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Saturday, 31 December 2011
There was all this and more when Mohini invited all her friends to the new Italian restaurant Mangiamo at Bandra.
The hostess held a special preview for her friends including Sonu Nigam and wife Madhurima, Alka Yagnik, brothers Rohit and Ronit Roy, Poonam Dhillon, Sheeba and Akashdeep, Ramesh Sippy and wife Kiran Juneja. Jeetendra, Rakesh Roshan and Prem Chopra were seen catching up with each other over some yummy starters. Bhagyashree bonded with the girl gang including Deepshikha, Lucky Morani, Punita Bhalla and Mansi Joshi Roy. With a variety of cuisines and beverages on the menu and an attractive ambience, this latest addition to the city certainly seems to be an ideal place for dining out!
Maharaja's College grounds yesterday.
Mysore, Dec. 31- Music lovers revelled with gay abandon at the musical programme presented by renowned Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam at Maharaja's College in city last evening.
Thousands of citizens had gathered at the venue, unmindful of the biting chill and occasional drizzle, waiting for the singer who arrived three hours late. But the crowd eagerly waited for his arrival and was given a standing ovation when he finally appeared onstage at 9.45 pm.
During the hour-long programme, Sonu Nigam belted out numerous popular Bollywood numbers to which the youth danced in mirth. Sonu was joined by singer Gunjal and a team of dancers who enthralled the crowd with their enchanting performances.
The programme began with dance items presented by students of various schools in city.
Sonu’s songs Mera rang de Basanthi chola… and ajeeb ittefaq hai… had the audience on their feet, tapping and clapping to the beats while Gunjal's Monica… my darling… and Sheela ki jawaani… had the youth swaying in a trance.
Friday, 30 December 2011
Music is the main ingredient of a dish called life for singer Sonu Nigam
The warmth of his humility counters the biting winter cold. Diminutive he might be in appearance but the aura lends him a certain grandeur. The dazzling lighting at Spectra, the multi-cuisine restaurant at The Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon, helps the cause. Unassuming and candid as ever, Sonu Nigam, the singer par excellence, responding to a question says, like every musician, he too is a foodie. “All musicians love to eat, maybe because there is a lot of physical activity involved.” Recalling a funny incident, he says, “I was travelling for a show and I was feeling hungry so I asked the air-hostess for something to eat. The gentleman sitting next to me was quite amused. He immediately called somebody and said, ‘Kha raha hai'. So, yes we also eat. There is a lot of stress on the vocal chords and facial muscles get strained. But I am also careful so I work out a lot combining yoga, cardio and strength training. I indulge in non-vegetarian food occasionally, like today I had a chicken burger after a long time,” says Sonu tucking into the nutritious Greek salad.
His day packs in four to five meals in small portions and he is onto his fourth for today, much of which has been spent making music for an upcoming Hindi film Jal. For the project, Sonu is collaborating with Bickram Ghosh, a well-known percussionist and accompanist to many stalwarts in the field of Hindustani classical music. While the main compositions are nearly done, the duo is now concentrating on the background score. The artiste was in the city primarily for this purpose.
“Melody is going to be the mainstay of the album, something that stays with you for a long time,” explains the singer, who is working on another album, a world music one, and also composing music for yet another Hindi film, details of which he can't reveal just yet. Add to it the recently released album Icchapurti Gayatri Mantras and Sonu has his platter full. “The world music album should be out as soon as I finish recording all the songs. There has been no time,” says Sonu. This is the hectic concert season and Sonu has had no respite. Delhi, the city where he grew up and is still home to his grandparents, his best friends and cousins, has witnessed a string of concerts in the last one month. As for playback singing, his voice will be heard in two major films, Joker and Krrish 2, slated to release next year.
There is one more platter awaiting him but nothing that reminds him of all the pending work. On this one sit pretty the delicacies from his favourite Japanese cuisine. Sonu absolutely relishes the sashimi served to him with soy sauce and wasabi paste. It seems junior Nigam, all of three, is stepping into his father's shoes with his milk version of “Kolaveri Di” having become a rage, and even before this, having recorded a song with Lata Mangeshkar. Neevan like Sonu is turning out to be a child prodigy. “It would mean a lot of expectations from him which won't be fair. He is too small for all this, but he is a very intelligent child with good grasp over sur and taal. So, he was singing the song casually and we decided to record it, because like everybody I also document the activities of my child. My wife, Madhurima, who is a very good editor, edited it and I put it on Youtube. So, it was a very domestic effort,” chuckles Sonu.
