Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) 16-Feb ! Ice-T 16-Feb ! James Ingram 16-Feb ! The Weeknd 16-Feb ! Ed Sheeran 17-Feb ! Sonali Raod 17-Feb ! Dennis DeYoung (STYX) 18-Feb ! Derek Pellicci (Little River Band) 18-Feb ! Dr. Dre 18-Feb ! Yoko Ono 18-Feb ! Khayyam 18-Feb ! Seal 19-Feb ! Smokey Robinson 19-Feb ! Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) 19-Feb ! Meena Jobalia 19-Feb ! Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys) 20-Feb ! Ian Brown (Stone Roses) 20-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 20-Feb ! Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears) 20-Feb ! Rihanna 20-Feb ! Anu Kapoor 20-Feb ! Charlotte Church 21-Feb ! James Blunt 22-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 22-Feb ! Michael Wilton (Queensryche) 22-Feb ! Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) 23-Feb ! Howard Jones 23-Feb ! Johnny Winter 23-Feb ! Lasse Johansson (The Cardigans) 23-Feb ! Shobha Joshi 23-Feb ! Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band) 24-Feb ! Paul Jones (Manfred Mann) 24-Feb ! Nakash Aziz 24-Feb ! Naksh Lyalpuri 24-Feb ! P.S.Narayanaswamy 24-Feb ! John Jon (Bronski Beat) 26-Feb ! Jonathan Cain (Journey) 26-Feb ! Michael Bolton 26-Feb ! Paul Cotton (Poco) 26-Feb ! B.V.Lakshmanan 26-Feb ! B.V.Raman 26-Feb ! Chilli (TLC) 27-Feb ! Neil Schon (Journey) 27-Feb ! Paul Humphreys (O.M.D.) 27-Feb ! Kunika 27-Feb ! Sameer 27-Feb ! Cindy Wilson (The B-52's) 28-Feb ! Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears) 28-Feb ! Pat Monahan (Train) 28-Feb ! Padma Talwalkar 28-Feb ! Ravindra Jain 28-Feb ! U.Shrinivas 28-Feb ! Versha Usgaonkar 28-Feb ! Cyrus Broacha 29-Feb ! Rukmini Devi 29-Feb

2nd anniversary of Aesthatics of Sound of Music

Jaspinder Narula, Lyricist Kumaar, Singer Divya Kumar, Music director-singer Arjunna Harjaie attended 2nd anniversary of ASM Aesthatics of Sound and Music at Mayor hall.
Surabhi Dashputra and Kanika Joshi of ASM Aesthatics of Sound and Music kept 2nd anniversary of their music academy at Mayor hall in Andheri where they invited singer Jaspinder Narula, Divya Kumar, Lyricist Kumaar and Music director singer Arjunna Harjaie to give their blessing to new talent. More than 100 students participated in this Shubhaarambh musical  event where they performed live . Lyricist Kumaar and Jaspinder Narula came specially to give their blessings . Divya Kumar and Arjunna Harjaie sang some songs for media and students at this event.

Patola song launched

After treating the audience with three songs Tere Liye, Bhare Bazaar and Dhoom Dhadaka, the makers of Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Namaste Englandlaunched the fourth song; Patola; in the MMK National College of Bandra in Mumbai.Celebrating the upcoming song, Arjun Kapoor’s and Parineeti Chopra crowned the Patola of MMK College for a Contest organized specially for the film! ArjunKapoor and Parineeti Chopra not only interacted with the fans and shake their legs with the students but also launch their song Patola; amidst the college goers. The actors engaged in a fun banter on Twitter before announcing the song, piquing the interests of the audience. The actor took a selfie with the fans at the college. Arjun Kapoor looked stylish in a white T-shirt with Black Jacket and denim pants. The actor interacted with the students, and askedeveryone to watch the film. The promotional event saw a large crowd from college.

