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Indian Summer with Anoushka Shankar

Indian Summer with Anoushka Shankar – I am so addicted to the music that flows from Anoushka’s Sitar . I just cant express the immense pleasure, the joy, the freedom, the happiness i experience deep down when her tracks play in my iPod.

I have my Forex exams round the corner. I have trained myself since childhood to get along with academics while music hits the four walls of my room so hard, that i don’t feel the strain of progressing with my daily targets. But when it comes to Anoushka’s Sitar strings, I become so blank that i cant concentrate on anything but her Sitar. What’s happening to me? I just want to crawl into the space in between the notes and curl back to my loneliness.

The base notes in her track ” Indian Summer” from ” Traces of You” – especially from the 18th second to 1.26, in the link below, I just wish I can pen down the feelings that rush through me when the track plays during those few seconds. Tears trickle down my cheeks each time I hear this track, because I am not able to contain the Laya involved in Indian Summer. It’s way beyond what i can take in.

I feel, ” Traces of You” talks about the journey of love, change and loss. Having lost her father during the process of recording, it is inevitable that her loss became the central focus of her songwriting. However the music is ultimately hopeful than mournful, as whilst losing her father, Anoushka was occupied raising her son, Zubin. Intense joy, pain and sadness intermingled in this album. No doubt, she has seen the album as a whole rather than seeing it as a series of songs. Three forms of love, love for her father, her husband, and her son, proved to be the ultimate inspiration for some of the deepest music Anoushka has yet written

It is filled with sensuality, but also makes an impassioned plea for all of us to realize that despite our widely varying social, cultural, religious and geographical circumstances, our fundamental human experiences are broadly similar.

If GOD comes in front of me with a boon right now, I just want to give Anoushka a warm hug for the heavenly music she has given birth to.

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Naan Nee Song Review from Madras

Movie : Madras

Singers : Dheekshitha, Shakthishree Gopalan

Lyrics : Uma Devi

Naan Nee exposes the AR Rahman side of Santhosh. The role of the string section and the minimalistic backbeat too add to the similarities. The violins take the centre stage for a change in Santhosh’s number.

The song starts off without an apt prelude and takes it own time to set the mood for melody. Nevertheless, after the first minute, Shakthishree pulls us into the song with her magnetic vocals. Deekshitha contributes in right measure to Shakthi’s enthralling show.

A pleasant orchestration and Shakthishree and Dheekshitha’s mesmerizing vocals make this one winner. To sum it up, a captivating melody and instant earworm.

Don’t miss this one!

Why revise such a beautiful number – ‘Samjhavan’ from Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania???

Why revise such a beautiful number – ‘Samjhavan’ from Humpty Sharma ki Dulhania???

This song, with the vocals of Arjith Singh and Shreya Ghosal, is just another version of ‘Mein tenu samjhavan ki’ originally sung by the legendary singer Rahet fateh Ali khan.

The original has already been engraved in our hearts that revamping the similar music doesn’t serve the purpose here. Moreover, as the songprogresses, you will definitely feel the irk of missing Rahat’s soothing Punjabi texture that has become a synonym with the original ‘ Samjhavan’.

Had this song been out before the original and had audience not already been waived by the magic of the earlier one created, the version by Arjith would have definitely hit the chord.

For all ardent Rahat fans out there, this Arjith treat would give a certain doze of fury and impulsiveness.

Rahat’s version:

Arjith’s version

STRIKING THE RIGHT CHORD

Arjith Singh, the name has become synonymous with the musical blockbuster, Aashiqui 2.  ‘’When I am singing a song, I begin by figuring out how each frame will be picturised and accordingly give a natural feel to the song,’’ Arjith says. Bestowed with a brilliant voice texture, he is natural when it comes to putting life and soul in a song. When I goggled for Arjith Singh, I found a chap with rugged looks, long, ruffled curly hair staring at me. Innocence reflects from his eyes and then, there is a smile that equals it. What many people may not know about him is that Arjith likes producing a song more than singing it.  ‘’I have been producing songs for quite some time now. In fact in the long run, I do not see myself as a playback singer, but more as a song producer,’’ he asserted. The understanding of music and his upbringing has added to the talents of this new age icon of passionate bolly-music.

Here is the best of Arjith Singh for music maniacs.

1)    Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2

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Magnificent music, verily germane lyrics, sonorous singing –embracing all the elements of a romantic song. The song picks up blandly with the supple sound of piano, and very softly flows through soft drum kicks, tender mouth organ, claps and supportive strings. Arjith’s heartwarming voice, soulful and tranquil lyrics and expressive singing is the heart of the song. A beautiful romantic melody. Masterpiece!

2)    Raabta from Agent Vinod

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A solo by Arjith. The best track in the album I should say. The extra beat provides the extra zing and ensure that one can’t resist playing the song in shuffle mode for hours at a stretch. Be it a reprise or an unplugged version, Singh’s voice will take you places in musical heaven. Intoxicating.

