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Dhvani Bhanushali: Shooting for a music video after 5 months was heavenly

Posted on 3 Oct 2020 03:32:09 GMT - music

Singer Dhvani Bhanushali says that shooting for her new music video after a gap of five months was a heavenly experience. Her new song "Baby girl", which also features singer Guru Randhawa, was shot in Goa last month.

"Throughout the lockdown, the one thing that many of us missed was getting out of the confines of our homes. So, shooting for 'Baby girl' in Goa after five months was a heavenly experience," said Dhvani.

"Even though two of my songs ‘Jeetenge hum' and ‘Gallan goriyan' released during lockdown, I really missed going out in the field, trying out the best outfits for a song, practising the choreography and spending time with my team. It felt exhilarating to spend quality time with my team away from home," she added.

She shared how the entire crew of "Baby girl" took precautions while shooting the song.

"We had to be extra cautious while shooting the song. The entire team made a serious effort to keep on sanitising, wore masks, gloves and PPE kits as a precaution. While times have changed, we tried our level best to make this a comfortable as well as an enjoyable experience for everyone," she said.

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Bekhayali duo Sachet-Parampara to compose for Shahid Kapoor's Jersey

Posted on 2 Oct 2020 03:07:28 GMT - music

The music duo of Sachet Tandon and Parampara Thakur are gearing up to create a score for Bollywood star Shahid Kapoor yet again. The duo, who became overnight sensations creating "Bekhayali" for the actor in his last year's blockbuster Kabir Singh, will now compose music for Shahid in his forthcoming film, Jersey.

On Thursday, Sachet took to Instagram and expressed his joy on being a part of the film. "Wishing you two @shahidkapoor @mrunalofficial2016 and our entire team all the best," Sachet wrote.

 
 
 
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#jersey shoot resuming today 🌺Wishing you two @shahidkapoor @mrunalofficial2016 and our entire team ALL THE VERY BEST ❤️❤️ Yesterday we got good news of Theatre Openings from October 15 at 50 percent capacity! Hope we keep getting even more positive news 🎉❤️ #GowtamTinnanuri @gowtamnaidu @siddharthgarima @amanthegill #sachettandon #sachetparampara #paramparathakur #shahidkapoor #MrunalThakur ❤️❤️❤️

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Jersey is the Hindi remake of Nani's 2019 Telugu hit of the same name. The film also features Shahid Kapoor's father Pankaj Kapur and actress Mrunal Thakur. Gowtam Tinnanuri, who directed the Telugu original, will call the shots on the Hindi remake, too. The cast is currently in Dehradun to start shooting in the scenic hill town.

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Zaroorat: Shatrughan Sinha, Sonakshi Sinha's new song brings hope

Posted on 1 Oct 2020 12:30:00 GMT - music

The makers of Guzar Jayega bring us yet another beautiful song. Amid the rising uncertainties of the time, Republik of Musik in association with Beyond Music & White Billionaire Records kicked off a musical initiative with the release of the song Zaroorat. It is essentially a campaign for hope in the form of a song. Its narrative has been headlined by actor, Shatrughan Sinha, and actress, Sonakshi Sinha, who are seen together for the first time for a musical campaign.

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The song video of Zaroorat features big names of diverse fields including H.E Dr. Kiran Bedi, Padma Vibhushan Dr. Sonal Mansingh (Member of Parliament), Laxmi Agarwal, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, and Ani Choying Drolma. The inspiring track has been penned by Shravan Pundirr and rendered by artists such as Simran Choudhary, Ajay Keswani, Shruti Unwind, and rappers Muhfaad and Violina. This hope-filled song has been produced by Shishir Samant. It has been curated by Varun Prabhudayal Gupta, Founder and Managing Director, Republik Of Musik, and Viral Motani, Founder, Beyond Music. This novel initiative has been directed by Varun Prabhudayal Gupta.

