Category Archives: Music & Dance

Heer – Jab Tak Hai Jaan

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I did a cover of this beautiful song “Heer” from Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Thanks to my Punjabi friends who helped me a lot with the accent, and I apologize in advance for any mistakes :) I don’t speak any Punjabi!

The Story

Heer is a song about the stories of Heer-Ranjha & Mirza-Sahebaan. Ranjha left his beloved to get married to someone else, and Heer was forced to marry another man. However, Mirza takes his beloved Sahebaan away on a horse.

In this song, the girl wants to be called Sahebaan instead of Heer, as she is hoping that someone like Mirza takes her away on a horse.

 

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Kaisi Paheli Zindagani & A Kiss to Build A Dream On

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When the song Kaisi Paheli Zindagani came out, there was a buzz that it was a copy of the song “A Kiss to Build a Dream on” by Louis Armstrong. I personally love both songs and saw their similarities as a great opportunity to put these together :) Thank you to my sister Sneha for the videography!

Kaisi Paheli Zindagani
Original Singer: Sunidhi Chaudan
Movie: Parineetha
Music Director: Shanthanu Moitra

Lyrics
Nayi nahin nayi ye baatein ye baatein hain puraani
kaisi paheli hai yeh kaisi paheli zindagaani

thaama haan roka isko kisne haan yeh to behta paani
kaisi paheli hai yeh kaisi paheli zindagaanipi le isse, is mein nashaa
jisne piyaa voh gham mein bhi hasaapal mein hasaaye aur pal mein rulaaye yeh kahaani
kaisi paheli hai yeh kaisi paheli zindagaaniaankhon mein gair sapna nayaa
aansu tera ek moti hai banaa

suuri tagar pe jaise suuri yeh chaanv ho suhaani
kaisi paheli hai yeh kaisi paheli zindagaani

Translation (By Hindilyrics.net)
None of this is new; no, this is all old talk
of what a riddle, what a riddle life is!

Who ever managed to stop its eternal flow?

Drink it slowly; it’s a powerful intoxicant!
He who has drunk of it knows laughter even in grief.

It’s a story that makes you laugh and cry in the space of an instant.
What a riddle, what a riddle this life is!

A strange dream in your eyes;
your tear has made a pearl.

Like sun blocked by a shield, how lovely and restful is this shadow!
What a riddle, what a riddle this life is!

A Kiss to Build A Dream On
Original Singer: Louis Armstrong

Lyrics
Give me a kiss to build a dream on
And my imagination will thrive upon that kiss
Sweetheart, I ask no more than this
A kiss to build a dream on

Give me a kiss before you leave me
And my imagination will feed my hungry heart
Leave me one thing before we part
A kiss to build a dream on

Last Christmas & Dil Mera Churaya Kyun

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We always noticed how similar the tunes of Last Christmas & Dil Mera Churaya Kyun from the movie Akhele Hum Akhele Tum were. My sister Sneha & I decided to put the songs together in a little Bollywood Christmas Cover :)

Enjoy the lyrics video!

Feliz Navidad & Prospero Nuevo Ano!

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My sister and I had an AMAZING time putting this video together! From dancing in the snow, to laughing over several iterations of bad harmony, to eating breaks, it was full of all the amazing things that make the Holidays so special! Laughter, music, food and family.

I have been learning Spanish for nearly 2 years now, so we picked this song because I thought it would be fun to sing in Spanish. I apologize in advance for any accent issues :)

Also, I would just like to say – Isn’t my sister FANTASTIC? I know sometime it’s hard to tell who’s singing what, because we keep switching between highs and lows, but it’s her voice that kicks off the song on the main tune of Feliz Navidad.

We wish You and your family a VERY Merry Christmas, a fantastic Holiday Season, and a Wonderful 2014!

Nagendra Haraya Video

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I recently bought myself an early Christmas Present – A Macbook Pro and some amazing recording devices including an Audio Interface and a Condenser Microphone. I thought I would start off with an ambitious project- A multilayer track inspired by the “Sacred Chants” CD in my car. It took a lot of time to put this together, mostly because I am painfully slow with technology, and I haven’t played the piano in over 10 years (Which is obvious), but I figured it out :)

Enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Carnatic Mini Concert

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After many years, I performed a Mini Carnatic Vocal Concert as a part of Saveca’s Diwali festival. For the past five years, most of my musical performing has been singing for dance – something that is slowly becoming second nature to me. Considering I only had a real week of practicing after my trip to Colombia, and I didn’t have time to get any feedback from my teachers or my musical seniors prior to the concert, I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. Over the past 5 years I have come a long way, but I still have a long way to go. I’m looking forward to the journey.

Note: I wasn’t able to download all the pieces, including my main raagam, but I hope you enjoy this excerpt.

En Veetu Thottatil

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The final of three recordings I made with my friend Abhinav :)

Music by A. R. Rahman.
Original Vocalists : S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sujatha

Meaning

(I found this translation on a random forum)

Ask the flowers at my home garden
Ask all the windows at my home
Ask my coconut grove
They will say your name

Ask the flowers at my home garden
Ask all the windows at my home
Ask my coconut grove
They will speak my heart

A lady singer should not be silent
If all the bees buzz then the garden can’t withstand
If all the buds make sound, then the bees can’t hear
After aadi (season) the river won’t wait
After aadi, the alipoo (flower) does not close
Wishes vibrating

Without the permission of ‘telling’, I came to tell
There’s no distance between ‘tell’ and ‘meaning
No love reaches the heaven without telling
Even if counting ends, kisses do not,