Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

The last time I did this list, it was in 2014 (and in 2008, before that). It’s time there’s another list like this. Except Hindi film music, where multi-composer albums are almost the norm these days, the other 4 major film producing languages that I track consistently (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada) are, thankfully, sticking […]

Monday May 23, 2016 10:14

Raja XL

(Ilayaraja’s first film as composer, Annakkili, released on May 14, 1976. That completes 40 years of relentless and glorious music making from the man, and some more, as he is still active and present. As a (music) technically inept listener and music fan, I can’t help but take this milestone as an opportunity to share […]

Yes, for the last time. In the last 30 days, I have heard and argued with at least 3 different people (who do not know each other) about how the Garden Vareli TVC jingle was not composed by A.R.Rahman. They were 100% sure it was by Rahman! A simple Google search (See this, and this!) […]

(I had written this on Milliblog’s Facebook page and realized, by the 30+ mails I got, that they preferred it in the blog too, away from Facebook’s walled garden. Here it is, as a result, though you should perhaps head to the Facebook page post for comments on this piece, including those from Karki Bava). […]

It all started with Suhasini Maniratnam’s ‘ask’ to the media present in O Kadhal Kanmani’s music success event. She urged the media, ‘Let Qualified people Alone Review OK Kanmani’. The video: I found this rather naive. And said so, on a Deccan Chronicle piece too. Naive because the communication spectrum has changed forever with social […]

I came across this piece in today’s Bangalore Mirror (Rajkumar song is not music to family’s big release), which says that Lahari Music and T-series have sent legal notices to the producers of the Puneet Rajkumar starrer, Ranavikrama, for allegedly plagiarizing 2 songs from their repertoire. The title song is Ranavikrama is supposedly based on […]

Update: A note by Atul, via Facebook, in response to my post, appended at the end. First, the video that kickstarted these thoughts in my head. This video is interesting for multiple reasons. Let me list them all! 1. It is hosted by Madhav Das, ex-founder of Magnasound, the label that introduced international music to […]

I came across a song recently that is the kind that makes me go weak in my knees. Few songs do that to me, given how much new music I sample and the amount of music I generally listen to. It was shared by singer Srinivas on Facebook, and given the silly film name (Teens!) […]

Tuesday May 27, 2014 09:27

Reimagining remixes in India

Mikey McCleary’s 3rd album jab at remixes (The Bartender – Classic Bollywood With A Twist) reminds me of an interesting point. I have always been a bit derisive of remixes, but the first remix compilation that changed my mind was Bally Sagoo’s Bollywood Flashback, in 1994. No doubt driven by repeated airplay on Channel V […]

I have been noticing an interesting trend with regard music launches for some films in Hindi. Amit Trivedi-composed Queen was on T-series, but the song Hungama ho gaya alone was released by Saregama, online. Similarly, Heropanti’s Whistle Baja was reelased online by Saregama, while the rest was on T-series. Granted that Saregama owns the rights […]

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