Independent music is going through a rough patch and Sonu, who has to his credit many successful albums in this genre, feels that singers have to adapt themselves to the newer ways of the times. “We can't just keep complaining. The model has to change. You have to keep trying, be it a spiritual album, or a song…there are so many listeners, so many fans of yours, out there. Put everything that you have in the market and when you go to a concert, at least five people would have heard it. We have to use the Internet and new ways of reaching out to the people, and I always tell this to my colleagues in the industry.”
The desserts are given a miss as the singer had specified in the beginning that he not be served any. “I had made a vow that if a certain wish will be fulfilled, I will give up on desserts, but I eat things like gajak, rewri, etc.”
The sangeet ceremony that preceded it was a super-musical affair. Rahul was seen welcoming guests and attending to the relatives and friends. Suresh Wadkar sang Tumse Milke, specially for the happy couple. His wife Padma Wadkar was also present.
Sonu Nigam and Toshi Sabri entered together. And when Sonu sang Sooraj Hua Madham, everyone joined in. Rahul announced that Sonu had postponed his flight to Dubai, specially to attend the wedding. Looking beautiful in a black velvet outfit was Akriti Kakar. Politicos including Sanjay Patil, Krishna Hegde, Prakash Mehta and others too came to bless the couple. The sangeet went on till the wee hours of the night and early next morning, the couple tied the knot in a traditional Maharashtrian ceremony.
Thursday, 29 December 2011
Rajesh Sharma, Ravi Kishan
Director: Hriday Shetty
Song: Setting Saala
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Amit Kumar & Yashita
Music: Lalit Pandit, Vishal Rajan
Release Date: 13 January 2012
Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Sheila ki jawaani from Shirish Kunder’s Tees Maar Khan was a sensation like no other. Katrina Kaif set the screen ablaze with her sexy moves and paved the way for item songs by big stars to become a more regular feature in our films. Sadly, the film turned out to be a total stinker at the box office and critics loved thrashing it. Two years after the fiasco of Tees Maar Khan director Shirish Kunder is gearing up for his upcoming film Joker starring Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha. The film is supposed to be released in August 2012. But more than the story of the film or the performances by his lead actors in it, Shirish is going ga ga over the songs in Joker. Sample this: 'Sonu Nigam has sung the title Song of Joker. This ones gonna be the Anthem of 2012' boasts the 38-year-old director. He doesn’t stop there and goes hyper-ambitious about yet another song picturised on Chitrangda Singh: “Sunidhi has sung the Item Song featuring Chitrangda Singh in Joker. This ones gonna be the Mother of all Item Songs” tweeted Shirish
tabloid! has learnt that Salman Khan jetted into town with his family in tow on Tuesday night, while his frenemy Shah Rukh Khan will jet into town this week. Given their tumultuous friendship, their paths are unlikely to cross.
While the Don 2 star is planning to throw a lavish bash for his close friends at his villa in Palm Jumeirah, the Bodyguard star will get the fireworks started with his clan at another separate private bash.
Word has it that Farhan Akhtar and Hrithik Roshan will also head to Dubai to celebrate their successful 2011 innings with Shah Rukh Khan.
Roshan's wife Sussane and Shah Rukh's wife Gauri and their two kids are reportedly in the city making the most of their festive holidays.
While it may be all play and no work for actors this weekend, Shah Rukh Khan is likely to put in a cameo appearance at a grand wedding that will have singers such as Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan
Apart from A-listers, Pakistani starlet Veena Malek and model-actress Sophie Chaudhry will be in Dubai on New Year's eve. While Malek is putting in an appearance at Fortune Plaza Hotel in Ghusais, Chaudhry is performing at a gig organised by the Country Club in Dubai.
Also expected are British TV stars Amy Childs (The Only Way Is Essex) and Denise Van Outen at Embassy, along with Peter Andre.
Monday, 26 December 2011
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nirmal Verma and his wife Madhulika were also present at the occasion, which started with a performance by Akriti Kakkar and Tanya Gupta. Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2011 Kanishtha Dhankar was the showstopper for the Karukarya fashion show, an endeavour of the Naval Wives Welfare Association (NWWA), and conceived by Madhulika Verma.
Floored by their confidence: Another highlight of the evening was a performance by singer Sonu Nigam.The judges on the panel included Pantaloons Femina Miss India International 2011 Ankita Shorey, Chitrangada Singh, Tusshar Kapoor, Niraj Sharan, Kulraj Randhawa, Mudassar Aziz and Aamir Raza Husain. Aditi Gowatriker was a special guest at the event. Ankita told us, "It's remarkable to see all the contestants confidently walking the ramp despite the chill in the air."
