Tollywood's new composers!
7/1/2010 6:34:59 AM
Dey, ex-Fossils keyboardist
new composers make their Tollywood debut Taking a big leap, Rupam Islam
already expressed his love for the City of Joy in Suman Mukhopadhyay’s
That Gaurab aka Gabu is all set to leave a
mark, big enough, with Bappaditya Bandopadhyay’s Kagojer Bou has also
taken up reams of paper. But the musical journey from Bangla bands to
doesn’t end with Rupam, Gabu and Surajit (who had debuted early this
with Handa Bhonda). With four more musicians debuting in Tollywood, it’s
certainly a high-voltage affair.
Sanjay and Malabika of Brahma Khyapa
have been roped in by Aniket Chattopadhyay for the theme song of his
screen venture. The duo’s relationship with the director goes back a
way. “We were in talks with Aniketda for a film, but before that could
happen, he approached us for this film. He was looking for a perfect
and I entrusted Malabika with the responsibility. Aniketda listened to
song, Na bujhe mojona pirite and zeroed in on it,” says Sanjay, who
it’s important to breathe fresh life into Tollywood music. “Film
music in Bengal has reached a saturation point and in the name of good
times, what one gets is a copy of clichéd music. We want to consciously
break away from the mould,” he adds.
While Brahma Khyapa would
rather be whimsical than go with the flow, attempting a different sound
Kausiq of Prithibi. The vocalist is debuting in Tollywood with two films
Sudipto Acharya’s Helpline and Kamalesh Kunti Singh’s Sharey Chaar.
The singer-turned-composer has worked with fresh voices, Rohan, Shabnam
Arnab in Helpline, while Sharey Chaar has singers Sidhu, Madhurima,
Soumya exercising their vocal chords. “Souvik and Srirup have assisted
Both the films will have new-age music, which is a blend of Indian
rock,” says Kausiq. The singer, who is debuting with parallel films,
there’s a positive side to it. “It’s the same rhythm, same
chord in commercial film music. Working in parallel films has given me
opportunity to be more experimental. I want to make songs that talk
time, where the feel is contemporary, the kind of music
Amit Trivedi are doing in Bollywood,” he adds.
keyboardist of Insomnia and Crystal Grass, who has done the music for
Dasgupta’s Purple Haze, also has a definite purpose in mind —
bridging the urban-rural divide. “There’s either music to woo the
rural audiences or that which only caters to the urban populace. I want
bridge this gap,” he says. The offer that had initially come to Crystal
Grass, an English band, finally went to Souvik by a consensus reached by
band members. Out of the five tracks of Purple Haze, there’s one item
number, one slow track, one electronic number and two Blues songs.
most of the debutant composers are
eyeing parallel films as perfect
launchpads, Indrajit Dey chooses to march to a different beat. His
Suvrakanti Chakravarty’s Sudhu Cheyechhi Tomaye is an out-and-out
commercial venture. While Rupam, Rooprekha, Somlata and Chhote Miyan
already sung for this film, recording with Kunal Ganjawala and Shaan are
in July. Indrajit, ex-Fossils keyboardist, who has assisted Rupam in
Mahanagar@Kolkata, says, “I’ve tried to mix rock fusion with the
base of Indian classical melody. In this film, I want to explore two
dynamics of music — Indian classical and Western rock. All the tracks
hip hop and rock with a qawwali twist.” Ask him about a change that he
wants to bring in Tollywood music and the composer says, “In comparison
Bollywood, we don’t get to listen to too many groovy numbers here. I
to bring that new-age Bollywood groove in Kolkata.” When it comes to
ambition, the young talents are never out of tune.
