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Saturday, 26 June 2010

Sonu Niigaam Jukebox - Check It Out Now !!

Sonu Niigaam at Big FM Radio

Sonu Niigaam at Big FM on MJ Death Anniversary where he played his idol's
Hit numbers & payed a musical tribute to the pop star.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Sonu Niigaam To Release Michael Jackson Tribute !!

Mumbai, June 24 (IANS) Bollywood playback singer Sonu Niigaam, who is a huge fan of late pop legend Michael Jackson, said he is working on a tribute for Jackson with his brother Jermaine Jackson.

'I am working on a song which will be my tribute to Michael Jackson. This will be the first tribute song to the singer with one of his family members. After the song is recorded, I will work on a music video and release it soon,' Niigaam told reporters here

'I am very happy that Jermaine agreed to work on the song with me,' he added.

Jackson died June 25 last year. On his first death anniversary, 92.7 Big FM will play the songs of the King of pop all day and Niigaam will be on air dedicating his favourite Jackson songs.

'Micheal Jackson was a great artist and as an artist it is my duty to appreciate his commendable work. He changed a lot of things in the music industry and I don't think any singer around the world is left untouched by the kind of work he has done,' said Niigam.

The singer, who has been the voice behind chartbuster songs like 'Kabhi alvida na kehna', 'Saathiya', 'Kal ho naa ho', 'Dil chahta hai' and 'Sandese aate hain' among others also revealed that he was in Los Angeles last year when the news of Jackson's demise broke.

'I was just two miles away from Michael Jackson's house where he died. When we got to know the news. I, my wife and my son, we went to his house in the evening and lit a candle there. So many people were standing there,' he revealed.

On the professional front, Niigaam informed that he is currently working on an album on world music.

'I'm not singing too many film songs nowadays because I am not getting the kind of songs I want and I am not willing to do mediocre work. I am working on a world music album currently because I want to focus and encourage non-film music as well,' he said.

Sonu Niigaam At Raajneeti success party !!

The rains did not stop B-towners from attending Prakash Jha's Raajneeti success party at a suburban hotel in Mumbai on Thursday evening. While Katrina was unable to attend as she is shooting in Spain, other cast members including Arjun Rampal, Ranbir Kapoor and Manoj Bajpai attended. Arjun came with his wife Mehr while Ranbir was accompanied by his dad Rishi and mom Neetu Kapoor. Others who joined in the celebrations were Sonu Niigaam Gul Panag, Alyque and daughter Shazahn Padamsee, Amrita Rao and Madhur Bhandarkar.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Sonu Niigaam & Bickram Ghosh Making Music !!

Guess what Bickram Ghosh and Sonu Niigaam were doing recently? Well, the musicians were penning lyrics for their forthcoming album! Bickram, who returned home from Mumbai on Sunday, is only too happy to have finished penning seven songs with Sonu.

“Our untitled album is a very challenging project, both in terms of rhythm and sound. Sonu and I decided that it would be easier for us to pen appropriate lyrics for the songs since both of us are so much into the project. Sonu’s Hindi is exceptionally good and English is my forté,” says Bickram, who has earlier penned a Hindi song (zara si yeh dhoop hai) for his album titled Samaa and a portion of an English song for the music of Dulal Lahiri’s forthcoming film titled Brishtir Chhayachhobi.

While the idea of spending hours on end at Sonu’s gym to write the lyrics was fun, Bickram insists that the decision to turn lyricist was, by no means, governed by any dearth of good lyricists for basic albums. “We’ve such great lyricists in Gulzar, Javed Akhtar and Prasoon Joshi in Mumbai. In Kolkata, we have the likes of Sanjiv Tiwari and Rakesh Tripathi. But Sonu and I felt that we needed to pen the lyrics ourselves because we were talking about issues that have been important to us,” says Bickram about the album that might have a song by American singer-songwriter Chaka Khan.

