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Music composer Amaal Mallik's recent composition for the song 'Tum Aaogey' from the film 'Bell Bottom' has garnered rave reviews. "Tum Aaogey is one of my most special songs and one of my best works that I have done for film music," said Amaal during a candid conversation with IANS.
Amaal represents the new generation of Indian music. In a short span of seven years, he has delivered hits like 'Sooraj Dooba Hain' (Roy), 'Soch Na Sake' (Airlift), 'Kar Gayi Chul' (Kapoor & Sons) among several others. He happens to be one of the youngest composers to compose music for Amitabh Bachchan for the film 'Badla' and also the youngest to have performed with the Melbourne Orchestra.
Internationally, Amaal recently collaborated with pop sensation Dua Lipa for the Indian version of 'Levitating'. "It was an amazing experience for me to collaborate with Dua Lipa. She loved my work. It was the first of its kind collaboration between Indian and international music artistes and fans around the world were delighted with the new rendition of the song. It was an honour for me to do an official Indian remix and giving an Indian touch to one of her biggest tracks, one of the standout songs on the 'Future Nostalgia' album."
Internationally, Amaal recently collaborated with pop sensation Dua Lipa for the Indian version of 'Levitating' | IANS
Talking about his contemporaries, young music composers taking over Bollywood, Amaal expressed his views. "I think every young composer can helm a solo project. I am glad that certain films are having young people do solo music and that's really going to pay for many more future projects." Whereas, Amaal believes that it's also challenging to make one's own space as a young music composer among established ones in the industry.
"It is truly challenging obviously to get projects. Bollywood is completely a different ballgame and a lot of the big films obviously have bigger composers. But I think with new directors telling new stories, I think cinema is changing." "Music also is changing alongside and it's a better time now, as youngsters are getting a lot of opportunities as compared to the time when I debuted it was a little difficult to get into the scheme of films. But, I think today crossovers are happening and a lot of independent artistes have come into the Bollywood and are composing music for films," signed off Amaal. Amaal is busy working on his next independent single and upcoming film 'Radhe Shyam'. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Amaal Mallik, Dua Lipa, Solo, Singer, Rashe Shyam, Levitating, Music, Young, Bollywood
The queen of Hindi cinema, Madhuri Dixit, has said that digital platforms have opened up the world for her personally and also for Marathi-language content. In a conversation with filmmaker and Planet Marathi CMD, Akshay Bardapurkar, at the launch of the OTT platform, Madhuri said: "Where offline content reaches a couple of hundred people in a single action, digital platforms open up the world for you. I believe Planet Marathi OTT is the instrument that can make the Marathi language global."
A Vistas Media Capital Company, Planet Marathi OTT unveiled the first-ever exclusively Marathi OTT platform on August 31. Madhuri tapped a button and the platform came to life, making 1,000-plus hours of binge-worthy content accessible worldwide. At the launch event, Madhuri said she was proud of the achievements of Marathi cinema and appreciated Bardapurkar's vision to create an OTT platform for Marathi content. Sharing her personal experience, the actress said her 'Dance With Madhuri' platform and her personal body of work had all undergone a transformation after the digital wave.
Madhuri Dixit: Planet Marathi OTT will make Marathi-language content global. | IANS
During the conversation, Bardapurkar revealed that all his work, including Planet Marathi OTT, has been a product of adversities. He said: "Whenever life throws a challenge at me, I give my best to find a solution to those challenges and find opportunities in them. Solving a problem for myself has often led me to creating scalable solutions for the masses." Bardapurkar started with creating impactful Marathi films that were on a par with the best of global cinema. He then moved on to create a mindset shift in filmmaking. And this journey led him to starting Planet Marathi OTT. "It will always strive to bring promising content and meaningful entertainment to every segment of the Marathi audience," Bardapurkar said. "With the launch of this app, our offerings will now reach across the world to every user who loves watching Marathi content. The entertainment experience is also going to be exciting."
A number of Marathi stalwarts attended the inaugural event. They included Amruta Khanvilkar, Sonalee Kulkarni, Prasad Oak, Siddharth Jadhav, Sanjay Jadhav, Tejaswwini Pandit, Prajakta Mali, Sayali Sanjeev, Gayatri Datar, Sachit Patil, Bhargavi Chirmuley, Surabhi Hande, Nikhil Chavan, Bhagyashree Milind, Sonali Khare, Deepti Devi, Sushant Shelar, Abhijeet Panse and Resham Shrivardhankar. Coinciding with its launch, the Planet Marathi OTT App unveiled five exciting original shows. The shows are: 'Sopa Nasata Kaahi', a romantic comedy;'Hing Pustak Talwar', a light comedy about a group of friends; 'Bap Beep Bap', an emotional family drama about father-son relationship; 'Jobless', a crime thriller about a man accused of fraud struggling to prove his innocence; and the fantasy thriller, 'Parees', whose story revolves around superstitions and supernatural elements.
