Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In memory of Dr Balamuralikrishna

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Vocalist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, playback singer, composer, character actor! The rather long list of accomplishments only begins here. Two National Film Awards from the Indian Government (1976 & 1987), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1975, Sangeetha Kalanidhi by the Madras Music Academy in 1978, Sangeetha Kalasikhamani in 1991 from the Fine Arts Society Chennai, India's second-highest civilian honour the Padma Vibhushan in 1991, Mahatma Gandhi Silver Medal from UNESCO in 1995, the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2005!!! "Oru naal podhuma..." a song in the 1965 Tamil movie Thiruvilaiyadal immortalised in his own dulcet tones serves to sum up this maestro's magical musical prowess!! Indeed a day is not enough to sing....nay, merely enlist your extraordinary mastery over music. For how could we ordinary mortals  dare to pose a challenge to the indefatigable Dr Balamuralikrishna .

Born Murali Krishna on the 6th July 1930, the musical journey began at the unbelievable age of 6! Yes, this was a life meant for music and would begin to enthrall one and all, at that tender age. Observing his interest in music, his father put him under the tutelage of Parupalli Ramakrishnayya Pantulu, a direct descendant of the shishya parampara of Tyagaraja, who ably mentored this prodigy to render a full-fledged Carnatic music concert at age 8 at the Tyagaraja Aradhana festival at Vijayawada. By the age of 14, the young lad had mastered all the 72 melakartha ragas and had composed krithis in the same. The Janaka Raga Manjari was published in 1952 and recorded as Raagaanga Ravali in a nine-volume series by the Sangeeta Recording Company. This was followed by more learnings and more concerts, both as solo musician or as the accompanist with the kanjira, mridangam, the viola and the violin. His musical journey is dotted by his spirit of experimentation and boundless creativity, while retaining the rich tradition of Carnatic music intact, He has composed the new ragas, Mahathi, Lavangi, Sidhdhi, Sumukham with only four notes while Sarva Sri, Omkaari, Ganapathy have only three notes. That's not all, he went on to innovate the tala system by incorporating "Gati Bhedam"

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He established the 'MBK Trust' with the objective of developing art and culture and for carrying out extensive research into music therapy. A dance and music school, 'Vipanchee' is a part of this Trust

This Maestro has over 400 compositions to his credit and is one of the very few people to have composed in all the 72 Melakarta Ragas and has created several ragas and also has invented a new Tala system. His compositions encompass every facet in Carnatic Music that includes Varnas, Krithis, Thillanas, Bhavageethas.

He accompanied Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Jugalbandi concerts with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Kishori Amonkar, he is also known for popularizing the compositions of Sri Bhadrachala Ramadasu and Sri Annamacharya. Apart from his native language, Telugu, his works also include ones in other languages like Kannada, Sanskrit, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, and Punjabi.

He appeared as featured soloist with an award-winning British choir, performing the "Gitanjali Suite" with words from Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel Prize-winning poetry and music by "Dr. Joel", the noted UK-based Goan composer. His clear diction in several languages prompted an invitation to record Tagore's entire Rabindra Sangeet compositions in Bengali, preserving them for posterity. He has sung in French, and even ventured into jazz fusion, collaborating with the top Carnatic percussion teacher, Sri T.H. Subash Chandran, in a concert for Malaysian royalty. In February 2010, he did a three-day concert in Visakhapatnam.

"Heroes come and go, but legends live forever" said Kobe Bryant. This legendary journey ended its mortal trail on 22nd November 2016, at his residence in Chennai.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

GROOVE to Bollywood's Top Party Songs 2016

As the New Year is just around the corner it’s time to put on your dancing shoes and get ready to welcome the dawn of New Year. No party is complete without Bollywood songs, and planning a perfect New Year party without the top Bollywood party songs is a big turn off. Year 2016 witnessed some of the top Bollywood party songs that go perfectly for any dance party making it happening and lively for all party goers. So here is the list of some sensational, high octane foot-tapping Bollywood numbers must for the list!


Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai - It’s the song of the season with Salman Khan’s naughty signature move from 'Sultan'; a typical dance number with easy and catchy step is perfect to have the ultimate bash! Shalmali Kholgade made an impact with her mesmerizing voice in this song along with Vishal Dadlani, Badshah and Ishita.

Kala Chashma - This peppy dance number is from film 'Baar Baar Dekho'. With a perfect blend of techno and Punjabi music, this Siddharth Malhotra and Katrina Kaif starrer song will set the dance floor on fire. The talented team of Neha Kakkar, Badshah and Amar Arshi infused their years of experience into this song making it undoubtedly best remix of the year 2016.

The Break Up song - With music by none other than Pritam and the voices of Arijit Singh and Badshah culminate to create the perfect party song. The super talented rising star Jonita Gandhi with her smoothing voice justifies the song perfectly in this quirky and fun dance number gives you a reason to forget all your heartbreak woes and celebrate your Breakup!

