Monday, May 31, 2010

Aao Huzoor Tumko - Kismat

**Sorry about the dimmed vocals - try hearing with headphones for a better sound for now. I will make adjustments with other recordings.

After a 3 year hiatus, I decided to record something. I went on a marathon recording spree and the songs that I just loved to record turned out to have bad karaoke tracks. I'm now looking for a clean and smooth track for Tune O Rangeele from Kudrat.

Back to this song however, I have recorded a song that I shied away from for years. The thought of attempting drunkenness in a song, while tiptoeing over notes and maintaining hiccups and giggles, seemed overwhelming back then. Now, of course, it's a treat. I am sad that this track does not have the original starting of Aao Huzoor (Humse roshan hain chaand aur taare...) which truly is a test of a singer's fluidity of voice if balance of sur perfection and timing is maintained.

I have tried to ooze as much drunken appeal into this song as I could while sipping on saffron-scented chai; quite contrary to the many glasses of madira the actress and the singer seem to have imbibed to maintain the mist of intoxication in this song. Naturally Asha Bhosle is one gifted singer and does not require tea or alcohol to make her silky voice glide over this song. If we mortals could only sing like her, we'd all be quitting our day jobs.

In the song's prelude, an intoxicated Babita reminds her Krishna that if he breaks her heart, his Radha will never again be the same. Babita slithers over the dance floor with her gorgeous dress managing somehow to hold her balance while infuriating and taunting Biswajit with her song. I love the juxtaposition of Eastern morality versus Western influence, in this song, as is dramatized by the increasing disgust on the hero's face. It's funny how so much has changed and yet remains the same, from a cultural perspective. Please provide me with your feedback. Thank you!


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Upcoming Show: Best of Laxmikant Pyarelal @ Cubberley Theatre, Palo Alto on May 15th, 2010

I'm part of an upcoming show which promises to be a treat for Laxmikant-Pyarelal fans. Growing up, I didn't appreciate them as much as I should have, mainly due to my RD Burman fixation, but really, they have created some of the freshest music that has spanned many decades. Appropriately utilizing the crystalline and immaculate voice of Lata Mangeshkar as their choice female vocalist for most songs, LP have truly explored many different genres of world music, ranging from jazz, disco, latin jazz and ultimately married them to homespun Hindustani classical, regional and even dhinchak street music.

The result of their musical toil was of course, complete innovation and unexpected genius. We have attempted to choose a sample of songs, which of course will not even scratch the surface of their incredible repertoire, since there really is so much to choose from. Please see the details below and try to attend to support local artists, who would appreciate your encouragement and patronage!

Organizer's Ticket Sale Information:

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010
Time: 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Location: Cubberley Theatre, Palo Alto
Street: 4000 Middlefield Road
City/Town: Palo Alto, CA

Tickets : $20 General, $25 Preferred, $35 VIP

Kids 12 years or under, $15. Over 12 years, must buy standard tickets.
Groups of 25 or more get group discounts. Check the website below for details.

Food : From 7pm, Tasty snack-ables & beverages available to keep you full, at reasonable cost. Please arrive early to avoid long lines.