The Planet Marathi OTT App line-up includes films, web shows, plays, music, karaoke, and so much more. The IOS and Android versions of the app will be available across the world. The best feature of it is that the content is refreshingly original, entertaining and curated in a manner that the audience instantly likes it. To top it all, Planet Marathi has bundled all of these offerings in a subscription package costing just a rupee a day. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Madhuri Dixit, Marathi, OTT, Planet Marathi, films, web shows, plays, music, karaoke
Native to Karnataka, Yakshagana is known as a performance celebrating the music of the celestial beings. It is more of a folklore tradition along the Konkan coast, that overlaps a performance of dance and drama.
Yakshagana was traditionally an all-male enterprise. Men would dress up in elaborate costumes, heavy headgear, and perform all night, telling stories inspired by Hindu epics. Instances from the Ramayana and Mahabharata are relayed through the musical. The performers use specific instruments, like the harmonium, metal clappers, and drums. As the heavy titillating music plays, the actors move in motions expressing the situation.
Yakshagana performance on stage Image source: wikimedia commons
The headgear is decorated with metal and beads. It is quite heavy, and to be able to wear it and dance all night, dancers must be healthy, strong, and have a good stamina. These are known as Yakshagana pagade, and are custom-made. The actors paint their faces with natural dyes, and the shades they use distinguish this art form from similar ones like Theyyam and Kathakali that are native to Kerala. Yakshagana actors patronize shades of yellow, red, brown, orange, and white.
There are two types of Yakshagana performances. Moodalapaya is the form that is still inherent to rural culture and is not performed in urban or commercial settings. Paduvalapaya is the form that has evolved to accommodate the knowledge and interests of modern crowds. This is the form that is performed for tourists at the coasts. There is a slight difference in the presentation of the dance form in the north and southern coast. In the north, facial expressions are emphasized, while in the south, the costume, art, and dance is highlighted.
These days, women take part in Yakshagana performances Image source: wikimedia commons
Yakshagana is still performed in temples and temple towns on special occasions. In rural Karnataka, one can see these performances happening regularly. Today's performances feature women as well, and some times the cast is entirely female.
Keywords: Yakshagana, Dance, Coast, Karnataka, Konkan Coast
Rock band Kings of Leon's new single 'Time in Disguise' is making history as the first music NFT to be played in space. On September 15, 'Inspiration4' will make history as the first all-civilian mission to orbit the earth, as a crew member will include the first-ever minted NFT song to be played in space.
The band announced on its Instagram page on Thursday night, "A live recording of our new single 'Time in Disguise' is making history as the first music NFT to be played in space. Created using live show visuals designed by Daniel Davison for Night After Night plus a live recording from our hometown show in Nashville on August 13, this NFT will be played by a crew member of the Inspiration4 - the first all-civilian mission to orbit the Earth - before being auctioned off to benefit @StJude Children's Research Hospital through their @MusicGives to St. Jude kids program."
he band is making history yet again with its never-before-released performance of 'Time in Disguise' Photo by Rocco Dipoppa on Unsplash
The song was created by Kings of Leon, which in March released its latest album, 'When You See Yourself', as an NFT, marking the first time fans were able to purchase an album on blockchain (through the band's 'NFT Yourself' collection of non-fungible tokens) on the same day it arrived on streaming platforms. 'When You See Yourself', released on RCA, peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the Top Rock albums chart.
The band is making history yet again with its never-before-released performance of 'Time in Disguise', which will be played in orbit by Hayley Arceneaux, Inspiration4's medical officer, who, at 29, will be the youngest American, first pediatric cancer survivor and first person with a prosthesis to travel to space, according to Billboard.com. The exclusive live recording from Kings of Leon recorded to become an NFT through YellowHeart's blockchain technology as part of the Music Gives to St. Jude Kids program is one of several items up for auction on September 9 in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and its $200 million fundraising effort for Inspiration4. The auction will run through November.
Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill with their cousin Matthew Followill. The band's early music was a blend of Southern rock and garage rock with blues influences, but it has gradually evolved through the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative, arena rock sound.
(Article originally published at IANSlife) (IANS/SS)
Keywords: music, singer, nft, space, band