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Aakash Aath’s New Musical Show Trac Record Starts From 4th August

Jojo-Trac-recordAakash Aath’s new musical non-fiction show Trac Record will be representing and reviving the spirit of the golden era of Bengali and Hindi songs through melodious songs in a new format for the audiences. These songs will be performed by some well known singers of today’s generation.

Singers like Jojo, Sidhu, Kinjal, Prashmita, Emon and others will be performing in this show. Speaking about the program, singer Jojo said “The old melodious songs will be presented in a new way to capture the attention of the young generation. No changes will be made to the original song though. There will be slight changes made in the orchestration. With this program, we will be seeing the different ways in which a single song can be performed. I will be singing four songs in the program”.

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Songs of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s will be sung in this program. Songs after 2000 will not be included however. Songs of Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Swapna Chakraborty, A. R. Rahman, Shyamal Mitra, Usha Uthup and others will be performed in this hour long program.

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Debjit Roy who is the music director of the show said “There is always a chance that the audience may not like the way the old songs have been presented. But we are taking the chance. We have only selected those songs which could be sung in a different manner”.

Director Supriyo Ghosh said “We want to make the audience listen to good songs. The old melodies are so contemporary that we can even experiment with them. Nearly all the musical show of Aakash Aath has been well appreciated by the audience. I am extremely hopeful that the program will touch the hearts of the audience”.

RJ Roy will be acting as the invisible narrator of this show. It is to be noted that the program do not have an anchor.

The show will be aired from 4th August, Thursday to Saturday on Aakash Aath at 9.30pm.

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Interview-Bollywood Singer Ash King on His Musical Journey and His Upcoming Projects


Video-Bollywood Singer Ash King Exclusive Interview

His favorites are the Masala tea and the Liquor tea. He can stay in the city if he is given Macher-jhol and Bhaat. The person in question is singer Ashutosh Ganguly or better known to us as Ash King. Sholoana Bangaliana caught up with the talented and versatile singer over cups of tea at Park Hotel. Excerpts..

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Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- Welcome to Kolkata. So how is the city treating you?

Ash King- Well the experience has been good till now. I have been gorging on Bengali cuisine. The heat is as usual wonderful. However I have not been able to grab Jhaal-muri. I will surely be having some before I leave Kolkata.

How did Ashutosh Ganguly become Ash King?

Ash King- I am still Ashutosh Ganguly (laughs out loud). But Ash King was devised so that the people abroad could pronounce my name. The Bengali name is tough for them to pronounce. Moreover writing that down on albums was also problematic. So I took the name of Ash initially. One day a friend of mine was giving me a haircut and he suddenly said “Hey Ash King! Are you listening?”. The name caught my fancy and I decided to stick with the name. The name King is synonymous to the Bengali ‘daknaam’. And in this way I became Ash King.

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Your grandfather Brajendra Lal Ganguly was the first music teacher at Rabindranath Tagore’s home and school. Your father Shankar Ganguly taught you about various music genres. How has this family background influenced your taking up singing as a career?

Ash King- Seven generations of my family has been into music. Whether it is Drupad, Kirtans or Classical Music, my forefathers were all into music. Music, I assume is in my genes. I am half Bengali and Half Gujrati. That also had an influence on me. If I had lived in an Indian household, I would have been exposed only to Indian music. And if I had only lived with an English family, I would have been exposed only to pop music. I am thankful that despite living abroad, I have received the best of both cultures. That has helped me much in shaping my musical sensibilities as an artist.

How did you get your ticket to sing in Bollywood?

Ash King- I met A. R. Rahman with the help of a friend who actually had mentioned to A. R. Rahman that there is a guy who sings Hindi songs. I was asked to meet him and I was literally surprised at my good luck. No one would actually believe that they will get to meet such a great talent so easily. I went and sang a few lines. And then I sang the song “Dil gira dafatan”.

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How will you describe your musical journey till now?

Ash King– It has been immensely fulfilling. I have sang with some of the top music composers namely Shantanu Moitra, Himesh Reshammiya, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Vishal Bharadwaj, Pritam, Amit Trivedi and Meet Bros. This was always on my wish list to sing for some of the best music composers of today’s time. I will like to work with Ajay-Atul, Jeet Ganguly. I have met Jeet Ganguly but I never had the chance to work with him. I don’t know though whether he will like to work with me. One thing I want to be very clear about is I want to work more in the Bengali music industry. The kind of likes and hits that I have been getting for my Bengali songs like Kothin or Dekhte Bou Bou is amazing.

