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Monday, 27 September 2010
Shirish Kunder turns music composer and lyricist for Tees Maar Khan
Shirish Kunder is one happy man these days. Besides writing and producing his wife Farah Khan's directorial venture Tees Maar Khan, Shirish is also set to make his mark as a music composer and lyricist with this film! Shirish, who is the writer, producer and editor of Tees Maar Khan, will be making his debut as music composer and lyricist with this film! Kunder is also composing the background score for the film. Master of all trades, we must say.
Talking to Bollywood Hungama, an elated Shirish says, "There are 5 songs in all in Tees Maar Khan, four of which are composed by Vishal-Shekhar, while I have done the title track of the film, including the composing and the lyrics. I have also composed the film's theme music."
Shirish can't stop praising Sonu Niigaam, who sang the title track of TMK. Reveals the debutant music director, "Sonu Niigaam, who has sung the title track, needs an exceptional mention and credit for the wonders that he has done to this track. He has sung the same song 50 times in 50 different voices! Of the 50 odd voices, there are male voices, female voices, the chorus and also Chinese girl's voices. Sonu has sung all of these voices. And even in the male voice, there are 4 different voices. Each and every vocal that one hears is sung by Sonu Niigaam! This is a song that tells us about all the characters in the film."
Well, it seems like Shirish and Sonu are all set to surprise the audiences with the title track of Tees Maar Khan.
The 'Khan'daan is still celebrating the super success of their film Dabangg... and why not, it has broken all records.
But this party wasn't thrown by Salman or his brothers Arbaaz or Sohail Khan. It was a bash given by their childhood friend Basab Paul at Vie Lounge in Juhu. And what a rocking Sunday night it was, with rock star Salman letting his hair down and shaking to the groovy music of his film! Joining him was Sonakshi who came along with her mother Punam Sinha.
Looking quite chilled out in a summery dress, Sonakshi enjoyed herself thoroughly while 'Munni' Malaika Arora Khan and her sister Amrita looked stunning in short dresses. Arpita and Seema Khan too were present and so was Sonu Niigaam, Sonu Sood The other Khan who came to wish the family was Aamir. Vinod Khanna, Tinu Anand, Anurag Kashyap, Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder, Bhushan and Divya Kumar, Saajid-Waajid, Subhash Ghai, David Dhavan and Vidhu Vinod Chopra were among many others who were seen at this do which went on till 3 am!
Sunday, 26 September 2010
This definitely was a red hot affair as celebs opted for the colour of passion at this party. Lucky Morani chose to bring in her birthday with a few close pals.
The fun quotient was extremely high at this intimate do. It also proved to be quite a musical evening as Talat Aziz with wife Bina, Shaan, Adnan Sami and Roya and
Sonu Niigaam with Madhurima made their presence felt. Others present included Mazhar and Abrar Nadiadwala, Aly and Karim Morani, Sulaiman Merchant, Meghna Naidu, Karim and Shaheen Jaffar. Akashdeep and Sheeba, Vikas Bhalla, Anu and Ramesh Modi also came in to wish the birthday girl. Manoj Bajpayee may not be a party animal, but he put in a rare appearance and stayed on till the end.
Friday, 24 September 2010
NEW YORK, NY – Close on the heels of music reality shows capturing the imagination of TV fans in India, South Asians in North America will now be able to showcase their talent on the soon-to-be-launched “I Am Next Superstar,” a talent search contest that will air on STAR India PLUS in the US and Canada.
Eligible US and Canadian residents will have the opportunity to submit auditions online of their singing or playing an instrument at www.iamnextsuperstar.com. The contest aims to harness the musical talent of participants, from singing to playing a tabla, harmonium or guitar so forth.
India’s music luminaries Suresh Wadkar and Sonu Niigaam, who will also be available to mentor the participants, will judge the online auditions in both categories.
The top 20 participants judged from online entries will compete in two semi-final events in New York and California. Winners from the semi-finals will then compete in New Jersey in a concert-style grand finale in the presence of judges and audiences that will be aired on STAR India PLUS.
The winner will have a chance to record a single and feature in a music video.
Suresh Wadkar and Sonu Nigam have been eagerly involved since the inception of “I Am Next Superstar,” as partners as well as mentors.
“It’s great opportunity for participants to learn the nuances of music and hone their skills through this contest and claim deserving fame,” said Wadkar.
“The contest will go a long way in rightfully identifying singing talent among South Asians in North America, for both amateurs and professionals,” said Sonu Niigaam. “We want to pursue the dual objective of providing entertainment of fans in America while bringing them in sync with music reality shows in India.”
