Our obsessions often serve as motivation to achieve our goals in life. But this week Junglee Home Video brings you a story of an obsession so great that it begins to erode the very fabric of life itself. Kshay, already a winner of 4 International film awards tells the story Chhaya, a simple unassuming housewife who is seemingly content in the life she shares with her husband Arvind. Until one day she catches sight of an unfinished idol of the Goddess Lakshmi and becomes besotted with owning it. Like an infection this obsession starts growing inside her and gradually, owning the idol becomes the only thing on her mind. It affects her peace, her marriage, her dreams and eventually her sanity. The film is a brilliant take on the frailty of our minds when driven by intangible desires. It has been dubbed as one of the best indie films India has seen in a long long time and become a benchmark for indie film-making It is now available in music and retail stores across India.
Using war as a means to achieve peace has become one of the great modern world paradoxes. Anand Patwardhan, one of India’s finest documentary film makers presented this topic masterfully through his film ‘War & Peace’, now available on DVD.
Winner of multiple international film awards including the critics award at the prestigious Sydney Film Festival, War & Peace has achieved iconic status amongst students and lovers of great cinema. Filmed across India, Pakistan, Japan & the USA, War & Peace is dramatically framed by the killing of Mahatma Gandhi. Fifty years after his death memories of Gandhi seem like a mirage that never was, created by our thirst for peace and our very distance from it. So if compelling cinema is what you are looking for this weekend, pick up your copy of War & Peace from your nearest music or retail store.
Music is so often a medium to celebrate an event. But every year on June 21st, “music” becomes the event to be celebrated. That’s because June 21st is celebrated the world over as World Music Day. Music provides us more than just mere entertainment. It wakes us up in the morning, sticks with us through the day, lifts our spirits in the evenings and sometimes even tucks us in at night. So it is only fitting that we set aside a day every year to celebrate music itself, and the myriad artists who bring it to us. 21st of June also happens to be the summer solstice, the one day in the year when the sun is at its magnificent best. How apt then, that the brightest day on the calendar is dedicated to music, the element that actually brightens up every day of our year.
India has one of the richest musical heritages, something all of us should be very proud of. Last year saw the demise of some stalwarts of the Indian music industry. Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, one of the finest classical vocalists ever, Ghazal maestros Jagjit Singhji & Mehdi Hassan saab and Ustad Sultan Khan saab, the legend behind the immensely popular Piya Basanti Re! This World Music Day we’d like to pay homage to these institutions of music, and to the many others who’ve touched our lives through their musical magic.
On World Music Day 2012 we encourage you to open your mind to finding new music. Something different, something out of the ordinary and something you’ve never heard before. Listen to it all day, for a few hours or maybe even 5 minutes; but give “music” the chance to surprise you. Visit our SoundCloud link for starters www.soundcloud.com/timesmusic. We guarantee you will find something to tantalise those musical taste-buds. If not, please feel free to send me stinkers on my email id: firstname.lastname@example.org
The term Naga folk blues may seem all too confusing even to the most ardent music fan, quite a contradiction to its actual sound though. Junglee home video’s latest release Songs of Mashangva, a National Award winning docu-feature in 2011, directed by Oinam Doren, showcases how the King Of Naga folk blues – Guru Rewben Mashangva and his son travel far and wide to take their ancestral musical culture to corners of India their forefathers could never have imagined. The film is shot across mesmerising locations in Rajasthan, Shillong, Nagaland, Kolkata and some mysterious foggy villages of Manipur. Songs of Mashangva is now available on DVD across all leading music and retail stores
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.
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!
There’s never a bad season for good music, especially when it comes from the heart. Times Music’s latest release Soulful Kailash is a compilation of such absolutely timeless music. Kailash Kher pours his heart out in this soulful compilation of his most soothing tracks. The album is an epic Sufi ride, only possible with the inimitable voice of Kailash and should definitely be your pick for this weekend’s music fix. So if you’re a Kailash Kher fan, Sufi Music fan or just a good ol’ music fan, you should pick this album up from any leading music & retail store exclusively on Times Music.