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Thaman’s recent music has reached new heights.

The action film marked Thaman’s second collaboration with actor Nandamuri Balakrishna and director Boyapati Sreenu.

Music composer S Thaman is currently riding the success of Akhanda’s soundtrack which was released in December last year. Having spent fourteen years in the music industry, which has seen him experience his share of ups and downs, Thaman is undeniably at the peak of his career right now.

Thaman’s recent music has reached new heights. He works hard to bring to life any film entrusted to him. Thaman has provided music for films featuring some of Tollywood’s top stars including Mahesh Babu, Pawan Kalyan, Junior NTR and Chiranjeevi.

Akhanda, the action thriller, marked Thaman’s second collaboration with Nandamuri Balakrishna and director Boyapati Sreenu. In an interaction with the media, Thaman at the time said Akhanda’s music was different from his other projects because a lot of research was done to understand the nuances of Aghoris’ life. He had to ensure that the musical instruments and lyrics used for the Aghora episodes in the film were sufficiently authentic. He also confirmed that due to the delay in the release of the film, he was given the opportunity to update the background music according to new trends.

The soundtrack turned out to be a big hit and more because of the amazing background music. He received the maximum success of his entire career for Akhanda’s soundtrack. And now, following the success, Thaman has increased his compensation. His salary, which was in lakhs until now, has now increased to crores. While it still charges less for lower budget films, for bigger ones it now charges up to Rs 1.5 crore.

Thaman recently composed Radhe Shyam’s background music with Prabhas and Pooja Hegde.

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Superstar music composer Ankit Tiwari reveals how he stayed in a MARRIAGE with his wife Pallavi Joshi for the sake of his FAMILY and decided to DIVORCE too! https://russjohnsonmusic.com/superstar-music-composer-ankit-tiwari-reveals-how-he-stayed-in-a-marriage-with-his-wife-pallavi-joshi-for-the-sake-of-his-family-and-decided-to-divorce-too/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 07:12:00 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/superstar-music-composer-ankit-tiwari-reveals-how-he-stayed-in-a-marriage-with-his-wife-pallavi-joshi-for-the-sake-of-his-family-and-decided-to-divorce-too/ News Superstar music composer Ankit Tiwari and his wife Pallavi Joshi have also entered the series. Ankit admitted that staying together in marriage for the sake of their families seemed hollow to the point that he even drafted divorce papers. The particular episode in his life has affected him deeply to such an extent that […]]]>

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Superstar music composer Ankit Tiwari and his wife Pallavi Joshi have also entered the series. Ankit admitted that staying together in marriage for the sake of their families seemed hollow to the point that he even drafted divorce papers. The particular episode in his life has affected him deeply to such an extent that he gets shivers when he hears the word “separation”.

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Musical journey of versatile music composer Mahesh Pani https://russjohnsonmusic.com/musical-journey-of-versatile-music-composer-mahesh-pani/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 16:02:51 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/musical-journey-of-versatile-music-composer-mahesh-pani/ Every Indian house has music. Ever since their introduction, the film industry and music have been close companions, and we all drool and sing the praises of Indian music and movie records. Undoubtedly, the beautiful melodies would not exist without the participation of Indian composers, songwriters and singers, who are well known for their heritage, […]]]>

Every Indian house has music. Ever since their introduction, the film industry and music have been close companions, and we all drool and sing the praises of Indian music and movie records. Undoubtedly, the beautiful melodies would not exist without the participation of Indian composers, songwriters and singers, who are well known for their heritage, talent and contribution in generating such delights for our ears. Although the Indian music industry is large and diverse, we also have a diverse range of music directors who deal with various topics and languages. Mahesh Pani, a renowned Indian music composer, songwriter and singer from Cuttack, Odisha is featured.

