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MTV BEATS celebrates its 1st anniversary by bringing a 31-day long treat for viewers

MTV BEATS on its 1st anniversary announces a 31-day long Watch And Win on-air contest

MTV BEATS, the 24x7 Hindi music channel from MTV, is celebrating a very special birthday month. As ‘Music Ka Baap’ MTV BEATS turns 1, the channel announces a 31-day long Watch And Win on-air contest with various themes starting December 1.

Ensuring that viewers stay glued to their television screens, the channel announces a unique each-day-win contest, with unlimited fun. Set in line with the channel’s ongoing offering of different themes per day, MTV Beats will roll-out various contest every day on the channel.

To amp up the excitement, MTV BEATS offers 31 gifts throughout the month for lucky viewers that range from Motorola phones, Jabong vouchers and Philips Bass+ Headphones and Bluetooth Speakers. After all, birthdays are incomplete without presents!

Tune in to MTV Beats this December to celebrate, as the ‘Baap’ Turns 1, and participate in the on-air contest to put your Bollywood music grip to test!

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

India biggest Hip-Hop Dance Festival grand finale showcased in Mumbai

Breezer and Only Much Louder came together to build the ultimate platform for hip-hop

Breezer Vivid Shuffle, India's biggest hip-hop dance festival, and the Grand Finale took place in Mumbai’s Famous Studios on 11th November, 2017, with a fantastic programme including 117 finalists fighting it out to be crowned India’s best in their category alongside an array of top international talent performing to the delight of the crowds.

The festival was announced in September by Bollywood actor and the festival’s brand ambassador, Varun Dhawan and the Grand Finale was a culmination of five hard-fought regional rounds throughout India.

"Dance in India is going through an exciting phase with the growth of Hip-hop culture. It’s been a rewarding experience to associate with Breezer Vivid Shuffle to give talent from across the country the space to showcase their moves. It's simply inspiring to see so much passion in today's youth for hip-hop, this is an absolute game-changer for the Indian scene.” says Varun Dhawan, the festival’s brand ambassador and hip-hop influencer.

The competition attracted over 1300 participants through the five regional rounds in Guwahati, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai. Winners came from all over India with He-Man from Delhi winning the one-on-one Popping category (with 1st runner up: Manish from Delhi), BBoy Flying Machine from Mumbai coming out on top in the one-on-one Breaking category (with 1st runner up: BBoy Panther from Mumbai), Same Age Crew from Delhi reigning triumphant in the All Styles Crew Battle (with 1st runner-up Indian Roc from Delhi) and the Offbeat Crew conquering the All Styles Crew Showcases (with 1st runner-up Gang13).

Alongside the Breaking, Popping and Crew All Styles Finals, there were exciting performances from Divine, Abish and Kenny along with showcases from BBoy Differ, Marie Poppins,The Kinjaz and Desi Hoppers (including Shantanu Maheshwari.)

"Breezer Vivid Shuffle has been a thrilling experience for us. We were excited to create the first of its kind platform for hip-hop in this country, and the response and the level of talent that we have discovered across the country have been absolutely phenomenal and immensely gratifying.” says Anshuman Goenka, Marketing Head, Bacardi India. “We look forward to building on this immensely successful first year and we hope that Breezer Vivid Shuffle will encourage even greater numbers to join in next year and share this exciting journey with us as the enthusiasm for hip-hop dance continues to grow across India."

Debjani Hazarika

The 5th Veda session at Whistling Woods International introduces the students to the world of jazz music

The 5th Veda session at Whistling Woods International

The 5th Veda session at Whistling Woods International (WWI) turned out to be different this week as the students got a glimpse of the world of jazz music. The session started with the screening of the spiritual AV revealing to the students, ‘The Book of Healthy Life’.

Following the AV was a mesmerizing performance by Joshita Dodani, a student of WWI, who as a tribute to the poignant art, got the souls of everyone tapping to the tunes of her music. The session continued with an interesting AV about the story of jazz music, how it evolved over the years, the instruments used and the qualities it beholds, highlighting the contribution of well-known jazz musicians all over the world, shedding light on the similarities between Indian classical music and jazz music. It also showcased the contribution of Indo-jazz to the Indian cinema.

