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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

'Kandahar' Music Now Released !!

Kandahar is an upcoming Indian Malayalam-language film directed by Major Ravi starring Mohanlal, reprising his role from the sequels as Major Mahadevan. Amitabh Bachchan and Ganesh Venkatraman also play roles in the project. The film is expected to be dubbed and released in Tamil and Hindi. The film is said to be based on the hijacking incident of the Indian Airlines Flight 814. The sound recording of this movie is done by Dr. Resul Pookutty. This movie is produced by Sunil Nair under the banner Zoe Estebe Moviez Pvt. Ltd. and Mohanlal under Pranavam Arts International.

Movie Name : Kandahar
Year : 2010
Cast : Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan, Ganesh Venkitaraman, Ragini Dwivedi, Anoop Chandran, N. L. Balakrishnan, Pradeep Chandran, Saaju Attingal, Kannan Pattambi, Major Kishore,
Captain Anil, Haneef Kumaranellur, Jaffer Idukki…
Music Director : Shameer Tandon
Director : Major Ravi
Producer : Sunil C Nair, Mohanlal
Lyrics : Vayalar Sarath

1 "Aye Janani" Sonu Niigaam Sandeep Nath 4:56
2 "Pakida Pakida" M. G. Sreekumar, Neetha Subhir Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma 4:22
3 "Ho Chupi He" Kailash Kher Kaushal Kishor 4:23
4 "Dheemee Dheemee" Sunidhi Chauhan Sudhakar Sharma 4:18
5 "Aye Janani" Neetha Subhir Sandeep Nath 5:08
6 "Ho Chupi" Kailash Kher Kaushal Kishore 4:39
7 "Tigde Tigde" Amit Kumar, Neetha Subhir Sandeep Nath

Sonu Niigaam's: Online Music Workshop Gets Tremendous Response !!

November 30, 2010: Sonu Niigaam, the noted playback singer of Bollywood is as famous online as he is offline for his very innovative techniques in singing and the kind of variety that he brings in by his tremendous power to sing and emulate just about any singer under the Sun.

This singer has already made a mark by singing in Tees Maar Khan in 40 to 50 different voice tones, and has also recently thought of conducting an online workshop on music. Thus, recently he had posted on his page that he would be conducting an online workshop on the 3rd of December, little knowing that it would create a great problem for him, as he will be flooded with so many messages from several people who will want to join the free work shop.

Reportedly, the singer was over whelmed by the tremendous response and thus he posted back that since the response was so over whelming, he would not be able to conduct it on the 3rd, as the venue would have to be much bigger than he had anticipated.

However the singer has been offered help by professionals in the field like Wiz crafts and GIMA or the Global Indian Music Awards group in going ahead with his idea in an organized and professional manner.

So if you happen to be one of those who wish to participate, keep an eye for more on this news.


Monday, 29 November 2010

Launch For Radio City’s Musical-e-Azam-IV Today

* Musical-e-Azam’s Season-4 goes South as Music Durbar

* 29 artistes, 650 hrs of live and unplugged music

* 12 artistes in Mumbai; 17 in Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad

Ever since it launched on Radio City 91.1 FM in 2006, Musical-e-Azam has featured some of the biggest names from music, such as Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Asha Bhosle, Jagjit Singh, Sonu Nigaam, Ghulam Ali, Alka Yagnik, Shaan, Zakir Hussain, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Roop Kumar Rathod, Talat Aziz, Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghosal, KK, Raghav Sachar , Javed Ali and Rekha Bharadwaj, amongst others.

Without doubt the biggest and most significant live-and-unplugged music show on Radio so far, Musical-e-Azam is returning in a bigger avatar, as the largest live radio show in the country, on Radio City, which, with Season-4, is taking it to its south markets too. Starting 8 am today, Monday, the 29th of November, the network will broadcast four different live episodes of the show in four languages: as Musical-e-Azam in Hindi from Mumbai (at 8 am) and as Music Durbar in Kannada from Bengaluru (at 8.30 am), in Telugu from Hyderabad and in Tamil from Chennai (both starting 9 am), with each episode featuring a different star. In all, Season 4 will showcase 29 artistes across 650 hours of programming. The network is backing it with a 360-degree marketing plan which includes outdoor, print and online and a B2C SMS push across its markets nationwide.

In Mumbai, Musical-e-Azam will be aired from 8 am to 10 am on ten weekdays (Mon-Fri) from 29th November to 10th December on Kasa Kai Mumbai. The episodes will feature Sajid Wajid, Sukhwinder, Richa Sharma, Bappi Lahiri, Shantanu Moitra, Shail Hada, Sunidhi Chauhan, Pritam, Neeraj Shridhar and Salim-Suleman, in that order. RJ Archana -- herself a good singer -- and Salil will host the show, which will be aired in Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Baroda, Surat, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur, Sholapur, Sangli, Ahmednagar, Alkola, Nanded and Jalgaon stations of Radio City.