I'm not dying to work in Mumbai: Jayati
7/1/2010 6:36:01 AM
Jayati Chakraborty, whose Sokhi bhabona... from Ekti Taraar Khonje has
reviews, is not dying to work in
Do you belong to a
I started learning music when I was five. While my
father used to play the mouth organ, my mother used to pursue music. She
to one of the distinguished families of Kolkata. My grandfather was
Mukherjee and I still have a 250-year-old Jagadhatri Puja at our
uncle’s house near Wellington. At five, I started learning music from
Supriya Ghosh. Then, I went to learn from Sanatan Bandopadhyay,
Mukhopadhyay, Subhankar Bandopadhyay, Jatileswar Mukhopadhyay and Biman
Mukhopadhyay. Right now, I learn Rabindra Sangeet from Subhas Chowdhury,
from Sanatan Bandopadhyay and get voice training from
When you are learning
from Pt Ajoy Chakraborty, aren’t you tempted to learn Khayal from him
Guruji (Pt Ajoy Chakraborty) actually teaches me the technical
aspects of music. Right now, I’m not in that stage in my career where I
can devote myself completely to learning just
Though you got married after
the release of your debut album, how did you manage to maintain a
between career and family?
From 2002 onwards, I’ve cut a
variety of albums such as Durer Pari, Kagojer Nouko, Tomaro Ashime, E
Akasher Nir, Megher Badi, Smaran and Ke Jabi. Credit for this has to go
primarily to my love for music. Besides, I have a supporting family.
finally, I believe in God and
Your rendition of Sokhi
bhabona kahare bole in Ekti Taraar Khonje has been widely appreciated.
you manage this, considering that not all Tagore songs used in movies
kind of reception?
Here, I must mention the contribution of composer
Prabuddha Banerjee. I had worked with him for serials. I’ve often sung
this song (with khol accompaniment) at concerts. He showed me how to
pattern/style of my singing to suit the film’s requirements. I
didn’t sing it in the quintessential Rabindrik style though I did stick
the original notation. Initially, I didn’t even know that Arpita would
lip-syncing to it on-screen! Incidentally, Arpita and I have learnt
together from Sambhunath Mukhopahdyay! Arpita is an extremely talented
Are you saying this as a biased
friend or as a professional?
I’m being strictly professional.
She had won the first prize at the Dover Lane Music competition for both
Ragpradhan and Bhajan categories in the same year. As a child, we had
competed together at talent hunts. While she would be at No. 4, I would
No. 15. She was multi-talented. I wish she takes up singing
You’ve also sung Deke
Jae for Jodi Ekdin. Was there any pressure that Anindya would be singing
male version of the same song?
No. I share a great rapport with
JE’s composer, Joy Sarkar. When I sing, I only aim at pleasing my
composer. I don’t worry about who co-artistes are or which city they are
A lot of comparisons are made
between you and Subhamita...
Why should I be compared to
Subhamitadi? We had started off together and somewhere her songs from
albums became very popular. Subhamitadi’s singing ability is greater
mine. Her Dekhechho ki taake is a milestone. That apart, I love her
na aager moton and Jebhabei tumi sokal dekho. At shows, I’ve heard her
sing Amader janlar phank diye... I wish she records it someday. Today,
are happy with my songs in films and Tagore-oriented albums. But that
doesn’t mean I’m trying to take Subhamitadi’s place or
competing with her.
future of basic albums?
Today, the scenario is such that no company
can claim that albums aren’t selling well now but will sell better in
coming weeks. However, Bengali cinema has also gone through such a low.
films are giving exposure to composers/singers of basic albums. We need
time to our composers to reach a stage where they will have a say and be
insist on using more local talents to sing in
Any plans of working in Hindi
I am not dying to work in Mumbai. I’m content with my
career here and am waiting for the release of my songs in Bedeni,
The countdown begins
7/1/2010 6:36:56 AM
you’ve always dreamt of screaming fans, big stages, large audiences and
your very own music video, Supastars is the place to be. The auditions
India’s first ever reality-based pop band hunt, is going on in full
with numerous entries coming in. This being the last ten odd-days,
entry closes, the excitement and adrenaline rush is all around – be it
contestants or the mentors. Taz, of Stereo Nation, says, “Supastars is a
great platform for any new and upcoming artiste/ band. I feel the sheer
that will be showcased here will be very exciting. I’m sure it would be
thrilling from here on.”
