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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Sonu Nigam Sings For 'AK 56'

AK56 is a Kannada language film by action film director Om Prakash Rao. It is Rao's 25th. Roa had directed AK-47 (film) starring shivaraj Kumar which was a super hit. The film is produced by the Indian film company Silver Screen Pictures as their premiere venture. This is siddanth's second kannda movie. The film is estimated to be one of the most expensive Kannada film.
AK56 is expected to be released in July 2011.

01 Karedaaga - Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Rajesh
02 ReetaKaddu Kaadu - Abhimann Roy, Yashwant A Roy
03 Pasandaithi Gelathi - Avinash Chebbi, Ananya Bagath
04 Adjust Maadkko - Reeta, Rap Avinash Chebbi
05 Mera Bharat - LR Ramanujam


Sonu Nigam Sings For 'Sihi Muthu'

Movie Name : Sihi Muthu
Music Director : V Harikrishna
Lyrics : Jayanth Kalkini, Kaviraj
Director : Ashok Kashyap

Cast : Darshan,Prem Kumar, Pooja, Sameer Dattani, Komal Kumar
Language : kannada
Year : 2011

01 Neeli Baanina – Sonu Nigam, Anuradha Bhat
02 Maayavi – Shreya Ghoshal
03 Chikkalaka – Tippu, Vasundhara Das
04 Yeshto Saniha – Kunal Ganjawala
05 Baaro – Suresh Wadekar
06 Baaro – Vasundhara Das


Sunday, 26 June 2011

Sonu Nigam & 92.7 Big FM Pays Tribute To MJ & Pancham Da

On June 25, 2011, renowned Bollywood singer, Sonu Nigam will play versions of Michael Jackson numbers unplugged exclusively on 92.7 Big FM’s breakfast show. Later in the day, Sonu will sing Jackson numbers as requested by the listeners on the station .

There are stars, there are superstars and then there are legends. Michael Jackson and RD Burman (our own Pancham Da) were all of these and more. both MJ and Pancham Da had splendid musical journeys and continue to enthrall their audiences around the globe.

In memory of these legends, 92.7 Big FM – a radio initiative of Reliance Broadcast Network, will kick off a 3 day music celebration, marking the death anniversary of Michael Jackson and the birth anniversary of Pancham Da, thus bringing together a unique blend of International Pop and our very own Bollywood music, showcasing two legends that audiences still remember very passionately. The celebration will happen across 29 HSM (Hindi speaking markets) from the 25th to 27th of June 2011.

On June 25, 2011, renowned Bollywood singer, Sonu Nigam will play versions of Michael Jackson numbers unplugged exclusively on 92.7 Big FM’s breakfast show. Later in the day, Sonu will sing Jackson numbers as requested by the listeners on the station .

Other highlights for the day include play out of exclusive capsuled bytes on the Pop icon by his mother, Katherine Jackson and a host of Indian celebrities. If this is not all, listeners can also tune in to hear some of Michaels biggest hits which will play out every hour only on 92.7 BIG FM.

On June 27, 2011, 92.7 Big FM will play song requests from Pancham Da’s fabulous body of work. What’s more, 92.7 Big FM’s Rj’s will give out lesser known trivia about R D Burman , who made bollywood music hip, chic and swinging; for eg: How many people know that Pancham was trained in Indian classical music but still had a great hold over international musical traditions like Bossa Nova…

So, tune in to 92.7 BIG FM to know all this and much more!


Friday, 24 June 2011

Sonu Nigam Nominated For 58th Idea Filmfare Awards

The Idea Filmfare Awards South are back! During a press conference at the Sheraton Park Hotel & Towers - Chennai, Filmfare and Idea announced the much awaited Nominees for the best in South Indian cinema for 2010.
The 58th Idea Filmfare Awards 2010 (South India) would be held on July 2, 2011 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

The polling process has generated a huge response for 10 popular categories each in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. Nominees drawn from the responses have been shortlisted and a specially appointed jury has been set up to pick the final winners.


Sonu Nigam To Pay Tribute To Michael Jackson

Sonu Nigam To Pay Tribute To Michael Jackson –... by Rajshri

Behind the Scenes IIFA ROCKS - Jermaine Jackson and Sonu Nigaam

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Musical Night With Rahim Shah

Rahim Shah serenaded the audience and the jam-packed auditorium swayed and danced to the rhythm of his music.

He and the winner and runner-up of Chotay Ustad, the brainchild of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sonu Nigam, were the highlight at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) on Monday, that hosted a glittering night with established and young budding stars of Pakistan.