In Hyderabad, Music Durbar will air on five days from 29th November to 3rd December, between 9 and 11 am. The Hyderabad series, hosted by RJ Vinayak Joshi, will feature music stars Hemachandra, R P Patnaik, Geeta Madhuri, Malavika and Chakri, and will also be played out at Vizag.

In Bengaluru and Chennai, Music Darbar will air for six days, from 29th November to 4th December. The Bengaluru episodes, anchored


An Opportunity To Sing With Sonu Niigaam

Two upcoming artistes will get the chance to sing with noted playback singer Sonu Niigaam during his concert here on Sunday.

According to a press release issued by, which has organised the concert at the Railway Sports Ground, the two singers were selected through a national-level talent hunt. Mona Bhatt from Mumbai and Priya Yadav from Bangalore won the ‘Sing with Sonu' contest organised by

At the concert

Apart from these artistes, the former Mayor of Hubli-Dharwad Anilkumar Patil will also sing at the live concert, performing before Sonu Niigaam takes the stage.

The initiative is aimed at encouraging local talent, the release added. For tickets, call 97402-50081


Help For Old & Ailing Musicians !!

Pretty busy with the upcoming IMA Awards scheduled early next year, veteran musician Pandit Jasraj’s daughter Durga Jasraj is also making sure that other projects undertaken by her pet organization (Indian Music Academy) are getting her undivided attention. Durga is glad that her organization has been able to help old and ailing musicians in the country to get urgent medical attention and says that several corporate companies have come forward to providing financial help.

Durga says, “We get people writing in to us from several parts of the country telling us about the plight of needy musicians. Our organization has been looking after the welfare of such people and providing them with free medical attention.” She also adds the several trusts and doctors have been appointed to aid the case. “Under this same category, several open heard surgeries have been performed and several cases of dialysis are also been carried out in several hospitals. There are some dialysis patients who are undergoing treatment since the last one and half years. So, there is no cap on the number of years of treatment.”

Durga however says that to keep the entire process transparent, instead of handing the money for the medical treatment to the ailing musicians, IMA sends the money directly to the hospitals.

Talking about the ongoing preparations for the IMA Awards, Durga says that 2,726 applications have reached the organisation that includes entries from artistes and singers like Shaan, Sonu Niigam, Shankar Mahadevan and many more. Talking about the unique feature of the awards, she says that this is the first time for any music award in the country that musicians don’t need to depend on their producers to send their music samples. “Instead they can do so directly,” she ends.


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Sonu Niigaam is hitting the high notes!

When Sonu Niigaam quit micro blogging site Twitter he did that with a promise to host a live workshop for music lovers, absolutely free of cost.

And true to his word, that’s what the singer’s doing. Sonu recently resurfaced on Twitter, only to announce a workshop that he plans to organise in Mumbai. There are also plans for a live webcast of the same.

However, Sonu’s plans might need a little re-planning, since, while the singer was expecting a crowd of around 20 to 30 persons, there’ve been almost 600 who’ve confirmed participation. And though Sonu’s overwhelmed with the unexpected turnout, he does admit that he may have to re-think the venue now.

“I am humbled by the response. We were planning to have the workshop in Mumbai on December 3. I don’t think that we’ll change the date, but we will definitely need a bigger venue.”

And according to reports there are not only people from across India, but also music lovers from overseas keen to participate in a live music session with the singer, who’s riding high on the success of the title track for Tees Maar Khan, having sung it in 56 voices.

“Yes, it’s true. We’ve had enquiries coming from places like New Jersey and UK for the workshop. As soon as we arrange for the venue we will make the formal announcement,” confirms Sonu.

Talking about what inspired him to conduct such a workshop, he adds, “I think many times all we need is a little guidance and that’s all I’m trying to give, show others the direction — which I wish I had during my younger days.”


Sonu Niigaam Sings For Uyyale !!

In the debut the senior most specialist drummer DJ Rickey has given lovely tunes and most of them are quite impressive to hear. There seven songs in the pack of audio album released by Anand Audio. Prabhu, Ramesh Bhat, Padmaja Rao are in the key roles. Doreswany Rayasandra has produced this film in the direction of Dinesh S.

Hrudaya Ninnadhe Palagidhe Ninagagiye Nidhire Halagidhe.….sung by Sonu Nigam and penned by popular writer Jayanthi Kaikini the best of the seven songs. The expression of love by the protagonist is the content of this song.