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Happy at the song's release, Shatrughan Sinha and Sonakshi Sinha said, "We can't wait to know the reaction of the listeners to the song and its narrative. The song, the narrative, and the rap has been written beautifully. We are rooting for Zaroorat to be the spurt of hope we need currently and in the future. A big shout out to all the artists who enabled this musical initiative. The song Zaroorat is the necessity of today and we hope it inspires people to be kind to one another."

Varun Prabhudayal Gupta, Founder and Managing Director, Republik Of Musik, and Viral Motani, Founder, Beyond Music jointly share, "We are very happy to present the song to everyone. We thank our partners Anurag Chauhan, a social activist from Dehradun and Pakkhi Hegde, Manoj Lakhiani for their constant backing and support for this cause. We hope the message and the impact of the song hits home."

Zaroorat is now available on all streaming platforms on October 1, 2020.

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David & Goliath Film's new music video Samjho Bharatwasi released urging the people to stay safe

Posted on 1 Oct 2020 10:53:47 GMT - music

Samjho Bharatwasi,” supported by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, Is An Ode to The People Of India And The Cornerstone Of A Major Health Education Initiative Aimed At Mitigating The Spread Of Covid-19.

David & Goliath Films released their latest music video “Samjho Bharatwasi,” an up-beat music video with spirited performances encouraging people of India to take measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The music video is supported by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. In releasing the video, David & Goliath Films urged the people of India to unite in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

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“Samjho Bharatwasi,” offers a coloured narrative for protocols to be followed at a market place, in an office, in a bus, at a party and at a dhaba. The video was created to remind people of India that if they are not careful, they can transmit the virus to family or friends and is released on YouTube and other online music channels across India. The video focuses on following proper Covid-19 protocols while incorporating culturally tailored themes that drive a strong emotional connection to the message, which in turn has been shown to facilitate behaviour change.

The music video, “Samjho Bharatwasi,” – starring Tridha Chowdhury and Anusha Viswanathan , conceptualised and creatively produced by Lal Bhatia, is produced by Lal Bhatia and Imran Zaki of David & Goliath Films. The music is composed by the extremely talented and successful Music Director Maestro, Bickram Ghosh and sung by Bickram Ghosh, Iman Chakraborty, Ujjaini Mukherjee and Sovan Ganguly. The song is written by MK Singh. The Story, Script & Direction of the video is by Joydeep Sen.

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Shri Shripad Naik, Minister of State for Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homeopathy (AYUSH) and Minister of State for Defence, Government of India, while expressing his compliments to David & Goliath Films and the team, said “Samjho Bharatwasi,” is a very welcome endeavour and a very timely message. We are glad to support your efforts in creating this awareness.”

“The spread of the novel coronavirus is concerning, if not downright scary. As a community, we are a social bunch and being hammered to follow Covid-19 protocols has really taken a toll. We need to remember that we will rise above this. “Samjho Bharatwasi,” offers a glimpse of two separate scenarios, one following the protocols and another violating protocols.” said Lal Bhatia, the creative producer of “Samjho Bharatwasi,” and Chairman of David & Goliath Films.

Imran Zaki, Director, David & Goliath Films said: “Just because the whole world has hit pause, we don’t necessarily believe David & Goliath Films should do the same. We wanted to cut through the noise and produce “Samjho Bharatwasi,” the music video is a summation of all things positive In these tough times, giving a clear message that the future can be bright and beautiful if we use the current protocols to re-look at and re-think on various facets of life.”

Maestro Bickram Ghosh said: "As we are gradually getting accustomed to the new normal, we need to realize the importance of abiding by the safety protocols to stop the spread. This music video brings forth the same message and I'm happy that I composed this light-hearted song as it reflects the essence of life after lockdown."

M.K. Singh - "It is my pleasure to be a part of this noble endeavour by David & Goliath Films. I'm happy that my lyrics found such a beautiful expression, and hope that the lyrics succeed in reaching out with the desired message that the music video is trying to deliver."