Leslie Lewis, who is often credited
with starting the pop culture in the India with Pari Hoon Main in the
the same, “Supastars will be a huge opportunity for all the young bands
get the best in terms of guidance and recognition” Advising the hopeful
participants to hurry up with uploading their compositions on
http://supastars.indiatimes.com Palash Sen of Euphoria says, “Though ten
days may sound a little premature as a ‘countdown’ idea, the fact is
that the procedure for application does take time, as the band needs to
perform, record and send an original pop composition. So, the ones who
in the ‘thinking mode’ should pull up their socks and start the
process now. If they don’t, it is unlikely they will be able to get in
entries by the last date!”
To participate, all the bands need
to do is send in samplers/ demo CD with their original composition to
Music office, 8th floor, Times Tower, Banhem Estate & IT Parks Ltd.
City, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai. The winner will get a
produced album and a music video by Times Music.
needs music beyond film music. Though earlier too people have tried to
bands through reality shows, seldom have they turned into hit pop bands.
problem in India is that we try to categorise music all the time. This
not be the case. Music is music at the end of the day, why classify it?”
asks Palash, whose band Euphoria has enjoyed a huge fan following for
Leslie and Taz on the other hand feel that there is a
greater need to focus
more on lyrics and song quality. Leslie says,
“A good song is what makes a good band. Bands in India don’t give
that much importance to the lyrics. A band should write its own songs
its own songs. This as a concept has not caught on in India. ”
“To establish a connect with the audience, and to have an
international yet Indian feel, a band needs to have good star quality
presentation. But more importantly, original pop songs of an
are needed. Copycat emulations are not good enough. Other than that, my
is – Be yourself,” says Taz, who has hits like Oh Carol and Pyaar Ho
Gaya to his credit.
Palash too had an advice for the contestants. He
says, “The only way to reach the top and sustain is through talent. In
end, beyond the hype, it is only talent that shows. So, I would suggest,
music from your heart and don’t think about the hype and glamour aspect
it. You will rock if your music rocks. Just play music for the sake of
DJ Ashley's in love with Kolkata
7/1/2010 6:37:48 AM
Ashley Wallbridge with Anshul
Ashley Wallbridge talks about music and
This is your first
trip to Kolkata...
Yes, very much. I’ve been to India twice
before, but this is my first time in Kolkata. Needless to say, I’m
Did you find time to look around
Not at all. Kolkata is extremely hot. I had always come to
India during winters, so I didn’t realise that the weather could be so
unfavourable. But even if the weather is so unfriendly, the people
They are very warm and loving.
what is that you’ve brought for the city, musicwise?
brought a good lot of progressive music with a
How is the party scene in the
It’s pretty happening. Trance and progressive are very
much in demand. In between, for a year or so, nothing major was
terms of events. Party animals were left heartbroken. But all that was
of recession. Now things are again looking up.
Do you think Kolkata, with a long
nightlife, is at par with UK when it comes to the party scene?
are different, I would say. What party animals are looking for in both
places are different and so is the way they party. But, the music scene
Kolkata is truly rocking.
get to meet your counterparts in the city?
Last time, when I had
come to India, I got a chance to meet quite a few DJs from the country.
time around, there was no time.
Never say die!
7/12/2010 6:39:28 AM
stories of DJ Tiesto’s death in an accident were untrue. However, hoaxes
of musician’s deaths are not new, finds Reagan Gavin Rasquinha. Here are
some of the more famous cases
Fans of the very popular DJ
Tiësto got a shock last week when stories of his premature death in an
automobile accident in California hit the Internet. This however proved
untrue when Tiesto himself tweeted that he was alive and well. Later,
jokingly added: “Somebody told me that if somebody says your dead and
it’s not true then you are gonna (sic) live a very long life... So happy
with that news!” This one is just the latest in a line of celebrity
hoaxes — stories doing the rounds that claim a musician is dead when he
she is actually very much alive.
