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I have recently purchased a sitar and have embarked on what I feel will be a rather long voyage to learn to play this wonderful instrument.

Tuned to a secret 'inspiration'  

Is Nadeem quietly helping himself to the hit tunes of Middle Eastern artistes?

You must've read Nadeem's recent interviews claiming that he is back in the reckoning in his so-called second innings. These interviews came out in Screen and Indya.com.

And here are some facts.

Nadeem seems to have found a new source for inspiration: Middle Eastern
music. In fact 80 per cent of all recent Nadeem Shravan scores (including Dhadkan, Kasoor, Ek Rishta and Hum Ho Gaye Aap Ke) are inspired by Middle Eastern songs. It's not easy to find the originals (I'm from India and not at all tuned to Middle Eastern music, but now I am!) and it did take about a month for me to find just two originals and their sound clips so that I have solid proof. But I'll return with more as soon as I find them.

The original of the very famous Dhadkan song Dil ne yeh kaha hai is the
song Ahibbak laih by Saudi Arabian singer Abdel Majeed Abdullah. It was from his album Raheeb.

Listen to the original song here...

The original of another famous song from Dhadkan Aksar is duniya mein is
the song Ashtany by Lebanese singer Najwa Karam, from her fifth album Rooh Roohi.

Listen to the original here... even the lyrics sound the same -- an inspiration
which could put Bappi Lahiri to shame.

I just wish someone would come forward to expose such extreme cases of
hypocrisy. I really wonder what Nadeem had in mind when he gave an interview like that! Did he think nobody would ever want find out the originals? How naive!

Karthik S

More for the word hunter

Hi Dastagir,

I am ardent fan of this site:http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~navin/india/songs/
It has a lovely and exhaustive collection of Hindi songs sorted out in different fashions, no frills. A must for all Hindi film music lovers... check it out!

I am sure you will enjoy this!

B N Latha

(This follows a recent exchange of letters where reader Dastagir discovered the words for a song thanks to a newsgroup. -- Ed)

Glad to find this site

Being a newcomer to the world of Indian music, your e-zine is very welcome.

I was trained for 12 years in Western classical music as a child and have taken up music once again (after many years of focusing on bronze sculpture) at the age of 42.

I have recently purchased a sitar and have embarked on what I feel will be a rather long voyage to learn to play this wonderful instrument. I have found that there are very few people who teach this instrument in the United States and am asking any of your readers for advice on how to overcome this obstacle.

I also would like to question your readers if there is any music that I should be aware of that represents a fusion between Hindustani music and American Jazz.  I am particularly interested in any music that would fall into a category close to what John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy were doing in the 1960s. Thanks for posing these questions to your readers and for your great website.

Stephen L. Bradley
Kentucky 40206
United States

Adams smith
Bryan Adams in Bangalore
Dear Niki

I enjoyed scrolling through the Mr Adams piece.  I wonder why Mr R gets as much coverage as Mr A.  Keep writing though - and facts are only sometimes better than fiction. Especially when one is faced with intermittent rains, intermittent songs and no smoking and drinking.

Music seems to have turned a new face - it really has become BAD.
Whaddya think?

Yours truly
A lighter-less person

(Read the Bryan Adams piece by Niki N Kalpa)

New band

We are an up and coming band from Pittsburgh, please take a look at my site.

Thank you,

What about Prashanth Raj?

I have observed that you review the music of Ravichandran's Kannada movies most (If I am not mistaken). Why can't you review Prashanth Raj`s
music? Looks like he is a permanent composer for S Narayan. He composed music for Nannavalu Nannavalu and the recently released Anjali Geetanjali.

N Vishakha

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