Joydeep Sen, Director of the Video said: “This was my first proper music video that I was directing. Honestly I was quite nervous as to how the entire thing will pan out. But my Creative Producer had the calming influence on me, and ensured that I do a good job. I am very eager to see what and how the audience will react. Bickram Da has composed a wonderful track, and the entire team has done a commendable job. This video leaves a very important message which we all must follow with the situation surrounding us. I really hope the audience and our Bharatwasis love it.”

About David & Goliath:

David & Goliath strives to be an economic and intellectual catalyst stimulating among other things, community philanthropy that will contribute to an enduring positive change. With vigour and enthusiasm, David & Goliath embarks on its determined endeavour to invest in significant and impactful social ventures in India and around the world. One vulnerable person at a time. One heartfelt project at a time. Run by a core team of visionaries, in consultation with professionals, collaborators and advisors, Team David & Goliath hopes to produce the best-in-class Olives, Olive Oil, Wines, Short films, Documentaries, Feature Films, & Events, while recognizing the best in class through its varied award functions.

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Kabir Singh singer Vishal Mishra recovers from COVID-19

Posted on 1 Oct 2020 09:26:17 GMT - music

Singer Vishal Mishra has recovered from Covid-19, and has urged those who are fighting the virus to stay mentally strong and positive.

Known for his Bollywood hits such as "Kaise hua" in "Kabir Singh" and "Selfish" in "Race 3", Vishal took to Instagram on Thursday to share a health update.

"So the last few weeks have been a battle not only for me but my team, & I would like to tell you that finally the Covid Report Is Negative. This post is to let everyone know that this or any battle can be fought and won, so those who are fighting with Covid, Just stay mentally strong and positive. This too shall pass. And everyone else, please take all the safety, this thing is for REAL," he wrote.

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So the last few weeks have been difficult for me along with my team & I would like to tell you that finally the Covid Report Is “ Negative “. This post is to let everyone know that this or any battle can be fought and won , so those who are fighting with Covid , Just stay mentally strong and positive, This too shall pass. And everyone else , please take all the safety 🙏🏽, this thing is for REAL .. Would like to thank the doctors who have worked with me & all other patients across the country day in day out to beat this virus . I Salute You All🙌🏼 Can’t wait to get back to work and start releasing music that I have made for you all ⚡️🎵 Love and health to everyone. Muskurayega India :)❤️

A post shared by Vishal Mishra (@vishalmishraofficial) onSep 30, 2020 at 11:06pm PDT

He also thanked the doctors who attended him. "Would like to thank the doctors who have worked with me & all other patients across the country day in day out to beat this virus. I Salute You All. Can't wait to get back to work and start releasing music again that I have made for you all. Love and health to everyone. Muskurayega India," he added.

The singer's fans expressed joy and thanked God in the comment section of his post.

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Guru Randhawa and Dhvani Bhanushali team up for Bhushan Kumar's Baby Girl

Posted on 1 Oct 2020 05:58:48 GMT - music

The moment fans have been waiting for is finally here! The biggest Indian pop stars Guru Randhawa and Dhvani Bhanushali come together yet again for 'Baby Girl', presented by Bhushan Kumar's T-Series.

After the success of 'Ishare Tere', the two young icons that have broken records, and taken YouTube and the music world by storm now collaborate for this peppy, romantic song that is choreographed and directed by ace Remo D'Souza.

Promising to be the party song of the season, 'Baby Girl' composed and written by Guru Randhawa, with music by Vee, was shot in Goa, following all precautionary measures. Apart from the music, another major highlight is the music video of 'Baby Girl' conceptualized by Remo with choreography to watch out for!

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Says record-breaking artist Guru Randhawa, "Baby Girl is a peppy, happy track and it's a song fans will love. The journey of making this song was very memorable. The beat, lyrics and composition just came to me in the studio and I thought Dhvani was perfect for the female vocals. It was amazing shooting for this song with Remo and I'm grateful to Bhushan Sir for making this happen."

Says the youngest pop star Dhvani Bhanushali, "This is my first time shooting with Remo sir and it was an incredible experience. The shoot was very easygoing and the video turned out really great. It's always amazing working with Guru and I thank Bhushan Sir for giving me this song. It is song full of fun, love and dancing."

