Monthly Archives: September 2013
Sony releases India’s first for-the-road album featuring eminent singers and musicians
Music giant Sony recently released multi-talent Mumbai-based Assamese singer and composer Ajay Singha’s music album and video, In Rahon Mein. The album features seven vocal numbers sung by famous singers like Meyang Chang, Sriram Iyer, Ash King, Raman Mahadevan, amongst others. Touted as India’s first on-the-road album, In Rahon Mein, within a short period of time has earned acclaim from critics and veterans in the industry.
Based on the recurrent theme of journeys, In Rahon Mein primarily has an acoustic sound. Each song has a different emotional journey, a marked difference from the usual romantic or dance numbers that we get to hear. The USP of the album is the intricate orchestration of each number with multiple instruments and each coming out with its unique sound and blending with the vocals.
Besides Ajay Singha, who is popularly known as Miko in the music circles, In Rahon Mein also features many other well known Assamese artistes like Kalyan Barua on melodica, Ambar Das on drums, Akashdeep Gogoi on bass guitar, Sunita Bhuyan on violins and Krishna on guitars.
A combination of different musical genres, the album has been designed in such a way so as to provide the perfect ambience while driving or in a relaxed environment. Apart from semi-classical, pahadi folk to rock fusion, In Rahon Mein also explores with genres like country, Sufi, pop rock and funk and jazz fusion.
The launch of the album was a high profile one as a number of well known musicians and singers came out in huge numbers to attend the event. Eminent singer Kailash Kher gave a fitting tribute to the album and the singer by terming him “a rare combination of multi faceted talent and human sensibilities”.
The album listening season also saw the screening of the video of In Rahon Mein. The video features popular TV personality Ruslan Mumtaz. The evening also saw performances by Chang, Ajay Singha, Sriram Iyer, Raman Mahadevan, Mohit Pathak and Trisca Fernandez.
Born and brought up in Guwahati, Miko moved to Bombay 12 years back to pursue his passion for music. “Though I have been primarily working in the TV and advertising world, In Rahon Mein is a labour of love and realization of a dream which was born after my last work with Papon, Ik Sapney Mein, a year back,” he says. Ik Sapno Mein, which was composed for Star Plus telefilms Teri Meri Love Stories, had also been widely welcomed and appreciated by listeners and connoisseurs alike.
“A collaboration of different musical genres with some of the most soulful voices of the industry, I hope that In Rahon Mein is able to take the listener through a journey of memories,” he added.
Before In Rahon mein, Miko has a huge body of work, which he has composed over the last 12 years for top notch channels and performers, to his credit. An accomplished piano player, he has a formal background of learning western classical music with grades from the Royal School of Music, London. Also the first Assamese artist to feature in and have his own VEVO channel, Miko has earlier composed music for some highly popular shows of Colours Television, Star Plus, Sony TV, and the like.
Urmila Mahanta needs your votes to script history in SIIMA awards
There seems to be no stopping this young Assamese actress. Mumbai-based Assamese actress Urmila Mahanta who has been in the news for the past couple of years is back in the limelight. Making the entire State of Assam and Northeast India proud, Urmila has shown her mettle by being nominated for the South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) for her stellar performance in the Tamil crime thriller Vazhakku Enn: 18/9.
Urmila has been nominated in two categories in the prestigious SIIMA awards – as Best Debutant Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The awards will be given in Dubai in the third week of September. Urmila is the first Assamese girl to be nominated for the SIIMA award, that too in two categories. She has also been nominated for the Best Actress Debut awards in Vijay TV awards.
A Post Graduate in Acting from Film & Television Institute of India, Urmila had earlier received critical praise for her sensitive portrayal in the highly acclaimed teen crime thriller Vazhakku Enn: 18/9. Directed by Balaji Shaktivel, the film had gone on to pick up National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, National Film Award for Best Make-up Artist. The SIIMA awards 2013 saw her name being nominated in two categories.
Talking about her nomination to the SIIMA awards, Urmila says, “It is really a humbling experience to know that people in South India have accepted the films I have worked in and also my acting capabilities. This goes to prove that language is no barrier for acting and I am really thankful to God and my directors, producers and co-workers for putting all their support on me.”
Assamese people in Mumbai as well as back home are upbeat about Urmila’s achievement. In the words of National School of Drama pass-out Assamese actor Jyoti Narayan Nath, “What Urmila has done is no mean achievement. Balaji Shaktivel is known to be a sticker for perfectionism and the fact that she got selected for the film and portrayed the role of Tamil lady so well is itself praiseworthy. Urmila has done Assam and Northeast India proud and people across the region should come out to vote for her.”