Ahead of the films release, Namaste England has been creating immense buzz owing to thecrackling chemistry of the leading duo. Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra have been piquingthe interest of the audience with their fun banters and adorable chemistry. Be it pulling eachother's legs or showering their love on their co-star netizens are in love with the social media banters of the Namaste England duo. Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra will be seencollaborating for the second time after the actors; debut film;Ishaqzaade; Namaste London directed by Vipul Shah was not only loved and appreciated by the audience and the critics but also raked high at the box office. 
After the superhit success of the Akshay-Katrina starrer, VipulShah is all set to present the sequel;Namaste England; with Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra.Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s;Namaste England’ is a young and refreshing story that traces the journey of two individuals Jasmeet and Param. It tracks their love story across the landscapes of India and Europe. Starting from Punjab and moving to Ludhiana, Amritsar, Dhaka and all the way toParis followed by Brussels and finally to London. It’s a fun quintessential Bollywood film 

 Produced and directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, the film is presented by Pen Movies and Reliance Entertainment in association with Blockbuster MovieEntertainers. ‘Namaste England; is scheduled to hit the theatres on the 19th October, 2018.


By Simran Hadi

Recreate Ruk Ruk

On reinventing the magic that Tabu & Ajay Devgan created back in the '90s with chartbuster "Ruk Ruk" from the movie 'Vijaypath',  Kumar Taurani of Tips Music says, "It’s a different take on the song. It’s completely different”

Recently, Tips Music crossed 1 crore subscribers on youTube/tipsofficial channel, has decided to give the popular song a new twist in Kajol starrer Helicopter Eela. The recreated version of "Ruk Ruk" is crooned by Raghav Sanchar..

Producer Kumar Mangat said, we have changed the lyrics, but the hook line remains the same. Infact the plot of the original video is completely different than the recreated one

1978- A Teen Night Out

Crescendo Music &  Films has joined hands with KSM Film Productions to produce India’s first Teen Thriller.The film has been co-produced by Spotlights Creation and is being distributed by Utopia Studios, worldwide.
The event saw the presence of Vinash Tiwari & Tripti Dimri (Laila Majnu Lead Cast), Meet Bros, Flora Saini Of (Stree Fame), Sonyaa Pink Of (Nazar Fame), ,Dj Shiezwood , Prashant Virender Sharma ,Shradha Arya ,Mukul Dev, Krishna Abhishek , Shawar Ali, Ashmith Kunder, Ejaz Khan, Madhuri Pandey , Asif Merchant ,Asif Shaikh ,Mukesh Rishi , Shibani Kasyap , Siddharth Kasyap ,Bidita Baig, Vikas Verma etc 
“1978” is a racy, supernatural, terrifying, suspense story that promises keep the hearts of its viewers thumping, right from the beginning till the last scene.1978 has been directed by Aziz Zee and it features a bunch of young teenage actors who have performed amazingly well. Yash Rajpara, Apurva  Godbole, Gaurav Sharma, Vaishnavi  Kadam,  Rishabh Raj, Muskaan Tomar, Sunny Yadav,  Rohit Mugallu, Maliha Malla.  The film also features renowned TV actress Sonyaa and singer Abuzar Akhtar.
While the songs are completely composed with a retro feel of the 70s, the USP of the film is that all the songs are actually sung by the actors of the film. By sheer coincidence, during auditions, Suresh Thomas of Crescendo films discovered that some of the actors are brilliant singers. He then decided to create the entire music score using the voices of the actors themselves. This is possibly the first time this has ever been done in any Hindi Film.
Kunal  Shamshare  Malla states , “1978 is a brilliantly made slick horror thriller which is Hollywood films of the same genre.”
Director Aziz Zee says, “With films like Stree , Pari and Ghoul  being widely appreciated , we can be sure that “1978” is bound to draw crowds to theatres.

Vishal Dadlani, Neha Kakkar donate to help Musician

Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani and singer Neha Kakkar have donated Rs 100,000 each to musician Keshav Lal, who had been a Musician in Bollywood for many years. His fate had taken him to playing a harmonium on the footpath of Pune for over 30 years. Keshav Lal was invited to the set of Indian Idol 10 where the show's contestants and judges paid him a memorable tribute. He was accompanied by his wife Soni Bai on the show. He has had along journey from being the most wanted Harmonium player in Bollywood and the success of it to losing all his material possessions, the musician revealed that only music mattered to him and how staying loyal to one's passion is very important Keshav Lal, who has worked with award winning filmmaker V Shantaram and composers Kalyanji-Anandji, performed the song "Awaara hoon" on his harmonium during the episode.

