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Top 10 Bollywood songs of 2013   Leave a comment

2013 has been a fruitful year at the box office, also the year marked completion of 100 years of Bollywood. Terrific advancements have happened at the technical end however, the core concepts (Story, Screenplay, Dialogues) still needs a major revamp. From Music perspective, 2013 was absolutely great. Notable point was, most of the music directors affixed to the principle of integrating fusion of native ensemble and percussion’s. In simple words, they were just being authentic, desi and have brought a new dimension with their unconventional musical renderings (esp Amit Trivedi in Kai Po che!). Playback Singing; I’ve hardly noticed any flaws because as always there’s truck loads of talents in Bollywood, there’s never been shortage and never will be!

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This post is an attempt to recollect those numbers which made an impact also that which remained for a longer duration on my exclusive bollywood playlist.

10.  Ambarsariya of Sona Mohapatra – Fukrey (Ram Sampath)
Eclectic, Rustic, Organic – Ambarsariya (hailing from Amritsar) is the most simplistic composition of the album . Sona Mohapatra with her grandiose vocals has sung beautifully.

9. Tu hi tu of Ayushmann Khurrana – Nautanki Saala (Mikey McCleary)
Another gem from Ayushmann Khurrana, Tu hi tu (Mikey McCleary’s original composition) is an intense passionate love song which has amazing lyrics.

8. Murabba of Amit Trivedi, Kavita Seth – Bombay Talkies (Amit Trivedi)
2013 has been a glorious year for Amit Trivedi and Amitab Bhattacharya, Trivdei for his diverse compositions and Amitab for his elegant poetry and here, Murabba metaphorically pays tribute to Life – Kal se zyaadaa, aaj tar lagtaa hai… Kal phir khaana behtar lagtaa hai… Le, chakh le yeh murabba

7. Ajnabi of Zebunissa Bangash – Madras Cafe (Shantanu Moitra)
Written and sung by Pakistani singer Zebunissa Bangash, Ajnabi is insanely soothing, with only plain guitar strumming in the backdrop Zeb has sung this number harmoniously.

6. Zinda of Siddharth Mahadevan – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy)
With energetic guitar riffs Zinda is a perfect tribute to the glorious, soaring spirit of Milkha Singh.

5. Kaise Bataaoon of K K, Sonal Chauhan – 3G (Mithoon)
After a magical intro, KK simply dazzles and delivers yet another outstanding performance. Sonal in her debut does justice.

4. Manjha of Amit Trivedi , Mohan Kanan – Kai Po Che (Amit Trivedi)
Penned by Swanand Kirkire , Manjha definitely the best lyrics of the lot, rendered by Mr Trivedi himself, the song elevates the spirit and simply does what it pronounces – Suljha lenge uljhe rishton ka manjha!

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3. Titli of Gopi Sunder, Chinmayi Sripada – Chennai Express (Vishal-Shekhar)
From Oru Deivam Thanta Poove Chinmayi has come a long way, Titli is one of the finest compositions of vishal-shekar and the number is the highlight of yet another successful album from the duo.

2. Badtameez Dil of Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares – Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (Pritam Chakraborty)
Pritam should’ve won flimfare for best music for YJHD because the album was pleasant, diverse; Badtammez Dil is a prime example. The glitz incorporated into the song was brilliant, the dancing moves – choreographed by Remo D’Souza plus Deepika Padukone in a royal blue saree getting drenched in the champagne, pfff! Haaawt

1. ‘Tum Hi Ho’ of Arijit Singh – Aashiqui 2 (Jeet Ganguly , Mithoon, Ankit Tiwari)
Becoming a rage amongst the youth; Arijit Singh’s – Tum Hi Ho is the clear winner this time, a soulful performance which clearly stands tall above the rest.

References:
List of Bollywood films of 2013

Posted 30/01/2014 by 6thstation in Bollywood Music

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Indian Idol Jr – Epitome of versatility   Leave a comment

Chet Baker’s – My Funny Valentine vs Md’ Rafi’s –  Abhi na jao chodkar, Mariah Carey’s – hero vs Shreya Goshal’s Munbe vaa, so what’s with the comparison ? Which genre of music fits me? After years of much reflection it all boils down to the genre of – anything but soulful, Music which maintains moderation yet that takes you to the mysterious center. Surprisingly, for me Bollywood music tops the list because of its style, thematic structuring, its modulations of tone and rhythm and voice – musical patterning in a metaphorical sense – all of which are called upon to invest plot with some of the inexorability and necessity that in pre-modern literature derived from the substratum of myth.