Take for instance, the case of
iconic Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. As Keith Richards once commented
saying that Kurt ‘always had a death wish’, towards the end of his
life, Cobain was a walking time bomb. During the band’s Italian leg of
their European tour, Cobain overdosed on some pills and went into a
coma. He was
then rushed into hospital but remained very much alive even though a
news channel reported that he had died in March 1994. Although a month
April, he did tragically pass away. An act which brought about the end
Car accidents seem to be the mode of choice for premature
appointments with the Pearly Gates. As in the case of Miley Cyrus. On
5, 2008, a false article published in a news wire service spread around
claiming that Miley Cyrus had died in a terrible car accident. This
which was also reported by a Hollywood paparazzi website, was quickly
as Miley performed in concert the following Friday. A similar incident
place on November 16, 2008, when someone hacked into Cyrus’ video
account and posted a video stating she died after being hit by a drunk
Although this second hoax has got more to do with a disgruntled person
much time on his hands, than anything else.
‘Paul Is Dead’ hoax is without doubt the most famous of them all.
Started way back in 1966, four years before the Beatles split, the
proclaimed dead (in a car crash) in by a caller to radio DJ Russ Gibb’s
show on WKNR-FM Detroit. A few days later, New York DJ Roby Yonge was
discussing McCartney’s possible death on a late-night show. Hundreds of
supposed clues to McCartney’s death were reported by fans and followers
the legend; they include messages perceived when listening to a song
played backwards, and symbolic interpretations of both lyrics and album
The most commonly cited examples are the belief that the
words spoken by John Lennon in the final section of the song ‘Strawberry
Fields Forever’ are “I buried Paul” although Lennon and
McCartney each later said that the words spoken are actually “Cranberry
sauce” and the belief that the Abbey Road album cover symbolises a
procession (Lennon is shown dressed all in white, supposedly like a
Ringo Starr in a black suit, like an undertaker; George Harrison in blue
supposedly symbolising a gravedigger; and McCartney is dressed in a blue
without shoes, and is walking out of step with the other Beatles as,
a corpse would). Both Lennon and McCartney subsequently referred to the
in their music.
Lennon called the rumor-mongers “freaks”
in his 1971 song ‘How Do You Sleep?’ McCartney with the title and
cover of his 1993 live album Paul Is Live neatly parodying both the
cover and its ‘hidden clues’.
You’d never have
thought this, but Lou Reed too was pronounced dead by numerous US radio
in 2001, caused by a hoax email which said he had died of an overdose.
Kiss bandmember Ace Frehley’s suicide began to circulate around the
Internet on Friday, February 23, 2007. The rumor stated that Frehley
suicide by taking pills, and was reported dead at 2am. Frehley himself
by saying, “I don’t know how this ridiculous rumor got
Overdoses and car crashes seem the be the recurring theme
here. But most ironically, Jimi Hendrix’s stepsister Janie Hendrix
to believe her brother had passed away on the day he died — because the
family had been targeted by a death hoax just a month earlier. When a
broke the news that the superstar had died on 18 September 1970. She
believe her friend’s claims, and rushed home for reassurance — but
was left devastated to learn the news was true. Hendrix was 27 when he
away in flat he had rented out from Ringo Starr in Montagu Square,
Barot, Rahman magic at CWG!
7/12/2010 6:40:26 AM
more than just sports to look forward to at the upcoming Commonwealth
scheduled to take place between October 3-14 in Delhi. Some of India’s
best musicians will lend their magic to the multi-national, multi-sport
Composer-musician Ranjit Barot has been appointed as the
music director of the Games while A R Rahman has been commissioned to
the theme song or the official anthem. As music director, Barot will be
on all segments of the event, including the opening and closing
along with Rahman, Taufiq Qureshi, Hariharan and other musicians. “There
are a number of cultural segments involved in the Commonwealth Games, so
is plenty of scope for varied styles. However, since the Games will be
India this time, the underlying feel will be quintessentially Indian. We
tried to capture the essence of ancient and contemporary India through
music. It is a challenging and hugely satisfying experience,” says
Ladakh Confluence called off
7/12/2010 6:41:23 AM
Nakamura, founder of the Shanti Stupa in Leh, showing his skills, in
news hits music lovers who were planning to shuttle off to the
faraway Ladakh for the Ladakh Confluence 2010 as the festival was
yesterday. Confluence 2010, was the second edition of the annual four
festival, and was scheduled to begin next Thursday.
