A few of my favourite Bollywood songs from the month of May!

It has been a while since I have shared my current favourite songs here at Girl at the Piano. When it comes to Bollywood Music, things have been rather slow this year when it comes to the release of Music which suits my taste. However, during the month of May, I have a definate pick of three songs which have made a lasting impression on me this month. They are:

*Haareya – Meri Pyari Bindu Composed by Sachin Jigar, Sung by Arijit Singh. Lyrics by Priya Saraiya

*Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chahungi – Half Girlfriend Composed by Mithoon, Sung by Shraddha Kapoor. Lyricsby Manoj Muntashir

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Arya Entertainment: Piya the Story to release soon

If you enjoyed Arya Entertainment’s last video release Piya Reprise, you might remember at the end of the video, it said “to be continued…”. Well, they have recently announced that there will be a second video of the song, which will release soon! A teaser of the second video released last week, and interestingly, it features fresh new faces. Watch the teaser of Piya The Story below, and then refresh your memory with the beautiful yet melancholy video of Piya Reprise, also shared below. I shall bring you more details about Piya The Story soon!

Credits: Written & Composed by Viraal, Sung by Jubin Nautiyal. Produced by Arya Entertainment.

Piya The Story

Piya Reprise

My favourite Golden Oldie song: Dil Kahe Raha Hai from Tera Chehra

We have reached that all important time of the month where I share one of my favourite golden oldie songs from either Western or Bollywood Music. This month, it is my chance to share one of my favourite songs from Bollywood Music, and this time, I have chosen a non-filmi song from an album which changed the entire game of Indian Independent Music! The song is the romantic Dil Kahe Raha Hai from Tera Chehra by Music legend Adnan Sami.

Dil Kahe Raha Hai – Tera Chehra (Adnan Sami)

I am fortunate enough to have seen Adnan live in concert in 2005. He had come to the UK to perform at the Wembley Pavillions, and the then upcoming singer Shreya Ghoshal was his only support act (though they did not perform together at all). Myself and my family have loved each and every song from the ever popular album Tera Chehra, and to see the maestro perform the songs live was a real treat! Dil Kahe Raha Hai Dil Se…Vaada Karo Dil Se…Chahe Tum Chaha Bhi Jaana Jaana Meri Yaad Rakhna… (The Heart is Saying, Make a Promise From Your Heart, That Wherever You Go, You Will Remember Me), is one of my favourite tracks from the album due to its romantic heartfelt lyrics, piano and overall Music arrangement.

Are you a fan of the Tera Chehra album? Share your favourite song in the comments! Check out my favourite golden oldie from last month here.

Annoying trends in Bollywood Music

As my regular readers may be aware, I cover a lot of Bollywood Music news here at Girl at the Piano. I also dislike negative writing (writing without any positivity), but this next topic is one that I surely need to address and get off my chest, so to speak! Over the last 5 years or so, there have been some very irritating trends/fads which in my opinion, have stuck around for far too long in the world of Bollywood Music. They are the following:

*Remaking old Bollywood songs on new Bollywood soundtracks
*Remaking old UK Asian artist songs on new Bollywood soundtracks
*Bollywood actors turning “singers”
*Multiple Music Directors on one soundtrack (affecting Music shelf life)

I recently conducted a poll on Twitter to find out how many of you agreed with me about this issue, and the results were surprising to see!

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Arya Entertainment: Next single features India’s RAWStar

After the success of their first three singles (Albeliya, Pehlo Prem and Piya), and the recent major announcement which sees them release their future material on the worldwide T-Series platform, Arya Entertainment have recently released the news of their fourth single which will be sung by India’s RAWStar finalist Mohit Gaur!

The yet to be named song has been written and composed by talented composer Viraal, is sung by singer Mohit Gaur and Soniyya. Check out the happy faces after the recording of the song, in the picture below. More details about the song to follow.

The Band Phenomenon: West vs East

Let’s talk about ‘bands’. In the Music world, the concept of bands has been around for a very long time, and exist in almost every genre of Music that you can think about. However, when it comes to the world of Bollywood Music, the concept of bands is still pretty much non exsistent to the mainstream Bollywood Music eye.

When it comes to Western Music, especially in the popular (pop) Music culture, creating a band of say 4-5 guys or girls has proven to become a popular trend over the years, and there have also been many a successful solo artists who have emerged through this, who previously were part of a band. Popular boy bands include Backstreet Boys, Take That, Boyzone, NSync and Westlife to name but a few. I still find it very strange that we are yet to see this kind of concept take shape in Bollywood Music. There are only 3 Pop bands which come to my mind and 2 of them are no longer together (Asma and Band of Boys) however I do believe the band Euphoria are making a come back of sorts. The only band that I know which is still going strong is SANAM.

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Musical Thoughts: Why does new Music have such a short shelf life?

One of my recent posts on social media inspired me to write about this next topic. I am going to be talking about the very short shelf life that comes with new Music in today’s times. As we continue to live in a digital era, Music industries are focusing more on the popularity of songs via the number of views they receive at social media platforms such as YouTube etc. rather than traditional sales.

With regards to the Bollywood Music industry, as they continue to make and release films so frequently, we also get to hear a wide variety of soundtracks throughout each month of the year. The main problem with this, however, is that the turnover of Music becomes so frequent, that a good track can be very easily forgotten.

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