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India Needs More Creativity in the Orchestral Music Genre

June 1, 2018
Vaishali Adwant

The symphony of orchestral and chamber music in India is at an incipient stage. Musicians are so ga-ga about going mainstream, overtone of this genre is blissfully  brushed aside, only making episodic appearance. Orchestral music is a genre so vast, you could spend a lifetime exploring and innovate music never heard before. Chamber and instrumental music is epic and a platform for innovation to create symphony so dulcet, it would take the listener to higher realms.

Chamber and instrumental music is purity in the art of making music and composition. A true musician at heart will wilfully attempt symphonies, even if not bitten by the classics of Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, and the ilk of the classic romantic era of music where renaissance in art and music was limitless and had no commercial bearing.

This is the music that time forgot amidst synthesizers and auto-tuners. Chamber and instrumental symphonies show the love of the musician for its art at its heart. You do not need an opera setting, only talented musicians who like to explore and not stick to the commercial nitty-grittes alone.

On any given day, classics of Mozart, Beethoven, Maurice, and many other classic Italian composers of the romantic era introduce you to finer world than what the sorry likes of Bollywood item numbers did to the very essence of music. “Munni Baadnam Hui” and the grade of such songs are not music, but an ugly trace of the sorry state of commercial music.

Apart from individual bands, musicians have stopped exploring music, running behind record labels, selling their talent and their soul in the name of commercial music, and lost their art amidst the rigmarole. Chamber music is not as celebrated as commercial music but deserves its place in the heart of music. If only this genre is explored, the world will have a new wave of compositions and something new to hear.

The drama of emotions through the overtures and symphonies that only orchestral music can create. enjoy the fantasy epic orchestral piece.

Bollywood Music- A Distinct Musical Genre

May 28, 2018
Vaishali Adwant

Most of the Bollywood music over decades sums up to love songs and sad songs with a dash of Indian classical meets urban background score. Bollywood music is distinct and has a unique tonality. A cult in itself Bollywood still needs to explore vast music genres and go beyond love and sad themes, minus the sing-dance songs. What Bollywood has given its audience is a motley of various music genres, yet remains in its nascent stage. Lyrical and poetic in nature, Bollywood lyrics are poetry in motion, sometime deep, sometimes skimming on the surface.

Talking of music of the Hindi cinema, classics were composed without a lot of background score. There was more singing and less of noise. The mainstream music genre that appeals to masses in India has a cusp of qawwalis,pop, disco, folk, and ghazals. Bollywood music relies heavily on poetry.

Lovingly called PanchamDa, R.D Burman composed evergreen retro hits wanting to make you live through that era over and over again. His songs had spunk of the 60’s and 70’s and the element of joy and happiness. The romantic and dance numbers had an urban twist for retro songs pictured in simpatico settings. Using, most of the musical instruments of the Indian origin, he created magic in the retro Bollywood music.

Lakshmikant-Pyarelal duo composed Bollywood music using folk and rock and roll style of composition. Using a mix of western and Indian instruments, they created melodies that can never get old or outdated. One of the distinct styles of the duo was to combine Indian and western stringed instruments and create original melodies in singing and dance sequences. Not as celebrated as other legendary composers, Bollywood songs composed by the legendary duo rocked the 70’s and 80’s era through the 90’s era. Could you ever get bored of Jumma Chumma from Hum movie composed by the duo? Most of the songs played in the popular radio program of the yesteryears- Binaca Geet Mala played most of the songs of this legendary duo.

Bappi Da brought disco to India and reigned in this genre creating a portmanteau of Bollywood meets disco. You can still have some fun listening to his compositions starring Mithun Da and Anil Kapoor. If you are a millennial and still live in the 90’s, most of the songs that remind you of your days of yonder were composed with a western style by Jatin-Lalit, Annu Mallick, and Nadeem-Shravan.

You can learn Indian classical as a distinctive musical genre, but you cannot specifically learn Bollywood style of singing unless and until you have a base of Indian classical music. A.R Rahman has not composed a lot of Bollywood songs, but the niche that he has created has a signature style of his composition. He is a music director, a true legend, who goes beyond Bollywood music, and explores various genres, to create melodies and symphonies that are magic to the ears.