Winner takes all: After the 14 finalists competed for a couple of hours, Swedha Singh was crowned the Navy Queen 2011. Asavari Bhardwaj and Shruti Sharma were adjudged this year's first and second runners-up, respectively.
Having collaborated with Avicii recently, he e is often referred to as India’s best playback singer and as the Golden Voice of Indipop. He also recently released his new album Gayatri Mantra featuring 24 different versions of the Mantra which he sung with kids from Leh-Ladakh.
The concert will be taking place at Central Maidan, Thane from 6.30 pm onwards and passes are priced at Rs. 200, Rs. 300, Rs. 500, Rs. 1000 and Rs. 1500.
Saturday, 24 December 2011
Born and brought up in Delh-Faridabad, singing sensation Sonu Nigam kindles a special feeling for the national capital in his heart. In a candid chat with 'Delhi Desire' he shares his childhood memories and Delhi days….
Memories of Delhi
The word ‘Delhi’ always reminds me of my childhood days. Whenever I think about my city, my lips curve into a smile reminiscing those fun-filled days.
My Delhi friends
I have a group of awesome foursome –myself, my childhood friends Kailash Chandni, Chintan Nigam and my first cousin Anurag Mohan. Whenever we sit together, we just have a blast sharing old childhood memories.
Emporio is special
My uncle, aunts and other relatives stay in Delhi. Whenever I visit Delhi, I have to take a day off from my busy schedule to spend time with them. Usually, I do not get much time for shopping in Delhi. But once I had purchased some good stuffs from Emporio mall at Vasant Kunj and I really liked them.
Delhiites are awesome
Delhi is truly ‘Dilwalon ki nagri’. People are good here. But personally I think they need to increase their level of patience as there is always a chance for improvement for everyone, be it humans or a city.
Dhaba cum restaurant
My family friends, Sandeep and Monia Yadav, are settled in Delhi for the past 17-18 years. Whenever I visit Delhi I go to their place. Instead of going to any dhaba or restaurants, I prefer to sit at their place and have a fun.
I get confused
Delhi has undergone huge changes. The mode of transportation and roads have changed, flyovers are coming up here and there. The metro-service has changed the look of Delhi. Though the city has become more organised, the changes confuse me.
Sonu Nigam was seen chatting with Iris Maity and Suzanna Mukherjee. Kshitij Chaudhary, Siddhant Kapur and Amit Khanna were also present for the occasion, and were spotted welcoming the guests.
Sushant Singh chatted with the shutterbugs, while Salim Merchant was seen congratulating the stars of the film. Rahul Vaidya and Akriti Kakkar exchanged notes about the music. Looking pretty in a white jumsuit was Shonal Rawat.
Friday, 23 December 2011
Bollywood musician Sonu Nigam.
The 24-year-old DJ has said that he will record an Indian version of the track 'Levels' with the singer and X Factor judge, The Times of India reports.
"I'm just back from my first India tour and what a great time I've had. I've been hearing so much about Bollywood music that I just love the idea of merging the number one voice of Bollywood with high energy 'house' music," said Avicii.
The Swedish star added: "I think the results of this project will prove fantastic indeed. I can't wait to finish it."
Avicii recently settled a plagiarism case with Leona Lewis over her use of his instrumental track 'Fade Into Darkness' on the single 'Collide'.
Nigam has earlier worked with a number of international artists including Kylie Minogue, Jermaine Jackson and Britney Spears.
In an exclusive tete-a-tete, the new-age percussionist talks about the new version of 'Vande Mataram', the music of Jal, more albums with Sonu Niigaam, starting ‘Live In…’ series and more..
Let’s start on a patriotic note. You’ve recently recorded a new version of ‘Vande Mataram.’ Can we know more about that?
‘Vande Mataram’ is almost complete. We’re into the mixing stage right now. Only part left is the portion that Sonu Niigaam has to dub. We’ve recorded with about 25 musicians across the world. Yes, it’s been incredibly hectic as well as emotional. And the best part is that everyone who’s come on board has really liked the melody. They feel that it’s a very inspiring version of ‘Vande Mataram’.
What about the palette of singers? Did you already have artistes in mind?
I wanted a good balance between the classical singers, Bollywood singers and instrumentalists. The basic idea was that this needs to be for our generation. So the track and video has artistes from our generation.