STAR India PLUS, which is one of the most-watched Hindi general entertainment channel in the US and the number one rated general entertainment channel in India for most of the last 10 years, is the launch partner for the talent search contest. STAR’s involvement gives the contest a major television platform, also giving the winners a chance to showcase their talent to a national audience.
“Star is constantly striving to provide its viewers with the highest quality entertainment out there-be it via top-notch movies, reality shows or its highest rated dramas. Simultaneous to this, we also understand the strong need to nurture and showcase our own local talent within the Disapora,” said David Wisnia, STAR’s Senior Vice President of Distribution, Sales and Marketing and head of STAR’s North American office. “Our association with Third Eye Ventures is a reflection of STAR’s commitment to showcase, to all our viewers, the best South Asian musical talent on view in North America.
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Exclusive news from Aap ka vijay!!
Movie Name: 'My India The Great'
Banner: Shri Sidhivinayak Shiv Shakti Films - Presenter: Bhaskar Shetty
Producer: Akash Anand - Director: Rajesh Pandey
Music Director : Aadesh Shrivastava - Lyricist: Akash Anand
Year of Release: 2011
More details to follow soon !!
I Am next Super Star
Judges Advice:“It is a great opportunity for participants to learn the nuances of music, hone their skills through this contest and claim deserving fame.” – Suresh Wadkar.
“The contest will go a long way in rightfully identifying singing talent among South Asians in North America, for both amateurs and professionals” - Sonu Nigaam
Exclusive news from Aap ka vijay!!
The cast of the movie includes Manoj Bajpayee, Aarti Chhabria, Siddharth Makkar, Pallavi Sharda and Govind Namdeo, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Ninad Kamat , Asif Basra, Bharti Achrekar, ,Brijendra Kala and Kunwar Pragy Arya.
Shankar Sonar is the hero of the movie who is honest and much loved goldsmith but have lack of financial resources as his ill father and the unwed sister are his responsibilities. He falls in love with his cunning astrologer neighbors daughter Suvarnalata but her father is against that love. She makes a foolproof plan to convince her father and asks Shankar to make a gold necklace of dus tola for her so that she can tell her father that he is the best suitable husband for her as he can do anything for her. Although he is a poor man but he tries his best to get his goal as this necklace can make or break his life. Then the story takes different turns when different characters of the town help him in different ways. You can listen dus tola songs by typing dus tola mp3 songs or dus tola songs.pk etc.
Producers: Kunwar Pragy Arya, Sanjay Bhattacharjee & Sushma Reddy
Executive Producer / Co-Producer: Indervir - Director: Ajoy
Singers: Sonu Niigaam, Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Mohit Chauhan
Music Director - Sandesh Shandilya
Lyricist - Gulzar
Release Date: October 22, 2010
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
You must all have seen pictures of Shabana Azmi’s 60th birthday celebrations, the hype around Amitabh-Rekha’s appearance at the same venue, etc., by now. But it’s time for the inside story. Koimoi.com brings you the scoop on what went on inside the party that lasted all night: the pranks, the jokes, and the jibes. Read on!
Sonu Niigaam may be nasty to the media otherwise, but the singer was the life of the party. He had turned up in all-white and his hair even looked good (for a change). Taking over from the DJ, Sonu doled out songs for the gathering through the night and was joined by singer Alka Yagnik and music composer Lalit Pandit.
Read more: Amitabh At Shabana Azmi’s B’day Party: The Inside Story | Koimoi.com
It was a Saturday night out for Shabana who was feeling all young on her 60th birthday. Nothing less than a fancy dress party would do for the birthday girl. At Mumbai’s lounge bar Trilogy located in hotel Sea Princess, an A-list of guests made its way to the retro themed party.
“Shabana personally invited the actors asking them to sport different kinds of headgears to give her party a retro look,” shared a guest.
For more effect, singers Sonu Niigaam and Alka Yagnik crooned numbers from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Shabana came wearing a
fuschia pink chudidhar with a sequenced red beret and was seen dancing the night away with hubby Javed Akthar.
Amitabh Bachchan chose the traditional Nepali gear of a Dhaka Topi. Anil Kapoor referenced his own film charcters and had put on a funny police inspector’s cap, teaming it with black denims and a blue shirt. Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan chose to stay formal ?? he chic in his black blazer and she well-coordinated in her black salwar kameez.
Always partial to her golden sarees, Rekha decked up in yet another of those and was seen chatting up with pals Shatrugan Sinha, Naseeruddin Shah and his wife Ratna Pathak Shah. Tabu picked in a white chudidhar for the occasion.
Among the younger lot, Amrita Rao had on a blue jacket with a short black skirt, Shazahn Padamsee sported a red band on her forehead and an always elegant Dia Mirza went with an off-shoulder white dress. Out of her Sabyasachi sarees
and anarkalis, Vidya Balan tried the gypsy look.
