15 items from 2012
The trend of male playback singing has changed quite significantly over the years. Gone are the days when singers were known as the voices of actors on screen. Kishore Kumar for Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand, Mukesh for Raj Kapoor, Mohd Rafi for Shammi Kapoor, Dharmendra and so on.
It was history when every second Bollywood popular song was sung by either Kumar Sanu or Udit Narayan. With the evolution of internet, the music industry was adversely impacted as the demand for music cassettes or CDs declined drastically.Read More »
Recently, when a leading tabloid carried an interview on Lata Mangeshkar, it came across as one of the regular interviews. All it took was a statement from Lataji wherein she spoke about her war with Mohd. Rafi by saying that, "Composer Jaikishan took the initiative (of patching them). I asked him to get a written apology from Rafi saab. I got the letter and ended the cold war." To this, Shahid Rafi, son of late Mohammad Rafi, held a press conference claiming that such a letter writing incident never took place between his father and her. He also challenged Lata to prove her stand by producing the letter for everyone to see.
Talking to the media, Shahid said that "My father was a national property. His fan following is larger than any artist. If she (Lata) can prove that my father had written an apology letter to her, then she »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
A day after legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar remarked that she demanded a written apology from ace singer Mohammed Rafi has irked Rafi Saab’s family and they took a dig at Lataji saying that she has grown old and her memory faded as Rafi Saab never apologized to her in written.Highly miffed Rafi Saab's family threatened to take legal action against Lata Mangeshkar against her wrong allegation. Lata Mangeshkar's statements in an interview about her having a tiff with Mohammad Rafi and demanding an apology letter from him did not go well with his son Shahid Rafi. "This is utter nonsense. Lataji, with all due respect, is getting old, and I »
When it rains, it pours! Priyanka Chopra definitely believes this as this week not only brought her rave reviews for her role in Barfi! but it also marked the inaugural of her first international single. Looking ravishing albeit a bit nervous in a Falguni and Shane Peacock leather dress, PC launched her single ‘In My City’ at Juhu, Mumbai yesterday a good 6 hours before it premiered at the Nfln (National Football League Network) as its theme song.
PC’s journey to this single is pretty interesting too. After Salim-Suleiman heard her sing during Pyaar Impossible, they recommended her to Devraj Sanyal (Universal Music, India). Anjula (DesiHits) then got a team together of A-list music producers like Jimmy Iovine of Interscope, Red One of 2101, and the talent manger Troy Carter of Atom Factor. With a struggle over two years with riyaaz and training her voice, ‘In My City’ with will.i. »
- Prateeksha Khot
Can you believe that it has been 25 years since Kishore Kumar left this world? It is hard to believe, mainly because his songs live on even today, through numerous singers who base their styles on him from Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet, Vinod Rathod to the younger singers of today such as Babul Supriyo or Shaan. Further Kishore Kumar lives in through the regular remixes and renditions of his songs each and every year.
Bollyspice had the privilege to be part of an intimate audience with the sons of Kishore Kumar, Amit and Sumit Kumar. It is hard to cover all of Kishore’s classics in one night, extremely hard, so the best way do it is by selecting themes or a particular era. The promoter Pankaj Sodha shared with the audience that the original plan was a celebration of Kishore Kumar’s music on his 25th death anniversary. However, from the »
- Anjum Shabbir
Saturday evening saw the final show from Saregama’s Celebrating the Legends UK tour in London, at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, headlined by Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod. Presented as a tribute show to Indian musical legends Mohammad Rafi, Talat Mahmood, Noor Jahan and the nightingale of India – Lata Mangeshkar, the house full audience had already come along with high expectations and nostalgia, but nothing prepared us for the absolutely amazing talent, charm, wisdom and stage presence of Roop Kumar Rathod.
Many of you will be familiar with Roop Kumar’s grounding in classical music, his years spent as a tabla player and his mastery at diverse genres such as Ghazals and Sufi songs, all of that in addition to his vast repertoire of meaningful Bollywood playback songs. But if you haven’t had the privilege of ever seeing him live, what you won’t be aware of his »
- Anjum Shabbir
Roop Kumar and Sonali Rathod have described their 'Celebrating the Legends' concert as a once in a lifetime opportunity. The acclaimed playback singers, who performed at the Royal Albert Hall last year, will be paying their personal tribute to legendary singers Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Aziz and Noor Jahan. Speaking at a recent press conference, Sonali said: "This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform our favourite childhood numbers from our favourite childhood singers who we idolised. It's a wonderful opportunity and thanks to Saregama and our London audience for having us back with this unique concept." Speaking to Digital Spy, Roop Kumar explained why he chose to pay tribute to the four world-renowned singers and what makes them legends. "Look at the contribution of their work in the music industry," (more) »
- By Priya Joshi
We are back with a new video from our fabulous media partners Indybrown.TV, Omkari and the wonderful Ashanti Omkar. This week in the camera’s spotlight are singers Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod, the husband and wife duo who are in the UK for their brand new concert series ‘Celebrating The Legends’. This special night of music, in celebration of 100 years of Bollywood and the greatest hits from this last century, pays tribute to some of the greatest singers from the Indian sub continent.
Modern yet classically trained singing sensations Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod (the voices behind many contemporary hits from Bollywood blockbusters: ‘Teri Liye’ Veer Zaara and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi ‘Tujhmein Rab Dikhta Hai’ to name a couple, plus Ghazals and Sufi songs) will showcase the incredible vocal talents of legends Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Mahmood and Noor Jehan in what promises »
- Stacey Yount
To celebrate 100 years of Bollywood cinema, Saregama Events brings the first of a series of tribute shows of iconic Bollywood singers. Couple duo Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod headline ‘Celebrating the Legends’ show, which salutes legends Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Mahmood and Noor Jehan, in what promises to be a one off exclusive musical experience for UK audiences.