Says director-choreographer Remo D'Souza, "When I heard the song I knew the video had to have a lot of energy and a young, fun vibe to it so Goa was the perfect place to shoot. Guru and Dhvani are style icons so the video of 'Baby Girl' too reflects their personalities and is very stylized."

Adds record producer Vee, "Baby Girl is such a catchy record from the lyrics, to the vocals, to the music. It's one of those records when you hear it; you can't get it out of your head."

T-Series' Bhushan Kumar says, "With artists like Guru Randhawa and Dhvani Bhanushali there is always anticipation and they're a lethal combination. 'Baby Girl' is a peppy, young, colourful romantic song and Remo D'Souza has done a fabulous job in bringing it to life."

Bhushan Kumar's T-Series presents Guru Randhawa & Dhvani Bhanushali's 'Baby Girl'. Composed and written by Guru Randhawa, with music by Vee, the music video of 'Baby Girl' directed by Remo D'Souza is out now on T-Series' YouTube channel.

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Payal Dev: It was a big task to regenerate the same magic in the iconic number

Posted on 29 Sep 2020 05:21:38 GMT - music

Singer-composer Payal Dev has recreated Mika Singh's '90s chartbuster, Sawan mein lag gayi aag, for the upcoming film, Ginny Weds Sunny. Singh returns to croon the reprised version with Neha Kakkar and Badshah. "I usually avoid recreating old songs, but the makers wanted it in a brand new form, so I agreed. It was a big task to regenerate the same magic in the iconic number," says Dev.

Payal Dev further added, "Collaborating with Mika Singh, Badshah and Neha Kakkar for a fun party track was amazing. All the three artists rendering the song bring their unique touch to it, making it a wholesome party number. I'm very excited about the song's release. It is packed with entertainment and vibrant ambience."

Music composer, writer and singer Mika Singh said, "The sneak-peek of the song is our party invite to the listeners. I was happy to work with such talented artists for Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag. Everyone involved with the creation of this song wants the listeners to enjoy and be entertained. I'm eagerly waiting for the song to be released."

Ginny Weds Sunny's music album has a song for every wedding ceremony right from sangeet to the reception. The wedding party anthem, Sawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag has been composed by Mika Singh and Payal Dev, rendered by Mika, Neha Kakkar and Badshah and written by Mika, Payal Dev, Badshah and Mohsin Shaikh. The sangeet song - LOL has been composed by Payal Dev, written by Kunaal Vermaa and sung by Payal Dev and Dev Negi. Composed by Gaurav Chatterji, written by Sandeep Gaur and sung by Neeti Mohan, Jatinder Singh and Harjot K. Dhillon, Phoonk Phoonk is a happening baraat song. Sung by Kamal Khan, Rubaru is a melancholic song, composed by Jaan Nissar Lone and written by Peer Zahoor. Phir Chala is a soulful track sung by Jubin Nautiyal, composed by Payal Dev and written by Kunaal Vermaa.

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Award-Winning Composer Salil Bhayani Brings Peaceful Indian Music To Los Angeles

Posted on 29 Sep 2020 03:49:52 GMT - music

Los Angeles, CA, USA – Indian composer-producer Salil Bhayani, who bagged the Best Score Award at the Dreamachine International Film Festival in Hollywood, believes that music is the voice of the Universe.

The thirty one year-old Berklee College of Music, Boston graduate is one of the few young, successful Indians composing in Los Angeles. For Bhayani, however, who scored music for films acquired by PBS, Netflix, as well as Amazon Prime, Hollywood is a mirage, and the composer's life mission is to find substance and give profound meaning to all of his projects.

Bhayani, who was only 23 at the time, was one of the prime music producers for the 2012 autobiographical audio book on Dalai Lama, released by the largest audio book publisher in India, Karadi Tales, and entitled A Sacred Life. Bhayani's music in this story can be described in one word alone: peaceful. The meditative drones, strings, and the south Indian instrument Veena render the music deeply meditative and immersive in the overall journey of Dalai Lama.