Yesteryear’s hottie Zeenat Aman had her own girl-gang to keep her and Nita Ambani company. Urmila Matondkar was seen flaunting a stylish English hat.
Shabana’s favourite director Shayam Benegal was surprisingly not present. Farhan Akthar was missing too. Spotted from the director’s club were David Dhawan, Satish Kaushik and Gurindar Chadha.
“The party was a lot of fun and the `headgear theme’ brought out the sporty side of the film-industry. What a relief from usual formals!” said Tabu.http://www.bangaloremirror.com/article/24/2010091920100919184905658e5b43c4c/Who-cares-about-numbers.html
BANGALORE: After announcing host of regional music awards, Reliance Big Entertainment through its Reliance Broadcast Network (RBNL) radio arm Big FM has announced the inception of ‘TV Biggies' award to felicitate the television industry in Telugu and the Kannada television space.
Big claims that the ‘TV Biggies’ in both the states will cover all aspects of television- celebration, felicitation and recognition of some of the biggest moments on TV across all channels.
Big FM content and communication head- South, Ramesh Bhaskar said, “Small screen is no more small, it has gotten into ones daily life, last five years has seen a sea change in TV led entertainment, be it the latest movie available on TV within a week’s time or reality shows hosted by renowned film celebrities, television today offers you a vast sphere of diversified programming. The TV growth story in south is no different; the superstars of films are hosting various TV shows realizing the potential small screen offers today. Our television awards initiative has been inspired by the fact that there is so much happening all over in small screen and it needs recognition at one common platform.”
The ‘Telugu Biggies’ will be held first, followed by the ‘Kannada Biggies’ which is scheduled to happen around the ‘Navratra-Duhserra’ time. Sources at Big say that ‘Bangla Biggies’ are likely to follow later.
The inaugural Telugu Biggies will have 22 categories – 16 popular and six jury awards. The Kannada Biggies will be based on the Navarasa (Nine aspects) theme and will have nine popular awards. The number of ‘Kannada Biggies’ jury awards have to be decided as yet.
Big is holding discussions with various Telugu and Kannada GEC’s to partner the event and plans to announce the television broadcast partner shortly. The group is also in discussions with various sponsors and advertisers. The final show for each state will comprise of a 30 minute curtain raiser and a main show of about 120-150 minutes to be aired on a weekend evening.
In the recent past, ETV has been broadcasting Big FM’s music awards in a number of states, while Star’s Kannada offering Suvarna TV had aired its ‘Big Music Utsav 2010’ during which Sonu Niigaam had been felicitated with the best male Kannada singer award.
Once the broadcast partner has been decided, the Kannada TV Biggies and the ‘Telugu TV Biggies will see a month-long extensive promotion through TV, radio, print, outdoor, on-line, SMS, microsite and activations at malls, RWA’s and other key touch points across Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
The evergreen couple of the silver screen - Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh graced Chhote Ustaad with their presence. The occasion was the music release of their upcoming film Do Dooni Chaar which is scheduled to release on October 8th. Here are the tidbits of what to expect in this week’s Chhote Ustaad.
The most romantic jodi of the reel and real life – Rishi and Neetu were seen dancing on the sets of Chhote Ustaad where they came to promote their film Do Dooni Chaar. Rishi stole hearts again by dancing to his famous song Om Shanti Om and later Neetu joined him in another song to dance on Khullam Khulla Pyar Karenge. Rishi also sang his famous song Main shayar toh nahi for Neetu.
This romantic evening was a little gloomy with the news of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan being injured! It happened that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan injured his leg, when he went to his sister’s house to wish her Eid and to congratulate her for the new born baby. However, to replace him, Shaan had graced the judges’ panel this week, who calls himself to be the Desi Rahat.
This week the judges sprang another surprise by declaring the “Wild Card Entry” for Chhote Ustaad. After having the fantastic four jodis, Chhote Ustaad will now have a Wild Card jodi as the fifth contender for the competition. This will be a fresh jodi and the already eliminated contestants will fight for this competition. One Indian and One Pakistani, who will win the wild card round, will form a new jodi.
Sunday’s episode will witness two maestros coming on Chhote Ustaad stage - Shankar Mahadevan and Hans Raj Hans. And one person who was jealous of Hans Raj Hans was Sonu Niigaam! Sonu says that Hans Raj Hans and he have the same hairstyle and he got very jealous when Hans sang with his hair waving wildly and regretted tying up his hair for the shoot. Shankar Mahadevan was awestruck by the talent on the show and asked the producer which planet the Chhote Ustaads were from.
