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Anaida wins Best Chef of the Year Award

One of the notable events recently in the Food world was the Food Food Awards organized by the TV Channel in association with BBC Good Food Magazine,  that had some of the most talented Chefs, Restaurateurs, Mixologists and other food folks together. One of the surprises of the evening was that Anaida-The Princess of Pop of yore was given the coveted prize for the Best Chef of the Year in the stand alone Restaurant category for 2018.
 
If you are a 90s Kid you would be nostalgic about the Hindi pop era that started around then. Singers like Alisha Chinoy, Baba Sehgal and Anaida helped pioneer a new of era and Music and entertainment. Little did anyone know the teenager who released the first ever Hindi pop single “Hotline” in India did barely speak any Hindi at the time. She went on to sing in 13 languages and on to international projects and then followed it with painting and leather carvings and producing meditation tracks one of which topped the UK Itune charts a year ago she has constantly dabbled in different forms of arts simultaneously what the world  had no idea about is that she loves to cook until we were informed that she received the Best Chef of the year award for a Standalone Restaurant category recently at the Good Food Awards in Mumbai. 

Anaida, the multi-dimensional artist Singer, Writer, Composer, Foodie, Painter, Sculptor, Spiritual Guru, Public Speaker is now a certified Chef. She also writes a column with recipes on healing food for BBC Good Food Magazine and conducts workshops for charity on multiple wellness modalities such as Stress Management, Energy alignment, Food and Spirituality, Art and spirituality called “Power of YOU”.
 
Anaida has been busy with Holistic ventures for the past few years with Food and Spirituality. It all started in good fun with a series of Authentic Persian food pop ups that she did in four different cities that turned out to become a food venture with SodaBottleOpenerWala at Powai ,Mumbai. Her culinary skills with her very specialty dishes Esfahan Beryani (riceless)  and Persian Haleem achieved acclaim being declared  winners at the 11th Handi festival in Hyderabad, 2017. Anaida also featured on Chef Gary Mehigan’s (Judge on MasterChef Australia) show ’Masters of Taste’ which featured on leading channels worldwide.

 If you are a foodie or just like try new food, else want to check out her culinary skills, you must visit her restaurant that serves authentic Parsi and famous Mumbai food with addition of a menu by her good self. The venue also an ambience of the old Bombay feel and humor with its Boards, Motifs, Furniture  and the staff is also friendly. 

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Video Link : https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yOjIfyWUlb0
For any further information contact:
Media: For Interviews/Additional details: Plug in Media: Rose Austin +91 91366 96033 
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Aloft Star Asia Pacific 2018

Aloft Star Asia Pacific 2018, a talent project which is set to pick the most promising music talent from around the world has bought on board Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO, Universal Music Group, India &South Asia, as a key member of the jury for the finale which will take place in Seoul, Korea on 20th September 2018.
It will now be a four member jury which comprises of Mr. Devraj Sanyal along with SAAY who is a 24 year old Korean R&B singer-songwriter, Mr. Alex Dyson, a renowned Australian music industry personality and Ms. Shu Ping Liang,  Marriott International’s brand leader for the Select Service brands in Asia Pacific – Courtyard by Marriott, Four Points by Sheraton, Fairfield by Marriott, Aloft Hotels, Element, Moxy and AC Hotels.
Aloft Star Asia Pacific is a contest which has been curated to identify the hottest emerging music talent from around the globe, offering them a chance to kick-start their careers. The current season was hailed and received over 1,000 entries from artists, bands and songwriters from different parts of the world. After two rounds of elimination it is now in its last phase in which finalist namely Hanita Bhambri from India, High Tropics from Australia, Nate Nontree from Bangkok, Blah from Korea, Eric Kung from Taiwan will be battling it out Live at Aloft Seoul Myeongdong in South Korea
Says Devraj Sanyal, “Being part of the jury on `The Stage’, I’ve seen some incredibly good talent in India, however, I’m super excited now to be part of `Aloft Star Asia Pacific’ which brings out the best of Asia!  I’m looking forward to meeting the finalists and know more about their musical journey to this point. This competition is such a brilliant format that brings out the best of Asia and I just can’t wait to see them battle it out in Seoul and then to announce the winner along with my co-judges”.
The judges will be evaluating the contestants on showmanship and stage presence, technical skill, “WOW” factor, creativity and originality, international appeal, along with original song writing and music composition.
Aloft Star Asia Pacific is a competition spearheaded by Aloft Hotels in partnership with Universal Music Group.

Make Way For The Indians

Apache Indian - Raftaar Collaboration!, one a legend, an icon and an artist with an inimitable sound and style who undoubtedly paved the way for other Asian talent to reach out into the mainstream. Apache Indian and now the original raggamuffin returns with a brand new track reminiscent of those thunderous years when'BoomShakaLak', 'Movie Over India' and 'Chok De' rocked every club in every city in every nation!

'Punjabi Girl' features Apache dropping Punjabi lyrics to a dancehall melody that immediately lifts your soul and makes you smile. Incorporated throughout the track are the rap talents of India's 'Raftaar' who has enjoyed great success with hits including 'Baby Marvake Maanegi', 'Swag Mera Desi', 'Jaanu' and 'Go Pagal' to name but a few.
Apache says: "This song took me over a year to write and was inspired by my fans wanting some old skool vibez again! I had fun with this song; using more of my Punjabi mother tongue flowing hard on an Indian dancehall beat."As they reached the final mix stages of the song, Raftaar’s camp in India discussed a possible collaboration and the rest, as they say, is history!
Apache adds: "Raftaar's lyrics and vocal delivery on the song adds a magic sprinkling that gives it yet another Hindi/Bollywood twist! We are also working on another track that I will feature on for him! BLESS UP Raftar for his contribution!"
Punjabi Girl is taken from Apache Indian's long-awaited new album simply titled ‘On The Weekend’ after one of the songs on the album. The album also features the late great Frankie Paul (RIP), Destiny, Cousin Vinny & El Feco Baker. Produced by the Legendary Jim Beanz & Charlie Hype with remixes created by Bangalore's Argenil.

