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Thursday, 31 December 2009
Sonu Niigaam was not well recently. He was admitted to hospital for a couple of days as he complained of fatigue and low blood pressure.
Sonu has cancelled all his meetings and recordings for the next few days.
He is also suffering from tennis elbow and is currently undergoing treatment for that as well.
However, the main concern is whether he will be able to leave for his forthcoming tours to Singapore and Israel in mid-January.
Get well soon Sonu Niigaam Sir & back to work for your fans
Wishing you a quick recovery for the new year !!
This year Toronto-born Hindi vocalist Parichay stepped onto the Urban Desi music scene as a solo artist. He has told us time and time again that he hopes to bring Desi music mainstream, and with the release of his album "No Boundaries," Parichay also released two slick videos.
We thought Parichay was taking the next step when he headed to Manchester, England to continue promoting "No Boundaries" as well as work on his second album. But it looks like that is not the case! Parichay reached out to fans on Facebook today, saying, "Just wrapped up a BIG tune for an upcoming Bollywood movie! We aint stoppin'.. 2010 is ours!"
From the Urban Desi scene to Bollywood, Parichay is conquering all. This does not completely shock us. Aside from Parichay's pure talent, he is friends with superstar playback singer Sonu Niigaam and has even recorded the song "Kahe Barse" with Sonu's sister Neekita.
Do you think Parichay has what it takes to make it big in Bollywood? Drop us a line. To learn more about Parichay, check out his artist page here.
Salman Khan and Sonu Niigaam celebrated the soundtrack to Salman's upcoming movie "Veer" the other day and now fans can listen to two of the tracks from the warrior movie.
Salman is taking on several different looks for the warrior flick directed by Anil Sharma.The film revolves around his character's epic love story, the honor of his country and his resolve as a warrior in the face of the impending British invasion.
When B-town's favorite bad boy was in London to shoot a song for the movie, he craved some ice cream and decided to treat everyone on the set to a cone! Around 600 people got a taste of Salman's generosity! Not bad for a bad boy!
Eros International and Vijay Galani's VEER starring Salman Khan Bollywood's biggest epic film till date is very close to the leading actor's heart.
Since the movie is penned by Salman Khan himself he wished to leave no stones unturned for his magnum opus. Hence he brought together Sajid Wajid and Oscar winner Gulzar to compose the music for VEER which is set in the 18th century.
Ask Salman what's his favorite song - and promptly he replies "Meherbaniyaan"- sung by Sonu Niigaam.
Reveals a source "Salman had a great time shooting for the song and was often seen humming the song on the sets"
The song "Meherbaniyaan" sees Salman have a great time with his brother Sohail.
Might we add 50 musicians across India came together for a live orchestral recording of the film.
Eros International and Vijay Galani's Veer is all set to release January 22nd 2010.
Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Another thrilling,action-packed and fulfilling year comes to an end.. 2009, like every other year, was resplendent with positivity, excitement and of course,music!! The year witnessed super-successful tours, box-office blockbusters and several unique projects,collaborations and achievements! Team Sonu Niigaam proudly presents a tour through the beautiful 365 day long journey which all of you lived with us, and made it even more special with all your love and support!!
As we welcome 2010, we have added a special new year message from Sonuji to his extended family, in this year-end edition of our newsletter! But first, lets reflect on 2009 together
RELEASES OF 2009
What a year it has been! While Neene Bari Neene stole Kannadiga hearts,the world united with us through Facebook for MJ This One's For You! From Shukran Allah to All Izz Well to Meherbaniyan..From Soniyo to Dont Say Alvida to Jaane Nahi Denge Tujhe,and from Chiggy Wiggy to Zooby Dooby,the synergy has been outstanding in every sense of the word. And not to forget the Mumbai Anthem, a song straight from our hearts to yours!
Neene Bari Neene
Neene Bari Neene was launched on 27th August 2009 in Bangalore. With music by Mano Murthy and lyrics by Jayant Kaikini, the album is our tribute and thanksgiving to all the Kannadigas for all the love that they have been showering upon us over the years!
Neene Bari Neene - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQFLE448qfA
Baa Nodu Gelathi - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfagIHGWm4E
The Mumbai Anthem
The Mumbai Anthem titled "Ungli Uthe to Koi Badhe to Kar Degi Bagaawat Mumbai" was launched on 26th November 2009 to mark the anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks that shook Mumbai and claimed several lives. The project was conceptualized by the Mumbai Police and launched in collaboration with Big 92.7 FM and Linterland. The anthem has been composed by Sonu Niigaam,penned by Subbu and sung by some of some of India's leading singers like Hariharan, Shaan, Kailash Kher,Jagjit Singh,Suresh Wadkar,Kunal Ganjawala,Talat Aziz,Roop Kumar Rathod,Sunidhi Chauhan,Shankar Mahadevan,Alka Yagnik,Richa Sharma,Mahalaxmi Iyer and Sonu Niigaam! It also features an exclusive voice-over by Mr.Amitabh Bachchan himself.
Video of the Making of the Anthem on Bollywood Hungama - http://bit.ly/8t7gYD
The Anthem - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLDiSGWbags
MJ This One's For You
Mj This One's For You was launched on 29th August 2009 by Team Sonu Niigaam as a tribute to one of the greatest artistes of all time, Mr.Michael Jackson. The project was the first of its kind because it was the first song ever to be created through social networking. MJ, as we fondly call him, has been one of the biggest sources of inspiration in Sonuji's career and the desire to do this tribute, originated primarily from the latter’s sense of personal loss, added with his sense of responsibility as an artist, to salute and celebrate the glorious life of another. The song features extremely talented artistes whom we discovered within our facebook community itself! MJ, we love you, we always will! Rest in Peace!
Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcr43QupKCo
Aajkal - Global One
Aajkal - Global One
Global One's much awaited single Aajkal(Lately) featuring Sonu Niigaam and Blaaze was released worldwide on 18th May 2009 digitally. The ground breaking project has brought together over 30 artists from 3 continents to record ‘Lately' for a simultaneous release in their own languages. The single is now available for purchase at every Itunes store/zunes network
Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1s3p5wFr2E
Soniyo - Raaz 2
Aalam Guzarne Ko,Soniye Billori - Kal Kissne Dekha
Dhoondte Reh Jaoge - Dhoondte Reh Jaoge
Holi Aaye - Karma Aur Holi
Aahoon Aahoon - Kisse Pyaar Karoon
Zara - 42 kms
Mazza Aa Gaya - Victory
Ek Se Bure Do - Ek Se Bure Do
Ya Rabula Rabbi - Paying Guests
Kal Nau Baje - Short Kut - The Con is On
Ishq Hi Rab Hai - Dil Bole Hadippa
Zulfaen Khol Khal Ke - Do Knot Disturb
Don't Say Alvida - Main Aur Mrs Khanna
Chiggy Wiggy - With Kylie Minogue - Blue
Rehnuma - Blue
Shukran Allah - Kurbaan
Aankhein Tumhari - marega Salaa
Aal Izz Well, Aal Izz Well Remix, Zoobi Doobi, Zoobi Doobi Remix Jaane Nahin Denge - 3 Idiots
Tu Jo Jaan Le - Dulha Mil Gaya
Meherbaniyan, Taali - Veer
Obba Hudugana Manassu - Preethi Nee Shashwathana
Nee Endare - Junglee
Aakasha Neene - Ambaari
Pisugudale - Circus
Male Barali Manju Irali - Gelathi Neenu
Ello Maleyaagideyandu - Manasaare
Onde Ninna - Manasaare
Chelusuva Cheluve - Ullasa Utsaha
Summane Yaake Bande - Jeeva
Noduba Cheluvae - Hrudayadalli Idenidu
Neene Helu Nannadaavudu - Gokula
Aaramaage Iddenaanu & Remix - Gokula
Sagamapaanisa - Premism
Neenendare Nanage - Ram
Koncha Reshime - Olave Vismaya
Malyali Jotheyali, Nee Sanhiyaka Bandare, Yenu Helabeku Yendu - Malyali Jotheyali
Ee Bisileli & Remix - Bisileli
Janumada Jodi, O Priyatama - Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu
Hee Sugandhi Hawa, Kabhi Shaam Dhale, Kshan Ek Tula Bhi - Saawariya.Com
Konchem Istam Konchem Kastam - Antha Siddanga
Bolo Piya - Saat Pake Badha
Qurbaton Mein - Caravan E Ghazal by Talat Aziz
Mere Mann Prem Lago - Guru Maneyo Granth by Jagjit Singh
One must never undermine the importance of rhythm while doing reeyaaz. The electronic tabla for those who do not have an accompaniment, is a sensible investment if you can afford it. or else, keep tapping the hand or feet and focus on the tempo while practicing sargams and taans. It makes a great deal of difference.
Music and love,
Lions Gold Award, for In Lamhon Ke Daaman me from the film Jodha Akbar
Filmfare Award, Kannada,for Yenagali, Mussanje Maathu
Annual Central European Bollywood Awards, for In Lamhon Ke Daaman Me, Jodha Akbar
Indian Television Academy Award, for the title track of Dil Mil Gaye
TOURS & CONCERTS
The most successful and prominent tour of 2009 was the Explosion 2009 tour of America in July-August, which also featured Sunidhi Chauhan and Hardkaur. The group enthralled audiences in every city they visited with their power packed performances. The highlight of the tour was Sonuji performing Billie Jean on stage as a tribute to MJ. He also did the famous moonwalk to the absolute delight of the audience.
The show in Los Angeles was extremely special, as it was attended by esteemed guests like Jermaine Jackson,Terry Lewis,Christian Audigier among others. The association with Jermaine Jackson which started there, led to Sonuji recording a song,composed and written by Sonuji himself for MJ,with him. Jermaine has also invited Sonuji to perform at the Michael Jackson tribute concert to be held in London in mid 2010.
In addition to the Explosion Tour,Sonuji performed to packed houses in almost all cities in India during the year,and also in Bangladesh,Mauritius,Singapore,Dubai to name a few.
Big 92.7 FM, the radio venture of Reliance ADAG's Adlabs Radio, has appointed Sonuji as its new brand ambassador after repositioning its music offerings to 'Chillax Hits' in Mumbai and Delhi.
Sonuji will feature in a multi-media campaign spanning radio, print, outdoor, television, online and mobile, which will be launched soon and will also be a part of key properties on the station.
With Larry King & Shawn King
Legendary American talk show host Larry King has teamed up with Sonuji for his Larry King Cardiac Foundation that provides free check-ups, medical help and surgeries to underprivileged Americans suffering from heart problems.
Quoting Sonuji - "I strongly felt I should do something for people even in America. I believe in Oneness, and for me, Indians and Americans are the same. If I can do philanthropic work in India, why can't I do it in America? I had a great dinner meeting with Larry. He has a different sense of humour and is very curious about our country
The Cinsay Merchandise Store
In 2009,Sonuji joined forces with Cinsay, a media and software company, in a unique collaboration to bring him closer to the millions of fans and consumers in the US.