Moon and Farieha from Chotay Ustad have gained acclaim for their talent across the border and within the country. On the centre stage, the young artists surpassed expectations.

Moon, the runner-up on the show, sang Mora Saiyan by Fuzon which in the actual show pushed the judges, Abida Parveen, Sonu Nigam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, to give the young singer a standing ovation. Even Moon, still a young boy, showed humility far beyond his age.

His father said, “Never in my wildest dreams had I thought that this would happen. Moon has brought me more joy than I ever could have imagined, and due to that I have dedicated my life even more so to my boy.”

Farieha, also nicknamed Chiriya (little bird) by Sonu Nigam, was thrilled to perform in Islamabad for the second time. An avid Rahat Fateh Ali and Noor Jahan fan, the little girl sang classical music with grace and maturity that is usually hard to find even in experienced artists.

“I have sung alongside Asha Bhonsle, Ghulaam Abbas, Hamid Ali Khan, Abrarul Haq, Shahzad Roy and tonight I will sing on the same stage as Rahim Shah,” says Farieha, “I couldn’t be happier.”

The support of the audience spurred on the artists and the evening turned out to be enjoyable.


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

This Is It - Sonu Nigam's Tribute to Michael Jackson - Exclusive Interview

Sonu Nigam's First Ever Malayam Movie Song!

Celebrated multi talented singer Sonu Nigam sung a Malayalam song ‘Chakkaramaavin kombathu’ for Mammootty’s much awaited film ‘1993 Bombay March 12’. The song is composed by the visually challenged musician Afzal
Yousuf, who earlier composed sweet songs for the Malayalm flick ‘Calendar’

Sonu, the 'Rafi clone', who started his active singing career in 1990 s has rendered thousands of songs for movies and albums in prominent Indian languages. This is the first time that he is attempting Malayalam.

‘1993 Bombay March 12’ is the debut directorial venture of ace script writer Babu Janardhanan. The multilingual movie based on the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts will feature Mammootty as a priest who later converts into Islam. Other cast includes Roma, Krishna, Shaari and Lal. It is expected hit theaters on June 24.


Sonu Nigam Ft:Jermaine Jackson - This Is It - Out Now

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Sonu Nigam/Composer & Singer On World Music Day

Thanks to the corporatization of Bollywood, music is in the deplorable state that it currently is in. Today you find item numbers ruling the music scene. If music was not important then why are Bollywood films using only songs in their promo? Item numbers only reflect how insecure music composers are! There is only one Anu Malik who must have done diverse stuff like a Refugee, Main Hoon Na and he has even done item numbers. Composers have lost their faith in good singers and rely on catchy words to sell their music. And to top it, it sells! Music companies are getting richer, but they fail to give music composers and musicians their due. Music is the soul of Bollywood films, yet it is only supplementing films. There are very few musicians who have done religious, romantic and world music. The effort to introduce different genres of music is restricted to a few.


Sonu Nigam Collaborates With Jermaine Jackson

Sonu Nigam Sings For A Malayalam Movie

Here is one reason for all you music freaks in Kerala to cheer aloud.

One of the most popular singers in the country, Sonu Niigam will sing for a Malayalam film 1993 Bombay March 12.

The movie, which has already gained much popularity due to the historic plot it carries, will now have an added highlight with the young star’s voice humming to a Malayalam song.

The film which has five songs altogether has another attraction.

The musician who composed the collection, Afsal Yousuf, is visually challenged. Looks like the movie is sure to give its audience a musical treat.


Mr Duplicate - Ninnanne Noduttha - Sonu Nigam & Shreya Goshal 2011

Friday, 17 June 2011

Sonu Nigam Ft: On The Michael Jackson Tribute CD

Announcing the Worldwide Release of The Michael Jackson Tribute CD

Recording Artists Around the World Come Together To Honor The King of Pop
Original and Inspired Songs By Some of Michael’s Talented Friends & Fans

We are very excited to announce the worldwide release of our exclusive tribute CD, The Beat of Our Hearts: A Musical Tribute to Michael. This amazing album is a compilation of music written and performed by some incredibly talented singers/songwriters who have honored Michael through their music. This is a truly wonderful and unprecedented collection of eighteen original songs written and performed by Michael’s friends and fans.

What makes this album so special is that each song represents a talented artist who was greatly inspired by Michael and deeply affected by his loss. For many of them, their song was their saving grace.