An evening packed with loads of naach-gaana, music-masti and hungama, Sony Entertainment Television brings to you its power of 10 with its Desh Ki Awaaz concert on the 19th of September from 08:00pm onwards.
Meiyang Chang & Saumya Tandon are the dynamic hosts for this colourful evening, While musical maestros - Bappi Lahiri, Sonu Niigaam & Mika Singh are all set to regale the audiences with their chart busting numbers. Not only that, sizzling performances by Kashmera Shah, Krishna and Sudhesh are sure to set the stage on fire. To add more sizzle to the evening, Television Queens Rashmi Desai & Ragini Khanna are all set to mesmerize the audience with their scintillating performances.
Wait, that's not all! Apart from all the naach- gaana, the evening is going to be filled with loads of humor and laughter. 'Desh Ki Awaaz Concert' promises to be a glistening evening that will enthrall and entertain viewers.
So tune in to Sony Entertainment Television this Sunday, 19th September at 8:00pm onwards for a fun-packed evening.
For further information, please contact:
Sony Entertainment Television
Geetanjali Lahiri Mobile: +919819929411
Media News - New Delhi, September 16, 2010
Flat! is a 2010 Bollywood supernatural thriller
Produced by Anjum Rizvi - Directed by Hemant Madhukar
Starring Jimmy Shergill, Sanjay Suri, Arbaaz Khan, Anupam Kher
Parvin Dabbas, Tara Sharma, Aindrita Ray, Hazel, Sachin Kedekar, Kaveri Jha
Music: by Bappa Lahiri - Lyricist: Virag Mishra
01 - Dil Kashi ~ Sonu Niigaam, Tulsi Kumar, Raja Hasan, Aditi Singh Sharma (05:50)
02 - Meetha Sa~ Kailash Kher, Suzanne D%Mello (06:40)
03 - Chal Halke ~ Sunidhi Chauhan, Raja Hasan, Aditi Singh Sharma (05:10)
04 - Pyar Itna Na Kar ~ Shreya Ghoshal (04:59)
05 - Meetha Sa (Unplugged) ~ Kailash Kher, Suzanne D%Mello (05:30)
06 - Dil Kashi ~ Sonu Nigam, Raja Hasan, Aditi Singh Sharma (05:50)
07 - Meetha Sa (Partymap Mix) ~ Kailash Kher, Suzanne D%Mello (05:14)
Since A Flat (Earlier titled Flat) has been ready for quite some time, you expect a dated feel in its music. Moreover Bappi Lahiri, after being heard in a few albums so far, is yet to make his make his mark as a composer. Add to that the fact that there isn't any buzz around the film's music so far and the expectations are kept at the very minimal. Along with lyricist Virag Mishra, Bappi has made four songs for the album. Let's check out what exactly is in store here.
The name Sonu Niigaam is always exciting to read on the album credits, especially due to the fact that he has gone over selective in last 2-3 years. Even though it is Raja Hasan along with Aditi Singh Sharma who are heard at the beginning, it is Sonu Nigam who makes an instant impact 60 seconds into the song. He gets into his characteristic intoxicated rendition and brings in his own persona into 'Dil Kashi' which, though a tad predictable, is entertaining nevertheless. If you have liked those slow moving romantic numbers featuring Sonu in the past, you would like this one as well which is placed in the album twice and has Tulsi Kumar as Sonu's female companion
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Jhootha Hi Sahi is an upcoming Hindi film directed by Abbas Tyrewala under the banner of Sa Re Ga Ma Films. This romantic comedy film features John Abraham and Pakhi (Abbas Tyrewala's wife). The film's score and soundtrack are being composed by Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman. The film was earlier titled as 1-800-Love. Madhavan will make a guest appearance in the movie.
Jhootha Hi Sahi is scheduled to be released on October 15, 2010.
John Abraham as Sid
Pakhi as Mishka
Raghu Ram as Omar
Alishka Vardhe Singh as Aallya
Prashant Chawla as Uday
Omar Khan as Amit
Manasi Scott as Krutika
Anaitha Nair as Sushi
George Young as Nick
Richard Knight from Mime The Gap as the Mime Artist
Wendy Albiston as Anna
The Theatrical Trailer was unveiled on 27 August 2010.
The Music Will Be Released On Mid September 2010.
The music of the movie is composed by A. R. Rahman and lyrics by Abbas Tyrewala. The audio will be released on mid-September by Sa Re Ga Ma. Though not yet published, the tracklist will be as follows.
