Saturday, September 23, 2006

Aao Naa

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa is one of my favorit'est' show and I've watched every single episode, some more than once :) I remember most of the songs performed by the participants and after Debojit won the contest there was this episode where all the 12 finalists came up to perform. The one song that absolutley got me was Aao Na performed by Debojit and Nihira...I'd never heard the original but I kept watching the recorded version of this show several times and then later figured this was originally sung by Udit Narayan & Sadhana Sargam..Debu & Nihira were no less in their performance of this song...Awesome...
From then I have been wanting to sing this one but couldn't lay my hands on the track.. Finally, sometime in June, I heard Soumitra's version of this song on Taranaa. He had sung it soo beautifully, I asked him if he'd let me borrow his voice. Though the track was always there on Taranaa, it was called Gunji si hai...and I didn't realise it was the same song! :) I recorded my 'version 1' sometime in July and then I got so busy with the summer and recording took a back seat :)
After 2 months, here I am with the completed version.. It was a lot of effort to make sure we both sang the swars together and Soumitra, I want to thank u so very much for lending me ur lovely voice and for helping me with feedback/correction in putting this song together.
This one time, I especially want to thank my family for putting up with my constant singing of Ga Ga Re Ga Ga Re for so many weeks that after a point, I almost got disowned :(
Thanks Pratika, Prarthana & Kush!!!! :)


Movie : Kyun Ho Gaya Na (2004)
Music : Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy
Original by : Udit Narayan and Sadhana Sargam
Sung by : Vidyu & Soumitra

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Diwana Hua Baadal

Dear friends,
While Ashaji celebrated her B'day on the 8th, as a tribute to her, here is my attempt at Diwana Hua Baadal sung with Azam Khan. This is a duet very dear to me and it's with pleasure that I share this with all of u! Azam and I sang this a couple of weeks ago but we were both not very happy with the track and waited to get hold of a good track. And, when we did get a track, we both got so busy with routines that this project sat on the back burner :( I am so glad we finally finished it and Azam, thanks so much for singing this with me! You sound really good! Loved all your expressions and modulations!

Some time back Pradip suggested we sing this Malayalam duet "Swasathin Thalam" from the movie "Achuvinte Amma" and as soon as I heard it, I loved it! But, honestly, I was very unsure of being able to carry it off as it is more of a song with the play of breath than the voice itself. Took it as a challenge and practiced singing in whispers :) I was really thrilled when Pradip okayed it :) Here is the result! Pradip has not only sung sooo well, but has also done an awesome job with the mixing. Thanks so very much Pradip..
You will find 2 versions of the same song with the doubling effect like the original and one without at Pradeep's blog.
So friends, please give it a listen... we've worked hard on this one :)
Thank you all for listening.


Song : Diwana Hua Baadal
Movie Name : Kashmir Ki Kali (1964)
Music : O P Nayyar
Original Sung By: Mohd Rafi and Asha Bhosle
Sung by : Azam Khan & Vidyu