PPL continues its transformation agenda

Hari Nair, erstwhile Sony Music (Director - Digital business) has been hired as “Chief Digital Officer” by Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) India. Hari brings deep expertise in building digital products & business, and will be part of the leadership team at PPL. He will be reporting into President & CEO of PPL, Mr Rajat Kakar.Hari’s primary responsibility will be to transform the traditional business / processes into new age digital ones. The first such step is an online licensing system to bring in transparency and ease of doing business for PPL license users. Business development for public performance using technology based solutions will be the core part of this responsibilities. Additionally, he would lead the radio business, membership teams and be responsible for PR & Communication strategy, including social media etc.
On this appointment, PPL, President & CEO, Rajat Kakar commented “We continue to invest in our transformation agenda. PPL is entering a very exciting phase in its life cycle where transparency and technology are going to be the key drivers for growth and in turn will result in improved distribution of license royalty amongst the large member base. Hari’s skills in Digital combined with his business building acumen will be very handy for PPL at this stage.…”
Hari was heading the digital business for Sony Music India for the last 5 years. Sony hired him to run the Jive platform, a music streaming app which was bundled in Sony handsets. Prior to that, he was the “Head of Sales & Operations” at Mauj Mobile. His first foray in the media industry was with Soundbuzz, which was acquired later by Motorola. Overall, he has 20 years of experience in the New Media space.
On his new role, Mr Hari Nair said “We will build digital products that are required to get us in synch with our global counterparts, and increase transparency with end users. This role helps me learn two business verticals of the music industry i.e. public performance & radio. Currently, the revenue contribution from these two verticals is very small. Digital tools that we build should empower teams, increase team productivity & compliance on licensing with an end objective to increase revenues for our members.”
Hari will also play a crucial role at IMI (Indian Music Industry) and would be leading the anti-piracy efforts along with government departments like DIPP / CIPAM and Maharashtra Cyber Cell Unit. He would lead the creation of the “Indian Music Charts”, working with major streaming platforms like Saavn, Gaana, Amazon, Apple etc. 
IMI Chairman, Mr. Shridhar Subramaniam said: “The government and the IMI are initiating a number of programmes to tackle the menace of digital piracy. Hari’s understanding of tefchnology and music business uniquely qualifies him to develop and coordinate the anti- piracy efforts from IMI”
 

URBN Launches

URBN, a new-age premium brand in the audio and electronics industry, has launched its first ever range of trendy portable speakers, earphones and headphones that promise an immersive music experience to audiophiles. With premium quality offering at affordable prices, consumers now will experience the true quality of music with that extra punch.
 
Recently, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had come on board as partner-evangelist for the brand. As URBN looks to build on its presence in the Indian market to enter new segments and build market share, MS Dhoni will be an integral part of the journey.
 
URBN’s range of products are engineered to travel with durable designs and impressive battery life. Each includes proprietary technology to help produce world-class performance for its size. The line-up even includes headphones and earphones that combine superior sound with ease of use that ensure a great experience for the customers.
 
“Music drives me to do more on and off the field and there is no better fit than URBN’s range of audio products. The range is young and trendy, just like the team behind it. I am excited to be part of their journey and I am sure consumers will also be as enthusiastic about the products as we are,” says Mahi. An audiophile himself, Mahi understands the cutting-edge technology involved in the designing of these audio products, which cemented his decision to extend his support to URBN’s vision.
 
Speaking about the new range, Sagar Gwallani, CEO of URBN said, “URBN has been specially designed to deliver an immersive music experience to the millennials. Like URBN, Dhoni epitomizes Gen Y audience – confident, cool and savvy; and therefore, we think he is the best fit for our brand. We now have a confluence of best-in-class products and a perfectly apt persona. With this new range, we are excited to bring in an elegant shift that offers audiophiles a combination of innovative, carefully designed, high-quality products that look cool too.”
 
URBN has kicked-off its new range of premium products in the personal audio category, available on Flipkart and in retail stores as well. This new range caters to purist music lovers, the millennials and the company assures to delight them with high-quality audio experience at a great value.

@Sagar Gwallani

@MS Dhoni

Percept collaborates with Rashi Entertainment

Percept Live, a pioneer and leading live entertainment company in India, has collaborated with Delhi based event and promotions giant Rashi Entertainment to co-promote all Sunburn events in Delhi-NCR. Sunburn which enjoys the status of being one of the biggest dance music brands in the world has just kicked off its 12th season.  

This collaboration comes fresh on the heels of the announcement of the Sunburn mega multi-city festivals, which will be held on 5th October 2018 in Bengaluru at Mapho Convention Centre, followed by a two-day festival from 6th to 7th October 2018 at Jio Garden, Mumbai and Huda Ground, Lesiure Valley Delhi NCR simultaneously. These City Festivals will give fans a taste of the main Sunburn Festival 2018 slated to take place at the Oxford Gold Resort in Pune from 29th December to 31st December 2018.

Speaking on the collaboration, Karan Singh, CEO Sunburn Global stated, “We’ve shared a great rapport with Rashi Entertainment in the past and have collaborated on other projects. We are delighted to have them on board to co-promote all Sunburn events that will take place in Delhi. They have a great legacy of hosting and producing events on a grand scale and we are sure they will add immense value to give fans a great Sunburn experience. We look forward to working closely with them on the mega Sunburn City Festival scheduled from 6 – 7 October in Delhi NCR.”

Expressing his views on the collaboration, Rajeev Jain, Director Rashi Entertainment voiced, “It is a great privilege to be a co-promoter of the legendary Sunburn Events in the National Capital Region. We have had a great working association in the past year and we are confident that our collaboration will go a long way and will definitely heighten the entertainment quotient in the Delhi-NCR Region. We plan to do a few other big gigs with International DJs in the city. Looking forward to a super successful Sunburn City Festival extravaganza unlike any other in Delhi NCR in October.”

@Karan Singh

@Rajeev Jain

New Mecanica sign with Italian label Wormhole Death Records

Portuguese Metallers NEW MECANICA recently signed a deal with Wormhole Death Records, a sub-label of the Italian Aural Music Group, for the internacional release of their brand new and 3rd album 'VEHEMENT', later this year. Japanese Release will be done by Wormholedeath Japan / Space Shower; USA: Wormholedeath USA; Digital: The Orchard (Sony Music Ent.)."

“Vehement” was produced by the band and mix & mastered at Wrecords Studio, Lisbon by Wilson Silva (MORE THAN A THOUSAND).
It features the following 10 songs:
1- A Second; 
2- Chronophobia; 
3- Lost Paradise; 
4- Two Worlds; 
5- Reflect; 
6- Written; 
7- Clouded; 
8- Vehement; 
9- Never Fade; 
10- Journey

The official music video for "Lost Paradise", the second single from 'VEHEMENT', is already streaming online and can be seen below.

https://youtu.be/LGUfIhWnteE

"...enjoy your last meal in our Lost Paradise"

@Wormhole Death Records

@NEW MECANICA

Vivo launches advanced smartphone V11 Pro

Vivo, the global premium smartphone brand, today unveiled the V11 Pro, a smartphone that sets new industry benchmarks with its In-Display Fingerprint Technology, new Halo FullView™ Display and AI powered dual pixel sensor camera. The V11 Pro is the first in the V series to incorporate In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, continuing Vivo’s technology leadership in biometric security, while maintaining a sleek and stylish design.

Vivo’s V11 Pro also features key design breakthroughs, with the new Halo FullView™ Display paired with Starry Night and Dazzling Gold colors, all enclosed within a curved 3D body to provide a seamless and immersive user experience.

With a commitment to the ‘Make in India’ program, V11 Pro has been manufactured at Vivo’s Greater Noida facility.

@vivoindia

 

 

P V Sindhu is Brand Ambassador for JBL

HARMAN International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets today announced that Olympics medalist and top Indian Badminton Champion, P.V. Sindhu has been appointed as the brand ambassador for JBL’s new range of sports earphones in India.

