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Bollywood is a purely money-driven industry : Indian Ocean’s Rahul Ram

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New Delhi: The musical landscape of the Hindi film industry is constantly evolving and Rahul Ram, vocalist and bassist of long-running folk rock band Indian Ocean, believes “Bollywood has changed” and it’s a “purely money-driven industry”. tumblr_static_bollywood-logo

“I think the music evolves on its own. If something works, people would want to go in that direction. Bollywood has changed. It’s a purely money-driven industry,” Ram told IANS in a telephonic interview.

The musician, who has composed three songs for Neeraj Ghaywan’s directorial debut, the Cannes- acclaimed “Masaan”, with his band Indian Ocean, says if the music of the film gets appreciated, “then more people would want to follow that”.

Asked about the evolution of indie music in India, the musician said that every Indian indie band needs a chance to exhibit their talent.

He isn’t, however, too keen on using the term ‘indie music’ for independent artists in India, and says that it’s important to coin a new nomenclature altogether.

“We have to come with our own nomenclature. Non-Bollywood, non-traditional is a better term than indie. We are searching for a term for Indian Ocean for the last 25 years. We call Indian Ocean as ‘frock’ – folk rock,” he quipped.

Indian Ocean have “adequate material” for a new full-length and have worked on two new songs with legendary ghatam player Pandit Vikku Vinayakram and saxophonist George Brooks, says Ram.

“We have another new song ready, which we will perform in Bangalore on July 31. We are doing a set called ‘Side A, Side B’. It will be a four-hour concert, including a track from ‘Masaan’,” he said

For “Masaan”, the story of which revolves around four lives which intersect along the Ganga river, Indian Ocean created heart-warming music that duly fits in with the film’s aesthetics.

“Basically, after initial talks with Neeraj, we figured that there will be one love track in the film, which was ‘Tu kisi rail si guzarti hai’. To get the actual tune took us a long time. We went through four-five variations for it.

“The second song ‘Mann kasturi’ was approved of within an hour. I hadn’t even seen the lyrics. Neeraj and Varun Grover (writer) were coming from Mumbai to listen to the music. They heard the tune and loved it. It was fixed there and then,” Ram said about the musical compositions of “Masaan”.

The third song titled “Bhor” is however an old Indian Ocean song from their album “Jhini”, which was rendered in a different version for the film, says Ram.

“The third song was a version of our song which we released in 2003. It’s called ‘Bhor’. In the final edit, Neeraj had taken the original version of the song, which is way faster. But I told him that it’s not working out. I am talking about a completely different mood, so I had to persuade him to use a new version,” he added.

Talking about the recording process of this song, Ram said it was recorded in a “different” way from how music is recorded in studios nowadays.

“The way we recorded it is also different. Four of us stood in four different parts of the studio and played with the song. Nikhil was on guitars, Amit with flute and all three of us had vocals and we sang. And when we felt we have a version that was adequate, we thought that we should go and repair it,” he said.

“Around 50 years back, there were just two tracks, so the whole orchestra used to play together. Even the old jazz records were recorded in that manner. The feel of interacting with each other is there in those live recordings, but now that feel is gone,” he added.

(IANS)

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Zumba Master Beto Perez Happy That People Are Health Conscious

"Music is fundamental to Zumba. With great music, you lose yourself in the moment and it doesn't feel like you are working out.

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He will be collaborating with Badshah before the end of 2018, and it will see the singer's signature sounds getting choreography and being distributed to Zumba instructors across the globe.
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Excited about hosting a masterclass in India, Beto Perez, creator of the fitness solution Zumba, says by creating a fun environment, people don’t realise how hard they are working out. He is glad people worldwide are becoming conscious about the importance of exercise.

In India for the fourth edition of Fitex India 2018, Perez on Saturday hosted a high-powered masterclass in Greater Noida, to the beats of famed Indian rapper Badshah.

“The energy that comes from an Indian crowd of Zumba fans is like nowhere else in the world. I am also excited to meet so many new instructors in India. Our programme is booming and it gives me enormous pride to know we are creating employment opportunities for thousands of people,” Perez told IANS in an email interview.

He will be collaborating with Badshah before the end of 2018, and it will see the singer’s signature sounds getting choreography and being distributed to Zumba instructors across the globe.

Zumba mixes dance and aerobic elements with accompanying music that is mainly Latin, but also incorporates various genres of music. The movements involve martial arts, squats, lunges and other aerobic techniques.

In 2001, Perez collaborated with Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion to create Zumba Fitness, LLC.

Over the years, the company has partnered with stars like Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Shakira, Maluma, Shaggy, Claudia Leitte, Pitbull, Wisin, Yandel, Don Omar, Luis Fonsi, Lil Jon and Daddy Yankee, to incorporate high-energy music into their popular fitness routines.

He will be collaborating with Badshah before the end of 2018, and it will see the singer's signature sounds getting choreography and being distributed to Zumba instructors across the globe.
Zumba Dance, wikimedia commons

“Music is fundamental to Zumba. With great music, you lose yourself in the moment and it doesn’t feel like you are working out.

“Latin music works perfectly for Zumba as the primary steps in class stem from certain Latin styles. But Bollywood music is right up there too,” added the 48-year-old Columbian, who dismisses the concept of ‘Bollywood Zumba’.

“It is important to note that ‘Bollywood Zumba’ does not formally exist. A Zumba class can certainly feature some Bollywood-style tracks but it is important that the music is primarily Latin and follows a certain formula, in which we train instructors.

“Only a properly trained and licensed instructor can deliver the genuine experience. That said, we at Zumba have created some Bollywood style tracks which we have provided to instructors around the world…and they absolutely love them.”

A core idea behind the fitness routine is to combine fun with exercise.

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“People have realised that exercise is the best medicine. Regular exercise reduces the likelihood of a range of diseases and improves the mood. Exercise has moved away from being just for those that want to compete in sport or show off their body — it is a means by which everyone can lengthen their life expectancy.”

Asserting that it is a “business of fun”, Perez added: “Create a fun environment and people don’t realise how hard they are working and how many calories they are burning. The ability to connect with an audience and bring a sense of joy to the class is primarily what I look for in an instructor.

“It’s not about being the best dancer or having the biggest muscles…it’s about filling a room with energy and happiness.” (IANS)