Wednesday July 17, 2019

Music Composer A.R. Rahman Feels That Indie and English Music Need To Be Nurtured

NEXA Music will kick off with the launch of four original tracks sung by acclaimed celebrity artists Rahman, Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D'souza and Uday Benegal

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A.R Rahman. Wikimedia

Veteran music composer A.R. Rahman has said that Indie and English music have always been like an underdog in India but it needs to be helped and nurtured in coming years.

Rahman was interacting with the media at a press conference of Nexa Music launch along with artists Uday Benegal, Clinton Cerejo, Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D’souza and R S Kalsi, senior executive director-marketing and sales Maruti Suzuki India on Wednesday in Mumbai.

The initiative by NEXA is curated to provide aspiring Indian musicians a platform to compose original lyrics. NEXA Music invites entries from budding musicians across the country to participate in it.

The participants will be mentored by famous music composers and global music icon A R Rahman, supported by singer Clinton Cerejo.

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When asked if he feels that English and Indie music in India is going to capture the market, he said, “It needs to be helped and it needs to be nurtured. I think nothing is wrong with film music. It’s beautiful but it has been commissioned like, there you have to write for a situation and those are limited but I think here whole universe is your imagination.”

“Sometimes Indie music actually inspires movies and I want that to happen. I want a song from Indie music to go in film music. It is not a compulsion but I feel people’s mind should never be closed.”

When asked what benefit singers and musicians are going to get through Nexa Music, he said, “They are mainly going to get exposure from this venture. We are not telling many things because we don’t want to promise too much and not deliver. This is just the first step and second step is something on which we are working on.”

NEXA Music will kick off with the launch of four original tracks sung by acclaimed celebrity artists Rahman, Anushka Manchanda, Nikhil D’souza and Uday Benegal. (IANS)

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Whole Atmosphere of Mandi House Culturally Rich with Music, Literature, Art and Theatre

Now, in professional theatre, people are buying tickets for you and that's really exciting for an actor

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The whole atmosphere of Mandi House is very culturally rich with music, literature, art and theatre. Pixabay

‘Crime Patrol’ anchor Annup Sonii, who once basked in the cultural glory of Delhi’s Mandi House and performed in its popular auditoriums as a drama student, finds it thrilling to act in the area as a professional actor now.

Annup, 44, will be seen in the national capital for a theatre production ‘Ballygunge 1990’, directed by Atul Satya Koushik and presented by the Film and Theatre Society.

It will be staged at Mandi House’s Kamani Auditorium on July 21 — one of the places where the actor performed as a student.

“In my family, there’s no one related to this industry or films or theatre. For me, everything was new and exciting. The whole atmosphere of Mandi House is very culturally rich with music, literature, art and theatre.

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Annup, 44, will be seen in the national capital for a theatre production ‘Ballygunge 1990’, directed by Atul Satya Koushik. Pixabay

“In my student days, we performed at National School of Drama (NSD) auditorium in first and second year, then Shri Ram Centre or Kamani Auditorium in third year. Now, in professional theatre, people are buying tickets for you and that’s really exciting for an actor,” Annup told IANS over telephone.

He also credited NSD, which he joined 25-odd years back, as having taught him discipline and basics of acting.

“I personally feel theatre is a good foundation to start with; it prepares you so extensively to handle any character. Having said that, it’s not that if you’re not grounded in theatre, you cannot be a good actor.”

Annup describes ‘Ballygunge 1990’ as the “revenge story” of a relationship, where his character abandons a lover for ambition and returns years later after failing. The suspense-genre play is in Hindi.

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The Mumbai-based artiste has dabbled into multiple mediums, and feels passionately about the “craft of acting”.

He is returning to ‘Crime Patrol’ after a break of 15 months — in a new bearded avatar that is garnering much appreciation.

On why he took a sabbatical from the show, Annup said: “The structure of our shooting was such that I was not getting time to commit to acting assignments properly. I feel I’m an actor first, then an anchor. Now, we’ve restructured and allotted limited days to ‘Crime Patrol’. This arrangement suits both the makers and me.

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Annup Sonii, who once basked in the cultural glory of Delhi’s Mandi House and performed in its popular auditoriums as a drama student, finds it thrilling to act in the area as a professional actor now. Pixabay

“In these 15 months, I did three films and three web-series in never-seen-before roles,” he explained, adding these projects will release in this year’s last quarter.

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He will also be seen acting alongside Sanjay Dutt in the Hindi remake of Telugu film ‘Prasthanam’. (IANS)