I enjoy supporting musicians here at Girl at the Piano, and, I look forward to updating my readers on the works of the regular musicians, who feature here at the blog. Music composer Somnath Roy (Tattu), is one such musician whose work I look forward to reviewing, and his latest release is a patriotic number called Proud to be an Indian (Desh).
Man sentenced for over £500,000 of karaoke copyright offences
This press release is from City of London Police
Steve Mather, 63, of Beaufort Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, has been sentenced to eight months suspended at Manchester Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to copyright offences for illegally creating and distributing karaoke tracks online without permission. Digitop have estimated their loss to be £485,000, while Sunfly Karaoke Ltd’s loss is projected to be £29,593.50
In 2015, the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) received a referral from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) when one of their members, Digitop Ltd, became aware of online accounts called KaraokeRG and Karaokekid. These accounts were making torrented karaoke tracks available to the public without permission from the rights holders, Digitop and Sunfly Karaoke Ltd.
It has taken me quite sometime to sit down and think about how I want to convey my next set of favourite Bollywood songs from the 1990’s purely because there literally are SO many! I have decided to break down the task of choosing the songs, by selecting my top 5 favourite ones from the decade, as well as my top 5 favourite soundtracks from the decade, so that I am covering a few more favourites!
The 1990’s really was a magical time for Bollywood. With films like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (the longest running film of ALL time), and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai releasing towards the end of the decade, at the beginning we saw films like Vijaypath, Deewana, Aashiqui, Saajan and so many more memorable titles.
I recently shared my latest piano solo on social media and it’s the very romantic and melodious Dil Diyan Gallan from the Bollywood film soundtrack Tiger Zinda Hai.
The original version of the song didn’t catch my attention as much as the SANAM rendition did and their rendition is what made me want learn the song on the piano! This is the first time that I have learnt to play a Bollywood song on the basis of a cover version.
The song has originally been composed by duo Vishal-Shekhar and even though I am not a big fan of their music in general, they have definitely surprised me with this track. However, I do feel there is a vast difference when it comes to the level of emotions in both versions and I truly feel the SANAM version scores higher on this point.
After the successful release of Tera Fitoor from Genius, the films makers have now released their second song Dil Meri Na Sune.
Dil Meri Na Sune is a highly awaited number, as it features singer Atif Aslam who is singing a Himesh Reshammiya composition for the very first time. They have both judged a reality show together, but were yet to work together due to working with opposite music labels respectively, but this has now changed and so Atif features on the Genius soundtrack.
Atif had expressed his wish to sing Himeshji’s melodious songs on the reality show and he hasn’t disappointed in Dil Meri Na Sune. Himeshji too, has bought out a fresh sound in Atif’s voice and this is something only he is able to do with such popular singers.
Fab four SANAM have just released the video for their latest original song Tu Yahaan.
This is the second original composition to release from the band this year (Sanam Mennu being the first) and they initially released the audio of the song, followed by the lyrical video and then the official video.
The video of Tu Yahaan matches the lyrics and vibe of the song very well. We get to see a rather dramatic/emotive side of each group member as they perform in the video. Lead singer Sanam Puri looks super stylish as do lead guitarist Samar Puri, bassist Venky S and drummer Keshav Dhanraj.
My favourite Bollywood musician Himesh Reshammiya recently performed in Tokyo for the first time!
Himesh has been successfully performing at various international venues over the last few years including New Zealand and Fiji and now Tokyo has been added to this list. It is not only the first time that Himesh has performed there, but it is also the first time that an Indian artist has performed in Japan! This to me, is quite an achievement!
The audience of the concert was a mixed one, which is also a plus as some Japanese people also attended:
As it is my favourite bollywood music director Himesh Reshammiya’s birthday today (Happy Birthday Himeshji!), I have dedicated a couple of posts to him throughout the month, to celebrate his work and highlight some of his underrated songs.
Many fans of Himeshji will know that during his peak era as a singer/composer, there were a series of soundtracks with Himeshji’s music, which simultaneously released. During this time, I feel that some of his songs as a singer got overlooked and now it is time revisit these forgotten gems.
My favourite golden oldie song for the month of July is a Bollywood choice, and as my favourite music composer Himesh Reshammiya celebrates his birthday on 23rd July, I have decided to choose one of my favourite songs of his: the Ahista Ahista title track.
Ahista Ahista – title track
Ahista Ahista is a romantic film which released in 2007 and starred Abhay Deol and Soha Ali Khan in the lead roles. Himeshji gave the music to the full soundtrack, and not only was he at his peak during this era, but he gave us some real gems on this particular soundtrack (Love You Unconditionally, Tanha Tere Bagair to name a few).
I am particularly fond of the title track as Himeshji created a very different sound and we got to hear a different texture in his powerful voice (especially in comparison to his other compositions which were releasing at the time), and it was the first time that he worked with lyricist Irshad Kamil (they later worked together to create the magical Prem Ratan Dhan Payo soundtrack).
I hope you enjoy this month’s favourite golden song. Wishing Himeshji a very Happy Birthday for the 23rd July. Let me know if it is one of your favourites too!
Fab four Sanam have recently released their new single and original composition Tu Yahaan. Even though they kept their fans waiting a while for their next release, the wait was worth it as Tu Yahaan emerges as the heart break song of the year.