My favourite filmi Garba style songs to enjoy, during the festival of Navratri!

We have entered an auspicious time of the year with the festival of Navratri that lasts for 9 days, and is widely celebrated across India. If you would like to know more about this festival, I highly recommend using Google to learn more about it. During this religious festival, many Indians dance in a traditional form of ‘Garba’, and so this form of dance requires a special kind of song and Music.

As Navratri is a popular yearly event, it has featured in many Bollywood films, thus creating a filmi sound of the festival. I have selected a few of my favourite Bollywood style Garba songs below. Do let me know if any of these are your favourites too!

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My favourite Music of 2015: Part 2 ~ SANAM

Side note: There has been a delay in writing this next post as I have been pretty busy, unwell and also lucky enough to interview one of my favourite singers Jonita Gandhi for BollySpice!

Continuing with my discussion of my favourite music of 2015, my next big find in Music are the band ‘SANAM’. I have been aware of them for the past 2 years or so but they finally found a fan in me this year, thanks to their epic rock cover of the Bollywood classic ‘Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi’. The electrical guitar rifts from Samar (and Venky) are literally on point of excellence in this rendition! After that, there was no looking back as I continued to enjoy each and every one of their ‘SANAM singles’.

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Prem Ratan Dhan Payo: A Musical Treat of the Decade

Last week in the world of Bollywood, fans saw the most awaited trailer release, from one of the most loved film production houses Rajshri productions. Director Sooraj Barjatya and his team released the trailer of their magnum opus ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’.

At a star studded event held in Mumbai, Sooraj ji along with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, talked about the film and its trailer at the launch. My main reason for talking about this film is it’s Music which has been created by my favourite Music Director Himesh Reshammiya.

Trailer of ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’

Even after the trailer launch, the most talked about aspect of the trailer on Social Media, was the title song which has been wonderfully composed by Himeshji. Since the past one year, there has been much talk and speculation about the films Music and whether or not it would live up to the reputation of previous Rajshri films but the title song itself, has proved that yes, it will!

Sung by Palak Muchhal, the title song of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo clearly reminds us of the melodious Music and good lyrics that have since been lost in Bollywood. Himeshji has made sure to bring this sound back and give us another timeless melody.

The full Music album of Prem Ratan Dhan Payo is expected to release on 10th October 2015. Be sure to listen to this Musical treat and refresh your minds with the Music that was once Bollywood’s identity!

Jem :o)

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!

My latest Piano solo ‘Baaton Ko Teri’ from All is Well

Hello all!

I am back with a quick blog post to update you on my latest Piano solo recording, which is the beautiful ‘Baaton Ko Teri’ from All is Well (Bollywood genre. Original music by Himesh Reshammiya).

I recorded this song on a Saturday, (about 2 weeks ago) after learning the song in just under a week. The multi talented Music Director and of course, my favourite (!) Himeshji, has given us such a simple, yet soulful and emotional song. This is the first time that Himeshji has recorded with Arijit and naturally, they have gelled their talents together exceptionally well.

My Baaton Ko Teri Piano Solo

In this Piano solo, I had learnt the song ‘by ear’ – this means that I am initially playing the song just from listening to the original and not from any pre written sheet Music (please note: throughout my blog, the word Music will be written with a capital M. This is not a grammatical error but a decision of choice to give importance to the greatest sound in the world). I do hope to be learning a sheet Music version of the song in the future.

I have tried my best to incorporate a lot of feelings into this recording, in order to match the emotions felt from the lyrics in the original. Originally, I am a Western Classical pianist (Bach, Mozart etc) so adding feelings to what I am playing is something that I am learning day-by-day from the genre of Bollywood Music.

Jem