Collaboration: 5 songs that should never have been remade

In the world of Bollywood music, one of the current popular trends is to add a song remake (or more than one) to a new film soundtrack. As I am not a fan of this particular trend, I have decided to share the 5 bollywood songs that I feel should never have been remade. This topic is in collaboration with my good friend Rujul from the blog Music Masatani, and he will also be sharing 5 bollywood songs that he feels should never have been remade. Rujul’s blog Music Mastani reviews the latest Bollywood soundtracks giving you the perfect selection of the right ones to enjoy. He has chosen a very good mix of 5 Bollywood songs that should never have been remade and you can read his post here.

Original Credits:
Song: Aashiq Banaya Aapne
Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyricist: Sameer
Singers: Himesh Reshammiya and Shreya Ghoshal

Remake Credits:
Music Arranger: Tanishk Bagchi
Lyricist: Manoj Muntashir
Singer: Neha Kakkar and Himesh Reshammiya

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Join the Girl at the Piano Facebook group!

My regular readers will be aware that Girl at the Piano can be followed across all of the popular social media platforms (facebook, twitter, instagram). I have now decided to create a Facebook group for my blog in the hope of connecting like minded music lovers across the world, so that we can build a music community around the blog.

Feel free to join the group by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1806419602992971/

Leave a comment if you do decide to join and I look forward to seeing you there!

Musical Thoughts: The artists that I look forward to hearing in 2018 plus my New Year Musical resolutions!

As we have entered a brand new year, I thought it would be a good idea to share the artists that I look forward to listening to in 2018, as well as sharing some of my musical new year resolutions.

The artists that I look forward to listening to this year are:

*Himesh Reshammiya
*‎Arya Entertainment
*‎SANAM
*‎Emeli Sandé

Last year, unfortunately we did not get any new releases from my favourite Bollywood composer Himesh Reshammiya, however this is all set to change this year as we will get to listen to his amazing music for the film Genius. The film has been directed by Anil Sharma (Gadar, Apne fame) and Genius looks set to have a romantic soundtrack which will most definitely be a treat to listen to.

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Musical Thoughts: How India’s Fabulous Four SANAM kept the Independent music scene alive

The Hindi independent music scene (also called indie music) has changed dramatically over the years. While many people think that Hindi music is dominated entirely by Bollywood, this is most certainly not the case. During the 1990’s a lot of Hindi artists, had created and worked on their own music albums and songs, which were not tied in any way to a Bollywood film soundtrack. Popular artists such as Alisha Chinoi (Made in India), Baba Sehgal, Silk Route helped to form the indie music scene, which essentially allowed artists to showcase their creativeness at their full potential.

There were many peaks in the indie music scene, and it even attracted well known Bollywood music composers such as Adnan Sami (Tera Chehra) and Himesh Reshammiya (Aap Kaa Surroor), who both saw immense success with their private albums, yet after this time, the scene began to sadly decline, as Bollywood music became stronger. However, thanks to platforms such as YouTube, India welcomed their most prominent band who are often known as ‘fabulous four’ SANAM, who essentially revived and strengthened the dying indie music scene.

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Musical Thoughts: The Musical Highlights of my year 2017

This is the first year since starting Girl at the Piano, that I have decided to write a musical highlights of the year post. I feel blessed to say that there have been many such moments for me this year, and as it is now December and 2018 draws closer, I felt that it would be a good time to reflect on the highs of the year.

The start of the year was rather quiet for me on the Music front, especially in the Bollywood Music scene. It began to pick up when my favourite multi-talented artist Himesh Reshammiya came as a judge on quite possibly one of the most popular seasons of SaReGaMaPa Lil Champs. This reality show continued well into October, as it received an extension, after gaining the continuous amount of high trp (viewership). Two more videos from Himeshji’s second private album Aap Se Mausiiquii, also released at the beginning of the year. The tracks were Trippy and Every Night and Day. They are both my favourites from the album as we get to see a different side to Himeshji’s Music in both of them!

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Musical Thoughts: Talking about The Voice India Kids music reality show


The Voice India Kids poster

I am currently enjoying the musical reality show The Voice India Kids. This show airs on AndTV, and is the second season of the children’s series. The Voice launched in India in 2015, and though it is an international concept, the show has been well received by music lovers and Indian television audiences.

This season features my favourite Himesh Reshammiya, and singers Papon, Shaan and Palak Muchhal as the coaches. The show is currently in the blind auditions stage, and if you are familiar with the concept of the show, you will know that this first round, means that the singers have to impress the coaches with their singing only, as only then, will the coaches chair turn when they have hit the buzzer.

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Musical Thoughts: Listening to Music via apps in the digital era

In the current digital era, it is much more common to find that people are listening to music via apps (streaming) on their smartphone, as opposed to either a CD or even mp3 player. With so many good music apps now available to choose from, it can also become a bit overwhelming when deciding to pick the right app which suits your choice of music. In this post, I will be sharing some of the top music apps for both Bollywood, Indie and Western music. This post is also a collaboration with Artist Aloud, and I shall be sharing some tips on some of the best ways to listen to new Indie Music via their app.

Some of the most popular Bollywood music apps are:

*Saavn
*‎Gaana
*‎Eros Now (restricted to only Eros Now releases)
*‎Hungama

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My favourite filmi Garba style songs to enjoy, during the festival of Navratri!

We have entered an auspicious time of the year with the festival of Navratri that lasts for 9 days, and is widely celebrated across India. If you would like to know more about this festival, I highly recommend using Google to learn more about it. During this religious festival, many Indians dance in a traditional form of ‘Garba’, and so this form of dance requires a special kind of song and Music.

As Navratri is a popular yearly event, it has featured in many Bollywood films, thus creating a filmi sound of the festival. I have selected a few of my favourite Bollywood style Garba songs below. Do let me know if any of these are your favourites too!

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Remembering the King of Pop Michael Jackson on his birthday

As told in my last blog post, the very first concert that I ever went to was during Michael Jackson’s Dangerous tour in 1992, and needless to say that since then, I remained a huge fan of his!

To celebrate his birthday (29th August), I am sharing my top 3 favourite songs from Michael. These songs need no introduction, so just let me know in the comments below, if they are also your favourites!

Remember the Time – Dangerous album

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A few of my favourite Bollywood songs from the month of May!

It has been a while since I have shared my current favourite songs here at Girl at the Piano. When it comes to Bollywood Music, things have been rather slow this year when it comes to the release of Music which suits my taste. However, during the month of May, I have a definate pick of three songs which have made a lasting impression on me this month. They are:

*Haareya – Meri Pyari Bindu Composed by Sachin Jigar, Sung by Arijit Singh. Lyrics by Priya Saraiya

*Main Phir Bhi Tumko Chahungi – Half Girlfriend Composed by Mithoon, Sung by Shraddha Kapoor. Lyricsby Manoj Muntashir

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