Posts Tagged ‘ Pop ’

Tu Jo Mila – Sangeeta Khanna



Born to a musical family consisting of a father who was a music composer and a mother being a poet/lyricist, it was inevitable that Sangeeta Khanna would follow her parents’ passion. In pursuing formal music lessons from the Bhatkhande School Of Music, alongside her academics, Sangeeta’s studio debut occurred aged 12. Cut to the present and Sangeeta’s resume has expanded and how, covering Bollywood, ghazals, semi-classical, pop, Western, and fusion, with her latest effort being “Tu Jo Mila”, which contains slick sounds of cheery R&B on a mid-tempo ballad designed with a contemporary audience in mind, thanks to the musical composition from Sunjoy Bose, with lyrics penned by Vikas Chauhan. The track becomes enjoyable on repeated listenings, but nothing changes the fact that, although Sangeeta’s vocals may have scored in the East, the track had just the right amount of western feel it needed.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Kehna Tha Tumse…Wahi! – Anurag Dixit


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Singer Anurag Dixit makes effective usage of his growing compositional skills on this mid-tempo rocker, “Kehna Tha Tumse…Wahi”, as this guitar-based selection relives memories of ’70s pop rock.  Anurag’s distinctive voice remains intact as he adds power chords to the lightly produced melody with effective usage of keyboards in tow. However, the usage of artificial applause within the track does get irritating – which otherwise works fine in a music video – but nothing takes away from the fact that “Kehna Tha Tumse…Wahi” is constructed, much like his other tunes, very carefully as, by now, Anurag knows his target audience and wants them to continue revelling in his brand of mainstream pop/rock.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Beti – Sukhwinder Singh Featuring Neetu Chandra


Every March 8th, International Women’s Day – originally called International Working Women’s Day – is celebrated globally in different ways and means. While some countries have declared holidays, some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons but, for me, it was viewing a remarkable documentary, ‘He Named Me Malala’, which made generic reference to the political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide.

While the theme for 2016 was “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up For Gender Equality”, even the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, spoke about thanking women “for their contributions over the years in the building of our nation.”

Keeping these sentiments in mind, Artist Aloud and Hungama Digital have lent their support to cherish this memorable day with their own message conveyed through the product under review: “Every woman is the daughter of India / Let’s pledge to protect them / Let’s rise to respect them / Let’s unite to make a difference”, by launching Bollywood singer Sukhwinder Singh’s homage to women on “Beti”. While one would have expected an atypical ballad to convey thoughts of the theme that it obviously promotes, music director Rimi Dhar has taken an off the center musical approach by providing a soul-influenced light pop track that is both mainstream and catchy, with lyrics provided by Saaveri Verma.

For those interested, the accompanying video is produced by Champaran Talkies and features actress Neetu Chandra as a super heroine arriving as a saviour for sufferers. Apparently, 200 police women in Mumbai were invited to grace the launch where Neetu shared her thoughts on producing the video that deservedly speaks of “the empowerment of women, safety, respect, and education.”

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.


Jaanu Na Main – Piyush Gupta featuring Vineet Singh



Hailing from U.P., Piyush Gupta is a music director who has composed the music, written the lyrics, and produced this catchy song called “Jaanu Na Main”. The mid-tempo keyboard based track is definitely engaging and, while the sound remains essentially pop, it would not be out of place on the dance floor too, often drifting into multiple melodious dimensions by keeping worldly worries on a back burner by speaking of, after all, “the language of love defined through eyes”. “Jaanu Na Main” features fine vocals from Vineet Singh, resulting in the song being both cheery and blissful, and further succeeds with the simplicity of its arrangements.


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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Tujhko Dekhe Toh – Divya Venugopal


Mumbai-based practicing psychologist Divya Venugopal’s “Tujhko Dekhe Toh” is a song that is also composed and [lyrics] written by her. Sung in harmony by Divya too, the song has been described as being “about that awesome feeling that you experience when you have caught a glimpse of your beloved”, and its uptempo beat supports the theme on this catchy song. The instrumental interlude that gives way to a soft passage before Divya’s vocal re-enter is outstanding too, thanks to the music arrangements provided by Anurag Godbole, who does a thorough job of ensuring that the instrumentation does not overawe Divya’s fine vocals. “Tujhko Dekhe Toh” is certainly mainstream pop arriving from an undeniably appealing tune.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Khatti Meethi – Anurag Dixit

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Singer-lyricist-composer Anurag Dixit continues making effective usage of his compositional talent on this mid-tempo acoustic track, “Khatti Meethi”, as the song revives fond memories of the middle of the road sounds of the ’60s. This is a fun-loving song that is infectious with an interlude wherein keyboards are utilized to mimic the sound of an accordion. “Khatti Meethi” continues to focus on one of India’s young pop’s better voices as Anurag indulges in smooth and urbane sounds in most respects, with a style that could be categorised as easy listening.


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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.

Vaada Karo – Prajoth D’Sa featuring Adil Nadaf


Prajoth D’Sa is an Udipi-born, Bangalore-based musician who lives a dual life shuffling between a profession [as a software engineer] and passion [music]. Although “Vaada Karo” has no distinctive style, it matters little on this song that is perfectly attuned to the essentials of pop sounds.  However, “Vaada Karo” still finds occasional flashes of ingenuity like the introduction of violin and the usage of flute that prove that Prajoth is a far more interesting musician when venturing outside a middle of the road comfort zone. Nevertheless, nothing changes the fact that “Vaada Karo” is a surprisingly enjoyable slice of organic pop.

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– Review by PARAG KAMANI.