The company has launched a new range of sports earphones named JBL Endurance that includes four new earphones - RUN, SPRINT, JUMP and DIVE - each designed with a unique set of features tailored to athletes’ preferred sport activities. Priced between Rs.1,599 and 6,999, these are immediately available at www.JBL.com and at various online and retail stores, including 350 Samsung brand stores across the country.

Speaking on her association with HARMAN, P.V. Sindhu said, “JBL Endurance earphones are ideal for athletes like me, who like to carry their music everywhere. From practice matches, to intense workout sessions, JBL Endurance has become my constant companion now. They are designed for a perfect fit and can handle the grit and grind of an athlete’s workout perfectly – I am very impressed! ”

“It’s an honor to have a young sports icon like P.V. Sindhu, who is idolized by millions of Indians, associated with JBL. The all-new JBL Endurance earphones are designed for athletes and sportspersons like Ms. Sindhu, and almost anyone who likes growing fit to their favorite tunes. Combining our award-winning patented ergonomics with technology that withstands the most intense athletic performance, JBL Endurance earphones offer a range of solutions that can work with any athlete’s routine,” said Sumit Chauhan, Vice President - Lifestyle Audio, HARMAN India.

Combining durability with the ultimate comfort and convenience, JBL Endurance earphones are perfect audio companion for every type of athlete. All earphones within the line-up are engineered with JBL’s Signature Sound with Pure Bass Performance, so athletes can use their tracks as motivation to go the extra mile in the pool or on the pavement.

Intuitive features including on-ear touch controls directly on the earphone give users the ability to easily control their music and volume. JBL Endurance wireless earphones feature up to eight hours of playtime and its Speed Charge battery charges one hour of playback in just 10 minutes of charge.

JBL SPRINT, JUMP, and DIVE wireless earphones are equipped with IPX7 waterproof technology to endure all conditions and weather, and can be safely rinsed clean after sweaty workouts. The earbuds’ form factor provides stability and the safety of Twistlock™ Technology and FlexSoft™ Comfort Fit silicon materials to ensure they will never hurt or fall out.

@Sumit Chauhan

@PVSindhu

 

Pure Goldblum: Jeff Goldblum's debut album

Jeff Goldblum has starred in some of the highest-grossing movies of the modern era, including Jurassic Park and Independence Day. Is the Hollywood actor now about to become one of the big stars of the Q4 release schedule?

Decca seem confident that Goldblum can do just that with his debut album as a jazz pianist, The Capitol Studios Sessions. Featuring his long-time band The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, the record will be released on November 9.

Goldblum, who has been playing the piano since he was a child, has performed at venues in Los Angeles and New York City over the past few decades. He hosts a weekly jazz variety show at LA’s Rockwell Table and Stage that intersperses his love of jazz with improvised comedy. 

His talent came to light in the UK when he appeared on The Graham Norton Show and performed with Gregory Porter. Following that appearance, he became a label mate of Porter after he was snapped up by Decca.

As well as the release date, the label has confirmed details of guest stars on the album of jazz and standards. Grammy-nominated trumpeter Till Brönner appears on multiple tracks and Irish singer Imelda May guests on three songs. My Baby Just Cares For Me features former American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart, while US comedian and actress Sarah Silverman sings Me And My Shadow.

“I love improvising and that feeling of communication and interplay,” said Goldblum. “It’s one of the cornerstones of my acting technique. I see my music in the same way.” 

The album was recorded at Capitol Studios with producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Madeleine Peyroux).  

Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra head to London next month for their first ever UK live shows, which sold out immediately. They will perform at Ronnie Scott’s and Cadogan Hall, as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, before performing in Paris and Berlin.

 

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Divine, Red Bull, OML present Gully Fest in Mumbai

India’s premier hip-hop star DIVINE announces 'Gully Fest' presented by Red Bull Music. Gully Fest is a one-day festival dedicated to all elements of hip-hop culture which will feature acts like DIVINE’s band Gully Gang, Delhi Sultanate and Begum X and local hip-hop stars. Conceptualised by DIVINE, presented by Red Bull Music and produced by OML the festival will be held in Mumbai on September 22, 2018,

Gully Fest will feature the biggest and upcoming stars of desi hip-hop, professional MCs and DJs, beatboxers, b-boys and showcase the best of street culture in India. Over the past couple of years, hip-hop has become the voice of new India, giving the underrepresented a platform for self-expression. At the center of this cultural storm is DIVINE, India’s premier hip-hop star. 

This Fest is a celebration of all that makes Indian hip-hop one of the most popular genres of music amongst young Indians today. An intrinsic part of hip-hop culture, b-boying in recent years has seen an upsurge in popularity in India, and Gully Fest will also showcase the dance style courtesy three-time Red Bull BC One India Champion, Flying Machine. Insider.in has tied up as their official ticketing partner.

“Gully Fest is the voice of streets. It’s not just a stage, it is a community of voices from my generation that are only just starting to get heard. This is only just the start,” says DIVINE aka Vivian Fernandes. 

With awards and accolades to his name, DIVINE’s fiery, anger-spitting verses have struck a chord with everyone from Dharavi to Darjeeling. Central to rise of the ‘gully rap’ movement, with hit singles like ‘Meri gully mein’, ‘Jungli sher’, ‘Farak’ and ‘One side’ DIVINE’s brutally honest Hindi rap draws inspiration from his own life and the streets of Mumbai, set to beats that wouldn’t be out of place in a Los Angeles studio. DIVINE is working on his debut album, slated to be released later this year.

City Festivals will be run up to Sunburn 2018

Sunburn, Asia's biggest electronic dance music festival kick-started its 12th Season with the announcement of Sunburn City Festivals which makes its comeback after a gap of 2 years. The mega multi-city festivals, which will be held on 5th October 2018 in Bengaluru, followed by a two-day festival from 6th to 7th October 2018 in Mumbai and Delhi NCR simultaneously. These City Festivals will give fans a taste of the Sunburn Festival with larger than life experiences and a stellar artist line up, along with an array of activities and a curated F&B offering.  

The line up includes Above & Beyond who return to Sunburn after 7 years, Yellow Claw who return to India after 2 years, the elusive trap DJ Malaa, with Moksi, and a very special guest - Kristian Nairn, who is famed for his character "Hodor" in the series Game of Thrones, besides a host of other home grown artists.

City Festivals are planned as a build up to the much awaited flagship Sunburn Festival 2018 which is slated to take place at the Oxford Gold Resort in Pune from 29th December to 31st December 2018.The festivals will feature cutting edge technology, mind-blowing SFX and state of the art production. 

Commenting on the commencement of Sunburn City Festival 2018, Mr. Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn Global said, "Given the immense popularity of Sunburn and the ever growing demand for more Sunburn
events across the country, we're glad to bring the City Festivals to Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi NCR. These festivals are also an attempt to give fans a taste of the true Sunburn Festival vibe and haven't
experienced previous Sunburn Festival editions or find it difficult to travel outside their city to attend our events."

The tickets for Sunburn City festival are live on www.bookmyshow.com and tickets start at 1500 INR.

