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Sunday, 31 July 2011
He is a performer par excellence, a well known figure in the world of music, and a versatile singer with a velvety voice that resembles that of legendary singer Mohammad Rafi. He has numerous 'best playback singer' titles to his credit. Yes, you guessed it right! We are talking about none other than Sonu Nigam. He was just three years old when he gave his first stage performance with his father. From then on, there was no looking back. He worked as a child artist for several Bollywood films and then made his debut as a playback singer in Gulshan Kumar' Aaja Meri Jaan in 1993. And then came 'Accha Sila Diya tune', which became a superhit and gave him the recognition as an established playback singer. He then went on to host the singing talent hunt Sa Re Ga Ma on Zee TV, the show which made him a familiar face in every household and also helped him bag a few films to act. He dabbled in acting as well, but it didn't really work for him.
There is a lot on his platter as of now- playback singing, judging the reality show X factor, and his much talked about song with Britney Spears. But what do the stars say about his year ahead? As Sonu turns 38 on 30th July, Ganesha predicts his future with the help of Vedic astrology.
Date of birth:- 30th July 1973
Time of birth:- Unknown
Place of birth:- Faridabad, Haryana, India
Sonu Nigam Surya Kundli
•Jupiter will be transiting through the 10th House during the year ahead.
•After November 2011, Saturn will form Square with Natal Sun.
•Transiting Rahu and Ketu will be in Square with Natal Venus but will be in Trine with Natal Sun during the year ahead.
•Ganesha feels that Sonu will have to try hard to remain in the limelight during the year ahead.
•His performance will surely improve because of Jupiter's transit through the 10th House from Natal Sun but that doesn't mean that he will be able to commercialize his talent.
•On the very positive side, Ganesha feels that because of the same transit of Jupiter, Sonu will also have avenues opening in international market.
•He may not be very active in the field of playback singing during the year ahead but may still remain in the limelight between December 2011 to May 2012.
•In short, Sonu's year ahead though it seems to be very average, there is scope for him to become an 'international celebrity' during the days to come.
Ganesha wishes him many happy returns of the day and good luck for the year ahead.
With Ganesha's grace,
Bhavesh N. Pattni
The GaneshaSpeaks Team
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Happy Birthday to Sonu Nigam ji from me & all the members of sonunigam&me
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I see very few films. Music itself has undergone a lot of change. There was a time when music directors and singers were as popular as the hero and heroines. Musicians would decide if they should take Lata or Asha for a song. Or decide between (Mohd) Rafisaab, Kishore Kumar or Mukesh… Nothing like that happens now. Now one film will have six voices — one song by Sonu (Nigam), one by someone else…
I also hear that a film has five music directors today.Producers (barring Yash Chopra) too don't pay much attention to music. You rarely get to hear good music. Earlier even if a film flopped the music was successful. And to add to it, the internet too is forcing music companies to take a backseat.
Any song that you liked recently?
One song that I really liked was Main Hoon Naa’s title track… Besides, even the voices have changed. Hamare time pe joh awaazein thi, matlab ladki ki awaaz ladki ki hi lagti thi (laughs)… Sorry!
Who's your favourite from among the current lot of Bollywood singers?
Sunidhi (Chauhan) sings well but she has a different voice — if she tries to sing a lori, it’ll not work. Then there’s Shreya Ghoshal, Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan (who’s not a new artist), Alka (Yagnik), who I believe does not sing anymore and Shaan. But what we are today is also because of our music directors.
They — Ghulam Haider, Sachin Dev Burman the, RD Burman, Madan Mohan,Jaidev, Ravi Shankar — worked hard on us. They were well-versed in classical music, which is very important. Like if you want to write, you need to know how to read. It’s the same with classical music, you should be able to understand your raags.
Did you ever have an argument with a music director?
