The essence of being Indian is difficult to explain in words, yet comes forth easily through the language of music. This Independence Day, ‘Synthesis—The Indian Muse’, a unique collaborative song made by sixteen artists is doing just that.
Set to be released across streaming platforms, at 11 am on August 15, the song has been spearheaded by ShowCase Events, a company known for putting artists and their welfare above all else. Speaking about the idea behind this one-of-a-kind song, CEO Nanni Singh says, “The concept of the song arose from the desire to create a sound that expresses what our country stands for—unity in diversity. We believe that music is beyond all barriers, and this song is an amalgamation of the various sounds and moves of our country.”
The music for this song has been composed by Ravi Iyer with lyrics by K.C. Loy. It has been mixed and mastered by Aslam Khan at Headroom Studio, Mumbai, and numerous artists have come together to create it. The vocals have been performed by Dhanashree Pandit Rai, a leading singer of ‘Thumri’, Sonam Kalra of the Sufi Gospel Project, Kutle Khan, a highly acclaimed Rajasthani folk musician, Anushree Gupta, a talented artist from Bengal, and Sunita Bhuyan, the popular Assamese folk singer and violinist from Assam.
Instrumentalists in this song include the likes of Ustaad Hidayat Hussain Khan on the Sitar, Ambi Subramaniam on the Violin, three-time Grammy nominee Pt Ajay Shankar Prasanna of the Benares Gharana on the Flute, Nazir Ganaie, the famous Kashmiri Rabab Player, and Sunita Bhuyan on the folk Violin. The Percussionists are Ustaad Fazal Qureshi on the Tabla, Sridar Parthasarathy on the Mridangam, Kanjira, and Morsing, Vijay Chavan on the Marathi Dholki, Nathulal Solanki on the Nagara, and Kutle Khan on the Khartaal.
The virtual production for this song was assembled in Delhi-NCR’s RRE Studios, with the video boasting performances by renowned dancers Aditi Bhagwat for Kathak, and Sohini Roychowdhry for Bharatanatyam, allowing India’s varied cultural traditions to shine simultaneously.
Composer Ravi Iyer states with pride, “Synthesis for me is an anthem of love, peace, harmony and togetherness. I’m very proud to be an Indian and extremely proud to be a part of this anthem which brings to you our unity in diversity in one voice together.”
Interestingly, the song was completed in the span of just one month, from conception of the idea to its implementation and execution. Singh says it was the driving spirit of patriotism that pushed this ambitious project to completion in record time. She distinguishes this underlying spirit of patriotism from ‘desh bhakti’, as it focuses instead on the appreciation of our country’s rich cultural heritage. Naviin Gandharv lauds the song for showcasing the unity of Indians, and Anushree Gupta believes it attempts to spread the message of love and peace through music. “I’m humbled to be a part of this beautiful project which is a collaboration of fabulous artists and musicians,” she says.
Singh believes the song reflects the tremendous spirit of the artist community, who have suffered numerous difficulties during the pandemic, yet refused to let their sound or spirit be diluted. Hidayat Khan agrees with her and says, “I’m honoured, proud and so fortunate to be a part of this project and to work with these amazingly talented musicians, composers and singers. It’s also special because I’m able to reach out to all of you from the United States and I miss my country very much.” Ambi Subramaniam calls this special composition a labour of love, which he is grateful for being part of, and Fazal Qureshi claims the song represents the emotions of India.
Perhaps the biggest moment of pride however, is the international interest that has been showered on this song even before its official release. The Embassies of Spain, China, Malta, Germany, Turkey, Singapore, France, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Philippines and the US will be sharing it within their communities to mark India’s Independence Day. It will also be played at the Arab Cultural Centre in UAE, Nehru Centre London, as well as FICCI FLO and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.
The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles for various publications and her blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be reached on email@example.com.
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APPLAUSE ENTERTAINMENT BEGINS 2022 WITH A HAT-TRICK OF SHOW RELEASES IN JANUARY
Applause Entertainment has kick-started 2022 on a high note, with two back-to-back show releases. The Sameer Nair-headed content studio of the Aditya Birla Group started the year with a bang with ‘Kaun Banegi Shikharwati’ streaming on Zee5 and ‘Humble Politiciann Nograj’ streaming on Voot Select.
Now, Applause Entertainment is all set to score a hat-trick with Mohit Raina-fronted ‘Bhaukaal Season 2’, streaming on MX Player.
Interestingly, Bhaukaal Season 2 is Applause Entertainment’s 30th release since its inception, it is 10th offering on MX Player and also its seventh show to boast of a second season. The first season of ‘Bhaukaal’, which was released in early 2020, became a huge hit for its hard-hitting storyline based on a real-life super cop, Navniet Sekera. The second season of the show revolves around how this police officer in Muzaffarnagar, UP, busts the Dedha gang and brings law, order and peace to the region.
