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Big B shares that singers of yesteryears had a flawless rendition as there were no technicians available to patch up their out-of-tune notes
Jayoti Soor (DNA; November 27, 2012)
Playback singers are the voices of the heroes when they want to woo their love on screen or want to vent their woes through a heart-wrenching song. Actor Amitabh Bachchan recalls how music has played such an important part in his films and the legendary singers who have given voice to his emotions on reel.
Giving credit to the singers of the past when technology was not at their disposal to cover their flaws, he says that they were the true measure of talent. “Today anyone can modulate their voice and a group of technicians play a larger part in the final outcome of a song. Even if you are besura, you can get away with it,” he said at the launch of Mohammad Rafi’s book that’s a tribute to his life. “But the singers in my heydays did not have this option. They had to do constant retakes until they had the perfect rendition,” he adds.
Sharing his fondest memory of the legendary singer Rafi, who has given voice to a lot of his favourite numbers, Bachchan shares how his humility had touched his heart. “Members from the film fraternity had gone to Siliguri to perform at a musical concert in which Rafi was the leading voice for the first day. The second day another singer was supposed to fill his shoes but then at the last moment we got the news that the second singer will not be able to make it and by More >
MUMBAI MIRROR; April 27, 2011
The picture taken by Jagdish Aurangabadkar at a celebration party for the highest sale of records of, no prizes for guessing this one, Qurbani, has the three leading actors, Feroz Khan, Vinod Khanna and Zeenat Aman taking over the stage in style.
With songs like Laila Main Laila, Aap Jaisa Koi and Hum Tumhe Chahte Hain Aise, the songs of the Feroz Khan directed film were an instant success.
Half the reason for the success of the music could be attributed to the singers Asha Bhonsle, Nazia Hasan Kishore Kumar and Mohhammad Rafi alongwith the music directors Kalyanji Anandji. And the other half? Well, that just goes to the three stylish actors who made them look so beautiful on screen.
The sexy Zeenat Aman in her swimsuit probably made the slow number Hum Tumhe Chahte Hain racier than it was meant to be.
At this event, the always-stylish Feroz is seen demonstrating a two-step in his signature silk shirt unbuttoned down to mid chest while the suave Vinod Khanna in a simple shirt accessorised with what looks like beads from the Osho ashram seems to be providing the background score for his friend.
Dressed in a salwar kameez much unlike her onscreen persona in the film in which she played a cabaret dancer, Zeenat Aman stands behind her two co-stars cheering them on.
Also check out the cord coming out of the microphone held by Khanna. In this day and age of cordless equipments, it is hard to even imagine More >
The artiste who stole Aradhana’s hit song walks free as American bench says the record label had no copyright
Prithwish Ganguly (BOMBAY TIMES; March 30, 2011) American artiste Timbaland has used the 1969 song Baagon Mein Bahaar Hai from Aradhana (featuring Rajesh Khanna and Farida Jalal) in repeated loops in his hip-hop song titled Put You In The Game. The record label Saregama India Ltd. moved court against the rapper but the American Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has let the producer, the artiste and the music company walk free.
After reviewing the Indian Copyright Act, the contract between the record label and the producers of Aradhana, the American bench delivered verdict in favour of Timbaland. Unlike the West where the composers and record labels hold contractual agreements for use of track, in India, it stays with the producers. In the case of Baagon Mein Bahar Hai (originally sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, lyrics by Anand Bakshi and music by SD Burman), the bench said that the rights belonged to the producer and not the label and so they had no right to sue Timbaland. Although Saregama had the rights of the song, it was only for two years. Thus, the rights are automatically with the owners now, leaving them no grounds to sue the American rapper.
AR Rahman is the only composer who owns rights of all his songs.
Indian composers react…
Sajid-Wajid: We have set examples in cheating and copying people. Everyone globally More >
The grapevine suggests PC will be recording an album soon, in collaboration with an international singer
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; March 1, 2011)
It’s not just her drop-dead physical attributes that make Priyanka Chopra attractive. She can also hum her way through a storm. Music is in her genes; her father Dr Ashok Chopra is a trained singer and has enthralled audiences with his Mohammad Rafi songs on a number of occasions.
As of now some desi websites are buzzing with the news that Piggy Chops will cut an international album. And BT managed to find out that on her recent trip to the US, she did have a couple of closed-door meetings with some music giants. Our source says, “Priyanka even met with Lady Gaga. And, in all likelihood the 25-year-old American singer-songwriter, who is a rage and our very own B-town beauty may just collaborate on an album.”
The news of Priyanka lending her voice to a pop album is exciting. If it happens she will be the first Bollywood actress to cut an international album. PC’s official spokesperson however chose to play it safe, “Priyanka and Lady Gaga did meet at a concert. They spoke at length backstage. However, there is no collaboration happening between them.”
No matter what their official stance on this is, an eyewitness maintains, “PC and Lady Gaga did talk about music at length. The diva of pop told her how fascinated she is with India and Bollywood. She also told Priyanka that she is keen to visit More >
The soprano-ish voice behind Coke’s ‘bus’ TVC tells Malay Desai why there would always be listeners for edgy music, which is good news for her band Sridhar/ThayilBy Malay Desai (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 21, 2010)
‘I want to be a mean and lean blow-up doll to grace us and stay for an unfashionably long time… so say all you want ‘coz baby it’s showbiz!’
… sang a voice at Blue Frog last night, leaving the club’s audience amused with the theatrics of the spoken word. The voice has also created a buzz on primetime TV across the nation, in a cola commercial featuring actors Imran Khan and Kalki Koechlin.
The TVC has become a talking point, thanks to singer Suman Sridhar rendering Mohammad Rafi’s Tum jo mil gaye ho. It’s also a debut endorsement for the 27-year-old, who has created a popular niche in the indie music industry through her band Sridhar/Thayil. The ad is just an offshoot of her works, which include much more, she tells us over lunch at a Bandra café.
The female half of Sridhar/Thayil looks like a shy monk who’s just given into funky indulgences. Now sporting super-short hair (after carrying off a tonsured look for long) and wearing punk accessories, Sridhar is often eccentric, much like her music. “The TVC happened purely by chance. Mikey (Mike McCleary, composer, best known for his works with Lucky Ali) called me one evening to his Bandra pad; we Youtube-d the old version (featuring Navin Nishchol) and I recorded a scratch,” she More >