Monday, November 25, 2013

Adnan Sami - The Man Par Excellence

Did the album 'Tera Chehra' released in 2002 appeal to you? Here is more about the man behind the album - Adnan Sami.

A prodigy in music, his tender fingers could play the piano like a professional when he was just 7. For those who didn't know, Adnan Sami is the fastest keyboard player in the world.

The man who always loved reinventing, gave a new approach to classical music. His 'Live in Karachi' along with Zakir Hussain made him known in the circles. Moving further, Adnan being a very talented pianist, singer, composer took is musical journey to new levels leaving no stone unturned in the plethora that 'Music' offers.  His stints with stalwarts like Asha Bhonsle laid his stepping stones in the Bollywood industry.

His "Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein", a song from the album 'Always Yours' captured many music-listening ears and turned out to be the best humming tune for 'those just out of love'. 'Kabhi Nahin' from the same album stole the limelight with Big B making an entry in the album too. Moreover, the album became a big hit as Sami had roped in the best Bollywood heroines for each of the song ranging from Rani Mukherjee to Mahima Chaudhry to Raveena Tandon.

The Musician went on to work on many albums after the hit in 2002. "Kabhi to Nazar Aao" and "Teri Kasam" were released in 2003 and 2004 respectively. This year, Adnan Sami in fact released an album titled 'Press Play' with over 11 tracks.

Although a very disastrous personal life (marriage failure), Sami turned out to be a hero for many after his tremendous weight loss. His 'exceptional' thin version called many directors' attention and thus acting offers to started pouring in for Sami. The singer although chose not to accept all the offers except for one directed by Bela Sehgal. The music director/composer has worked for over ten films including Chance Pe Dance released a couple of years back (2010). A talented man that he is, his exploration for music knows no bounds and one can even say that he has ventured into all the branches/scope that a single note (of a song) can offer.

The Man behind Kolaveri - Anirudh Ravichander

His first song "Why this Kolaveri" reached over 1 crore views in just 1 week on YouTube which by itself is a massive record. Turning out to be one of the most searched songs, the term 'Kolaveri' has even made its mark as the latest trend word.

Apart from the proletarian, peculiar yet fun "Tanglish" lyrics, what sets the song apart from other such released tracks is its catchy tune. The man behind it, Anirudh Ravichander has blossomed as a music director after the virility of "Kolaveri". Not confined only to the Kollywood industry, the music director has now moved on to test the waters in Bollywood and Tollywood as well. Well with Muni 3 waiting to hit the theatres next year, we will know whether his songs managed to weave a magic around it, enough to appeal to the Telugu film industry/ audience.

Anirudh further went on a success spree for his tracks for the movie "Ethir Neechal" which was widely accepted by many. The song "Ethir Neechal adi" set many people humming the tune not failing to instil a spirit of motivation for all listeners. Basking in the glory of Ethir Neechal, Anirudh was roped in compose one song 'Kanave Kanave' for the Tamil version of the movie 'David'.

Recently, we could tap our feet for his swaying compositions for "Vanakkam Chennai". "Chennai city gangsta" stole all the attention ofcourse and yet again Anirudh was well appreciated for his efforts. One could say that the young music director has surely given us a hatrick hit.With  Selva's magnum opus Irandaam ulagam set to hit the screens,Anirudh is excited as he has worked on three tracks for the movie as a part of the Background music. He has also lent his voice for one of the tracks is what we hear.

Well, there is more in store for Anirudh this year with 'Maan Karate' scheduled for release this year end . Until the movie releases, let us now tune in and listen to some of the young music director's hits.

Foreign Singers in India

Hasn't our Indian music industry opened its ears to international sound? In the last few years, India has seen a lot of coalition with International artists for various soundtracks.

Rewinding a little bit to history, we understand that the development of foreign singers singing Indian numbers had started with great singers like Ghulam Ali who accepted to sing in Nikaah. Mehndi Haasan on the other hand ruled the 'Ghazal' scenario in India for a long time until Indian origin singers like Jagjit Singh, and Chandan Das made an entry. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, another foreign entry to the Indian industry made a landmark with sensational songs like 'Aur Pyar Ho Gaya', 'Bandit Queen' ,'Dhadkan' etc.

Samantha Fox, the English pop singer was invited to India by Bappi Lahiri to sing for the movie Rock Dancer which had Govinda acting in it. One song which caught the attention of many was Tata Young's voice in 'Dhoom Machale' for the movie Dhoom which released in 2004.

When Akon landed in India to record for the blockbuster hit 'Chamak Chalo' from Ra.One The song which set many legs shaking a beat can be considered as a turning point for foreign singers in India. The continuously emerging global market of India has emerged as a platform for many singers to experiment as well. None can forget 'I wanna Chiggy Wiggy with ya' by Kylie Minogue for the movie Blue composed by our own Mozart of Madras, A.R.Rahman.

Snoop Dogg's feat with Akshay Kumar in the movie Singh is King caught the attention of many as well. The trend continues for Punjabi songs too and recently singer Canada girl Nindy Kaur has signed up for projects with the Bollywood industry with a 'Punjabi' tune attached to it. Blockbuster hit movie - Band Baaja Baraat exposed yet another foreign singer Natalie Di Lucio who sang 'Adha Ishq' along with Shreya Ghoshal. The trend which was set years ago still continues with Milli Moonstone, a London singer/musician roped in last year for a Bollywood Project - a supernatural film.

Recollecting Reshma, the Nightingale of the Desert

Popularly known as the 'Nightingale of the Desert', Reshma was best known for her distinguishing rendition of Punjabi Folk songs. Her death earlier this month, due to throat cancer has shocked her fans. Hailing from Bikaner, Rajasthan, Reshma was born in the year 1947. Diagnosed with the disease, she was under treatment for many years now. She is survived by son Umair and daughter Khadija.

The ace singer was spotted at a tender age of 12 while singing at Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine , a sufi saint, by a former Radio producer and made her record a song 'Laal Meri' on state-run Pakistan Radio. With her successful rendition of the sparkling 'Dama Dam Mast Qalandar', a traditional song praising a Sufi mystic, spiritual song encompassing the emotion of a pious euphoria, she became widely known in many local circles. A big break came towards her way in 1983 as she made her debut in the Bollywood industry with "Lambi Judaai". Some of her other famous tracks that take account as hits are 'Hai O Rabba nahion lagda dil mera' and  'Ankhiyan no rehen de ankhyan de kol kol'.

The singer, who had an enormous fan following for her mesmerizing husky voice was awarded several national awards during her soaring career. She won prestigious awards including 'Sitara-i-Imtiaz' and 'Legends Of Pakistan' which in fact was bestowed on her by the President of Pakistan. The successful singer was one of those honoured by then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi to meet her in person. Few years back, in 2005 Reshma released her final album titled "The Nomad".

The lady stands immortal as an inspiration for many. During her stint, she did her best to popularize 'folk' music. The Indian and the Pakistani music industry will surely miss the star singer.