Never, we sang the way we were told to. At times I’d try a taan or alaap and they would appreciate it. Only Rafisaab would object to it at times. Y’see, I would decide that I’ll try out a certain note today and not inform Rafisaab about it. Aur jaha unhone kaha yahan take karte hai, main ekdum gaa deti thi. Rafisaab would sulk sayingthat if you had told me, I too would’ve sung it that way.Mujhe mazaa aata tha unko zara chedne mein...
A song that is closest to your heart…
The song closest to my heart is 'Aayega aanewala' fromMahal. No, there’s no personal story to it, bas achha lagta hai.But I remember how it was recorded. Director Kamal (Amrohi) had an indepth knowledge in music and shayari. He told me that he wanted the voice to sound like it was coming from afar.
Since those days we had no such recording machine to create the effect, I had to walk and sing the opening lines till I reached the mike. Once I reached the mike, I would begin the song from Aayega aanewala…I did this routine 10 – 15 times, which is also the reason I remember the song very well (laughs).
I remember Nargis Dutt’s mother was in the studio too, when I recorded the song that day. She was a good singer herself. She called out to me when I finished recording the song, and asked me my name. When I told her that my name was Lata Mangeshkar, she said, ‘Accha, so you are a Marathan! Amazing, you pronounced ‘baghair’ very well.’ (laughs) She was referring to the line – ‘deepak baghair’ in the song.
A lot of the old songs especially RD Burman's are being remixed, the makers say that they are reviving the old songs...
Woh kya phir se laayenge? Woh galat faimi mein hain. What has already been created and appreciated by people should not be tampered with. I don't like remixes. If you have to take an old song, then sing it the way it’s been sung. Puraani cheez laakar aap bana nahi rahe hai, bigaad rahe hai.Where’s the talent in that?
Your sister Asha Bhosale has done a lot of international collaborations.Aren't you interested in doing something similar?
I’m not aware of whom she's sung with, but I have no interest to do something like that.
Do you listen to all her songs?
Asha’s? Yes, every song that she sings. But I feel that if one has to collaborate with another artiste then it should be with someone really big, not with little known artistes.
Do you listen to international artistes?
Yes, I am fond of Nat King Cole. I started listening to his music in the 50’s. I have all his records. I even toyed with the idea to do a recording of his songs, but was advised against it. I liked the Beatles too!
Do you think that musical reality shows provide a platformformusic talents?
The only way the music show talents will benefit from what's happening on TV recently, is that they can have their own stage shows. You remember what happened to Abhijeet Sawant? They gave him a car, but he never sang in films. He gained a lot from stage shows though. Yeh platform jo hai… ab kya hua hai ki platform tod ke raste bade ho gaye hain (laughs). Most of our artistes — Sonu, Shreya, Sunidhi — today are doing a lot of stage-shows too, there’s a lot of money in it.
What do you think of the movement led by Anna Hazare?
I don’t comment on politics ever, and I am also least interested in it. But I don’t see anything wrong in what Anna Hazare is doing.
You also tweet regularly...
Yes, my brother’s son writes it for me. Nowadays, I also include English words in it and I take my sister’s daughter’s help for that.
However, when Sonu started his playback singing career in Bollywood, he sang a lot of of Mohammad Rafi songs. Today, he is considered as one of the most powerful voices in Bollywood.
The biggest debate that’s haunting many music lovers of the country is that whether Sonu has achieved the level of excellence that Rafi had reached in the 50s and 60s. But Sonu doesn’t appreciate the debate and says that Rafi was unparallel and will always remain the uncrowned King of Bollywood music.
Mohammad Rafi’s influence
Rafi is the ultimate idol for Sonu. His singing career began at the age of three, when he joined his father on stage to sing Mohammad Rafi's ‘Kya Hua Tera Vaada, Wo Kasam Wo Irada’. Since then, Sonu joined his father on his singing appearances at weddings and parties.
During his teenage, he also participated in numerous music competitions and also won. Later at the age of 19, he decided to move to Mumbai with his father in order to pursue a career in singing.
