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Saturday, 27 August 2011
singer Sonu Nigam to Ramlila Maidan to treat Anna Hazare with music though he "does not know much" about Jan Lokpal Bill for which the Gandhian is protesting.
Nigam, 38, came to the protest venue this morning to pledge his support to Hazare and sang his hit numbers, including 'mera rang de basanti', and Mahatma Gandhi's favourite hymn 'Vaishnav Janate'.
For 30 minutes, the singer performed at the ground to loud cheers of Hazare supporters.
"My mother told me that an old man is fasting and so I came to treat him with music. He is not taking food and so it is the best thing to do from my side,"Nigam said.
"I don't know much about the bill. Anna and you (supporters) want peace and I bow before you,"he said.
Friday, 26 August 2011
When Kailash Kher said, that there was a whole lot of talent present under the same roof on Wednesday night, he was bang on!
Because it seemed like the entire music industry had turned up to celebrate Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa's 15 years of togetherness.
The musical trio, who were touched with the short audio-visual their friends and colleagues put together for them, rocked the stage for almost two hours, playing some of their most memorable numbers. Sonu Nigam Shaan, Taufiq Qureshi, Sunidhi Chauhan, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Anusha Mani, Shrinivas, Kailash, Roopkumar Rathod and others joined them on stage to sing songs like Bhumbro Bhumbro, Main Hoon Don, Mitwa, Kal Ho Na Ho, Sajda, Maa, Tanhaai, Barso Barso, Rock on! and many others. Even the audience joined in the action as they cheered the trio, acting as the chorus during some of the renditions!
Aamir Khan, Subhash Ghai, Farhan Akhtar, Salim Merchant, Anushka Manchanda, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Ila Arun, Amol Gupte, Nikhil Advani, Ritesh Sidhwani, Kunal Ganjawala, Neeraj Sridhar, Hard Kaur, Gaurav Kapoor, Nikhil Chinappa, Prahlad Kakar, Piyush Pandey, Sanjay Kapoor, Sudhir Mishra, Ashvin Gidwani, Clinton Cerejo, Abhijeet Sawant and Ramesh Sippy made their presence felt at the show and at the after-party.
Friday, 19 August 2011
MUMBAI: Daler Mehndi, who celebrates his birthday on 18th August, had his friends and colleagues from the Music Industry turn up to surprise and wish him birthday at midnight.
Adnan Sami threw a surprise bash to celebrate his birthday. Mehndi, who flew to Mumbai for the shooting of ‘I am Singh’ was invited by Adnan for a private dinner. Daler Mehndi assumed it was Adnan’s birthday get together and took a piano shaped cake for him. Adnan broke the surprise just before the cake cutting ceremony that the Piano shaped cake was for celebrating the birthday of the pop sensation Daler Mehndi.
Adnan invited friends from the music fraternity including Sonu Nigam, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Javed and Saleem Suleman. The guests ushered in time for the midnight birthday celebrations
“I recorded my part of the song in the US. Sonu did his bit in India itself.” Also, Jay doesn’t rule out the possibility of doing more collaborations with Indian singers.
“I like singers like Adnan Sami and Udit Narayan for their voice. In the future, I plan to work in India more often. So you never know, I may be working with more Indian singers soon,” he says.
Jay first hit headlines in India in 2004, with the release of his song Stolen, from the album, Me Against Myself. The song became a major hit in India, primarily because of Bipasha Basu, who featured in the video. “We haven’t recorded a video for The One…, as yet. But we may shoot it with a Bollywood actor because of their beautiful faces. I will be in India soon to work on it,” says Jay. The singer is currently touring India to perform at the Bacardi Like It Live event, which will be held at Hard Rock Café tonight. Recently, he was voted one of the most liked artistes on the brand’s Facebook page.
British-Indian singer and songwriter Jay Sean confirms with Desi Hits! that he will be collaborating with the famous Sonu Nigam!