These touching musical tributes were written out of a profound place of love and respect for Michael. Some of the featured artists sing about the things he taught us, such as forgiveness. Others sing about how much we miss him. Tony Wilson, who knew Michael personally, wrote a song titled, “We Call Him Peter Pan,” meant to defend and honor his love for children. Every song tells a story of love.

Other artists featured on the album include: Judith Hill (This Is It), Jason Jackson, Maxso, Patrique Fortson; Sonu Nigam; Bond Biederman; Cyrano, Esq.; Quincy Patrick; Boona feat. Mesha; Lil Jay feat. Laura Rusu & Baros; Sara Thulin; Armand TJ; Blair Taylor; The Champions; Natalie Coluccio; Mike Thompson; and Mr. Gibbor.

These talented artists have taken their gifts and expressed feelings for Michael with lyrics that speak for millions of fans all over the globe. Their words, so genuine and poignant, express beautifully the impact he had on the world. Every song takes you to an emotional place where you remember and reflect on what an amazing human being he was, and how he continues to inspire and move us. They reflect on how many hearts he touched. They remind us of his strength through troubled times, and they bring tears to our eyes as they remember the man in the mirror.

The artists who have contributed their wonderful music to this CD collection, represent nine countries, including Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Africa, Russia, Sweden, Romania, India and the United States. Within the United States, artists from Pennsylvania, California, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, Illinois and Florida have contributed. This first-time-ever collection truly demonstrates the global love that exists for Michael Jackson.

Music was Michael’s life. The song “Music and Me” describes perfectly the special relationship they had: We've been together for such a long time …music and me. We’re as close as two friends can be. There have been others, but never two lovers like music and me.

He was an entertainer who achieved unprecedented success, an icon in the music industry. He created the biggest selling album of all time, and yet, remained humble enough to sing backup for other singers. This tribute CD honors the special love Michael had for music. It’s a must have for all Michael Jackson fans because every artist carries a piece of him through their music; many credit him as being the sole reason for becoming a performer.


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Sonu Nigam To Perform With Jamanie Jackson

New Delhi, June 16 (IANS) Versatile Indian singer Sonu Niigaam says he will perform with Michael Jackson's brother Jermaine during the forthcoming International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend in Toronto, as a tribute to the late King of Pop on the eve of his second death anniversary.

The duo will perform Sonu's composition, which has been chosen as a tribute song for Michael, who died June 25, 2009, by his family.

"Yes, I am performing with him (Jermaine), the MJ tribute song that is getting released by Universal America next week. It is called 'This Is It'. I wrote and composed the song and he sang it for me in Los Angeles. It is the first ever tribute song in the world post MJ's sad demise that is endorsed by a member of Michael Jackson's family," Sonu told IANS.

Their performance will be a part of the IIFA Rocks, a music and fashion event which will sponsored by Grey Goose on the second day of the three-day Bollywood extravaganza in Toronto, starting June 23.

"We were fortunate to have met with Michael Jackson in 1996 when we brought him to India for his concert. With IIFA in Toronto, we will be commemorating Michael Jackson's second death anniversary with a performance by his brother Jermaine Jackson on the IIFA Rocks stage. He will be joined by Sonu Niigaam," Sabbas Joseph, one of the founder directors of Wizcraft International Entertainment, told IANS.

Sonu is a huge Michael Jackson fan, and he has admitted in the past that his style of singing the hit number "Ye dil deewana" was majorly influenced by the international pop superstar.

Jermaine, MJ's elder brother, had last visited India in October 2009 for 10 days to record an album with composer-singer Adnan Sami.


Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Sonu Nigaam To Ft: In Documentary On Leh-Ladakh!

Director Harish Sharma, who debuted this year into filmmaking with "2 nights in soul valley", is now making a documentary film on the 'Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre' (MIMC) at its Devachan campus in Leh-Ladakh.

This half hour long documentary will feature the voice of character actor Hemant Pandey, of TV serial "Office-Office" fame, who also acted in " Ready"; and the film is edited by Anuradha Singh who was the assembly editor of " Slumdog Millionaire".

"Guruji- Bhikkhu Sanghasena of Mahabodhi centre- is doing so much charity work for the needy people of that region that it is only appropriate that his work gets highlighted," says Harish. The documentary will be shot in Leh- Ladakh this month end and will wrap up in about four days time. "How many people do we know today who do work so selflessly? Not many. Hence, I decided that such people should become inspiration to the others which is why I am making the film. We intend taking the film to various film festivals to spread the good word," says Harish.

While the film projects a good cause, those connected with it have also donned the role of good human beings and are not charging any money for the film. "Both Anuradha and Hemant are not charging any money for doing this film," informs Harish, "Though neither them nor I am into spirituality, nor are we followers of the Mahabodhi sect."