Vishal and Neha announced a donation of Rs 100,000 each to help him during his hard times. Vishal also commented "It was our privilege to witness Keshav Lalji on the show. It is so wonderful to see a man so faithful to music throughout his life. He has taught us that one should never leave his passion, come what may. I will urge all my friends and people from the industry to try their best and help Keshav Lalji in the best possible way we can," he added.

Aarya Ambekar wishes to sing for Bollywood

We have been hearing Aarya Ambekar’s melodious voice right since her young age. But this pretty girl, as she was called when she was a Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il champs contestant, now wants to sing for Bollywood too. Speaking at one of her interviews, the singer reportedly said that she is presently in talks for the same, but hasn’t received any confirmation yet. Aarya is a noted name in Marathi music industry. Besides giving playback for various Marathi songs from movies like Ti Sadhya Kai Karte , Balgandharva , Rama Madhav etc., she is also known as a professional classical singer.

Not Happy With Bollywoods Present Music Scenario

Eminent lyricist, poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar feels the music in contemporary Indian cinema is no longer sympathetic to lyrics, and the tunes -- often high on tempo -- are not conducive for good poetry.
In a freewheeling interview, the Padma Bhushan awardee dwelt on his self-discovering journey as a poet, talked about issues like increasing hostility against freedom of expression in India and society's influence in changing cinema.
"I am very unhappy with the present music scenario in Bollywood. The music that is being produced is not very sympathetic to lyrics any more. First of all, they do not get good situations because there is more razzmatazz than emotional depth in the stories. So the situation for songs is not very emotional," said Akthar, who was in the city to attend the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet.
"Besides, the tunes the writers are getting today are not very conducive for writing poetry because of the tempo and the orchestration. The tempo is such that the words do not get established. They do not have the space to breathe."
"On the other hand, the music is so loud... every song is treated like a clap song. So the percussion is often above the voice and the music gets ahead of words. So you just can't understand what the person is singing. May be you only know the 'Mukhra' (beginning of a song) and the rest of it gets lost in the cacophony," the septuagenarian said.
Akhtar, who has won multiple national awards for his lyrics in Hindi blockbusters like "Godmother", "Border" and "Lagaan", said Indian listeners prefer music that they can themselves sing.
"But they cannot sing if the tune is not worth humming, or the words are not clear. The listeners should not go to the words, the words should come to them," he said.
Also a noted poet, Akhtar said his poetry, which was initially nostalgic, has become more impersonal with time.
"When I started writing poetry, initially it was nostalgic. It was mostly about my childhood, my mother, the place I used to live in and so on. But then after that other interests and other concerns entered my poetry, be it about the socio-economic climate or the people."
The ace script-writer, who in partnership with Salim Khan enthralled Indian movie goers with their conceptualisation of the "angry young man" in films like "Zanjeer" (1973), "Deewaar" (1975) and the 1978 blockbuster "Don", has started writing a script again for a yet-to-be-named project.
He also revealed that there would be one or two exciting announcements soon, but declined to give out any details.
Terming film as a "captive art" that is not so powerful to bring about social change, Akhtar said it is the changing trends in society that directs the content and evolution of films.
"Because a film is an expensive exercise, it is kind of captive as an art. Commercial cinema looks to cater to the demands of society. That is why you would see that the mainstream was making different kind of films in the 50s, 60s and in the 90s. Society is changing cinema; cinema does not change society," he signed off.