Quoting Sonuji : "The Internet is clearly the future of entertainment, and I am very excited to be collaborating and working with such a progressive team as Cinsay.In addition to creating original content which will help my fans see me in different situations than they are used to, Cinsay and I are working together to create a line of apparel and merchandise which reflects my passion for performing. I hope fans around the world will enjoy these new designs"
The merchandise can be purchased from the Cinsay Online Store: http://mcssl.com/store/1f5b87ab6d62468fbbdf9bd00185c6/sonu
R&B Collaborations with American artists
Sonuji recorded six English songs with American music-industry heavyweights in the three months he spent in Los Angeles prior to the Explosion Tour this year.
He has composed and sung two songs with R&B/ funk chanteuse Chaka Khan produced by Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam of Flyte Tyme, the label behind hit albums of Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey; two songs with Emmy-winning arranger and composer Chris Boardman; one with songwriter-producer Jud Friedman, producer for Whitney Houston, Barbra Streisand and Rod Stewart; and another with triple-Grammy nominee composer Steve Dorff. The genres of the songs, span pop, soul, R&B, and funk.
This year,Sonuji entered Sony's Indian Idol 4 as mentor and provided his valuable guidance and tips to the contestants. He made two appearances on the show - the first was aired on 16th Jan 2009 and the second on 6th Feb 2009.
Sonuji also performed at SRGMP's 1000th episode celebrations which was aired on 12th Dec 2009 on Zee. It was a historic moment in itself, when the 1st anchor of the show, who also played a major role in its conception, walked onto the same platform in its 1000th episode after 14 years, singing the same song, which he 1st sang on the platform on May1st 1995!
Sonuji also judged this special epidode along side Pyarelalji (Of Laxmikant duo) & Suresh Wadkar.
Dear fellow travellers
As we bid farewell to the first decade of this millennium, I am overwhelmed at how my life transformed in the last ten years. My beliefs, my relations, my status ( I was single when I was entering the now-so-old decade!), my looks, my experience, I can go on and on!
Am thankful for all the learning and experience this decade provided me. I am so much more at ease with myself than what I was 10 years back. So much more aware!
I enter the new decade with reverence and humility, and a little twinkle in my eyes in pleasant anticipation of what lies ahead of me this decade onwards! And where and how will I be when I write once again in Dec 2019! All I can say is life is an endless journey, and it's only now that I have slightly started understanding the meaning of "endless".
My prayers to all the people who have been with me all this while, in body or spirits, may we all achieve the TRUTH sooner than later.
Happy New Year
Year 2009 proved to be very successful on the networking front also for us. We launched our facebook,twitter and youtube pages during the year and the response and support has been overwhelming. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=54993382001&ref=ts
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/sonuniigaampage
Twitter - http://twitter.com/sonuniigaam
Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/sonuniigaamtube
Official Website - http://sonuniigaam.in
THE ROAD AHEAD
2010 promises to be another thrilling and exciting year. Several launches and releases lined up. The year will start with a rocking concert in Singapore.. Shows in Israel, Holland and a tour of the Down Under coming up later.. Please follow us on our networks to be updated on a day to day basis.
Team Sonu Niigaam wishes you all a very happy and prosperous 2010.
Please feel free to give us any feedback you may have.
You can write personally to @ email@example.com
Or to Sonu Niigaam & Me - Vijayrafisfan@yahoo.co.uk
Love and Light,
shyama govind & Team Sonu Niigaam
Birthdays aren’t just for kids — adults love celebrating them too! Akashdeep whose big day it was recently held a small cosy affair for few of his Vikas and Punita Bhalla with a friend
The chill in the air was evident as many guests including Dipshhikha chose to wear full-sleeved tops and shirts. But Sheeba was dressed to kill in a sleeveless outfit and a bright pink neckpiece to go with it. Rohit Roy dropped in for a while and so did Vikas and wife Punita Bhalla. Sonu Niigaam brought along his adorable son Nivaan who was quite the centre of attention at the do. Bhagyashree and Himalay, Archana Puran Singh and Parmeet Sethi were some of the other guests who sauntered in for the brunch that carried on till evening.
Monday, 28 December 2009
Every year-end calls for a rewind. And one of the best ways to do it is to appreciate those who made our year better. Award those who did or made something beautiful for us to enjoy! So we at Bollywood Hungama would like to present The Music Awards 2009!
They say that the music of the film could make or break the film's box-office 'taqdeer'. 2009 saw many good, bad n ugly soundtracks through the year. We have picked the best of the best for you in various categories and now want you to pick your favorites of the year that bids us goodbye!
Unlike the various award functions that will crowd your TV screens soon, these awards are by you! You are the listeners, viewers and the judges. Your votes will decide who wins the Music Awards 2009 on Bollywood Hungama. So go ahead and start voting! Let us know what you loved the most. Who made you sing-along and who made you tap your feet?
What's more! Now you can publish your votes on *Facebook* and reveal your votes to your friends and ask them to vote as well... Make sure you cast a vote in every category. The last date for voting is January 4, 2010
Vote Here: http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/surfers-choice-awards/2/index.html
Saturday, 26 December 2009
He’s achieved his objective – of singing less but getting more popular numbers than before. Sonu Niigaam, whose songs in 3 Idiots are catching on by the day, is also busy with varied interesting ventures
How do you divide your time today? A couple of years ago you were virtually living in America.
I divide my time equally between home and Los Angeles. I am doing select songs here and I am least interested in doing too much work. People have been saying that I have barely sung in 2009 but I have had truly great songs like in 3 Idiots, Don’t say alvida in Main Aurr Mrs Khanna and Shukran Allah in Kurbaan. There were Soniyo in Raaz – The Mystery Continues, I wanna chiggy-wiggy with you and Rehnuma in Blue, Aalam guzarne ko in Kal Kissne Dekha and now there is Tu to jaan le in Dulha Mil Gaya.
