From the Heart: BITS Pilani Students pay Tribute to the Music Maestro A. R. Rahman on World Music Day

The students have made an app DEXTRA so that they can reach out more people who want to meet their goals

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A.R Rahman sketch. Image source: muktojibon.com
  • BITS Pilani is a prestigious Institute of technology located in Pilani, Rajasthan 
  • Recently, some students composed music using an app Dextra to pay tribute to AR Rahman 
  • The students used an aap ‘DEXTRA’ to compose their music video

On the occasion of ‘World Music Day’ the students of BITS (Birla Institute of Technology and Science) Pilani in Rajasthan, came up with the idea of paying tribute to the music maestro A. R. Rahman through a video composition.

Two-time Oscar winning composer A.R. Rahman is India’s one of the most loved musician. Pointless to say, he has always delivered and continues to deliver magic with his musical notes, that leaves his listeners with goosebumps.

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What makes the video interesting is that the students have picked Rahman’s one of the popular compositions and have improvised it to pay tribute to the music maestro.

Dextra app logo. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Behind this exercise lies a story. Kushal and Divyaansh are engineering students at BITS, Pilani. They were interested in the musical world but pursuing a career in engineering clearly changed the track for them. This, however, did not kill their love for the art. Using an innovative concept for budding artists- DEXTRA, a platform for all the upcoming talents in the field of creativity, they decided to give rendition to their Music.

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‘The students from BITS Pilani who feature in the video are Arya Arun (lead vocals), Kushal Jasoria (lead vocals, video and audio editing), Saksham Nagar, Abhinav Gandotra, Devam Jhanwar, Kriti Jain, Swathi Muddha and Shubham Rathi (backing vocals), Nikhil Jhingade (keys), Sanjay Ghosh (guitar), Ravneet Bansal (bass guitar), Sudevan Chandrasekharan (violin), Dishant Sangani (keys) and Samakshi Tiwari (cinematography).’

The video ends with famous artists like Parry G, Mala Mary Martina, Agam and Gurucharan, Akash Gautam, who have endorsed the platform in their words. These ‘tech savvy’ students have definitely given the world of music a new dimension.

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The students used an aap ‘DEXTRA’ to compose their music video. The makers of Dextra app claim: We provide a platform to various artists to come together and interact with each other.” It aims to teach all the participants on how one should network with people, who appreciate and consider something new and creative.

-Report compiled by Megha Sharma of NewsGram. Twitter: @meghash06510344

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    A R Rahman deserved this! He is indeed one of the best musicians the world has got.

  • Aparna Gupta

    AR Rahman is a world class musician and paying tribute to AR Rahman is a wise decision.

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This Quarantine Centre is A Place To Delight: Filled with Music, Yoga and a Menu of choice

This COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan offers music, meditation, aerobics along with the choicest of the menu for the people staying there!

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Rajasthan's quarantine centre has emerged as a role model by setting up new benchmarks. Pixabay

BY ARCHANA SHARMA                                                                                                  A COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan has emerged as a role model by setting up new benchmarks as it offers music, meditation, aerobics along with the choicest of menu for the people staying here!

Called as Parda Chundawat Quarantine Centre, it has set example by creating a serene environment where people wake up listening to soothing music. Then, there are Yoga and meditation classes where they exercise to shoo off negativity from their mind.

In fact, the daily schedule of those admitted here is quite impressive. They wake up listening to melodious bhajans at 6 a.m. Soon after, there are two yoga classes — one for the people who love to do indoor exercise while the other for those who are interested to do yoga under open sky.

All guidelines of social distancing are followed by the people while performing yoga.

Soon after Yoga, they go for aerobics where they stretch their body rhythmically on different music beats. Thereafter, they get breakfast of their choice and are served lunch in the afternoon. As they take nap in afternoon, the evening time at 5 p.m. awaits for another interesting activity where they listen to their favourite songs of renowned singers including Kishore Kumar, Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lata Mangeshkar amongst others, while sitting together.