organisers of the event, mostly urban professionals, apologised on their
and also on a social networking website, saying, “We have run into
opposition from two local bodies – the All Ladakh Tour Operators
Association and the Ladakh Buddhist Association which is led by the same
individual.Over the past few days, threats of physical violence have
against the organisers
Yesterday, the tourism minister, Mr Rigzen Jora bowed down to pressure
The announcement was met with disappointment
from people who had already booked tickets for the event, which also
local art and food. The tickets range from Rs 1,500 to Rs 5,000, and
to the organisers, the refund wouldn’t be immediate. However, many have
already signed an online petition to the J&K government asking for a
reimbursement. The local bodies who are against the Confluence are
festival on the ground of ‘drugs, western culture and rocking
music’. The Confluence in 2009, witnessed many youngsters smoking up,
a lack of a security check, even with the presence of J&K CM Omar
at the event.
I adore AR Rehman: Mohit
7/12/2010 6:42:13 AM
catches up with Mohit Chauhan, whose smooth voice has cast a spell on
and fans alike
What is your
latest album - Fitoor all about?
Fitoor is my first solo album after
Silk Route. The album chronicles the experiences of my life, my travels,
physical and mental experiences. The album comprises of ten
compositions, all of
which are expressions, a collage of my experiences in life so far.
What are you currently working on?
Playback singing or solo albums?
I’m working on both. I have
recorded songs for some upcoming movies including, like Once upon a time
Mumbai, Lafangey Parindey, a Deepti Naval film titled Do Paise Ki Dhoop
Chaar Aane ki Baarish. I have also started working on my next album. I
started working on it as soon as I wrapped my latest solo album –
But, it’s too early to talk about it.
Where do you get the inspiration
for your songs?
Honestly speaking, there is no one particular genre
of music I listen to. I don’t listen to too much music, and I’m not
really into looking out for who is singing what. I just listen to
pleases my ears, and lyrics which connects to my heart. Coming to
seek inspiration from nature, life, and folk music. I’m basically a
nature’s guy. I was born and brought up in Nahan, Himachal Pradesh,
the lap of nature, and that is what I turn to when seeking inspiration
Your solo albums are
infused with Sufi-rock style of music. While for the movies like Veer,
a shift towards the romantic. Is there a specific reason as to why music
directors give you only romantic numbers to sing?
really like that. Most of the songs that I’ve sung are romantic because
romantic songs tend to flow into the storyline of Bollywood films. But
I’ve also sung Khoon Chala for Rang De Basanti and Masakalli for Delhi-6
which are not the quintessential romantic songs.
You were recently felicitated with
three awards this year for the songs Masakali from Delhi-6 and Yeh
Love Aaj Kal. Have you set any target for this year?
always feels nice to be awarded. It’s nice to know that people
your work. But I haven’t set any targets as such. If awards happen, then
it’s beautiful. Ironically, my band Silk Route was awarded the best
best debut and best video for Dooba Dooba in 1998, at the Channel [V]
Awards. Sadly, no other award followed after that. It’s a sad thing that
today Indian music channels have become a base for airing reality shows
sitcoms, rather than music.
were a judge at Music Ka Maha Muqabla. Do you think such reality shows
bringing forward new talent?
Yes. The people who come on these
reality shows are from small villages who won’t get noticed otherwise.
There is a lot of talent hidden in our country which is not
it’s a good thing if these talent shows help you to get noticed. But
there is as much that these shows can do. At the end of the day, it
the person’s talent, originality, dedication to music, and commitment
which will take the singer forward. It is up to the contestants to use
opportunity given to them in the best possible manner.
Who are your favourite
I’m a great fan of Kishore Kumar, RD Burman, SD
Burman, and the likes. Among contemporary artists, I adore AR