"Working on a project about Dalai Lama was a transformative experience," says Bhayani. "It made me a lot more grateful for all I had, and the possibilities that lay in front of me, even if I may not always see them."

The thematic undertone of spirituality indeed attracts the composer time and time again. Six years after A Sacred Life, Bhayani encountered an Indian-American filmmaker Varun Chounal who beautifully documented the tradition of Sufi music and dance in his short 2018 documentary A Tune of Devotion. He skilfully scored Chounal's powerful narrative that speaks about the spiritual energy of Sufi musical tradition and the message of universal love and kinship in Sufism. Bhayani artfully blended a delicate fusion of tabla, bansuri, sarod, sarangi, and a string section with the raga based melodies.

"Working on diverse projects from around the world has made me realize how we as humans are so united in the emotions we feel at our core", reflects Bhayani. "It has given me that much more courage to experiment with world instruments. Sure enough, the music sounds that much richer."

In Boston, Bhayani collaborated with renowned Chinese musician Yazhi Guo. Working with this award-winning performer, considered the best suona player in Asia, opened for Bhayani up a great channel of knowledge about the authentic Chinese music. While there are great differences in the approach between Indian classical and folk music traditions and Chinese musical styles, Bhayani was able to quickly map the parallels: the prominence of pentatonic scales, the free improvisatory nature within a given set of rules, and the spiritual nature of music from both the subcontinents was something the adept Indian composer picked up on and internalized in his compositions.

His music received critical acclaim and brought more international commissions: in 2021, Bhayani is set to arrange and orchestrate an entire score of traditional Chinese music for a new docu-series, "Chinese Artists in America," by an award-winning young Chinese female screenwriter and director Yilin Zheng.

"It is more crucial now than ever to be a strong voice of diversity and inclusion, and I seek to work with storytellers who are telling important stories; stories that we do not hear very often but need to hear so that we are that much more united, empathetic, and compassionate," stresses Bhayani.

It is only fitting that Bhayani recently received a nomination for Top Indie Film Awards, an innovative festival celebrating artists whose works exude "originality, passion, or vision."

The outstanding Indian composer in the meantime, is already impossible to catch: he is globe-trotting musically working on the Songs for Peace for a renowned Japanese trombonist and arranger Yoshie Nakayama, and on a set of Italian crossover songs for an acclaimed Russian-American singer and voice pedagogue Elena Zoubareva. May the beautiful music garland follow him wherever he goes and may the peaceful grace of his music give us meaning and depth.

Salil Bhayani in conversation with Harshita Dagha.

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'No need to pit independent music against the film industry'

Posted on 27 Sep 2020 22:59:00 GMT - music

Lisa Mishra wants to open the conversation by "addressing the dress in the room". It's only the second time that she has slipped into the emerald attire after initially donning it a year ago when hanging out with Prateek Kuhad. "Crazy things happened that night," they laugh, without divulging details, but giving us a glimpse of the camaraderie they share. They spend 15 minutes discussing sound checks before concluding that the subject wouldn't enthral readers, deviating to talk about relationships instead. Edited excerpts from the interaction between Kuhad, whose songs feature on former US president Barack Obama's playlist, and Mishra, who shared a virtual platform along with the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Elton John at a recent gig:

Prateek: How has the lockdown been for you?
Lisa: My family lives in the US, and while I had intended to, I didn't make it out [of India] in time. So, I went to Bhubaneswar where my extended family lives. I hadn't lived in Orissa since I was six-years old, so, it was strange to live in my grandpa's home and meet relatives who I've met no more than four times in two decades. I'm grateful for that [experience]. But, I [had a few] songs that released at the wrong time. We put out one song, and the next day, Irrfan [Khan] passed away. The following day, Rishi Kapoor did. So, musically, it was a tough month. I hence had some resentment against the [development]. I didn't play music for a few months because I was upset. I only started writing again in July, and ended up writing a lot. In fact, everything that I will release in the upcoming months will have been co-produced or co-written by me. Calling the shots, and making the kind of music I needed to, even in lieu of the lack of work from Bollywood over the past few months, was amazing.

