Tamma Tamma Loge Meaning

Have you ever tried to find the meaning of tamma tamma loge? If yes, let me resolve this first thing for you. The words tamma tamma loge really don’t mean anything. At least tamma tamma really does not mean anything in Hindi, or probably any Indian language, though one can’t exactly vouch for the latter.

So what are the words doing there? Well, let’s go a bit deeper into the story. If you have heard the original tamma tamma loge, you might know that there is another song ‘Jumma Chumma’ which is very similar sounding. Guesses? The story is that both the songs seem to be ‘inspired’ by Mory Kante’s popular song ‘Tama’, which goes something like ‘tama tama gnogonte, tama tama gnogonte tama’ (gnogonte sounds much like no-dey to me). In probably a try to not do much work on it, OR to pay the original a ‘tribute’, they have kept the words tama tama, or tamma-tamma, and just changed gnogonte to something more Indian.

Long story short, tamma-tamma doesn’t mean a thing, so dance to the words without a worry as to what they mean.

It’s simple: Compose. Win. Be known.

Lorien Motion Pictures are coming up with a movie called Kaafiron ki Namaaz, and have announced a contest where You can can compose something for them.

Yes. With the movie, for which soundtrack recording is in progress, and names like Usha Uthup, Javed Ali, Najim Arshad, Kshitij Tarey are all set to be there on the covers, here is a chance for you or your band to share the space on the same cover with an original song of yours if you win the contest.

So if you are a musician looking for a chance, or a band, or know someone who might make it his or her big break, just reach Lorien Motion Pictures at http://www.facebook.com/lorienmotionpictures and get the details.

For any further details you may even tweet to @BhargavSaikia.

Problems buying Rockstar songs/ album

Well, like everyone else, I am mad about getting the songs of A R Rahman’s Rockstar. But seems there is no way, at least no easy way of getting it.

For one, I was looking for the album every day since 20th September, the day there was so called ‘music launch’ at Hazrat Nizamuddin’s dargah. Still unable to understand why the songs were not available Anywhere even 9 days after launch.

And now finally when I got to know that the songs are available, I went out on the web, at the websites of T-Series as well as on Hungama.com, but while Hungama is not able to send me a password/PIN required for registration with their website, T-Series website straightaway says ‘Product you searched for was not for sale . Please feel free to Shop by Clicking the following Link’ when you click ‘Buy.’

My guess is that with the servers are not able to handle the pressure, something that last happened with Rahman’s Jhootha hi Sahi, when Saregama tried to launch it through their website. And if that is the case, I wonder what is the point in making people wait so much and create such a hype.

In fact such a scenario I would say something like what Vishal Bharadwaj did with Saat Khoon Maaf was nice. His three day advanced launch on Nokia website was a nice idea without much trouble as Nokia servers at least would hopefully be able to handle the load, and even if Nokia is taking a larger share, it would get more people to actually buy the music.

Anyway, how to do it is still the problem of the company. But as a fan what I want is that I should be able to get the song when I click buy and am willing to pay for it.

And, oh, did I tell you that I am still waiting for my Flipkart copy of the CD to be shipped, just like many others who have made it a bestseller even before it’s out?

PS: Dear T-Series, Sadda Haq, Aithe Rakh.

Amit Sial: Man and the arms

I am not too keen a follower of movies or theater, but of course I try to remember every big name in music. Big means a name related to whatever I like in music. And one such name I remembered some two days ago, when I was listening to the songs of Saheb Biwi aur Gangster. The name was of Amit Sial, who has composed a very lovely ‘main ek bhanwra’ that is sung by Shail Hada. In case you haven’t seen the music review of the movie and haven’t heard the song, please do. At least listen to the song.
पढ़ना जारी रखें “Amit Sial: Man and the arms”

Getting Lucky with Lucky Ali

I was not a huge fan of Lucky Ali until I was given that masterpiece called ‘Get Lucky’ by my brother. But then, that one cassette changed things for me and Lucky Ali was one of the biggest names in music for me. After some time I reached college and met a guy called Vaidyanathan aka ydntn aka YD (letters going with years), who was mad about Lucky Ali, and who happened to become one of my closest friends in the coming years. I guess at that time, the only thing he ‘actually’ knew about Hindi music was Lucky Ali. Yes, he had literally used up his cassette of Get Lucky and eventually bought another one after some time.