Shortly, he developed his own individual style and is now one of the most sought after male voices in Bollywood. But at the request of music composer Pyarelal Sharma of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo, Sonu once again agreed to recreate the legendary Mohammad Rafi magic. On 7th May, 2011 Sonu presented some everlasting songs sung by Mohammad Rafi in Mumbai during a special concert.
As an actor
Sonu, who did his schooling in Delhi, also worked as a child artist in quite a few movies like Pyaara Dushman, Hum se hai Zamaana, Ustaadi Ustad Ke, Kaamchor, Taqdeer and Betaab between 1980 and 1983.
As a host
He also hosted the singing show Sa Re Ga Ma in 1995. It was this show that gave Sonu an opportunity to showcase his singing skills as well as his natural charm and audience appeal.
As a singer
Sonu’s big break was the song ‘Achchha Sila Diya’ from the album Bewafa Sanam (1995), which became very popular. Soon after that, singing offers started pouring in. He rose to fame with Anu Malik’s song ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ for Border in 1997.
But his image as a copy of Rafi was changed after his rendition of the Nadeem-Shravan composed song ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’ in Pardes in 1997. Since then, he has created a matchless style of his own and has become a role model for many upcoming singers.
As an RJ
Sonu added one more silhouette to his career in 2006 when he became a Star Radio Jockey for Radio City 91.1 FM. He had more than 5 million listeners glued to their radios for one hour every week on his show Life Ki Dhun with Sonu Niigaam.
The show became a stage for him to share his views, interact with his fans and interview colleagues from the music industry. He even persuaded Lata Mangeshkar for a 3 and a half hour long live interview which by itself was a huge achievement.
In November 2007, Sonu was invited to perform at the prestigious Harvard University on the significant event of the installation of the statue of Dr Drew Gilpin Faust who was the university’s 28th president.
Not just that, he recently collaborated with none other than Britney Spears for the remix of her popular song called ‘I Wanna Go’. The song is going to be a fusion of east meeting west. It is said that the ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ singer will sing a few lines in Hindi in the remix version whereas Sonu will recite some classical notes.
He also collaborated with Michael Jackson’s brother Jerome Jackson for the track of ‘This Is It’ as a tribute to the late pop sensation.
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
Mumbai, July 26, 2011
Every morning Mumbaikars wake up to their morning cuppa and RJ Jeeturaaj’s company on Mirchi’s ‘Hi Mumbai’, where the feisty RJ rules the airwaves with his exceptional knowledge on music and movies along with popular blockbuster Bollywood songs! Mirchi listeners got an added thrill now as the pillars of music industry – Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh, Kunal Ganjawala, Neeraj Sridhar and Sameer revealed their musical journey to the Music ka Don, RJ Jeeturaaj on the Mirchi airwaves all this week. Every morning a different music maestro was on Hi Mumbai sharing his experience with the Radio ka Don
The charismatic Sonu Nigam, flagged off this musical journey with his fascinating anecdotes about his experience in the industry, his equation with the stars and his admiration for the legends of music. It made for an exceptional experience for the Mirchi listeners as they heard the highs, the lows, the amusing and the exciting stories they have never heard before.
Making it hotter on the airwaves, other popular musical figures like Sukhwinder Singh, Neeraj Sridhar, Kunal Ganjawala and Sameer sang their chartbuster songs live while they recounted cherished memories with RJ Jeeturaaj! If you missed some of the interviews, you can catch them on to http://www.radiomirchi.com/mumbai/whats-hot/audio.
The musical episode continues next week as well so tune into 98.3 FM Radio Mirchi to get a dose of your favourite singer and embark on a melodious experience!
