March 7, 2014 63 reads 0 comments
Rekha Bhardwaj, a powerhouse of musical talent, will perform at the She Rocks concert, organised here to salute the spirit of women on International Women's Day Saturday.
Rekha's mellifluous melodies are expected to add to the fervor and celebration with a live performance. She will pay a musical ode to women at St. Andrew's Auditorium in Bandra here, and she feels honoured.
"I am sure that the music and celebrations we offer on this special day will bring women from all parts of society closer," the singer, known for numbers like "Namak ishq ka" and "Ghagra", said in a statement.
She Rocks is an annual property of the Radio Mirchi Intellectual Properties Division. In its second year, the concert aims to give women an experience that makes them feel truly special.
March 5, 2014 224 reads 0 comments
Comedian Kapil Sharma, who is ready to embark on his movie career, is also set to work with the talented Shruti Haasan on a number to be composed by Sukhwinder Singh.
The track would be produced by Coke Studios.
Kapil loves music and says he would be pursuing his singing career as seriously as acting.
“We are planning something. I met Shruti on a flight. I am a huge fan of her father Kamal Haasan-ji. And as luck would have it, I was sitting right next to Shruti on a flight. We got chatting and discovered our mutual love for music and singing. We decided we’d do a song together," he said.
From an air-borne idea, the song is now heading towards a ground reality.
“I’ve always said I’d have been a professional singer if I was not entertaining audiences from the stage. Being on stage gives me a chance to do both acting and singing. I am now looking at seriously pursuing acting and singing. The two go hand-in-hand in our films," he said.
Kapil, known for TV show "Comedy Nights With Kapil", will make a film debut with Yash Raj Films' (YRF) "Bank-Chor".
March 2, 2014 434 reads 0 comments
Nadeem Saif, living in exile since 2000 after being accused of music baron Gulshan Kumar's murder, says he wants to return home.
"It has been 17 years of torture and punishment, defamation and bias," said Nadeem of the famed Nadeem-Shravan duo.
Gulshan Kumar, the founder of T-Series, was killed in 1997 and the composer was holidaying in Britain when the incident took place.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q: You have apparently asked the Indian government for an apology? Why do you think you deserve an apology?
A: The High Court of England, the House of Lords of England and the Indian Session Court have all cleared me from this false accusation... I've seen in the last 17 years of my torment that in spite of being innocent, in my opinion, under the instructions of some biased politicians, some members of the media have tried to tarnish my image and continuously hurt me by writing negative.
Q: Why do you feel you are being victimized?
A: For instance, I would like to make it clear once and for all that I had never fled to London, as it was reported in a leading newspaper. The fact is that I was on a holiday with my family as well as for my wife's medical checkup. But after the unfortunate incident, they found in me a scapegoat and fabricated a false case against me... All this has been proved over the last 17 years in all the courts of law. You asked me why I deserve an apology? I think this attitude has to change and the media must play a serious role.
Q: What have these 14 years been like for you?
A: I'd like to mention that it has been 17 years of torture and punishment, defamation and bias. Of course it has been tough, but god's mercy has made me tough towards all the injustice meted out to me by those officers who were handling the case... But as you know that when life gets tough, the tough becomes tougher and innocence has its own strength from the Almighty.
Q: Have you ever tried to convince Gulshan Kumar's family of your innocence?
A: Yes, initially I did try but, with my clear conscience, I did not feel the need to go on and on.
Q: You've been advised by some legal experts to return to India, since that is the only way you can clear your name. Why don't you return to India?
A: I would definitely want to return to India, but when I see the television and see the amount of corruption in just about every department, I feel that I would stand no chance of having an impartial judicial proceeding. The judges in my opinion are not independent of the government.
Q: Nadeem, how have you managed to keep your career going in exile? Surely it must be really tough?
A: Arabian attars, one of my very successful brands has helped me keep up. Life is tough as everybody knows whether it is in India or in exile.
Q: Have you kept in touch with your musical partner Shravan?
A: There has not been much communication between us mainly because I've been extremely busy designing for the international fragrance market.
