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Moment of Pride and Celebration: Singer Kailash Kher to be named for the Padma Shri

A patriot at heart, Kailash Kher feels artists must project India in the right way

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New Delhi, Jan 25, 2017: Singer Kailash Kher, who shot to fame with the 2003 hit number “Allah ke bande”, was thrilled to be named for the Padma Shri — India’s fourth highest civilian award — on Wednesday. He says it’s a moment of pride and celebration.

He has received the recognition for his contribution to music in the country.

“By the grace of God, I got this honour. It’s a moment for pride and celebration. It’s because of a lot of prayers and hard work along with blessing from my parents and gurus, and love from fans,” Kailash told IANS.

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How does he plan to celebrate?

“I am really caught up with work. Let me figure it out. I am just coming to my sense. I was in the studio recording a jingle for a digital campaign when I was informed about this honour,” he said.

The singer, who hails from Meerut, gave up education decades ago to pursue his dream to be a singer. Known for adding a sufi touch to songs, Kailash has even crooned tracks like “Teri deewani”, “Ya rabba” and “Yun hi chala chal”.

Kailash is also a producer. He had worked on a mythological TV series “Baba Kedarnath”, backed by the Uttarakhand government.

A patriot at heart, he feels artistes must project India in the right way.

In an interview with IANS, he had said: “There are filmmakers like Shyam Benegal who continue to explore the real Indian art. Even Ashutosh Gowariker makes films about India like ‘Swades’ or ‘Lagaan’. They are some of the filmmakers who present India in a good light; otherwise people tend to make money by showing poverty of India and helplessness of India mostly in the name of creativity.

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“This gives the impression that India is a poor country. Irrespective of the strength of the script, I will never show India like that. I will show that India can save the world, which is infected by depression and loneliness.”

Earlier this year, he launched and mentored two indie bands SurFira and Indie Routes.

“Since I’ve reached that level where I can do something for others too, I thought of promoting new talent? something that hasn’t been done in the past by other musicians,” he said. (IANS)

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Gaana Launches Instant App for Music Lovers for Those Who Want to Experience App without Downloading It

It's heartening to be the first music app in the world to host an instant app experience

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Android users can now simply click on the try now button on Gaana's Playstore page to enjoy a native app experience, the company said in a statement. Pixabay

Music streaming app Gaana, in partnership with Google Playstore, launched an instant app for music lovers on Monday for those who want to experience the app without downloading it.

Android users can now simply click on the try now button on Gaana’s Playstore page to enjoy a native app experience, the company said in a statement.

“It’s heartening to be the first music app in the world to host an instant app experience. This launch is a part of our company-wide focus on product innovation that introduces a wider section of the country’s online population to music streaming, and it’s already reaping rewards,” Prashan Agarwal, CEO Gaana said.

“We have registered a five per cent surge in app installs per day as more people are realising the convenience of being able to listen to their favourite songs anytime anywhere even before they download our app.

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Music streaming app Gaana, in partnership with Google Playstore, launched an instant app for music lovers on Monday for those who want to experience the app without downloading it. Pixabay

“Our team is working on many more first-of-its-kind products that would help us invite an entire generation of first-time users into the world of music streaming,” he added.

The new instant app aims to offer users a taste of all major functionalities of the main app like browsing for songs/playlists, trending music, search on entire 45 million libraries and listening to songs.

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The 2.5 MB size of the instant app is just 15 per cent of the main app and makes it the perfect option for those using entry-level smartphones with limited internet availability. (IANS)