01. Do Nishaniyan (Heartbreak Reprise) – Sonu Niigaam
02. Hello Hello – Karthik
03. Cry Cry – Rashid Ali & Shreya Ghoshal
04. Pam Pa Ra – Shreya Ghoshal
05. Do Nishaniyan – Sonu Niigaam
06. Maiyya Yashoda (Jamuna mix) – Javed Ali & Chinmayi
07. Call Me Dil – Rashid Ali
08. I’ve Been Waiting – Vijay Yesudas
09. Maiyya Yashoda (Thames mix) – Javed Ali & Chinmayi
Two more additional songs which may feature in the album:
10 - Jhoota Hi Sahee - A.R.Rahman, Reena Bhardwaj
11- Shararath Ho - Kunal Ganjawala, Sunidhi Chauhan
Jhootha Hi Sahi Music Review
What do you get when you bring together Abbas Tyrewala, A R Rahman, and some of the best singers and musicians in the industry? You get a fab OST full of really, really, really good music. We are talking about the soundtrack for the upcoming rom-com Jhootha Hi Sahi, which opens on October 15th. The story of the film was written by Tyrewala's wife Pakhi, who also stars in the film opposite John Abraham. For the OST, Rahman composed seven tracks plus two remixes that encompass many different styles, moods and flavors. Each one is multifaceted with the maestro's magic touch
From the first notes of Do Nishaniyan you just know - this one is going to make you swoon and smile and end up on your "ALL TIME AWESOME SONGS" list. The music is so lovely, then you add the golden tones of Sonu Niigaam and you have magic. Every line is full of richness and depth, but at the same time there is a lightness to the delivery of the music. Sonu's vocals are tailor made for this ballad and he proves once again why he is one of the best. There are little surprises throughout the song, that make it even better, like the more rock delivery he gives in one section and then that piano line...sublime. One of Rahman's great tracks that really shows off his mastery at composition! So much in one song and every note perfect. You must own this track!
Once again we get to hear Sonu's brilliance on the Heartbreak Reprise of 'Do Nishaniyan'. There is so much feeling to his delivery accompanied by the gorgeous lines of music you can literally feel the heartbreak. Rahman created so much sound with the simple piano, Sonu's voice but then backed up it up with that orchestration. Simple but full. Loved it, and wanted even more of this version as well! Sonu at his best!
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
He had changed the spelling of his name to the awkward sounding 'Niigaam', but that phase, Sonu says, is over. Now, it's back to being Nigam again as it has nothing to do with numerology anymore. Sonu says he's "been enlightened" and that he's surprised at himself for all the changes he has undergone, including the name, the hairstyle and the anger management. Says he, "The name change was one of the journeys I had to take in life. I had to go through that path to learn the truth. And I have realised that I don't want to tamper with these forces. I am happy with all the astrological arrangements I was born with. I am happy finding success with my original name – Sonu Nigam."
His new look, complete with long locks and a chiselled chest, has been in the news recently. "I had the same hairstyle for 30 years, so I needed to change. Otherwise, I would've stagnated. But I realised that we are an emotional country and people get attached to you as a person, even your look and your ways. And the change is difficult for them to accept. But my hair has been the same for a while now. It is suiting my state of mind. I haven't cut it for 10 months now," Sonu says.
And his state of mind, Sonu tells us, is uncluttered, like his name. He explains, "My perspective of life has changed. Music is a state of mind, and mine's different from yours. I am a certain way and a lot of people don't understand what I do. But I have become accepting of that now." He has even learnt to control his rather temperamental behaviour. In earlier interviews, Sonu has often said that he was called a "bachcha" in the industry, and that led to frustration. But now, he's looking at things differently. "I have started controlling myself. I dissociate myself when Sonu is angry. I've controlled my anger greatly. I am surprised at myself," he says.
The changes have also led to positivity in his relationship with his wife, which had hit a rocky phase in the past. It went to the extent of Sonu saying publicly that his marriage was "on standby". But things have improved. He says, "Like any other couple, we have had trouble and our share of problems. I am a difficult man to be with."I am very imaginative and as a creative person, I give you the space you want. I can't tie anyone down. In turn, I myself want a lot of space." But, he's working on his family life and says, "I make it a point that all three of us – I, my wife and my son – travel together even when I go to Los Angeles."
So, what is it with LA that he keeps heading there, a la AR Rahman? "Well, I like the transition between the buzz in Mumbai and the silence in LA. I've got my family, friends and my soul in Mumbai. I've lived here since I was 18. But, when I go to LA, Mumbai becomes more important. It gives much more importance to Mumbai."
In an almost philosophical tone, Sonu adds, "Every day is a high point for me now. Giving this interview is a high point for me. I've never been this happy or content with life. I've been able to understand something about life." Even though the "enlightenment or revelation" is something that Sonu feels he doesn't need to share, he says, "I had never understood the world till now. But now, I have. So I have changed. I have become more non-judgmental and accepting. I'm not taking people for granted – parents, friends, and people we care for. But, I'm not content with what there is for me at the moment, for then there will be no goal to achieve."