Q: For nearly a decade you and Shravan ruled the Bollywood charts. How do you look back on your exceptional decade-long success?
A: We not only ruled the Bollywood charts for the decade but we still rule because our style of music is still appreciated. I never look back on my past laurels. I'm the kind of personality who wants to break new records and do more creative work. My life was and will be dedicated towards creative entertainment.
Q: Would you like to return and resume your career? If so, would you partner with Shravan again?
A: Yes of course, I wouldn't mind resuming my career since the demand for my music is still the same.
Q: What career are your children planning to pursue?
A: Que sera sera whatever will be, will be... Insha allah. We all try to take one day at a time.
Q: Have any of your old friends from Mumbai kept in touch with you?
A: I'm very fortunate by the grace of god that not only my friends from Mumbai, but from all over the world come to meet me and 365 days of the year, we are hosting either a lunch or a dinner.
Q: If you had to change one thing in your life what would it be?
A: I would love to fly to India and resume my work at the Sunny Studios... I hope good sense for justice prevails and the media takes up the cause of innocence and sees to it that I get justice that I have been denied for the past 17 years.
February 27, 2014 511 reads 0 comments
The Mehrangarh Fort here will host the first edition of the Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival (JFGF), a three-day music and dance extravaganza to be held March 13-15.
The three-day festival will bring the flamenco traditions as well as musicians from different Gypsy tradition to the country.
Some of the renowned Spanish artists such as Pepe Habichuela, Josemi Carmona, Chano Dominguez, Augustin Carbonel 'El Bola' and Karen Lugo are likely to be part of the event.
Helmed by the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, the fest will serve as a one-stop place for artists to collaborate, learn from each other and create soulful music.
Maharaja Gaj Singh II, managing trustee of the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, says they wish to preserve and promote the musical heritage of the gypsies in Rajasthan and present the traditions that evolved from the distant travels of those tribes centuries ago.
"JFGF will showcase a more contemporary view of desert music and dance by creating a common platform for artists to collaborate and bring forth cultures and traditions that appeal to the people world over. The festival will provide music enthusiasts with an experience that is enriching as well as enchanting," he said in a statement.
Talking about the connection between the Rajasthani folklore and the Spanish Flamenco, Cavaliere Roberto Nieddu, managing and artistic director of JFGF, said: "It is as old as the gypsies who migrated from India centuries ago.
"A cultural exchange like the JFGF promises to bring renowned talent from across the globe to explore the roots of music they excel in."
February 27, 2014 455 reads 0 comments
Singer-composer Shankar Mahadevan is on Cloud Nine as "Mujhse hogi shurvaat" by I Paid a Bribe and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy has been nominated in the best activist anthem category of Honesty Oscars 2014.
A few days before the 86th Academy Awards, campaigning and advocacy organisation ONE and Accountability Lab started unveiling the nominations for Honesty Oscars 2014, an award that honours not Hollywood films, but the creative work of activists and organisations that fight global corruption.
The awards will be handed over to those who get maximum number of votes and the winners will be announced on the night of the Oscars, March 2.
So far, three categories of Honesty Oscars have been unveiled - best visual effects, best activist in a leading role and the best activist anthem to honour original songs that have truly inspired audiences to learn about the fight against global corruption and join the movement, too.
"Our song has been nominated for the Honesty Oscar Awards! Please go to the link and vote...," Mahadevan tweeted Thursday.
The song is by the singer’s online music academy and ipaidabribe.com - a Bangalore based non-profit organisation Janaagraha's initiative to tackle corruption by harnessing the collective energy of citizens.
“Mujhse hogi shurvaat” has been sung by Mahadevan, Sukriti Kakar, Prakriti Kakar and Chetan Naik. The almost four minutes-long song has been co-composed by Soumil and Siddharth.
It is up against Liberia’s “Pot Boiling Remix” by Xpolay featuring Romeo Lee, JD Donzo, Luckay Buckay, Takun J, and Bentman tha Don; “Sheria” by Kenya’s Sarabi Band featuring Juliani; “El soor” by Egypt’s Youssra El Hawary and “Down by the riverside” by Dr and Da Green Soljas from Cameroon.