British singer, Milli Moonstone who also acted in the Harish's debut film, is also a part of this Mahabodhi movement and has already spread the message in Europe, converting into a virtual ambassador of Mahabodhi in Britain.

Sources say, noted singer Sonu Nigam is also expected to shoot a song with the children of Mahabodhi's school at Devachan sometime soon.


Saturday, 11 June 2011

Sonu Nigam Concert At The ASU Gammage In Tempe, Arizona

Solar Topps Supports the Indian Community by Sponsoring the June 19th Sonu Nigam Concert and Dance Extravaganza Performance to Be Held at the ASU Gammage in Tempe, Arizona

Sonu Nigam Is a World-Renowned, Award-Winning Bollywood Music Superstar That Has Been Rewarded With Sold-Out Concerts in America, UK, Europe, France, Germany, Pakistan, Dubai, Afghanistan, Africa, Singapore, Bangkok, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, Australia and Egypt

TEMPE, AZ--(Marketwire - Jun 10, 2011) - Solar Topps (, leading solar installation and solar leasing company, is proud to support the Indian community in Arizona by sponsoring the upcoming concert for one India's greatest music superstars. Sonu Nigam and band will provide a music and dance extravaganza to a nearly sold out crowd at the ASU Gammage located at 1200 South Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281, at 6:00 pm on June 19, 2011. The concert is being produced by Desi Jhatka LLC. ( Tickets are priced at $39, $59, and $79 and are available from or by calling Manish Gupta at (602) 688-7011.

"We like to support the Indian community in Arizona by sponsoring popular and talented Indian musicians such as Sonu Nigam," said Neal Uppal Solar Topps' President. "He is a considered by most as India's #1 Bollywood music superstar and we can't wait to see him perform in Tempe, Arizona."

Sonu Nigam comes from a singing family. Born to Agam Kumar Nigam and Shobha Nigam on July 30, 1973 in Faridabad, Haryana, India, he attended the J.D. Tytler School. He has two sisters, Meenal and Neekita. In the last few years his father has released several hit albums including "Bewafaai" and "Phir Bewafaai" and, more recently, "Bewafaai ka Aalam."

Over the years, Sonu has become a major force in the Indian music industry. He has provided playback singing for a large number of Hindi movies and won many awards. His rendition of the title song of the film Kal Ho Na Ho has been highly popular and is considered a modern legend of sorts. He is recognized for his versatile voice, with his voice adapted excellently to the actor he is singing for, as well as his excellent emotion range, with perfect singing of romantic, rock, sad, patriotic and other songs of various genres. Sonu has sung various songs in many languages besides Hindi, including Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, English, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Nepali and Marathi.

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Sonu Nigam Sings For 498A - The Wedding Gift!

Filmmakers often look at their own lives for inspiration, and Suhaib Ilyasi has found pretty much everything for his debut movie in his own life. Ilyasi, widely known for his show India's Most Wanted, was charged under the Dowry Act (498A) after his wife committed suicide in 2000. A decade later, he is making a movie called 498A The Wedding Gift, and has shot 85% of the movie.

Says Suhaib, The movie is a project of blood and sweat. People always thought Suhaib Ilyasi was arrested for killing his wife Anju. But the truth is that I was arrested under the charge of demanding `10,000 as dowry. My movie is based on a section of the IPC, 498A, yeh dahej lene waalon ko rokne ke liye banaya gaya tha. But it's being completely misused these days.

He adds, It's an absolutely commercial film. Cinema ke through bahut strong messages diye ja sakte hain. It's a balanced mix. There are songs by
Sonu Nigam Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, etc, but the topic is serious. The lead roles are being played by Delhi-boy Harsh Nagar, and Shrishti Gautam, a class X student of Delhi's Sanskriti School. A class X student? Yes. I wanted a young and fresh face. Shrishti agreed she's a younger version of Katrina Kaif, and a wonderful performer. Farida Jalal, Alok Nath, Reema Lagoo and Deepak Tijori are also in the film.

The team is also coming to Delhi to shoot. Says Ilyasi, We are keeping the film low key, but once it's complete, I'd like to show it to LK Advani. Even such a senior politico has experienced this problem. His daughter-in-law has filed a case of dowry against him. We earlier had permission to shoot at the High Court, but it was recalled when a bomb was found outside the court.


Thursday, 9 June 2011

Sonu Nigam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali & Shreya Ghoshal Introduce The Contestants Of The X- factor India

The music reality show, X- factor India, has been well appreciated by one and all. After the initial rounds, Sonu Nigam, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Shreya Ghoshal have chosen the final contestants.