Saregama Events have become synonymous with quality music shows, which not only represent the sheer talent Indian singers possess, but also engineer their shows with a sophistication witnessed in the previous ‘Rafi Resurrected’ tour with Sonu Niigaam and ‘Simply Rahat’ with Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. ‘Celebrating the Legends’ promises to build on these shows and take musical lovers old and new on an amazing journey by showcasing the eternal talents of legendary Bollywood singers.
Bollyspice were at a special press conference with singers Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod »
- Trupti Kantilal
Bollyspice caught up with Roop Kumar Rathod, who is currently in London to promote his upcoming Saregama Events show ‘Celebrating the Legends’. One of the top singers in Bollywood today, Roop Kumar Rathod has a voice like no other, which is steeped in classical, ghazal and sufi tones. Yet he is still responsible for some of today’s soulful chartbusters, such as ‘O saiyaan’ from Agneepath, earlier this year. Having been in the industry for over twenty years, he is a great source of wisdom for music lovers old and young. Read on to hear what he had to say about music, life and his upcoming show…
I recall your first song from back in 1993, quite a journey for you since?
Wow! You remember that? ‘Mein tera aashiq’ hoon from Gumrah…
Yes, you were new on the scene. Kumar Sanu was reigning then and you also sang a song later with him? »
- Anjum Shabbir
Mohammed Rafi, one of the greatest male playback singer of its times, who sang melodious and romantic numbers for top Bollywood actors including Amitabh Bachchan, was remembered by the megastar on his death anniversary. Big B on his blog paid tribute to Rafisaab. He wrote, "What can one possibly say on one that possessed perfection. His voice gave voice to many, to build their character and position. Play back singers have always been responsible for the stature that the »
Saregama Plc, the European subsidiary of India’s largest and best-known music company, presents the inaugural celebration of 100 years of Bollywood by bringing to the to some of the greatest singers from the Indian sub continent. Bollywood has come a long way since its first ever film made in 1913. In recent years the international recognition received after Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay! as well as the award-winning Slumdog Millionaire brought popularity of Indian Cinema to the West. However it is the music of the films that is best remembered, and it was with Saregama that most Indian legends began their careers, lending their voices to the mega stars on screen.
To this end, modern yet classically trained singing sensations Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod (the voices behind many contemporary hits from Bollywood blockbusters to Ghazals and Sufi songs) will showcase the incredible vocal talents of legends Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, »
- Press Releases
Kunal Kohli’s new film Teri Meri Kahaani looks to be a bit of throwback to the 90s love sagas with modern twists, similar to Love Aaj Kal‘s multiple love stories over different eras. Kohli started off so well with Hum Tum and Fanaa but really fizzled out after Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic, so he has a lot banking on Teri Meri Kahaani. He definitely has a sizzling leading couple with Shahid Kapur and Priyanka Chopra falling in love in 1910, 1960, and 2012. Admittedly, the promos felt a bit meh, but it was the catchy Mukhtasar that perhaps got you excited for the soundtrack. This time Kohli has gone to Sajid and Wajid to create a new chartbuster of an album, and perhaps testing their musical strengths away from the hero camps of Salman, and Akshay Kumar.
The album opens well with the song that caught the buzz, Mukhtasar, and it »
- Rumnique Nannar
The 56th annual General Body Elections of the Film Writers’ Association of India will be held on May 6 at 10 am. The venue for the elections is Time & Again, 9 Raheja Classique, Opp. Sangam Co Op Housing Society Ltd. Oshiwara Link Road, Lokandwala, Andheri (W), Mumbai.
The list of candidates for the election:
(I) President (One post)
Shri Ashfaque M.Khopekar
Shri Vinay Shukla
(II) Vice President (2 Posts)
Shri Adarsh Jain
Shri Rajesh Dubey
Shri Sameer Anjan
Shri Tanveer Alam
(III) General Secretary (One Post)
Shri Danish Javed
Shri Kamlesh Pandey
(IV) Treasurer (One Post)
Shri Mazahir Rahim
Shri Sudhakar Sharma
(V) Joint Secretary (2 Posts)
Ms. Naini Kazmi
Shri Robin Bhatt
Candidates Of Executive Committee Members (Regular Members)
1. Shri A.M.Turaz
2. Shri Aakash Jain
3. Shri Abhijeet Deshpande
4. Shri Ajit Kumar Srivastava
5. Shri Anand Sivakumaran
6. Shri Anjum Rajabali
7. Shri Atul Tiwari
8. Dr. Bharat »
She hails from a musical dynasty family and says that she feels she was always meant to be a singer. Her first big break was at age 12 when she sang for the Ost of Mohabbatein and from then on she has worked with some of the best music directors both in the Hindi and South film industries. Not only recording for the films as a playback singer, she is also the lead singer on Ar Rahman’s world tour. We are talking about the fabulous Shweta Pandit. She has been the voice on some hit tunes and most recently you have heard her wonderful vocals on the Mere Brother Ki Dulhan soundtrack on both ‘Madhubala’ and ‘Do Dhaari Talwaar’ and ‘Thug Le’ from Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl. Stacey got the exciting opportunity to quiz her on many different aspects about being a singer in the film industry and boy did »
- Stacey Yount
15 items from 2012
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