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Sugar, spice and everything nice: Mahesvari Autar promoting Indian fusion in Netherlands

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By Prerna Grewal

Music is stimulating, music is liberating, music has no boundaries, music has no limits. In short: music has no definition.

If boundaries and cultural diversity segregate people, art has the capacity to ironically employ the same diversity for  unification. This quality of fusion within music not only attributes brilliance to its melody but also unites leading composers, singers, musicians and artists situated across borders. The music that’s subsequently generated appeals to audiences all over and becomes a common ground for uniting music lovers.

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Image Credits: totaalfotografie

The website DesiYUP.com, founded by Mahesvari Autar, has come up as a brilliant initiative that seeks to provide a platform to upcoming or unrecognized talent; talent that blends distinct flavours of music in a single composition.

The interview section of the website is particularly interesting. It Features interactions with artists  like Arijit Singh, Kiran Ahluwalia, Japjit Kaur, Kishan Amin, Nirali Kartik and Kartik Shah thereby also covering  their band Maatibani. The section offers an insight into their Journey and beliefs and also introduces one to some of their best works.

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Image Credits: totaalfotografie

When asked about the factor that acted as a driving force in coming up with the idea of this website, the founder Mahesvari Autar, in a conversation with Newsgram, elaborated upon various interesting aspects regarding her journey and the birth of the website. Talking about the presence of a strong Indian Diaspora community in Holland, she conveyed how along with western, her interest in Indian music made her travel all the way to UK to seek her kind of music. This served as one of the crucial factors in making her come up with the idea of an international portal that covered and promoted independent artists who created their own music. While the website also covers artists who add their own touch to already existing Bollywood songs, upcoming artists indulging in cross over or Indian fusions are their major focus. She further cited MaatiBaani as an example. Appreciating the brilliance of the band, she commented upon their skill to fuse many aspects of Indian music in one song.

Desi YUP has also organized various concerts in Netherlands that promote cross over or Indian fusion. Some of the prominent ones include “Beyond Bollywood” featuring Arjun and Shweta, “A splendid afternoon” featuring Indian Classical vocalist Nirali Kartik and ‘Creation of Something Meaningful’ with Shammi Pithia and his band.

Like any other start up, DesiYUP also faced various hurdles. One of the biggest challenges was promoting completely unknown Indian artists in foreign lands; the other finance. Autar started off with her own savings for promotions and concerts and later worked intensively with cultural centers to stabilize financial issues.

Renowned singer Fredie Mercury had once remarked, “ We break a lot of rules. Its unheard of to combine Opera with a Rock theme, my Dear”. This website works towards tracking down such “rule breakers” and promoting their beats and melodies.

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Image credits: totaalfotografie

 

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Actress Sonakshi Sinha Claims, Makers Repackage Iconic Songs For Current Generation

Reacting to the criticism, Sonakshi said: "Even I like the original better and there is no comparison with that."

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Reacting to the criticism, Sonakshi said: "Even I like the original better and there is no comparison with that." Pixabay

Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who has featured in the video of the recreated version of “Mungda” song, says that makers repackage iconic songs for the current generation.

Her latest dance number “Mungda” for the film “Total Dhamaal” has earned the wrath of the fans of the original number featuring Helen.

“Mungda” was originally sung by Usha Mangeshkar with music by Rajesh Roshan and lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

The song has been recreated by singers Jyotica Tangri, Shaan and Subhro Ganguly and music director duo Gourov-Roshin.

Reacting to the criticism, Sonakshi said: “Even I like the original better and there is no comparison with that. When we recreate a song, that time we don’t think that we will make a particular song better than the original one because when you are recreating an iconic song then there is no point making comparison with the recreated song.”

Sonakshi Sinha
Actress Sonakshi Sinha. Wikimedia Commons

“We are only trying to repackage that and give it to the today’s generation who might not listen to old songs. For me as an artiste, I have been told by makers of the film that they wanted me to be a part of the song as they don’t see anybody performing it so, that was a big deal for me that makers felt that I would do justice to the song and I am very happy.”

Sonakshi was interacting with the media at the fourth edition of Next Brand Vision Awards 2019 here on Tuesday.

Talking about her upcoming releases, she said: “I am looking forward to every film of mine which is coming out this year. ‘Kalank’ is my next release. It is releasing in April.

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“I am shooting for ‘Mission Mangal’, which will release in August. We are almost done with that. I am starting ‘Dabangg 3’ around the end of April.”

Asked about the amount of fun audiences should expect from “Dabangg 3”, Sonakshi said: “Double and triple of what you saw in first two parts.” (IANS)