Artist Aloud Unplugged

Artist Aloud, a platform by Hungama that supports and promotes independent music, recently announced, ‘Artist Aloud Unplugged’, a new music show featuring curated and talented independent musicians performing in a raw, unfiltered format.

Consisting of 10 episodes, the first season episode 1 was launched on 15th August with new episodes available to stream every Wednesday 4 PM onwards on Artist Aloud app, Artistaloud.com and Artist Aloud’s social media platforms. Each episode will feature a different artiste and allow the viewers to experience their unadulterated performances laced with the natural magic of their voices.

As a platform that stands for independent music, though its new show, Artist Aloud intends to promote creativity and independence while retaining the ingenuity of the musicians’ performances, the beauty of their art, expressions, journeys, and stories.

Talking about the new music series, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “As the leading platform for independent talent, we aim to provide a holistic stage to artists that celebrate uniqueness and encourages them to express themselves in their own distinct way. Artist Aloud Unplugged is in sync with our philosophy of putting talent first. We are certain that the show will help in bridging the gap between talent and music lovers and give the audience exclusive access to original music.”

Artist Aloud Unplugged Season 1 will bring to limelight 10 artists from different genres, each with their own unique approach towards music, bringing diversity to the platform and offering the viewers an unforgettable experience.
 

Javed Akhtar is the Indian Music Industry's "Person of the Year"

Eminent script writer, lyricist, poet and Chairman of IPRS, Mr. Javed Akhtar was recognized and awarded with the inaugural Indian Music Industry “PERSON OF THE YEAR” award.In a glittering function organized by the IMI during the first “DIALOGUE- Indian Music Conclave” organized by the IMI which is the apex Indian Music Industry body, Mr. Akhtar was presented with the award by Mr. Shridhar Subramaniam President of Sony Music Indiaand Chairman of IMI and by Seymour Stein Co-founder/ Chairman Sire Records and VP Warner Bros Records.

Shridhar Subramaniam, Chairman of IMI said that, “this award is recognition of Javed  Saab’s outstanding leadership which will allow the industry now to concentrate on bigger challenges and to expand and bring value to all stakeholders and users of music.”An audio-visual presentation contained messages from personalities like Oscar winner  AR Rahman, Film maker Karan Johar, Vikram Mehra, MD Saregama, Devraj Sanyal MD & CEO Universal Music Group and South Asia etc. demonstrated the respect with which Mr. Akhtar is viewed across the film and music industry.


In his address to the conference on receiving the award, Mr Javed Akhtar said, that the creator was an indispensable part of the music industry and the soft power of creators could be a critical part of the strength of the music industry as it deals with the serious challenges posed by technology. He said, “this award is not only recognition of me, it is recognition for all stakeholders in the Industry- of the extremely positive and mature fashion in which the industry now conducts and views itself”.

Mandar Thakur, COO of Times Music and Director of IPRS said that, Javed Saab’s status as a leader is not only limited to IPRS but is acknowledged across the industry- all of this as a result of the extremely positive and constructionist role he has played in bringing together stakeholders on one table. The IMI Man of the Year award is recognition of this reality” Devraj Sanyal MD & CEO of Universal Music Group, India and South Asia said, “Javed Saab’s exemplary leadership and evenhanded approach to all stakeholders has brought this industry to an extremely positive point - something we have not seen for quite some time now.

The Indian music industry must take advantage of this great synergy that has been built up between all of us- I feel, that given Javed Saab’s leadership, we are up to this task- good things lie ahead for the industry.”

IMI (‘Indian Music Industry”) is the apex music industry association and an affiliate of IFPI (International federation of Phonogram Industries) and the premier recorded music industry body in India.

IPRS is India’s only Registered Copyright Society authorized to carry on the business and granting of licenses in respect of literary works and musical works including when these works are exploited as part of sound recordings or cinematograph films.

Shridhar Subramaniam @Mandar Thakur, AR Rahman,@ Karan Johar, @Vikram Mehra, MD Saregama, @Devraj Sanyal @Blaise fernandes @

Anushqa - Something In Common

Virgin EMI, home to a stellar line up of contemporary artists including Florence + The Machine, Emeli Sande, Bastille, The Vamps, MNEK, James Bay to name a few, has a strong plan in place to take artists of Indian origin beyond just the Asian diaspora, well into the mainstream music audiences. Anushqa is one of the label’s picks who will be the focus of a combined effort between Virgin EMI in London and Universal Music India, to help bring an Indian artist to a global audience with her debut international single “Something In Common” that drops worldwide.

Ted Cockle, President, Virgin EMI Records said: “Anushqa is an artist with a killer voice, youthful beauty, and an overall vibe that matches up with the best global pop talent.  She has such infectious energy that the journey with her will be so much fun too.  This is a true first of India and the UK, combining efforts in the modern pop landscape!”

Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO, Universal Music Group India and South Asia said, “I’ve always believed in Anushqa’s talent ever since I signed her about 24 months ago, but to have the full support of Ted and his team at Virgin EMI is what makes this project Special. The single “Something In Common” is a culmination of a concerted joint effort between both teams and the output is simply brilliant – a mainstream international sounding track that retains her ethnic roots. I’m confident that this is the beginning of a very exciting journey for Anushqa and we are proud to be leading it ahead along with Virgin EMI!”

The label dropped Anushqa’s “Ecstasy” as a taste maker last month, which got rave reviews and radio plays in the UK. However, the stage is now set for the release of “Something In Common” - a sexy upbeat pop / dance track with an ethnic vibe to it, retaining Anushqa’s identity. The track is written and composed by Rishi Rich, Anushqa and Naamless and produced by Rishi Rich, Naamless and Loose Change (UK). The stunning and visually appealing music video to “Something In Common”, shot in London by cutting edge British director duo Sophia + Robert .

Anushqa broke out on the music scene with the first season of India’s only English singing talent show `The Stage’ where she was a finalist.  With her powerful and confident performances, Anushqa stunned audiences as well as the judges, Vishal Dadlani, Monica Dogra, Ehsaan Noorani and Devraj Sanyal.  She also wrote and performed on a couple of tracks for Bollywood director Mohit Suri’s last venture `Half Girlfriend’.“Something in Common” releases Worldwide across all digital services exclusively on Virgin EMI/UMG.

@Ted Cockle, President, Virgin EMI Records@Virgin EMI, @Florence + The Machine,@Emeli Sande, @Bastille, @The Vamps, @MNEK, @James Bay @Rishi Rich, @Anushqa and @Naamless @ Loose Change (UK).@The Stage @Vishal Dadlani, @Monica Dogra, @Ehsaan Noorani @Devraj Sanyal @Universal Music Group India @Sophia + Robert .@Something In Common” @Ecstasy”

Telephone companies are in love with Music again

The music industry must beware it doesn't get eaten by phone giants' hunger for growth.Telephone companies are in love with music again. Spotify recently announced a partnership with Samsung to become the phone giant’s “go-to” music streaming service, for both its phones and smart/voice assistant Bixby. Spotify’s stock price shot up on the day of the announcement.

Should the music industry be getting similarly giddy?