Mahesh started composing music in 2007 and has since released a number of gospel songs in Hindi and Odia. Without a doubt, the Indian subcontinent has always been a hotbed of talent, and Mahesh is a beloved household name among music fans. His debut album, Stutee Aradhana, is an Odia devotional CD, and its success has won him a devoted following among music fans. Popular tracks by Stutee Aradhana-To Papo Paeen, Stutee Aradhana Title Song, Aa Pheria and Jibane Bhuli Na Paru were very popular among the full album audience.

Mahesh took a sabbatical from active music for a variety of personal reasons and resumed creating and producing music in 2021. It won’t be enough to say nice things about Mahesh. He got noticed with his new music, inspired by a well-known song called “Dasa agyan”, based on the ten commandments. Reverend Jeebit Kumar Pani wrote a poetic rendition of this song. His next masterpiece is followed by the Hindi song “Tera Sajda & Sun Zara”. Odia’s religious song, Premiko Iswhara, and a romantic ballad, “Tate hi Chahen”, are among his most recent releases.

Mahesh has worked with many famous musicians in Odisha Arvind Dutta, Kumar Bapi, Amit Pani, Kuldeep Pattanaik, Somesh Satapathy, Subham Samal, Amrita Nayak, Shashank Sekher, Aseema Panda, Gaurav Anand and many more.. He is a verified artist on Spotify, Jio Saavn, iTunes and YouTube. His next release includes a Hindi devotional song “Woh Aaya Yeshua”. Apart from being a singer, composer and songwriter, Mahesh is still interested in musical instruments such as tabla and drum.

Without a doubt, Mahesh, a next generation singer and songwriter, has taken the music industry by storm. All budding singers are inspired by his innovation, talent and hard work. He had come together to focus on music after coming from a diverse background and had practically developed several hit tracks. His music is moving, one-of-a-kind and passionate, and it has captivated audiences. The recurring evergreen elements of Indian music have always been cherished and praised by music enthusiasts in India. The remarkable characteristic elements of Mahesh in his approaches leave an indelible impression in the minds of music lovers. He writes and performs songs to meet the needs of countless fans across the country.

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Vidyasagar’s Son, Harsha Vardhan, To Make Music Composer Debut With Sibi’s Next https://russjohnsonmusic.com/vidyasagars-son-harsha-vardhan-to-make-music-composer-debut-with-sibis-next/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/vidyasagars-son-harsha-vardhan-to-make-music-composer-debut-with-sibis-next/ Harsha Vardhan, the son of composer Vidyasagar, will compose the music for Sibi Sathyaraj’s 20th film. This project will be led by rookie Pandiyan Adhimoolam. Harsha Vardhan has worked in the music industry as a keyboard programmer for composers including AR Rahman, GV Prakash and Thaman for several years. This will be his first project […]]]>

Harsha Vardhan, the son of composer Vidyasagar, will compose the music for Sibi Sathyaraj’s 20th film. This project will be led by rookie Pandiyan Adhimoolam. Harsha Vardhan has worked in the music industry as a keyboard programmer for composers including AR Rahman, GV Prakash and Thaman for several years. This will be his first project as a music composer.

Speaking about Harsha, director Pandiyan said, “I heard his songs through a friend of mine and thought they were cool. Later we learned that he was the son of composer Vidyasagar sir. We met him, told the script and Harsha came on board.

While talking about how he got the opportunity to be a songwriter, Harsha said he has been into music since he was a kid. However, Harsha revealed that he did not intend to be a music composer. “This movie has an interesting storyline and a lot of possibilities for background music. While I’ve worked on this genre for other composers, I’m excited to compose music on my own,” the 23-year-old composer said.

Harsha’s father, Vidyasagar, congratulated him on the project and gave him his blessing.

Coming to the film, the action-thriller will see Sibi playing two different roles – one as a comedian and the other a pensive one. The main parts of the film are shot in Trichy and Chennai.

Speaking about the film’s plot, Pandiyan said, “The film is based on a real incident and dives into the story of a father going to extreme lengths to save his daughter.”

Apparently, Praveen Kumar will be the film’s cinematographer, while editing will be handled by Ganesh Shiva. However, the rest of the film’s crew and cast have yet to be revealed.

