Jan 1 2019

David Byrne Presents: The Soup of Love—Bollywood and Tamil Favorites

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Kal Ho Naa Ho Shankar Ehsaan Loy & Sonu Nigam Amazon
Desi Girl (From "Dostana") Vishal & Shekhar, Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani Amazon
Teri Ore (From "Singh Is Kinng") Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Amazon
Maahi Ve Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Sadhana Sargam, Sujata Bhattacharya, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam Amazon
Tu Meri (From "Bang Bang") Vishal & Shekhar, Vishal Dadlani, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif Amazon
Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main Asha Bhosle, Abhijeet Amazon
Jaane Kyun (From "Dostana") Vishal & Shekhar, Vishal Dadlani Amazon
Kala Chasma Kam Dhillon ft. Amar Arshi Amazon
It's the Time to Disco (From "Kal Ho Naa Ho") Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Vasundhara Das, KK, Shaan, Loy Mendonsa, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Jaya Bachchan Amazon
Bom Diggy Zack Knight & Jasmin Walia Amazon
Say Na Say Na Aneela Mirza, Robert Uhlmarash & Johan Bejerholm Amazon
The Humma Song A.R. Rahman, Badshah, Tanishk Bagchi, Shashaa Tirupati, Jubin Nautyal, Shraddha Kapoor, & Aditya Roy Kapoor Amazon
Dj Waley Babu Badshah feat. Aastha Gill Amazon
BoroBoro (Radio Edit) Arash Amazon
Mast Kalander Mika Singh & Yo Yo Honey Singh Amazon
Whistle Baja Manj Musik & Nindy Kaur Amazon
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Jatin-Lalit, Lata Mangeshkar Amazon
Yaad Kiya Dil Ne (From "Patita") Lata Mangeshkar & Hemant Kumar Amazon
Aatavu Chanda (Dancing Is Beautiful) Vijaya Anand Amazon
Marna Teri Gali Mein (From "Shabab") Lata Mangeshkar Amazon
Aaja Kahin Se Aaja (From "Samundar") Lata Mangeshkar, Madan Mohan Amazon
Neeve Nanna (Only You Were Mine) Vijaya Anand Amazon
Why This Kolaveri Di ? (From "3") (The Soup of Love) Anirudh Ravichander, Dhanush Amazon
Dheem Thana Thana Nana Vijaya Anand Amazon
Enna Solla (From "Thangamagan") (The New Life of Tamizh) Anirudh Ravichander, Shweta Mohan Amazon
Velicha Poove (From "Ethir Neechal") Anirudh Ravichander, Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal Amazon
Kalasala Kalasala (From "Osthe") SS Thaman, L.R. Eswari, T. Rajendar, Solar Sai Amazon
Warna Cinta (Gerua - Malay Version) [From "Dilwale"] Pritam, Aliff Aziz & Kilafairy Amazon
Manma Emotion Jaage (From "Dilwale") Amit Mishra, Anushka Manchanda & Antara Mitra Amazon
Ladki Badi Anjani Hai (From "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai") Jatin-Lalit, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik Amazon
Rasiya (From "Kurbaan") Salim-Sulaiman;Shruti Pathak;Kareena Kapoor Amazon
Saajanji Ghar Aaye (From "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai") Jatin-Lalit;Kumar Sanu;Alka Yagnik;Kavita Krishnamurthy Amazon
OMG Ponnu Sid Sriram, Jonita Gandhi Amazon
Vaayadi Petha Pulla Aaradhana SivaKarthikeyan, Sivakarthikeyan, Vaikom Vijayalakshmi Amazon
Koncham Thenkasi (From "Thenkasi Pattanam") Srinivas, Sriram & Chitra Amazon
Chinna Chinna (From "Agra") Tippu & Sunitha Sarathy Amazon
Eno Kangal (From "Kalvanyn Kaadhali") Yuvan Shankar Raja & Sadana Sargam Amazon

Nakash Aziz

Photo Credit: The Times of India

I met Asha Bhosle once! It was at an event in NY and I was starstruck. But first, a disclaimer: these are personal selections and, not a representative sample of the film soundtrack riches of the subcontinent. If it were, there'd be a lot more Asha and Lata. Asha and Lata are two of the most well known playback singers—the musicians whose songs are pre-recorded for movies—in India, and are sisters no less! One of the signatures of Indian cinema are the complex, epic, and heavily choreographed songs and dances, which are made possible by the skill of playback singers.

Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu in the south of India—where I am seeing a bit of a music festival as I write this—and Mumbai, further north, are the two principal movie production centers in India. The Mumbai films are in Hindi—commonly known as Bollywood, and the Chennai productions are in Tamil—sometimes known as Kollywood. Indian cinema is a vast and diverse industry (Bollywood and Kollywood represent the two largest sectors) selling billions more tickets annually across the globe than Hollywood! For my money, the Tamil soundtracks are more radical and surprising, but much of Indian film music seems to have some shared aesthetics.