Chinna Nee Nanna Chinna sung by Kunal Ganjawala and Shreya Goshal is penned by Jamakhandi Shivu. This is once again expression of love.

Modha Modhalu Nudi Thodalu Badhake Badalagidhe….penned by Hrudayashiva is sung by Karthik. After the hero falls in love this song appears in the film.

Yee Manasu chooragidhe prathi choorallu ninna nepaidhe….sung by Kailash Kher is a sorrow song sung with lot of high pitch. The Manasu specialist Kalyan has penned this song.

Hagalu Ninnadhe Irulu Ninnadhe Kanavarikg Agidhe….by Udit Narayan, Sujatha is penned Jayanth Kaikini is a duet love song.

Naguve Naguve nama mane thorana olave hoobana makkale asthi…sung by Sabesh and Anuradha Sriram is penned by director S Dinesh. This one a family song highlight the importance of all family members and affection.

The last song in the album is the title track. Suvvale Suvvale Balondhu Rangole Hombale Hombale Yee Jagave Hoomale Uyyale Uyyale Jeevanadha Uyyale….is a song for the fare in the village in which the children voice is also part of it. Khailash Kher has sung this song penned by Jamakhandi


Teachers Achievement Awards In Mumbai !!

It was a night to celebrate achievements. The 10th Teacher's Achievement Awards
(TAA) took place at a sparkling do that saw the who's who of Mumbai coming together to cheer for the talented lot.

This decade of achievement hosted by Teacher's saw Shabana Azmi being awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan the People Magazine Award, Boman Irani the Achiever of the Decade (Entertainment), Aditya Puri the Achievement Award for Business, Ranbir Kapoor the Achievement Award for Entertainment, Shashi Tharoor the Achievement Award for Communication and Pankaj Advani the Achievement Award for Sports.

Harish Moolchandani, Managing Director and CEO, Beam Global Spirits & Wine ( India & Indian Sub-Continent) said, "I would like to congratulate all the winners and I hope the celebration of 'Spirit of Achievement' continue in the years to come by, promising an invincible spirit of triumph."

The evening was rolled out with a dazzling 'Teacher's Achievers' Walk' by Vikram Phadnis, who crafted a special line for the past winners and jury members —
Sonu Niigaam, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Anupam Kher, Jagjit Singh, Shiamak Davar
Pritish Nandy, Anjali Bhagwat, Nagesh Kukunoor, Feroz Abbas Khan and Mahesh Dattani.

Also present at the occasion were Byron Hoover, Vice President, Global Whiskey, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc and Alistair Longwell, Distillery Manager, Teacher's & Ardmore, Scotland

Read more: Teacher's Achievement Awards in Mumbai - The Times of India

Monday, 22 November 2010

Play That Kannada Mix

We’ve heard tracks in Bollywood as well as Tamil and Telugu industries being remixed and added to the soundtracks. With Sanju Weds Geetha, Sandalwood joins the trend with its first official mix. The title track, sung by Sonu Niigaam, has been remixed by DJ TT.

Says TT, “I was approached by Nagashekhar (the film’s director), who wanted to do something novel with the soundtrack. He asked me to mix the track keeping in flavour the original vocals. We had a couple of sittings and here’s the track today.”

Lead actor, Ramya, is seemingly elated. “We’ve seen Tamil films having such amazing mixes of songs like Where Is The Party Tonight. I’m glad that we’ve finally got the first official mix in Sandalwood. Trust me, when I first heard it, I couldn’t stop tapping my feet,” says Ramya, who along with Nagashekhar and co-star Srinagara Kitti are partaking in some unique promotions.

From reality shows to dates with Ramya to the lead pair walking the ramp and attending major events in the city. “The film is something that will touch your hearts. We’re continuing a story that was one of the biggest blockbusters in Kannada film history, Shankar Nag’s Geetha. The film is heart-warming and I can assure you of a good watch. This is why we’re going all out to promote the film and draw people’s attention towards it,” says Ramya.


Sanju Weds Geetha - Music Now Released !!

Director Nagashekar won in the music department of ‘Aramane’ his debut film starring golden star Ganesh and he is on the winning track of his second directorial venture ‘Sanju Weds Geetha’ he has produced for Pramod Narayan and Murali Mohan. What was evident from the three songs media had seen at the Citadel Hotel is that they are with full of energy and beautiful locations – Ramya and Srinagara Kitty add extra dimensions to the over all quality of songs.

Jaasie Gift with good standing in Kannada cinema has tuned sis songs for the film ‘Sanju Weds Geetha’ that star charming beauty Ramya and cool and composed actor Srinagara Kitty.