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Working on ‘Rocket Boys’ Was Tougher Than ‘Scam 1992’ Music Composer Achint Thakkar https://russjohnsonmusic.com/working-on-rocket-boys-was-tougher-than-scam-1992-music-composer-achint-thakkar/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 07:03:48 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/working-on-rocket-boys-was-tougher-than-scam-1992-music-composer-achint-thakkar/ By Radhika Sharma New Delhi, Feb 10 (PTI) Music composer Achint Thakkar, whose name is synonymous with the viral theme of ‘Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story’, is now aiming for a mark beyond the sky with his work in ‘Rocket Boys “. The first season of “Rocket Boys,” a SonyLIV original web series, follows […]]]>

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New Delhi, Feb 10 (PTI) Music composer Achint Thakkar, whose name is synonymous with the viral theme of ‘Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story’, is now aiming for a mark beyond the sky with his work in ‘Rocket Boys “.
The first season of “Rocket Boys,” a SonyLIV original web series, follows the life and endeavors of Indian nuclear physicists Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai between 1940 and 1960.
Directed by debut director Abhay Pannu, the show begins with a catchy yet haunting score by Thakkar that sets the tone for his exploration of politics, nation-building, and the destruction wrought by war and nuclear energy in a newly independent India.
The 31-year-old composer said it took him a while to decipher the music for ‘Rocket Boys’ because of the ‘epic’ quality of the series and the timing in which it took place.
“It was harder than ‘Scam’ because I was in my comfort zone at the time. It was more modern than ‘Rocket Boys’ musically. I could use a lot of stuff in ‘Scam’, that I usually use, but ‘Rocket Boys was a show where I couldn’t do that,” added.
Mumbai-born Thakkar said he had to go “old school”, which meant arranging a lot of actual compositions rather than relying on electronic music, his comfort zone.
“We had musicians playing live in the studio. There were a lot of instruments recorded here. A lot of ‘Scam’ was electronic music, which is more in my comfort zone. So ‘Rocket Boys’ was a challenge but a great learning experience too.”
Asked if the popularity of “Scam 1992” helped him land “Rocket Boys,” the guitarist-producer isn’t sure. “I think so,” he replied after a moment.
The theme for “Scam 1992”, directed by Hansal Mehta and performed by Pratik Gandhi, has over 26 million views on YouTube alone.
Harshvir Oberai, who filmed “Rocket Boys” and has been good friends with Thakkar since his Mithibai College days, suggested his name to Pannu.
“It was a lot of fun working with Abhay. He was quite open to any ideas that I would throw at him. We were jamming most of the time. There wasn’t really a brief so to speak. He just asked me to make it my As soon as I read the script he wrote, I was in love with it. It’s just a matter of reacting to the script. Big credit also goes to Abhay for taking charge of this. He’s a really gifted storyteller and a great collaborator.”
The recording artist said he boarded ‘Rocket Boys’ in December 2020, but focused on the final cut last week, just in time for the show to begin airing at from February 4.
“My work towards the end was pretty quick…in the last 40-45 days (before the show aired). I had December and January to work on the final cut. We made sure to be satisfied with the music before we sent the show.”
“Rocket Boys” stars Jim Sarbh as Bhabha, Ishwak Singh as Sarabhai, Regina Cassandra as Bharatanatyam icon and Dr. Sarabhai’s wife Mrinalini Sarabhai, and Rajit Kapur as the role of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister. Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Saba Azad, KC Shankar and Namit Das also play key roles.
The series uses a mix of Indian and Western classical music, including Tchaikovsky, Bach and Mozart, to give a sound to India at the time.
“Abhay was also very keen on us keeping the score, especially Vikram and Mrinalini, like that because she was a Bharatanatyam dancer and he was much more grounded.
“We actually don’t use that (music) for Homi. Homi was way more flamboyant and he had more of that colonial hangover. That’s why it was important to juxtapose that they were fresh out of British rule at that time.”
Before breaking into the “mainstream” music scene with “Scam 1992”, Thakkar released his album “Shalimar” in 2015 and the 2018 collaboration “Achint & The Khan Brothers”.
Also the founder of the psychedelic rock band Rosemary, he previously assisted famed commercials composer Michael McCleary on two seasons of the Prime Video series “Four More Shots Please!”
Thakkar, who cut his musical teeth around the age of 12, said he did his own study for “Rocket Boys,” which involved listening to veteran violinist L Shankar and music composer AR Rahman.
“I’ve heard L Shankar and AR Rahman a lot. I’ve listened to his ‘Swades’, ‘Dil Se..’ or some of his amazing scores. Every time I watch one of his (Rahman’s) movies, it’s like going to school for me. I also listen to Tchaikovsky and Beethoven to get in the zone. Listening to these guys I feel how they did it, it’s riyaaz (training).
Next up for the composer is the second season of Vasan Bala’s “Rocket Boys” and “Monica, O My Darling,” a Netflix movie. PTI RDS BK
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Veteran Malayalam music composer Alleppey Ranganath dies aged 73 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/veteran-malayalam-music-composer-alleppey-ranganath-dies-aged-73/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/veteran-malayalam-music-composer-alleppey-ranganath-dies-aged-73/ Ranganath was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Kottayam Medical College Hospital. Famous lyricist and music director Alleppey Ranganath died on Sunday night in Kerala. He was 73 years old. Ranganath was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Kottayam Medical College Hospital. The eldest of six children of Alappuzha Vezhappra Kunjukunju Bhagavathar and Gana Bhushanam MG Devammal, […]]]>

