New Delhi, Friday, January 31, 2014
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one are the days when musicians from India complained about not getting enough global recognition. Actor Priyanka Chopra’s pop success in the last two years, is an obvious indicator of a certain reversal of winds. This trend stands for not just the mainstream or Bollywood singers, but also independent musicians. This year’s Celtic Connections, an 18-day-long cultural festival in Glasgow, Scotland, which celebrates world music, saw as many as five acts from India. The onelakh-strong audience stood witness to an Indian musical panorama, unfolded by the like of folk-rock/pop icon Raghu Dixit, Kyun-famedsinger Papon and East India Company, Ruhaniyat (Kolkota-based band), sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan and folk-singer Saurav Moni. We caught up with three of our desi stars - Raghu, Papon and Suhail Yusuf, to get a backstage view of the videsi platform.
The ScottishEnglish crowd connected so well with Assamese and Hindi lyrics. We had Ross Ainslie play bagpipes for the Papon and The East India Company show, and in just 2-3 days, we managed to connect and play together with such comfort —Papon
Indian musicians have started getting global recognition. We bring you the backstage details from the 18-daylong cultural festival in Scotland
It is very interesting for us to go, watch and learn from them, while also showcasing our brand of music. The learning from just watching them play different genres will help artists expand their sound and music Raghu Dixit
Malkit slams vulgarity in Hindi songs
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A GLOBAL STAGE FOR INDIAN MUSICIANS
Pick any Hindi song today and you’ll see no meaning in them ... they revolve around the same hook line Malkit Singh, Punjabi singer
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e is listed by The Guinness Book of Records as the biggest selling Bhangra solo artist of all time, and has been awarded the prestigious Member of the Order of the British Empire, by Queen Elizabeth. But Punjabi singer Malkit Singh (left) is not happy with the way Bollywood has treated his music. “The way composers copy tunes and songs in Bollywood and then don’t give credit for it, is very disappointing. My song, Tootak Tootak, was also lifted for one of the films recently. And, then they say that these are folk songs that anyone can use! Jab Malkit Singh gaata hai, toh hi aapko yaad aata hai ki folk music hai!” laments Malkit.
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Many Indian ragas sound similar to Celtic tunes, but what differentiates them is the perception of the composer. I wore a kilt on stage. We moulded everything into a group sound. So, there were Scottish tunes, Bangla tunes, as also Welsh Suhail Yusuf Khan
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A still from the song, Sunny Sunny, from the film, Yaariyan
A LOOK AT THE MOVIES RELEASING TODAY
ONE BY TWO
Genre: Romance Director: Devika Bhagat Cast: Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai, Rati Agnihotri, Jayant Kriplani, Darshan Jariwala, Lilette Dubey and Smita Jaykar Synopsis: The film features real life actor-couple Abhay Deol and Preeti Desai. One By Two is the story of Amit and Samara, who
12 Years A Slave When Lupita got a kiss from Leo! meet each other while living in Mumbai. Co-produced by Abhay, the film has Mumbai, a city teeming with millions, as its backdrop. The film tracks how the universe conspires to bring these two lost souls together. It is projected as a coming-of-age film about how two people are destined to meet, but only when
their individual lives are ready for each other. Through a chance encounter, a series of coincidences and fate’s helping hand, Amit and Samara’s lives intersect and affect each other in deep ways. Whether they are able to find their true paths or not forms the rest of the plot of the film.
When asked if the makers of Sunny Deol’s I Love New Year took his permission for using his all-time hit song, Gur Naal Ishq Mitha, in their film, the 51-year-old singer says, “They used my song without even asking me! They could have asked me to sing gur nal, I would have sung it for free for them. Aur mujhe bhi credit mil jata.” The veteran singer is also unhappy with the current music scene in India. “Pick any Hindi song today and you’ll see no meaning in them ... they revolve around the same hook line. Also, double meaning and vulgarity are added to songs to make them appealing. They are being shot in nightclubs as if there is no location left to be shot in India!” Singh was in India recently to promote his new album, Sikh Hon Da Maan. “The songs in my album are soulful. They’ll give you peace of mind,” he says.
ollywood’s latest breakout star Lupita Nyong’o (above) had recently gushed about her love for fellow Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio. So, the 12 Years a Slave actor was in for a shock when she landed a kiss from the Titanic star at a recent event. At the event, Leo spotted Lupita and promptly strolled over to give her a kiss on the cheek.
Lupita had previously admitted that Leonardo was one of the first stars she was desperate to meet after making her break in Hollywood. Recalling her first meeting with the actor at the Golden Globes, she says, “During one of the commercial breaks I went over to him and said ‘I’m very sorry to bother you but I’m Lupita Nyong’o and I’ve been dying to meet you.’
Genre: Drama Director: Devika Bhagat Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K Williams, Michael Fassbender Synopsis: The film is based on the true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is
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abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty by a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the 12th year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist alters his life.
I, Frankenstein I went over to him (Leonardo DiCaprio) and said ‘I’m sorry to bother you but I’m Lupita Nyong’o and I’ve been dying to meet you’ Lupita Nyong’o, actor He was very sweet... he got up and we took a picture together.” She says that it was actually Leo’s mom who took the treasured snap.
Genre: Thriller Director: Devika Bhagat Cast: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto Synopsis: Set in a dystopic present where ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation Adam finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. The film is based on the graphic novel I, Frankenstein, by Kevin Grevioux.