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Monday, September 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Lata-Ji!

(picture above- from her 75th birthday)

Live at BBC

September 28th was Lata Mangeshkar's 79th birthday!! According to one of my friends living in India, there was a huge celebration celebrating this legendary singer's birthday.

Lata sings "Kaheen deep" live (60s)

"Jaane Kyun Log Mohabbat" from "Mehboob Ki Mehndi" (lipsinc by actress)

Lag Ja Gale

Kya Janoon Sajan


here's one of my all time favorites.... this song has wings... wow
"Maan Mohana Bade Jhute" - Lata Mangeshkar (actress - Nutan, from Seema)

from IANS: "Singer Lata Mangeshkar, known as the Nightingale of Bollywood for having mesmerised millions with her melodious voice for over six decades, enters her 80th year Sunday - and like every year she plans to keep it austere sans fanfare.

Lata has never celebrated her birthday in public and follows the same annual routine. She begins the day by praying at the Mahalaxmi Temple situated right across her home in Prabhu Kunj here.

This time she may attend a function at the Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital that she built in Pune in memory of her father.

From her first super hit "Aayega aanewaala" to "Jab pyaar kiya to darna kya" and "Noorie" to her recent bests like "Yeh hum aa gaye hain kahaan" and "Luka chuppi", Lata has managed to thrill music lovers of every generation with her soulful singing over her 66-year-long career and continues to do so.

From light classical music to film songs and from ghazals to bhajans and pop, she has sung a variety of numbers. Having worked with almost all top music composers and singers in the industry, Lata has sung more than 30,000 songs in over 20 Indian languages.

The singer featured in the Guinness Book of World Records from 1974 to 1991 for having made the most recordings in the world.

"That 60 years down the line and having rendered over 25,000 songs, she has been able to maintain the same position is why she is called the Bollywood living legend," composer Anu Malik told IANS.

According to him, every song of hers is a musical gem as much for her singing quality as for its pure composition.

Born Sep 28, 1929, to a family of musicians settled in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Lata's life wasn't easy. After her father Dinanath Mangeshkar, a classical singer and theatre actor, died of heart ailment in 1942, his five children - Lata, Hridayanath, Asha, Usha, and Meena - and wife Shudhhamati had to struggle for survival.

Being the eldest of them, 13-year-old Lata had to see the family through the rough patch. And she did it single-handedly until her siblings grew up, each gifted with musical talent of varying degrees.

Till the time she voluntarily cut down her singing assignments in the late 1980s, Lata faced no competition from any of the female singers, barring her sister Asha Bhosle. Though Asha's career ran parallel with hers, it was on a different note and scale musically.

Lyricist-filmmaker Gulzar said Lata's greatness lay in her complete devotion to music.
"Singing for her is not merely a profession, it is akin to worship," he said.

Alka Yagnik, who grew up listening to Lata songs and idolised her before she became a playback singer herself, referred to the queen of melody as "a pure soul."

Anuradha Paudwal said: "Lata Mangeshkar is a perfect example of a playback singer who can modulate her voice according to various song situations and suit characters as per their age and social status."

Late maestro Naushad had once told this correspondent that when on a rainy day in 1943, she had come to meet him at the now-defunct Kardar Studios in Mumbai, he was busy in his music room and told her to wait.

"When I called her over and told her to sing, she chose one of Noor Jehan's numbers. She sang it with such perfection that my heart went out to her because she was drenched completely as she had waited under the rain. You rarely see such dedication," said the composer, for whom Lata sang many memorable songs later.

Lata pioneered many constructive changes in Bollywood, which proved to be beneficial for singers in the long run.

She was the one who introduced the royalty system for singers in the industry. She also insisted that the singer's name be published with the songs instead of actors.

Music director Shamir Tandon described Lata as "a genuine human being".

"The reason why she has ruled the industry and is still around is that she has always paid attention to the art of singing, always kept on upgrading herself, besides adopting herself to the changing times," Tandon told IANS."

here is a wealth of knowledge and history about Lataji here
(which is also where if found the marvelous pictures above!)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Amazing Indian Musical concert, HERE in RICHMOND!! Benefit for Women and Children

"a charity event which is solely dedicated toward the betterment of the underprivileged children & women in India" ... featuring musicians from the Orchestras of Bappi Lahiri and Laxshmikant Pyarelal!!

my friend Dhiraj sent me this flyer and press release :

"Dear Friends –

Most of you know that each year, the Rasika Group performs a musical concert in Richmond - for a noble cause inspired by Mahila Adhyayan Kendra (MAK), India.