The auditorium of WWI reverberated with sounds of enthusiasm, when veteran jazz musician and faculty, Dee Wood along with his band members - Karim Ellaboudi, Adrian D’souza and Jan Graveson walked on to the stage to address the zealous audience. Students were enthralled by the mesmerizing performance of the band. While playing songs like ‘Cry Me A River’, Dee Wood highlighted how a filmmaker can visualize just by listening to the lyrics of a song. “The songs have a plot behind them. Each song is a plot, a little story in itself”, said actress and singer Jan Graveson supporting Dee Wood’s thought. Several students left their inhibitions and joined up the band on stage and under the guidance of Jan performed the classical number, ‘Summertime’, leaving the audience awestruck, as they sang the song soulfully.

The fun-filled evening of the 5th Veda session ended with Subhash Ghai felicitating the band with a token of appreciation amidst thunderous applause marking the end of the 6th season of the cultural hub at WWI.

Whistling Woods International is India’s premier Film, Communication, and Media Arts Institute. Founded by one of India’s leading filmmakers – Subhash Ghai, Whistling Woods International (WWI) is one of Asia’s largest Media Arts institutes. ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ has rated Whistling Woods International as one of the Ten Best Film Schools in the world in 2014, 2013 & 2010. WWI offers courses that vary in duration from 1 year to 3 years catering to all major verticals of the Media & Entertainment industry, namely Acting, Animation, Cinematography, Direction, Editing, Music, Producing, Screenwriting, Sound, Visual Effects, Media Management, Fashion Design and Visual Communication Design. All the courses are accredited by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

Edited by- Debjani Hazarika

Music Legend Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Unveils His Next Song ‘Banjarey’

Banjarey by Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
After the massive success of ‘Saware’, the uncrowned king of melodies, Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is all set to unveil his new romantic single - ‘Banjarey’, composed by Anupama Raag. The music video, featuring actor and model Neetu Chandra, has just released exclusively on the Times Music YouTube channel.

Anupama Raag's striking lyrics and music maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's invigorating voice will leave everyone enchanted and spellbound. Neetu Chandra, the gorgeous diva adds an eternal charm to the music video with her splendid performance.

The song will take its listeners to a majestic world where they can experience the magic of love. It will evoke their sense of ecstasy and hook them to the beautiful notes and vocals of legendary Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. It’s a divine single that Anupama dedicates to everyone who believes in the essence of romance, love and affection.

In the words of Anupama Raag, “Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a fantastic singer, a tremendous co-worker, and knows exactly how to engage and mesmerize his audience! His reverberating voice has an eternal magic that hooks everyone who listens to his numbers”

To this, the musical maestro Rahat Fateh Ali Khan quoted,” Having worked with Anupama before, I knew her lyrics would be as captivating as the ones of her previous compositions. I always enjoy working with such talented and dedicated individuals. I hope to pair with her in many more of her upcoming compositions.”

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

Super Line-up for Vh1 Supersonic 2018.

~ Shouting out to Rock music lovers! Vh1 Supersonic introduces a new genre, to the festival & brings celebrated band, Incubus, to perform their first ever India gig on the Live stage of the festival~
~ The Prince of Bass Marshmello comes to India to enthrall his fans with his magnificent performance ~
~ The splendid Super line-up also includes many more biggies such as Dillon Francis, Ookay, Joseph Capriati, and an impressive Awakenings Stage ~
~ To mark a grand Fifth edition, Vh1 Supersonic promises offers worth INR 5000 with each ticket. Tickets available from Wednesday, November 15th ~

Vh1 Supersonic, one of the biggest multi-genre music festivals in India is set to rock your world this coming February!

The three-day long festival has just made it’s most significant and exciting announcement till date - the 2018 edition of the festival will not only see some of the biggest names from the world of dance music but will also feature a brand new Live Stage featuring rock music legends. Vh1 Supersonic also reveals some of the biggest names who will light up the 5th edition.

In the 2018 edition of the festival, Vh1 Supersonic gets ready to introduce rock music in its multi-genre format with the announcement of the third headliner which will be none other than the American Rock Legend – Incubus. The festival also ups its ante by bringing renowned American music producer and world’s highest-paid DJs listed by Forbe’s annual ranking, Marshmello.

Vh1 Supersonic is pulling all stops to ensure that the 2018 edition of the festival features a houseful festival arena with the specially curated artist line-up by the lord of techno ensemble The Awakenings. That’s not all! India will also get to party to the enchanting tunes of American DJ and record producer Dillon Francis, all thanks to Vh1 Supersonic.