The contestants have been divided into three categories - 16-25 years old category which will be mentored by Sonu, 25 years old and above category which will be mentored by Shreya and finally, the group category which will be mentored by Sanjay. Here is a look at the names of the final 12 contestants - Sonu's team consists of Seema Jha, Piyush Kapoor, Sahiti G and Shovon Ganguly. Shreya’s team comprises of Manjeera Ganguly, Geet Sagar, Kartar Singh and Amit Jadhav while Sanjay's groups go by the names Last Minute, Nirmitee, Sajda and Deewane.

Meanwhile, the three judges were looking like true rockstars. Shreya looked beautiful in her off-shoulder pink dress, Sonu was sporting a formal suit and Sanjay was wearing his favourite colour - blue (you know what we are talking about). The host of the show Aditya Narayan also chose a formal suit for the occasion.


Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Sonu Nigam's Performance In Chinnaswamy Stadium!

X-Factor Winner To Get Platform In Karan Johar's Movie!

New Delhi : Filmmaker Karan Johar, who buried the hatchet with Sanjay Leela Bhansali when he recently visited the sets of "X-Factor", has decided to give the winner of the music reality show a chance to sing for one of his forthcoming films.The filmmaker, known for movies like "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" and "My Name Is Khan", has tied up with Sony Entertainment Television to give a worthy platform to the winner.

The host of the show, Aditya Narain, broke the news to the top 12 shortlisted contestants on behalf of Karan - much to their excitement.

Karan praised "X-Factor", saying it is by far the best talent show and all three judges - Sonu Niigam, Shreya Ghoshal and Bhansali - are doing well. He was also heard saying that Bhansali is one of the "finest directors" of Bollywood, according to a source.

In fact, Johar and Bhansali even hugged each other - suggesting that they have moved on after their war of words.

Bhansali had taken a tad too seriously Johar's comment on "Saawariya" being a "blue film" and had lashed out against him in the media.

Johar reacted by saying in an interview: "Anyone who chooses the media as a form of communication is clearly not a friend. I think he needs to learn to take himself a lot more lightly than he does. It will be a good thing for him."

But now, all seems to be well between the two - at least by what seemed on the sets of the reality show.

The episode featuring Johar will be aired Friday, and the top 12 contestants will be revealed as well.


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Sonu Nigam Is A mad Genius Bhansali

The common factor in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Devdas, Saawariya and Guzarish other than producer director Sanjay Leela Bhansali is the powerful music. And the man behind the melodious creations, Sanjay Bhansali now dons the role of a judge on Sony's mega show X-Factor. Sanjay reveals his reasons to be on the show, what he learnt from Sonu and how he loves people mimicking him

Why did you choose to judge X-Factor?
The concept, format and platform of the show is huge. X-Factor is a mega show, something I have never seen. It is bigger than any film I have done and the canvas totally blew me away. I was shocked and surprised with the level, grandeur, scope and reach of the show. Moreover, when I heard about the production team and my co-judges, I knew I had to be on the show

How excited are you about being a part of X-Factor?
I am truly looking forward a rocking experience. I feel X-Factor is phenomenal. I love music and being associated with music via a music reality show is a dream come true for me. What better could it be?

What is the goal of X-Factor?
The goal is to find that one fabulous voice that blows us all over- a performer that takes India forward. We need a superb voice and with such great talent as judges- as we can't get better than Sonu and Shreya- I hope the audience is in sync with us. I have enjoyed my associated with Sony in the past and now as well. We [judges] have laughed, cried, entertained and been entertained by the contestants on the show.

How has the experience been with Sonu Nigam?
Sonu is a mad genius who is funny, witty, and full of jokes and puns. He has a superb take on contestants and a brilliant command his craft. Interacting with him, I have begun talking more than I used to.

Were you surprised to see Shreya as a judge?
Yes, I was pleasantly surprised as she has grown in front of my eyes. The beautiful Shreya has soared in the music industry and I feel extremely proud of my association with her. I felt emotional to see her beside me judging in this competition.

You have fabulous soundtrack in your movies. Have you learnt music in life?
No, in a music class, if that's what you mean. But I learnt music from lots of people I have heard Lataji, Rafi Saab, Kishore Kumar Saab and numerous other superb singers. I learnt about music listening to jingles too. My understanding of music has come from various songs I have heard over the years. I love music and don't leave any opportunity to learn, understand, talk or hear more music. I am constantly learning.