On one hand we have Sonu Niigaam, Roopkumar Rathod, Shubha Mudgal, Sunidhi Chauhan, and on the other hand we have Kaushiki, Ajoyda and Rashid. As we went along, we suddenly wondered why we were just sticking to solo singers! Our generation saw the real uprising of the so-called rock bands. So, Indian Ocean and Euphoria came on board.
When you hear the track you’ll see that you’re moving from Ajoy Chakrabarty to Indian Ocean, but the transition is absolutely smooth and without any jerk. It’s a really strong number!
When do you plan on releasing the same?
Once I give in the mix, we will start ideating on the video. It is being directed by Girish Malik (who’s also directing Jal). We’re looking at a January 26, 2012 release
Moving on to Bollywood, how did Jal crystallize into an offer for you?
There’s an album I did with Pete Lockett called Kingdom of Rhythm and Girish was referencing its title track ‘Primal’ for Jal. While cutting Jal to ‘Primal’, it struck him that he wanted to work with me!
We hear that you’ve recorded the title track with Shubha Mudgal. What can we expect from the other tracks on the album?
There are three tracks in the album and what we’ve done with the music is absolutely crazy! Can you imagine we have a duet between Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and Susanne? It’s an English song interspersed with Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan’s singing and is called ‘You fill my life’. The third one is called ‘Zaalima,’ a word that Sonu and I coined. It’s a zaalim (cruel) woman (laughs). When you see Jal, you’ll be amazed at how the song is connected to the film.
Your collaboration with Sonu Niigaam on Jal has been making headlines. How did that happen?
Right after Sonu sang for me for a film called Ghumshuda, we did an album called Heart and Beat together. We realized that Sonu-Bickram is an interesting combination. While I primarily write English lyrics, he writes the Hindi ones. But the album is still incomplete because suddenly we were dumped into the Bollywood film space! It’s both good and bad. While we are now venturing in a newer space, we had to put the album on the backburner because of the film’s deadlines.
Interestingly, while we were doing the album together Sonu thought that we should also do film music together. He had some film on his mind, which still hasn’t taken shape. In the meantime, Jal came along and I suggested we kick-start with it.
Anything else coming up from the Bickram-Sonu combination?
Sonu and I have got two more films coming along! Not signed on the dotted line yet but its happening. And we just nailed three songs a couple of days ago.
I think Sonu is incredibly talented. He’s very experimental
Your band Rhythmscape is in its tenth year. How do you think the band has progressed in the last decade?
Rhythmscape is my first love! It’s who I am. That’s the kind of music and sound I believe in. We improvise like crazy on stage. I’m a classical musician and my style is to improvise. But for some other members, who are not classical musicians, it really goes against their grain. So, for them impromptu improvising is a big thing.
We’re much tighter, willing to experiment and improvise, and we are moving into a different space. But the soul of Rhythmscape is absolutely Indian. No compromise there.
What about your music company Melting Pot Productions? How’s that coming along?
Its moving slow because I am very often out of the pot (laughs)! It was a one-man-army kind of scenario. I’ve set up a team of 4-5 people who will now run the company, and hopefully in the next two years we’ll make it much bigger.
Could you share your upcoming musical projects?
Rhythmscape Transformations is coming up in January next year. There’s also an album called Navarasa in the pipeline. I don’t think expressing the nine rasas through rhythm has ever been attempted before. It’s all just drums. Then we have Mortal.
Then there is Tabla Sphere for which I’ve done something that I doubt anyone else has. I’ve done a track called ‘Body drum’ which just includes ‘acapella’ kind of sounds produced from my body. I’ve layered it with my own body sounds. We’ve shot the video about a month ago, so it should be out by February.
Additionally, there’s another potent album called Dragon Fly with Greg Ellis. It’s based on our weird philosophy that everything in this world is about rhythm and not melody.
One of the biggest things I’m doing right now is’ Live In…’ series. I’m curetting 600 shows a year. We’ve already done around 100 fabulous shows in Kolkata and we’re going to Delhi and Mumbai. The idea is to give people the multiplex music experience.
Source: http://www.planetradiocity.com/musicreporter/celebrity-interview-details.php?interviewid=614&title=Sonu and I have got two more films coming along: Bickram Ghosh&pgno=3
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Sonu Nigam’s beautiful wife Madhurima Nigam yesterday launched her Menswear Line amidst much glitz and glamour. Yes, it was a fun-filled party attended by the who’s who of the film and music industry. At the launch Madhurima was clicked posing with Shirish Kunder and Neil Nitin Mukesh.