While on Sonu, is Bickram aware about the debate over the former’s new ponytail look? “Oh! I don’t see that as a problem at all. I didn’t even bother to ask him anything about it even though he was flaunting his new look when I met him in Mumbai. In India, people do raise a lot of hue and cry about the changing looks of men, but hardly bat an eyelid when women experiment with their looks. I’ve spent too many years in the West to not appreciate any radical ideas,” he says. Does he see himself ever flaunting two ponytails? “I might not,” he says, as a parting shot, adding, “It all depends on the comfort zone of the individual who will have the attitude to carry it off. Twelve years ago when I sported a goatee and wore my Gandhi glasses while performing, even Pt Ravi Shankar had his reservations. But I thought it was funky. When I started wearing accessories that I’d got from Africa, people thought I was a loony since it was hugely experimental for any classical musician to do such a thing then. Today, all this has become too commonplace to even merit any discussion.”

Monday, 21 June 2010

Sonu Niigaam Sings For Aisha !!

Aisha is an adaption of Jane Austen's classic novel, Emma. The movie which stars Sonam Kapoor as the main protagonist, is expected to release August 6th, 2010
Music releasing soon all over !!

Sonam Kapoor Abhay Deol Ira Dubey Amrita Puri Cyrus Sahukar
Arunoday Singh Lisa Haydon

PRODUCERS:Anil Kapoor Rhea Kapoor Ajay Bijli Sanjeev K Bijli
DIRECTOR: Rajshree Ojha
MUSIC: Amit Trivedi LYRICIST: Javed Akthar

01 - Pyaar Hai Tumse - Sonu Niigaam (03:25)
02 - Lets PARTY! - Andrea Jeremiah, Priyadarshini
Nithyashree Mahadevan, Suzzane D%Mello, Clinton Cerejo (05:56)
03 - Tumhare Bina - Amit Kumar, Nihira Joshi, Hema Sardesai (04:12)
04 - Delhi Ki Maharani - Anushka Manchanda (03:04)
05 - Gehri Tanhai - Shabbir Kumar & Vasundra Das (04:50)
06- Gali Gali Mein Pyaar - Mohit Chauhan & Shweta Shetty,
07 - Delhi Ki Maharani (Disco Mix) - Remo Fernandez & Anushka Manchanda 04:44)
08 - Tumhare Bina (Lounge Mix) - Shaan & Sapna Mukherjee (03:01)

Sonu Niigaam & Rahat Fateh to judge Star show !!

Sonu Niigaam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan have reportedly been roped in as judges for Star Plus' new series of 'Chhote Ustaad'.

While Star executives are keeping tightlipped about the show, the channel unconsciously gave details away of its judges after it put up a banner carrying dates for the audition as well a picture of Sonu and Rahat.

Sonu was the first host of ZEE TV's 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa', he was also seen as a judge a few years later on the children's version of the hit show. Rahat was a part of the judging panel on Imagine TV's 'Junoon'.

'Chhote Ustaad' is expected to launch after the current run of 'Zara Nachke Dikha 2'. This time the show will feature children from across the border as well. An Indian and Pakistani child will form a pair.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Sonu Niigaam Returns With ‘Chhote Ustaad’

June 19, 2010:It’s difficult to pinpoint where Sonu Niigaam’s loyalty lies. After al he’s been on various channels. He started his TV career as host of Zee TV’S ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ series then moved on to adjudicate Indian Idol. However, he’s made his appearance as a guest on most channels. The singer, who of late, has been keeping a low profile, will return to television as a judge on the Star Plus reality show ‘Chhote Ustaad’. Produced by Sai Baba Telefilms, ‘Chhote Ustaad’ will soon see its second season.

Apart from Sonu, Star Plus has also signed the Pakistani singer, Raahat Fateh Ali Khan as the second judge. Auditions for the show have already begun. This time the show will feature kids from across the border as well. An Indian and Pakistani child will form a pair. The show will follow ‘Zara Nachke Dikha 2’.

Star Plus spokesperson refused to confirm anything. Interestingly, is learnt that a few days back, Star Plus had put up a banner of the show which carried dates for the audition as well a picture of Niigaam and Khan.

Sonu Niigaam did not reply to our text message. Niigaam had last adjudicated ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs’ while Khan was seen in the show, ‘Junoon’.