Beyond the romanticism and the exhortations to dance, there is the use of musical collage and aggregation as a form. Songs will veer suddenly from one style to another and juxtapositions between traditional instruments, western orchestras and wild electronic beats and effects are common. This might have evolved out of the songs' origin in films where the lyrics have to accompany changing dramatic action, and the music would be obliged to follow. This weaving of forms is a signature of A.R. Rahman—one of the most famous Tamil composers and producers in the world—who has gone on to collaborate with artists like MIA, Dido and Kendrick Lamar. It is also being seen in the works of young, rising composers and singers, like Nakash Aziz, who has assisted A.R. Rahman on numerous films.

I hear all sorts of unlikely musical connections here—besides the crazy electronic effects common to much contemporary pop, I hear echoes of Malian music, Celtic melodies and Greek music. I'm not claiming there are any cross cultural influences, but maybe some shared DNA?

David Byrne

Chennai

Jan 1 2019

David Byrne Presents: The Soup of Love—Bollywood and Tamil Favorites

By Todomundo

Song Artist Purchase
Kal Ho Naa Ho Shankar Ehsaan Loy & Sonu Nigam Amazon
Desi Girl (From "Dostana") Vishal & Shekhar, Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani Amazon
Teri Ore (From "Singh Is Kinng") Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Amazon
Maahi Ve Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Sadhana Sargam, Sujata Bhattacharya, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam Amazon
Tu Meri (From "Bang Bang") Vishal & Shekhar, Vishal Dadlani, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif Amazon
Zara Sa Jhoom Loon Main Asha Bhosle, Abhijeet Amazon
Jaane Kyun (From "Dostana") Vishal & Shekhar, Vishal Dadlani Amazon
Kala Chasma Kam Dhillon ft. Amar Arshi Amazon
It's the Time to Disco (From "Kal Ho Naa Ho") Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Vasundhara Das, KK, Shaan, Loy Mendonsa, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan, Jaya Bachchan Amazon
Bom Diggy Zack Knight & Jasmin Walia Amazon
Say Na Say Na Aneela Mirza, Robert Uhlmarash & Johan Bejerholm Amazon
The Humma Song A.R. Rahman, Badshah, Tanishk Bagchi, Shashaa Tirupati, Jubin Nautyal, Shraddha Kapoor, & Aditya Roy Kapoor Amazon
Dj Waley Babu Badshah feat. Aastha Gill Amazon
BoroBoro (Radio Edit) Arash Amazon
Mast Kalander Mika Singh & Yo Yo Honey Singh Amazon
Whistle Baja Manj Musik & Nindy Kaur Amazon
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham Jatin-Lalit, Lata Mangeshkar Amazon
Yaad Kiya Dil Ne (From "Patita") Lata Mangeshkar & Hemant Kumar Amazon
Aatavu Chanda (Dancing Is Beautiful) Vijaya Anand Amazon
Marna Teri Gali Mein (From "Shabab") Lata Mangeshkar Amazon
Aaja Kahin Se Aaja (From "Samundar") Lata Mangeshkar, Madan Mohan Amazon
Neeve Nanna (Only You Were Mine) Vijaya Anand Amazon
Why This Kolaveri Di ? (From "3") (The Soup of Love) Anirudh Ravichander, Dhanush Amazon
Dheem Thana Thana Nana Vijaya Anand Amazon
Enna Solla (From "Thangamagan") (The New Life of Tamizh) Anirudh Ravichander, Shweta Mohan Amazon
Velicha Poove (From "Ethir Neechal") Anirudh Ravichander, Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal Amazon
Kalasala Kalasala (From "Osthe") SS Thaman, L.R. Eswari, T. Rajendar, Solar Sai Amazon
Warna Cinta (Gerua - Malay Version) [From "Dilwale"] Pritam, Aliff Aziz & Kilafairy Amazon
Manma Emotion Jaage (From "Dilwale") Amit Mishra, Anushka Manchanda & Antara Mitra Amazon
Ladki Badi Anjani Hai (From "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai") Jatin-Lalit, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik Amazon
Rasiya (From "Kurbaan") Salim-Sulaiman;Shruti Pathak;Kareena Kapoor Amazon
Saajanji Ghar Aaye (From "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai") Jatin-Lalit;Kumar Sanu;Alka Yagnik;Kavita Krishnamurthy Amazon
OMG Ponnu Sid Sriram, Jonita Gandhi Amazon
Vaayadi Petha Pulla Aaradhana SivaKarthikeyan, Sivakarthikeyan, Vaikom Vijayalakshmi Amazon
Koncham Thenkasi (From "Thenkasi Pattanam") Srinivas, Sriram & Chitra Amazon
Chinna Chinna (From "Agra") Tippu & Sunitha Sarathy Amazon
Eno Kangal (From "Kalvanyn Kaadhali") Yuvan Shankar Raja & Sadana Sargam Amazon

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