Sonu Nigam told us exclusively, " Am really happy to be collaborating with Jay since I have a special connection with him. I love him for being the first Indian from the UK, to have broken so successfully world wide. I'm proud of him. He's a cool guy and I still remember how respectfully he met me when I met him in May 2009".
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
There will be a repeat telecast on the News Hour at 9pm. The anthem will also be played through the day on Radio Mirchi and is also available on www.timesofindia.com.
'Jaya Hey', a unique, limited edition rendition of these verses — produced by Saregama, and presented to the nation by The Times of India — was released by Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday. It features 39 of India's best loved voices — from Hindustani classical maestros Girija Devi and Shiv Kumar Sharma to Carnatic wizards Nithyashree Mahadevan and M Balamuralikrishna, from playback singers Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik to folk singers Lopamudra Mitra and Lakhandas Baul.
The video has already received thousands of hits on TOI's wbsite. The enthusiastic response came as no surprise to industrialist Harshavardhan Neotia, who had conceived the idea of presenting the complete anthem.
"There is something about the national anthem that brings a lump to one's throat. We have been singing it right through school. Yet, its appeal has only grown," he told TOI.
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Friday, 12 August 2011
Now, for the first time in the nation's history, these four verses, set to music and produced by Saregama, will be presented to the nation by The Times of India. At a special launch ceremony this evening, two days before the nation celebrates its Independence Day, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee will release 'Jaya He!' a unique, limited edition rendition of these verses.
Thirty-nine of India's best loved voices from across the country - from Hindustani classical masters like Girija Devi and Shiv Kumar Sharma to Carnatic wizards like Nithyashree Mahadevan and M Balamuralikrishna, from playback singers like Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik to folk singers like Lopamudra Mitra and Lakhkhandas Paul - will be singing small strands from these riveting verses. Over the next few days, the four stanzas will also be unveiled at the 9pm News Hour on Times Now.
Though the anthem is set in Bengali, it is comprehensible to almost every Indian because of its strong Sanskrit flavour. While it is well known that the first stanza is a paean to the astonishing geographical diversity of India, the second is a tribute to its multiple communities and the remaining, a salutation to India's undying spirit.
The poem, set to music by Gurudev himself, was first sung at the Calcutta session of the Indian National Congress in 1911. It was officially adopted as the Indian national anthem on January 24, 1950.
CYL is a quarterly study and is conducted among 1,120 male and female respondents, 15-24 years, SEC AB, across four cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow and Indore.
According to Ormax Media’s study on the favourite non-fiction television characters among youth - Characters Youth Loves (CYL), Rannvijay from MTV Roadies ranks No. 1.
At No. 2 is Raghu, also from MTV Roadies. Raghu is clearly more popular among males with a 12 per cent popularity share vis-à-vis females, among whom his rank drops to No. 4 with a 5 per cent share.
Out of the top five most liked characters the top 2 – Rannvijay and Raghu – collectively hold 37 per cent of the total popularity share. However, the overall share of GEC characters is slightly higher at 52 per cent versus 48 per cent of the youth channels (MTV+ UTV Bindass + Channel [v]).
At No 3, 4 and 5 are Akshay Kumar (‘Khatron Ke Khiladi’), Sonu Nigam (‘X-Factor India’) and Hrithik Roshan (‘Just Dance’), respectively.
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Saturday, 6 August 2011
Sonu Nigam has been established as a playback singer for 20 years, providing the voice to some of the biggest stars in Indian cinema. He became a household name in India following his success as the host of the popular music show Sa Re Ga Ma and has released several Indi-pop albums and performed at concerts around the world. A judge on Indian Idol, he most recently joined the lineup for India's X Factor. Meanwhile, he has been collaborating with Western acts including Kylie Minogue, Jermaine Jackson and Britney Spears and is rumoured to be releasing a track with Lady GaGa next month. Digital Spy chatted with the singing star about his life, career and collaborating with Britney.