Why haven't you worked with Sonu Nigam before in your films?
Well, Lataji is the Goddess of music and I have not worked with her yet either. But that is all luck and destiny. After meeting and talking to Sonu and knowing all about him, I hope I get an opportunity in the near future to work with him. There is no doubt about his talent. I am a huge fan of his voice. And now after being with him in X-Factor, I am a fan of Sonu, the person, too.

Why do you think people make fun of you at award shows or mimic your movies
I think because they love me a lot and that gesture is to show their love. I have a serious side but I have a fun side too, which not many people know about. I can take a joke. Sonu is so funny that being with him on the show, I have learnt to laugh more. People who make fun of me are doing it in humour.


Sonu Nigam's Email Gets Hacked !!

Sonu Nigam Is A Good Friend Of Mine - Soumya Raoh!

Not all singers can compose music,” says one of Bollywood’s favourite playback singer, Soumya Raoh. While she may have been itching to compose for years now, Soumya admits, “It is easier to sing than to compose and I was happy to be doing my singing assignments. But then comes a time when that urge to do a bit more gets to you and you sit up and do something about it.”

Raoh’s first composition, incidentally turned out to be an international tie up with a US-based company called EEG. “As of now, I have composed one song in English for them. It has a few Hindi words in it as well. It’s called the Paradise and though it was released on iTunes for the American market, it has been uploaded on You Tube as well. We released this as part of the dry run and there are a lot more songs coming up,” she says.

If you thought going international means going away from ones own roots, it is quite the contrary for Raoh. The last connection this singer, originally from Bangalore, had with her city is something that a lot of the filmi fans are tripping about right now.

“Singer and composer Sonu Nigam is a good friend of mine. And I also happen to be his Kannada connect. So every time he has an assignment from here, he calls to check on meanings of words and the way they are pronounced too. So when he took on the task of composing the theme song for Karnataka Bulldozers, who are part of the ongoing Celebrity Cricket League, he called on me to not just sing along, with him and Kunal Ganjawala, but to write the lyrics as well. Though I am very comfortable with Kannada, writing lyrics in the language was a first for me. I had actually informed him that if I did not like what I had written, I would not give it to him at all. But I am glad it has turned out well and from what I hear, people seem to like it a lot too,” she explains.

So was it easier than she thought? Raoh says, “Writing a theme song for something that is sport related, even though this was being played by actors, comes with a challenge. The lyrics need to be able to cater to the lowest denominator. The words have to be meaningful, yet light enough for people to sing along. Putting it together was good fun.”


Monday, 6 June 2011

I Can't Sing alongside Sonu Nigam - Sanjay Leela Bansali

Filmmaker and recently turned music composer, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has refused to sing for a gala that will unveil X Factor Season One’s finalists on Sony Entertainment. Even though he is the judge on the singing reality show and the channel is planning to rope in big artistes from Bollywood, the fi lmmaker is adamant.

Several international artistes like Jennifer Lopez are also being considered, but no names have been finalised yet. “Jhalak Dikkhlaa Jaa’s first season was the first show I judged on TV, but I didn’t dance on it. I interacted and enjoyed myself with some of the finest people from the industry. Similarly, I love music, I compose and even hum songs, but that doesn’t mean I will sing on stage for a national audience,” says Bhansali.

“I can’t even begin to imagine what I will sound like when I’m made to sing alongside Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam and infinitely talented contestants. I think the stage belongs to my co-judges and the participants, not me.” Sanjay would rather stick to singing in his bathroom and humming along with the Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey classics that he listens to in his car. “All those good ole’ songs that I grew up with, have given me a fantastic ear for music,” he adds.

When asked which songs he likes to sing, Sanjay pinpoints ‘Abhi na jao chhod kar…’ from Dev Anand’s Hum Dono (1961). Considering it’s a romantic song and romance has been a strong element in all of Sanjay’s films, has he ever sung the song for anyone?

“Yes, I have,” blushes Sanjay. “I’ve sung this song to someone special several times. I still sing the song, whether the person is around or not. But hey, I’m not naming the mysterious Miss. Let her identity remain hidden


Sonu Nigams Fab Intro For Kannada Cricket Stars!

The second match of the Celebrity Cricket League between the Karnataka Bulldozers and Mumbai Heroes was almost reminiscent of the IPL match between RCB and MI held in Bengaluru.

The only difference being that Karnataka Bulldozers came out victorious in this match.

The stadium, as expected was a sea of blue with everyone waving their flags for the Karnataka Bulldozers and whistling for their favourite star, Kiccha Sudeep.

