Coke Studio India. June 17th. 7 PM. MTV.

Coke Studio is finally in India. And while there may be questions about the credibility of the show and comparisons to its much older Pakistani counterpart, I am quite hopeful and almost sure that this will be a wonderful experience for us.

For now, here is some detail about the show, mostly about who all are gonna be there on the show.

The show will have twenty artistes. While the top Bollywood line of the show comprises of Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan, KK and Sunidhi Chauhan, we’ll also see Kailash Kher, Richa Sharma, Shruti Pathak, and Benny Dayal from Bollywood singers.

Besides, there will be Raghu Dixit, or should I say The Raghu Dixit Project, the well known name from Bangalore; once so popular Colonial Cousins – Hariharan and Leslie Lewis; comparatively lesser known Bollywood singers Harshdeep Kaur and Akriti Kakkar (Harshdeep is winner of two television reality shows and has even sung for A R Rahman in Rang De Basanti, Akriti has almost twenty movies to her credit where she has sung); and the singer of mora saiyyan, aankhon kay sagar, mitwa, and many more, Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan.

Then there are Sabri Brothers*, Aftab and Hashim Sabri, qawwali singers who have sung for Hindi films as well, my best memory being of Allah Allah from Yeh Dil Ashiqana (no idea how crappy the movie was but the songs were good, the qawwali being one of the best) and Tumse mil ke dil ka hai jo haal from Main hoon na.

Also the show will have Sufi singers Puranchand and Pyarelal Wadali i.e. Wadali Brothers there too. The pair has also sung a couple of songs for Bollywood, the latest being Rangrez in Tanu weds Manu.

In lesser known singers, which could and should make the real life of the show, there will be Assamese Bihu specialist Khagen Gogoi, Tamilnadu’s once-a-singer-at-thirteen Chinna Ponnu, another Assamese Mausam Gogoi, maker of boatmen band Majhi Mallah Saurav Mandal and New Delhi’s eclectic music group Advaita.

What is still a confusion though, is that while the list above is given on the ‘Artists’ page of the Coke Studio website, there is another sentence that says ‘The collaborations are so eclectic as to bring together Shafqat Ali and Shruti Pathak, Sunidhi Chauhan and Wadali Brothers, Kailash Kher and Papon, Shankar Mahadevan and Khogen Da, and Bombay Jayshree, Richa Sharma and Rashid Khan among others‘ while going by the list, I won’t find Papon, Bombay Jayshree and Rashid Khan on the show.

* My guess is that there is some mix up regarding them on the Coke Studio’s official website, they claim that Sabri Brothers are a Pakistani Qawwali party.

Author: Harshit

Madman. So-called Computer Engineer. Hindi Music Freak. Hindi Movie Buff. Thinker. Reader. Critic. Blogger. PJist. (bath)room Singer. Madman.

18 thoughts on “Coke Studio India. June 17th. 7 PM. MTV.”

  1. Thanks to Darshit, I came across this lovely blog. Superb effort my friend!

    Being a cokestudio addict, had to click this link as well. As someone who was present in some coke studio India recordings, I invite you to my blog as well (bad attempt at self pimping i know)

    Cheers!
    Rohit

    almostareview.wordpress.com

  2. Lastly, you did not mention Tochi raina in the above post. He is there as well (and boy his song will create waves I tell you!)

    He sings a folk song, with a dash of sufism…Mera yaar basenda…there is a bit of a surprise in this song which I will not mention here…

    Cheers!
    Rohit

  3. Too much Bollywood, Leslie Lewis as producer, hope not in solo position. Really no Indian Ocean? But then their music has been copied a hell lot now a days. Happy to know Advaita in there, as is Raghu Dixit, I like Papon’s vocals a lot too. Richa sharks is Ok, but we should have got more folk singers. Wadali brothers… Why ? They are doing qawali not sufi, nothing remarkably exotic or exciting. We could have taken some new Punjabi singers or even remixes an old folk ballad on lounge music. Sad sad sad. I will still hear the Pakistani recordings, for good punjabi fare.

  4. Isaw one episode it was sounding filmy.I think this is a bad version of the paki one and the overall sound production is also not upto the standard

  5. as predicted the worst part was including the main stream artist like KK, Shann, Sunidhi, Kailesh Kher, I just enjoyed Harshdeep track and I have listening to Pakistan Coke Studio from season this is worst thing happened to Coke Studio

  6. @Ashwini

    As per some reports, Sonu Nigam had refused the offer of Coke Studio saying something like he’s been part of many such sessions and nothing surprising would come out of such sessions for him.

    Unfortunate!

  7. papon(angarag mahanta), i love him sooo. he is a rock, pop, folk singer. today i watch his show, awesome.!!!! Love you paponda.

    Raja Gogoi.. Die 4 u papon

  8. Too much Bollywood, Leslie Lewis as producer, hope not in solo position. Really no Indian Ocean? But then their music has been copied a hell lot now a days. Happy to know Advaita in there, as is Raghu Dixit, I like Papon’s vocals a lot too. Richa sharks is Ok, but we should have got more folk singers. Wadali brothers… Why ? They are doing qawali not sufi, nothing remarkably exotic or exciting. We could have taken some new Punjabi singers or even remixes an old folk ballad on lounge music. Sad sad sad. I will still hear the Pakistani recordings, for good Assamese fare.

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