Ranganath was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Kottayam Medical College Hospital.

Famous lyricist and music director Alleppey Ranganath died on Sunday night in Kerala. He was 73 years old. Ranganath was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Kottayam Medical College Hospital. The eldest of six children of Alappuzha Vezhappra Kunjukunju Bhagavathar and Gana Bhushanam MG Devammal, Ranganath has done 42 plays and 25 dance dramas.


He wrote and composed the music for a play by the Kanjirapally People’s Arts Club at the age of 19 and first composed the music for the song ‘Hosanna’ from the 1973 film, Jesus. Ranganath recently wrote 10 keerthanas, composed in Carnatic music, based on biblical verses. He had also written many Lord Ayyappa devotional songs and received this year’s Harivarasanam award.

Ranganath made his Mollywood debut in 1973 with the film Jesus directed by director PA Thomas. He rose to fame after singer KJ Yesudas began singing many of his devotional numbers. He is known for his songs in movies like Aarante Mulla Kochu Mulla (1984), Main Olvil (1985), Pappan Priyappetta Pappan (1986), and mamalakkappurathu (1988), among others.

It is also popular for its parts like Ayalathe Amma, Kudumbakshetram, and Amritasagaram. The songs from these plays were also well known. He partnered with singer Yesudas for many Ayyappa songs which became popular even among the Kannada, Telugu and Tamil speaking population.

Earlier on December 29, 2021, renowned Malayalam music composer Kaithapram Viswanathan Namboothiri passed away at a hospital in Kozhikode. He was 58 and had been battling cancer for some time, according to family sources.

The award-winning composer, who carved out a place among Mollywood’s finest composers through a limited number of films, was the younger brother of famous lyricist-musician Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri.

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Music Composer Devi Sri Prasad Reveals Why Samantha Was A Good Fit For Oo Antava https://russjohnsonmusic.com/music-composer-devi-sri-prasad-reveals-why-samantha-was-a-good-fit-for-oo-antava/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/music-composer-devi-sri-prasad-reveals-why-samantha-was-a-good-fit-for-oo-antava/ Pushpa: The Rise is one of the most talked about movies lately. The film, starring Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna and Fahadh Faasil, was released on December 17. And it became the highest grossing Indian film of 2021. Not only the performances but also the music of the film dominates the charts. The credit goes to […]]]>

Pushpa: The Rise is one of the most talked about movies lately. The film, starring Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna and Fahadh Faasil, was released on December 17. And it became the highest grossing Indian film of 2021. Not only the performances but also the music of the film dominates the charts. The credit goes to music composer Devi Sri Prasad (DSP) who is known for songs like Dinka Chika, Ringa Ringa and Seeti Maar among others.

