British song writer and singer of Indian origina, Shayan Italia has been getting noticed for his interesting work of late. Here’s an excerpt from a conversation with the talented artist.Continue reading “I Write for Myself and the Situations Around Me….: In Conversation with Singer-Song Writer Shayan Italia”
India’s very own Indie Music band, Maati Baani, popular for its beautiful blend of cultural compositions, now endeavors to spread peace across the globe. Teaming up with young artists from around the world, Maati Baani is all set to release a refreshed version of hit number ‘Heal the World’ by Michael Jackson on the legend’s 58th birthday on August 29. To erase boundaries and artistic inhibitions, to spread the message of love and peace, to create awareness on the sufferings of the war victims, Maati Baani hasrecomposed this song by collaborating with children in the age group of 5-12 years traversing the globe, to feature 20 acts and morethan 40 child artistes in the song.
Maati Baani has creatively used technology to recompose this song without actually meeting these children in person. By means of technology and the love for music, the band has taken the wonderful initiative of bringing music buffers on a single, virtual platform and creates awareness for the war sufferers. The new adaptation of ‘Heal the World’ is a dedication to the King of Pop, Michael Jacksonand inventiveness by Maati Baani to pause the acts of terror campaigns.
‘Heal the world’ is a song dedicated to children living in countries facing wars from terrorism. The lyrics in every possible way reflect the grievances that children suffer due to such conflicts and the way it hampers their growth and well being. The upcoming song is unique fuse of musical tunes and features the passion of young buds for the common aim of bringing harmony to the world. Composed in a span of over six months with child prodigies all over the world completely through the internet, Maati Baani has inventively portrayed the simplicity and innocence of children which will no doubt be soul stirring.
Nirali Kartik, Music Composer and Hindustani Vocalist and Kartik Shah, Music Composer, Producer and Guitarist at Maati Baani comment, “Maati Baani is known for bringing artists together to create new ideas, music and compositions. Using this USP, we decided to exploittechnology and identify trained, arty broods from Japan, Russia, USA and South Africa to redefine the song ‘Heal the World’ which in itself is an extraordinary message on Love and Peace. We are excited and hopeful that this initiative influences people to join hands against terrorism and make this world a better place for children.”
Brandon is one of the child prodigies featuring in Maati Baani’s upcoming song release.
The song is cover of Heal The World by Michael Jackson.
It is slated to release online on the 29th august, on the day of MichaelJackson’s bday.
There’s an interesting paragraph in Baradwaj Rangan‘s post about A.R. Rahman‘s music for “I“, Shankar‘s latest magnum opus where he tells how he feels that the album is wholly individual and free. “Free from the constraints of Tamil cinema. Free from hewing to situations. Free to leap off a cliff and land on a passing cloud and float away for a while. Whatever you think of Shankar’s filmmaking, you have to give him this: he wields one hell of a hammer. He liberates Rahman.”
The greatest thing about art is that it affects everyone differently. It brings forth opinions and a deeper understanding of pop culture if not society as a whole. In many ways, A.R. Rahman is like Bob Dylan in the 60s. They both changed our general perception of a form of music till their arrival. Dylan changed songwriting, Rahman changed arrangements. And after a period of unparalleled adulation, they both became less prominent. If the last 3 years are any indication, Rahman’s throne has all but been captured by other musicians. Continue reading “In Search of A.R.Rahman”