Saugato Bhowmik, Business Head of Vh1 Supersonic 2018 Integrated Network Solution and Consumer Products, said, “Over the years we have realized that our audience is inclined towards diverse musical genres. Hence it has remained a continuous vision to bring in a variety of artists on our roster. We have been successful in getting some of the biggest names to India to perform at Vh1 Supersonic, which is a coup in itself! We only look forward to continuing doing the same.”

Commenting on the super line-up of Vh1 Supersonic 2018, Nikhil Chinapa, Festival Curator - Vh1 Supersonic said, “The diversity of artists in our lineup for our festival's fifth edition is reflective of the many voices at Vh1 Supersonic, who've come together to finalize our programming mix this year. From rock and indie music to future bass and driving techno, our festival embraces many sounds. I do hope that if you roll into our festival to listen to one genre, you will roll out having accidentally discovered a few others and that your musical landscape would have forever been altered. That, without doubt, would be the most gratifying outcome of our team's work this past year.”

Excitements the 5th edition of Vh1 Supersonic promises to offer:

A Heady Mix of artists in the Super Line-Up

Reaching multiple platinum sales, and several successful singles since 1991, the American Rock Legend - Incubus is one of the most popular Rock bands that has lived the test of time and grown bigger with every album that they produced. The band’s strength grew in the iconic rockstar scene with their double fistfuls of beloved songs, while also continuing to attract new fans year after year. Their tracks Drive, Megalomaniac, Anna Molly, Love Hurts among others have been some of the number one singles that swooned rock music lovers worldwide.

Excited about coming to India or the first time, Brandon Boyd from Incubus, shares, “We’ve been dreaming about making music in India for decades! The opportunity to play there has always felt like it was almost always out of reach, so now that it is real and we’re coming to India, I can’t express enough how excited and elated we are.”

Gracing headlines not only for his hit collaborations, but for his famous helmet, the bass-heavy electronic dance music producer Marshmello, burst onto the music scene by remixing songs by JackU and Zedd. He followed this up with more collaborations with marked musicians like Omar Linx, Ookay, Jauz and Slushii. His single Alone won him a place in the most coveted US Billboard Hot 100 charts this year. His debut album Joytime, released in 2016 peaked number 5 on Billboard’s electronic albums chart. Marshmello has also won millions of hearts with his single Love You that he released for free in 2016, to extend his gratefulness towards his fans.

Sticking to this promise, Vh1 Supersonic makes the foremost announcement with the most popular musicians such as Major Lazer, Alt-J, Incubus, Marshmello yet again, for their super fans. Every year, the festival just keeps getting bigger and better. Gear up, as the youth capital of India turns into the nation’s ‘music and party capital’ with the fifth edition of Vh1 Supersonic!

This, and much more to be revealed at the 5th edition of Vh1 Supersonic 2018 this February in Pune!

Tickets for Vh1 Supersonic 2018 will be available November 15 onwards.

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Edited by- Debjani Hazarika

Times Music releases romantic single “Bas Ek Baar” with Gaana Originals

Times Music romantic single “Bas Ek Baar” 

The release of the chart topping love song ‘Tum Hardafa Ho’ by Bollywood singer and composer Ankit Tiwari on August, Times Music, in association with Gaana Originals, is out with another romantic track ‘Bas Ek Baar’. A melodic love ballad, “Bas Ek Baar” has been sung by debutante Soham Naik and composed by Anurag Saikia. Lyrics have been written by Kunaal Vermaa, who’s past work includes superhits like ‘Haan Hasi Ban Gaye’ from ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’.

The music video, shot at the picturesque Nasik wine yards, features the real-life couple Aamir Ali Malik and Sanjeeda Shaikh, winners of the popular dance show Nach Baliye Season 3. Popular television celebrities in their own right, the music video gives fans of Aamir and Sanjeeda a glimpse of the amazing chemistry between them.

Soham Naik says, “I am glad to be part of Gaana Original Series. I am blessed to have such a melodious song as my debut single. I am thankful to the team members of Times Music and Gaana for all their support.”

“The minute I heard the song, I fell in love with it and seeing Rahul Sud's enthusiasm and vision for the video, I was all excited to be part of this project”, says Aamir Ali Malik.

Sanjeeda Shaikh says, “The experience has been like a dream come true because I had the opportunity to work with my husband. Soham is extraordinarily outstanding talent whose melodious voice instantly makes you fall in love with the song.”

Bas Ek Baar is released exclusively on Times Music YouTube channel- and

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

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