DSP PRAISE SAMANTHA FOR HER PERFORMANCE AT OO ANTAVA

Pushpa: The Rise was released in five languages. The creators have also released all their songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. And the dancer number from the film Oo Antava, with actress Samantha, became a hit parade. DSP in an exclusive chat with IndiaToday.in opened up Samantha’s choice for the article song.

DSP said, “The article song was ready before we finalized the actress. It was the call from the director and the producer to cast Samantha. was finalized. And it was a good choice. She brought in a new flavor to the song. We all saw her in different roles and it was a complete and amazing makeover for her. Plus, it’s her first item number and she surprised everyone with her performance. I really appreciate her efforts.”

DSP SHARES A FUN FACT

DSP also shared a fun fact that was brought to his attention by his fans. “There’s this funny meme that was shared by one of my fans where it’s mentioned that all the A list actresses from the South did special songs to DSP music. Like Kajal Agarwal did Pakka Local in Ganta Garage, Jigelu Rani was made from Pooja Hedge, Swing Zara from Tamannah Bhatia in the movie Jai Lava Kusa and now Oo Antava from Samantha. It’s actually very special to me,” he said.

Not only Oo Antava, but all Pushpa: The Rise songs in different languages ​​are also dominating the charts. Speaking of the same, DSP added, “Knowing the language is really important because it helps in making songs in different languages. Making all the songs in all the languages ​​at the same time is a very tedious process, also because in apart from composing and recording the orchestration, it took me almost a month to a month and a half for each song just to record the vocals in five different languages ​​Surprisingly, people listen to Pushpa songs in all languages. This is a great achievement for us.

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8 facts about the classical music composer Mozart https://russjohnsonmusic.com/8-facts-about-the-classical-music-composer-mozart/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:52:30 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/8-facts-about-the-classical-music-composer-mozart/ Barbara Krafft, Posthumous Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1819 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, public domain) Few composers are as renowned as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791). Alongside Beethoven, he was one of the most influential musicians of the classical period, which dominated Europe between 1730 and 1820. His prodigious talent, which began in early adolescence, quickly blossomed […]]]>

Barbara Krafft, Posthumous Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1819 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

Few composers are as renowned as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791). Alongside Beethoven, he was one of the most influential musicians of the classical period, which dominated Europe between 1730 and 1820. His prodigious talent, which began in early adolescence, quickly blossomed thanks to his musical family, and he embarked on a prolific career. creative career, creating more than 600 works in his brief 35 years.

Mozart was born in Salzburg in 1756, then part of the Holy Roman Empire. He spent most of his childhood composing and playing music for many members of the royal family, including Prince Elector Maximilian III of Bavaria and Archduke Ferdinand. He continued to travel throughout adulthood, performing for the European aristocracy and continuing to create sonatas, symphonies and operas. After his death, his friend and fellow composer Joseph Haydn said: “Posterity will not see such talent in 100 years”.

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Learn 8 facts about classical music composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Mozart’s father and sister were also musicians.

Painting of the Mozart family in performance

Louis Carrogis Carmontelle, “The Mozart Family on Tour: Leopold, Wolfgang and Nannerl”, 1793 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

Mozart and his older sister Maria Anna (nicknamed “Nannerl”) were the only surviving children of their parents, Leopold and Anna Maria Mozart. Leopold was a former musician and composer, who was appointed fourth violin to the ruling Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg. He began teaching the music of Nannerl at age 7 and Mozart at age 3, both of which showed an affinity for different instruments.

Later, between 1763 and 1766, Leopold, Nannerl and Mozart on a tour across Europe, performing for members of the royal family like Empress Maria Theresa. During this time, Mozart’s reputation as a child prodigy grew tremendously.

He began to write his own compositions at the age of 5.

