December 5, 2013 469 reads 0 comments
Praising Sonu Nigam's versatility, ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas compared him with a legend like Kishore Kumar.
"I have seen many singers, but few are as versatile as Sonu. He reminds me of Kishoreda. His versatility is such that I don't consider him less than Kishoreda," Udhas said here at a conclave, where Sonu spoke as part of a session titled "Sonu Ki Sargam".
Kishore Kumar gave the Indian film industry songs like "O hansini", "Aa chal ke tujhe", "Pal pal dil ke paas", "Hawa ke saath saath", "Chhukar mere mann ka" and "Jahan teri yeh nazar hai".
While Sonu is known for crooning "Sandese aatey hain" and "Kal ho naa ho".
December 4, 2013 196 reads 0 comments
Technological innovations come with their pros and cons, and the Indian music industry is witnessing it all, says popular singer Sonu Nigam, who believes more singers are cropping up thanks to technology, but very few "music legends" remain.
"Earlier, singers like Lataji (Lata Mangeshkar) and Ashaji (Asha Bhosle) used to sing their songs in one take. The whole song used to be recorded from start to finish, and even if one instrument went awry, they used to start recording from the start."
"But now anyone can sing lines of the song in their voice, and you can correct each note to tune through the computer. So, anyone whose texture of voice is good, is now getting a chance to become a singer," Sonu said at the India Today Group's conclave Agenda Aaj Tak here Tuesday.
Whether this is right or wrong is not something that Sonu, a successful playback singer as well as live performer, wants to comment on.
"I am no one to take a stand. Every new technology has its plus and minus points. But all I can say is that when people like Suresh Wadkar and Hariharan or Talat Aziz and Pankaj Udhas come anywhere, we still stand in respect for them because they are legendary. Legends are real singers, and they are only few."
"What technology does is make 'doodh ka doodh and paani ka paani' (separating milk from water) about who can sing and who can't, but what it is also doing is giving the industry many singers," he added.
December 4, 2013 658 reads 0 comments
Versatile singer Sonu Nigam, who has anchored as well as judged quite a few music reality shows on the small screen, says platforms such as these have reduced hardships faced by aspirants in the country's entertainment capital.
Recalling his early days in Mumbai, Sonu said here Tuesday at the India Today Group's conclave Agenda Aaj Tak: "When we came to Mumbai, we used to worry about money for our living. We used to stand for hours outside composers' homes and offices in search of work."
Reality shows, he said, have changed that scenario to some extent.
"People don't have to struggle as much. They come here, try to get into reality shows, build contacts and they get to do some shows, which gives them Rs.15,000 to Rs.20,000 a night. That keeps them happy and busy. So it's not a hand-to-mouth situation for them anymore," said Sonu, who was the host of "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" in the 1990s.
He has since, judged some new seasons of the same show. He has also been part of others like "Kisme Kitna Hai Dum", "Indian Idol", "X Factor India" and more.
However, Sonu, known for songs like "Sandese aate hain", "Yeh dil deewana", "Panchhi nadiya" and "Kal ho naa ho", believes real talent is not dependent on reality shows.
"Whoever has to emerge as a big name, will do so whether or not he or she gets a reality show," Sonu said and cited the example of names like Kunal Ganjawala and Shekhar Ravijiani, who lost reality shows but managed to carve a niche for themselves.
December 3, 2013 511 reads 0 comments
Singer-actress Monica Dogra turns curator for the first edition of a boutique luxury music festival called Magnetic Fields. She says the fest will be "dream-like".
Midival Punditz, Kutle Khan, Blot, The Bicycle Days and Kohra are some of the performing artists who will set the mood with their performances at the musical event.
"Being a part of the Magnetic Fields family allows me to be a part of creating one of the most extraordinarily dream-like festivals," Monica said in a statement Tuesday.
The festival is scheduled to be held Dec 13-15 at Alsisar Mahal, some four hours' drive away from Delhi, in Rajasthan.
Monica, a popular independent artist and singer of Bollywood track "Dooriyan bhi hai zaroori", is closely working with the team looking at the minutest details of the creativity involved in putting the event together.
"Every aspect of this festival is designed and curated - from the palace that will house it, to the cutlery and glasses, to the Bedouin tents hosting late evenings of open mics, talks on meditation and the future of Indian independent culture," added Monica.
December 3, 2013 609 reads 0 comments
If you enjoy tango, it's time to put on your dancing shoes as the capital is set to host the third edition of New Delhi International Tango Festival, starting Dec 5.
Hosted by 2ToTango, one of the country's largest and most professional tango dance school, the four-day dance gala will see artists from different parts of the world showcasing different style of tango.
Over the last two years, the festival has hosted artistes from Argentina, the US and Australia.
And this year the fest will see two dance experts from Portugal - Alexandra Baldaque and Fernando Jorge, said Rakesh Borar, director of 2ToTango.
Tango is a partner dance and this time dance lovers will get an opportunity to try different themes every night. Various types of orchestras will cover all cycles of the tango era, starting from the Guardia Vieja (Old Guard) to the different facets of the golden age (Early, Rhythmic, Lyrical and Dramatic).
The opening gala is scheduled at Kitty Su at Hotel Lalit, while the finale will be at Capitol, Hotel Ashok.
On the other days, the event will happen at different locations in the capital.