Spotify’s link-up with Samsung is one of a spate of recent deals between digital platforms and major telephone companies. US-based telco Verizon is now offering a free six months of Apple Music to Verizon Unlimited consumers, while rival Sprint is offering an Unlimited Plus plan that includes TIDAL baked right into it. Even Pandora last week announced that its Plus service will be bundled with T-Mobile for free for a year (so long as customers redeemed their code in time).

Suddenly, the idea of simply obsessing over subscriber numbers feels a little antiquated, when every major music streaming service is further locking in with these phone behemoths.Yet is there a risk that these platforms slowly remake the music industry not for the organic streaming era – but as a sweetener for smartphone plans?

 

Courtesy: (The MBW Review supported by Instrumental)

Tribute to ex-PM Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Happy Productions along with the entire BJP family have released a video to pay tribute to the late Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee This dedication, in the form of a melodious song, composed and sung by Padamjeet Sehrawat emotionally captures the defining moments and the essence of the life of a great poet, astute statesman and Bharat Ratna recipient, Atalji as he was fondly called. He has been the founding member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and three times India’s Prime Minister. He was known for his diplomatic skills. His life and work are a huge inspiration to all. 25th December, Vajpayee Ji’s birthday is celebrated as Good Governance Day. The soul stirring video, which will leave a lasting impression, has been conceptualised and produced by Happy Productions.

 Speaking on the occasion of launch Shri Jagdish Prasad Mishra, Chairman HAPPY PRODUCTIONS said, “Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji was a very important pillar of India’s growth and he is the one who has been instrumental in the growth of Bharatiya Janata Party right from the beginning. We support Bharatiya Janata Party to the fullest and this is a tribute from a karya karta of BJP to our most loved former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Ek Bhajpa, Ek Bharat, Ek Parivar."

@Jagdish Prasad Mishra, Chairman @HAPPY PRODUCTIONS @BJP@Ashish Shelar

Paddy Fields 2018

Paddy Fields is back for a third season with another cracking concept that explores the traditions of Indian music and addresses an age old question….did Indian classical music have its origins in folk music?Today folk and classical music are two distinct genres of course but was this always the case? The simple distinction between the two is that folk is a free flowing form with no rules while classical music follows certain patterns of melody and rhythm. Another distinction is that folk is a popular kind of music, created to entertain, replete with stories from folklore. Classical music on the other hand, is believed to be for a certain ‘class’ of people that developed under the patronage of kings.
Yet, for classical music to have developed, it must have developed from another form of music. So we did a little asking, delved a little and educated ourselves about Samagana, Jatigana, Deshi and Margi music, Persian influences on Indian music and how Dhruvapad led to the Dhrupad form of singing. We heard fascinating stories about instruments like the iktara and dotara being the precursor to the sitar and how the tabla developed from the dholak!!
It all made for an obviously fascinating and exciting concept for Paddy Fields 2018. Jugalbandi:The Classicism Of Folk Fusion. This is where the structured meets the free form, where stories are told in raga and where musical boundaries are pushed and walls broken down. An experience of a lifetime for both the audience and some of the performers as well! All packaged to ensure two evenings of sheer entertainment, with perhaps a bit of education of our great musical traditions thrown in!

The Artist line up for this year is The Manganiyar Classroom,Amit Trivedi, Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi,Rahul Sharma & Gulzar Ganie,Deepa Nair Rasiya, Shantanu Moitra, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Anwar Khan, Viva La Goa led by Merlin D’Souza

@The Manganiyar Classroom,@Amit Trivedi, @Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi,@Rahul Sharma &Gulzar Ganie,@Deepa Nair Rasiya, @Shantanu Moitra, @Vishwa Mohan Bhatt  @Anwar Khan, Viva La Goa led by @Merlin D’Souza atul Churamani @prashant Lade @soma Roy @Paddy Fields @anand Prasad

Aloft Star Asia Pacific 2018 In Seoul

After an exciting finale at the Aloft Seoul Myeondong, Hanita Bhambri emerged as the ultimate winner of this year’s Project: Aloft Star Asia Pacific - a competition that identifies the hottest emerging music talent from around the globe, offering them a chance to kick-start their careers - spearheaded by Marriott International’s Aloft Hotels in partnership with Universal Music Group & Brands (UMGB), the brand strategy division of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment.
 
From the 1,000+ original song entries and more than 70,000 online votes cast, five finalists including Australia’s High Tropics, Southeast Asia’s Nate Nontree from Thailand, India’s Hanita Bhambri, South Korea’s Blah and Greater China’s Eric Kung from Taiwan battled it out onstage for the ultimate prize. Hanita Bhambri wins the chance to record and release her original track and music video through Universal Music Group and their prestigious labels.

The finalists performed live at Aloft Seoul Myeongdong in South Korea to a venue packed with more than 100 influencers, global media, Marriott loyalty members and guests. Thousands of fans worldwide joined the excitement, watching via Facebook live. Each finalist performed one original song to a panel of judges from Aloft, Universal Music Group and music industry experts. The four judges evaluated on showmanship and stage presence, technical skill, the “WOW” factor, creativity and originality and international appeal, along with original song writing and music composition.

“I feel so blessed to be chosen as the ultimate winner. Music has always been a passion of mine and I’m so thankful to Aloft Hotels and Universal Music Group for giving me this opportunity to follow my dreams. I can’t wait to share my music with new fans around the world.” said Hanita Bhambri, this year’s Project: Aloft Star Asia Pacific winner.

“The energy and excitement in the room from both the guests and the contestants was palpable. Each of the five bands did a phenomenal job in their performances, it was really hard for us to choose one final winner,” said Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO, India and South Asia, Universal Music Group. “It was really close, but in the end, we were all very impressed by Hanita Bhambri’s showmanship and her original piece really moved me.”

Aloft Hotels has been fostering and incubating emerging musical talent around the world for over a decade. Project: Aloft Star is a global artist discovery competition running in four regions around the world[1], powered by Marriott International’s partnership with Universal Music Group & Brands (UMGB). Marriott International’s “Different. By Design” Aloft Hotels are hotspots for music makers and music lovers from around the world.

Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand and Marketing, Marriott International Asia Pacific, commented: “Project: Aloft Star is a global competition and the Asia Pacific edition simply gets larger each year. This is the first time we’ve combined all Asian finalists together in one big blowout finale in Seoul. This competition captures the brand’s belief in self-expression through music and is closely linked to our Live at Aloft Hotels performances which invite local musicians to perform at our hotels worldwide.” 

Three lucky online voters who correctly guessed the winner also won 50,000 loyalty points each, redeemable for stays at participating Marriott International hotels around the world and other rewards.