The response was overwhelming as he, the captain walked into the field for the toss. Having won the toss, he decided to field.

It was, indeed, an endearing sight to see actors warming up to the music of

especially his hit Kannada and Hindi numbers.

While Bollywood actor and captain Suniel Shetty was seen practicing his fielding and motivating the players, on the other side was Ambareesh, the ambassador of Karnataka Bulldozers, chanting ‘Hoo haa hoo haa,’ to cheer his team!

After having lost the toss, the captain of the Mumbai Heroes, Suniel Shetty said, “Cricket is something that all of us are passionate about and we’re going to have a fabulous time out there.”

And it was no big surprise to hear the deafening screams from the crowd (the stadium was half full), when the anchor shouted, “Who is supporting the Karnataka Bulldozers today?”

The match, though delayed, began with much pomp and ceremony. Sohail Khan and Varun Badola came out to bat and unfortunately for Heroes fans, Sohail Khan got out in the very first over. Much to the delight of our local fans, Sudeep’s boys did a fabulous job fielding, bowling and egging the crowd on.

And guess who was sitting in the crowd cheering the opposition? Sonakshi Sinha!

She looked absolutely stunning waving and cheering when the camera panned towards her. Salman Khan, however, seemed to be a sea of calm as he was seen talking to Sohail Khan and playing with his nephew.

Cinema and cricket have always been a heady mix for the Indian audience, and when the two came together, it seemed to be a lethal combination.

Chennai Rhinos won by 21 runs and Karnataka Bulldozers won by 7 wickets with the Man of the Match being Dhruv Sarja, There is no doubt that the players will receive the same adulation in other cities.


Sunday, 5 June 2011

Ninnanne Noduttha - Mr Duplicate

Sonu Niigaam Performed At Bangalore!

Taking the city’s cinema buffs to dizzy heights and throwing the traffic cops in a tizzy, the much-awaited Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) made a dramatic mark at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday

It took time to fill up the stadium. But the presence of CCL brand ambassadors Shriya Saran and Priyamani; Salman Khan, the owner of Mumbai Heroes; Sonakshi Sinha and others was enough to rev up the event. Celebrities from the Kannada entertainment industry including TV artistes were present in full strength, and that did enough to excite the crowd. A live performance by Sonu Niigaam only added to the glitz.

Before the stars donned the cricketers’ mantle and got onto game mode, a folkish opening awaited the crowds. With Vijay Prakash belting out one folk song after another, the stadium had a dose of Yakshagana, Nandi Kolu, Pooja Kunita and Dollu Kunita.

The stage was now set for the first match between Chennai Rhinos and Telugu Warriors.

After winning the toss, the Rhinos chose to bat first. But, unexpected rain stopped the match for a while and the match was restricted to 14 overs according to Duckworth-Lewis method. Chennai Rhinos put up a tough total of 134 runs for 6 wickets at the end of 14 overs. That was adequate to help them beat the competition by 21 runs.

Cricket apparently took the backseat. What mattered were the stars. The cheers the Karnataka Bulldozers got was proof enough of this, as the local team took on the Mumbai Heroes in the second match. Dancing in the drizzle, the fans lapped up every four and six in gay abandon.

For the record, Karnataka Bulldozers beat Mumbai Heros by seven wickets. Actors Dhruva and captain Sudeep were the star performers for the home team


Saturday, 4 June 2011

Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal's Recording Tips!

Sonu Nigam Sings For Mr Duplicate! Music Out Now!

The story of Mr Duplicate Kannada Movie revolves around a tough competition between two football teams in a Mangalore college
Diganth is the captain of one team, while the other is led by Prajwal There is a serious battle between these two stars
Wait & watch the film to know who wins the battle and who is Mr Duplicate

Music for Mr Duplicate Movie is scored by the most popular kannada music director Mano Murthy

Cast : Sudha Belawadi, Diganth, Prajwal Devaraj, Sheetal Injudhan Khan...
Music Director : Mano Murthy
Banner : Realwealth Venture Productions
Producer : Kashyap Dakoju
Screenplay, Dialogues, Direction : Kodlu Ramakrishna
Cinematography : Naveen Suvarna
Story : Dwarki Raghav
Label : Aananda Audio

01 Ninnanne Noduttha - Sonu Nigam, Shreya Goshal
02 Minchi Maayavaguve - Chetan Sosca, Manasa.V.S.
03 Naanna Naanna - Nandita
04 Naane Hero - Hemanth, Chetan Sosca
05 Haage Summane - Rajesh Krishnan, Ritisha Padhmanaban


Friday, 3 June 2011

Sonu Niigaam At Ismail Darbar's Birthday Bash In Andheri

Ismail Darbar celebrated his birthday with a party for the first time in over three decades. A select few of the music fraternity came in to wish the birthday boy at the boutique restaurant venue. Sonu Niigaam shared a laugh with music composer Lalit Pandit, as brother Jatin was also seen. Himesh Reshammiya, who is finally emerging from his hibernation, showed up.

