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'I Like' famed Avanti Nagral to conduct music workshops in association with Furtados

Avanti Nagral
WHAT? Hymn to the rhythm with Avanti Nagral
WHEN? 6:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday, 19th August, 2017
WHERE? Furtados School of Music 49, Fern Villa,
Next to Quantum Park Society, 52 Union Park,
Khar (West), Mumbai – 400052

With an aim to encourage the aspirations of budding music talents, India’s leading music retailer Furtados School of Music (FSM), is conducting High Play series of workshops. The workshop will be directed by a young and multi talented artist Avanti Nagral, who released her debut single, ‘I Like’ in June 2017 with the first Virtual Reality Music Video in South Asia.

Avanti is one of the first Indians to pursue a Dual Degree program between Harvard University and the Berklee College of Music. She will be helping music enthusiasts understand the world of music by sharing her aspirational journey. This motivational performance-cum-workshop will guide the participants on how they can connect their passion with a purpose.

Avanti will also be showcasing her cutting-edge virtual reality music video (the first of its kind in South Asia) with live VR demonstrations. So come register and experience the magical world of music!

Free Entry: To register contact +8879070240 or email at play@fsm.net.in

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

Vh1 adds a bold flavor to the Indian Music Scene this Independence Week

Independence Day special on Vh1
Catch Vh1 Soundnation featuring India’s best Indie musicians this Independence Day only on Vh1~
~Vh1 presents World Television Premiere of Ride-to-Roots with Nucleya on Independence Day~
~Vh1 pumps it up this month by airing the prestigious 2017 Video Music Awards in India~

Staying true to its vision to offer the best of music entertainment, Vh1 has lined up the finest shows on India’s 71st Independence Day. The channel will celebrate Independence Day with a unique musical special Vh1 Soundnation that will feature the Indie artists who have contributed to the rise of the music scene in the country. Music lovers can get a bold flavor of the Indian music scene at 6 Vh1 Soundnation gigs and 2 festivals including Nikhil Chinapa’s Satellite Festival, 5 radio interviews with trending Indian artists namely Vasuda, Rajakumari, SPRYK, Oceantied and Burudu on 11th August on Radio One, Radio Indigo and an exclusive master class for budding musicians with a prominent indie band renowned for their contemporary Indian rock music, Indus Creed. More so consumers can catch an exclusive Vh1 Soundnation Facebook panel discussion between pioneers and trending Indian artists like Vishal Dadlani, Karsh Kale, Divine, Saba Azad & Sahil Makhija on the Vh1 Facebook page on 11th August. To top it all off the channel is also curating a special playlist featuring the best of Indian artists who have contributed immensely to the rise of India’s music scene on Vh1 Soundnation- Independence Day Special.

Taking the experience a notch higher, Vh1 is set to take its viewers on a musical journey to retrace roots of one of India’s prominent Indian musician, Nucleya. Renowned as one of the biggest independent musical outfit that has emerged in the country, Nucleya has won several awards reinstating his musical prowess spreading almost two decades. The artist has also represented India in a number of coveted international music festivals. Vh1 is set to showcase the never seen before the journey of the sensational Nucleya through the World Television Premiere of Ride-to-the Roots with Nucleya. Fans of the artist will also get a chance to interact with Nucleya on Instagram & twitter, as he takes over the Vh1 social media, handles on Independence Day. On-ground, the fans can deep dive into exclusive Nucleya happy hours at Raasta-Mumbai, Delhi & Gillys-Bangalore on the weekend prior to Independence Day.

Excited about the special line-up for August, Hashim D’Souza, Programming Head – English Entertainment Cluster, Viacom18 shared, “Vh1 has been successful in bringing the best of international entertainment for its viewers in India. We have been airing the most coveted award shows for Indian viewers, within few hours of its international airing. Our aim continues to be the go-to channel for the greatest music and entertainment content. This month, we have a plethora of interesting shows for our viewers from special tributes to great musicians on Independence Day to a special world television premiere of an incredible documentary film to the most awaited Video Music Awards 2017. The shows lined up for this month only reaffirms our vision of bringing the best in English entertainment.”

The channel has a lineup of handpicked shows that will follow suit post-Independence Day with special programming. To begin with, Vh1 will honor the birth anniversary of the King of Pop Michael Jackson, followed by a special homage to the remarkable Princess Diana, on her death anniversary. The one-stop destination for the biggest international awards, Vh1 will also air the much awaited 2017 Video Music Awards.

