This amazing song composed by Swanand Kirkire followed the Satyamev Jayate episode on Dowry. Stephen Murray composed the piano track for this unplugged version.
In a nutshell, it means “I’m not a burden on anyones head, I’m a strong woman. I can do it on my own, and I don’t need a marriage at all. This is the time to say no, because no amount of money could ever sell me.” It’s scary to think that these things happen in today’s day and age, and I hope every woman going through something like this can find the strength within themselves.
I recorded this track a couple of weeks ago using my Yeti Blue Microphone.
As mentioned in this post about our Annual Charity Talent night, I not only performed one song along with Stephen and Nick, but I performed two! Our second song called “Maa” from the Hindi Movie Taare Zameen Par. This song was originally composed by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy and sung by Shankar Mahadevan himself (Who was introduced in this post), so though I could never even compare to that kindof amazingness, here is my own humble attempt.
The tempo did start a little slow, but I personally thing the song still turned out great. Stephen and Nick provided some amazingly soulful music, which really fit well with the song.
A couple of years ago, I recorded this song along with a Karaoke I found online and sent it to my mom for mothers day. She was so happy!
In March of 2011, back when I was on the Math Society at my University, we raised over $650 for the local women shelter. And we did it all in ONE evening thanks to the Annual Charity Talent Night. The Charity Talent night was not only for a great cause, but it was also very entertaining!
Myself, Stephen and Nick banded together for the first time after “Hallelujah” in 2010. We performed two songs, and the first one was Boulevard of Broken dreams. In all honestly, my role in this song was practically non-existent, and the full credit goes to Steve and Nick. I did enjoy singing the Harmony on the chorus though. Steve taught it to me, and it sounded great! Though Steve, Nick and myself are in three different cities doing three different things, we had a great time when we were all at University together and I hope that it’s not the last time we can all jam :)
So the video was a little bit off sync, and it looks like we’re awkwardly talking for the entire video. I promise it was us!
I will be posting the second song shortly. I know this is already a huge delay, but there was a problem with the video format and I had to do some converting and editing. Which is why the video got a little messed up and my posting got delayed. As soon as the second part is done I will post it :)
My friend Adhi and I went over to the Anglican Church nearby where Steve has access to an amazing Piano. The three of us had a great time talking about music and trying random things. Steve also introduced me to some Chopin, which I regrettably didn’t get to record.
Here’s an impromptu remake of Every Breath and Beegi Honth, inspired by Penn Masala, an amazing acapella group! I heard a 20 second preview of this song on itunes and decided to try it out. 10 minutes before I left for the church I wrote down the swaras to “Every Breath” (That is how I learn :P), and Steve cooincidentally knew a part of the song on the piano. This random first time experiment (First for me and him!) turned out to be pretty fun, and it’s definitely being considered for a campus-wide charity talent night! (Note: I talk in the beginning, and get off key. And possibly off beat :P)
Here is a video of Steve and I playing the Piano. Well, Steve playing the piano, and me poking at random keys :P Similarly, we also did chop sticks and another song that I didn’t record.