TelLeneGaye

Radio City, India’s leading radio network, decided to disrupt the regular programming of the station in reaction to the fuel price hike in Delhi and Mumbai cities. The ‘funhit mein jaari’ campaign, ‘Tel Lene Gaye’ is a disruptive, one day-long activity held on 11th September in Delhi. All the RJs of Radio City Delhi - RJ Ginnie, RJ Divya, RJ Yuvi, RJ Aadi RJ Manav - were off-air because ‘Radio City ke RJs Tel Lene Gaye’. Radio City Mumbai is also replicating this disruptive campaign with RJ Salil, RJ Archana, RJ Palak, RJ Harshit, RJ Pulkit and RJ Karan, on 12th September. The idea is to portray the frenzied way in which people rush to get fuel after the prices shoot up every now and then.
Although Radio City played the maximum music during the activity, the campaign created quite a buzz amongst the listeners who missed their favorite RJs on-air. An overwhelming number of calls have been coming in from across both the cities. Following the no-jocks-on-air day, Radio City Delhi is hosting a contest for the listeners wherein the winners are being given fuel vouchers as prizes.
Radio City believes in humorous but relatable campaigns to create the desired impact on the listeners and will continue to do so with activities like this one.

Grateful Dead among Orange Amplification Ambassadors

The distinctive British tones of Orange Amplification are coveted across the globe. Musical groups including Grateful Dead, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, and Marcus King Band, are delighted to join the prestigious ranks of Orange Ambassadors.
 
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown band are known for their electrifying classic rock revivalism and have performed alongside AC DC, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and  ZZ Top. They are currently supporting Guns N’ Roses on the Not In This Lifetime world tour. Orange recently caught up with the band and you can see front man and killer guitarist, Tyler Bryant talking about his Rockerverb MKIII 100 here.  Fellow band mate and guitarist, the fleet fingered Graham Whitford uses a Dual Dark 50 which you can see here and the bands talented bassist Noah Denney talks about his AD200 MK3 here.
 
Also, joining Orange’s highly respected list of Ambassadors is guitar phenomenon Marcus King and fellow band mate, bassist Stephen Campbell, of the Marcus King Band. Marcus is poised to be one of music’s great guitarists; with his remarkable virtuoso talent, he can play blues, rock, R&B, country, soul and more. So he and the Rockerverb MKIII and PPC412 cabinet are ideally suited. Meanwhile Stephen is using Orange AD200 MK3 with OBC810 cabinet to hold down the bands sweet groove. The Marcus King Band is currently touring across the USA.
 
Another new Ambassador, Bob Weir is appreciating the sounds of his Orange Rocker 15. He describes it as ‘a fun, really flexible little amp for low-volume situations like playin’ electric along with acoustic instruments….’. Bob has been described as the harmonic engine of the Grateful Dead and Dead & Company, with his original ability to make the guitar sound huge. He is currently touring with Dead & Company across the USA.
 
Whether it’s rock, blues psychedelia, Americana, folk or other music genre, Orange Amplification’s clean sounds will appeal to guitarists and bassists alike. To find out more about Orange’s Ambassadors and the gear they use please go to https://orangeamps.com/

Mumbai University, Dharavi Project introduce Hip-Hop course

The Dharavi Project and Mumbai University have collectively introduced a Student Exchange programme for a Hip – Hop certification course which will enable students to learn beyond classroom sessions. The 15 week course has especially been curated to ensure that students from both the institutions learn and receive maximum exposure.

This one of its kind initiative makes a great opportunity for budding artists of the Hip-Hop community to get both, support and mentorship in a surrounding where music and education will collaborate allowing students to analyse the social and historic roots of Hip-Hop.

The idea has been conceptualised by Prof. Yatindra Ingle who has been actively involved in building the curriculum in tandem with Dolly Rateshwar, Programme Head of The Dharavi Project. The duo addressed the audiences and inaugurated the course which will help students explore the origin and roots of hip-hop. It will also give them the chance to receive exposure beyond the class room walls and learn as a team.

The course was introduced on 8th September 2018 at the Mumbai University and present for the same were Dr. Sanjay Ranade and Prof. Yatindra Ingle, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism from the University of Mumbai, Samir Bangara - Trustee at TDP / CEO & MD at Qyuki Digital Media Pvt Ltd, Sajid Maklai and Yash Anand (Universal Music Group) and Dolly Rateshwar, Programme Head of The Dharavi Project.

@Dolly Rateshwar

@Prof. Yatindra Ingle

@Samir Bangara 

@Sajid Maklai

@Yash Anand

 

Artist Aloud partners with ATKT

Artist Aloud, a platform by Hungama that supports and promotes independent music, announced its partnership with ATKT.in – a digital platform that seeks to promote original content created by college students. Through this strategic partnership, Artist Aloud will encourage young talent and enable them to reach a larger audience, further strengthening its position as the leading platform for independent content. 

As a part of the association, ATKT.in will provide Artist Aloud access to a curated list of original content across an assortment of categories like music, comedy, dance, performance poetry etc. Artist Aloud will, in turn, leverage its reach and help the content get discovered by a wider audience, providing collegian talent a platform that gets them noticed and appreciated. Artist Aloud will also work with ATKT.in to give an impetus to fresh talent at college festivals across campuses in India. 

Talking about the new partnership with ATKT.in, Soumini Sridhara Paul, Vice President, Artist Aloud, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. said, “As the leading platform for independent talent, we intend to offer artistes across categories an opportunity to reach a larger audience. The association will allow us to accumulate independent and original content at a collegian level and provide the content creators with opportunities and recognition they deserve. At the same time, we will also be able to offer our audience a wide variety of original content that they are unlikely to discover on any other platform.”

@Soumini Sridhara Paul

@ATKT.in

YRFs Dhoom: 3 Game wins Award for 99Games

99Games, publishers of India’s most successfully monetized game, today announced winning Licensee of the Year award in the Gaming category for Dhoom: 3 The Game, at the 2nd edition of India Licensing Awards (ILA) held in Mumbai on 23rd August 2018.
 
The India Licensing Awards, which celebrates excellence in Indian Licensing, is a unique platform judged by a panel of experts and top brasses of the industry. 99Games is winning this award for the second consecutive time having won it last year for Sultan: The Game.
 
Dhoom: 3 The Game is an endless bike racing and adrenaline pumping game as its movie counterpart Dhoom: 3. The game gives players an immersive feel of the chase in the skin of Sahir, played by Aamir Khan. The characters of ACP Jai Dixit and Ali Akbar, played by Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra are present to chase the anti-hero in their signature bikes.
 
The game, which was a massive success, crossed 10 million downloads within a few months of its release (an industry first), 99Games launched a sequel of this game – Dhoom: 3 Jet Ski which crossed 5 million downloads. The lifetime downloads of the games have crossed 30 million, cementing its position as one of India's most downloaded games.
 
Speaking on the success of the game and the win, Rohith Bhat, CEO, 99Games, said, "Dhoom: 3 The Game has been our magnum opus in the Indian gaming ecosystem. This win reinforces our agenda of creating games with the capabilities to keep the Indian audience entertained and engaged over several years."
 
The company has spearheaded the merger of Bollywood and Gaming through its multi-game partnership with Yash Raj Films by creating games for Sultan and Fan, besides the coveted Dhoom franchise.
 