You also had some unusual interactions on Facebook in which you asked people to send in video entries.
Yes, that was for my Michael Jackson tribute for which I had composed a song.
Composer Wayne Sharpe revealed to us that you were recording a very unique project for Saregama at his studio in America. Can you tell us a bit more?
Oh, that’s a very unique project called Time Travel – it’s a crazy idea that turns the remix concept on its head! We have taken originals from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s and I have aligned my voice with our legendary singers like Lataji, Mohammed Rafisaab, Mannada and Kishoreda. For me, it’s an unique opportunity to almost sing a duet of sorts with them! But it is much more than that – the idea is that my voice should sound as it was recorded alongside theirs 30, 40 or 50 years ago in terms of the technical sound and feel. The analogue rather than digital feel should come in.
All this sounds easier than it is. We have recorded nine songs and the project is a 5-CD series and technically we have to work very hard when my recording should not sound as if it was added later. Even the marketing campaign will have to be different- and since I am going back in time and ‘singing’ with the greats the name is Time Travel. I do not think anyone has attempted this before.
Is Pramod Chandorkar, your usual engineer, at the helm again?
Yes, he is. This one needs his expertise.
You recently did a song for 26/11. How did that come about?
Well, I was in the USA when I got a call in my office to compose an anthem for the Mumbai Police and 26/11 and Subbu, National Creative Director of Linterland, was the man behind the initiative which was part of a police campaign called Abhedya Mumbai to praise the spirit of the force and Mumbai’s citizens.
Subbu had written the song and for some reason he also wanted me to compose the song, which we launched first on Big FM. I must say that but for one singer, every name that I approached among my fraternity, including legends like Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan), who opens the song, and Jagjit Singhji responded immediately to my call. I composed the song with different portions for each singer and blended them into a kind of anthem-ish rock.
Who are the others who collaborated on this song?
For the first time ever, BBC filmed us while recording the video and has come out with a “Making of the video.” A concert is also being planned now by BIG events.
Who else participated in the song?Suresh Wadkarji, Talat Aziz, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Roopkumar Rathod, Shaan, Kunal Ganjawala, Kailash Kher, Alka Yagnik, Sunidhi Chauhan, Mahalakshmi Iyer and Richa Sharma all responded.
A curious point is the posting of your duet with Shreya Ghoshal on Facebook that you have recorded for Pyarelal. Is that a film song?
I wouldn’t know what is happening to the song. It was recorded about 18 months ago in the classic old style at Yash Raj Studios with 80-90 musicians. But it was a very gratifying experience.
Can you elaborate on that?
As I said, it was a ‘live’ recording and I promised Pyarebaba that I would record the song after a rehearsal in one take, just like the legends did. I did not want any punching done of portions that were not perfect. He was very thrilled that I managed that. Pyarebaba is among my icons. I have had the privilege of going to his house and his gifting me a book and teaching me a lot of things about music.
The other aspect was that the song recording took me back to my struggling days when songs were recorded live – I had sung a few songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal then, like Hungama ho gaya in Deewana Mastana. Most of the musicians in theirs and others’ recordings had known me then as a struggler and it was very touching to meet them again after such a long gap, for live musicians are barely given work now and in any case the track is ready when we dub the song so we do not get to meet them.
What do you think of the current trend of composers from the biggest names to the newest entrants singing most of their songs? One reason they give is that they know the song better as they have lived with it for weeks while programming it.
I think that is a very unconvincing reason! They are compromising on the longevity of a song, just as they also do nowadays by casting an inappropriate singer – be it of the wrong tenor or calibre or someone who comes for a lower price! A composer cannot go on an ego trip, and only a great singer added to a great composition can lead to a perennial song. But at the end of the day, if they want to harm their own songs, it’s their life.
And are they trying to say that Naushadsaab or Shankar-Jaikishanji gaane to banaate waqt ragadte nahin the? Then if they could understand the nuances of their compositions best, why did they bother to employ a Rafisaab or a Mukeshji? And Usha Khannaji need not have had Lataji or Ashaji, right?
What else are you up to now?
Without false modesty, I am doing lots of good work in Kannada films and CDs sell on my name there. In the last three years, I have sung for almost all the great and contemporary names there.
What about Hindi films?
I have sung in A.R.Rahman’s Raavan and there are some excellent songs in Veer. Sajid-Wajid and Gulzar have come up with such great music.
Are things sorted out between Himesh Reshammiya and you?
There was no problem from my side. There were comments he made to the media to which I did not retaliate.
01 - It Can Only Be Love (Rishi Rich) - Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik & Mumzy
02 - My Letter To You (Kami K) - Mohd Rafi, Yasa & Raja Wilco
03 - City Guy (Rishi Rich) - Asha Bhosle & Mumzy
04 - My Silhouette (Kami K) - Chitra, Raja Wilco & Drilla Kid
05 - Shes The One For Me (Hunterz) - Sneha Pant & Hunterz
06 - Lover Lover (Rishi Rich) - Alka Yagnik & Veronica
07 - If You Want Me (Hunterz) - Kishore Kumar & Vee
08 - Code Of The Gangster (Kami K) - Zubeen & Drilla Kid
09 - You Are My Only Love (Hunterz) - Sonu Niigaam, Alka Yagnik & Justice
10 - Intoxicated Riddim 2009 (Kami K) - Bombay Jayashree & Drilla Kid
11 - Im In Love (Hunterz) - Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik & Seema
12 - My Silhouette Intrumental Edit (Kami K) - Intrumental
13 - My Letter To You Intrumental Edit (Kami K) - Intrumental
14 - Intoxicated Riddim 2009 Intrumental Edit (Kami K) - Intrumental
15 - Code Of The Gangster Instrumental Edit (Kami K) - Intrumental
Singers: Hunterz, Rishi Rich, Mumzy & Many More
Music Director: Rishi Rich,Hunterz & Kami K
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Bollywood's Sonu Niigaam, Abhijeet expected to attend Eilat festival celebrating Indian film and music
Indian singing sensations and Bollywood stars Sonu Nigam and Abhijeet will be arriving in Israel in January, as part of special festival celebrating Indian cinema and music.