• Gaganave Baagi sung by Shreya Goshal for Kaviraj music is the best of the six songs in this album
• The title song Sanju Mathu Geetha by Sonu Niigaam and Shreya Goshal is sung in a husky voice is also filled with melody. Kaviraj is the lyricist of this song.
• Ravan Seethen Kadda….a peppy song with lot of ground work by Dr Nagendera Prasad will be a hit among the youths.
• The title track ‘Sanju Mathu Geetha’ is sung by Sonu Niigaam separate and again it is a solo by Shreya Goshal.
• Omme Baaro…by Shreya Goshal is another melody by writer Kaviraj lyrics.
• Nalle Nalle….is a solo for protagonist Srinagara Kitty is a youth oriented song sung by Tippu for the lyrics of Dr V Nagendra Prasad.

Anand Audio has made attractive inlay card design for the album for this director Nagashekhar film ‘Sanju Weds Geetha’.


3 Idiots Gets Music Awards !!

Rajkumar Hirani’s “3 Idiots” continued with its award-winning spree bagging top honors at the Global Indian Music Awards (GIMA) here.

The movie took home the best film album, best lyricist for Swanand Kirkire, Shaan and Shantanu Moitra for best play back singer (Male), “All izz Well” for the Red FM most popular song on Radio and Bishwadeep Chatterjee and Anup Dev for best engineer (Theatre mix).

Karan Johar’s “Wake Up Sid” took away three awards for best playback singer (Female) Kavita Seth, best film song-”Iktara” and Hindustan Times readers choice award for singer Kavita Seth for “Iktara”.

“Kaminey” too managed to score a hat trick, with Vishal Bhardwaj receiving award for the best music director, the song “Dhan Te Nan” received the most popular caller tune award. The film also got best music arranger and programmer award. Music maestro A R Rahman and Asha Bhosle presented Lata Mangeshkar with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Receiving lifetime achievement is an honor but one should not stop working and instead give their best,” Lata said.

The legendary singer also received award for the best devotional album, “Shree Hanuman Chalisa’. “I am extremely happy as this is my first non-film award and especially because it is for Hanuman Chalisa,” she said.

The award ceremony saw performances from actors Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Also, an enthralling tribute performance to Lata Mangeshkar by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Salim-Suleiman, Leslie Lewis and Shantanu Moitra among others. The show hosted by Saajid Khan, Shreyas Talpade and Dia Mirza opened with a performance from Asha Bhosle, who belted the sufi rock song, ‘Rab rakha’.

A total of 29 awards under Film and non-film categories were presented including the award for outstanding contribution by an Indian on the global stage, bestowed upon Pandit Ravi Shankar.

In order to fight music piracy, the best anti-piracy initiative of the year was received by the Government of Maharashtra.

Bollywood personalities like Sonu Niigaam, Anil Kapoor, Rajkumar Hirani
Yash Chopra, Ritesh Deshmukh, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Jagjit Singh and Kailash Kher among others were present at the event.


Sonu Niigaam To Perform In Malaysia

FANS of popular Bollywood playback singer Sonu Niigaam will be delighted to note that their idol is scheduled to perform at two concerts in Malaysia next month.
The first will be at Stadium Bandaraya in Johor Baru on Dec 12, and the second at the Surf Beach at Sunway Lagoon in Petaling Jaya on Dec 14.

The Sonu Niigaam 1Malaysia Live in Concert, organised by Perfect Orion Sdn Bhd and Narrow Cast Universe Sdn Bhd, aims to promote the spirit of IMalaysia.

As the playback singer for Bollywood A-list stars such as Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan, Sonu’s most memorable Bollywood hits include You are My Soniya (from the movie Kabhi Khusi Kabhie Gham) and the very recent Chiggy Wiggy (from the movie Blue), featuring Australian singer Kylie Minogue.

Popular local composer Datuk Wah Idris will open the concert followed by a performance by the Malaysian Drum Symphony.

Sonu will also be performing the 1Malaysia 1World song which will be sung entirely in Bahasa Malaysia.

On Sonu singing 1Malaysia 1World, Datuk Daljit Singh Dalliwal, who wrote the lyrics for the song, said since Bollywood fans in Malaysia come from multiracial backgrounds, the concert will be a good time to celebrate our unity and harmony.

Tickets for the concert at the Surf Beach can be purchased at the Sunway Lagoon ticketing counter. – C. Karunaagaran.


Where Are The Guests ???

Gutka blue-bloods Mayank Jain and Monika Arora, at whose wedding superstars were to shimmy, asked Salman, SRK and Katrina not to perform at the 11th hour

A few days ago, it was reported that the Mayank Jain - Monika Arora wedding was going to be the most extravagant celebration in years: our local stars, for one, were summoned at astronomical sums, to get jiggy with it; Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif being some of the A-listers who would dazzle relatives and family friends.