The inaugural season of ‘Chhote Ustaad’ was held in 2007 and was won by Aishwarya Majumdar

–Mayur Lookhar /Sampurn

Sonu Niigaam - Creativity & expression !!

India has always been known for its music, but the recent success of AR Rahman at the Oscars has put India on the global map in a manner that has made the West sit up and look at us. Artistes like Sonu Niigaam, Salim-Suleiman have collaborated with international artistes and broken all barriers.

With the large Indian diaspora spread out across the globe, Indian artistes are performing regularly abroad on world tours. However, as of now, that is more with regard to Bollywood-centric artistes and music.

Digital technology is a fast emerging proposition for music consumption in India, be it on PC or mobile. Initiatives like is a promise to the consumer as well as the music fraternity to build the one destination that will cater to the niche market as well as the masses, based on their taste and style of music.

Currently, the biggest trend in India is the live scene, which has given birth to a large number of music talents despite the lack of major labels adopting them.

—Soumini Sridhara Paul, GM,

Sonu Niigaam Explains His His New Look !!

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Popular singer Sonu Niigaam is flabbergasted by the criticism he has received from his fans and the media for sporting two ponytails and an unkempt look. He says people should rather concentrate on his singing than his looks.
“One day you all will know that whatever I do with my hair, is to wake up people from a slumber. You guys pay too much attention to swim suits, fashion, hairstyles, exterior stuff, etc,” Niigaam posted on micro-blogging site Twitter.

The singer, who received negative comments after he was seen sporting a French beard and two ponytails at an event in Mumbai Wednesday, has taken the help of the online platform to nag the media and those who commented on his looks.

“I know, they (media) will never write good about me, even if I’m looking good. Would they? Have you seen any article praising my earlier hairstyle? Nothing against media, I respect their and some of your (fans) opinions, but do you ever talk about mediocre, or bad singing or music the way you highlight hair-dos?,” he posted.

Niigam, who has lent vocals to some of the Bollywood’s best known songs like “Panchhi Nadiyaan”, “Tanhaayee” and title tracks of “Saathiya” and “Kal Ho Naa Ho”, apart from many others, says the media must write about better aspects related to music.

“Media and you (fans) must talk about average singing, music doing the rounds and genuine talent sitting at home waiting for work. Underestimating others and throwing your opinions on others is the easiest thing one can do. For a change, look at the more important things,” he added.

The 36-year-old also claims that people in India have a preconceived notion that styling is not for singers and stressed how excessive and bizarre styling is the thing for singers in the West.

“Hairstyles and fashion, is the jaageer (property) of some other fraternity and not singers in this country (India). It takes guts to do the things I have done through my career as a singer. Musicians in other countries get their lips, cheek, eyebrows and private parts pierced and tattooed,” he posted.

Niigaam, who strongly supports his current hairstyle, says he is the only singer who dares to experiment with his look.

“Don’t expect me to change. You change if you can, I won’t. I have been like this from my childhood - crazy and courageous,” he posted.

As a response to those who have criticised his look, he said: “I’ll have a funkier hairstyle soon.”

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Sonu Niigaam Party's At People Magazine !!

While Kareena Kapoor, named 'India's Most Beautiful Woman' by People magazine, was nowhere to be seen, other B-town celebs came out to party at People magazine's 'Most Beautiful' bash last night at Tote. Sushmita Sen was there, as was Soniya Mehra, Kangana Ranaut, Dia Mirza and Sonu Niigaam.

Do Knot Disturb actress Sushmita Sen, who opted for a blue Alexander McQueen dress, was all smiles on the red carpet as the posed for our photogs alongside a glowing Dia Mirza dressed in an orange ruffled dress, cute!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Sonu Niigaam Get's Message From lata Mangeshkar Ji

Nightingale of Music didn’t take long to join Twitter and for all those who love she can connect to her. Lata Mangeshkar greeted the twitter world by saying namaskar,aadab,sat sri akal,hello!She also dedicated a poem to all her friends on Twitter:

To all my Friends, Colleagues and Well wishers everywhere.... i dedicate this stanza from a poem by Wordsworth...Lata wished other celebs on Twitter,Lata wished Big B and tweeted by saying, SrBachchan namaskar amitji, all the best, lots of love,

Lata twitted Sunidhi by saying, sunidhi bahot sa pyar,aashirwad, tum bahot accha ga rahi ho,lata

She also twitted Sonu Niigaam by saying, sonu namaskar,aap hameshahi, mere pasandida kalakar rahe hai,aap aur aap ka parivar hamesha khush rahe,ye shubh kamnayee.

