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All set for Step 1 ?

Posted: August 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Iam always better off being a self-learner. (eg: my music directional stuff is a self-learned art.. as many people know). But Film Making was something different to me. I understood the importance of GURU in learning it through him. 

The influence and importance of “Guru” is realized only when you have a single guru for it. Best guru for a subject, is not the person who is the best in that subject. But rather,  is the person who is the best in “teaching” it to you from the grass root level. Implementing it is always the student’s responsibility.

Its a great feeling when ur “teacher” in cinema gives an EXTRA POSITIVE NOD about ur directional aspirations in cinema! Glad to experience it after a long wait.

So here i arrive, filled with confidence, with a so-called self-made story , yet stolen from little hearts around me… soon !! keep tuned in !

Being a Software Engineer since more than 7 years now, I have shown lot of love to Film Making and the sub functions involved within it. Although I have been associated with writing the script in couple of movies, I always wanted to write songs for those movies too. I may not be the best in kannada literature, but I love expressing emotions and situations through poems.

Back in my previous movie, Yogaraj But , I had missed the opportunity of writing a song, as none of the team had liked my lyrics then. But now I am happy to share with you that I have got a small opportunity of writing not just one song, but 2 songs for the movie Ondu Rupayalli Eradu Preethi (OREP). Iam also going to write one more bit song, which would be a part of re-recording (background score) Only. So that would get the count to 3, in fact 😉 !

Talking about OREP, the music has been beautifully composed by Ricky Kej. The director of the movie is my teacher, Dayal Padmanabhan. I have even been involved in the screenplay and dialog writing officially, for the movie. It stars Vijay Raghavendra, Ramya Barna and a new hero : sandeep too. Also has Raju Thalikote , Sihi Kahi Chandru etc

OREP poster

Coming to the songs that I have got to write in this movie, I have written 2 songs, each one completely different from the other.  The first song i wrote was, is a situational, funny, peppy and teasing song, which teases the hero about his love story. The song has been sung by the popular kannada singer Chaitra beautifully. The song starts as “ROTTIYU JAARI..”. Here is the song, please Listen to it. You can see some pictures of the Audio Release event, along with it.

The second song that I have written is in contrast to the first song. Its again situational, but this time emotional and its all about friendship. The best part about this is that, I wrote the lyrics in around 5-10 times, after listening to the tune first time. The another superb fact about this is that, this is sung by our hero Vijay Raghvendra himself. The song starts as “YAAVUDE SAMBANDHA BEKILLA”. Please listen to this too now.

Also, here is an article about me in TIMES OF INDIA website : http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-05-17/news-interviews/31748323_1_kannada-film-software-engineer-album

With this, I have started my journey as a lyricist too. Need your wishes and also please support by sharing these songs and the blog link with the friends.

OREP

Also, dont forget to pump in your comments.

ಧರೆಯಂಬರದ ವಿರಹವ
ಸೋನೆ ಮಳೆಯು ಅಳಿಸಿದಂತೆ….
ಜೋಡಿ ಜೀವಗಳ ವಿರಹವ
ಮುಗ್ಧ ಮಾತುಗಳು ತಣಿಸಿವೆ !!

Just like how the first rain erases off the pain of the seperation between the earth and sky, the innocent talks between the dual hearts have quenced the pain of seperation between them

ದೇಗುಲದ ಗೋಪುರವ
ಕಲಶಾಲಂಕರಿಸಿದಂತೆ …..
ಪ್ರೀತಿ ಎಂಬ ಗೋಪುರವ
ಪ್ರೇಮ ಪಾರಿವಾಳಗಳು ಚುಂಬಿಸಿವೆ !!

Just like how the kalasha would add to the beauty of a gopura of a temple, the lover birds have kissed the gopura of the monument called Love.

ಪ್ರೇಮ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಗಳು

ಪ್ರೀತಿ
ಚಟವಾಗಿ..
ಮತ್ತಾಗಿ…
ಹೃದಯವೇರಿ ಕೂತಾಗ…
ಮಾತೆಲ್ಲ ಅಪಾರ..
ಮನಸೆಲ್ಲ ಝೇಂಕಾರ !
————
ಅನುರಾಗ
ನೀರಾಗಿ…
ಭರವಾಗಿ…
ನದಿಯಂತೆ ಹರಿದಾಗ …
ಕಾಲ ಉರುಳೋ ಅರಿವಿಲ್ಲ..
ಅರಿವು ಮರಳೋ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಿಲ್ಲ !
-Abhishek S N

In a Poetic Mood…!

Posted: March 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
Just wanted to share 2 things through this blog. Please Read. Thanks :)


ಆಕರ್ಷಣ.. ಆದೊಡನೆ.. ಕಣ್-ದರ್ಶನ...
ಸಂದರ್ಶನ.. ಎಡೆ ಮಾಡಿತು.. ಆಕರ್ಷಣ..!

ಈ ತಕ್ಷಣಾ..
ನನ್ನೇ ಮರೆವ, ಆ ಲಕ್ಷಣ.. !