3)    Phir Mohabbat from Murder 2

phirA song doesn’t have to be “all singing and dancing” to make an impact, sometimes its just as effective to use the softly softly approach. The composition is exact opposite of ‘Aye Khuda’, very slow with haunting strings repeatedly playing in the background which has an effect of hypnotizing you.

4)    Jho Bheji Thi Duaa from Shanghai

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“Kise poochu..
Hai aisa kyu?
Bejubaan saa ye jahaan hai

Khushi ke pal
Kahaan dhoondu?
Benishaan sa waqt bhi yahaan hai

Jaane kitne labon pe gile hain
Zindagi se kayi faasle hain

Paseejte hai sapne kyun aankhon mein
Lakeere jab chhoote inn haathon se yun bewajah

Jo bheji thi dua
Woh jaake aasmaan se yun takra gayi
Ki aa gayi hai laut ke sadaa”

 Thanks to Nitin’s HTC!!! I heard this song for the first time enroute Jaipur when Nitin was very much held up with Daisy Dee.  Duaa has one of the most beautiful beginnings to a song  have heard in a long time. Such a lovely mix of western flavoured tones with Indian layers added in pure gorgeousness. There is a haunting cry in the background that really adds to the feeling and mood.

5)    Phir Le Aaya Dil from Barfi

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 The romantic lyrics and gently ghazal like arrangement are a refreshing change from the high pitched, pulsating Hindi film music. Arjith’s vocals are just brilliant. In this number, I feel the music was deepened to match his voice and it worked like magic. Just love everything about this track. The classic Indian flavored beats in the music with many layers of percussion, full of perfect sounds and tones.

Hey readers, when i listen to Arjith, i realize after silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Life is like a beautiful melody mates, only the lyrics are messed up.

 

 

Ali Ali Ali !!! Up Up A R Rahman !!!

download (1)Highway – soundtrack album composed by A.R.Rahman, directed by Imtiaz Ali that stars Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, released on 24th January 2014 in T Series with 9 tracks in toto.

After “ Rockstar”, Imtiaz Ali and the Indian Beethovan have teamed up for Highway. Adding music to a love story is a cakewalk, but adding music to the film of a Highway Journey is a different ballgame altogether. Expected Rockstar  excellance, but it went a step further. From melody to lyrics, Highway is one distinguished work from the maestro

The movie starts on a very soothing note with Patakha Guddi – a Sufi number. Thumping and energetic. Nooran sisters along with Rahman do it exceptionally well. Ali Ali Ali- the song will make you feel free spirited. The track has everything that will keep you hooked onto it till the very end – good lyrics, feel good vibe, vibrant music, outstanding vocals.I personally feel this song should have  been titled Ali Ali. It would have managed to connect better and create enhanced impact. This one is about celebration of freedom and Rahman has managed to bring that emotion out through his music stunningly well. A must hear,

Maahi Ve – a love ballad, sung by the Mozart of Madras  himself comes next. Rahman’s voice + Expressive lyrics – That song is in shuffle mode in my ipod. I am sure it will be the same in your gadget too the moment you hear it once. Beautiful compostion. His husky tone adds extra charm to the meaningful lyrics. I started hearing this number and I was in my own imaginative world. I was dancing to this tune in the middle of Mount road traffic today when I wanted to get to the other side of the road waiting for the signal to colour green. That’s the power of AR Rahman.Rahman doesn’t sing often now, but Highway is an excpetion.

Other numbers being :

  • Kahaan Hoon Main – Heart touching number. You might not like it instantly, but re hear the track, Jonita’s voice will mesmerize you
  • Sooha Sahaa – Melodious lullaby. It is the bit sung by Alia Bhatt that will steal your heart away for its splendid expression. Sample this, ‘Kyun Na Soye… Kyun Tu Roye…Kyun Tu Khoye Yun Pardes Mein’.Alia’s innocent voice -Speechless
  • Wanna Mash Up- Odd man out in the album.Not because of the English lyrics, but for the reason that it is Very urban. Similar to Jai Ho in Slumdog millionaire
  • Tu Kuja – Sunidhi Chauhan’s powerful voice.  Devotional number. Her enigmatic voice mixed with music gives a Western effect which has the capability to keep the listeners latched to the number.
  • Imposive Silence – Jonitas voice + Rahman’s instrumental experimentation makes this song a wonder. Longest track which runs to almost six minutes if I am not wrong.
  • Heera – Situational song. Folksy flavour. Rooted in classical music. Violins and bells in between by AR is exceptionally innovative.

So plug in your ear plugs right away folks, and be ready for the magical and powerful musical experience.

Sugar, lemon, ginger pot, It’s always Rahman at the super top….