She blessed Shreya by saying, thanx shreya for your love and affection, god bless you.lata

The latest tweet by Lata Mangeshkar is about her mother where she expressed her grief about her mother's death anniversary.She tweeted by saying, A mother is irreplaceable. Today is my mother's 15th death anniversary and my family and i really miss her;her warmth,her resilience,her presence

Monday, 14 June 2010

Master's Choice !!

Get your list of what to listen to from the proven experts in the field

1 Zindagi ka safar (Kalyanji-Anandji): This song is from the movie Safar (1970).
It is sung by Kishore Kumar, one of my most favourite singers. This song is about the journey called life. I can connect to it very well.

2 Kal ho naa ho (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy): I love the title song of Kal Ho Naa Ho(2003)It is sung by Sonu Niigaam, who is also one of my favourites. This was the first song that I sang in front of the judges on Indian Idol. My journey started from there onwards and that is the reason why this song is so important to me.

3 Jab koi baat bigad jaaye (Rajesh Roshan): This song is from the movie Jurm (1990) and is very special to me. It was originally my wife’s favourite. Just when we started seeing each other, I began to like it too. We can relate to this song, as music was the
common factor between us.

4 Everything I do (Bryan Adams): I simply love the melody and lyrics of this number. There is a very genuine feel to this song and it touches my heart. I love this romantic song.

— Abhijeet Sawant, Singer

Music Review: Milenge Milenge

Film: Milenge Milenge
Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya;
Lyricist: Sameer; Singers: Sonu Niigaam, Alka Yagnik, Jayesh Gandhi, Himesh Reshammiya, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan,, Suzanne D'Mello and Shreya Ghoshal

Then there is Tum chain ho, a slow romantic track sung by Sonu Niigaam, Alka & Suzanne D'Mello. The rendition starts with English lyrics and then moves on to Hindi. It does make an impact especially with Sonu Niigaam soulful voice.
Tum chain ho also has an unplugged version which is a great combination of right composition and impressive singing. With just the sound of a guitar in the background, the love song exudes a tranquilizing effect and is nice and hummable. Himesh goes right with this one.

On the whole, the album offers just one-two hummable tracks of one which is
Tum chain ho ..

Sonu Niigaam Swamped By Twitter Tsunami !!

Bollywood’s been swamped by a Twitter tsunami. And with regular updates in 140 characters, the stars have never been closer

Chirp, chirrp...

Rahman is the master and it’s proved by the fact that he has over one lakh followers and follows zero. ARR usually tweets about all national and international music collaborations. Back home, the music world seems like a mutual admiration society. There’s Shreya Ghoshal and Sunidhi Chauhan praising each other’s songs, Vishal Dadlani praising them both, Sonu Niigaam telling Abhijit Sawant they haven’t caught up in a while and Salim-Sulaiman telling the world about their new score for the football world cup. Zzzzz.... this is one boring musical.


Sonu Niigaam - At Comedy' do!

That’s what we heard at this party thrown by JK Pathak and Harrish
Who’s turned director recently

That’s because the guests were greeted by the sight of a commode as soon as they entered the party zone! Harrish was heard telling people how he has added an extra ‘R’ in his name for good luck. Sonu Niigaam, was yet again seen at a do that had nothing to do with music. He and Shakti Kapoor were spotted bonding with each other. Ravi Kissen came in a little late. Anusmriti Sarkar and Bappi Lahiri were engaged in a long conversation. Johny Lever, as usual, regaled everyone with a lot of jokes and kept the laughter coming along with Manoj Tiwari. Raza Murad caught up with Shravan, Rahul Bhatt and Dr Ashok Chopra. Jennifer Mayani and Rehan Shah were their usual chirpy selves.