Close on the heels of these changes, Sonu's packed with work – there's perhaps a romantic album and definitely a movie, plus the usual shows and singing that he does. Says Sonu, "I like to keep myself engaged in multiple things. So, there's obviously this reality show that I'm doing, and it's the right time for an album and I want to bring out a romantic album. There's also a movie, but I can't talk about it at the moment." It's clichéd, but in Sonu's case, it seems, change is truly the only constant!
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Kicha-Hucha is being promoted as an action-cum-love story with
Sudeep as hero. It is produced by K. Manju and Gurudautt is the director.
'We have approached Ramya to play the heroine. But since she's also doing Sudeep's Just Maat Maatalli, Ramya has to get back to us about her dates,' says Gurudutt. Sudeep has his hands full this year with several films nearing completion. One of his main projects this year will be Rann (Hindi) by Ram Gopal Varma; Sudeep plays an important role in Rann along with Amitabh Bacchan.
Sonu Niigaam & Anuradha Sriram
Lyrics : Yograj Bhat
Starring Sudeep, Ramya
Lyrics Yograj Bhat, Kaviraj - Music V. Harikrishna
Producer K. Manju, Mark Balaji - Director Chi Gurudatt
Music On Anand Audio - Now Released 2010
Tell us something about License to Live? License to Live is an inspirational thriller. It is a story that takes you on a journey of finding the path of true greatness. Greatness is best expressed in the present tense and engulfs every thought, every action that takes place in the present moment. Greatness does not lie in the past deed and neither is it a future promise, greatness is found only in what you do ‘now’ and the book brings out the message of success and fulfillment through this fable.
From where did you get the inspiration for this one? I knew I had to write the second book and I had a few stories in my head. So I took a break for 10 days and began to write. I discarded two stories after the first chapter and stuck to this one. License to Live as a concept came about in an argument with a friend who was haggling me to get a drivers license (since I was driving without one) and my contention was that a license should be to live life because we live our lives much more recklessly than we drive.
That’s when I said that one should have a test and exam for living and get a license to live than drive! A lot of people, especially youngsters, are getting interested in motivational books.
Do you see it as a healthy trend? Reading is a very healthy trend, at every age. I feel that if youngsters are leaning towards motivational books then it is even better because in today’s age of information and networking what is missing is guidance and that is what self-help books provide.
Your success mantra, as given in the book? My success mantra is live in the moment. To learn from the past and to have defined aspirations for the future, I focus on the present.
So what’s next? The book is already out in the stores and we are doing a formal launch with Sonu Niigaam. For me, he truly symbolises greatness and he will bless my book again. I am also planning to launch DVDs along with the book by the end of this year.
Ace percussionist Bickram Ghosh has always scored high on fusion barometers by collaborating with top notch artists like Pete Lockett and Yosy Levy, besides being a constant fixture at Pandit Ravi Shankar concerts. However, he has always remained slightly distant from Bollywood, choosing only selective projects. After composing for films like Sooni Taraporewala’s Little Zizou, Ghosh has recently composed the music for Gumshuda , a film directed by multiple national award-winning director Ashok Vishwanathan that released last week and which stars heavyweights like Rajat Kapoor, Victor Banerjee and Raj Zutshi. Even though the film hasn’t managed to create an impact, Ghosh says he is happy with the way the music has shaped up. “The film will be travelling the festival circuit as it is more in the genre of parallel cinema and wasn’t really meant for the multiplex audience. But the music is extremely quirky, unlike anything I have done before. The tracks are a combination of blues, rock and qawwali,” says Ghosh, adding that it took him over a year to compose the background score and the six tracks.
Currently he is working on a project with Sonu Niigaam on a world music album in which he has collaborated with the US-based popular percussionist Greg Ellis, who has worked in projects like The Matrix Reloaded and Fight Club among 75 Hollywood films.
Thursday, 2 September 2010
Oi oi... What is this I’m hearing now? A unit wallah from the television show Chhote Ustaad 2 called to say that he had discovered the inspiration for Sonu Nigaam’s look. Huh? Turns out that it is son Neevan that Sonu is aping these days. That is, if the boy has curly hair, papa gets hair curled up, and if junior is sporting a gelled look, senior does the same.
So, depending on what look puttar is sporting, daddy dearest copies it, irrespective of where he’s going. Now, I’ve heard of son’s following their father’s footsteps…
But this is the first time I’m hearing someone following his son’s nakshe-kadam. Really now! But then, such is life dearies.
