Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

Monday December 28, 2009 22:08

The decade definers!

As we near the end of another decade, more than listing the top XX songs/ soundtracks/ films of the decade, I’d like to highlight 2 relatively unsung things that have enabled ground-breaking changes in the way we perceive entertainment – the file formats (and the technologies behind) MP3 and Xvid. Despite Apple’s iconic iPod and […]

Wednesday August 26, 2009 20:45

I love Indian Film Music!

Ever since I remember, I’ve always been fascinated by film music. Having lived in many Indian states (my Dad was a banker; meaning, a transfer every 4/5 years!), I’ve acquired a taste for listening to film songs in any Indian language – regardless of whether I understand the lyrics or not. My interest in Western […]

Saturday June 27, 2009 12:41

Nothing to Beat It!

(Note: This appeared in today’s Bangalore Mirror, as my tribute to MJ) It was back in the ’80s. I was in school, in Coimbatore – a B-town and far from the metro-style trappings. We had a new kid in school, who had moved in with his parents from Dubai. One day, he invited a few […]

Monday May 18, 2009 08:23

Congrats, Salim and Sulaiman!

Salim Sulaiman finally have some long-overdue international recognition. Yes, they’ve notched up a Daytime Emmy nomination under the category, ‘Outstanding Original Song – Children’s and Animation’, for their track, ‘We like being small‘ for the series ‘The Wonder Pets’ in Nickelodeon! Whether they will end up winning this award is immaterial – the nomination, in […]

Monday February 23, 2009 09:11

Jai Ho, Rahman!

Jai Ho, Rahman! Academy Award Winner, Best Original Score, Slumdog Millionaire Academy Award Winner, Best Song – Jai Ho, Slumdog Millionaire

Thursday January 22, 2009 19:08

Oscar nominations are out…Rahman in!

Wonderful beginning! Original Score: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Alexandre Desplat; “Defiance,” James Newton Howard; “Milk,” Danny Elfman; “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman; “WALL-E,” Thomas Newman. Original Song: “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E,” Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and Gulzar; “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire,” A.R. Rahman and […]

Wednesday January 21, 2009 21:15

New policy – tweeting away to glory!

After almost 3+ years of expressing my opinion on a lot of music, I’ve decided to focus on the better ones (as much as possible) while expressing my displeasure about the useless (personal opinion again!) ones via Twitter. The ones that I do not seem to like will have a micro comment, composer’s name and […]

Monday January 12, 2009 08:26

A R Rahman makes India proud!

A R Rahman becomes the first Indian to win the Golden Globe for Best original music score, for Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire! Times of India report! Yoohoo! Watch Rahman winning the Golden Globe!

Thursday December 11, 2008 11:06

New album? Just got it in my phone!

A R Rahman’s new non-film album, ‘Connections’ is due tomorrow (Dec. 12). The ‘what’s new’ section in arrahman.com says so! But the album (with 9 tracks) will not be available in any shop. It’s a Nokia XpressMusic exclusive and CDs will hit the stores later. Now, would you buy a new Nokia phone just to […]

Monday December 8, 2008 21:02

Justice denied!

Regardless of how ‘well timed’ the lawsuit was, Rabbi was completely justified on suing Onir for using his song, Ballo, as ‘Jalte hain’, in the film, Sorry Bhai, with music by Gaurav Dayal and Vivek Philip. The main melody was exactly same and so is the prominent hook that starts right from the words, ‘Jalte […]

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