Sau Tarah Ke - Jonita Gandhi and Amit Mishra gave another chart buster song of the year have become a big hit on the party circuit. This groovy song is composed by Pritam Chakraborty who has given a wonderful music. Jacqueline Fernandez’s killer moves in this song, along with John Abraham and Varun Dawan have burnt the dance floor.

Nachange Saari Raat - Another remix party song earlier sung and composed by Taz and revamped brilliantly by Meet Bros featuring Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar. It features Pulkit Samrat and Yami Gautam dancing and sharing their love chemistry.

Jabra Fan - Titled as 'Jabra Fan Anthem', the song sung by Nakash Aziz in Hindi also has versions in 6 different languages. SRK in a very different look dancing and serenading his favourite star with a fun song. You will listen this song all through the year.

Kar Gayi Chull - Badshah, Fazilpuria, Sukriti Kakar and Neha Kakkar ignited this song with sheer talent. This is one of the best and most popular songs from 'Kapoor & Sons'. It brings out the naughtiness inside you while on dance floor.

Beat pe Booty - Sachin, Jigar, Vayu and Kanika Kapoor ultimate song "Beat Pe Booty" from 'A Flying Jatt' trended for a very long time and definitely one of the quirkiest songs of the year. The brilliant swanky moves by Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez brought the nation to standstill.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sonu Nigam pleased at 6 pack band's win at Cannes Lions

Sonu Nigam, one of India's finest singers, has over the years collaborated and sung with many musicians, and each of them have been close to him but only a few have held a special place in his heart. One such collaboration was with the 6 pack band, India's first transgender band with whom the renowned singer recorded "Rab de bande". The song became a hit overnight and received lots of love from fans and listeners.


It came as no surprise then that Sonu was extremely pleased when he received a call recently from composer-director Shamir Tondon who informed him about 6 pack band winning the coveted Cannes Grand Prix Glass lion award at the Cannes Lions Festival.

A source close to the singer says that the collaboration is one of its kind and an iconic one, "Sonu is very happy that the 6 pack band is now getting world recognition. He has always been keen on doing something for the transgender community and even wanted to start a small scale industry some years ago in order to increase employment opportunities for them. 'Rab de Bande' was an opportunity Sonu couldn't refuse and he's extremely happy that the band has won the Cannes Grand Prix Glass lion award."

Sonu also lauded the efforts of all those who made 6 pack band possible by saying that it needs a lot of courage and conviction to execute something path breaking, "It is really commendable and heartening to see that the band is doing so well at these prestigious award functions. My heartiest congratulations to the entire team that made this happen." Quiz him about another collaboration, "I would love to" he smiled and signed off.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor this time smooch on beach: 'Befikre' new poster

The kissing doesn't seem to stop. Checkout the Fourth Poster of 'Befikre' - in which Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor are rising the temperature On Cannes Beach!


Looks like director Aditya Chopra is all geared up to set the screens on fire by cooking some great chemistry between the two.

'Befikre' comes to cinema halls On 9 Dec 2016.

Anthem for Premier Futsal is out! AR Rahman and Virat Kohli rap & shake a leg

The anthem for Premier Futsal is out and you just can’t miss the Maestro AR Rahman and smart cricketer Virat Kohli together. They both are seen so comfortable and enjoying the foot tapping song titled 'Naam Hai Futsal.'


At a recent event, AR Rahman said, "I'm proud to associate with Premier Futsal for the league's official anthem. It makes me happy to see such young entrepreneurs being passionate about the sporting scenario of the country and I wish them all the success in this venture. I'm especially excited to work with Virat Kohli on this, let's hope he is as good with his melody as he is with his bat!" This is the first time that Rahman is lending his musical touch to a sports league in the country.

This Premier Futsal is a franchise game for 5-a-side football game that has been started by entrepreneurs Abhinandan Balasubramanian, Dinesh Raj and Nithyashree Subban. This league will have franchises representing Mumbai, Goa, Kochi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Delhi.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Aamir Khan gives son Azad Rao 'Eidi': Guess How Much?

With Eid being celebrated with pomp and show around the globe, how can our favourite stars be left behind? 'PK' star Aamir Khan is the highest earning Bollywood actor in the country but says that he gives his son Azad Rao an Eidi of only Rs 2. Yes! You heard it right.


On the auspicious festival, when Aamir interacted with the media he said, "Kiran and Azad are not here, they have gone to Europe because school holidays are going on of Azad. I couldn't go because of work. No special Eidi for him. I give him only Rs 2. Zyada bigaad na nahi hai (I don't want to spoil him)." Aamir also added saying, "On Eid, I meet my family and spend time with them. When I was a kid, I was interested in eidi more than Eid. But now I have to give Eidi." When asked if biryani is shared Eid with Shah Rukh and Salman, Aamir said, "Yes, sometimes we do exchange biryani, but not necessarily only when it is Eid."

On career basis, Aamir is currently shooting for 'Dangal' that will hit the screens in December.