Six and half years down the line, we were all together, some of us college friends, actually for the Aero Show (which I skipped) in Bangalore but also planning to go for the Bryan Adams concert while I got to know from one of the friends that Lucky Ali would also be playing the same night, at UB City. Now, this YD guy and I were decided that we were going for the Lucky Ali show even thought we had got passes for Bryan Adams concert. Eventually, we all went to Lucky Ali and though we couldn’t get to hear Summer of 69, we got lucky with Lucky Ali, and also, Sachin Tendulkar.

Well, let me come to the concert first. When we reached there, there was a band called Junkyard Groove playing there. While I remember not taking the band seriously when they came to VIT when I was there, this time I liked a few of their songs, including a Twinkle Twinkle little star, how much I love you just the way you are. And after JYG were gone, there was Lucky Ali.
पढ़ना जारी रखें “Getting Lucky with Lucky Ali”

Twifi Awards: My Nominees (Music Awards only)


As you might know or not know, I was selected as a member of the Critics Jury for the music awards for Tweeples’ Film Awards (Twifi Awards).

For the same I was asked to send in my picks for the best music (album), best lyrics (album), best singer (male), best singer (female), and best song (overall).

While I had some problem with the idea of Best lyrics for an entire album, as I think lyrics are related more to a song than an entire album, except for a few cases, and also, most of the times an album has many lyricists while multiple composers, still, is not that common.

Anyway, I checked every film and even though I have heard most of the songs that came out this year irrespective of their banner, composer or popularity, this was a huge and difficult task.

Finally, the list of nominees that I came up with, along with the remarks I have sent to the Twifi Awards, is here. Unfortunately, the list still leaves ‘Best Lyrics’ that I wanted to select from the years words. I hope I’ll be writing on that very soon.

Here go my nominations for Twifi Music Awards:
पढ़ना जारी रखें “Twifi Awards: My Nominees (Music Awards only)”

Kalinka. The origin of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Darling.

Oh No, I’m not talking about the Australian river Darling. I’m talking about Vishal Bhardwaj’s already famous song Darling from the movie Saat Khoon Maaf.

The song is actually very much based on Russian song Kalinka, a song written in 1860.

I have no idea how much Vishal is going to acknowledge this in the movie/soundtrack (I hope he does acknowledge), but that sounds very much true. You can listen to the song at the Wikipedia page, and also find a few more links to the song there.

Tujhko jo paaya, to jeena aaya..

When a Pritam album comes out, the first thing I look for is whether the album has a KK song or not. The next comes which song is sung by Mohit Chauhan and then what is there by Neeraj Shridhar. Then comes the rest.

But this time I was surprised with myself and the album, and of course with the guy who made it happen. There is a song called Mere bina, which goes like ‘Mere Bina main, rehne laga hoon/ teri hawaon mein, behne laga hoon/ jaane main kaise, tera hua hoon/ mujhe to lagta hai main shayad tere dil ki dua hoon/ tujhko jo paaya, to jeena aaya/ ab ye lamha theher jaye tham jaye bas jaye hum dono ke darmiyaan.’ The song is sung by Mohit Chauhan, KK and that new guy called Nikhil D’Souza. By the way, if you have never heard the name, NIkhil recently sang Anjaana Anjaani ki Kahani for Vishal-Shekhar. For those who want to know more, he’s a SUTASI finalist, and probably a post-topic for near future.

Anyway, coming back to the song, the song has three instances, and since the makers don’t want people to think ‘why have they given one song thrice’ with their very first looks at the album cover, they have the song with two names, Mere Bina and Tujhko Jo paaya. Mere Bina and its Unplugged version are sung by Nikhil and KK respectively while Tujhko jo paaya, which also sounds like an even more unplugged version, is given to Mohit.

This was the detail. Now comes what is interesting, what makes me write this post. The interesting part is that even with Mohit Chauhan and KK present in the album with the same song, and have sung it in their well known, lovable styles, I’m falling for the version sung by this new guy, Nikhil.