Shilpa Rao Enthrals her Fans With Coke Studio Classic in her First Selfie Interview

Shilpa Rao has been known for her melodious voice in super hit songs like Bulleya, Tose Naina, Manmarziyan and others alike but what makes her fan-base even stronger is her debut with the infamous Coke Studio Pakistan’s ‘Paar Channa De’.
Shilpa Rao has been known for her melodious voice in super hit songs like Bulleya, Tose Naina, Manmarziyan and others alike but what makes her fan-base even stronger is her debut with the infamous Coke Studio Pakistan’s ‘Paar Channa De’. Being the first ever Indian singer to have partnered with Coke Studio Pakistan, Shilpa managed to get the song enlisted in every Indian’s playlist. Recently, her foot-tapping number for Hichki received applauds from the audience. In her first ever selfie interview, Shilpa talks about her experience of sharing the stage with Noori, her journey to Pakistan and also enthrals the audience with a classic track.

India's first live online album launch with Badshah's 'O.N.E.'

In what has come as a trendsetter, India’s renowned music app, Gaana made a first-of-its-kind live launch of rapper-turned singer Badshah’s debut album, O.N.E. The album is already a rage as its first single, Heartless, has managed to strike an emotional chord with the audience. The song has crossed over 1.5 million streams on the launch day itself. The successful launch of Heartless, amidst much fanfare on Gaana, is set to bring in a paradigm shift, in the method of music album launches in India.

 Commenting on the launch of Heartless, Gaana CEO Mr. Prashan Agarwal said, “Badshah has a huge fan following amongst the millennials and hence Gaana is the perfect platform to launch and make the album an overnight success. We are very happy with the new milestone created by this album.”“With online music streaming gaining massive momentum, amongst consumers on Gaana, 75 million monthly users and nearly two billion play-outs per month, the music industry is looking at connecting with music fans, instantly, and directly through live album launches on Gaana,” he added.Mr. Agarwal hopes that this launch will become a trademark for future musical launches in India since this had, already, become a norm, in more mature markets in the west.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Gaana and breaking a first time 24 hour record in India for the soulful ballad, Heartless created by our artist Badshah. This is phenomenal and with the album launch on 17 August, we can see the numbers rising manifold,” said, Sony Music Digital Business Director Jay Mehta.

On the launch, Badshah said, “I am humbled and I can’t believe these numbers. I would like to thank Gaana for all the support and my fans for making it happen.”

Playback Singer Hrishikesh Churys Birthday Celebrations

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Grand Jury and Playback Singer Hrishikesh Chury celebrated his birthday recently in Mumbai. Many renowned personalities from different fields from Bollywood to politicians attended the celebration. Film Director and Producer Madhur Bhandarkar and Yogi N Chandra were seen at the event.Music Directors like Vipin Reshammiya, Monty Sharma, Gaurav Dagaonkar, Raaj Aashoo with wife Seepi Jha, Santokh Dhaliwal, Lyricist like Kumaar Rakesh and Prashant Ingole. Also singers like Priya Saraiya, Tarannum Malik, Arvinder Singh, Bhavdeep and Sudeep Jaipurwale, Asit Tripathy, Purva Mantri, Sourabh Joshi with wife Pinky Poonawala were also seen at the event. Padma Vibhushan Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan Sahab’s entire family like Murtuza Mustafa Khan, Qadir Mustafa Khan, Rabbani Mustafa Khan, Namrata Gupta Khan, Faiz and Amir Mustafa Khan were present. Hungama and Artist Aloud Head Soumini Sridhara Paul alongwith Politicians like  Sanjay Dina Patil (Ex MP, NCP), Rajul Patil, Charan Singh Sapra (Ex MLC, Congress), Livtar Charan Singh Sapra, Rita Gupta (Vice President, MNS), Yash Sardesai, Krishna Hegde (Ex MLA, BJP), Ameet Mehta (President of BJP Legal Cell), Kaleem Sayyed, Ishrat Sayyed (Vice President, BJP Maharashtra Mahila Morcha) also graced the event with their presence. 
Hrishikesh says, “I thank my Family and Friends, the entire Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Team and Grand Juries & to all the Dignitaries for making my birthday so special!”.  ?

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Best Jazz Venue in India

Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival  of live music.