ಈ ರತಿ ಬಾಣಾ ..
ತಪ್ಪಿಸುವೆಯ ನೀ...
ಓ ಜಾಣ !?
———
ನನ್ನ ಮಾತು ! :-
ನೂರೆಂಟು ಕನಸುಗಳ ಎದೆಯೊಳಗೆ.. 
ಎದೆಯ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ... 
ಸುಟ್ಟಿಹರು ..!!!!!!!

ಸುಟ್ಟ ಕನಸೆಲ್ಲಾ ನೋವಾಗಿ ,
ನಲಿವುಗಳ ಸಡಗರವ 
ಮರೆಮಾಚಿದೆ !!!!

ಕನಸೆಲ್ಲ ಸುಟ್ಟರೂ...
ನಲಿವೆಲ್ಲ ನಶಿಸಿದರೂ....
ದೊಡ್ಡ ಯುದ್ಧವೇ ಬಂದರು ,
ಎದುರು ನಿಲ್ಲುವ ....
ಶಕ್ತಿ ಹುಟ್ಟಿದೆ...
ಯುಕ್ತಿ ಮೆರೆದಿದೆ.. !

- abhishek !

Let me know what you think :)

Its been 4 months since I published my previous blog “from composer to music director.. a much needed transition” (https://abhisheksn.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/from-composer-to-music-director/).  I had explained in detail as to what were the root causes for me pitching in to music direction, in my previous blog. This blog is more or less an extension to the same, that I would be explaining my experiences working with this album.

First of all friends, I have decided to name the album as “NeraLaagi” (ನೆರಳಾಗಿ ) , which literally translates to “being like a shade” in english. To recollect, The album is being written, composed & directed by me, Abhishek S N. I have also sung a few songs in the album.

Abhishek S N

Abhishek S N singing for Neralaagi

While I started this whole new experiment, I assumed it would become a small budget music album with some beautiful tunes. But now the story is quite different. The album has grown into a huge music album which demands some very good publicity and reach. The reason is simple, its because of the confidence I earned through out the project.

Neralaagi would have 7 different songs of different genres. In each song you get to hear some fresh sounds, fresh tunes, fresh vocals too. To break the secret , I would like to mention the genres of each of the 7 songs.
1. Romantic Melody Male Solo
2. Romantic Slow Melody Female Solo
3. Romantic Melody Peppy Duet
4. Satirical Tappangucchi Dance
5. Romantic Slow Melody Duet
6. Indian heavy metal Rock
7.Romantic Male Pathos

Each song has been made with the limited knowledge of music and lyrics, whatever I have. But as an audience when I listen to each of the song, I can just say that each song is lovable, different from each other, catchy and impressive.

  • You would listen to voices of Great singers like Sadhana Sargam, Aishwarya Majmudar from Bollywood & Avinash Chebbi, Surpriya Acharya, Shashank Sheshgiri from Sandalwood in this album.
  • Ofcourse you would listen to 3 songs in my voice too.
  • Some of the great bollywood instrument players like Ustad Dilshad Khan(Saarangi) , Saarang Kulkarni(Sarod), Darshan Doshi (Live Drums), Abhijith (Guitar), Abhilash (Rhythmist) have worked on my compositions in this album.
  • You would listen to different set of sounds and instruments in each song, ranging from saxaphone , saarangi to Sarod and sitars! all LIVE! (not programmed stuff 😉 )
  • Bollywood mixing engineers like Nadeem Ansari , Shakeel ahmed and other mixing engineers would work on the tracks.

Iam planning to release this album “differently” during June End. Ofcourse, Iam not very sure about dates because Music is, as of now part time passion of mine, while other passions like  photography, screenwriting also take some priority during my free time. Ofcourse Cisco has been my bread for life and butter for this music album 😉 ! Will keep you guys posted. Until then some TO DOs for you 😀 :

  • please have a look at the posters below
  • let me know any leads/ideas for producing the CD production and distribution part 😉  (email : abhishek.snabhi @ gmail.com )
  • ideas for distributing the digital media are also welcome (iTunes etc)
Last, but not the least, I would like to thank Swapnil Digde, who has been very supportive for the album, being a music arranger and programmer for this project.

Please let me know how are the (working)posters (designed by myself)!

Composing Vocal tunes has been my hobby since around 3 years now. The tune as it is, when produced vocally, may not make sense to many people who are listening to it. Hence, as an effort to make the Tune more reachable, I started fitting some words into the tune. Gradually I realized that people would laugh at the words, more than appreciating the tune, if at all the words made no sense to them.

This provoked me to transit to the next phase of writing meaningful “lyrics” to fit my tune, everytime I made a tune and I wanted to show it to someone. Co incidentally,  I could frame some meaningful imaginations into all of the tunes, if not out of box words! Slowly, I realized I was actually making my own “songs”. Recorded around 4-5 compositions of mine and shared it with the wide network among my friends. Some of the compositions backed with good lyrics, got some unexpected appreciation like “steal worthy composition.. wish I had composed it“[Raghu Dixit] , “Very good lyrics“[Dayal Padmanabhan] etc.

