Technological innovations come with their pros and cons, and the Indian music industry is witnessing it all, says popular singer Sonu Nigam, who believes more singers are cropping up thanks to technology, but very few “music legends” remain. (more…)
9 December 2013
A fan of Indian food, music and Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, US Electro House DJ-producer Steve Aoki, who will be touring the country later this month, is keen to collaborate with local artists here and explore Hindi film music. (more…)
Shilpa Rao advises that musically inclined youth must resort to formal training to gain a foothold in the music industry. The 29-year-old, who hails from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, took professional training under Indian classical musician Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and later went on to sing soulful compositions like “Tosey Naina Lagey”, “Saiyaan Re“, “Ek Lau” and “Manmarziya“. (more…)
Indian film fraternity members were saddened by the death of legendary Pakistani folk singer Reshma in Lahore Sunday and expressed their grief via Twitter. Actor Kabir Bedi shared the link of her performance to the popular song “Lambi judai” and wrote: “In memory of the legendary Reshma, a live performance of her. Unforgettable ‘Lambi judaai‘.” (more…)
Hema Malini has turned singer with her album Soundarya Lahari The versatile actress and classical dancer says that she has always been comfortable with Sanskrit and the famous literary work Soundarya Lahari (more…)
By Shilpa Raina
They may be tagged as qawwalis, a popular form of Sufi devotional music, in Hindi films but Pakistani singers Rizwan and Muazzam, nephews of legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, say the filmi qawwalis lose their soul and essence when composed as a Bollywood number.
The duo is no stranger to Hindi movies as it contributed to Bollywood song “Dil mera muft ka”.
Qawwalis are associated with soul and once you compose them in Bollywood, the composition takes away its essence and meaning. It will be wrong to call it a qawwali. It qualifies as a song
… Rizwan of Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali Group told IANS in an interview.
The brothers performed at the ongoing Rajasthan International Folk Festival (RIFF), and belted out some popular numbers of their late uncle, trying to recreate the same magic with “Yeh jo halka halka suroor hai“, “Maula Ali” and “Allah ho“, but couldn’t match his calibre.
The duo admit that
it is extremely difficult to find anyone like our uncle (Nusrat)
It is a difficult challenge for us, and at times we feel burdened by it as well. But this also motivates us to outdo our previous performances and develop our own style
The duo is based in Faisalabad, the second largest city in Pakistan’s Punjab province. The legacy of their family tradition goes back to 600 years and the craft has been passed on from generations to generations.
In earlier days, qawwalis were sung at Sufi shrines and Rizwan says the form is limited to men only.
Women don’t perform qawwalis. They are not allowed to. It is a rule followed everywhere
The duo sings in Hindi, Urdu, Persian and Sanskrit.
When we perform in these languages, we ensure that we know the meaning of lyrics. It is important because you are communicating with Allah, and you should know what you are singing
The duo participated in Coke Studio Pakistan Season 3, and will be seen in its sixth season too. They feel such platforms are the best way to reach out to younger audience who are not fond of traditional qawwalis.
Such platforms allow us to be innovative in our techniques without losing basics of qawwali
… said Rizwan.
With the kind of variation and range their voice requires for their act, the two practise eight hours a day and stay away from cold thinks to avoid sore throat.
Surprisingly, ghee (butter) is the secret ingredient for their soulful voice.
We don’t have oil at all. We eat food cooked in ghee
… said Muazzam.
Can’t you make that out from our health.
He has proved his versatility as a singer, but Sonu Nigam says there are no goals in musical career as one can go as high as one wants. With a long list of hit songs, including “Sandese aate hain“, “Abhi mujh main kahin“, “Aal izz well” and “Zoobi doobi“, the 39-year-old believes that after a point singing is not about fame, but achieving milestones. (more…)
One of the best playback singers in the Pakistani film industry, Zubaida Khanum breathed her last Saturday night after suffering a fatal heart attack. The 78-year-old singer was suffering from prolonged heart ailments for a few years and was living with her sons in West Wood Colony in Lahore. (more…)
In a tribute to the legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra on the eve of his first death anniversary, melody queen Lata Mangeshkar was conferred the first Yash Chopra Memorial Award at a glittering function here. (more…)
Priyanka Chopra, who is now also popular for her singing skills, says she would love to playback for other heroines. She feels it would be a fun experience. (more…)
Shilpa Shetty has teamed up with teenage composer Palash Muchchal, a first timer, for her production venture “Dishkiyaaoon“. She says they have already recorded two songs. (more…)
Govinda’s music album “Gori Tere Naina“, which has a Navratri number, will be launched here Monday evening.
Irish singer Sinead O’Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus recently warning her about the evils of the music industry. The latter has responded to it saying she is ready for a one-on-one talk with the former. (more…)
American singer Kelly Rowland has made many fans sway to her songs but personally she loves dancing to Punjabi tracks and won’t mind working in Indian movies. (more…)
Pop star Katy Perry has released the latest song “Walking on air” from her upcoming third album “Prism”. (more…)
Singer, actor and anchor Meiyang Chang, who has sung for the upcoming music album “In Rahon Mein“, says its numbers are perfect to hear during long drives.
Singer Sona Mohapatra likes to keep her fans posted not just about her music, but also about places that she travels to. She was set to perform in Surat, Gujarat Friday, but before that the singer shared some important facts about the city via Twitter.
Legendary playback singer Manna Dey has been hospitalized here and is undergoing dialysis, a Narayana Hrudayalaya hospital spokesperson said Thursday, adding he will be kept under observation for some time.