Lisa: You recently released Kasoor. The craziest thing that I noticed was that within a week of releasing on Instagram, it had five million views. That's the kind of number you acquire on YouTube, but not on Instagram. Tell us about it.
Prateek:[My teammate, writer-director] Dar Gai came up with the idea. While I am usually cynical about most recommendations, I instantly knew that this would be great. We had been working on it for a year, and had planned to release it last year, but kept deferring it for various reasons. First, I went on tour, then I didn't have money because I spent too much of it touring. When I got money, we found ourselves in the pandemic. We realised this was the right time to make it. The guys wanted me to shoot some portion in the studio, but we couldn't do that. So, we shot it at home with the help of my girlfriend. But, apart from that, the track was created exactly as we conceptulalised it. I knew it would do well, but it exceeded my expectations.
Lisa: That song was definitely a movement in the independent music [scene]. I was in awe. I think it is an inspiration for all those involved in non-film work.

Prateek: There's so much discussion about non-film music and Bollywood music, which are pitted against each other. Can you weigh in on that since you've [been involved with both]?
Lisa: The truth is that if your sound is authentic, you can [take creative calls]. For instance, your song, Kho gaye hum kahan [Baar Baar Dekho, 2016], [reflects] your sound. When you make an authentic mark with an original sound, you will be asked for that, even in Bollywood. There's a notion that the only music worth listening to is independent music. But, if your work can speak for itself, and your writing is authentic, they will seek that from you. Nowadays, I am told that the brief given to other singers is to sing like me. So, if you make that mark, you can carve your own space even in Bollywood. Bollywood is a giant; the dal-chawal of the country. It was the only source of music for 70 years [until independent music became popular]. You may not have creative control, but you are exposed to a huge listener-base. But, how willing are you to mould yourself [for them]? That's a call you need to take.
Prateek: But even if one chooses to do so, it's okay. If you want to stick to an industry's sound, it's fine.
Lisa: It is. I talk of [Bollywood singing] like melodious voice acting. You're in a booth, singing for a character for a given movie scene while [deciphering] how she looks and sounds. It is fascinating and challenging. I grew up on Bollywood music, and love the big productions. But, within that, I have to remind myself that I'm here for a reason; I have a particular sound, and I love it. I don't want to become someone I don't recognise. Independent music is growing, because of people like you, but it is a slow and steady climb. Even in a year like this one, when it should, ideally, have dominated the scene, we still need an actor to feature in it, or a star to share it on social media.
Prateek: That is a refreshing way of looking at the situation. It's also about not being rigid. You can choose to keep your distinctive sound alive; you may have to pay a price for it, but it could help you in [the long run].
Lisa: Or you could simply be featured on the [play] list of the former president of the United States!
Prateek: It's a gamble. People shouldn't be apprehensive about [exploring either industry]. There are good and bad people in both. I find a lot of people demonising Bollywood. I have had bad experiences working in that industry, but that has happened in the indie-music industry as well.
Lisa: This war between the two worlds doesn't need to exist. It also [affects] musicians like us. I enjoy [working in] both industries equally. Although, one aspect in which the industry can grow is in enabling musicians to be the face of their music, instead of just the voice. We have big music industries [backing] original [songs] that are not fronted by the singer. For long, we have had Bollywood actors be the face of our music. That has got to shift.

Lisa: Where have you spent your time in the lockdown?
Prateek: In Delhi. I was happy when it began, because I had toured extensively last year. I was depressed, and in a bad place, physically and emotionally. I had just started dating my girlfriend, and that wasn't the best timing to do so since I was heading on tour. I was tired and cranky all the time. When I came back, I spent time working on my health; eating, and sleeping properly. I haven't slept the way that I have in the lockdown, for five years. I am sleeping for eight hours each day.

