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! Boz Burrell (Bad Company) 1-Aug ! Chuck D (Public Enemy) 1-Aug ! Coolio 1-Aug ! Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) 1-Aug ! Robert Cray (1953) 1-Aug ! Tiger Varadachariar 1-Aug ! Prema Hariharan (Chennai) 2-Aug ! Sushama Reddy 2-Aug ! Zelma Davis (C+C Music Factory) 2-Aug ! Chhannulal Mishra 3-Aug ! James Hetfield (Metallica) 3-Aug ! Tony Bennett (1926) 3-Aug ! Sharon Prabhakar 4-Aug ! Vellore Ramabhadran 4-Aug ! Vishal Bhardwaj 4-Aug ! Ganesh Jain 5-Aug ! Kumbakonam Rajamanickam Pillai 5-Aug ! Pat Smear (formerly of Foo Fighters) 5-Aug ! Aditya Narayan 6-Aug ! Cyrus Sahukar 6-Aug ! Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice of Spice Girls) 6-Aug ! Bruce Dickenson (Iron Maiden) 7-Aug ! Cyrus Broacha 7-Aug ! Suresh Wadkar 7-Aug ! JC Chasez ('N Sync) 8-Aug ! Raza Ali Khan 8-Aug ! Shawn Mendes 8-Aug ! Asgari Bai 9-Aug ! Sawan Kumar Tak 9-Aug ! Sulkshana Pandit 9-Aug ! Trichur V.Ramachandran (Chennai) 9-Aug ! Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) 10-Aug ! Ustad Alladiya Khan 10-Aug ! Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande 10-Aug ! Ramashreya Jha 11-Aug ! T.H.Vinayakram 11-Aug ! V. Doreswamy Iyengar 11-Aug ! Kid Creole 12-Aug ! Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) 12-Aug ! Pat Metheny 12-Aug ! Nalin Shah 13-Aug ! T.K.Murthy 13-Aug ! Dash Crofts (Seals & Crofts) 14-Aug ! David Crosby (Crosby, Stills & Nash) 14-Aug ! Manohar Iyer 14-Aug ! Michael Graham (Boyzone) 14-Aug ! Sunidhi Chauhan 14-Aug ! Amir Khan 15-Aug ! Bharati Pradhan 15-Aug ! Pandit Prasun Banerjee 15-Aug ! Prof. T.Viswanathan 15-Aug ! R.Durga Prasad 15-Aug ! Srimushnam V.Raja Rao 15-Aug ! Emily Erwin (Dixie Chicks) 16-Aug ! Hemlata 16-Aug ! Kishan Bhutani 16-Aug ! Madonna 16-Aug ! Poochi Srinivasa Iyengar 16-Aug ! Belinda Carlisle 17-Aug ! Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids On The Block) 17-Aug ! Daler Mehndi 18-Aug ! Dennis Elliot (Foreigner) 18-Aug ! Gulzar 18-Aug ! Jon Higgins 18-Aug ! Pt. Vishnu Digambar Paluskar 18-Aug ! T.S.Balakrishna Sastrigal 18-Aug ! Abdul Rashid Khan 19-Aug ! Ginger Baker (Cream) 19-Aug ! Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) 19-Aug ! John Deacon (Queen) 19-Aug ! Ken Gosh 19-Aug ! Demi Lovato 20-Aug ! Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) 20-Aug ! Naresh(Mahesh Brother) 20-Aug ! Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) 20-Aug ! Uday Tara Nayar 20-Aug ! Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) 21-Aug ! Kenny Rogers 21-Aug ! Liam Howlett (Prodigy) 21-Aug ! Melissa Schuman (Dream) 21-Aug ! Sriram Brahmanandam 21-Aug ! Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) 22-Aug ! James DeBarge (DeBarge) 22-Aug ! Paul Douchette (Matchbox 20) 22-Aug ! Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) 22-Aug ! Tori Amos 22-Aug ! Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 23-Aug ! SkyBlu (LMFAO) 23-Aug ! Basavaraj Rajguru 24-Aug ! Billy Ray Cyrus 25-Aug ! DJ Terminator X (Public Enemy)25-Aug ! Elvis Costello 25-Aug ! Gene Simmons 25-Aug ! Rekha Chinniprakash 25-Aug ! Rob Halford (Judas Priest) 25-Aug ! Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) 25-Aug ! Adrian Young (No Doubt) 26-Aug ! M.S.Anantaraman 26-Aug ! Shirley Manson (Garbage) 26-Aug ! Rajarathnam Pillai 27-Aug ! Shania Twain 27-Aug ! Tony Kanal (No Doubt) 27-Aug ! Voletti Venkateswarulu 27-Aug ! Chris Copping (Procol Harum) 29-Aug ! Kyle Cook (Matchbox 20) 29-Aug ! Micky Moody (Whitesnake) 30-Aug ! Debbie Gibson 31-Aug ! Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) 31-Aug

