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There is no doubting an artiste’s quality if he’s one of the few thats sells albums outside of the film genre in today’s age. But that hasn’t stopped Times Music’s latest signing Angaraag Mahanta, popularly known as Papon from creating a new benchmark. After being at the forefront of popularising Assamese folk music for over a decade now,Papon has released his debut Hindi album on Times Music. Titled – The Story So Far, the album is a melange of an earthy folk sound and contemporary arrangement.
Through the 9 Hindi & 2 Assamese tracks, you will hear the sound of the hills resonate in Papon’s voice; truly a musical experience that few people outside of his home state would have experienced. It’s the kind of album that sounds so good, every song instantly begins to grow on you. Papon has been fast gaining popularity through his performances on TV shows and at premier live music venues in India & abroad. Perhaps that’s the reason for the first batch of this album being sold out in pre-order itself. So if music is your way of unwinding on the weekend, “The Story So Far” is a must try for you. CDs are available at all leading music & retail stores and Ringback Tones are live, pan India across all mobile operators.
It’s time to stop cursing your knees for holding your life back. Times Wellness hastied up with renowned arthroscopist & orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dilip Nadkarni, to bring to you the DVD – Knee Problem No Problem. This DVD will show you how to keep knee problems at bay with effective exercises, diet tips & certain lifestyle changes. Dr. Nadkarni has performed over 10,000 knee surgeries and has given thousands others healthier knees through his consultation. Knee Problem No Problem offers stretching exercises, weight training, aerobics, diet and nutrition tips through the SWAN formula to become “Supple, Strong n Slim”. DVDs are available at all leading music & retail stores across India.
To say that innovation is Rahul Sharma’s middle name would be an understatement. With every new project the ace santoor player only seems to keep re-inventing himself and redefining his sound. Testimony to this, is Rahul’s latest album “The Rebel” released on Times Music.
Termed as the first Santoor Rock album, Rahul transposes the santoor from a serene, often calming instrument to being edgy and at times defiant. Only a true master of the santoor would dare experiment with an album like this and Rahul Sharma has already proven his worth by collaborating with top world music artists including Kenny G. The Rebel is available in stores now across India.
You’d think there’s not much left to achieve for an Indian artist who has won every major music industry award in the country. But Kavita Seth had other ideas when she decided to record her latest album Khuda Wohi Hain, released on Times Music. The album is testimony to her mastery of Sufi music that her fans are accustomed to. With 6 brand new tracks and 2 all time Sufi favourites Chaap Tilak & Damadum, the “iktara” singer who only seems to be getting better is nothing short of enchanting. Just a mere music fan or a curator of great sounds, “Khuda Wohi Hain” will have you singing to its tunes for a long time to come.
Renowned Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy in his decades of collaborations has worked on projects with the world’s biggest artists. But none more exciting than his latest album “Rock The Tabla” with the megastar of Indian & World music – A.R. Rahman. Rock The Tabla is a world music project of epic proportions with other special guests like Manu Katche, Billy Cobham & Omar Faruk Tekbilek. The album epitomises fusion music unlike any other you might hear. A masterful blend of Middle Eastern beats by Ramzy and keyboards by Rahman, Rock The Tabla is our recommended dose of great music for this weekend. CDs are available only on Times Music
The growing popularity of the Electronica music scene in India is set to explode with the launch of Times Music’s latest album – In Search Of Sunrise 9 (India). Launching the album will the artist Richard Durand himself who was handed down the responsibility of continuing the In Search Of Sunrise (ISOS) series from DJ Tiesto after 7 highly acclaimed albums. Richard is in India for the In Search Of Sunrise Tour kicking off in Mumbai on 9th November, then moving to Hyderabad on 11th & the Storm festival in Coorg on 12th.
The ISOS series was first created by Tiesto in 1999 as a non stop mix of trance anthems from across the world. From the 3rd edition onwards, the ISOS titles were named after the country that inspired the music on that title. After covering global party destinations like Latin America,South Africa, LA & Ibiza, with ISOS 9, Richard Durand finally brought the series toIndia after his performance inGoa last year. With subtle hints of Indian sounds fused into world class electronica beats, ISOS 9 is definitely one for that CD collection!
Over the past few years, the nation has been rocked by more than a few gruesome murders. But only one of the became the storyline for a major motion picture. Junglee Home Video’s latest DVD release Not A Love Story, directed by Ram Gopal Verma, starring Mahie Gill, Deepak Dobriyal and Ajay Gehi is that movie.
Based on the murder of a production house executive by an aspiring actress and her crazed boyfriend, this movie has all the elements of a classic RGV thriller. There’s impossible camera angles, impeccable editing and masterful storytelling that’ll keep you at the edge of your seat long after the credits have rolled. And if that’s not enough, the overwhelming reviews from top Bollywood directors should make this movie a must watch for you this weekend.
You know you’ve got a good film on your hands if the starcast includes Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna & Rishi Kapoor directed by Hema Malini. But when you throw in the music of Pritam with a thumping DJ Aqueel remix video featuring B-Town’s most stylish Bodyguard Salman Khan & a super hot Esha Deol, you know you’ve got a superb soundtrack as well. No surprise then that the track “Someone Somebody” from the music album of the film Tell Me O Kkhuda featuring Salman & Esha has become a YouTube sensation with over 80,000 views already and is one of the most popular Ring Back Tones. Pritam once again delivers an awesome array of songs with catchy love tunes, foot tapping dance beats and more. So Tell Me O Bollywood fans, why would you not want to own this album?
Rabindranath Tagore’s influence on Indian culture and cinema hasn’t ceased even years into his afterlife. Junglee home video’s latest release Kashmakash directed by 8 time National Award winner Rituparno Ghosh and produced by Subhash Ghai is a tribute to the legendary writer on his 150th anniversary. Kashmakash is the Hindi dub of this period film set in the 1920’s based on a short story by Tagore with a wonderfully intricate plot about a love that is put to the test by tradition and deceit The Bengali to Hindi translation of the songs has been done by Gulzar and film stars Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Raima Sen, Riya Sen. So add a shot of love to your weekend with this classic tale from Tagore that is available on DVD across all major music & retail outlets.
Rahul Sharma & Kenny G’s brand new collaboration “NamasteIndia” is finally available in music & retail stores. This much awaited album is the first ever collaboration between Rahul & Kenny. But that’s not all. This is also the first time ever that the legendary saxophonist Kenny G has played a Classic Bollywood tune on an album. The popular track from a 1980’s blockbuster movie also features the original voiceovers of Amitabh Bachchan.
Rahul being one of India’s premier fusion music artistes too has outdone himself on this album with some mesmerising santoor pieces to match Kenny G’s deft saxophone tones. The album contains 7 spellbinding tracks, six of which have been composed entirely by Rahul Sharma himself. NamasteIndiais a pure musical treat. It’s a fusion of genres & cultures but yet in its own way reflects the individual emotions of these 2 great artists. For music aficionados it’s a dream come true. For others, well; it will definitely be great music to your ears.