Dirty dancing desi style

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Whether it’s Honey’s Sunny Sunny or Saree Ka Fall Sa from R… Rajkumar, things are getting steamier on the dance floor

What’s up party people! I had the time of my life in Mumbai last month attending my brother Raghav Sachar’s wedding to actress Amita Pathak. It was a star-studded event with celebrities including actors Amitabh Bachchan, Abishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgun, Kajol and Jimmy Shergill in attendance. Congratulations to the newly-weds and special thanks to all family and friends for making it a memorable week of celebration. Raghav’s continuing his great work on the music scene with a new single Yeh Ladka Hai Allah, the follow up to his soulful rendition of Gulabi Ankhen. I also got to listen to some exclusive tracks in his studio which I can’t yet reveal but I certainly hope he releases some of these on his next album as they’re fresh and exciting. With his great voice, music production skills and ability to play over twenty musical instruments, Raghav’s bringing an original and unique sound to Indian music.

Whilst I was partying away in Mumbai it was impossible not to notice which tracks are kicking it on the dance floor. Honey Singh’s Sunny Sunny from Yaariyan is going off. So too is Saree Ka Fall Sa (R… Rajkumar), Gandi baat (R… Rajkumar) and Tooh (Gori Tere Pyaar Mein). It’s amazing how dirty songs take off these days! And there was no shortage of love for Honey Singh’s Angreji Beat and Mein Sharabi, also Balam Pichkari, Ghagra and Badtameez Dil from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Those tunes will be sticking around for some time to come. Before leaving Mumbai I had the first time experience of playing dhol and dancing my face off at Mr Sachar’s baarat. Needless to say it was an incredible vibe and something I recommend everyone stick on their bucket list, you can’t beat the atmosphere of a marriage in India!

What else is cooking? The soundtrack to Jai Ho by Sajid Wajid is out with Tere Naina Maar Hi Daalenge doing quite well. Kamli and Malang from Dhoom 3 are proving popular. A special version of Dhoom Machale by Raghav Sachar called the Dhoom Anthem has also been released as a single on iTunes (it’s not on the actual soundtrack). Check it out. Punjabi paaji Diljit Dosanjh has dropped his latest song Soorma, sure to be a hit with the desis. Sukshinder Shinda’s Dil Varda has a house sound with Harj Nagra, not as catchy as Surinder Rattan’s stuff in my opinion. There’s also Taaj the Turban Anthem by the Singh crew and the soundtrack to Punjabi movie Patiala Dreamz featuring Ishq Hogaya.

UK brothers Gin & Rees have put out a Qawwali refix of the tune Sanu Teh Changa originally released in 2012. Seems like a good idea to me. Featuring vocals by the Nusrat-esque Aslam Ali, it always sounded more like a Qawwali then a slow song and now it has the music to match. Diamond Cut’s Feem has also received the remix treatment with a desi version sure to get your hands in the air as Jazzy B struts his stuff. If that wasn’t hardcore enough for you there’s always Sangdi by Sab-B and Inda Bains, tweak that tumbi! There’s also some dharmik spiritual flavour on Immortal Production’s Shukar Dateya by Prabh Gill and Desi Routz. Overall it’s good to see a variety of sounds coming out of the scene to cater for all tastes. As we head further into 2014 I look forward to more of the same and wish all the lovers out there a Happy Valentine’s Day!

That’s it for this month! For more on the latest in the scene, check out my weekly radio show Mumbai Masala at www.pbsfm.org.au (available on demand online or live in Melbourne on 106.7 PBS FM, Monday evenings 7pm-8pm). You can also listen using TuneIn app or PBS Radio’s iPhone and Android apps. Get in touch with me on Twitter and Facebook. I’d love to hear your feedback on this column and the show via my website www.richimadan.com, info@richimadan.com. Peace out.

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