Portrait of Mozart at 7

Anonymous (sometimes attributed to Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni, “Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the Age of Seven”, 1763 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

When Mozart was about 5 years old, he began to create his own compositions which his father wrote and collected in the Nannerl Notenbuch. Andante in C, K. 1a was most likely his first piece, a short composition intended to be played on the harpsichord. He was quickly followed by Allegro in C, K. 1b and Allegro in F, K. 1c.

Mozart met Marie-Antoinette.

Portrait of Marie-Antoinette

Jean-Étienne Liotard, “Portrait of Archduchess Marie-Antoinette of Austria, future Queen of France, at the age of seven”, 1762 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

During the European tour of Mozart and his family, he was invited to play at the royal court of Marie-Thérèse, empress of the Holy Empire. There, the biographer Eric Blom describes a meeting between Mozart, 7, and the young Marie-Antoinette, two months his senior. Supposedly, Mozart slipped on waxed floor and Marie-Antoinette helped him up. Subsequently, Mozart would have proposed to the future queen of France.

Mozart wrote his first opera at age 11.

Mozart portrait

Attributed to Giambettino Cignaroli, “Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the Age of 13-14 Years”, c. 1770 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

In 1767, at the age of 11, Mozart completed his first real opera, Apollo and Hyacinthus. Divided into three acts, it is based on the myth of Hyacinth and Apollo, in which Apollo accidentally kills his lover by throwing a disc. It was commissioned by the Benedictine University of Salzburg and was only performed once during his lifetime.

He was very fashionable.

Mozart playing spruce paint

Stephan Sedlaczek, “The Young Mozart with the Spruce,” 1936 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

Mozart was known to have many indulgences, especially sartorial. His tenor Michael Kelly described his appearance: “[He] was on stage with his crimson pelisse and his bicornuate with gold braid, giving the time of the music to the orchestra.

Despite his great success and numerous commissions, Mozart’s purchasing vice caused considerable financial pressure throughout his life.

Mozart created more than 600 compositions during his life.

Pianoforte Mozart

Pianoforte played by Mozart in 1787, Czech Museum of Music, Prague (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Mozart was incredibly prolific during his lifetime and kept to a busy schedule. He often split his writing sessions into one block in the morning, afternoon, and then worked all evening. At the end of his life, he wrote more than 600 works, including symphonies, operas and concertos.

He has not finished his last composition.

Mozart Requiem

A one-page section of the manuscript of WA Mozart’s Requiem, K 626, 1791 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

At the age of 35, Mozart showed signs of serious illness but continued to work for months. During this time he completed one of his most acclaimed pieces as The magic flute, and started working on his Requiem.

He died on December 5, 1791, without having completed its final composition.

His death was probably not caused by poison.

Lithograph of Mozart's last days

Franz Schramm, “Moment of Mozart’s Last Days”, 1857 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Due to Mozart’s untimely death and his obscure symptoms, there are many theories as to what caused it. For a time it was believed that one of Mozart’s rivals, Antonio Salieri, may have poisoned him. Apparently Mozart himself claimed he was poisoned while on his deathbed.

Today, most historians agree that Mozart was probably not poisoned and instead died from some sort of illness, like strep, flu, or even mercury poisoning.

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Music composer Pritam doesn’t believe in keeping a song bank https://russjohnsonmusic.com/music-composer-pritam-doesnt-believe-in-keeping-a-song-bank/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/music-composer-pritam-doesnt-believe-in-keeping-a-song-bank/ Music composer Pritam, unlike many of his contemporaries, only wants to create music for movies and has absolutely no desire to create non-movie singles. Unlike many music composers, Pritam does not create a bank. “I don’t have a song bank. I react to the script and start creating songs, after reading the script and only […]]]>

Music composer Pritam, unlike many of his contemporaries, only wants to create music for movies and has absolutely no desire to create non-movie singles. Unlike many music composers, Pritam does not create a bank.