Madhurima Nigam was planning to launch her own fashion line for quite some time. The lady and her singer-husband assured all is well and good for her Menswear Line launch. Sonu married Madhurima, who hails from Kolkata on 15 February 2002. They have a son, Nevaan, born in 2007. Nevaan is also very interested in music and has recently recorded a song with Lata Mangeshkar. His milk version of Kolaveri Di became an instant hit. The cute 5-year-old was also part of the celebrations and was clicked with mom Madhurima.
Others who attended the launch were Rohit Roy, Salim Merchant, Deepshikha, Anu Malik, Aditya Narayan, Rahul Vaidya, Juhi Babbar and Anup Soni.
Sonu Nigam & Me Wishes her all the best !!
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Cast: Dev, Subhasree, Prosenjit & more
Production: Ashok Dhanuka & Himangshu Dhanuka [Eskay Movies]
Music: Indradeep Dasgupta
•01. Niye Jai Ami [Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghoshal]
•02. Amai Ador Kor [Kunal Ganjawala]
•03. Dance Mare Khokababu [Indranil Dasgupta]
•04. Jhatka Mare [Rana Mazumdar & Monali Thakur]
•05. Soniye Tu Janiye TuTore
Shankar das (Ferdous) is a popular don in the city. He dotes on his lovable sister Pooja (Subhashree). Khokababu (Dev) is a wayward youngster. He joins as an employee in shankar das’s accounts department. There he gets to know pooja and the inevitable happens & they fall in love. The rest of the story is all about how Khokababu plays some mind games to win shankar das’s confidence and marry pooja.
The DJ - who played in Mumbai on Sunday - is collaborating with Sonu Nigam on a new track. This is the first time he is working with an Indian artist. Avicii, whose track Levels has topped music charts worldwide, is planning to use Sonu's vocals on an electronic track. For Nigam, Avicii is one more addition to his growing list of international collaborations. Previously, the singer has worked with Britney Spears on her single I Wanna Go In The Past, and also plans to work with Jay Sean in the future.
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Bollywood action hero Akshay Kumar launched singer
Sonu Nigam’s new devotional song album ‘Gayatri Mantras’.
Actors Amrita Rao, Manoj Tiwari and singer Mika Singh were also present at the launch. Amrita said she was happy to be a part of the event as Sonu was a good friend. She said it would be a treat to hear the ‘mantra’ in Sonu’s golden voice.
Sonu hoped his fans would love his new album. He was all praise for Akshay saying that their friendship dated back to 1996 and the actor had been a great source of inspiration to him.
Sonu was also jubilant over his son’s popularity on the internet for singing the ‘milk version’ of the hugely popular Tamil-English song ‘Kolaveri Di’.
He said that his son Neevan was a gifted child and people liked the way the toddler rendered the song.
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Year : 2011
Cast : Veerendra Babu, Tamanna, Janardhana, Mumaith Khan, Umashri
Music Director : Abhiman Roy
Producer & Director: Veerendra Babu
The album comprising of 24 different mantras will have the singer collaborate with talented child artistes. "This is a special collection to bring divinity to every household. I'm thankful to Veecon Group and Shri J K Srivastava for this album. "
"I have to go for a road trip and will drive myself. From Mumbai, either I will go to the Himalayas or Northeast. This is my resolution. I have to go for a road trip," said Sonu at a press conference at the Aamby Valley's annual New Year bash Glitterati 2012.
Sonu is currently working on an English album, "Spirit Unfolding", while his son Nevaan's version of "Kolaveri Di" is attracting hordes of viewers on YouTube.
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
The album composed by musical duo Ajay-Atul boasts of six tracks encompassing a wide array of themes - from romance to qawwali and from dance to devotional. The soundtrack features singers like
Sonu Nigam, Roop Kumar Rathod and Shreya Ghoshal.
"We are proud to be associated with Dharma Productions' 'Agneepath'. The six new songs are not only original and refreshing but also soulful and unforgettable," Sanujeet Bhujabal, marketing director Sony Music India, said in a statement.
"This is our 11th venture with Dharma and it's always a matter of pride and a great experience to work with them. The soundtrack is varied and we expect a great response from music enthusiasts," he added.
Directed by Karan Malhotra, "Agneepath" is a remake of 1990 cult classic of the same name starring Amitabh Bachchan in the lead.
After the hit song "Sheila ki jawaani", Katrina Kaif will be seen grooving to another dance number, "Chikni Chameli", in the new "Agneepath".
The film also stars Rishi Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt and releases Jan 26.