Pritam, Vishal-Shekar duo, Salim-Suleman duo ushered the 21st century of Bollywood music that has been a cusp of EDM, house and pop music. Today what you hear is not the authentic Bollywood music that the legends of the yesteryear’s had created. The compositions today in Bollywood are assorted genres, and lack purity. They sound mellifluous, but lack the purity is apparent compared to the authenticity of music in the 60’s and the 70’s Bollywood music. That was the era of awakening. Music all over the world was awakened taking you to different realms, and so did Bollywood create its mark in music with these celebrated musicians.

Musicians are too limited in exploring musical genres and stay limited to boundaries of safety net that brings them commercial success. There should be no guilt attached to making music commercially viable. But then again, lack of experimentation in music and lyrics in Bollywood is an epidemic without a cure yet.

The only hope remains is with the musicians and composers of the new wave and new generation who I hope still give regard and pay respect to the classics and do not forget to explore.

 

 

Turn to Ed Shreen Songs to Comfort You

March 21, 2018
Vaishali Adwant

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Ed Sheeran emotes lyrics that you want to hear. Emotions that you feel in love, in despair, and all that happens in the interim. The best thing about Ed Sheeran’s lyrics is that they ain’t deep or poetic. They are emotions written in words that you and I would feel when in love. They are simpatico. If you are tired of passing through the phase of offending lyrics that are synonymous to rock genre, alight down to the niceness of Ed Sheeran’s lyrics that can comfort you anytime you need to feel what you want to feel and be understood.

Ed Sheeran’s mellow lyrics and music can make the toughest soul feel comfortable about feeling vulnerable. They tell you stories about love and are not heavy duty deep melancholic emotions. Why would you need those emotions anyway? Ed Sheeran’s songs break away the convention of lyrics and music altogether and let you enjoy what you feel when you hear them songs.

There is no stardom about his stage presence.  Ed Sheeran with his signature messy hair and a guitar to entertain millions of crowds. Ed Sheeran songs are the nice guy appeal you want to turn to when you need to be comforted, feel good, and see through good things in life. His lyrics are so grounded you wouldn’t feel alone even when you are all by yourself.

No matter how broken you feel from inside, Ed Sheeran songs bring you home and make you fall in love with your imperfections. You can start your love affair with Ed Sheeran’s mellow music that has everyday lyrics, and stories so soft and uplifting, you can see through where you are going.

He makes every emotion that you would feel in this universe, ridiculously simple. As a songwriter, you would strive for that sort of a thing. He is not all starry and obsessed with his image, he is your down-to-earther, nice guy, with a very big heart and heartfelt music.

For the love of cold coffee that celebrates how it feels when you love someone so dearly

 

Love and Music Heals….

February 20, 2018
Vaishali Adwant

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When you truly love someone, moving mountains becomes a regular feature like its a sine qua none. That is what loving someone truly does to your spirit, it makes every mammoth obstacle and complexity seem effortless, and letting the world watch your madness without you realizing what the world sees does not matter at all. Because there is symphony of music playing through all the mayhem.

Zillion times your heart gets mimed in the process, you still feel the beat and harmony inside your heart because the symphony of love, in its truth plays a different beat, sets a new path and nous, unknown to the world busy living an unpoetic life swimming in the ruthless pragmatism. But, if you have even been bitten by true love that stirs your soul, and you have no explanation for it, you are truly blessed to experience the bliss and chaos making the entire sojourn musical. True love and music can only make you so lost and keep you away from the listlessness of mundane life, that it create a newer dimension of wisdom, so virgin, so new, yet so ancient, and existing since aeons, only you understand its divinity.

 

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Beethoven Created Immortal Harmony Through Disturbed Isolation

February 17, 2018
Vaishali Adwant

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True artists who live their passion are be-quested with melancholy and deep disturbances that they conceal through their gifted art. The immortal of Vienna, Ludwig Van Beethoven had an abusive father who introduced him to playing music. Living through intense paradoxes, spiraling through poignant experiences, Beethoven created symphonies that are immortal.  Like most of the musicians who preceded him, Beethoven made music for the love of it and not to please Kings and their courteous. Abuse and a bad personal life is a bane of every artist and musician. To explore the depths of despair and emotion construct, chaos puts artists through phases of isolation, and through deep suffering, a nous arises into symphonies that are still a celebration to our ears.