Alka Yagnik put in a brief appearance and was heard saying that she was scheduled to go elsewhere. “I came to wish Ismail since I was in town,” said Alka. Abhijeet Sawant also showed up. Smita Thackeray was seen wishing Ismail on his big day, on which he also broadcast his decision to join a political party


Sonu Niigaam To Sing Live For Cricket Show!

Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium will host the first match of the Celebrity Cricket League, a three-city cricket extravaganza by the film industry.
The first half of the day will see Chennai Rhinos captained by Suriya and Telugu Warriors led by Venkatesh vying for the cup while Karnataka Bulldozers and Mumbai Heroes will take to the field later in the day.

Kannada actor Sudeep is the captain of the Karnataka Bulldozers while Mumbai Heroes, owned by Salman Khan, is captained by Suniel Shetty.

Shivarajkumar, Yash, Diganth, Chiranjeevi Sarja, Dhruva, Tharun Shreedhar, Tharun Sudheer, Shankregowda, Rahul and Dhruva are part of the 15-member Karnataka team.

Actresses Ragini Dwivedi, Nidhi Subbaiaha, Aindrita Ray, Sanjana, Pooja Gandhi and Sharmila Mandre are expected to be present at the venue to cheer the Bulldozers.

Shriya Saran, Sonakshi Sinha, Genelia and Madhuri Bhatachraya will also be present together with veteran actors Dharmendra and Dev Anand. Superstar Rajnikanth was to attend the event, but ill-health keeps him away. Kannada heroes Upendra, Ganesh, Darshan and Puneet, among other popular stars, will attend.


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Sonu Niigaam Ft In: Big Star IMA Awards!

Brings the complete music awards this Sunday
5th June, 2011 at 8pm

The Indian Music Academy (IMA) co-founded by Durga Jasraj in 2006, has spent the last 5 years to fulfill the goals set by its founder Patron Pandit Jasraj and the illustrious Board of 12 Patrons. Having instituted the IMA Awards for dedicated contribution to music over a lifetime in 2006 and 2007, IMA entered into a joint venture with Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd. to produce India’s first comprehensive Music Award for Annual Excellence – the BIG STAR IMA AWARDS to be telecast on Star Plus on the 5th of June at 8pm.

The show features uniquely designed performances by Indian Music stars like Shankar Mahadevan, Percussionist Selva Ganesh and Violinist Ganesh and a breathtaking rendition of the variety of all genres of Indian Music and its journey over decades by Sonu Niigaam – which will entertain audiences as never before in a Music Award function.

Also watch super stars Abhishek Bachchan and Katrina Kaif performing to their all-time hit songs like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Sheila ki Jawaani, and a tribute to the versatile composer, director, producer Vishal Bhardwaj by TV stars Sanjeeda Sheikh and Sushant Singh Rajput, and Amir Ali.

The BIG STAR IMA Awards provides national recognition to music talent across every genre of India’s Musical landscape – covering Classical, Folk, Ghazal, Sufi-Qawwali, Jazz and Blues, Electronica, Rock, DJ Remix, Film music, etc. These awards are truly the right blend of celebration of music in India.

The Award has many firsts
The specialized Jury comprised renowned and veteran musicians from the Indian fraternity who judged five categories that they had excelled in. The Jury spent more than 700 man hours in marking each and every entry received.

Entries were solicited from musicians, lyricists, labels and the entire music industry, which resulted in a record breaking more than 3000 entries. The total of 25 Jury based awards cover five categories including Classical, Traditional, World Contemporary, Sound Design and Film.

The Popular Category Awards which are distinct in that they were chosen by listeners of the 92.7 BIG FM radio arm of Reliance Broadcast Network across its 45 station networks. Extensive digital promotions and on-ground activation was executed to create a buzz among listeners who voted for their favourite lyricist, composer, musician and singer in the popular section via SMS or Online logins.

The joint presentation of the most credible body of Music in India – Indian Music Academy, and two of the largest and popular media houses in the country Reliance Broadcast Network and Star India is not just entertaining but also the most authentic platform to felicitate annual excellence in all forms of Indian Music