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Friday, 22 July 2011
Urumi is Genelia's first Malayalam Film and first multilingual film
Actors: Prithviraj as Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar
Genelia Dsouza as Ayesha
Prabhu Deva as Vavvali
Producers: Prithviraj, Santhosh Sivan, Shaji Natesan
Director: Santhosh Sivan
Music Director: Deepak Dev
Lyricists: Kaithapram, Rafeeq Ahammed & Engandiyoor Chandrasekaran
Singers: Sonu Nigam. Hariharan, Shreya Ghoshal, Kailash Kher
Madhu Balakrishnan, Swetha Mohan, Manjari Babu
Deepak Dev, Suresh Peters & Sukhwinder Singh
Mayilpeeli Chaartham - Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal
Ente Urumi - Kailash Kher, Sukhwinder Singh
Chirakukal Nalki - Madhu Balakrishnan, Shreya Ghoshal
Yudhham Shudhham - Deepak Dev, Suresh Peters
Shweta Mohan, Manjari, Shreya goshal
Vasco Maranam - Hariharan, Kailash Kher, Palghat Sreeram
Writer and lyricist Satya Prakash, Gaurabh's father, ensured that all the guests were well looked after. Salim and wife Salma Khan represented the khandaan. Also among the guests was Sonu Niigaam. The singer also signed autographs and posed for pictures with the other guests. The scrumptuous spread was a big hit with the attendees. The celebrations went on till late in the night.
If the performance is pure, it does grab the judge's attention. Sonu Nigam who is a judge on X Factor is known for his understanding of the finer nuances when it comes to singing. When a singer comes up with a good performance, he appreciates it whole-heartedly. But this week Sonu was so mesmerized by one performance on the show that he not only applauded it but also participated in it.
That was certainly because of the personal connect that Sonu Nigam had with the song. When the Deewana group on X-Factor sang ' Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jayee ' from the film Sarfarosh , Sonu almost went into flashback mode. He had sung the song when he was just 24 and the rendition also fetched him some awards.
So involved was Sonu by Deewana group's performance that he actually began humming the song from his chair and, after the performance, came up on stage to share his memories relating to this particular song. He was charged by patriotic fervor then which was revived on the show.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
On Friday night, Bollywood stars and fans opened their hearts and wallets to raise money at the star-studded IIFA Rocks, a glitzy musical and fashion extravaganza. All proceeds went to the Indian International Film Academy Foundation, which supports the families of film industry workers adversely affected during the production of films.
The fans went wild and cameras flashed when the celebrities stepped onto the green carpet outside the Ricoh Coliseum at the Canadian National Exhibition. But the loudest screams – and swooning – were for Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan.
“Wow, this is very exciting, overwhelming,” said Mr. Khan, who is up for the best actor award for his work in the film My Name is Khan, about the backlash Muslims face in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
“I have done a film in Vancouver and then shot a bit in Calgary, but never in Toronto. But inshallah [God willing] that will happen some day.”
Aside from Mr. Khan, IIFA Rocks paid tribute to the King of Pop. Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine jammed with Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam during the tribute.
“He was my idol, and it’s a great pleasure to perform a tribute to him in front of so many Canadians and Bollywood fans,” Mr. Nigam said.
Mr. Nigam, who credits Michael Jackson as the influence for his hit song Deewana Dil, is a playback singer who pre-records songs to which Bollywood actors then lip-synch. Mr. Nigam crafted a song for the pop star after his death two years ago. That song, which also incorporated fan tributes, eventually wound up on the tribute album The Beat of Our Hearts.
“I’m very excited to be here,” Jermaine Jackson said. “And I love everything about India ... And they gave a lot of love to my brother.”
IIFA Rocks was hosted by director Karan Johar, creator of candy-floss Bollywood films such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and Indian actress Anushka Sharma, who is also nominated for best actress for her role as a wedding planner in last year’s smash hit Band Baaja Baaraat.
At the Indio-Canadian fusion fashion show, Indian designers Rajesh Pratap Singh and Vikram Phadnis showcased their collections to the music of popular Bollywood composers Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Meanwhile, models also walked down the runway with collections of Canadian designers – including Wayne Clark, Arthur Mendonca, Mark Fast, Vawk and Jeremy Laing – that are sold at the Bay, an official sponsor of IIFA Rocks.