August 31, 2010: Saibaba Telefilms Pvt Ltd, the television production company, the pioneer of music reality shows in India hosted an ‘Iftaar Party’ for the Pakistani kids from ‘Amul Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz’ on Star Plus. Gajendrra Siingh, MD and Chariman, Saibaba Telefilms accompanied by the talented Sonu Niigaam and the Indian contestants came together to convey their greetings for the Holy month of Ramadan.
The occasion held significance for the Pakistani kids, as for the very first time they are celebrating this festival with Indians. Wania Jibraan, one of the Pakistani contestants said, "We would like to thank Saibaba Telefilms for putting this special evening together. This is the first time I am celebrating Ramzan without my family and also my first time in India. I am thankful to the entire team for putting together this amazing atmosphere to make us feel at home."
This season Saibaba Telefilms presents a first – of – its kind singing competition that brings together young talent from India and Pakistan exclusively on ‘Amul Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz’ on Star Plus. ‘Iftaar’ being the traditional evening meal when the faithful break their fast during the Holy Month Of Ramadan; the Indian contestants of the show accompany their Pakistani counterparts as they break their fast together.
Speaking about the special occasion, Gajendrra Siingh, MD and Chariman, Saibaba Telefilms said, “We have a strong vision that ‘Music Has No Boundaries’ and it is this vision that urges us to make better use of the talent, skills and resources that we have from all corners of India and Pakistan to drive greater levels of audience engagement. Pakistan has always been known as a hub for great talent for the entertainment industry and our tie – up with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in scouting for young talent in the biggest musical reality show is a step in that direction. We are thrilled to be working with a high caliber team of talented music composers, singers and young talent especially on the show which will appeal to viewers of all ages.”
He also added, “This month holds special significance for our Pakistani Chhote Ustaads and I am glad we were able to celebrate the occasion with them. With our content expertise, we are confident that this will mark a significant milestone for Indo – Pak relations in the history of the reality television industry. Our aim is to deliver high quality content across geographies.”
Chhote Ustaad is created by one of India’s most talented music reality format creators, Gajendrra Siingh (Chairman and Creative Director of Saibaba Telefilms). Saibaba Telefilms are currently content partners for Star Plus, Sun TV Network, ETV Network, Star Jalsha, Mahuaa TV and Doordarshan National.
‘Amul Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz’ airs every Saturday and Sunday at 9.00 pm only on Star Plus.
About Saibaba Telefilms: Saibaba Telefilms Pvt. Ltd. is one of the leading production houses in India today started by Mr. Gajendrra Siingh in November 2006 with the vision to provide new age talent, unique content and to be the largest media company and take Indian talent culture on global front. Saibaba Telefilms is a trend setter of music reality shows and aims to become the leader in the world of entertainment.
Building on the initial momentum company started with the Music reality shows with the expertise of Mr. Siingh in this segment. ‘Antakshari’ was the first show to be produced by Saibaba Telefilms on Star One. The ladder of achievement and viewership kept moving up with grand shows like ‘Voice of India I and II, ‘Chotte Ustaad and the recently concluded hit show, ‘Music Ka Maha Muqabala’ on Star Plus, ‘Waar Parivaar’ on Sony,’ Chak De Bacchhe’ and ‘Chak De Sheher Di Kudiyan Gali De Gunde’ on 9X, ‘Junoon’ on NDTV Imagine, ‘Sur Sangram’ on Mahuaa, ‘Gaurav Maharashtra Cha’ ‘on ETV Marathi, ‘Bengal Music league’ on ETV Bangla and ‘Bharat Ki Shaan’ on Doordarshan. Saibaba Telefilms created market leadership and dominant presence in the field of reality shows and has now stepped into fiction shows.
Saibaba has also produced content in the comedy genre like ‘Laughter Express’, ‘Grih Laxmi and ‘Dance Sangram’ on Mahua and ‘Laugha Laughi’ on ETV Bangla and has created market leadership and dominant presence in the field of reality shows. Saibaba Telefilms has also stepped into fiction with popular shows like ‘Baidki Malkain’ on Mahua and ‘Luka Chori’ on ETV Bangla.
The love for music led Saibaba Telefilms to start its own music academy – SA Re Ga Ma Pa Dha Ni SA on 21 August, 2007. The academy has been a dream for Mr. Siingh and he feels this unique academy gives a platform to budding talent.
About Chhote Ustaad
‘Chhote Ustaad’ brings a new format in music reality shows in India, which is based on teams rather than individuals. Highlighting each team’s unique personalities and exceptional talents, ‘Chhote Ustaad’ is an exhilarating breath of fresh air in the increasingly “seen – it – all – before” realm of reality TV. Ten singing talents each from India and Pakistan have been chosen through different rounds of auditions from each corner of the two countries by music maestros Sonu Niigaam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. All the kids are formed into pairs of one each from both countries. Over a period of thirteen weeks these twenty kids perform for the coveted title of ‘Chhote Ustaads’ of the subcontinent. Produced on an unprecedented scale, the shows seek to search for and promote the best of musical talent in India and Pakistan.
