THE GUITAR SOCIETY 18th Aug 2011
You Share Your Birthday With
Lata Mangeshkar, Shreya Ghoshal
Honored by the Kairali-
The Kairali-Swaralaya-Yesudas trust honored singers Lata Mangeshkar and Shreya Ghoshal for 2011. Mangeshkar was selected for the Special Award and Ghoshal was selected for the Swaralaya-Kairali-Yesudas 2011 award.
Mangeshkar’s career as a vocalist spans almost seven decades – she has recorded songs in 36 regional languages besides Hindi. Ghoshal has also recorded songs in regional languages including Marathi, Punjabi, Assamese, Malayalam, Bengali, Tamil and Kannada. The awards were announced at a press conference in Thiruvananthapuram.
Mangeshkar’s award consists of a cash component of two lakh rupees, a memento and citation, and Ghoshal’s award consists of a cash prize of one lakh rupees, a memento and citation. Both Ghoshal and Mangeshkar will receive the awards in a formal ceremony in September in Thiruvananthapuram.
Kishore Kumar Honored by Asian Academy of Arts at Marwah Studios
Singer-director Kishore Kumar was honored by the Asian Academy of Arts at Marwah Studio on his birth anniversary. A variety of speakers narrated personal anecdotes of their association with the talented and versatile artist, with anecdotes about his singing session on the sets of Return of the Jewel Thief and his career highlights shared.
President of Marwah Studios, Sandeep Marwah, told the media he hopes such events will inspire the Asian Academy of Film and Television to also be as versatile as Kishore Kumar was in a project such as Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi where he was producer, director, actor, singer, composer, script and dialogue writer – which remains a record.
Kumar has recorded many memorable and well-known songs including, “Roop Tera Mastaana,” “Hazaar Raahen Mudke Dekeen,” “Manzilen Apni Jagah Hai,” “Khaike Pan Banaras Wala,” “Zindagi Ek Safar,” “Chingari Koi Bhadke,” “O Manji Re,” “Aap Ke Anurodh,” “Hameh Tumse Pyar” and “Inteha Ho Gayi.” He won eight Filmfare Awards and four Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards.
Delhi’s Fire Exit Launch Fire Exit Music Academy
The Delhi-based six-piece Fire Exit describe their music as “progressive alternative rock”. Composed of Subhadhra Kamath on vocals, Aashish Mandhwani on guitars/vocals, Tejas Agarwal on drums, Aditya Roy on bass, Varun Gupta on tabla and Arjun Shankar on guitars, Fire Exit released their debut EP OkBye! earlier this year. Melding the dark edge of modern rock with the languid spaciness of traditional Indian percussion, Fire Exit are easily one of the country’s most exciting young bands.
Earlier this month, three of the band’s members branched out into music instruction with the launch of the Fire Exit Music Academy. The band’s guitarist, drummer and tabla player, along with Ritwik De (Mindflew, Zokova and Emperor Minge) have come together to offer prospective musicians training to suit their unique needs. Operating out of two centers in Delhi – at Sheikh Sarai and Gurgaon – the Academy will offer self-designed courses as well as instruction according to the Trinity College of Music’s Syllabus. The Fire Exit Music Academy will offer courses in electric/acoustic/classical guitar, drums, tabla and classical piano.
For more details on the Fire Exit Music Academy, click here.
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