Asha does a
The prima donna of playback singing
is now a music composer. Aap ki Asha is Asha Bhonsle's first effort in a new
capacity, and she says she has naturally taken inspiration from the
legion of music composers she has worked with.
Asha says she first showed her tunes to her
brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar, who wasn't exactly
impressed. That made her put in extra efforts to polish
Another star singer who had turned composer was
Kishore Kumar, who made the score a couple of films
like Jhumroo. His southern counterpart S P
Balasubramanyam too took up a couple of composing assignments; none
of his songs became smash hits though. Among Hindi cinema's
better known singer-composers is Hemant Kumar. Composers
like S D Burman, R D Burman, Bappi Lahiri, and lately A R
Rahman have sung a stray song or two, but it is rarer to find
singers venturing into composing.
Sachin Tendulkar released Asha's album in Mumbai,
and the launch was a high glitz affair. As if Asha wasn't glamour
enough, there was a fashion show with models like Nethra Raghuraman
(she was the heroine in the film Bhopal Express) and Aditi
Gowitrikar, who showed off period costumes to
match classics like O meri sona re sona re. The
'90s were represented by a Rangeela
Lazarus of Universal Music spurred
Asha to try her hand at composing. Sonu Nigam and Adnan Sami Khan
also came for the launch.
Asha ahaha Asha: Read review of Asha's Legends collection
Malgudi man is dead
R K Narayan, who
wrote a lifetime of novels and short stories about a small
south Indian town he called Malgudi, died in Chennai on May 13.
He was 94.
Narayan was one of the earliest to write about
smalltown India in English, and along with Raja Rao and Mulk Raj
Anand, set the stage for later Indian writing in
novel The Guide turned out to be a big hit when it was made
into a Hindi
by Vijay Anand. Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman played the lead
roles, and the songs they sang, Aaj phir jeene ka tamanna
hai and Gata rahe mera dil have entered the
ranks of Indian cinema's evergreen favourites.
Narayan humorously described in one of his essays how, as a
special invitee, he watched the shooting of this film for a
The Financial Expert, another of his
famous novels, was turned into a Kannada film called
Banker Margayya. Narayan was appreciative of this effort,
and was also very happy with Malgudi Days, a serial in
Kannada and Hindi directed by the actor-director Shankar Nag.
Killer dye claims
Lankan singer Malini Bulathasinghala died on March 28, and the
killer is suspected to be a hair dye.
Malini was on a US
concert tour, and her sudden death sent the Lankan media speculating
on the cause. She collapsed at the Sri Lankan's consul's house in
Los Angeles after she smeared dye on her hair.
Angeles County Coroner's office report has reportedly concluded that
her sudden onset of difficulty in breathing supports the diagnosis
of an ashtmatic response to the henna dye.
The brand Malini
used, Eagle's Black Henna, is popular in Lanka, and is made in
Delhi. Ram Gopal and Sons, manufacturers of the dye, told The
New Indian Express that said they
suspected a fake which used their brandname.
Mehndi has decided to change the words of a song after a
Mumbai-based Islamic group objected to the use of Nabi in it.
Raza Academy said the bhangra-pop singer had hurt
Muslim sentiments by using a word that refers only to the Prophet.
It also complained that the video shows "women dancing in an
obscene way". The group also demonstrated against the singer at Azad
Daler Mehndi's latest album, in Punjabi,
is titled Nabi Buba Nabi. On May 10, Andheri police
raided the office of Universal Music and seized copies of the audio
and video cassettes. They were also tracing out other
godowns where the tapes could be stored.
day before the raids, Universal Music had decided to drop from the
album the words Nabi, Ali and Medina. The singer
has denied the charge that he meant disrespect to the Prophet. He
says the idea for the album came in a dream, and the video been done with "full respect
Ilaiyaraja records for
Ilaiyaraja has just recorded a number
for son Yuvan Shankar Raja.
The maestro's younger son is
making the music for Nanda, which will be directed by Bala,
who shot to fame with Sethu, which portrays the life of a
psychologically distressed lover.
Sethu was an
unexpected hit, and Ilaiyaraja, besides making the music, had sung
Yenge sollum, a melancholic solo in it.
Yuvan went on
record to say it was difficult to get his father to sing. Ilaiyaraja
was apprehensive that if he sang people would say that he was
helping Yuvan with the composing as well. He relented after the
young composer told him that the film's situation demanded his
Yuvan's recent albums are Poovellam Kettupaar
and Deena, the second of which did well.
won a national award, and its hero Vikram missed the national award
for best actor by one vote to Mohanlal's performance in Shaji N
In Nanda, the lead role is
played by Surya, son of actor Shivakumar.
One of India's greatest nagaswaram maestros died of a
heart attack. He was 70.
Read review of a Namagiripettai
PREM DHAWAN (78), lyricist and music
director, died in Mumbai on May 8. He created songs for Ziddi,
Do Raaha, Pyar ka Sagar and Dus Lakh. He had also