The festival is scheduled to take place in the southern resort city of Eilat on January 7-9.
Triple Function productions are responsible for the two's arrival.
Nigam, 36, began his career as a young boy, doing background vocals in Bollywood films. Over the years he developed a successful career as a television and film star, as well as an Indian radio personality.
His singing career has earned him numerous music industry awards in India.
Abhijeet, 51, first graces Indian staged in the 1970s and wend on to establish himself as one of Bollywood's most prominent stars.
Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Sonu Niigaam, Brinda Parekh, Sherlyn Chopra, Claudia Ciesla and many other ladies at Viren Shah’s Apex Awards at Grand Hyatt.
Viren Shah and Rahul Mehta hosted the Apparel Industry Awards evening with celebrities lightening up the pre-event cocktails.
While singer Sonu Niigaam came late, the women were very much in attendance early on. Masaba Richardas was quite the centre of attention, Vida Samadzai wore a naughty sky blue halter blouse and Sherlyn Chopra (looking unusually tanned) was in a luminous yellow outfit. Claudia Ciesla and Vinod Kambli both fresh off a reality television show chatted up once again while Brinda Parekh mingled with friends. Television star Rucha Gujarathi came looking bright and peppy. Terence Lewis’ dancers were a welcome relief to the awards ceremony which went on for an unusually long duration.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Salman Khan and Sonu Niigaam celebrated the soundtrack to Salman's upcoming movie "Veer" the other day and now fans can listen to two of the tracks from the warrior movie.
Salman is taking on several different looks for the warrior flick directed by Anil Sharma.The film revolves around his character's epic love story, the honor of his country and his resolve as a warrior in the face of the impending British invasion.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Remember Afsha…the cute, little hostess from “Little Champs’ that used to air on Zee TV? Well she is probably the youngest girl to make it big in the television world and is extremely fortunate to have shared the stage with biggies of the music industry like Sonu Niigaam and Suresh Wadkar. On the 1000th episode of “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ series this little girl was honored on stage.
Afsha Musani who wanted to become a singing participant of the music show “Little Champs’ though did not succeed in becoming one, but she ended up becoming the anchor for the show along with cute boy host Dhairya. On the grand finale of “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge’ and its 1,000 episode, all the hosts of the entire “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ were honored for their marvelous anchoring.
Sonu Niigaam, the first host of the show was to present trophy to the latest and youngest anchor Afsha and as soon as he came up on the stage Dhairya and Afsha went to touch his feet to express their gratitude, but instead Sonu playfully went on to touch their feet, as they ran around the stage chasing each other.
Finally, Sonu gave away the big trophy to Afsha and Dhairya, but guess what? The trophy was way too big for Afsha’s delicate little hands to handle and the trophy almost slipped off her hands, when Dhairya helped her to handle it.
Well it seems the awards are getting bigger for this young little girl quite literally!
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Vikram Phadnis is undoubtedly one of B-town’s most popular designers. So when he decided to introduce his latest address, in partnership with accessory designer Malini Agarwalla, it was bound to be a star-studded red carpet do.
That’s exactly what it was. Among the earliest to walk in and congratulate both the designers was Amitabh Bachchan with a bouquet of yellow flowers. Whether it was the glow of the flowers reflecting on his face or the glow of success from his recent movie success, only he could tell. Big B was definitely the toast of the evening inside the venue as he mingled with the guests.
Outside, however, there was a mini stampede as his fans jostled and fought with security to get a better look at the superstar. And though they quietened down when he left, the mayhem started all over again when the ethereal looking Katrina Kaif — in an Anarkali style salwar kurta and intricately studded hair do — walked in accompanied by Alvira Agnihotri. The security indeed had a tough job on hand managing an evergrowing crowd of her fans.
Making their presence felt early in the evening were Sonu Niigam, Amrita Rao, Manjari Phadnis, Sandhya Mridul and Govinda who walked in with daughter Narmada.
Adding the oomph factor to the evening were Malaika and Arbaaz Khan with Malaika sporting a stunning gold sari drape creation. Sridevi — she too wore a gold sari — came with hubby Boney Kapoor, Arshad Warsi with wife Maria Goretti and Marc Robinson with wife Waluscha. Mandira Bedi, Fardeen Khan and Rohit Roy, meanwhile, walked in unaccompanied. Also among the guests were Adhyayan Suman, Jackie Bhagnani and Anjana Sukhani. Housefull!
TNN 14 December 2009, 12:00am
Saturday, 12 December 2009
ZEE TV is celebrating a milestone with its show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'.
The reality singing show will be celebrating 1000 episodes and the channel is leaving no stone unturned for the huge occasion. According to TellyChakkar, the event will see the presence of Asha Bhosle, Kailash Kher, Udit Narayan,
Abhijeet and many more who have been part of this long musical journey.
Show hosts past and present including Sonu Niigaam, Shaan, Aditya Narayan and the youngest Dhairya and Afsha will be part of the occasion.
The 1000 episode will also bring to an end the eight-week series of 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge', held between different states.