Prateek: Can you talk about the making of your recent track, Nai chaida?
Lisa: We planned it in February, before the pandemic. Eerily, it revolved around a couple that communicates over video chats. We released it in April, and began to wonder if we had predicted this situation. The video is also inspired by my life, and had to do with letting go of my romantic [equation] to take forth this career. We shot it at the same locations where I held my meetings when I first came here.

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Mortal remains of legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam laid to rest

Posted on 26 Sep 2020 07:49:00 GMT - music

The mortal remains of famous playback singer and Padma awardee S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, popular as SPB or Balu in the movie world, was laid to rest with police honours at his farmhouse on Saturday.

At about 12.30 p.m. SPB's body was lowered into a dug up pit bringing to end a great musical era.

The legendary singer who has recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 languages over a period of five decades, died on Friday afternoon due to cardio-respiratory arrest at the M.G.H. Healthcare.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people stood in a long queue to pay homage to the singer as well as celebrities from the movie world at the farm house.

The singer's family performed the last rites. The mortal remains were brought to the farmhouse on Friday evening. On Friday, a large number of people gathered at his residence here to have a last glimpse of the singer and pay their respects.

Later in the evening, his body was taken in a van to his farmhouse at Thamaraipakkam. Enroute several people stood on the pavement and bade SPB a tearful goodbye.

On August 5, in a Facebook post, the 74-year-old SPB said that he was suffering from a very mild attack of coronavirus and had got himself hospitalised to take a rest.

He had said that though the doctors had advised him to stay at home and take a rest, he decided to be in a hospital, as at home his family members would get concerned.

SPB hoped to get discharged from the hospital in two days. But it was not to be.

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Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam will be laid to rest with full police honours

Posted on 26 Sep 2020 03:35:04 GMT - music

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami announced that the mortal remains of famous playback singer and Padma awardee S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, popularly known as SPB or Balu in the cine world and who recorded over 40,000 songs in 16 languages over a period of five decades, will be laid to rest with full police honours to add to his fame and glory as he had found a place in the hearts of the people across India.

SPB's son S.P. Charan on Friday afternoon confirmed the demise of the legendary singer. Speaking to the media outside the MGM Healthcare Hospital, he said Balasubrahmanyam passed away at 1.04 p.m. and thanked the hospital officials for the treatment and service.

The singer's body was taken to his residence after embalming for public homage in the evening. A large number of people gathered at his residence here to have a last glimpse of the singer and pay their respects. Later in the evening his body was taken in a van to his farmhouse at Thamaraipakkam near here where the last rites will be held.

Enroute several people stood on the pavement and bade SPB a tearful goodbye. Earlier MGM Healthcare in a statement said: "In a further setback this morning, despite maximal life support measures and the best efforts of the clinical team, his condition deteriorated further and he suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest. With profound grief, we regret to inform that he has passed away on September 25 at 13.04 hours."

The hospital said, Balasubrahmanyam was on life support measures since August 14 for severe Covid-19 pneumonia.

On August 5, in a Facebook post, the 74-year-old SPB said that he was suffering from a very mild attack of coronavirus and had got himself hospitalised to take rest.

He had said that though the doctors had advised him to stay at home and take rest, he decided to be in a hospital, as at home his family members would get concerned.

He hoped to get discharged from the hospital in two days. But it was not to be.

For a brief period, he showed some improvement in his health condition and had tested negative for coronavirus on September 4.

But on Thursday the hospital said his condition was extremely critical.

Since Thursday the indications about Balasubrahmanyam were not good.

On Thursday MGM Healthcare said the singer remains on ECMO and other life support systems.

"His condition in the last 24 hours has deteriorated further warranting maximal life support and he is extremely critical. The team of experts at MGM Healthcare are closely monitoring his health condition," the hospital had said.

Since Friday morning a large number of police personnel were deployed outside the hospital.

The singer's family members were present at the hospital.

Director Bharathiraja, after visiting the iconic singer at the hospital, told the media at this time of grief he was not able to say anything.

It was movie director Venkat Prabha who first tweeted about the singer's death.