“I don’t have a song bank. I react to the script and start creating songs, after reading the script and only then do I sit down to think about what songs are likely to fit in, as well as the situation,” says Pritam, who has composed soundtracks for films. like ‘Life In A… Metro’, ‘Cocktail, Love Aaj Kal 2′ and most recently, the sports drama starring Ranveer Singh ’83’.

“I just want to create music for movies. I know a lot of other musicians enjoy non-film songs, and that’s great, but I just want to create music for films. I’m really in love with the concept of cinema and the contribution of music to the making of this film,” says the 50-year-old. Some of his recently released tracks and their immense popularity made Pritam the most heard artist last year, on different streaming platforms. “Yes, I saw that, yes it feels good that people are listening to your music,” he replies humbly when asked for his reaction.

“I always know, when I create a song, that it will be fine. This also happened with ‘Shayad’,” says Pritam. ‘Shayad’ from ‘Love Aaj Kal 2’, was the most listened song for the past two years. “There was a nice melody, which I knew would work well. I know that for a lot of my songs too. I can usually feel it, when I know something is going well,” says- he.

“But that said, you still can’t predict which song will hit. As the title ‘Kalank’ would do well. I knew ‘Khairiyat’ from ‘Chichhore’ would be fine, even though it wasn’t really in the movie. Sometimes the songs don’t work at all. Like ‘Saawre’ from Phantom for example. I loved the song. Afghan Jalebi did well, but ‘Sawariya’ didn’t do well,” he says.

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Shillong Chamber Choir founder and music composer Neil Nongkynrih dies in Mumbai https://russjohnsonmusic.com/shillong-chamber-choir-founder-and-music-composer-neil-nongkynrih-dies-in-mumbai/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:48:27 +0000 https://russjohnsonmusic.com/shillong-chamber-choir-founder-and-music-composer-neil-nongkynrih-dies-in-mumbai/ [ad_1] Shillong Chamber Choir founder and music composer Neil Nongkynrih died in Mumbai on Wednesday following a brief illness, choir officials said. The 52-year-old conductor and composer who brought CSC to national fame after a reality TV show a decade ago has died at Reliance Hospital in Mumbai after a brief illness, have they declared. […]]]>


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Shillong Chamber Choir founder and music composer Neil Nongkynrih died in Mumbai on Wednesday following a brief illness, choir officials said.

The 52-year-old conductor and composer who brought CSC to national fame after a reality TV show a decade ago has died at Reliance Hospital in Mumbai after a brief illness, have they declared.

Neil and the whole choir had been in Mumbai for the past three months for work. “He was admitted to the hospital yesterday and died the evening of today after an operation,” a spokesperson for the group told PTI.

He said the remains of Neil, who received the Padma Shri, in 2015 will be returned to his home here as soon as all formalities in Mumbai are completed.

A former student of the prestigious Trinity College of Music in London and the Guildhall School of Music, Neil returned in 2001 after years of playing and teaching music in England, to found the Shillong Chamber Choir.

In 2009, the Shillong Chamber Choir collaborated with the famous Vienna Orchestra for a series of concerts.

The following year, the choir also won gold medals at the World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China in three categories – Music Sacra, Gospel and Popular.

However, India woke up to this talented choir and its founding mentor after winning the reality show “India’s Got Talent” in 2010. Initially, the choir was reluctant to participate in the show because it was about ‘a western classical music choir and the members were unsure. whether their music would go well in a mainstream show. However, as they say, the “rest is history”. The choir conducted by Neil has also collaborated with the world-renowned Fitz William Quartet. He has also partnered with big names in the world of Indian music including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Usha Uthup and Shankar Ehsan Loy. Their Christmas album in 2011 became the best-selling non-cinematic music album in India.

In 2010, the choir performed for former US President Barack Obama and then-First Lady Michelle Obama during their visit to India.

Notably, the SCC’s version of “Vande Maataram” was played on the live television broadcast of the Indian space rocket Chandrayaan – 2 landing on the moon.

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Posted on: Wednesday January 05, 2022 9:18 PM IST

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