Basically, Bollywood music works as part of the process that transmits narrative information to the spectator, it functions as a narrative agent. Mood, emotion, characterization, point of view, even the action itself are constructed in film in a complex, visual and aural interaction in which music is an important component.

In the Hindi film, ‘scopophilia, catered for through strategies of overt spectacle and display’, and the pleasures of music, the starts , fights, dialogues, comic interludes and so on, take ‘priority over epistemophilia. With songs, the melodramatic mode and spectacular visual styles of picturization make songs appear to be items that are independently composed, although these characteristics contribute to the overall narrative meaning or effect. However, at least with the songs and the lyrics, there is a great deal that integrates individual song production with Hindi films.

The examples of how details of the situation , drama , emotion , character, location , action and cinematography affect songs demonstrates the level of integration between songs and the  narratives of their parent films.

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I just adore the songs because, amidst its complexity simple patterns emerge, “The songs have become a ubiquitous part of modern India. They have become the music of public space in India, being heard from open windows in people’s homes, on buses, and in bazaars. They are sung and danced to by millions of people in range of formal and informal contexts, and have been appropriated in many folk genres. Unlike western rock or pop music, film song as a whole has fans in all sectors of Indian society”
This is precisely why i like Bollywood music because its not rocket science and caters to a common man whims.

There is no substitute to proper singing” says Shreya Ghoshal and her favorite composer Rahaman too pronounces the same “It’s not the instrument. It’s how it translates from an artiste. I love the voice – it’s the most perfect instrument ever heard.” So in an endeavor to find young talents Sony India came up with an idea to extend the Indian Idol brand to Indian Idol Junior; to have young kids as the participants, equivalent to SaReGaMaPa Li’l Champs, to adjudge winner, Vishal Dadlani, Shekhar Ravjiani and Shreya Ghoshal were selected as judges. I rarely watch reality shows, however being a magnanimous Shreya fan, I just did not want to miss this, Plus all in all, the show was fashioned by FremantleMedia and the promos itself looked super-promising! (Indian Idol Junior Launch Promo – DDLJ) :D

After auditioning in four cities, 11 contestants (aged between 5 – 15 years) were selected from various parts of the country:

    • Akash Sharma, 13, Mahendragarh, Harayana
    • Anjana Padmanabhan, 11, Bengaluru, Karnataka
    • Anmol Jaswal, 14, Jammu Tawi, Jammu and Kashmir
    • Aryan Das, 11, Cuttack, Odissa
    • Debanjana Karmakar, 14, Kolkata, West Bengal
    • Eman Chaudhary, 15, Guwahati, Assam
    • Nirvesh Dave, 15, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
    • Priyam Borpatragohain, 14, Sivasagar ,Assam
    • Sugandha Date, 8, Nagpur, Maharashtra
    • Sonakshi Kar, 10, Kolkata, West Bengal
    • Sankalp Yaduwanshi, 12, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh

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Out of 11 contestants Debanjana and Anjana were simply outstanding, this observation does not condescend the rest, but they both were from a different zone altogether. Both have classical backgrounds, Debanjana learning it since the age of 4!  Anjana since the age of 8! And they both have uncanny ability to establish connection with the audience.

Here are some of their mind-boggling performances:

DEBANJANA KARMAKAR

  • Tum hi ho of Aashiqui 2 – With Arijit Singh, this one was just sensational.
  • Tum bin jeevan kaise beeta of Bawarchi – One of the ingenious compositions of Madan mohan and beautifully rendered by Manna dey, a gem of a song! Deb – playback singing par excellence.
  • Hum Dil de chuke sanam, Title Track – I think this was Deb’s one of the most poignant performance.
  • Aao naa of Kyun Ho Gaya Na – This was just beautifully rendered the Intro, mukhda, Antara 1, Antara 2 was perfect and Shankar mahadevan was just speechless!!
  • Satyam shivam sundaram, Title Track – An effortless imitation!
  • Bairi Piya of Devdas – Absolutely loved the way when she carried herself  – isshhh!
  • Ae Ri Pawan dhoondhe kise tera mann of Bemisal – Deb’s fitting tribute to RD Burman, Anand Bakshi.
  • Dil me ho tum akhon me ho tum of Satyameva Jayate – A timeless romantic duet from Bappi da, I am just enamored by its simplicity, composition.
  • Mere dholna sun of Bhool Bhoolaiyaa – Originally rendered by Shreya and Deb does full justice.
  • Tare Hain Barati of Virasat – The original song is sung by Jaspinder Narula (Intro), Kumar Sanu and Deb does both, great performance!
  • Rasme Ulfat Ko Nibhaye toh Nibhaye aise of Dil Ki Rahen – Oh my goodness, The lyrics. composition have such a unsettling impact and to have such a talent to sing this one, its just unfathomable!

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ANJANA PADMANABHAN

  • Aapki Nazro Ne Samjha of Anpadh – Anjana chose this track for her audition, completely floors judges!! Btw, this song is representative of the legendary enterprise of Madan Mohan, Lata Mangeshkar.
  • Kyon of Barfi – With Papon she takes Kyon to a different level gets applauded by Vidya balan, Judges, Papon himself and is voted the best performance of the day, this is just a start and I become fan of Anjana Padmanabhan.
  • Salaam-E-Ishq, Title Track – Simply sparkles with the uniqueness and Shankar Mahadevan’s stupefied!!
  • Aao Twist Karen of Bhoot Bangla – Doesn’t impersonate the original, improvises it beyond imagination and Kavita Krinamurthy looks puzzled!
  • Roz Roz Dali Dali Kya Likh Jaye Bhanwara Banwara of Angoor – Hadn’t listened to this before, Gulzar+RD Burman+Asha Bhosle, Terrific! Anjana renders this one beautifully.
  • Sharm Aati Hai Magar of Padosan – The subtle variations, mind boggling interludes, modulations of tone, and Anjana effortlessly ascends to glory!
  • Titli of Chennai Express – One of my favorite songs of 2013, Anajana yet again improvises and Bann ke titli, she stumps everyone.
  • Tu Aashiqui Hai of Jhankar Beats – love the intro which slowly builds the tempo, and Anjana sings it in her own style and doesn’t even attempt to emulate KK.
  • Meri Zindagi Mein of Ajnabee – The intro is such a tough one, here Anjana doesn’t touch the notes of what Sunidhi did, but she modulates her tone decreasing the pace thereby accentuating the rhythm, and I am flabbergasted!! Imagine 11 year old doing this!
  • Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai of Shor – Smooth as silk, she appeases with an emotional performance which truly stands testimonial to Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s empathetic composition.
  • Mein Tere Ishq Mein of Loafer – This is was something really special, Shreya gets all teary eyed that’s because without knowing the meaning of the song Anjana has sung, near to perfection.
  • Bindiya Chamkegi of Do Raste – The song which made Mumtaz famous, consequently did eight movies with Rajesh Khanna. This one is an original Laxmikanth-Pyarelal composition but with a Punjabi folk touch and Anajana performs with clinical efficiency.
  • Hai lambi judai of Jannat – is not equipped with that rawness which the song demands but does the trick with her exclusive freshness.
  • Mera Ishq Sufiyana of Dirty Picture – Such a melodious rendition! Engaging, uplifting performance.
  • Barso Re Megha of Guru – Shreya won her 3rd filmfare award for this song and Anjana veraciously sings the same in front of her and enchants the audience.
  • Pyar manga hai tumhi se of College Girl – One of the best songs of Kishore Kumar and Anjana Soars!
  • Muskaanein Jhooti Hai of Talash – Enticing, Exciting, Edgy and Passionate. She’s just 11!
  • Anjanaa Anjaani, Title Track – This was in Final episode and her dance-singing was exceptional!

Indian Idol Jr presented some of the finest singing talents in the country and has yet again demonstrated singing prowess of the nation. It also has brought me fond memories of Meri Awaaz Suno – first televised singing contest in India, which was won by inimitable Sunidhi Chauhan. Ever since the show began I was impressed with Anjana’s talent and I am still gaga over her voice and by winning the show she has irrevocably proved that music has no language barrier, and this is precisely what Bollywood playback Singing’s about, it is the voice, the ability to sing rather than their charisma as performers.