Prabha tweeted "#RIPSPB 1:04pm" announcing the sad news.

Meanwhile political leaders across the country -- President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, DMK President M.K. Stalin, MDMK General Secretary Vaiko, PMK Founder S. Ramadoss and Chief Ministers of several other states mourned the singer's death.

Actor Rajinikanth tweeted: "Balu sir ... you have been my voice for many years ... your voice and your memories will live with me forever ... I will truly miss you ..."

"I have no words to say. There can be one and only Balu Sir. I have sung a couple of songs with Balu Sir in Tamil movies. In those days the recording used to be live and it was interesting. He encouraged me a lot. Some months back I had met him. He enquired about my family and me," playback singer Jency told IANS from Ernakulam in Kerala.

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Sivamani on SP Balasubrahmanyam: Annayya was the first to take me on road shows

Posted on 26 Sep 2020 01:37:35 GMT - music

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I have lost my Godfather, my guru, my mentor. My journey to becoming a true artiste began with Balu Sir. He taught me how to be a true musician, and also that one must always be respectful towards fellow artistes and colleagues. He loved Mohammad Rafi ji's songs, and spoke fondly of those he worked with, including Panchamda [RD Burman], Bappi Lahiri, Pyare sir [Pyarelal Sharma], Ilayaraja, Ms Viswanathan, KV Mahadevan, and several others. He was the one who brought me to Mumbai to show me how recordings were conducted, and drums were played. His demise is a huge loss for the entire music industry, and music lovers.

My father, SM Anandan, was a drummer in Balu sir's live Orchestra band. When I was young, I would play with my father during the holidays. After he met with an accident, I had to begin playing professionally at the age of 12. It was during a show when Balu sir was singing Mehbooba Mehbooba from Sholay that My father told me to play the drums, in his place. When I began to do so, Balu sir turned behind to see who was playing. He noticed the fire in me and, after the show, told my father that he would like to take me, instead of my father, on his road shows. That is how my journey in music started.

I called him annayya, which, in Tamil means older brother. He loved me like he did his son or younger brother, and gave me freedom to explore my talent, when we were on stage. My annayya always give me a 15-minute drum solo in his concerts. These 15 minutes were so precious for me because he was putting his trust in me on such big platforms. I am where I am today, because of him. Playing with him, and for him, was my riyaaz. He was always incredibly encouraging as a mentor.

He was known for his professionalism. There is a particular incident that I recall pertaining to a show in Bangalore, where multiple artistes were to perform. He was to arrive too, but, his flight was cancelled. The audience had already arrived, and was getting agitated. So, I began to play my drum solo, and entertained them till annayya arrived and took the stage. It is to be mentioned here that he had reached the venue after a 12-hour hectic drive from Mangalore to Bangalore to arrive in time. He did not wish to disappoint his fans in any condition. I particularly remember how emotional he got after he started the show [with] a Tulu song. He was in tears. This is how professional he was, and how much he loved his fans.There are many memorable moments that I have shared with him, including our divine visits to the Mookambika temple in Mangalore. When we'd travel to the US, I was the one who would keep playing music in the midst of shows [to entertain everyone]. He would enjoy every moment, and was always full of joy.

We were regularly in touch. Before he was admitted to hospital, I would message him and keep abreast with my online shows and new musical ventures. Somewhere, I am at peace [in the knowledge that] I made him proud. I remember how happy and excited he was when he heard that I had received the Padma Shri award. His smile, blessings, and love meant the world to me. Today, I feel so helpless and saddened because I can't attend his funeral due to the pandemic . I pay my deepest condolences to anni, his wife, and the entire family. Balu sir's life, music, and work is magnanimous, and will be cherished by generations to come.

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"Balasubrahmanyam sir's contribution to my life will always remain unparalleled. We have truly lost a legend today but his legacy will live on. It will always be an honour to have had the chance to work with a personality like him in films like Saajan, Maine Pyar Kiya, Patthar Ke Phool and many more. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to his family and well-wishers."

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