If you understand tablatures, you can go through the complexities of the musical notes only to be in awe of this immortal composer and musician who created elaborate romantic and classic music during the Renaissance era.

Know for his complex structure of music that only created melody, Symphonies of Beethoven are a musical anthem even today. A music that hid his pain and agony only to compose maiden symphonies that are etched forever in the timelessness of time.

Symphony no 5 and 9 are the most celebrated pieces of his divine composition that can set an emotional template creating a theme for an opera. Beethoven was not a people pleaser and did not create music to gain popularity. It awful how passion for art and music has become so deeply commercialized, the art per-se has lost its essence that lies in passion.

Beethoven’s symphonies are reminders of the time that people forgot. A time where learning and creativity was an immortal act. A time when people drew inspiration from within and created masterpieces. That time is lost, and only a few those who get it right are ripped apart with ruthlessness like is the case that happens to a true artist.

Enjoy Beethoven’s Silence

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Beethoven’s Ode to Joy

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Funny Bollywood Songs That Break Convention of Love Songs

February 11, 2018
Vaishali Adwant

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Bollywood Comedy songs that give you a break from gushy love and sad Bollywood songs. Not your party music, but enjoyable and quirky. Breaking away from the conventional composition and humdrum, these songs beat a different drum. With lyrics that make you grin if not rib-tickle, these are the kind of songs that can never drip your take on entertainment.

When the Thailava of Bollywood sings a quirky song that diverts from the typical tear-jerking romantic songs he does, this man Shah Rukh Khan, can pull a Lungi Dance like no other along with Yo Yo Honey Singh

 

A unique song, something that only Govinda can pull off. Devang Patel, the comedy musician and singer who has delivered rib tickling witty songs, has given Bollywood very few but funny numbers. You cannot stop laughing or grinning listening to the bindaas and eccentric nature of this song.

Well, this is song is lip synching to its own original tune with the witty parody in the background. Not your run-of-the-mill cheesy Sahil Jamdar kind of spoofy songs. Yeah parody mein toh hasi ki goli hai.

 

Yet another Devang Patel and Govinda number from Bollywood with witty lyrics and choreography. These are the only well made comedy songs that are evergreen. Could they ever bore you? I don’t think so. When a composition is made with madness and laughter it rarely fails.

The iconic dance steps and choreography are a sone pe suhaga of this song. An ideal song for Bollywood GIFs cannot fail in its entertainment quotient. Expressions that deserve a separate category in film awards, even Ranveer Singh cannot pull off a Govinda in his atypical style. If you need mindless entertainment, this is something that you must look into.

Can your belly digest this song? even if you are from the sanskaari branded brand? I do think so. Aamir Khan has something uncanny and archetype to offer. Diverting completely from what he usually does, this song has a different beat and make offending you musical and fun. Songs like these, you only laugh them off. hehehahaha

Symphonic Beat of Folk Songs With Modern Twist By Maati Baani

February 8, 2018
Vaishali Adwant

 

 

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Bring home Rajasthani folk from the India soil with modern twist. Never before heard Rajasthani folk in this harmonious, dulcet tune. Composed and sung by Nirali Karthik and Karthik Shah has nirali tune that is one of a kind and out-of-the-box and out of the world for folk music. If you already like Rajasthani Folk, you will fall in love with these songs by this awesome band, Maati Baani for giving Rajasthani folk songs an urban twist.

Fall in love with this symphonic musical encore and composition by this young and upbeat musician.

ear-candy urban rajasthani folk music. Don’t think twice before subscribing to this awesome band. Nope, I am not their promoter, I love their compositions, can’t help telling you all, what awesome music they create…I am so amazed by their originality and original compositions, that showcase the music of Indian soil to the world of harmonious music.

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