The IIFA technical award winners were also presented Fruiday night. Romantic comedy Band Baaja Baarat and the action movie Dabangg led the pack, with each film scooping three awards.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Not at all feeling let down by Sonu Nigam, his mentor on the show who also voted him out, Piyush says, " I don't really have any plans when I return home. I will continue singing with my band," says he. Speaking about his experience of training under an accomplished singer lie Sonu Nigam, Piyush says, "Sou Sir is awesome and I admire the versatility of his voice. He is capable of singing any style and I really learnt a lot from him. The most important thing is confidence that he built up in me. During my performance I used to think that I am the king of the song and the audiences sitting are uneducated about it. That's why my previous performances turned out to be great." Ask him if he is disappointed with Sonu Nigam for having voted him out and Piyush says, "Not at all because the next moment he voted me out, he came up to me and said sorry. I felt really awkward that such a great singer was coming to me and apologizing. I would choose Sonu Ji as my mentor always. I knew that the performance I gave was not really appealing. Frankly speaking I did not expect to be in the bottom two after last week. And for the same reason I was not very careful in selecting the songs. And on that day too my song selection wasn't good. I guess I should have selected a better song for my performance because even I felt the disconnection with the song during my performance," says Piyush on the hindsight. Remind him that Sanjay Leela Bhansali supported him a lot and Piyush says, "I am really grateful that such big celebrities are supporting me and they believe in my talents. I am really happy that they have been great judges till the end." Although his parents are disappointed that Piyush is out of the show Piyush is thankful that his parents have accepted it well and are supporting him now. On the chances of who will win X Factor, Piyush says,"I would like to see Nirmiti and Deewana in the finals."
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
The pop star already has a massive fan base in India, and the songstress has shown love to Desi peeps in the past by teaming up with Brit-Asian producer Rishi Rich to remix her track, “Me Against the Music” and also donning a pretty pink and blue lengha while she performed to the remix on her Circus tour in 2008.
Now Britney is ready to really make waves in South Asia by teaming up with the most famous Indian singer of this generation, Sonu Nigam as well as yours truly, Desi Hits!.
Britney told us exclusively, "So excited about having Sonu on "I Wanna Go". His vocals add such a different feel which i love! Watchout Bollywood, it's Britney and Sonu! :)"
Sonu Nigam has come out with hundreds of hit tracks in India and is starting to create a buzz in the West collaborating on a track with Jermaine Jackson that is dedicated to the late Michael Jackson. Sonu has brought thousands of people to arenas who have come to hear his talented vocals and on these tours he has brought a roster of talented artists including Sundihi Chauhan who recently collaborated with Enrique Iglesias for the Desi remix of the track "Heartbeat".
Sonu had this to say about the collaboration,
"Awesome to have collaborated with the beautiful and talented Britney on 'I Wanna Go'. This is her first big step into Bollywood. Thanks to Desi Hits. Looking forward to many more. As for me, from Lata Mangeshkar to Britney! I love you world… :)”
said Sonu Nigam.
Maybe Sonu will bring Britney along on his next tour or vice versa?! Whatever the case may be this remix is a hot collaboration bringing together two of the top artists from different parts of the world! This track shows how both artists are showing love to their fans in different parts of the globe. Truly a hot East meet West collaboration!
Bollywood actors Shahid and Sonam Kapoor along with the director of the film, Pankaj Kapoor on Monday (July 11) launched the first look of their upcoming film 'Mausam' in India's entertainment capital Mumbai city.
Revealing about the film, Shahid Kapoor, said the movie is a love story revolving around him and Sonam which starts from a very young age of 18 and goes till the mature age of 30.
He also said it will be a refreshing love story for the youngsters.
Pankaj Kapoor, renowned Bollywood actor and director of the film, who also happens to be the father of Shahid Kapoor said his effort was to make an entertaining film which reaches to almost everybody.
The film also casts some of the prominent actors of the industry such as Anupam Kher and Supriya Pathak.
Music of the film is composed by Pritam and the singers are
Sonu Nigam, Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghosal, Mika Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Tulsi Kumar and KK
The film is slated to be released on September 16.