One thing about Kolkata which I always have found fascinating is the people here are very contented. One can go to Mumbai or Delhi for work but they will eventually come back here. The city has everything. You simply do not need to go anywhere else.

So what are your upcoming projects in Bollywood and Tollywood?

Ash King- I have quite a few projects lined up. I recently recorded a song for a Ramesh Sippy film. The romantic track which I recorded is by Meet Bros. I was amazed when they approached me as they have always done item numbers. But the track is so romantic. The film has Hema Malini and Rajkumar Rao. If you liked the song, I Love You, you will surely love this song too.

Apart from that I have a band Ash King Live. We do mainly live programs. We are planning to bring out a single Rabindrasangeet song in Bengali just before the Pujas. That will be in a video format. Hope I will be able to do justice to the song.

Amongst my Tollywood projects, I have recorded a song for Savvy named Chaichi Toke.

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You have worked both in Bollywood and Tollywood. What differences have you come across in the working style of both the industries?

Ash King- Bollywood is more technical and at times stressful. They are always in a rush. I don’t blame them as the films often have big stars and you have a deadline to meet. Hence there is always the mad rush.

In Tollywood, things are done with more passion. There is a certain pace to the way one completes their work. Most of the songs I have sung here have lyrics written by Prosen. He is a bundle of talent. Some of the lyrics of the songs are so witty and funny. Who would have thought about them but him? I have listened to songs sung by Haimanti Shukla, Manna Dey and many other eminent singers. They take their time in singing a particular song. They do not rush.

Many singers have turned actors. Do you have any such plans?

Ash King- No, not at all. Honestly I don’t possess the looks needed to become an actor. Even if I had any plans of becoming an actor in future, I will like to do comedy films. I love to entertain people. Parody videos will also suit me. However, I think I will stick to my singing and let the professional actors do their job.

Our interview came to an end as the singer had more work lined up in his small visit to the city.

(The interview was arranged by Artist Branding)

Interviewer:

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Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.

 

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Tata Steel Kolkata 25K winners Nitender Singh Rawat and Kavita Raut Appreciative of the Arrangements; Celebrities Take Active Part

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The cold could not dampen the spirit of 6588 runners who made it to Red Road to participate in the inaugural Tata Steel Kolkata (TSK) 25K in the men and women’s categories. Apart from the runners, the face of the event, Jeet along with Tota Roy Chowdhury, Abir Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty, Nusrat Jahan, Moubani Sorcar, Raj Chakraborty along with Cricketers Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Ashok Dinda stepped out in the morning chill to cheer runners. Actor Rahul Bose who is a fitness enthusiast was seen taking part in the run too.

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Indian elite athletes, Nitender Singh Rawat and Kavita Raut won the inaugural Tata Steel Kolkata (TSK) 25K, in the men and women’s categories respectively. Nitender clocked 01:19:39 to win his first title in the City of Joy and Kavita stopped the clock at 01:33:39 in the women’s category.

On winning the inaugural edition, Nitender Singh Rawat, said, “This is my first time in the 25K race. Earlier I had taken part in the 21K race. However this experience was memorable. My coach Mr. Surinder Singh is my mentor and guide and I will like to follow his footsteps. The next year I will be participating in the full marathon. I wish to take part in the Full 42k in the Mumbai Marathon 2016 with an eye for the 2016 Olympics.”

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Winner in the women’s category, Kavita Raut, said, “The arrangements at the race impressed me and I thank the organizers for such great organization. The weather, the support from the crowd and the route was immensely favorable. I had run for 21K before but this is my first time in 25 K race. This race prepared me for the 2016 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.”

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 A total of 6,588 plus runners participated in the inaugural edition of the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K across different categories. Some of the categories and the number of participants include 857 in the 25K, 1515 in the Open 10K, 3534 in the Ananda Run, 2622 in the Senior Citizen and 419 in Champions with disability.

The top three Elite athletes in the 25K category won Rs. 2, 50, 000, Rs. 1,75,000 , Rs. 1,00,000 respectively.

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From Jatras to Kirtans to Jazz, Upcoming Bengali Film Parapaar Music Presents a Wholesome Blend of Melodies

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The music launch of the upcoming Bengali film Parapaar took place at ICCR. Present at the music launch were director Sanjoy Nag, Paoli Dam, Rituparna Sengupta, music director duo Sourendro –Soumyojit, Kaushiki Chakrabarty and others.

