Sonakshi Sinha, who turned into a voice-over artist for the Hindi dubbed version of Rio 2, has also sung a few lines for a party number in the film. The actress, who has lent her voice for Jewel – the macaw, was recently snapped dubbing for the film at Sound and Vision studios in Mumbai. “There is a scene where Jewel is seen dancing and singing, so they made me sing as well,” stated Sinha.
Album dedicated to Haveli Sangeet launched
The Padma Binani foundation launched a special album containing three CDs produced by their wings, Vatsalaya (writing for children), Akshar (writing publication) and Suranjali (music). The album aims at promoting Indian culture and art. Titled Mangal Roop Nidhaan Saavro, the songs in each CD celebrates different occasions and seasons like summer, winter and Lord Krishna’s birth. The songs honour the ancient Haveli Sangeet tradition and have been performed by popular artists of the genre— The Tailang brothers (Gaurav and Gokulendu Tailang). The album was launched in the presence of several artists last week, including Ravindra Jain, Anup Jalota among others.
A fresh take
By Priya Adivarekar
Among the host of budding singers presenting their work through independent singles and music albums, singer Abu recently released his debut album, Karlo Baatein. Featuring seven tracks, which are composed by Nikhil Kamath with lyrics penned by Vimal Kashyap, the album is a melange of songs from different genres of music. Most of the tracks in the album are sung by Abu, with the exception of a duet number for which singer Sadhna Sargam has been roped in. The opening track, FM tere dil ka meri dhadkan, is a romantic dance number, with retro beats dominating the rhythm.
The title track, Karlo baatein, follows next, which is a breezy romantic number. The use of guitar in this track is pretty interesting, but the composer could have experimented with the pace. Teri yaad sataye piya is strictly average, as it takes you back in the ‘90s with its slow rhythm, use of dhol and a melancholic tone. The rock based Mahiya tries to experiment by fusing Urdu words with some hard rock beats, but sadly, none of the above mentioned elements stand out. Jaane jaan jafa ka will take you back in time again, especially because of its dated lyrics and typical use of sounds.
The upbeat Main tere bina is good, while the last song of the album, Just fooling around sounds straight out of a Shammi Kapoor film. It is very similar to the opening track of the album, albeit with a better pace and beats. As a singer, Abu has a fine voice quality and has sung all the tracks very well, but he will need to experiment with some more genres before he can officially arrive on the music scene. Listen to this album if you miss the good ol’ days of the ‘90s.