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Thursday, December 15, 2011

2 songs - simply brilliant!

Heard this song a couple of weeks back. Virtually captivated, since then, by the sublime & mellifluous feeling that seems to descend in the room each time I play the song. As the song, titled Ganga, played, I sensed being transported away from the hustle & bustle of a grindcore-sque life, even if for the brief moment, while the song is played. 'Nuff said. Listen.

Rabbi Shergill - Ganga

Despite not knowing the language [Punjabi] in which the song is sung, had no difficulty at all feeling for myself the pathos being conveyed. The song, as stated in the video, is from Rabbi Shergill's forthcoming album, whose previous albums, too, had an awesome list of soundtracks. Eagerly awaiting the release.

These songs, and more, were performed as part of MTV's much popular, long-running show, MTV Unplugged. MTV has adapted the show to broadcast it over its Indian channel, inviting Indian bands & artistes to perform. An eclectic collection, they've brought together. Good thing they're also uploading the episode on to YouTube, which is how I've been able to watch it.

Another Indian band who performed in this show, Indian Ocean, gave an amazing rendition of a traditional Indian folk song. Titled Ma Rewa, the song has an uplifting, upbeat tempo, beautifully fusing use of traditional Indian musical instruments with the western, sung by it lead vocalist, whose voice has just the slight hint of abrasiveness, which beautifully complements the feel of the song. Divine.

Indian Ocean - Ma Rewa

Star World, too, is currently showing a music-based program. Titled, The Dewarists, caught only fleeting glimpses of it while channel-surfing. From what I could gather, it involved getting together two musicians, from different genres, to jam & then compose & perform a song, reflecting the influences from their respective genres. It also has some elements of travelogue thrown in for good measure, if I got it correctly. Looked pretty good, whatever little of it I watched. Must remember to catch it. It, too, is available on YouTube, uploaded by the content producers themselves, a practise that seems to be catching on. More powers to them.