However a twist of fate spoilt this showstopper, nixing the chances of these three stars to make some good money, unless they have already been paid. Salman and Katrina, who were meant to boogie (separately, mind you) on Wednesday at the Gutka baron's mehfil, and SRK, who might have done a chaiyya chaiyya to select guests - all failed to show up.

Sallu was en route to Mumbai airport when he did a U-turn, Katrina, who had reached Delhi on Wednesday, also booked a flight back to Mumbai. Why?

Instead of this glitter, one spotted actors like Zayed Khan, Jacqueline Fernandes, Neil Nitin Mukesh, if you get the (small) picture. Other luminaries at this event included Sonu Niigaam, Mugdha Godse and Anjana Sukhani.

Says a source, "Perhaps something transpired that led the families to say 'No' to the top actors." Did the Aroras and Jains, both Gutka barons with bottomless pockets, want to cut down on the expenses? Was this display of wealth suddenly considered vulgar by authorities, thus prompting this forced 'austerity'? SRK, Salman and Katrina remained unavailable for comment. No high tea officials bothered them on a quiet Thursday.


Tweet, Voice Blog With Sonu Niigaam

Customers can now tweet and follow their favourite stars like Sonu Niigaam
John Abraham, Lara Dutta, Riya Sen, Ravi Kisen, Harbhajan Singh, Pooja Gandhi
among others

Imagine tweeting with a celebrity and listening to your favourite star’s blog- all on your Mobile! Now you can listen to Bollywood hunk John Abraham in his voice and post comment/tweet on his voice blogs. Reliance Communications (BSE: RCOM), India’s largest integrated telecom operator has tied up with Twitter to make the popular information network available on SMS. Customers can now enjoy Twitter on SMS free till 30th November, 2010.

Meanwhile, based on a tie-up with mobile messaging leader Bubble Motion, Reliance has launched a social voice blogging service making it fun and easy to become a follower of some of India’s favourite stars, getting text and voice updates directly from the celebrities with updates on their day-to-day lives.

Reliance Communications is roping in an array of Indian celebrities including leading Bollywood stars and singing sensations to launch first-of-its-kind voice-based mobile blog service. The telecom operator has roped in celebrities like John Abraham Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra, Sonu Nigam, and regional film stars like Riya Sen (Bengali), Ravi Kisen (Bhojpuri) and Pooja Gandhi (Kannada) among others. Many sports stars will join the bandwagon by next year. Bubble Motion’s technological support platform will be handset-agnostic and would not require any application to be downloaded. Customers will be able to access the service through IVR(interactive voice response) thereby enhancing its user-adoption potential. Bubble Motion will integrate its special technology on RCOM networks using existing voice circuits.

RCOM customers can now tweet and follow their favourite star and listen to the star’s blog round the clock. Without owning a smart phone, customers can send and receive Tweets via SMS/MMS, hear their star’s voice blogs and forward and share them with family and friends on Twitter

To add Twitter account to mobile, customers have to send a SMS to the Twitter short code 53000 to sign up if they are new to Twitter or reply with their username if they already have an account to get started. Once set, customers can start following celebrities and catching up with friends.

Bubble Motion’s BubbleBlog is a voice blogging phone service where people share voice updates with friends, family, fans and followers. BubbleBlog is like Twitter with a voice and is bringing social content to mobile phones. Its tie-up with RCOM is in line with its business partnerships with some of the largest mobile operators around the world including India, Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.

“We are thrilled to be working with Reliance Communications in bringing the most exciting communications platform to their customers. Connecting through voice blogging is bringing social communications to 600 million people in India who are not online and still want to feel connected as if they were on Facebook or Twitter.” said Thomas Clayton, CEO, Bubble Motion.

According to Anil Pande, Head-VAS, Reliance Communications said,“ The Value Added Services (VAS) landscape so far has been linear and limited to data-centric services. It is now becoming multi-dimensional with several voice based services like social networking, blogging offered to customers”. RCOM’s launch of voice based social networking highlights the increasing dominance of social networking in our lives. This service is available across India on CDMA and GSM networks


Sonu Niigaam Live In Malaysia

Sonu Niigaam will be having a concert in Malaysia on 14th December 2010.

Ticket price: RM100 (standing), RM200, RM300, RM500 dan RM1,000 per person (seating)

Date: 14th December 2010
Day: Tuesday
Time: 6.30pm - 7.30pm (1 hour)
Location: Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach


Rihanna, Akon, Black Eyed Peas and other stars have come to Malaysia too

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

The Spirit of Doon !!