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Ghanchakkar – Continousss Thokampatti   Leave a comment

“My head is brimming with fun. So when I write Saabun ki shakal mein, beta tu toh nikla kewal jhaag (Bhaag DK Bose), I am the first one to laugh,” says super talented singer/songwriter Amitabh Bhattacharya – The reluctant lyricist.  With lyrics that distinguish the mundane with the absurd, unconventional, eccentric (Chai mein dooba biskut ho gaya, Wakda, What to do) to the poignant (Ab mujh mein kahin,Mahek Bhi, Raabta ), he says “Ninety-nine per cent of the time, I write lyrics to tunes. My brain works 10 times faster that way” and indeed, his brain’s on a Continousss Thokampatti which has added that extra zing to the loony Ghanchakkar.

Ghanchakkar is a forthcoming comedy thriller directed by Rajkumar Gupta which stars Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Sharma, Namit Das. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s good old friend Amit Trivedi has provided music and the album contains only 5 tracks including a remix.

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Lazy Lad of Richa Sharma
“Most men are couch potatoes. When I am at home I pretty much do what I am doing in the video that we just shot. It’s just chilling in front of the television, switching channels and just sometime staring into nothing – I think that’s my best pass time. If I lock myself on the couch, I can go on for like 7-8 hours without doing anything. And I don’t hear sounds, just glue to the television.” says Emraan and I have to agree to him because I just do the same on weekends esp on Super Sundays where all sporting events gather for a feast: it goes like this.. Cricket, Sportscenter, F1, EPL, Bundesliga, La liga, and Lazy Lad is just an ideal song to dedicate it to those who Let ke sofe pe kilaan gaade, Plasma TV ka mukhda taade.  :) Full marks to Richa Sharma for defining, blatantly maintaining a grumble-spirit that is so effervescent!

Allah Meherbaan of Divya Kumar
Teri saanson ki ujade hain khet re, Jaise mutthi se fisle hai ret re” lol, a superb techno- qawwali from Trivedi.

Ghanchakkar Babu, Ghanchakkar Babu (Remix)of Amit Trivedi
This song immediately gets into the groove with terrific introduction
Oye Oye Oye Oye Oye Dhappi
Oye Oye Oye Oye Oye Jhappi
Oye Oye Oye Oye Oye Pappi
Umm Muaaaaah :*
And Trivedi with a heavy voice, merrily rides on wonderful-quirky lyrics but, the fast-paced-remix version sucks!
Hey Wah Re Wah, Wah Re Wah
Tujhme Bhar Ke Yeh Shaitani Buddhi
Tauba Keh Ke Shaitano Ne Bhi Karwa Li Nasbandi!! :P

Jholu Ram of Altaf Raja
The inimitable Altaf Raja’s Back ! And sadly with a big dud because Jholu Ram’s completely out of sync. The angrezi interlude does not add any kinda justice and so is the music. However, the video is neatly choreographed.

In Ghanchakkar, Trivedi’s music is not upto his standards , it is due to its eccentric-demanding exercise. But, Amitabh Bhattacharya shines bright like a diamond.

My Picks:
Ghanchakkar Babu, Lazy Lad

References:
Amitabh Bhattacharya: The reluctant lyricist
For eight years, I was a nobody: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Vidya Balan & Emraan Hashmi launch new son ‘Lazy Lad’ from GHANCHAKKAR

Best of Bollywood songs – 2012   Leave a comment

A brief blurb on Best of Bollywood songs – 2012

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10. “O Saiyaan” of Roop Kumar Rathod – Agneepath , Music : Ajay-Atul
Abhi Mujhe Mein Kahin” of Sonu Nigam and “O Saiyaan” of Roop Kumar Rathod echo pretty much the same, however “O Saiyaan”  has evocative lyrics (Amitabh Bhattacharya) and Rathod’s vocals effortlessly scale over the high notes and efficiently transits back thus, enhancing the rhythm of the song.