Speaking on their long-standing association, Manan Mehta, VP-Marketing & Merchandising at YRF said, "Dhoom: 3 The Game is a stand-out success in terms of combining the power of the brand with clever game mechanics that 99Games is famous for. Nothing speaks more about the success of the game than its staying power on the Google Play charts. The game still features as one of the Top 100 downloaded games in India years after its original release and has close to a million monthly active users."
 
Dhoom: 3 The Game is available for free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad at http://bit.ly/1ap19H2 and on Google Play Store at http://bit.ly/18kqXUC 

About 99Games 
99Games is India's leading Developer and Publisher of games of international standards for Global & Indian consumers. It takes pride in creating India’s most successfully monetized game ‘Star Chef’ and one of India’s most downloaded game ‘Dhoom: 3 The Game'.
 
99Games has published over 22 game titles and has clocked in 70+ Million downloads globally till date. It has a unique growth strategy of addressing the Global and Indian market. With a highly experienced & stable management team working collaboratively for over 5 years, 99Games is considered as thought leaders in the Indian gaming industry. 99Games has raised multiple rounds of investments from quality institutional investors - Dream Incubator, Kalaari Capital and Ascent Capital.

@Manan Mehta

@Rohith Bhat

Eminem set to break record with Kamikaze

Eminem's latest album "Kamikaze" has peaked at #1 on iTune charts in 99 countries. KamiKaze is currently #1 on Apple Music charts in 79 countries. Lucky You remains at the #1 position on Spotify Global  Top 50 with over 4.5 millon daily streams. The Ringer sits at #3 on the Spotify Global Top 50 with over 4 million daily streams. All 13 tracks from Kamikaze remain in the Spotify Global Top 50. Kamikaze is set to be Eminem’s 9th #1 album in a row in the UK, beating the record that he is currently tied for with Abba and Led zeppelin.Eminem is on course for his 9th #1 album on the Billboard TOP 200 chart next week, with over 225,000 equivalent album units in the week.

Arjun Kanungo signs up with EMI

Riding high on the success of his recent single “Aaya Na Tu” a collaboration with Momina Mustehsan, popstar ARJUN KANUNGO signs exclusively as a singer and composer to Universal Music Group (UMG). The singer/composer/actor will release all his new music under UMG’s `non-film’ imprint, EMI Records India – a sub label launched in collaboration with acclaimed director Mohit Suri.

A classically trained singer, Arjun's first commercial success came with "Khoon Choos Le" in the 2013 film Go Goa Gone, starring Saif Ali Khan, which topped all major charts. Since then he has churned out 6
hit singles in 3 years- “Baaki Baatein Peene Baad” ft. Badshah, “Fursat”, and “Ek Dafaa (Chinnama)”. His Tamil Debut came with “Sirrikadhey”, composed by Anirudh Ravichander, from the film 'Remo'.

His single "Gallan Tipsiyaan" has garnered massive appreciation online. His collaborative single with Neha Kakkar titled “La La La” has currently crossed 77 million views while his latest single “Aaya Na Tu” with
Momina Mustehsan released on VYRL Originals is at 36 million views on YouTube.

Arjun has now become one of India’s most recognizable popstars with over 380 Million+ audio / video streams online. He has gained immense popularity and built his fanbase across the country. Arjun won the
GIMA Award for best debut in 2015. He was featured in Times of India's 100 most desirable men in 2016 at No. 31 beating huge names like Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Kapoor.

Commenting on the announcement, Arjun Kanungo said, “I am thrilled to be part of the UMG banner. I get along with the people and we share a common goal for the future. Devraj and Vinit have always been
mavericks and I feel comfortable with them and Mohit (Suri) Sir to guide me in the next phase of my journey. My journey with my music has always been very personal and the guys at UMG understand that.”

Acclaimed film director Mohit Suri said, “Arjun is a tremendously talented musician and I’m glad he’s a part of the EMI Records India family. We are ecstatic to be a part of the next phase of his exciting musical
journey. Looking forward to creating good music together.”

Speaking on the announcement, Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group, India and South Asia and EMI Records India said, “Arjun is an extremely talented singer/songwriter and we are
excited to sign him exclusively under Universal Music. He is one of the most recognizable Independent music artists in the country and has great potential to become a huge cross over artist.”

@Arjun Kanungo

@Mohit Suri

@Vinit Thakkar

The Dharavi Project roped in for MHD

This year, in India, Menstrual Hygiene Day partnered with The Dharavi Project and India’s leading female rapper Dee MC to produce music that draws inspirations from personal experiences and a video that has reached over 2 million viewers.
Dee MC & TheDharaviProject’s commitment to create education about menstrual hygiene does not end with the association with the Day. They have extended interest in creating a world where girls can manage their periods safely, hygienically, without stigma and with dignity. And when a rap artist and an entity- After School of Hiphop are involved, this education becomes more fulfilled and fun-filled with music.
The Dharavi Project, Menstrual Hygiene Day and Dee MC will conduct a one day workshop in one of the most vulnerable areas of the world, Dharavi. Dee MC will use her viral song #NoMoreLimits,

https://www.facebook.com/MHDayIndia/videos/1980750378921508/ to encourage girls to share their personal stories of isolation and social stigma and find the strength in music to overcome them. The girls will also learn the art of hip hop in the process.

Together, they intend to create a community of girls who are there for each other, post the training. Activities that build trust and support are conducted to ensure a girl who comes into the training as an individual
leaves with a group of like-minded people she can share a journey with.
The Dharavi Project, with support from MH Day, will plan a series of performances that will be educational and entertaining, carrying the message of menstrual hygiene in lower income group and working class
localities. These performances will help end the silence around the issue and reach out to a larger community of people including men and women. 
This music and dance school in Dharavi has been funded from the CSR budget of Universal Music Group in collaboration with Qyuki with the aim of identifying and grooming homegrown talent and providing them a platform to showcase their potential.

@Dee MC

@After School of Hiphop

@Qyuki

Jugalbandi:The Classicism Of Folk Fusion.

The Paddy Fields A & R team of Atul Churamani & Anand Prasad have tried to addresses an age old question ….Did Indian classical music have its origins in Folk Music and the concept of the festival this yearJugalbandi:The Classicism Of Folk Fusion. So be ready for an experience of a lifetime and abe Entertained and Educated too.A brief on the line up of Artists are:-  
 The Manganiyar Classroom
Directed by Roysten Abel. the Manganiyar Classroom features kids between the ages of 8 and
12 years, each a repository of song, dance and rhythm. This set has never been performed in
Mumbai so come and get blown away by these multi talented kids in a high energy jugalbandi
with their class teacher!
Amit Trivedi
Bollywood’s hottest music director has a surprise in store as he explores folk music from
around the country, shows how he weaves it into film songs and jams with folk musicians in an
incredibly high voltage set. Be prepared for an amalgam of folk from across the country fusion
and Bollywood!
Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi
Grammy nominated sitar maestro and vocalist Shujaat Khan and much loved folk singer Malini
Awasthi come together for the first time, with an especially put together band for Paddy
Fields, presenting the beautiful music and poetry from the region of Awadh. A set that
perfectly illustrates the theme of this year’s Paddy Fields.
Rahul Sharma & Gulzar Ganie
Pandit Shuvkumar Sharma was responsible for making the santoor a popular lead instrument
in classical music and his son, Rahul has now taken it into the mainstream with his several
fusion projects. For Paddy Fields he combines with noted Kashmiri folk singer Gulzar Ganie to
introduce a side to music from the valley hitherto never performed on a commercial stage in
Mumbai.
Deepa Nair Rasiya
For her first ever performance in India, award winning Sufi vocalist, London based Deepa Nair
Rasiya presents the wisdom of mystic poetry down the ages in her own unique style. In
different genres of music, from light classical to simple folk tunes, making her performance a
jugakbandi in itself!