But still, the greatness of the composition which I could see in my songs, wasnt reaching to the masses! Ofcourse, why would  they bother to imagine how would it look with better singing and instruments backing it up???

This was the provoking factor for me to assume the position of a Music Director. The only experience I have is Confidence. Decided to shell out some Money too, in making an Kannada Music Album composed, written, sung and directed by ME ! There is a joke which reads as “He is the writer, he is the composer, he is the director, he is the actor, he is the singer…. and finally he is the ONLY audience too 😉 ” !  I only wish that the joke doesn’t become a fact in this case, as am doing this with passion, love , hopes , talent, patience, discoveries all mixed in various proportions.

abhishek s n

Kannada Music Album

One of my friend, who is also an Actress asked me, why do I have to shell out my money into music direction? My answer to her was very rude, but still it convinced her 🙂 Actresses who want to step in to the industry in a big way,  shell out money to get their portfolio done from photographers. When they have photos in hand, all they can do is that, they can show them off to directors. I thought Iam doing something similar, that Iam shelling out money to turn my own compositions into songs, which i can show off to bigger set of people later. But here is a difference too, compared to the former one 😉 The difference is that , I can atleast sell the music to atleast 10 people around me… whereas, those portfolio cant be sold. Ha Ha Ha yeah the conversation ended with a laughter from her side.

Ofcourse, unlike the example of the actress I gave,  its not a big wish for me to enter the industry as a Music Director only. I have been passionate about writing and photography too. Nowadays anyone with a simple digital camera can show off photography skills (or rather camera skills)  somehow. Everyone who “chats” and “write”s into the chat window can claim to be writers. Hence May be, thats the reason I felt more secure to choose the path of Music 🙂 LOL !

My plan is to have 7[SEVEN] songs in the album, each one to be different from the another and each one to be better than the other. People generally ask me the TITLE of this album. Iam very honest, that I havent thought of a suitable title. May be I would like pronounce the working title of this project as “SaraLa swaragaLa” (translated as “that which has simple notes“).

The next best question that I have to answer is, when can we listen to it.  Oh man.. quite simple…. My close friends would be listening to the bits daily. … Friends who are in less touch, could listen to rough mixes whenever they get in touch.  Hmm Ha Ha Ha OK.. I know the question is, when is the release!? Hmm , I plan to release it in FEB 2012. But ofcourse, this is only if I get support from Audio companies and Distributors. Dont expect me to do even that.  Iam sure I would be tired financially and effort wise, with just the music part of it, by JAN 2012 😉 !

FUTURE is unknown!
But a promise made, writes the consequences of the FUTURE!
– abhishek ! 

The promise from my side is that, I would definitely get out a wonderful musically very rich and genuine album on to your ears.

After sharing so many paragraphs of information and also making a big promise for you guys, I have just one request to make. Please support the music director inside ME to reach you. Help me get my work out to people. Wishes are not enough. Actions are essential to change the trend. Support can be as simple as Reading this blog, reacting with a comment, sharing it with friends, retweeting the tweet, letting friends know about it personally, getting me new leads in the audio industry which could potentially help me ease the process. Thanks everyone, in advance.

Coming soon, a blog about the experiences of making the music album 🙂 Keep tuned ! Catch me here : https://abhisheksn.wordpress.com/about/

ROCKSTAR is the new album for the movie by A R RAHMAN ! Here I write a line about each track in the album. Read.

A R Rahman

Listen to the album ! very good album !

  • Phir se ud chala :starts with some chorus of girls in bgrnd in folk style and mohit chauhan rocking,blends heavy music in bground
  • Jho bhi main : Guitar is the hero of the song. looks like a live concert. crowd vocals r interesting!Mohit again impressive
  • Kateya karoon : looked funny to me.i was laughing till the song ended 😛 ! but the short music that comes between mukhadas r gud!
  • Kyun Faya Kun :Rahman starts like khwaja song with harmonium.bt javed takes over & there is a jugalbandi effect too!Typical rahmanish
  • Sheher mein : Lively song. Mohit is probably again used coz to maintain’s ranbir’s singing voice always as mohit all thru movie!
  • Hawa Hawa : Violin+chorus+Retro feel+Arabian song feel together rocks and makes us dance!
  • Aur Ho :  Slow but Satarangi re Kind of song! Ending is usual rahmanish filled with super heavy music layers!
  • Tango for taj :  too impressive instrumental ! the instrument called “TANGO” is used superbly! follow up by piano is supportive!
  • Tum ko : The old roja and bombay days of Rahman can be recollected with this song DIFFERENT from other songs. nice sarangi too
  • The Dichotomy of Fame: instrumentl song! ,part of it resembles tune of old spirit of national integration DD1! But Shehnai peepi is super
  • Nadaan Parindey : Christmas Carol plus guitar plus drums combination in intro! Rahman sings beautifully! mohit is also ok!
  • Tum ho : beauty of old style Tum ko song in the album is changed to be a more impressive version in male voice! slow rock!
  • Sadda Haq  : the song of the album, Hard ROCK super heavy song! Loud song! Saddhaaaaa haq! superb !

My personal fav : Kyun Faya Kun and Tum Ho !!!