A .R Rehman writes new song for 'Blinded By the Light'

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is premiering a music video for "For You My Love" (a new original song penned by Oscar and Grammy winning composer A.R. Rahman for the "Blinded By The Light" soundtrack).

Directed by Amith Krishnan (who worked on "One Heart: The A.R. Rahman Concert Film"), the "For You My Love" music clip intercuts scenes from "Blinded By The Light" with new footage featuring A.R. Rahman on piano with singers Hriday Gattani (performing English verses) and Parag Chhabra (performing Punjabi verses) alongside choreographed dancers in a dreamy Bollywood setting.

“It is always a pleasure to work my friend, A.R." said "Blinded By The Light" director Gurinder Chadha. "He has the amazing ability to go straight to the emotional heart of whatever composition is required by me or the film. 'For You My Love' is a wonderful blend of Western and Eastern sensibilities brought together by A.R. Rahman’s masterful magic.

World renowned as a composer who's redefining contemporary Indian music, A.R. Rahman, according to a BBC estimate, has sold more than 150 million copies of his work comprised of music from more than 100 film soundtracks and albums including landmark scores such as "Roja," "Bombay," "Slumdog Millionaire," "127 Hours" and many more.

Rahman began pursuing music from a very young age and after assisting leading musicians in India went on to compose jingles and scores for popular Indian television features. After obtaining a degree in western classical music from the Trinity College of Music, London, he set up his own in-house studio (Panchathan Record-Inn at Chennai). In 1991, "Roja" won Rahman the Indian National Award for the best music composer, the first time ever by a debutant. Rahman has gone on to win the National Award three more times, the most ever by any composer.

In 2008, Rahman's work gained global prominence with the extraordinary success of his score for "Slumdog Millionaire" that won 8 Academy Awards including two for Rahman, for Best Score and Best Song. "Slumdog Millionaire" won Rahman more than 15 awards for his score including two Grammys, the Golden Globe and the BAFTA.

Rahman has been conferred with honorary doctorates from the Trinity College of Music, Aligarh Muslim University, Anna University, Middlesex University and the Berklee College of Music. In 2009, he was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. Rahman received the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian honor, in 2010. Across his career, he has won six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Filmfare Awards and seventeen Filmfare Awards South.

“The timing of ‘Blinded By The Light’ is so right," said A.R. Rahman.  "It's a reminder to those who have forgotten the beauty of life, which is about giving, sharing, learning and empathy.  I'm so honored to be a part of this movie and the song which again reminds us that change is the only constant factor!"

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, released Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (digital and CD configurations) on Friday, August 9.

 

Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack brings together 12 essential Bruce Springsteen performances including the long-sought-after studio recording of "I'll Stand By You." Blinded By The Light: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack includes period tracks and dialog from the film and premieres "For You My Love."

Inspired by a true story (Sarfraz Manzoor's Greetings from Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock N' Roll) and the words and music of Bruce Springsteen, New Line Cinema's "Blinded By The Light" is the new coming-of-age film directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend It Like Beckham"). The film follows Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in Luton, England in 1987. Javed's turbulent life amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times is transformed when he is introduced to the music of Bruce Springsteen.

A breakout smash at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Blinded By The Light" has been hailed by critics as "a delirious and romantic rock 'n' roll parable…[an] incandescent ode to the life force of pop music" (Variety) and "pure, ingenuous joy" (Entertainment Weekly).

"Like a life-affirming rock anthem, Blinded By The Light hits familiar chords with confidence and flair, building to a conclusion that leaves audiences cheering for an encore," reads the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, where the film received 90% on the Tomatometer and a whopping 92% Audience Score.

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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.