Supported by OPEN ( this year, this charity event which is solely dedicated toward the betterment of the underprivileged children & women in India - is being held on - Saturday, the 20th of September 2008 at the Pocahontas Middle School in Richmond, VA at 6 pm.

Please see the flyer for details. We look forward to your attendance and contribution."

Friday, September 19, 2008

BIO RITMO Album Release Party - This Saturday!

come check this party out (after Rasika of course... )

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ray Manzarek and Robby Kreiger playing in Richmond as "Riders on the Storm" next week

Jim Morrison most likely will not be there.. but the music will still be super psychadelicized...

show is Thursday , Sep. 25 at the National in Richmond.

Fight over language preferences between political party MNS and the Bachchans causes literal mud-slinging..

but now the fight has been called off- did MNS maybe over-react a bit when Jaya Bachcan simply stated a "preference" for speaking Hindi ? Once again, Amitabh plays the diplomat and the fight is diffused...

read more here

Traffic Jam saves Abishek Bachchan from injury during recent bomb explosions in New Delhi

Read more here

apparently, police have suspects for these bombings - which have been linked to a group called SIMI

i have yet to read from other sources on this topic, so read with caution , welcome to the complex politics of India, and even more complicated/contradictory media reporting

it seems that the whole world is suffering from these cowardly acts... bombings and random acts of violence that only send the world spinning with confusion.. how can someone think that real political issues should be addressed this way? who came up with that idea?? it's the bloody version of a child throwing a temper tantrum

Sonu Nigam criticises Indian music industry

He claims that the actors always outshine the singers, and that the singers need to get more credit...

"As long as there is film music, these (individual) albums cannot do well and singers' creativity and their value will always suffer. They will always be secondary to actors and their identity will be at the back stage," Sonu told IANS in an interview.

read more here

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

If Music Could Talk - PODCAST - September 14th 2008

If Music Could Talk- Sep 14th, 2008 - last Sunday was a full moon, so here's a moody, somewhat manic set from Dj Carlito - "If Music Could Talk" Sundays at 7pm EST on WRIR

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bollywood Night - Sept 13, 2008

Bollywood Night ~ at Cous Cous ~ September 13th ~ Free Admission ~ 10:30-2am ~ Tell your friends ! aaja naachle !!

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

If Music Could Talk - Sep 7, 2008

Summer's not over yet... Reggae Vibes...
If Music Could Talk - September 7, 2008 - PODCAST LINK

Reggae Fest this Sunday in MD!!! don't miss it - the biggest reggae concert of the year in the VA area!

Sunday? no problem.. doors open at noon and it should be over by 10 at the latest...
don't miss it!!! tell a friend

Monday, September 08, 2008

Festival of India coming in October

the 28th Festival of India in Richmond VA-- Saturday Oct 18th, 11:00am – 9:00pm and Sunday Oct 19th 2008, 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 11:00 am - Location: Greater Richmond Conventional Center - Richmond, VA
Free Admission

THE LARGEST Indian festival in Virginia - the premier occasion to showcase your talent!
Nearly 20,000 people are anticipated!

1.FOI Da Bhangra Competition (17 years and up)
2.Senior Group Dance Competition (16 years and up)
3.Junior Group Dance Competition (10-15 years)
4.Childrens Group Dance Competition (5-9 years)
5.Solo Dance Competition (6 - 12 years)
6.Solo Dance Competition (13 years and up)
7.Best dressed Male & Female on both the days
8.Best decorated Booth, and Booth with the Best-dressed Volunteers awards
9.Ongoing Cultural Program
10.A Parade featuring the different states of India

Entry forms are available online at or . Please email your entries by Sept 07, 2008 to

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Clip from Unforgettable Tour - NJ

I saw them do this song in Long Island for the show I went to...
these clips have been disappearing routinely due to claims of copyright infringement (I didnt post this, but im glad someone did) so watch it while you can!
I think they're extra protective of this footage because they'll probably make a DVD from the tour eventually...

Kajra Re

If Music Could Talk - August 31, 2008 Brasilian Beats

If Music Could Talk - August 31 2008 - Brasilian Beats - PODCAST

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