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The documentary film I shot for, late last year, is going to be premiered in Delhi next week. Here’s the synopsis. Is piracy organized crime or class struggle? Are alternative artists who want to hold rights over their art and go it alone in the market, visionaries or nutcases? Is the fine line between plagiarism […]

New song by duo, Vishal Shekhar, for the desi English film, Walkaway. Song is called ‘Dheere dheere’ and is sung by Vishal, though he sounds strange! Hummable, uptempo track in the duo’s true tradition.

Friday June 11, 2010 17:26

Top recent listens (May 2010)

Pappu Hippo & Mellaga – Pappu (Telugu – Phani Kalyan) Rahman’s musical school student Phani Kalyan makes a confident debut in Pappu. The choice of Srinivas in the mello Mellaga is perfect, while even the mildly unkempt vocals by Radhika sounds brilliantly apt in Pappu Hippo. Bibi sanam jaanem – Coke Studio Season 3 (Pakistani […]

Friday June 11, 2010 09:31

Random observations from a TamBrahm wedding

The following is a compilation of some of my tweets during my recent trip to Chennai for a wedding…a TamBrahm wedding. They have been selected from many more tweets that I tweeted from my other ID – @beastoftraal. Warning: Some/many of the words/phrases can be comprehended only if you’re clued in to TamBrahm culture – […]

Sunday May 2, 2010 12:20

Top recent listens (April 2010)

Fakeera & Jingle jingle – Badmaash Company (Hindi – Pritam) Badmaash Company is the best of Pritam in a long time with every one of the 5 tracks having something interesting. Fakeera is by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and can Pritam give him something substandard? Nope – the tune of Fakeera is rather intriguing, almost […]

Sunday April 11, 2010 13:34

Top recent listens (March 2010)

Morning bird – Sade (Album: Soldier of love) Sade Adu’s new album comes 10 years after her/the band’s last (Lovers Rock, 2000) and is a suitably rewarding experience for fans. Morning Bird is the pick of the album, with its almost faint notes and languorously assembled music. Swapnathin (Preethi Pillai version) & Title song (Ranadheera) […]

Sunday February 7, 2010 22:34

The Composition of World Harmony 2010 (Mrigya)

Sharat Chandra’s violin is the soul of the album; pervasive and brilliant. The track Ganga is perhaps the best example of his skills, even as the band layers it beautifully with guitar. Ghulam Qadir Niyazi’s qawwali’sh vocals makes an interesting accompaniment to the jazz-rock that occupies most of Ali, while the band cooks up interesting […]

Thursday December 10, 2009 15:57

Music review: Saari Raat (Indipop – Devika)

Shahi composes 4 tunes and all of them are consistently very good; Barkha bahaar holds some imaginatively ambient orchestration; Saari raat and Kothay uttay have that traditional Pakistani/ Punjabi sound wrapped in a lovely mod package, even as Rehna tere bina is a groovy fusionl; Devika uses her vocal to great effect here. The atmospheric […]

Wednesday December 9, 2009 22:17

Music review: Oum Shanti (Telugu – Ilayaraja)

Even though the distracting rhythms belie the usual Ilayaraja-standard, Ottesi chebutha is pretty street-smart and catchy. In the title song, even if the dated synth jars, Raja works his magic on the curiously retro-style tune, while the cringe-worthily-titled Flying on the moon’s pallavi and interludes is a throwback to the classic Raja format and is […]

Sunday November 29, 2009 10:46

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