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The main attraction of the music of this film Parapaar is the usage of various genres of music to lift the mood of the film. From Jatras to Kirtans to Jazz to strings, the music directors have utilized different genres to bring different flavors to the music of this soon to be released film. Asha Bhonsle, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Papon Mahanta, Subhamita Banerjee, Chandrani Banerjee, Ashtam Mandal and Rituparna Sengupta have lent their voices to the songs in the film.

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The songs in the film have been written by Srijato. The recording of the songs in the film have been done in the traditional acoustic forms to give the special warmth to the songs. One of the reputed sound designers of India, K J Singh who is also associated with most of the works of A. R. Rahman has designed Asha Bhonsle’s rendition for this film. Apart from K J Singh, Gautam Basu, Ananjan Chakraborty, Dipankar Chaki and Anirban Sengupta have designed the sound for this film.

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Sanjoy Nag while speaking with Sholoana Bangaliana Correspondent narrated how his late friend Rituparno Ghosh helped him with the selection of Rituparna Sengupta for Parapaar. “I was actually discussing the script with him and he suddenly gave a call to Rituparna and asked her to come and act in the film. It was an instant decision” said Sanjoy Nag. The director also added that the selection of the cast was made according to the needs of the script and not only for casting lead actors and actresses in his films.

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The story of the film Parapaar is about Rudranath Chatterjee who comes back to his family consisting of his wife Damini and their two children after serving a jail sentence. He was alleged for committing the heinous crime of rape. What happens when he comes back home? How does his family react to his homecoming? All these questions are answered by the film.

Sanjoy Nag also added that he read the novel by Moti Nandy way back in 1998. On the first reading itself, he found cinematic elements in the film. This actually inspired him to make the film.

Made under the banner of Purti Entertainment Private Limited, the film has Paoli Dam, Ahmed Rubel, Bratya Basu, Rituparna Sengupta in pivotal roles.

The film is slated for release soon.

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AR Rahman Salt Lake concert gets overwhelming response from Bengal; A concert of International standards indeed

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It takes once-in-a-lifetime musical genius to give once-in-a-lifetime musical experience! Music lovers couldn’t have expected a better conclusion to the year than with a landmark concert that enthralled the nostalgic audiences; and we must admit, it was a houseful show at Salt Lake Stadium put up by one of the most sought after creative stalwarts. It was a spectacular sight to see zealous fans rejoice to an emotional performance by the world’s most prominent and prolific music composers of recent times, Mozart of Madras, AR Rahman, joined by Sukhwinder Singh, Javed Ali, Neeti Muhan, Shweta Pandit, Harshdeep Kaur, Hriday Gattani, Suchismita Dass, for a one-of-its kind musical extravaganza RahmanIshq produced by India’s leading company of digital interactive services, Techfront. The evening concluded with the audiences crooning to the John Williams of the Indian film industry. On the occasion, the third largest Indian handset manufacturer, Celkon Mobiles launched special limited edition music phones called RahmanIshq series to celebrate the tour. The exhilarating performance showcased technical wizardry through a modern interactive presentation featuring high voltage music, augmented reality, unique visual effects, synchronised choreography and powerful dance arrangements in its’ purest form. The Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist with his ensemble of singers performed his all-time classics from his prolific career, including acclaimed songs from his landmark Indian films.

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Benchmarking the music and live concert industry in India, the legendary icon will embark on a one-month long expedition touring Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur and Ahmedabad to give fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness an electrifying live interactive theatrical experience encompassing his award winning musical renditions over the years blended with state of the art technology. RahmanIshq was a strategic endeavour to bring international standards across all production platforms and showcase next generation technical sorcery for entertainment events worldwide by delivering a world class audio visual viewing pleasure. Rahman has travelled far in the world of music, managing to enthrall people across the globe with his compositions as he continues to set new standards in the world of music. Rahman is an alchemist of sounds and voices. Rahman is globalization’s favourite child, always abreast of the world music that is making waves. The intrepid fusion tunesmith is India’s – and Bollywood’s – first truly successful cross-over music director. There has been no stopping the Rahman revolution in Indian film music who is melody’s slave.

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Celkon Mobiles presented RahmanIshq powered by Seagram Royal Stag Music CDs and Lia Agarbathi. Hospitality partner was Hyatt Group Of Hotels. The event was promoted and produced by Techfront  in association with Rapport Global Events.

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