Parineeta Chakraborty, a Mumbai-based Assamese actress who has worked in many Hindi serials, films and Assamese feature films, said, “Urmila has done Assam and Northeast proud. People of Northeast should vote for Urmila and ensure that she wins this prestigious award.”
Voting lines are open in the SIIMA website. People in Assam and Northeast can visit www.siima.in/2013 and vote for Urmila. Please vote for Urmila and help her script history as the first actress from Northeast to win the prestigious South India International Film awards.
Urmila Mahanta was born to Giridhar Mahanta and Ramala Mahanta in Sonapur, Assam. She has three siblings, Jutika Mahanta, Munmi Mahanta and Munindra Mahanta. Urmila did her entire schooling in Sonapur and later graduated from Dimoria College in Khetri, Kamrup. Urmila spent her major part of life in Mumbai, Maharashtra, and then went on to enrol at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
Urmila had been acting in plays since her childhood and bagged many awards. Afterwards, she was featured in several television serials such as Murder and Tejimola for Doordarshan (NE), which were followed by appearances in various critically acclaimed short films including Aaliya, that won the Special Critic Award at the 2012 Mumbai International Film Festival, Their Story and Cheng Kurthy. Urmila was also seen in Assamese singer Tarali Sarma’s album Henguliya.
While attending the International Film Festival of India at Goa, she was spotted and selected among few others following a lengthy process lasting two years including multiple auditions conducted by director Balaji Sakthivel for his drama-thriller Vazhakku Enn 18/9. Urmila has received notable praise for portraying the character of a slum dweller, Jyothi, who works as a housemaid. The Times of India critic M. Suganth wrote: “It is Urmila Mahanta’s understated performance as Jothi that is the film’s pivot”. Similarly, a reviewer from IndiaGlitz.com noted that Urmila was “impressive as a short poetry on screen”, further adding that she “bubbles with energy and emotes at ease”, while another critic quoted: “Urmila is a treat to watch. She delivers what Balaji Sakthivel wants from her. She is cool and passes the test with ease and elan”. The film itself received widespread acclaim, with reviewers calling it “excellent”, a “must-watch”, and even “the film of the year”.
The story of Mayong’s legendary magic will now travel to the United States.
“Mayong: Myth/Reality”, a documentary directed by Utpal Borpujari and produced by Jayanta Goswami under the banner of Darpan Cine Production, has been selected for screening at the Silent River Film Festival to be held in California (USA) in October.
The documentary, which makes a first-time effort to capture the story of Mayong in film, is among the 79 films chosen from all over the world for screening at the festival that will happen at Irvine in California from October 17 to 20.
The film, which has earlier been screened at the 6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, 5th CineASA Guwahati International Film Festival and the Indie8 Film Festival in Shillong, has already been archived by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Britain and Ireland, as reported earlier. It will also be screened at the Gandhinagar International Film Festival soon.
The other films from India that will be screened at the Silent River Film Festival are Vikramaditya Motwane’s Hindi feature film “Lootera”, Sourav Sarangi’s documentary “Char – The No Man’s Island”, and short films “Lapet” by Anshul Sinha and “Afterglow” by Kaushal Oza.
Incidentally, the DVD of “Mayong: Myth / Reality” will soon be released nationally by Junglee Home Video, the DVD label of Times Music.
For more information, please contact Utpal Borpujari 9811631034 or Jayanta Goswami 9435013267.
Abiogenesis latest album Legacy of the Mountains has been nominated in the Best
Rock Album in the non-film category of the prestigious Global Indian Music Awards along with Indus Greed, Thermal & A Quarter, Spud In The Box and Parvaaz. Nominees of GIMA Music Awards are shortlisted by the jury and the winners are determined by Academy Members voting. Legacy Of The Mountains was released worldwide by Mondotunes, USA and sold online in over 750 collaborating labels and stores.
It has been just three short years since the Global Indian Music Academy (GiMA) Awards made its debut. Today it is the most definitive platform that honours talent in Indian music. A GiMA nomination itself is a validation of musical quality and only the most outstanding, across multiple genres, have received a nomination, and the finest take home the coveted GiMA.
Now in its 4th edition, GiMA will continue to applaud the best in Indian music; those who have created music with the power to touch millions of lives.
To win a GiMA is, indeed, the ultimate of accolades. GIMA Awards is an initiative of Wizcraft, one of Indias leading Communication and Entertainment Company.