One of the best Bollywood Music interviews ever: Roundtable

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Today, Box Office India published an awesome music discussion between few of the Bollywood Music industrys top musicians/lyricists/singers.

My favourite Music Director the multi-talented Himesh Reshammiya featured in this discussion alongside Music Director Shekhar Ravjiani. Singers Kanika Kapoor and Divya Kumar also participated along with lyricists (my favourite!) Sameerji and Kumaar.

I decided to give this particular interview/discussion a special mention at my blog, because not only does it throw light onto why the Bollywood Music industry is in a vastly different (and almost dismal!) state today, but this interview also provides so much knowledge and information and advice for many of the upcoming musicians and singers out there. Its not every day that one gets to read expert advice from musicians like Himeshji and Shekhar who have years of industry experience on their side!

If you particularly want to read Himeshji’s reactions to this discussion, then visit this link: http://www.himesh-reshammiya.com/blog/2015/09/28/hr-interview-round-table-music-talk/

For the full interview visit this link: http://www.boxofficeindia.co.in/roundtable-–-music/

We really do need more such great discussions in order to restore some normalilty to the current sound of the Bollywood Music industry!

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My Latest Piano Solo: Jeena Jeena from Badlapur

I am back with a new Piano solo and this time it is the melodious ‘Jeena Jeena’ from the Bollywood film ‘Badlapur’. The original song has been composed by Bollywood Music Directors Sachin-Jigar. The version for the piano that I have learnt, has been wonderfully transcribed by fellow pianist Dhruv Gandhi.

Like my previous piano solo ‘Baarish’, ‘Jeena Jeena’ also grew on me over time. It is a very simple composition which comprises of a very basic and simple rhythm structure, that holds a lot of melody. The song has heart touching lyrics ‘Dahleez Pe, Mere Dil Ki, Jo Rakhe Hai Tu Ne Kadam…’ (translated as: ‘since you stepped on the doorway to my heart…’ the lyrics have been written by Dinesh Vijan & Priya Saraiya. It was a pleasure to learn to play this song on the piano!

Listen to my piano solo below and feel free to share your thoughts about it!

The Corrs are back!

The popular Irish pop group ‘The Corrs’ have always been one of my most favourite bands since the 1990’s. I was lucky enough to see them perform live at Wembley Arena during that time and I also have all their albums. Needless to say, that I was ecstatic to watch their first performance after 10 years at Hyde Park!

I may have been unable to attend the concert, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching their performance of ‘Breathless’ which was from their 2001 released album ‘In Blue’. The group comprises of three sisters: Andrea Corr (lead vocalist), Sharon Corr (violinist and backing vocals), Caroline Corr (drummer and backing vocals) and their brother Jim Corr (guitars and keyboard). They have a unique way of blending quintessential Irish Music, with soft rock/country elements in their overall sound.

Check out the video of their performance below. They may have been away for 10 years but their presence on stage has just the same level of enchantment as before. Welcome back!

The Corrs live at Hyde Park September 2015: ‘Breathless’

Bollywood playback Singer Aman Trikha covers Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody

Bollywood playback Singer Aman Trikha covers Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody

Time to time, I do like to indulge in watching the latest covers by Bollywood singers at YouTube. Whilst many singers prefer to cover retro Bollywood classics, I was very happy to see that my good friend, Bollywood playback singer Aman Trikha, decided to cover his most favourite song from British Rock band Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. We are both massive fans of Queen (who isn’t?) and so it was no surprise at all for me, when he produced this cover.

Watch Aman Trikha’s Bohemian Rhapsody – a tribute to Freddie Mercury:

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