Friday, May 16, 2014

Lata Mangeshkar Accomplishes Her Dream

Readers would wonder at the ripe age of 84 years which dream can Lata Mangeshkar accomplish? From name, fame, international recognition to hoards of awards including India’s most esteemed Bharat Ratna award, Lata didi has achieved everything under the sun. However it may come as a surprise to readers that though Lata didi has sung a wide range of songs yet her dream of singing a sufi songs remained unfulfilled.

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Fortunately Lata didi’s dream was accomplished recently when her nephew Baijnath offered her to sing a sufi song in his latest album Ya Rabba released by HMV. LataMangeskar has sung two sufi songs Rabba mera haal da mehram tu… and Ranjha rawaal mange….penned by legendary Sufi poet Hazrat Shah Hussain.

Speaking about her passion for sufi music Lata did said, “I have had the pleasure of singing Meera bhajans, shloks from the Bhagwad Gita, Kabir's dohas and Surdas's poetry but alas I never got the opportunity to sing a chaste sufi song. Hence when my younger sister Meena informed me that Baiju has composed two sufi songs but is hesitant to approach me I called him and cajoled him to do the album.”

Baijnath, son of Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, reacting to Lata Mangeshkar singing to his composition said, “I had been secretly dreaming to rope in my aunty  Lata Mangeshkar to sing but did not had the courage to approach her so I told Meena aunty.” He adds, “I am obliged that Lata aunty agreed and honored me.”

Penn Masala revives Golden Era of Bollywood Music

The music video that is making waves on You Tube these days is ‘Evolution ofBollywood Music’, a video that takes you down memory lane exploring the Bollywood music from the late 40’s to the recent era. Beginning with the super hit Mond. Rafi number   Suhani Raat DhalChuki… (1949) to other hits like AwaaraHoon…Suhana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen…Rang Barse… Bumbroo… Daler Mehndi’s Tun Tunak … A.R. Rahman’s Jai Ho…


The popularity of the video is so much that within a span of one and half months the video has registered over one million viewers and with word of mouth publicity the viewership is increasing by the day. Among the celebrities who have viewed the video and praised include Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan, Playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal etc.

Inspired by American’s cappella group Pentatonix music video ‘The Evolution of Music’ is the brainchild of a capella group Penn Masala consisting of young boys. The group consists of 12 members, all students from the University Of Pennsylvania. With the exception of Sam Levenson, all the other 11 boys are Indian-Americans. They are Varshil Patel, Akshat Vaidya, Anil Chitrapu, Ashwin Muthiah, Chetan Khanna, Prashant Ramesh, Dhruv Maheshwari, Ram Narayan, Dilip Rajan, Rohan Murthy and Akiff Premjee.

From a list of about 200 total songs those were picked taking into consideration both mass popularity and musical brilliance the group worked diligently and incorporated the cream de la cream songs in to the five minute and nine second video. Interestingly in an era when the youth are crazy about pop music, the success of the video ‘Evolution of Bollywood Music,’ particularly among the youth is indeed incredible.