Sonu Niigaam & Stars Speak Out On Poverty !!

A host of Bollywood celebrities will take part in a United Nations Millennium Campaign video to mobilize the masses to fight poverty.
A.R. Rahman, Gulzar, Sonu Niigaam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Jaideep Sahni, Kailash Kher and Ranbir Kapoor will come together for the special video which will also feature Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh and Pakistani model-turned-actress Imaan Ali of Khuda Kay Liye fame.
Produced by Tandav Films and directed by Meghna Gulzar, the video is a public service production.
The video will essentially focus on the global advocacy campaign called “Stand Up And Take Action” and concentrate on popularizing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
“The objective of this video is to make people aware and to make the government wake up and take action to achieve the 8 MDGs,” said Raaj Hiremath, managing director, Tandav Films. “Celebrities from all walks of life talk hard core facts in a communicative manner in the video to reach people.”

Sonu Niigaam Is Voice Blogging !!

Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Sunday gave social networking a voice with the launch of its voice-blogging service, allowing millions of subscribers to share recorded voice updates with their friends and family members.

The 'Airtel Blog', which was officially unveiled on Sunday, had already roped in two million users in the first three months of its soft launch and is currently the world's fastest growing voice-oriented social networking service, Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

Through the service, Airtel mobile users can share recorded voice updates with their friends, family, or fans, adding a voice to social networking, it added.

"Perhaps one of the fastest growing Value-Added Services in our stable in recent times, Airtel Blog is taking the concept of micro-blogging to an entirely new level," Bharti Airtel President (Mobile Services) Atul Bindal said.

Airtel said celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Arshad Warsi, Lara Dutta, Neetu Chandra, VJ Ranvijay and Sonu Nigam are using their Airtel Blog to share voice updates with their fans, who receive SMS updates of the posts.

Airtel said standard airtime charges would be applied for the service.

Sonu Niigaam Collaborating In A Multilingual Song !!

Warsaw: Polish girls are enamoured by Indian classical dances. Bollywood has inspired 30 Polish nationals, mostly young girls, to attend classes every week to learn the Bharatnatyam and Kathak.

Kinga Malec, who took professional training in both dance forms in India, imparts lessons in Poland. “Much of the interest is owing to Bollywood movies,” said the 22-year-old Polish national.

Malec, who is also a professionally-trained ballet and ski dancer, added, “Bollywood movies and music are becoming popular among Poles, especially youngsters. Many of them come to us
after watching a Hindi movie to learn classical dance steps
performed in song sequences in the film.”

Anna Baliszewska, 20, who learns Kathak from Malec, said she decided to learn Bollywood and Indian classical dance forms after watching Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham five years ago.

“The grace in the execution of steps and the degree of difficulty in performing them fascinated me the most,” she said.

Malec’s compatriot, Kalina Duwadzinska, 24, who was in India for a year to take lessons in Kathak and Bharatnatyam, said she was hooked to the art of telling a story through dance and expressions.
Though there is a significant rise in interest in classical dance forms, Bollywood dancing remains the most popular in Poland. “We have at least 50 students per class,” said Malec.

“While classical dance forms are more disciplined and connected to the soul, Bollywood dancing is energetic and easier to learn,” said Magdalena Inglot, 25, who teaches Bollywood and classical dances in the country.

Apart from conducting classes, Malec and her friends also perform Indian classical dances during shows and events. Malec’s younger brother Piotr, 17, has even learnt to play the tabla.

The Bollywood extravaganza has hooked Polish celebrities too. Singing and dancing sensation Natasza Urbanska, who won the ‘No 1 Polish Performer’ award in 2010, is keen to use Bollywood movies as a platform to achieve global success.

Rajesh Motwani, a Polish citizen of Indian origin and owner of Eurobatt batteries, who manages Urbanska’s career in India and Asia, said, “We are in talks with leading film producers in Bollywood to cast her in a movie.” The gorgeous Urbanska is already a rage in Poland. She is collaborating with playback singer Sonu Nigam for a multilingual song.

