Lucky Ali is now a
movie music director
Is Lucky Ali a
lucky mascot? After his song Ek pal hai jeena became a
commercial hit, along with the other tracks
in Kaho Naa Pyaar Hain, he is
now being considered
for movie music composing assignments. He has won his debut
film from Dev Anand.
Dev Anand has been shooting in New York
for his Love at Times Square, and a report said
early this year he was waving his hands in excitement
"oblivious to the snowstorm or the freezing cold". Enthusiasm is
something he has never lacked, although the quality of his films
had sometimes dipped from the light and romantic to
the gauche and laughable.
Lucky Ali's albums Sunoh and
Aks highlighted his guitar-strumming and ballad-singing, and
with music videos shot in locations like Egypt, the New
Zealand-based singer has cultivated the image of a footfree
traveller. He has already composed the songs for Love at Times Square.
The film, described
by its director as "an Indian love story set in Times Square",
is produced by Tirlok Malik, who played the role of Lala
Lala Lajpat Rai in Jabbar Patel's Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
on 14 August 2001
An alliance to mine gold
HMV and the Star TV network have come
together to repackage some of the best music from Hindi
HMV will sell old film hits on cassettes and CDs, and Star
Gold, a television channel specialising in vintage films, will step in to promote them. The new partnership
will work under the joint imprint of Star Gold and
HMV's archives are a gold mine of nostalgia
music. The label, the only one around then, acquired film
titles at what many industry rivals call a pittance. Over
decades, HMV has been selling these film titles in single
albums and in various combinations. It has also been bringing out thematic compilations -- with
labels like Love, Pain, etc. The Legends series compiles songs from
HMV's archives in artiste categories.
Perhaps to compete in a marketplace
swamped by flashy new releases, this vintage series is priced at Rs
40 a cassette and Rs 150 a CD. New film titles are usually
priced at Rs 55 and Rs 225.
Star Gold is now gaining popularity
as a well-produced nostalgia channel, and
HMV already has a reputation as a treasure house of old
hits. If Star Gold HMV can revive forgotten hits and
unearth lost masters, the label might just be what vintage
music lovers were waiting for. But its first release, Paan
Khaye Saiyan Hamaro, hasn't got the critics raving. One
newspaper critic, unhappy about the clubbing of Gotedar lehnga
(Dharamkanta) and Koi shehri Babu (Loafer) with such
gems as Papi bichua (Madhumati),
recommended the tape only to "hardcore film music
fans who want nostalgia regardless of merit".
Published on 10 Aug
Tansen Samman for Amjad Ali Khan
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan will receive the Tansen Samman in November.
The Madhya Pradesh government announced the award in the last week of August. The award is given to a musician every year for a lifetime's achievement. Earlier recepients include such greats as Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.
The sarod maestro will receive the award at Gwalior, where an annual festival is held.
The government has also just instituted an award in the name of Pandit Kumar Gandharva, and sitar player Shujan Khan has been selected for this year's honour.
Published on 27 Aug
Adnan Sami sings for
Sami Khan, who is riding the popularity charts with his pop album
Kabhi To Nazar Milao, is singing a Kannada song.
for which Hamsalekha is making the music, is the first Indian
regional language film to have a track by Adnan. The film stars
Upendra and is directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, both of whom
are considered surefire bets in the Kannada film industry.
Upendra directed hit films like Om before he turned hero,
and the Chandrashekhar-directed America America and
Nanna Preethiya Hudugi have been big commercial successes.
Adnan told a reporter that he found the Kannada language "beautiful"
and was happy singing in it.
Published on 27 Aug
to the editor