What makes this feat even more commendable is that Team Applause is constantly exploring different genres with every show. ‘Kaun Banegi Shikharwati’ produced in association with Emmay Entertainment, streaming on Zee5, is a story of a royal dysfunctional family featuring an ensemble of fantastic actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Lara Dutta, Soha Ali Khan, Kritika Karma, Anya Singh and Raghubir Yadav. The political satire, ‘Humble Politiciann Nograj’ produced in association with Firstaction Studios and Danish Sait, streaming on Voot Select, takes ahead the 2018 film with a new story running into 10 episodes. ‘Bhaukaal Season 2’ produced by Applause Entertainment in association with Baweja Studios Production has been eagerly awaited by the audience ever since it was announced post the release of its first outing.
DEEPIKA, ANANYA & SIDDHANT STARRER ‘GEHRAIYAAN’ TRAILER OUT NOW
MUMBAI: Directed by Shakun Batra, Amazon Original Movie ‘Gehraiyaan’ stars Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Dhairya Karwa as leads along with Naseeruddin Shah and Rajat Kapur in pivotal roles.
Gehraiyaan will have its World Premiere on Amazon Prime Video across more than 240 countries and territories on 11 February 2022. Directed by the very talented Shakun Batra, Gehraiyaan is a relationship drama that looks beneath the surface of complex modern relationships, adulting, letting go and taking control of ones’ life path.
Speaking about the film, Deepika Padukone said, “Alisha, my character in Gehraiyaan is extremely close to my heart and certainly one of the most challenging characters I have portrayed on screen. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role that was fun and challenging at the same time.”
Ananya Panday said, “Shooting with the wonderful cast and crew of Gehraiyaan has been an absolute high point for me and I never wanted the shoot to end! There’s a certain realness to the story of Gehraiyaan; while the film dives into the complexity of relationships it also talks about the thrill of being in love, of discovering oneself and charting ones’ path.”
ALIA BHATT CLOTHES THE NEEDY
NEW DELHI: Pretty Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt, who will soon be seen in S Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘RRR’, is now giving back to the community through a new initiative. She launched Ed-a-Mamma, a conscious clothing brand for kids, a while back and has now kicked off a ‘Buy1Give1’ initiative, which will provide basic clothing for underprivileged children. For this initiative, every purchase made on their website will be matched with a garment donated by Ed-a-Mamma for a child in need. Ed-a-Mamma has partnered with Goonj – a renowned NGO working across India that focuses on clothing as a basic, yet unaddressed need. Alia Bhatt said, “With Ed-a-Mamma, I set out to create a world that nurtures in children, a love of nature. Knowing full well that they will look after what they love. The Buy1Get1 initiative will be used to gift garments to children in need and we hope to make kids understand the joy of sharing with people who are less fortunate.”So while the actress’ career is flying high and she is busy with numerous films, Alia has not forgotten those in need.
SIDDHANT BRINGS A LUXURIOUS HARLEY DAVIDSON HOME
MUMBAI: Actor Siddhant Chaturvedi recently brought home a luxurious Harley Davidson Sportster S, making him the first person in India to have the bike.
The ‘Gehraiyaan’ actor took to his social media to share the news of the same with his fans and followers. The actor, who rose to fame with MC Sher from Gully Boy, has certainly come a long way in the matter of just 3 years, which is a rather remarkable feat.
On the work front, Siddhant is currently gearing up for Shakun Batra’s next ‘Gehraiyaan’. He also has ‘Phone Booth’, ‘Yudhra’ and ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ in the pipeline.
SONAL CHAUHAN TO PLAY LEAD IN AKKINENI NAGARJUNA’S THE GHOST
MUMBAI: Akkineni Nagarjuna’s ‘The Ghost’ is a much-anticipated film ever since its announcement. Earlier it was said that the Bollywood star, Jacqueline Fernandez was cast for the film however, the word on the block is that the talented Sonal Chauhan will be playing the lead opposite Nagarjuna instead of Jacqueline.
That’s right, Sonal Chauhan fans are in for a treat as they get to see their favourite actress on the silver screen. A source close to the film said “Makers felt Sonal Chauhan was the best fit for the lead role opposite Nagarjuna in ‘The Ghost’. They felt both the actors Sonal and Nagarjuna would make for a fine on-screen pair and that’s when they approached her. The two are definitely going to portray some great chemistry in the film.”
SALMAN TO FEATURE IN GURU RANDHAWA’S NEW SONG
MUMBAI: Superstar Salman Khan will be seen flaunting his acting skills in singer Guru Randhawa’s new song ‘Main Chala’.
Female vocals of the track have been lent by Lulia Vantur, and the female artist who will be featuring alongside Salman is Pragya Jaiswal. On Tuesday, Guru Randhawa took to Instagram and shared the update with his fans.
“Love will be in air with #MainChala! Song releasing on 22nd January. Stay Tuned,” he wrote.
He tagged Salman Khan and Pragya in the comments. Produced by Salma Khan, the romantic track will be out on January 22.
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