The growing popularity of Bollywood movies has also kindled interest in Polish society about other facets of Indian culture, including food and Hindi. The fad for Indian food is such that in the past year-and-a-half, over a dozen Indian restaurants have opened up in Warsaw, the Polish capital.

Ashok Mannani, owner of the popular chain Namaste India, said the success of Bollywood movies in Poland had a lot to do with the rise of the Indian restaurant business.

“The Poles particularly love butter chicken, chicken masala and rogan josh. Of late, there has been growing demand for starters like Punjabi samosas and mango lassis,” he said.

Apart from dining at Indian restaurants, many Polish citizens are learning how to cook Indian food. And many are queuing up at the department of Indology in various Polish universities to learn Hindi.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Sonu Niigaam's Son Nevaan Rechristen At Kiddo Club !!

Mumbai: The moms were there in full force for their kids—we are talking about Rhea Pillai, Priya Dutt, Renu Bhandarkar and Madhurima Nigam gathered in a small private party at Bandra to celebrate the re-christening of their kid’s club. Well, even though it was a few steps away from Mannat, we didn’t find Shah Rukh Khan there.

“I have always been indebted towards them (the kid’s club) for taking care of my kid. It has been a pleasure being here and interacting with you all. My daughter just loves to be here and I am no different,” says Rhea Pillai about her daughter Aiyana Paes.
But it was Priya Dutt who was most ecstatic about being there and more so because her younger son is growing up to be a member of this exclusive circle.

“I have always toldthe owner of the club that she is doing a great job taking care of our kids. The children obviously love to be here,” she says, as she watched a cute video being played on the screen with all the children.

The star attraction of the evening was of course Nevaan Nigam (Sonu Niigaam’s son) who was busy hiding in the arms of her mother after seeing the video.

The other star kids who are a part ofthis club are children of Jyoti Mukherjee, Nimisha Iyengar, Raveena Tandon, Karisma Kapur and Anu Diwan

Monday, 7 June 2010

Sonu Niigaam Judge On Chotte Ustaad On Star Plus - First Look !!

Sonu Niigaam & Bickram Ghosh Team Up !!

One of the great things about music, what infuses life into sounds and gives birth to endless possibilities, is the whole aspect of collaboration. And here is the latest. Veecon has launched a mega project with two big names from the world of music: A singer who needs no introduction, Sonu Niigaam and percussionist Bickram Ghosh, to create a world music project which boasts of some of the biggest international names as guest artists. And theirs will be a symbiotic relationship, freewheeling and embodying all that is positive and should make a musical prioject stand out. While Sonu Niigaam is composing melodies, Bickram Ghosh will weave in world music sounds and rhythms to create their own aural tapestry.

Bickram, how did this collaboration come about?
l I met Sonubhai for the first time when I requested him to sing a song for an upcoming film Gumshuda, for which I scored the music. I had always admired his powerhouse talent and having met and interacted with him, I found him to be a lovely person as well. We found (sic) we had a connection. The interaction that followed resulted in our feeling that we could take our connection to the next level. We were both looking at breaking new ground and felt that being musicians from two diverse genres, we could bring something substantial to the table. With what we have already created, I think we are onto an amazing sound .

Sonu, what attracted you to this venture?
l Bickram has been introduced to me by my longtime friend and colleague Manisha Dey and I found him to be a person who is not just a great artiste but also free from insecurities and negativity, an essential characteristic requirement for any one I’d collaborate with because I believe if the process is not fulfilling, the product is not worth it. Four years back, I was a musical wholeseller like most Indian musicians are, but due to the partial hiatus I took from playback singing, having stayed in America a lot lately, bonding with musicians there and having upgraded my music sensibilities manyfold, I realized that composing comes too naturally to me. I found this collaboration as an opportunity to create and sing music that is far more classy and deep than what we hear usually. I suggested Jackie Vanjari from India and Bickrambhai brought the famous American drummer Greg Ellis (Iron Man, Matrix, 300) on board. Its like magic and the process of recording is like a divine fusion of various perspectives of music.