Shantanu Moitra
He may be better known for his music in Bollywood films but Shanatanu Moitra is an intrepid
trekker and spends a lot of time in the mountains. So it’s natural that he woiuld pick up
sounds and songs from the hill regions and create some amazing songs that represent the
mountains of India. It’s a unique set, performed by the extremely talented vocalist Kaushiki
Chakraborty, Tibetan monk Ani Choying and classical sitar player Purbayan Chatterjee. If you
haven’t caught it yet, this is your chance.

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Anwar Khan
Grammy winning classical guitar player Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has created a project
called Desert Slide with Rajasthani folk singer Anwar Khan. Their performances wowed the
organisers at Womex a couple of years ago and since then they have mesmerised audiences
across Europe. Strangely, they have never performed at a commercial event in India! Another
first coming to you from Paddy Fields.
Viva La Goa 
Another coming together of musicians to create something special for Paddy Fields! Sunday
night ends on a vibrant, colourful note as some of Mumbai’s finest musicians bring out the
musical spirit of Goa. Audiences will hear some evergreen Konkani and Portuguese classics along
with contemporary and original Goan songs. Performed by a band led by keyboard wiz Merlin
D’Souza, sax prodigy Rhys Sebastian, powerhouse vocalist Suzanne D’Mello, award winning actress
and singer Palomi Ghosh and many more. Oh did we mentioned that Tobby and his dancers are
joining in too? Miss this at your peril.

@The Manganiyar Classroom,@Amit Trivedi, @Shujaat Khan & Malini Awasthi,@Rahul Sharma &Gulzar Ganie,@Deepa Nair Rasiya, @Shantanu Moitra, @Vishwa Mohan Bhatt  @Anwar Khan, Viva La Goa led by @Merlin D’Souza atul Churamani @prashant Lade @soma Roy @Paddy Fields @anand Prasad

Vigo Video Celebrates a Successful Year in India

Vigo Video, the app that encourages all forms of creativity, fun and talent around the world, successfully completes one year in India. The original short video community - Vigo Video, includes an enhanced video-shooting and editing experience, making it a more powerful platform for users around India. So far, Vigo Video users have been actively posting around 80 million posts in the app, channelling to more than 200,000 posts per day.

The opportunity to create, discover and be rewarded has made Vigo Video a hit in India. It’s now a platform for people to share minute-by-minute details, of their everyday life and has created a space for itself not only in metros, but also in the smaller cities. Infact, in February this year, Vigo Video topped the free app chart on Google Play India.

Sharing about the success of Vigo Video India, the spokesperson from Vigo Video India says, ‘We are very delighted to celebrate the success of Vigo Video, one year completion in India. We've built a lot of great relationships already, and we're looking forward to strengthening them even further”.

Vigo Video has created a space for itself in the short-video world, and on the occasion of their 1st Anniversary celebration; Vigo Video, has created a three-staged campaign. This includes - a special sticker where everyone can tag themselves and be part of the fun; an extra-special song - sung by singer AbhiPayla, for all the loyalists to share their love for Vigo.

This special song - Go Vigo, a unique composition tells the story of Vigo through its users. It talks about - exploring the cool local and international trends, and the various opportunities of being a star on the platform. 

The last leg for this campaign, is an exciting challenge to find the various V’s of the user’s life. Through this, Vigo is giving an opportunity to be amongst the top 100 people to be rewarded a Vigo kit that includes - customized popsocket, caps, T-shirts and a bag, along with 2000 flames.

Vigo Video can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play - https://bit.ly/2PPAahh. Join the Vigo Video community today to create, discover and be rewarded.
 

@Vigo Video

GHS Strings Partners With Eastwood Guitars

Battle Creek, MI, 22nd August 2018 – GHS Strings is very excited to announce that they have partnered with Eastwood Guitars. Not only will all Eastwood Guitar models come equipped with GHS Strings, but GHS is offering a number of custom shop sets for Eastwood mando, tenor and baritone guitars. 
 
"Due to the rapidly growing demand for our families of Mando, Tenor and Baritone guitars, we decided it was time to partner with a leading USA String brand to help support our customers needs", said Michael Robinson, CEO Eastwood Guitars. "GHS stepped up to the plate and put together a range of string sets for all our "other" models, including flatwounds for our many short scale basses. Going forward, all of these models will come with factory installed GHS Strings. We will also offer replacement sets direct from our websites and our dealers worldwide to support our customers future needs."
 
"I'm really excited about this partnership," said Jonathan Moody, GHS Strings. "We field a lot of questions from frustrated musicians that have tenor and baritone guitars, that don't know where to find replacement strings. With this partnership, we were able to work together and get a number of popular custom shop sets put together to help all of these musicians!" 
 
The Eastwood Custom Shop mando, tenor and baritone string sets are available from Eastwood Guitars directly, as well as any GHS Strings Authorized Dealer. 
 
To find out more about the Eastwood Guitars products please go to https://eastwoodguitars.com/. To find out more about GHS Strings and its products please go to http://www.ghsstrings.com/.

@Michael Robinson

@Jonathan Moody

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Bangalore's Hottest Party Destination

Nestled in Soul Space Arena, a mall located by the bustling Outer Ring Road, Brew and Barbeque, recently has been reimagined as one of Bangalore’s biggest microbrewery. The Brew and Barbeque has been inspired by the bars in Texas, designed to allow customers a first–hand experience of high-quality dining and a large variety of exotic drinks.Mr Prasanna Kumar, CEO & Managing Partner, The Brew & Barbeque says, “We are proud to say that we are one of the biggest microbrewery pubs in Bangalore. Our attention to detail reflects in the décor which is designed to give a Texan bar feel. At B&B, we have an array of authentic handcrafted brews, and re-enforcing our commitment to providing the best to our customers, we have now launched the complete bar and hand-crafted food menu which will satiate the beverage and food cravings of the city’s connoisseurs and give them a memorable experience.”

Specialties: The mini-concert section at Brew and Barbeque is meant for live music and concerts, this area has a dedicated seating capacity of 100 people, to rave their favourite bands and live performances. Besides serving world class ales, the microbrewery is known for bringing renowned DJs like the king of Bollywood DJ Hussaine, DJ Avijith, DJ Pooja Seth and many more who set the dance floors ablaze with music. Brew and Barbeque offers exquisite food, drinks and music in an ambience that is resplendent with luxury.