You recently collaborated with Britney Spears for the song 'I Wanna Go.' How did this collaboration come about?
"I have a very close friend who has been instrumental in getting a lot of collaborations done. We've got to know each other personally in the last two years. We were waiting for the right opportunity. When they told me about the song I said, 'Of course, it would be a pleasure'. So we worked on the song with DJ Lloyd. We completely changed the sound and added everything to the song except for Britney's vocal."
Did you work in the studio with her?
"I wish I could have worked in the studio with her, but I was in India. This was a collaboration that had to be done as soon as possible so they sent us the song and I, my engineer and DJ Lloyd worked on the song together in my studio. I was told at one point that Britney wants to tweet you and that she loved the song and said it's sounding great."
We're increasingly finding Indian stars collaborating with Western artists. Why do you think there is this interest in Indian acts in the West and why is it important to you to record with Western artists?
"You reach a point in life when you don't work for money and you don't work for fame. You work to make a legacy. When I came to Bombay from Delhi to become a singer 20 years ago, my aim was to become just a singer and primarily a playback singer. As a singer I thought I would be popular and people would recognise me all over the world and just being a singer I enjoyed the stardom of any other superstar in the world. I have been able to do such a variety of work and travel the world with it so God has been really kind to me. People have been really kind to me. I have built my career on this desire to do different things. The real learning and the legacy lies in trying out new things. I have done so much television. I pioneered television in India. Right now I'm doing the biggest show in India, The X Factor. I have worked on films. I'm cutting an album right now. I have the collaboration with Jermaine Jackson. Even though this is the beginning, India is going to collaborate with the world. Our sound has really gone leaps ahead from where we were five years back and India is definitely a great market for the world."
You recently collaborated with Jermaine Jackson in a tribute song for Michael. How did Michael Jackson influence you musically?
"All true artists in the world from all countries and all genres are influenced by Michael Jackson. There were music videos before Michael Jackson and there were music videos after Michael Jackson. He brought such a huge change in the marketing and positioning of the music video. His contribution was unparalleled. He passed away and we were all very saddened. I remember around that time I felt that I wanted to write a song in his memory... I would be honoured to collaborate with Michael Jackson's brother on that. Everything fell into place automatically. I didn't have to really work for it."
You stole the show at the IIFA Rocks event. What was it like performing with Jermaine Jackson?
"It was really good. I don't know if you know but I was really, really unwell. I was burning with fever and the doctors told me not to perform, but it was Michael Jackson's death anniversary and Jermaine Jackson flew all the way to Toronto to perform and I thought, I can't let him down. Despite being ill, it was a very, very memorable performance, both singing with Jermaine and the rock qawaali."
How are you finding the experience of being a judge on The X Factor?
"I was the first judge in the Indian Idol format. The biggest risk when you adapt a format from country in the West is how to make it your own, so I remember at the press conference for Indian X Factor, the press would ask 'Who is Simon Cowell?' And I said 'Why don't you ask Simon Cowell who is Sonu Nigam?' Every person in the world has their own temperament. I can't be Simon Cowell and he can't be me. You have to find your own identity. If you're not happy with your own self that's when you want to be someone else. So what I do in all the shows I have been a part of, I make those shows a part of me. I colour it my way. So Sanjay [Leela Bhansali], Shreya [Gaushal] and I decided how we would make this show our own. We are trying our best not to be petty. There comes a point when you want to be partial and a bit biased towards your own contestant. The show has to be all about talent, nothing else. No controversy. No manipulations."
How would you define the X factor?
"You don't have to be the sexiest girl or the most talented person to have the X factor. X factor is something you are born with that is your own. And the moment that you realise how to tap into that quality that you have within, and how to bring that individuality out of yourself, that is when you discover the X factor. A simple girl clad in a white sari, with long flowing hair, not dancing at all, is like an angel. She would probably have much more X factor than somebody in a bikini flaunting themselves. People who have the X factor know what they have."