"He is too small, he is just four years old, so he couldn't have done this for himself. As his father, I thought I should record his childhood thing. I want to protect him right now. He is too young to be over-exposed," said the 38-year-old singer who began his singing career at the age of three, joining his father on stage for a Mohammad Rafi song.
Sonu admits he never thought his son's version would become such a rage.
"We did it only for the posterity's sake. We never thought that it will be such a big hit. I knew that if it is put on YouTube, it will have lots of hits, but didn't know that it will become so big," said Sonu at a press conference at the Aamby Valley's annual New Year bash Glitterati 2012.
Sonu came to Mumbai at the age of 19 and after years of struggle, he hit the jackpot with Sandese Aate Hain in Border (1997). Two years later, his album Deewana became a super hit and later the song Yeh Dil Deewana from Pardes made him a name to reckon with.
He went on to sing hits like Kal Ho Na Ho, Panchhi Nadiyan, Suraj Hua Maddhham, Main Hoon Na, Saathiya, Main Agar Kahoon, Shukraan Allah and Jashn E Bahara.
Sonu is currently working on an English album, Spirit Unfolding.
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Patriotism-driven music is a dizzying thing. It makes a musician not realise he has transformed from an artiste into a patriot, sometimes, quite contrary to his musical temperament. Like Goddess Saraswati’s own blue-eyed boy from the east, Ustad Rashid Khan. And sometimes there are artistes like Amit Kilam, the versatile percussionist singer and guitarist from the Indi-Rock band Indian Ocean who wreck your senses beautifully, transforming their artistic aggression and expression into a war cry.
His fists drawn to his shoulders, the chin taut and temples tense, his eyes gruel the core of the microphone, he yells Vande Mataram, loud and louder. He isn’t at the war front or fuelling a coup, neither is he at the Dhyanchand National Stadium on Rs 100 ticket throbbing minutes before a do-or-die hockey contest. Well, that’s where I would really like to see Kilam, but I catch him at a recording studio in south Delhi, where he was recording with co-artistes Rahul Ram and Sushmit Sen for a new version of Vande Mataram conceived and directed by world-renowned percussionist and composer Bickram Ghosh, last week. The new version, a terrific attempt which has brought 20 artistes together, will be launched around January 26, 2012 — 12 years after AR Rahman came up with his take on Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s poem.
Ghosh says, “I have tried to touch base with the real spirit in Vande Mataram. It is a soulful melody that connects us to our journey in 65 long years. The response from the musicians has been tremendous. In 10 days, I have 20 musicians turning up most happily, giving their own thought, beauty and philosophy to the pious poem. And this is when you realise as an artiste that you are doing things right. Also, I am very happy we have been given a free hand to do things our own way.”
As Kilam sings, it’s clear the situation is spilling out of Ghosh’s hands. The background track is running, and inside the recording space, Ram and Kilam are totally uncontrolled. Between themselves, they decide on their job. Kilam seethes it out in the higher octaves and Ram keeps it sustained and roaring in harmonies, in the rustic sandpaper, husky unbound, wavy renderings. Together they lash at the limits Ghosh had tried creating to be able to deliver the new version before the “deadline”. And this lack of control gives Ghosh the kick. He asks the sound arranger to “keep” every grain of improvisations. Meanwhile Sushmit Sen, the latest soloist who has to still record his piece on the guitar nods, his eyes slightly wet, he says, “Bickram, wait, they can do better than this.” Between Sen Ram and Kilam, there is no exchange of words. Yet there is a communication in a language that only musicians and brothers can understand and believe in.
At the studio, I am on an all-time high. It isn’t everyday you see Rahul Ram dodge a note to be able to sing what he has in heart. His hair tied and his soul flying and flowing, Ram sings carelessly like a free urban Baul singer. However, it is the first time I see Ghosh without a drum in his hand. It doesn’t pinch.
Ghosh adds, “Director Girish Malik is working on the video right now and that is something we have to be very careful as a team. The visuals have to touch base with India. Once this project is over, I am sure going to feel very empty. The last time I felt the same was during the performance for the Delhi Commonwealth Games. But in this venture time, I have spent more time with my co-artistes.”