The show will showcase the final battle between Maharashtra and Kolkata represented by Vaishali Made and Abhijeet Ghoshal respectively. The finale will be aired this Saturday (12th December) on ZEE TV
Zee TV all set to create a momentous evening in the history of Indian Music Industry
Zee TV's SaReGaMaPa the biggest reality singing competition and the platform that has created great singers for more than a decade, completes a journey of successful 1000 episodes this Saturday. To celebrate this occasion, Zee TV is all set to create a history on Indian television wherein the entire music industry will come to celebrate the momentous evening.
The star-studded event would witness who's who of the music industry and all those who made Zee TV's SaReGaMaPa a success story. Notable singers like Asha Bhonsle, Kailash Kher, Udit Narayan, Abhijeet and many more would be a part of this glorious moment. Talented singers of today like Shreya Ghoshal, Sanjeevani, Kunal Ganjawalla, Raja Hassan and many more who started their singing career on this stage, are expected to grace the occasion and express their gratitude towards SaReGaMaPa. Sonu Nigam, the very first anchor of SaRegaMaPa along with Shaan, Aditya Narayan and and of course, Dhairya & Afsha will be the hosts of the evening.
The 1000th episode is also the conclusion of Hero Honda SaReGaMaPa MegaChallenge, the eight- weeks series of fierce competition between various states. Vaishali Made who has been the winner of tow series of SaReGaMaPa, is the captain of the Maharashtra team while West Bengal is headed by Abhijeet Ghoshal of Kolkata. The finale to be held on December 11th in Mumbai will be telecast on the evening of December 12th.
And the results ....
The Maharashtra team was declared the SaReGaMaPa MegaChallenge winners
MUMBAI: The Maharashtra team comprising Vaishali Mhade, Rohit Raut and Kaushik was declared winners of Zee TV's Hero Honda SaReGaMaPa MegaChallenge on Friday evening.
The culmination of SaReGaMaPa MegaChallenge also marked a 1000 episode of reality show - ‘SaReGaMaPa’ which completed successful stint of 17 long years on Zee TV. To celebrate this occasion, Zee TV set the stage on fire by getting the singing sensations of the country all together on one stage. The evening anchored by Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Afsha and Dhairya took the audiences down the memory lane, creating a nostalgic experiences they performed as well.
The cast of Three Idiots - Madhavan and Sharman Joshi alongwith the Director Raju Hirani and Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra graced the occasion. Notable singers like Kavita Krishnamurhty, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Bappi Lahiri, Abhijeet, Leslie Lewis and many more were a part of this glorious moment. Kailash Kher and Kunal Ganjawalla rocked the evening with their incredible performances. For the very first time, the father-son duo - Udit and Aditya Narayan, were seen performing together. Shreya Ghoshal, Sanjeevani, Raja Hassan, Vishal Dadlani and many more who started off their singing career on this stage, attended the event and express their gratitude towards ‘SaReGaMaPa’.
Adding to the excitement was the indo–western fusion put together by Terrence Lewis. This performance brought flavours of different dance forms in one act by accomplished dancers from across the world. Storm, an internationally acclaimed choreographer from Germany, displayed his skills at hip-hop, popping n breaking while African dancer, Hari Das, performed international stunts effortlessly. Bertwin and Shumpa from Terrence’s troop completed the performance with kalari plus contemporary and indo classical act respectively. The telecast of this celebration is on December 12th, 8p.m. onwards.
The 1000th episode also saw the conclusion of ‘Hero Honda SaReGaMaPa MegaChallenge’, the seven-week series of fierce competition between various states. The finale, between West Bengal and Maharashtra, announced Maharashtra as the winning team. Vaishali Made was the captain of the Maharashtra team while West Bengal was headed by Abhijeet Ghoshal of Kolkata. Abhigyan from West Bengal who was declared as the Super Singer of the series walked away with a brand new Maruti Estilo. The Judged for the evening were Sonu Nigam, Suresh Wadkar and Anandji
Commenting on the show, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd and Business Head Zee TV COO Nitin Vaidya said, “The completion of 1000 episodes brings back beautiful memories of the years that passed by. Over the years, SaReGaMaPa has given the country - the magic of some of the outstanding performances, the excitement and curiosity during each of the elimination rounds, the grandness of each finale and the popularity of the show that only peaked as time passed. It’s an extremely emotional moment for all of us and we look forward to continue the musical journey and sing along another 1000 episodes in the future. I am very thankful to all those who have been an integral part of this milestone.”
The 1000th episode of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, which completed a long run of 17 years, was celebrated on a grand scale with top Bollywood singers on one stage. The talent-hunt’s first anchor Sonu Niigaam hosted the evening along with Shaan, Afsha and Dhairya. The 3 Idiots team R.Madhavan and Sharman Joshi along with director Rajkumar Hirani and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra were also present. Notable singers like Kavita Krishnamurhty, Mahalakshmi Iyer, Bappi Lahiri, Abhijeet and Leslie Lewis were also spotted at the event. Kailash Kher, Kunal Ganjawala, the father-and-son duo of Udit and Aditya Narayan also performed. Shreya Ghoshal, Sanjeevani, Raja Hassan and Vishal Dadlani who started off their singing careers through a talent hunt show were also seen. The landmark episode also saw the conclusion of Hero Honda Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge that was won by the team of Maharashtra. Abhigyan from West Bengal, who was declared as the Super Singer of the series, walked away with a brand new Maruti Estillo. The judges for the evening were Sonu Niigaam, Suresh Wadkar and Anandji.
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Desi songstress Gunjan has built a name for herself sharing the stage with great names on the Indian music scene such as Sonu Niigaam and Asha Bosle.
