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

Trail Blazer of a Woman

Rajitta Hemwaani is a name that needs no introduction in the world of media and entertainment. With an career spanning over 20 years. Having worked with Tips Industries, Universal Music Group, Star TV Network, Reliance Entertainment,Times Music, AB Corp amongst others. She is one of the few women in entertainment who have specialised in content and business development across Films, Music ,Radio & Television. Rajitta  has always worked on what she believed in and never taken the comfortable route. Currently she is Sr. VP, Content at 9x Media and responsible for their Artist division, the shows 'Smash Ups' and the latest SpotlampE. Raga to Rock caught up with Rajitta Hemwaani, who was good enough to take time out from her busy schedule to talk to us about her career and latest assignment.

Tell us about your career so far..
I started my career with Tips Industries as Chief Manager Content and Marketing. Then I did a brief stint with AB Corp, Ltd as Head-Content. In 1997 I joined Times Music as Asst.VP and spearheaded their content and business strategy for ten years. I was responsible for some of the company's most successful discoveries like Dj Suketu, Jassi, Indian Ocean, Bombay Rockers, Raghav, Dj Akbar Sami, Whosane, Nasha and many more! Her disruptive and clutter breaking ideas showed in properties like The War of the Djs which became a cult event in the country for nearly a decade, giving India some of its biggest Djs, and starting the massive remix movement. I also conceptualised and produced music for the some of the most respected names in the business like AR Rahman, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Gulzar, Abida Parveen, Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, Lata Mangeshkar, Pritam, Hard Kaur, Juggy D, Anu Malik, Asha Bhosle, Bohemia, Rishi Rich and the long list goes on. A brief stint with Reliance Entertainment and then I joined Universal Music Group as Vice President-Content, where I was responsible for content acquisitions and creation and annual business targets from content. Then another brief stint with Star TV Network and audioBoom, before I joined 9x Media as Sr. VP, Creative Content & New Business.

What was your mandate at 9x Media?
At a meeting with Pradeep Guha-MD, a question that came up was, why cant a music TV channel do what a music label and talent management company do, when we have so much more to offer? So it was a decided to give me the liberty to use my  experience and create shows with ideas and formats that linger on for their individuality rather than depend only on  individual talent and regular film song releases.

Tell us how did the Artist Managment division of 9x Media come about? 
The first task was, as no music channels have signed talented upcoming musicians here in India...and it seems mostly to be the domain of a music label...the first thought was, we own multiple music screens across languages like Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, English and a reach of over 230 million. What stops us from choosing those gems ourselves and create content for them which then is blasted on our screens and working towards creating tomorrow's superstars. Hence came up the Talent Management division of 9x Media that extremely carefully chooses the talent it wished to mentor and launch.

How has the show Smash Ups been doing?
Our property show Smash Ups took off on 9xM in 2017 and has also been added on to 9X Jalwa, 9x Tashan and now 9x Jhakkas. We gave the deserving and talented DJs a play of ten times a day for over a week each to showcase their mixes to our viewers. Extremely successful, Smash Ups moved from ace DJs and producers like Aqeel, Suketu, Kiran Kamath, Rishi Rich to giving the highly under rated women DJs across the country a chance to showcase their talent. DJ Rink, Shilpi Arora, Ashrafi, Paroma & Shireen Aida Khan lead that list. With over 30 DJs on our roster, we decided to move on to the indie DJs based across the world to give India a dose of their talent and them a window to showcase their talent to millions! 

Tell us about SpotLampE?
Having set Smash Ups in place, the next has been a very interesting show I am actively working on now, SpotLampE. SL is a platform that offers its multiple channels to showcase original music not only by new talent but also by the more established names in Bollywood. Everybody, be it a well known singer or composer wants to see his own original composition featuring him to reach out to the world. Thats where SL comes in. I am currently working with some of the best names in Bollywood and some of the most talented newcomers to launch their originals on various platforms. We started off with Bappa Re by Shankar Mahadevan, launched during Ganesh Chaturthi to an amazing response. Followed by Busy Busy by new singer Neha Pandey. And a stream of massive releases lined up month on month.

What are you other plans?
That I can't share with you as of now...

A person who is never content with what she has done, Rajitta is sure to be on the lookout for the next should be what??? already running inside her creative mind. Knowing her track record, its certainly gonna be a cracker of an idea! So here's wishing her all the best and eagerly looking forward to her her next.


 

Interviews

Venues

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.