Thursday, May 29, 2008

Jashn Bahara-Another Jewel in A.R Rahman's Crown!

A.R Rahman always rises like a phoenix time and time again when people start murmuring and say that he has exhausted his stuff. For A.R.R this mere doubt seems to be the fuel to exceed his own standards every now and then when such comments are uttered. I recently heard his songs from "Ada" and to be frank that sounded average and uninspired, going by his standards. The songs seemed to be more like the typical Hindi songs of the yesterday years. But I am always amazed by the amount of variations and colour he gives to his songs in 99% of his songs. The 1% of carelessness could be easily forgotten! He is amazingly gifted, no doubt. But he does lot of research and hard work on listening to world music which makes him up to date with the ever changing demands of time. He also gives ample respect to the genuine music lover. When he teams up with Javed Akhtar and the likes of Ashutosh Gowarikar or Subhash Ghai, he raises his standards by leaps and bounds and brings novelty to what ever he creates with them. The songs from Jodha Akbar are no different. I have attempted an amazing melody from this movie sung beautifully by Javed Ali. Curiously, Javed Ali sounds like Sonu Nigaam in the beginning of this song and then sounds like Naresh Iyer at some parts! The song also shows how A.R.R innovates and uses his library of sound samples and acoustic instruments to perfection. This song is characterised by the absence of any string tones compared to many of his other songs. The flute is also used sparingly! The ethnic instrument tones are in tune with the historic era that this film depicts. This song is ample proof for the fact that there is no substitute for melodious music, beautiful lyrics, acoustic tones and the beauty of the human voice! Only such songs from this era, will stand the test of time.
Song: Jashn Bahara
Film: Jodha Akbar (2008)
Music: A.R Rahman
Original Singer: Javed Ali
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sunidhi Chauhan performing in Meri Awaz Suno Mega Finals 1996-First Round

Annu Kapoor introducing the judges and the first round performances by Sunidhi and myself

After a long gap, I am back with some nostalgic and rare video footages; the introduction of judges and the first round of "Meri Awaz Suno" 1996 which was the turning point in my life and those winning moments! I had been for long planning to get the videos out from the fungus infected VHS tapes and finally managed to clean and transfer the tapes to digital format. This has been a long standing demand from my ardent fans. Many of those from the younger generation would not have seen the so called "first reality show" on singing talent hunt. When I searched "YouTube", I was not able to find any footage of Meri Awaz Suno, and so decided to do it myself. For those who have seen it in 1996, it would be wonderful and nostalgic again, to watch the 12 year old Sunidhi singing "Tu Chanda Mai Chandni" in front of one of the greatest living legends in music, of our times....Lata Mangeshkar! The video also reminds us the story of unkept tall promises....promises that even today are made to the amazingly talented winners of our reality shows which are made just not to be kept! It's been 12 long years after "Meri Awaz Suno"....The journey has been long from then to now.....

The winning moments!

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