Appearance: it’s important, but not everything.

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Appearance: it’s important, but not everything.

Namaste, Dear Music Lover, Appearance. We all have various states of appearance and the other meaning of the word that refers more generally to visibility, meaning showing up to be seen (and/or heard) somewhere. Singers appear at various places for varied reasons: rehearsal or practice rooms for learning and preparation (these can be in one’s […]

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On Controversy with Greats like Anurag Basu

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On Controversy with Greats like Anurag Basu

Namaste, Dear Music Lover, I’m told that some untidy rumors are about—one even claiming that I lashed out at the award-winning Bollywood writer-director Anurag Basu sir, who among others has worked with my mentor the remarkable composer-music director Pritam da (even years prior to myself working) here in Mumbai. I just want to set the […]

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Sometimes, we can simply have fun and enjoy beautiful surroundings.

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Sometimes, we can simply have fun and enjoy beautiful surroundings.

Her Legacy Survives! 

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Her Legacy Survives! 

Namaste, Dear Music Lover, How can I begin this post in order to best honor the memory of the legendary Lata Ma’am? Only one other musical genius of Hindustan it seems deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Lata Ji: sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, whose 82-year career is seemingly one that may never […]

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Consumer-Driven Art

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Consumer-Driven Art

Namaste, Dear Music Lover, Bollywood is more than another name for Mumbai. It’s a film (motion picture) industry—in fact, our film industry is one of the most active and successful Indian businesses, and one with a global reach. As such, it not only provides gainful employment for creatives and technical staffs, it represents both a […]

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Finding Your Light

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Finding Your Light

Namaste,Dear Music Lover, In the entertainment field, there are many levels and areas to explore… whether one views oneself as a performing artist (actor, singer, dancer, etc.), or a host, DJ, TV reporter, writer, producer, director or talent manager—the list of occupations is endless. While nepotism has been said to be on the decline in Hollywood […]

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My Song Forum’s Almost Here!

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My Song Forum’s Almost Here!

Antara’s Namaste, Dear Music Lover, As noted for the past few years… my relentless web team has been chipping away at the design and build of an online forum here to provide a place for everyone to share their thoughts, feelings and opinions about playback songs in Bollywood movies! It’s called Antara’s Bollywood Takes and […]

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Break Time!

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Break Time!

Namaste, Dear Music Lover, It’s true that we like to title posts here a bit provocatively. This is to draw you in and to pique your interest. It doesn’t always have that effect, but we hope that now as you’ve begun to read this, you’ll read the entire post and benefit from what we want […]

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Crossovers in Practise

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Crossovers in Practise

Namaste, Dear Music Lover, While most of us who do playback singing would admit that it’s not an exact science, there are established methods to our madness. In case this post’s title seems confusing, we can allay that or similar concerns by noting it’s not about music practise per se (as in routine musicianship training). […]

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Dealing with Grief in a Pandemic

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Dealing with Grief in a Pandemic

Namaste, Dear Music Lover, While about 90%+ of this blog-site is devoted to singing, specifically for movie playback music in Bollywood, there are some off-topics that I simply cannot ignore, because for example, my heart 💜 is pulled in the direction of those dealing with the tragic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic that has persistently […]

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Shop Talk & Pro Audio Insights

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Shop Talk & Pro Audio Insights

Namaste, Dear Music Lover, Let’s “talk shop” for a while, okay? This post is about some of the audio gear we singers use, and how to best use it. As usual, all ‘gear talk’ here is geared mainly to playback singers (and any who aspire to sing for India’s Bollywood movie industry). Yes, I do […]

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