The new Vande Mataram isn’t a melody that reeks of jingoism. It doesn’t provoke the slug match between the new and the old, the religious and the secular we Indians are so used to, today. It isn’t a melody made to celebrate our pretentious paeans of being a rising superpower. It isn’t the recycled melodic curio that makes you hop between socialism and Swadesh. The song curls around the calm and the chaos that reflect our love for the Motherland. Ustad Rashid Khan sculpts it devotionally, and Shankar Mahadevan, Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Chauhan electrify it. Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty and Kaushiki Desikan give it the soul while maestro Shubha Mudgal, the element of the undefeated Shakti. Roop Kumar Rathore, Shaan, and Palash Sen have given it a mass appeal. Amaan Ali Khan, Rahul Sharma Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Niladri Kumar, Ganesh and Kumaresh, Mandolin U Srinivas and Bickram Ghosh have lent it the spirit, the character and the sound.
The last time I felt the same was at a hockey stadium, where I had dialed my boss’ number to break into screams and tears, announcing an unusual victory. It’s an expression she is quite used to now every time the national sport is in news. And may be, I am one of the many million who choose to vent the emotion for this reason or that, this occasion or that, for this sport or that. At the time when my peers are busy hitting upon the “revolutionary” video of the Tamil film song Kolaveri di, where the sensational actor Dhanush, filmed singing at a recording studio crooning like an incorrigible helpless Romeo, regretting pretentiously the woman’s “murderous rage”, I am dabbling with a completely different emotion sitting on the other side of the glass window of a recording studio. I am with people who are stars in their own right. I am with the voices that can wake the nation from a slumber. I am with minds that think music not out of profession, or a choice, a venture or an opportunity, but out of a madness and habit they best can explain and not. These musicians have no formal onus or duty on them of “binding the nation together.” They are supposed to be the self sufficient, art driven, sound shaken moody mavericks who like being in their own romantic space of “performing” on certain lines and lineage, or “cultural ambassadors”. But inside the studio for pukaar of Vande Mataram, they are no less than crusaders.
The Ladies vs Ricky Bahl actor is being preferred as an item boy to perform at the prestigious Sahara Star Hotel venue in Mumbai, where likes of Malika Sherawat, Malaika Arora Khan and Bipasha Basu have performed in past.
If sources are to believed, Ranveer is being paid Rs 50 Lakhs for a 20 minute performance.
"Every year, men are enticed to come for the New Year parties, but this time round, it is different since Ranveer has developed a huge female fan following across, due to his boy next door attitude," adds a source.
Ranveer will also be accompanied by singer Sonu Nigam, who with his musical troupe will enthral the guests.
“I have known Dev Saheb since 1999. He offered me two films, but I couldn’t do them that time. Dev Saheb wrote a hand written note for me during my wedding and I still remember that,” expressed Sonu.
“He is the first person who died at 88, but still people think itne jaldi kaise chale gaye (sic),” Sonu concluded.
This prize catch, highly rated singer and highly charging singer today for Kannada cinema sung without any remuneration for the AKK banner ‘Neene Bari Neene’ for the lyrics of Jayanth Kaikini and music direction was none other than the ‘MM’ – not Mungaru Male but Mano Murthy!
For not taking any remuneration and the album as gift to Kannadigas for showing so much of affection to his songs Sonu Nigam is now offered a high class apartment and imported car by the producer of album Ashok Kheney, Kannada film actor, producer, director and NICE chairman.
For ‘Neene Bari Neene’ album Ashok Kheney spent nearly one crore of rupees says the sources.
Friday, 9 December 2011
Hrithik Roshan as Vijay Deenanath Chauhan
Priyanka Chopra as Kaali
Sanjay Dutt as Kancha Cheena
Rishi Kapoor as Rauf Lala
Zarina Wahab as Suhasini Chauhan
Om Puri as Master Deenanath Chauhan
Katrina Kaif Special appearance in song "Chikni Chameli"
Music: Ajay - AtuL
Sonu Nigam sings: Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin
Release date: January 26, 2012
Kolaveri Di is a chartbuster from an upcoming South Indian film 3, by Rajinikanth's daughter Aishwarya. The lyrics of Nevaan's version goes like this: Hand...u glass...u milk...u, milk..u colour..u white...u, Yempty glass...u, mamma come...u, give me milk..u dear..u
The super hit song Why This Kolaveri Di was uploaded in November and is still viral YouTube with 16,228,211 hits. Nevaan's kiddy version was uploaded on December 4, 2011 and about 63,586 people have already viewed it.
