Ghazal Maestro Jagjit Singh 1941-2011

The man who did everything straight from his heart, be it singing or talking politics.. Jagjit Singh will always be remembered not only for his gazals but also as an incredible human being.

Badi nazuk hai yeh manzil

Baat Niklegi To Phir Live

Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi – Mirza Ghalib

Tumko Dekha To Ye Khayal Aaya –  Saath Saath

Tum itna jo muskura rahe ho – Arth

Tera Chehra – Live

Hoshwalon Ko Khabar kya

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On Ganeshotsava 2009

Today is the 7th day, of the festivities and a popular day when some choose to immerse their idols. As i was returning from  my friends house after seeing his Ganpati, i decided to walk it down, due to the road blocks and the creeping traffic and poor BEST frequency.  I saw  a few people who went about doing the whole thing without the noise but with a lot of dignity. They stood out from the crowd, though they neither had nashik dhols nor bands with keyboards, but had the passion,  zeal and that true spirit of bhakti as they carried their idol in their hands and chanted Ganpati Bappa Moraya!   Somehow it reminded me of a bygone era when i accompanied my uncles for immersion puja. What comes close,  are the barefoot bhakts who are known to walk miles to offer prayers to Siddhivinayak and the dignity with which the Lalbaugs mandals go about their activities .

The zeal shown by many of the pandals and their bhakts especially  in collecting donations and in the immersion procession with the nasik dhols and the organ, the tamasha and the noise making,  along with the drinking and the likes, of course violating the 12pm deadline rather than attending/doing a proper puja of the deity during the 7/10 days,  makes me wonder about their true motives.

When i was discussing with my friend about the Ganpati at my uncles and friends house , the first question he asked was – so what was their choice Nasik dhol or band? just reinforces my belief that humans are very social animals.

Image courtsey Lalbaugcharaja

Hope the good lord Ganesh blesses us all.

Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream – Britain’s Got Talent 2009

I was just youtube surfing and caught this video

She is a simple, funny, sweet and confident 47 yr old Scottish woman, who decided to come out of a quaint town and Sing and wow Britain  and did just that and a lot more ! She has become a you tube singing sensation!

Will we have such shows shows rather than the over the top scripted emotion filled soap opera styled talent shows here in India?

On and Off

Im out of Mumbai, out of my comfort zone and discovering strange new things, in a strange new land, some of which i might post about later. I havent been getting any time to blog or comment, and will be blogging on and off and till then im leaving u with an interesting video (from dido) i saw on ultrabrown… enjoy

Power singers of the 80s

I grew up with this kinda music and here are a few powerful lady singers of that time..

Jennifer Rush – The Power Of Love

(most selling power ballad also sung by Laura Branigan and Celene Dion)

Whitney Houston – One Moment In Time (Grammy Awards Live)

Laura Branigan – Self Control

This song was ripped off in some stupid bollywood song with akshay kumar and Rekha .

MSM and Gloria Estefan

The Ripoff of this song in the movie Tridev got so hot that the mumbai police had to ban its singing on streets !

The Look – Roxette

The Pianist

Ankur recently posted on the movie Letters from Iwo Jima, so continuing with the WW2 theme i recommend the Pianist. I accidentally caught this movie on Zee Cinema and was riveted to the screen. This is an award WW2 survival movie directed by Roman Polanski, starring Adrien Brody. It is an adaptation of the autobiography of Jewish-Polish musician / pianist Władysław Szpilman.

In addition to the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the film won the Oscars for Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It was also awarded seven French Césars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Brody (who became the only American actor to win one).

I found this movie a lot more interesting than the higher rated but drab WW2 documentary Schindler’s List.

You can find the Synopses and the storyline here. Imdb rating: 8.5

(ill rate it when i see the whole movie i missed a few parts )

Zee Cinema is showing nice movies these days , and i think, on Sundays at 3.00pm or 1500hrs they are showing Ingmar Bergman’s movies too. Watch them if u are into serious art cinema and if u can survive them ( that, from from most reviews i have read).

Two other World War 2 movies id recommend Vita è bella, La or Life Is Beautiful..9/10 and Untergang, Der 9/10 (2004) or The Downfall with fantastic acting by Bruno Ganz.