What do Vikram Seth, Nandan Nilekani, Kamal Nath, Karan Thapar, Tarun Tahiliani and Abhinav Bindra have in common? Well, apart from being highly successful in their area of work, they all are Doon School alumni or ex-Doscos as they would like to call themselves.

The school that has an illustrious list of alumni, recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. And to commemorate the occasion, the school came out with a music album – "The Spirit of Doon". While the likes of Sonu Nigam, Prasoon Joshi and Yash Raj Studios came together to collaborate with the IIT Kanpur alumni team to create an IIT-K anthem on the occasion of their golden jubilee, the Doon School Old Boy's Society (DSOBS) managed to get lyricist Gulzar, music composer Bhajan Sopori and his son Abhay Sopori as well as singer Suresh Wadekar, all together, for their school's anthem.

"DSOBS is very proud and delighted to present, "The Spirit of Doon", as a part of our 75th year celebrations. The album is a mix of musical offerings ranging from folk to classical, and traditional to modern," said Kanwar Vipin Malhotra, president, DSOBS.

He further added, "This album is an attempt to present a facet of the spirit of Doon. Doscos from different age groups and cities across India, came together to participate in the making of this album."

Talking about his experience of working on the album, music composer Abhay Sopori, said, "When we started working on the album, the idea was to distribute it only amongst the Doon School students and its alumni. But once the product started taking shape, we thought, why not make it large? That's when we brought in sponsors and decided to have a commercial launch as well. It is a beautiful work of creativity. Here's to saluting the 75 year old legacy of memories."


Two Free Kannada Songs

Nokia's Ovi Music Store is giving out two songs from the upcoming Kannada film, Sanju and Geetha for free until today (November 15th, 2010). The two songs available for download are "Sanju weds Geeta” and “Gaganave”. These tracks have vocals by
Sonu Niigaam and Shreya Ghoshal and the songs are arranged by Jassie Gift (of Hudugata fame).

The film’s music launch is scheduled for November 20th, 2010 by Kannada music label, Anand Audio. Speaking about the service and the offer, Mr. Jasmeet Gandhi, Head OPM and Devices, Nokia India said, “As India’s largest legitimate digital music service, our consistent effort is to offer the latest and the most versatile content to the Ovi music consumers. We are thrilled to launch two catchy numbers from the Kannada film ‘Sanju weds Geetha’ exclusively on Ovi Music Store ahead of the official music launch.”


Not A Pleasant Tune

Many Kannada singers are unhappy with the unfair treatment meted out to them by the film-makers, especially when it comes to payment. The industry pays local talent far less than what is paid to singers engaged from outside the State.

Even the demand for the local talent has decreased forcing many to take up alternative career and sing only as a hobby. For example, if Sonu Nigam is paid a lakh for a song, the local singer only gets Rs 25 thousand for singing the same song. “It’s the discretion of the producer,” says music director Veer Sampath.

“The producers want good quality music and give us a budget with which we have to manage. When we talk about quality and variety, I rarely find such singers here. While there are a few extremely good voices, I can’t use them for all the songs. But when it comes to singers like Yesudas, his voice can be adapted to different styles. So why not spend a little more and get the best than settle for an average voice,” he adds.

Kaustub, a singer from the City, feels that the craze for singers from outside has always been there. “It’s not that there is a lack of talent here, there is just a craze to get singers from Bollywood to croon Kannada songs. Many of the outside singers have become so popular that the demand only keeps increasing, there is not much we can do about it,” he states. Generally, the producer, director and the music director sit together and discuss the picturisation of the song and the kind of voice that would be required for the sequence.

A lot of stereotyping goes into play and popular music directors are restricted to use only certain voices who have given them hits before. Mano Murthy, the music director says that he has fallen into that frame many a times.

“Many producers approaching me automatically presume that Jayanth (Kaikini) would write the lyrics and Sonu Nigam and Shreya Goshal would sing the songs,” he says. “In all my films I make sure to engage one local talent to sing a song. Unfortunately, there are a very few of them who are serious about their career. Moreover, when it comes to publicising the music of the film, importance has to be given to well-known singers from outside,” says Mano.

The trend of using singers from outside is there in all the industries.

Kavita, a singer from Kerala, says that opportunities to sing in her mother tongue Malayalam are very few, so she is looking forward to sing in other industries like Tamil and Kannada.


Sonu Niigaam Creates World Record With 54 Voices

Believe it or not, ace playback singer Sonu Niigam has done the unbelievable. The singer has sung in 54 voices for the same song in Farah Khan’s forthcoming comedy-thriller ‘Tees Mar Khan’

Sonu verifies, “Yes, that is true. I have sung the title track of ‘Tees Maar Khan’ in 54 voices. Maintaining a consistency in the voice and the pitch which is not yours can be very tedious.”
Filmmaker Farah Khan tells, “Only a versatile singer like Sonu can pull it off. We will approach the Guinness book of world record and if we are not successful, then I’m sure it will be listed in Limca Book of Records.”