We have seen a change in Indian cinema with youth films such as Delhi Belly. What do you feel about the changing trends and the direction Indian cinema is taking?
"Change is the only constant in life and we have to accept all kinds of change whether its music or in cinema or in artistic expression or thinking. There has to be a place for good or bad cinema, good music, bad music. I haven't seen Delhi Belly but I have heard it's a very different kind of movie. At the same time I'm okay with everybody's volume of work. For me, as long as I can continue to bring about changes in society or the expression of the art form, what everyone does is fine for me."
Are you concerned that more actors are taking to singing their own songs in films?
"Everybody's entitled to do whatever they feel and there is so much recording technology you can make a non-singer sound like a singer, so why not take advantage of such technology? There are lots of non-singers worldwide, not just in India. There are a lot of singers who cannot sing to save their lives. We have to accept it, but thank God there is such a thing as live shows. It's only when people are faced with live shows that the world gets to know how good or how bad they are."
What is next for you?
"I'm doing an album of mantras and Jermaine Jackson is coming to India to shoot the music video for the Michael Jackson tribute song. They are some other collaborations but I'm not allowed to talk about those. The X Factor is going on so as I said my hands are really full."
Friday, 5 August 2011
The music reality show will be aired on Sony Entertainment channel and will be hosted by singer-anchor Aditya Narayan.
Sonu Nigam stated “My consent to be a judge of ‘X Factor’ is proof enough of my faith in the format, the teams involved and the Channel.”
He said further, “Music in India has gone beyond the boundaries of film music.”
Sonu added, “So for all those singers, bands and musicians who are trying to give music a new expression the show will give them a platform to showcase their talent, attitude, passion and commitment.”
Starring :Sanjay Dutt as Chatur Singh (Agent 2-Star)
Ameesha Patel as Sonia, Suresh Menon as Pappu Panther
Anupam Kher, Satish Kaushik, Vishwajeet Pradhan
Murli Sharma, Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover
Producers:Mohammad Aslam - Directers: Ajay Chandhok
Music: Sajid – Wajid
Jeena O Tere Naal Soniye Songs by Sonu Nigam, Shweta
Chatur Singh Two Star Songs by Sajid-Wajid (Singers)
Motiyon Ki Kangana
Chandani Chowk Se Savari Songs by Hard Kaur
Music releasing soon!!
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Over 3,000 people who attended Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam's concert at the KICC grounds last Saturday evening are still raving about the stupendous show that Nairobians have witnessed in a long time.
Despite this being his third visit for a performance, Sonu Nigam's show attracted an impressive attendance. Those who had seen him perform previously came to be dazzled once more and for those who saw the superstar perform for the first time could not stop gushing about the brilliant singing ability of Sonu.
After a couple of curtain-raisers, Sonu Nigam took to the stage with his all time super-hit, national award-winning track, Kal Ho Na Ho. He entertained the audience with many of his tracks from different Bollywood films, including slow and romantic songs as well as fast-paced numbers.
Blessed with more than one skill, Sonu Nigam's mimicry of other Bollywood singers was an instant hit with the audience. He taught the crowds how a song in Bollywood is composed using some pointless vegetable names like, 'Aloo', 'gobi', 'matter' and 'paneer'.
Despite a dodgy sound system which stabilised after a while, the singer performed for three hours non-stop, interacted with his audience and also got East FM's Jasmine Postwalla to sing with him! A special mention goes out to Sonu Nigam's tireless live band who contributed immensely to the success of the concert.
Sonu was stunned and speechless when, in the middle of nowhere, the audience sang him 'Happy birthday.' Later on, he posted on Twitter saying, "God, this was the best birthday party ever. Thank you Nairobi."
Alishaan Enterprises and Chase Bank Group, along with all the sponsors of the event, take a bow for giving Nairobi a rare pre-Ramadhan treat!