She has also collaborated with the best in the American music industry
like rapper 50 Cent. Now this Hindi singer is using her sweet vocals on her forthcoming album "Goonj: Echoes from Gunjan." Her single "Kya Karoon" features rapper Blitzkrieg and will drop on December 18.
"In This Unrealistic World
Meet My God ,
The Legendary Sonu Niigaam
My Musical Lord
Who Was Born In The Year
Nineteen Seventy And Three
Wrapped all around with
brilliance , benevolence and sagacity.
In this over-ambitious reel world
where the people live in an illusion
where the mind is filled with
callousness and criticism
and where the life is all false and fanciful
It is he the "songman" whom i say is yet stable
I salute him , I adore him
for he is unhampered and unshaken
by all odd - unfavourable winds
that blows sometimes , without any cease
Hey you all mah reading buddies
you all wanna know
what phenomenon of Life
does this Samaritan implies
and how living a Life he well symbolize
Life to him is like a defined journey
where time is like transient water of seas
as it follows the pattern linearly
i heard him quoting many a times
you don't have seconds to complain bout your past
neither the moments to claim for future bright
all in hand is the day to live
And fortunately this fortunate singer
knows how to rock with it !!!!
His every tone is like
a testimony against slavery
and a prayer to god for deliverance from chains
that everyone suddenly burst out singing ;
and i am filled with such delight
As prisoned bird must find in freedom
when get all spaces to fly high in sky.
His voice is that
which penetrates the ear with facility
and quits the memory with difficulty
His songs have power to quiet
the restless pulse of care
And come like the benediction
That follows every prayer.
hey my songman its you when i say
There Is music In the air...........
His voice is like moonlight
In the soothing night of life
The notes he handled no better than any pianists
But the pause between the notes
Oh.. that is where his art resides
We fell in love,fell out of love and fell in love again to the sound of sonuji's voice." - written by: Shreya Srivastava
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Movie Bisile 2009
Starring Diganth, Jennifer Kotwal
Music Gagan-Hari-Lyrics Sandeep S Gowda, Santosh
Producer Kiran Reddy, Chandru Gowda-Director Sandeep S Gowda
Music On Swarna Audio
1) Ee Bisileli - Sonu Niigaam
Lyrics : Santosh, Sandeep S Gowda
2) Ee Bisileli - Remix - Sonu Niigaam
Lyrics : Santosh, Sandeep S Gowda
Monday, 7 December 2009
01 Meherbaniyan - Sonu Niigaam
02 Surili Akiyon Wale - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Suzanne DMello
03 Taali - Sonu Niigaam, Sukhwinder Singh,, Wajid & Neuman Pinto
04 Kanha (Thumari) - Rekha Bhardwaj, Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri & Shabaab Sabri
05 Taali (Solo) - Sukhwinder Singh
06 Surili Akiyon Wale (Duet) - Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sunidhi Chauhan & Suzanne DMello
07 Spirit Of Veer (Instrumental)
08 Salaam Aaya - Roopkumar Rathod & Shreya Ghoshal
Cast : Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Mithun Chakraborty
Jackie Shroff & Lisa Lazarus
Music Director: Sajid, Wajid
Music Label: Eros Music
Taali Maar' written by Gulzar and composed by Sallu's favourite composers Sajid-Wajid . And Salman was not a silent spectator while the song was being recorded.
He told the music composer duo that he wanted the song to be recorded on a lavish scale, with the use of traditional instruments because the movie is a period drama.
Sallu's wish was Sajid-Wajid's command. As many as 130 musicians were called in from different parts of the country from Chennai, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and UP. Among them were also experts who played instruments that no longer feature in today's songs.
To achieve the purity of sound, little possible use was made of multi-track recording (a malaise which has robbed today's music of a unified soul). ...
Watch Video Above !!
After Chak De India & Slumdog Millonaire now its...'Striker '
Finally the music is releasing soon.
Striker stars the Tamil superstar Siddharth in his first Hindi-language outing since Rang De Basanti where he played the pivotal role of the closet socialist.
In Striker Siddharth's character will actually step into the proletarian province. Says Chandan, "Siddharth is perfect for the protagonist's part.
He speaks fluent Hindi, understands the slum character's ability to stay honest in spite of crime and muck around him, and is very good at the game of carrom.
Others in the slum had half a dozen cases pending against them.
The hero's record remains untarnished."
Will Siddharth do for the game of carrom what Shah Rukh did for hockey in Chak De India? Laughs Chandan, "Like I said Striker isn't just about carrom board.
It's a microcosmic view of the entire slum, similar to Sudhir Mishra's Dharavi in scope."
Says Chandan, "I think producing my own film gives me the freedom to make the kind of films I believe in. It gives me complete authority to make the film that way I do. So yes, after working with Ram Gopal Varma and UTV for my first two films Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon and Main Meri Patni Aur Woh
I am my own producer for the third film."
Who can forget Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze romancing to Righteous Brothers Unchained Melody in the Hollywood blockbuster Ghost? This was moderated by psychic Whoopi Goldberg, of course. Cut to Sandalwood, and Antarathma promises to recreate equally magical moments for the Sandalwood fans.
“I play a dead mans spirit who wants to protect his wife. While the concept is pretty similar to the classic, Ghost, we have our own little adaptation in place,” says Mithun Tejasvi, who plays lead in the film. Playing his love interest is Vishakha Singh of Housefull fame, while Umashri has essayed the role of the psychic in this film.
It was Mithun who informed us of the Kannada rendition of Unchained Melody. “Lola Lola, sung by Sonu Niigaam, is going to have the popular tune,” he says.