Well, the king of cord, Sonu Nigam demanded no such attention and yet my heart and soul played to each note he sang. The whole auditorium was packed with people hypnotized by the spell of his magical voice. Titled as "Lord of Cords", the show was an unbeatable four hour mesmerizing journey through melodious Bollywood tunes. We reached Medinat Jumeirah at Dubai for the show, praying for a car park decently close to the concert area; ultimately we started wishing we didn't have to take a taxi from the parking place to the show area. Despite the rush, the sprawling Medinat Area looked lively-buzzing with activity but not congested. We settled down comfortably inundated with anticipation. Nothing however prepared us for what transpired in the show. I was worried that with my son on my lap, chances of shaking a leg in tune with Mr. Nigam's numbers were ruined. After all what is a concert if one doesn't freak out and dance with complete abandon. Had I known that I would be so transfixed by his hypnotic voice, I would not have worried. The concert evening kick started with the resonance of drum beats and state of art lighting, setting the ambience for the audience.
When the "lord of cord" was on stage (excepting for a few breathers), he and he alone dominated the stage! The large-hearted artist never missed a chance to introduce and acknowledge the talent of his troupe member, including the drummer, guitarist, lady co-artist, etc. He added a fair dose of his famous good natured humor to his performance, inciting surge of laughter among the audience. It was however his sensationally mellifluous voice, control, range and variation over it that held the audience completely captive. Every note and sound escaping his mouth flaunted his immense talent, rigorous penance and unparalleled devotion to music.
When he started the evening with "Shukra Illa", God himself seemed to loom in air. The evening resonated with hot favorites like "Dil Se", "Satrangee Re", "Kahane Ko Jashne Bahara Hai" and"Tanhaee". He stirred up a ruckus among the younger generation when he called the small kids from the audience on stage to sing "Aal Iss Well" along with him. Seeing the small kids wrapped around him summoned memories of his "Saregama" days on television. The repertoire of melodious songs was a scintillating mix of trendy and effervescent in the first half, followed by old and nostalgic in the second part of the show. The concert area resounded with the notes of the music maestro and the audience singing along. The ambience was truly electrifying!! Indians residing away from home in Dubai listened and sung "Sandese Ate Hain"with an aching heart full of nostalgia and patriotism. He wrapped up the evening with a somber personal account of his mother's illness and the importance of valuing the important people in our life. He tried to oblige with the innumerable audience requests despite a return flight at 4 PM, and managed to conclude the evening on the high lingering note of " Kal Ho Na Ho."
As my daughter revisited the wonder she had witnessed and amazed at how lucky he was to be so popular, I gave her a glimpse of the grit and sweat that lies behind every success. Singing in 54 different voices (male and female), in different languages (Arabic, French...etc), winning every competition from the age of 3, and winning an enviable range of awards and accolades does not come without tremendous dedication and austerity. Ahh! On a parting note, what do you call an artist whose voice summons the angles, who can dance effortlessly, and who has the rave looks of a star: Hot commodity ...what else.
Thursday, 1 December 2011
The film is a love story Produced & directed by Kunal Kohli
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra,Prachi Desai, Neha Sharma
Shahid Kapoor & Priyanka Chopra are working together for the first time since Kaminey. Priyanka Chopra plays an actress of the 1960s and 1970s in one segment
Kunal says 'It's a story about soulmates who meet across different eras. It's a timeless love story. Shahid hasn't done an out and out love story since Jab We Met, and Priyanka's only romantic film was Anjaana Anjaani. I liked the story and decided to go ahead and make it. This is my most expensive film to date, even costlier than Fanaa."
Music By Fab Duo: Sajid-Wajid
Music release: May 2012
Directed by Mahroof Mirza Starring: Rishi kapoor
Also (Nazia Hussain) who is Sanjay Dutts niece & the grand daughter of the late Nargis's elder brother Akhtar Hussain
The music of the movie is directed by Jatin (of the Jatin - Lalit duo)
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Udit Narayan, Shan, Abhijeet, Vinod Rathod!
Sonu Nigams Song' Tum pe hi marta hai' is already declared a hit by me :):)
Say Yes To Love Films Song Tum Pe Marta Hai Dil... by dilipsethi
Music Director: Mano Murthy
Lyrics: Kaviraj and Jayanth Kaikini.
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Vijayaprakash, Shreya Goshal, Rajesh Krishnan
Kunal Ganjawala & Shashikala
O Parjatha Badhu - Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal
Hogolo - vijsyaprakash & shashikala
Nee Mohisu - Shreya Ghoshal
Aih Chandrika - Kunal Ganjawala
Hudugi Elaali Ninna Huduki - Rajesh Krishnan
Nee Mohisu Thannage - Shreya Goshal
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra
Vivek Oberoi, Kangana Ranaut
Music by: Rajesh Roshan
Background Score: Salim - Sulaiman
Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal
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