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This COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan has emerged as a role model. Pixabay

Special games and activities are available for kids which include spelling, synonyms, pronunciation, painting etc. Kids find this environment really engaging, says Sabhla sub divisional officer Manish Faujdar who is in charge of this centre.

Also, there are psychological experts who help in counselling. “People coming here are quite worried about their future life, their spouses and families. These counsellors help them connect to meditation with scientific facts which make them feel joyful and relieves them of their stress,” says Chhaya Choubisa, assistant director, Information and public relations, Dungarpur.

Faujdar says that when admitted, these people were quite aggrieved and angry. “We saw an unseen fear in their eyes and mind. Therefore, we introduced a few activities which can make them relieved from their stress, offering mental peace to them. We wanted to divert their attention and hence launched music therapy. We connected the music system to youTube where there were bhajans in morning, filmy songs in the evening and Aarti and patriotic songs later. Eventually, their anger vanished and they look joyful now with no stress or anger seen amongst them.”

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District collector Kanaram also visited this place and praised these innovations. (IANS)

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Jaspal Singh: Bollywood’s Voice Lost in Transition

Jaspal Singh has by and large made a significant contribution in Bollywood through some of the most popular and melodious songs he sang

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Jaspal Singh is an Indian singer who lent his voice to various Bollywood actors in the era 1970's and 1980's.

By Kashish Rai

The beauty of the Hindi film industry lies not only in it’s stories but also in the songs that get in tune with the mood of the narratives. These songs remain eternal in the minds of the audience for generations to come, but unfortunately the ones who give their melodious voice in these songs are not always remembered. Jaspal Singh is one of them.

Today we have brought in light one of those gem singers of bollywood~ Jaspal Singh, who has by and large made a significant contribution in Bollywood through some of the most popular and melodious songs he sang.

  • Who is Jaspal Singh?

 Jaspal Singh is an Indian singer who lent his voice to various Bollywood actors in the era 1970’s and 1980’s. He was born in Amritsar and during his school and college days, he realised his passion for singing. He used to participate in various music competitions throughout his school and college life. To further pursue his passion for singing he went to Mumbai where his sister used to stay.

Jaspal’s talent was first and foremost recognised by well known female singer Usha Khanna during the year 1968.

  • Jaspal’s Early Life Struggle

Jaspal Singh was provided a chance to sing at a professional level, however he did not get the recognition which he deserved in his life. He struggled to make a career in singing and would often visit Amritsar, Delhi and Mumbai time and again.

Jaspal was always an ardent fan of Mohammed Rafi and grew up listening to his songs and singing Rafi’s songs whenever he got the opportunity. As he was attracted to only film songs he did not undergo any training in classical music.

Due to peer pressure, he started practicing law and started living in Mumbai. In spite of the hardships he was facing, he never gave up and then, a well known Music Composer, Ravindra Jain gave him the big break for a song in the movie called ‘Geet Gata Chal’ of 1975. After this song, he became a prominent name. His voice was unique and was unlike any other and he sang for some hit bollywood movies like ‘Nadiya ke paar’, ‘Ankhiyon ke jharokhon se’,’Sawan ko aane do’, etc.

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  • Jaspal’s Singing Career in Bollywood Industry

In 1975 as the opening credits of the newly released film “Geet Gaata Chal” rolled out and the cinema hall resonated with the fresh, melodious, energetic and high-pitched vocals of Jaspal Singh singing the title song- ‘Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunata chal…’

Every viewer was mesmerized by this totally new, original, youthful and brilliant voice which was both pleasing and heart-warming. This was the magic his voice had.

For the audience who did not see the film at that time, hearing the song was enough to transport them to the villages and immediately entreating up images of the person dancing amidst the lush green fields, flowing rivers, chirping birds and pleasant winds. Such was the effect the song had on the listeners of that time that it became one of the most iconic songs of the decade.