Reasons. One. The guy has an awesome voice and has sung the song just wonderfully. Even though KK and Mohit are as good as ever, Nikhil sounds not just good but new too, and that might be an added plus. Two. His version of the song is really well arranged, the music is definitely good but the way all the experimenting is done on the song, like reversing the beats, it’s just wonderful. (Reversing the beats is not a technical term as far as I know but if you haven’t got what I mean by that, listen to the beats at ‘raahon pe teri’ near 1:52 minutes and observe the similar phenomenon happening in between the song. At the phrase, it gets quite pronounced.) Loved all of it.

And if I still need to say this, I am totally in love with the music of the song, and the lyrics are good too, if not very.

As the last word, I think I know that I’ll be looking for one new name on the album covers now.

PS: Mohit’s version of the song sounds really good too, as he’s been given a completely different task with same lyrics and melody.

Anjaana Anjaani: Musical Surprise?

Siddharth Anand and Vishal-Shekhar look like in a mood to give some huge surprise with the music of Anjaana Anjaani. After the strange demand of Siddharth, of music being not-good-to-listen-for-the-first-time, there is this soundtrack list which I have got and this too has some surprises in it.

For starters, the album starts with a song sung by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik. Frankly, I don’t remember which was the last album that started like that. The second thing, Vishal Dadlani sings a hopping three out of six songs. Well, personally I’d like Shekhar to sing too, after his bin tere in IHLS, but he’s not there. And yes, as it had to be, Lucky Ali sings yet another song.
पढ़ना जारी रखें “Anjaana Anjaani: Musical Surprise?”

We are Family: Another similar soundtrack?

I love Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. But when it comes to Karan Johar, I suddenly become skeptical. I know Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have given some fabulous music for Karan’s movies from their first song together (Kal ho na ho, title), but somehow I think Karan doesn’t use the full potential of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and I think there are several proofs of it. Take any ‘different’ song of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and you know it’s not from a Dharma movie (Exceptions are invited).

Now that Karan Johar’s next product We are Family is coming, some of the details are coming out and I’m again getting a feeling that the music of the film will be same again. The typical that happens to be in his movies: one or two songs with a Sufi touch, one party song, like in a bar or something, maybe one philosophical, and quite surely a sad version, and definitely one theme. I think though that after MNIK, WAF also may have one rock-ish number as Suraj Jagan is there again.

For example, I know there is a song called Rehem-o-Karam in the movie and by the very words, I smell a Sufi song. Not that I don’t like Sufi songs but hasn’t he had enough of them in MNIK already? By the way, the song Rehem-o-Karam is sung by Vishal Dadlani along with Shankar Mahadevan. I wish Rehem-o-Karam turns out to be a rock number but chances look kind of bleak.

I know Karan knows what he is doing and I also know that the songs that come out will be wonderful, and at the same time hit, superhit. But I think this way, music loses, and at the end, we lose.

Anyway, all I can do for now is anticipate and guess, until the music release, which is reportedly scheduled for first week of August, though I was expecting end of July, guessing 28th. And all I wish is that I’m proved wrong, and KJo and SEL bring us the best music we have ever heard. Amen.

Update: Here is the detailed soundtrack of the movie.

  1. Ankhon Mein Neendein – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Mahadevan (5:02)
  2. Dil Khol Ke Let’s Rock – Anushka Manchanda, Akriti Kakkar, Suraj Jagan (03:57)
  3. Reham O Karam – Vishal Dadlani, Shankar Mahadevan (05:47)
  4. Hamesha & Forever – Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Tara Waaliya (04:51)
  5. Sun Le Dua Yeh Aasmaan (Theme Slow Version) – Shankar Mahadevan (03:53)
  6. We Are Family (Theme) – Dominique Cerejo, Clinton Cerejo, Neuman Pinto, Vivienne Pocha (02:48)

Dabangg: Tracklist

Salman Khan’s Dabangg is again composed by Sajid-Wajid and this time they are back with a big league of singers comprising of Sukhwinder Singh, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal. Here is the song list of the movie. As per reports and common sense both, Tere Mast do nain is the one to watch out for.

पढ़ना जारी रखें “Dabangg: Tracklist”

Kartick and Gotam Hit Mumbai Today

Great news for the fans of non-film music. Oops, this one is only for those in Mumbai. Music producer Patrick Sebag (Kartick) and Sound Designer Yotam Agam (Gotam) are coming to Mumbai today with their collaborative project called Business Class Refugees.