9. “Mahek Bhi” of Shreya Ghoshal – Aiyyaa, Music: Amit Trivedi
Beautiful piece of Composition from Amit Trivdei, perhaps the only sober number in the whacky list of Aiyyaa, Lyrics from Amitabh Bhattacharya is simple, neat and svelte voice of Shreya skillfully constructs this into a lullaby.

8. Gustakh Dil” of Shilpa Rao – English Vinglish , Music: Amit Trivedi.
Gustakh Dil” is bollywoods fine example for Rythm & Blues which is generally characterized by a strong backbeat and repeated variations, accentuating the weak sounds thus creating a melody that lingers on and Shilpa Rao does an amazing job to enhance the same.

7. ‘O Womaniya Live’ of  Khusboo Raaj, Rekha JhaGangs of Wasseypur, Music: Sneha Khanwalkar.
I can do thousands of songs for a film like Gangs of Wasseypur. I will exhaust myself but I don’t think my bank of songs will ever get exhausted. I have a lot of ideas.”  says miss Khanwalkar and honestly Sneha has really made her mark as of one of the most creative, imaginative music director in neo-bollywood . Rustic and eccentric O Womaniya is one of the most innovative song of 2012 and with the tracks like “Ik Bagal” and “Manmauji” , add more contrast and flavor to vast array of songs composed in a multitude of musical styles , thereby, making it one of the most experimental, diverse album of the year.

6. “Pareshaan” of Shalmali Kholgade – Ishaqzaade , Music: Amit Trivedi.
Shalmali Kholgade – dubbed as the newest Bollywood singing sensation, made her dream entry in Ishaqzaade lending her opulent voice for the dreamy lyrical “Pareshaan” which is just sumptuously delicious.

5. “Heer” of Harshdeep Kaur – Jab Tak Hai Jaan , Music: A.R Rahman.
Honestly, the movie – Jab Tak Hai Jaan it is so pathetic that it took all the jaan out of the audience, even at the music front the combo Rahman-Gulzar didn’t work out as expected. However, Jiya Re and Heer do provide some justice, esp Harshdeep Kaur vocals to “Heer” which has references to the two great Punjabi folk love stories of Heer Ranjha & Saheeba Mirza.

4. “Piya Tu Kahe Rootha Re” of Javed Bashir – Kahaani, Music: Vishal-Shekar.
Piya Tu Kahe Rootha Re”  is one of the best classical fusion piece , it starts of with stunning alaap and blends in with fusion of Guitar riffs, tabala and talam(manjira) and Javed Bashir powerful classical vocals intensifies this fusion, essentially producing a master-piece.

3.Kyonof Papon Sunidhi Chauhan and “Phir Le Aya Dil (Reprise)” of Rekha Bhardwaj – Barfi, Music – Pritam.
Arguably, Barfi has all the ingredients and is indeed one of the best albums of 2012,  the tracks Kyon”,  Phir Le Aya Dil” simply stand out. Incorporating wonderful lyrics, and subtle variations, it just glides along effortlessly creating harmony, rhythm which is marvelously beautiful.

2. “Raabta (Siyaah Raatein)” of Hamsika Iyer, Joi Barua, Arijit Singh – Agent Vinod , Music – Pritam.
It is really strange that I am picking Pritams (plagiarism king) number for second spot, and again it is doubly odd that I am advertising with full conviction that he must, should get this year’s filmfare award for best music director. His composition for four different versions of Rabtaa is just outstanding and it is unquestionably the best lyrical work of the year, courtesy: Amitabh Bhattacharya again.

1. “Pani Da Rang” of Ayushmann Khurrana – Vicky Donor, Music: Abhishek-Akshay.
Watta Movie and Watta Song ! Ayushmann Khurrana wrote the song way back in 2003, while studying at DAV College while with a theatre group called Manchtantra) with long-time friend and collaborator, Rochak Kohli. Akin to the movie which is ingeniously authentic, Pani Da Rang too is one of its kind and has simplicity written all over it which made the entire country groove this year thus earning the title “best song of the year”.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bollywood_films_of_2012
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-05-11/news-and-interviews/31656640_1_song-ayushmann-khurrana-reality-show
http://www.rediff.com/movies/slide-show/slide-show-1-interview-with-sneha-khanwalkar/20120724.htm

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