Mithun, who has been dabbling with both Tamil and Kannada films lately, feels that the audience will truly enjoy this film. “I consider the script to be the hero of the film. Im confident that Anatarathma will satisfy the audience,” says Mithun, whose film is slated to release later this month.
Incidentally, “Accident on Hill Road” is said to be the first mainstream Hindi film to be shot entirely on High Definition Viper camera.
The film is based on a real-life incident, where a woman hit a man, drove home, and parked the car in the garage with the man. Celina Jaitley plays Sonam Chopra, a nursing assistant, in this thriller.
Prakash Shrivastava, the victim, is played by Farooque Shaikh, while Abhimanyu Singh plays Sonam's boyfriend Sid. The couple leave Prakash clinging to life in her garage. But soon, there's a fight for life.
“It's adapted from ‘Stuck', a 2007 Hollywood film. We've adapted some portions of the film to suit Indian audiences,” says producer Nari Hira of Magna Films.
The music is composed by Raju Singh (who has done most of the background scores for Mahesh Bhatt's productions as well as Anurag Basu's films).
“There is only one song in the film — ‘Nasha Nasha', sung by Sonu Nigam, with lyrics by Sandeep Nath. The song is integral to the storyline — it is played in a lounge club where Celina and Abhimanyu are drinking and dancing. It is the drinking that causes the accident,” says Mahesh.
The screenplay is adapted by Mahesh Nair and Siddarth Parmar; the dialogues are by young duo Varun Grover and Rahul Patel.
1. Janumana Kotta
Sung by Sizzling , Century Star Shivanna
lyrics: V Nagendraprasad
2. Janumada Jodi
Sung by Sonu Niigaam, Sunitha Goparaju
Lyrics : Dr. Nagathihalli
3. Olve Ninne Nodalu
sung by Vani HariKrishna
4. Huttidare Kannadabadalli Remix song
5. O Priyathamma
sung by Sonu Niigaam, Sunitha Goparaju
lyrics: S Narayan
6. Seere Nerige Sari
sung by Udit Narayan and Shamitha Malnad
lyrics: Yogaraj Bhat
7. Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu
Sung by SP Balasubramanyam
8. Hamsa Hamsa
sung by Kunal Ganjawala
"Hattrick hero" Shivaraj Kumar needs a big hit now.
And in all probability, his latest Kannada flick Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu directed by actor Raghuramand and produced by M N Suresh, may just be what the doctor ordered.
What is special about Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu is that it is poised as the first Kannada film to be shot in all the seven wonders of the world which includes the Taj Mahal -- sequences at the Great Wall of China are still pending.
Shivaraj Kumar, who plays an international tourist guide in the film, says that Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu is about the beauty of monuments and structures which have baffled mankind for thousands of years.
"Beauty cannot be associated with just human beings. We can see beauty in everything that is around us, natural as well as man-made. CNN makes an attempt to bring them to the Kannada audience," says Shivaraj Kumar.
Saturday, 5 December 2009
The Bollywood Superstar Singing sensation Sonu Niigaam will entertain and usher us in the New Year. Sonu Niigaam is regarded as an icon in the music industry today. He is among the rare gems who has carved a name for himself both in film music and Indipop. To date, Sonu has captivated billions of listeners around the world with his live tours and continues to influence audiences with his versatile music and performance style. This SPICE presentation of Bollywood extravaganza – certainly not to be missed!
Date: Sat 2nd Jan 2010, 07:00PM
Venue(s) Suntec Int'l Convention & Exhibition Hall Hall 603
Tickets: (Exclude Booking Fee)
Standard; S$152, S$102, S$72, S$52, S$32
Duration: Approx 3 hrs
Friday, 4 December 2009
01 Akela Dil ~ Adnan Sami , Anushka Manchanda [4:39]
02 Dulha Mil Gaya ~ Daler Mehndi [5.01]
03 Aaja Aaja Mera Ranjhna ~ Anushka Manchanda [5:35]
04 Magar Meri Jaan ~ Anushka Manchanda [4:37]
05 Tu Jo Jaan Le ~ Sonu Nigam [5:12]
06 Rang Diya Dil ~ Shreya Ghosal [5:23]
07 Dilrubaon Ke Jalve ~ Amit Kumar , Monali [6:01]
08 Rang Diya Dil (Sad) ~ Shreya Ghosal [0:48]
09 Akela Dil (Remix) ~ Adnan Sami , Anushka Manchanda [4:03]
10 Dulha Mil Gaya (Remix) ~ Daler Mehndi [4:34]
11 Dilrubaon Ke Jalve (Remix) ~ Amit Kumar , Monali [5:18]
Cast: Sushmita Sen , Fardeen Khan , Shahrukh Khan, Tara Sharma
Music Director: Lalit Pandit
Lyricist: Mudassar Aziz
Director: Mudassar Aziz
Music Label: T-Series
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
World of Titan Presents Sonu Niigaam-Live in Hyderabad. Hyderabad is keenly awaiting a performance by the King of melody SONU NIIGAAM!
A Musical Evening where Sonu Niigaaam presents the Best of Bollywood and a few hit Telugu songs. The concert will have popular songs from latest and all time Bollywood hits. Come and enjoy yourself as the King of Melody sings his best from the world of Bollywood and Tollywood.
Cast & Crew :Sonu Niigaam & Full Band With Dancers
Date : Dec 26, 2009
Venue : Railway Sports Complex, Nr. Rail Nilayam Secunderabad
Length :3 hrs
Sonu Niigaam, too, had a reason to rejoice when he took home the Best Singer award for Dil Mil Gaye. Sporting a white shirt and black jeans, Niigaam said: “ I couldn’t have been happier singing for the small screen. It keeps making me big.”