Kartick and Gotam are Global musicians in its truest sense as they mix local music from around the world with Electronica. They collaborate with local musicians to overlay local artistic interpretation and signatures.

You can get a feel of their music at the EarthSync website, and choose whether this world class expression of music is made for you. And you, made for this experience.

Here are the details of the show.

Date: July 16 & 17, 2230 onwards
Location: Blue Frog, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai
Artists: Yotam Agam, Patrick Sebag, Mahesh Vinayakam (Vocal), Yoav Benzel (Drums), Padma Shankar (Violin), Eyal Mazig (Bass), Meher Malik (Dance)

For more details, you can mail to connect@earthsync.com, tweet to twitter.com/earthsync, or simply make a call to Georgina D’ Costa at 04442052532.

Nium Nium – A New Day, Laya Project Remixed (EarthSync)

When I heard their music for the first time, I knew EarthSync had some real awesome music with them. I told them that and soon they asked me to review a few tracks. Believe me, it took me the longest ever to review even one track. Because I never knew how to review something that was so beyond me that I could only ‘feel’ it.

Still, I am trying to explain here how their tracks have affected me. I think that can be counted as a review because their words are not in my language and something like analyzing their instruments will hardly be able to give you any idea of its goodness.
पढ़ना जारी रखें “Nium Nium – A New Day, Laya Project Remixed (EarthSync)”

Shankar n Ali Zafar sing Ullu da Pattha in Tere Bin Laden?

Now that sounds like something big n worth waiting for. And I am getting desperate to hear this song that is supposedly sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Pakistan’s Prince Pop Ali Zafar. The song is called Ullu da Patha and is featured in the movie Tere Bin Laden, where Ali Zafar is playing lead. The music for the song is composed by none other than Shankar Ehsaan Loy.

The movie, also starring Piyush Mishra, is due for release on 16th July, 2010 and the music release is expected soon as reportedly told by Ali Zafar.

Some Forever Favorites to listen to

I love to keep on searching for more music. So when there is not good enough music coming out, I rarely get out of stock to listen to. Here are some things that you can listen to anytime you want. Here is a post one year old on what to listen when you are out of stock.

Oldies: The best time to listen to oldies. Not that there is a bad time for that, but now there is no new, Old is certainly gold. Put on your favorite Kishore Kumar and Mukesh and Rafi and Lata songs and have a wonderful time.

That 90’s Magic again: Remember that Chhupana bhi nahi aata of Vinod Rathod? Remember the great music of Saajan and Aashiqui? Pardes and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai? Sandese aate hain and Are re are? There is a whole decade to relive in those 90’s songs.

Deewana, Jaan, Yaad: This one is for die hard Sonu Nigam fans. But I know that this huge community can never be fed up of these three albums. Play these 30 something songs in album order or random, and press the repeat button of your player.

Pop: From Alisha’s Made in India to Amanat Ali’s Kohram, there is a lot, lot to be heard which is sung by Indian as well as Pakistani singers/bands. In these private albums, not only there are hundreds of popular songs but also as many unknown songs which couldn’t even reach general public.

Here are a few recommendations. Mostly for songs which have gone unheard by most. Try to find these songs and listen to them. I hope you will like them.

Door Kahin (Nine): Pankaj Awasthi
Khaireyaan de naal (Tabeer): Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan
Tauba Tauba (Iss dil se): Sukhwinder Singh
Rain bhai kaari/Maajhi (Humsafar): KK
Kaise Jiye Hain Hum & Nostalgia Mix (Maheru): Jojo
Jugnuon se bhar le (Huqa Pani): Ali Zafar
Har Jagah mein (Tu hi mere rab ki tarah hai): Mithoon
Aise Jaagi Re (Sona): Sona

Besides these songs, Shafqat Amanat Ali’s Tabeer is an album which may be new for many people. And since the songs are really good, if you haven’t heard, go for Tabeer. Also, Amanat’s Kohram has some good songs. I hope you’d like them too.

To add to that, I would recommend a few more things.

Mohit Chauhan’s Fitoor. Challeya n Babaji are my favorites there, but frankly I love the entire album that one.
Sukhwinder Singh’s Mann Chandre from A R Rahman’s Connections.
Tere Naina by Kailasa. Teri Deewani and Saiyyan are definitely great n well known ones.