After the television fraternity, it’s time for the film family to gear up for their share of We Are Family. Sonu Niigaam, Shahid Kapoor, Rajkumar Hirani, Amol Gupte, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy attended the screening with director Siddharth Malhotra.
The movie visibly touched Shahid Kapoor‘s heart, who tweeted after watching the film, “Just saw my buddy Siddharth Malhotra’s film ‘We Are Family…Good job Sid, proud of you .. Go watch it you all…Good film.”
Siddharth Malhotra was overwhelmed with Shahid’s praise, “Showed the film to…my worst critic Shahid Kapoor …along with some friends whose opinion do matter… what matters to me are the views of these people…”
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, music composers for the movie, also attended the screening. Living up to the reputation of a ‘family movie’, Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa came with their spouses.
*Ehsaan Noorani had singer Sonu Niigaam for company.
*Director Rajkumar Hirani showed his support for Siddharth Malhotra.
*Amol Gupte came with his wife and son.
*Singer Anushka Manchanda, who sang the song ‘Dil Khol Ke Let’s Rock’ for the movie ‘We Are Family’, was seen having a good time.
*Salim Merchant is all set to have a good time.
Doha, Qatar recently hosted the highly acclaimed Indian
Bollywood pop singer, Sonu Niigam.
Niigam, best known for his singing in a number of blockbuster Hindi movies, performed at the Doha International Tennis Court to a crowd of thousands.
The venue, not designed for outdoor music events, threw up some challenged for tour manager Vincent Rodrigues and event manager Shafiq of Regency group, but Maestro Sound and Lighting Company from Bahrain solved the issues with high-tech sound, lighting and video backdrops.
Due to the quality and clarity of Maestro's recently acquired Adamson speaker system, Promod, Sonu's front house engineer, had an fulfilling first experience using Y-Axis series consisting of 16 Y18, 16 Y10, 10 T21, and 4 M15 monitors on stage.
Lab.Gruppen Amplifiers and XTA Processors were used with the entire speaker system, as well as a Yamaha PM5D RH desk at FOH, specked by Promod. David Dohrman, Adamson Europe's applications engineer, created an exceptional PA design to solve the known problems of the venue, the worst of which is sound reverberation due to the architecture. Using Adamson's shooter software David took on problem spots, and executed a final design.
The main PA was a L & R, low-flown system, each hang consisting of 4 Y18, with an 4 Y10 underhang. The side PA was made up of 4 Y18 per side which was held up by a hoist, but was set on the stage in a configuration similar to a ground stack, in order to achieve a heavily up-tilted orientation. A fill PA consisting of 4 Y10 per side was installed on the balcony to cover the upper bleachers, and T21 subs were distributed in multiple stacks on the ground. Due to the controlled radiation of the Adamson System Y-Axis series, the concert achieved even and excellent sound quality throughout, right up to the very back seats of the tennis stadium.
September 2, 2010: Multi – faceted singer and actor Sonu Niigaam mentors the contestants on ‘Amul Chhote Ustaad – Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz’ on a special episode this Sunday, 5th Sept. The talented singer is also a judge on the show, and is very popular with kids and adults alike.
Apart from being a judge on the music reality show, Sonu Niigaam is an Indian playback singer whose songs have been featured in numerous Hindi and Kannada movies, as well as Marathi, Tamil and Telugu movies. He has also released numerous Indi – pop albums and acted in a few Hindi feature films. Over the years, Sonu has become a major force in the Indian music industry. He has created a unique style of his own, and has become a role model for emerging vocal talent in India. For this Sunday’s episode of ‘Amul Chhote Ustaad’, Sonu turns music guru to the contestants personally training them and helping them to select songs which suits each of them according to their forte.
Catch the contestants set the stage on fire with their rocking performances in the ‘Disco’ special episode with celebrity guests Bappi Lahiri and Mika. Produced by Saibaba Telefilms, this season presents a first – of – its kind singing competition that brings together young talent from India and Pakistan.
Chhote Ustaad is created by one of India’s most talented music reality format creators, Gajendrra Siingh (Chairman and Creative Director of Saibaba Telefilms). Saibaba Telefilms are currently content partners for Star Plus, Sun TV Network, ETV Network, Star Jalsha, Mahuaa TV and Doordarshan National.
Catch the power – packed entertainment on ‘Amul Chhote Ustaad– Do Deshon Ki Ek Awaaz’ this Saturday and Sunday at 9.00 pm, only on STAR Plus.
– Sampurn Wire