So what kind of sound are you two creating Bickram?
l The idea is to bring an eclectic mix of artists from across the globe who will help to create a premise of virtuosity and variety. We are also looking at achieving a comfortable mix of acoustic and electronic sounds. We want people to move with us into a musical zone where the brilliance of performance combines with the excitement of composition which is free from the dictat of film.

And Sonu, is your trip into world music a lasting one or one-off?
l Just like interracial sex results in creating an altogether new race of mix breeds, so is the music today. Music lovers and musicians consciously thrive upon different sounds and wish to rediscover music, stretch its boundaries. So all music is world music today. I only thrive to be associated with good music.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Sonu Niigaam's Rocking Performance !!

Sonu Niigaam performed at the Bank Of Maharashtra's
Platinum Anniversary function

It’s been quite some time now that Mumbai has seen Sonu Niigaam performing live on stage, so it was with a lot of excitement that they looked forward to Monday evening.

The singer enthralled a housefull audience at the occasion of the platinum jubilee year of a bank. And needless to say, music lovers could not get enough of Sonu’s melodious voice, even after he mesmerised them for almost two hours. The crowd was seen singing along with him as he sang some of his most famous numbers like Har Ghadi Badal Rahi, Shukranallah and Bijuria. He even sang a medley of old songs including Pyar Hua Ikrar Hua and Bol Radha Bol. “Music is everything and a person who fills his life with music will always be happy, so enjoy!” he said before starting the show. Giving him company on stage was Gunjan Singh, who too belted out some hummable songs like Raat Baaki Baat Baaki and Dance Pe Chance Maar Le.

Sonu Niigaam: Ace Open University Launched !!

ACE Open launches virtual music school In a first-of-its-kind online venture, New Jersey-based ACE Open University has launched a virtual music school with music luminaries Suresh Wadkar and Sonu Niigaam among its teachers

In a first-of-its-kind online venture, New Jersey-based ACE Open University has launched a virtual music school with music luminaries
Suresh Wadkar and Sonu Niigaam among its teachers.

The music school was officially launched by Wadkar on May 15 at the Holiday Inn in Edison, NJ. Wadkar’s classical school of music is the first one signed up by ACE while Bickram Ghosh's School Of Percussions and Jay Oliver's Western Music are also part of the curriculum.

Emphasizing the role of music, Wadkar said, “music makes a valuable contribution to the total education of children especially in relation to academic performance, well-being, attitudes to school and perceptions of learning.” He felt it was good for Indian classical music now that it had proponents like ACE Open that could take it virtually anywhere in the world.

Award-winning singer Sonu Niigaam, who joined the launch event via video phone, said ACE Open had a pivotal role in ensuring music learning was not limited by international boundaries. “With ACE, instructors of the highest caliber can share their knowledge across national and international borders, allowing students to attend courses across physical, political, and economic boundaries,” he said. ACE has also signed up Nigam, who will be teaching voice development, professional singing and performance.

ACE, which simply stands for Art, Culture & Entertainment, seeks to build the foundation for students to become successful professionals and passionate, thoughtful citizens using modern educational approach. “Through a combination of strong ART core, able teaching guidance and relevant curriculum, we will enrich the lives of our students, fulfill their career objectives and help them prepare to become future leaders in the vast creative economy,” said Sanjay Chitale, a serial entrepreneur, and founder of ACE Open. Emergence of the Internet and secured delivery technologies had made it possible to accommodate on-line training cost-effectively and efficiently. E-learning can provide major benefits for the music education, said Chitale.

While the ACE Open courses are priced $1000 for 50 lessons or about $20 a lesson, Chitale said the model was the cheapest and most convenient for students of quality music education anywhere in the world. “ACE will offer self-paced specialized music learning sessions around the clock where learners are not bound to a specific time to physically attend classes,” he said. Other than beginner’s, intermediate and advance course offerings in each school of music, ACE Open also plans to design a music appreciation course for casual listeners.

Gradually, ACE Open aims to become a one-stop for world music by achieving classical literature and music from around the world. “We will extend support to universities and colleges as their extended world music department,” Chitale said.
(I-Newswire) May 31, 2010

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