India’s Fabulous Four SANAM have finally put together an independent music album the SANAM Revolution, which features 9 of their original compositions and 1 regional rendition. It has been a highly awaited album, and so SANAM fans can now rejoice, and can enjoy listening to the bands own compositions on all major DSP’s now in addition to the SANAM Youtube channel, where the songs were being released so far. While the band are well known for their renditions of Bollywood retro classic hits and new Bollywood songs, they have also been consistently releasing their own original compositions, the most recent being the smash hit Itni Door, which is also the first track on the album.
For the month of January, my favourite golden oldie song is none other than the highly melodious Teri Chunariya from the Bollywood soundtrack Hello Brother.
Teri Chunariya has been composed by my favourite Bollywood musician and multi-talented artist Himesh Reshammiya, and is one of his fairly earlier tracks as a Music Director. The song has been picturised on Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Rani Mukherjee, who have done a wonderful job in the picturisation of the song. The main reason why I love the track, is that it is infectiously melodious, whilst being romantic at the same time. The melody simply flows from start to finish, and there are some very strong music arrangements in the song.
This week, we have three more very interesting releases from Artist Aloud featuring artists Faiz Khan, Raghu Dixit and Mumbai’s Finest. Read on for artist info and my review of each of these new releases.
Artist Information about Faiz Khan
This week’s New Music Monday features one song, with two different renditions! Dil Diyan Gallan from the Bollywood film Tiger Zinda Hai has become the most popular new track that has attracted many singers and bands to showcase their own renditions of the song.
After fab four SANAM released their version of the song at the very beginning of 2018, two other versions which have caught my attention are by singers Jonita Gandhi and Sonu Kakkar.
As we have entered a brand new year, I thought it would be a good idea to share the artists that I look forward to listening to in 2018, as well as sharing some of my musical new year resolutions.
The artists that I look forward to listening to this year are:
Last year, unfortunately we did not get any new releases from my favourite Bollywood composer Himesh Reshammiya, however this is all set to change this year as we will get to listen to his amazing music for the film Genius. The film has been directed by Anil Sharma (Gadar, Apne fame) and Genius looks set to have a romantic soundtrack which will most definitely be a treat to listen to.
The Hindi independent music scene (also called indie music) has changed dramatically over the years. While many people think that Hindi music is dominated entirely by Bollywood, this is most certainly not the case. During the 1990’s a lot of Hindi artists, had created and worked on their own music albums and songs, which were not tied in any way to a Bollywood film soundtrack. Popular artists such as Alisha Chinoi (Made in India), Baba Sehgal, Silk Route helped to form the indie music scene, which essentially allowed artists to showcase their creativeness at their full potential.
There were many peaks in the indie music scene, and it even attracted well known Bollywood music composers such as Adnan Sami (Tera Chehra) and Himesh Reshammiya (Aap Kaa Surroor), who both saw immense success with their private albums, yet after this time, the scene began to sadly decline, as Bollywood music became stronger. However, thanks to platforms such as YouTube, India welcomed their most prominent band who are often known as ‘fabulous four’ SANAM, who essentially revived and strengthened the dying indie music scene.
On Christmas Eve, I decided to take the plunge and create a Facebook page for Girl at the Piano. The main reason for this page, is to build a community of Bollywood and Western music lovers, share blog posts and also share music related news items.
If you would like to be a part of the Girl at the Piano music community, simply visit the page by clicking here.
I look forward to interacting with everyone at the page!
Wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year! It feels awesome to start the New Year with a New Music Monday post and this time, the release is a SANAMrendition of the recent Bollywood hit Dil Diyan Gallan from the film Tiger Zinda Hai.
Dil Diyan Gallan is a light romantic track and I can clearly see how well it fits the SANAM vibe. After having a good few renditions in Punjabi (Ishq Bulaava, Garmi Di Tu, Itni Door), it is always wonderful to hear lead singer Sanam Puri sing so effortlessly in Punjabi once again.
The video has a very chilled vibe to it and we get to see the fab four sitting together with their musical instruments, which is the way we know and love them, the best! Enjoy the first New Music Monday post of the new year!
Dil Diyan Gallan ~ SANAM
After learning You’re Still The One by Shania Twain, back in October (I think), I decided to learn one of the greatest love songs of all time (in my opinion), which is also from Shania Twain. The song is the beautifully orchestrated ballad From This Moment On.
It was a challenge in many ways to learn this song, the first being that it is 7 pages long which itself posed a challenge as to how I balance all 7 pages of sheet music on the piano stand! Secondly, the song’s intro is a mix of spoken and sung words (which essentially are vows), and as they are not the most recognisable part of the song, I took the liberty of not learning this part, so making it easier for 6 pages of the song to balance on the piano stand.
This month’s favourite Golden Oldie is a song from the 90’s, and quite literally nostalgia from my childhood: Crazy by Seal.
Being born and bought up in London UK, I have been exposed to a lot Western Music much more than Bollywood music during my early years, and Crazy by Seal is one such track which has never left my mind. The entire melody and lyrics are an extremely powerful combination with Seal’s epic vocals, and this definitely makes you sing a long with it “Well we’re Never gonna survive, unless, we get a lil Crazy…!” The song talks about the state of the human race, the problems it faces and also the prediction of the future “In a World full of people, only some want to fly, now isn’t that crazy…”