Wonder how the idea originated? It is said that while trying different versions for the same song and Farah’s writer husband, who has also done the music for the movie, Shirish Kunder suggested that they merge all the versions together. “After I recorded several versions, it was difficult to choose any one. So Shirish incorporated all of them in one song. I am the chorus as well as the singer for this one, and all have still managed to sound different,” includes Sonu.

The singer apart from singing in several female voices has sung the song with a Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, French and several such accents. “But the one I enjoyed the most was singing in Akshay’s (Kumar) voice. In fact, I sound so much like him that even Farah couldn’t make out the difference,” Sonu tells with a smile.

As per common knowledge, no other singer has done this before for the big screen. Sonu Niigam is sure gunning for a world record!


Friday, 12 November 2010

Natasza Urbanska Singing Star Of The Indian

Natasza Urbańska śpiewa z indyjskim gwiazdorem

Natasza Urbańska już od kilku dni przebywa w Indiach. Głównym celem wizyty było nagranie utworu wspólnie z indyjskim gwiazdorem Sonu Niigaam w ramach projektu "Poland…Why Not?".

Sonu Niigaam to jedna z największych gwiazd zarówno na rynku muzycznym jak i filmowym w Indiach. Płyty Sonu rozeszły się w ilości ponad 50 milionów egzemplarzy.

Efektem pracy Nataszy i Sonnu jest utwór "Listen To My Radio". Piosenka została skomponowana i napisana wspólnie przez Nataszę Urbańską, Sonu Niigaam, Osmo Ikonena oraz Brian Allana.

"Poland…Why Not?", to już ponad 20 utworów nagranych przez naszych polskich artystów zrealizowanych pod okiem zagranicznych producentów.

ałość ukaże się na albumie w połowie następnego roku.


Natasza Urbanska singing star of the Indian

Natasza Urbanska several days staying in India. The main objective of the visit was to record a song together with the Indian star of Sonu Niigaam in the project "Poland ... Why Not?".

Sonu Niigaam is one of the biggest stars on both the musical and film in India. Sonu plates were sold in more than 50 million copies.

The result of the work and Sonnu Natasha is the track "Listen To My Radio." The song was composed and written jointly by Natasha Urbańska, Sonu Niigaam, Osmo Ikonena and Brian Allan.

"Poland ... Why Not?", Is already more than 20 songs recorded by our Polish artists performed under the supervision of foreign manufacturers.

The whole album will be released in the middle of next year.
November 3, 2010 6:01


Sonu Niigaam Shines At The Global Indian Music Awards 2010

It was a grand night for the music industry. The Global Indian Music Awards were held on Wednesday at the Yash Raj Studios in Andheri West. Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha were present to show their support, and 3 Idiots was the big winner of the evening.

The versatile singer Asha Bhonsle, who is the goodwill ambassador of GIMA, started the event by singing Allah Rakha.

Lata Mangeshkar conferred with the 'Lifetime achievement award' for her stellar achievements in the field of music during the inaugural edition of the Global Indian Music Awards (GIMA).

Some of the biggest names of the Indian music industry including Sonu Niigaam, Javed Akhtar, Talat Azia, Richa Sharma, Alka Yagnik, Asha, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Shankar Mahadevan, Ustad Rashid Khan, Pt Vishva Mohan Bhatt, Salim-Suleiman and Shreya Ghoshal attended the awards evening.

GIMA is an initiative of Wizcraft International Entertainment to honour talent across the film as well as non-film music.


Sonu Niigaam Sings In 54 Voices For Tees Maar Khan !!

This one’s sure to get Sonu Nigam in the record books. The singer’s recently sung in 54 voices for the same song. No mean feat considering this required him to not only sing in different male voices, but also female voices. Confirming this, Sonu says, “Yes, that is true. I have sung the title track of Tees Maar Khan in 54 voices.” Admitting that it wasn’t easy, Sonu adds, “Maintaining a consistency in the voice and the pitch which is not yours can be very tedious.”

Talking about how the idea originated, the singer revealed that they were trying different versions for the same song and it was music composer Shirish Kunder’s idea to merge all the versions together. “After I recorded several versions, it was difficult to choose any one. So Shirish incorporated all of them in one song. I am the chorus as well as the singer for this one, and all have still managed to sound different,” adds Sonu.