The film “Nadiya Ke Paar”  produced by Tarachand Bharjatya under his banner “Rajshri Productions” was to be the launch vehicle for introducing child artists Sachin and Sarika as adult stars in a romantic story. As the existing singers of the time were all associated with different popular heroes, the new male singer Jaspal Singh was chosen to do a  playback for Sachin. Not only did the film became a big hit, all the songs of the film also became super-hits and music lovers wholeheartedly accepted Jaspal Singh as the new sensational voice.

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A still from the movie “Nadiya Ke Paar”. Pinterest

According to an interview, Ravindra Jain was apprehensive about giving Jaspal the title song which according to him was his best composition for the film but associate producer Rajkumar Bharjatya was in favour of taking the risk. Whatever the concerns may have been, still the fact remains that finally Jaspal Singh did get the green signal to record all the songs and the rest as they say is history.

Jaspal Singh was very thrilled to get such a golden opportunity. Those days it was not very easy for a new singer to make inroads into the industry especially without any father figure to launch him!

Luckily for him the film established him in a big way. He proved his versatility in the film by singing fun songs, romantic song and even ‘bhajans’.

Though, popular perception is that Geet Gaata Chal was Jaspal Singh’s debut film, technically he had made his debut earlier in 1968 in the film Bandish. It was music director Usha Khanna who decided to give him a break. She gave him a solo number which was picturized on a comedian in the film. As the film did not create any ripples, the song also did not get much attention and Jaspal Singh’s debut song went virtually unnoticed.

After this he also sang a duet with Mahendra Kapoor for the film Anjaan Hai Koi, 1969, but again that song also did not receive any great response. Once again Usha Khanna was the music director and the song was picturized on character artistes. In the coming years, he started singing for many other films in Bollywood.

  • How did Jaspal “Lost in Transition?”

Slowly it was becoming evident that as Jaspal Singh’s voice had become the voice of actor Sachin, he was not going to be used for any of the top actors of that period. Also keeping in consideration the type of films he was singing for, he did not get an opportunity to sing a variety of songs in his career. Eventually, actor Sachin’s career also did not take off in a very big way as a hero and in the absence of any top music director willing to try his voice, Jaspal’s career went towards a downward trend.

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He is thankful to the Bharjatyas of Rajshri Productions and music director Ravindra Jain who placed so much faith in him and gave him a break in the industry. Pinterest

But today, he has no complaints whatsoever with his career. He feels that whatever he accomplished was due to divine blessing and his good fortune. He is thankful to the Bharjatyas of Rajshri Productions and music director Ravindra Jain who placed so much faith in him and gave him a break in the industry. His stint in Bollywood got him many stage shows all over India and abroad as well which gave him an opportunity to outshine him.

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Indeed this winsome vocalist’s career was short-lived but whatever he sang was melodious and from the heart. Today not many people may pause to recall this underrated singer but for those who grew up in the seventies, his songs remain etched in their memories and listening to them still gives them inexplicable pleasure.

 

 

 

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Top Singers Unite for ‘World Prayer’

Shaan, Sonu Kakkar, Iulia Vantur among singers come together for 'World Prayer'

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Singer Shaan among others is a part of the "World Prayer". Wikimedia Commons

Singers Shaan, Sonu Kakkar, Iulia Vantur, Rituraj Mohanty, Abhiman Chatterjee and Mrinal Casewa have come together for composer Sachin Gupta’s “World Prayer: A Song in 7.83HZ Earth Frequency”.

The purpose of the song is to make sure that people don’t lose hope during these trying times.

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Lulia Vantur is also a part of composer Sachin Gupta’s “World Prayer: A Song in 7.83HZ Earth Frequency”. Wikimedia Commons

“Music can help us find solace in times of crisis, also keep us entertained during self-quarantine. It’s a beautiful prayer, medicine for the soul,” said Shaan, about the song that has lyrics by Sachin Gupta, Nadeem Akhtar, Sachin Paul and Iulia.

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“The song will instill energy in everyone to fight corona. We want to contribute through music and inspire people to do so. I hope people have faith and stay optimistic. This song is simply an expression to this sentiment,” said Kumar Taurani of Tips Music, the label that has released the song. (IANS)