The singer apart from singing in several female voices has sung the song with a Japanese, Spanish, Arabic, French and several such accents. “But the one I enjoyed the most was singing in Akshay’s (Kumar) voice. In fact, I sound so much like him that even Farah couldn’t make out the difference,” he smiles.

So is he aiming for a place in the book of records? “Well, we hadn’t recorded the song with that in mind, but now that we have done it; I think Farah and Shirish are considering sending it for the record books. I don’t think any singer has done that before on the big screen, so yes, I will keep my fingers crossed for this one,” smiles Sonu. Well, that’d be another feather in the Bollywood cap too, so here’s wishing him all the luck.


Friday, 5 November 2010


Sonu Niigaam Is Tees 'Maar Khan' In Singing !!

Sonu Niigaam Leads Singers Association of India (SAI)

Until now, attempts to bring together film and non-film singers under a common umbrella have been in vain. But the Singers Association of India (SAI), a group which was announced at the innaugural function of the Global India Music Awards, held in association with the Hindustan Times, is meant to fill that void. “We have been trying to form this group for five years now but it couldn’t take off earlier because there was serious negativity inside,” says singer Sonu Nigam, who is ecstatic about the formation of SAI.

The singer says that people have now been made to understand that the purpose of the association is to serve “no one’s personal agenda.” He adds, “It’s for the betterment of our seniors and our forthcoming music generation. The organisation will shelter everyone’s rights.”

Many singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Hariharan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Sukhindwer Singh, Kailash Kher and Alka Yagnik have already pledged their support to the association.

How will the forum help singers? “It will help us bring everyone together, get rid of politics and take care of each other. Senior musicians have faced issues due to lack of care and have been lost in oblivion. Through this forum, we also plan to reach out to them,” says the singer.

Did they face issues with music composers and lyricists? “Now music composers and lyricists are working in tandem with us. All musicians of the country will be a part of this group,” says Nigam.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Chance To Sing Along With Sonu Niigaam, has tied up along with Sonu Nigam to organize a 3 city concert in Karnataka. As a part of this concert Desitara is also giving a chance to young talented aspiring singers a chance to perform along with Sonu Nigam during the concert


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Joining hands with the most versatile singer of the decade – “Sonu Nigam”, gives all the budding singers and dancers to share the stage with the man himself and get their claim to fame. To register to the contest and get this chance users have to upload their performances on and let the users choose the winner. The more votes a video garners the participant will get a chance to open the Sonu Nigam Live in concert in Gulbarga, Hubli and Belgaum.

• Upload videos on till 5th November 2010
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Speaking on this occasion Mr. Mansoor Ahamed, CEO, Connectfilms media said, “India has a vast pool of untapped talent, as our commitment at Desitara we wish to provide a global platform to talent. We are very proud to be associated with Sonu Nigam to give a chance to talented youngsters a platform to start their career. Our strong belief is that talent no longer has to wait for opportunity; as we plan to reach at the door steps of millions of talented people to offer them a chance to be discovered and recognized through our website.”

Sonu Nigam known as the Presley of India has brought indi pop’s popularity back across the globe through his numerous indi pop albums. He is the first indian/asian singer to perform in Germany. A very versatile person he has hosted two television shows apart from acting and singing. He is one of the few singers to have made it big both in films and on the Indi-Pop circuit.

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Monday, 1 November 2010

For Me, Live Performance Is Incomparable To Anything: Sonu Niigaam

Bollywood playback singer Sonu Niigaam says nothing gives him more pleasure than live performances.

'For me, a live performance is a high that is incomparable to anything else musically. For me, it's a three hour-long orgasm,' Sonu said in a press statement.

The singer is set to perform for a live show in Birmingham Nov 13 and in London's Wembley Arena Nov 14.

'You have to be vocally, physically, mentally and spiritually fit and involved for a perfect one. That's the clear test of a true singer. Every other platform can be manipulated with, but not live shows. That's why I get so involved during my performances,' he said.

Niigaam, who has belted popular numbers like 'Yeh dil', 'Panchhi nadiyaan' and 'Main hoon na', says his performances have improved overtime.

'Last time I came to Britain was for the legendary Rafi Resurrected tour. People worldwide still talk about that one. Meanwhile, my regular live performances have gone to another level,' he added.

Leicester-based promoter Jayesh Kotak, who is organising Niigaam's performance in Britain, feels the show will eclipse Oscar winning composer-singer A.R. Rahman's concert held in London's O2 Arena, earlier this year.

'Although A.R. Rahman is a genius, these shows will be a lot better because Sonu will be on stage for three hours. Unlike Rahman, who handed over most of the singing duties to unknown singers and only performed his own songs, Sonu will be on stage the whole time,' said Kotak.


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About the show
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