Vh1 is revved up to present, for the first time on Indian Television, Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off The Wall. Scheduled on Tuesday, August 29, the documentary honors the King of Pop on his birth anniversary. In addition to this, Vh1 will also extend a special dedication to Princess Diana on her 20th Death Anniversary, playing tracks from artists that commemorate the values and legacy of the most loved Princess.

Viewers are in for a whirlwind of star-studded madness straight from The Forum in Inglewood, California, as Vh1 airs the prestigious 2017 Video Music Awards. Hosted by Katy Perry, the awards are set to create history this year with the exclusion of gender biased categories and introduction of the Best Fight Against The System category to celebrate videos that throw light on social injustices. The 2017 Video Music Awards is scheduled to air in India on Monday, August 28.

The lineup entails:

Show: Vh1 Soundnation- INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL
Date: Tuesday, 15th August | Time: 12:30 PM; 7 PM

A specially curated on-air block with songs by Indian artists, celebrating artists who are contributing hugely to the rise of music in India.

Show: Ride to the Roots with Nucleya- INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL:
Date: Tuesday, 15th August | Time: 12 PM; 9 PM

Ride To The Roots will be a look back at one of India’s most established musicians and will take Nucleya on a journey as he retracts his roots, back home in Ahmedabad, reliving the experiences that brought him to where he is today in the world.

Show: 2017 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS: NOMINEES SPECIAL
Date: Monday- Friday, 16th August onwards | Time: 7 PM
The Compton rapper leads this year's MTV Video Music Award nominations with eight nods for his "HUMBLE." Meanwhile, Katy Perry and The Weeknd follow the Compton rapper with five nominations each. So tune into the 2017 Video Music Awards Nominees Special for all the VMA gossip and nominees that you need to stay up-to-date, only on Vh1!

Show: 2017 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
Date: Monday, 28th August | Time: 5:30 AM; 8 PM
The Video Music Awards 2017 is set to happen at The Forum in Inglewood, California, this year. With VMAs giving up the gender biased categories and addition of the best fight against the system category to celebrate videos that shine a light on social injustices. There is so much to look forward to this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Show: MJ’s Birthday special- Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off The Wall
Date: Tuesday, 29th August | Time: 12 PM; 9 PM
For the first time On Indian Television- A documentary that looks at the life of the late pop star Michael Jackson from his early days at Motown Records to the release of his hit 1979 album, Off the Wall

Show: Vh1 Queen Of Hearts- Princess Diana Special
Date: Thursday, 31st August | Time: 12 PM
Diana, Princess of Wales was tragically killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997. It was death that shocked the world. Twenty years on, her values and her legacy live on through the tens of thousands of young people who not only know her as a historical figure but are also committed to continuing those values. Tune into Vh1 and catch all the tunes from the artists that commemorate Lady Diana through their music.


Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

Times Music launches Humma Humma with a Trap remix by MojoJojo

Times Music launches Humma Humma with a Trap remix by MojoJojo

A.R. Rahman’s iconic dance track Humma Humma makes a groovy come back with Trap artiste MojoJojo, launched by Times Music. Neeraj Shridhar, from the legendary pop act Bombay Vikings, has given the vocals for the Redux version of Humma Humma. The music video also features four of India’s most versatile and well-known dancers adding a never seen before concept to the track.

The music video features Trap DJ MojoJojo who had earlier released his debut album ‘Shots Fired’ with Times Music, Melvin Louis who shot to fame with Dance India Dance, Svetana Kanvar who is a crew member of The BOM squad, Eden Dolreich Pereira who is a faculty at a leading dance institute and Devika Chandnani who is a prominent contemporary dancer from New York.

Humma Humma Redux is a perfect blend of modern music and contemporary dance forms portraying the diversity of music and dance as a form of art. Shot on the sets of a court room, the music video contains drama, dance and an unexpected twist. The Trap beats by MojoJojo is sure to keep the viewers asking for more.

The music video of Humma Humma redux is now available exclusively on Times Music’s YouTube channel.

Watch the music video of Humma Humma Redux below -



Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

India’s first Virtual Reality Music Video by Avanti Nagral

India’s first Virtual Reality Music Video by Avanti Nagral
India’s first ever Virtual Reality video shot in 360 degrees by Avanti Nagral for her debut single ‘I Like’.
Avanti Nagral, a multi-talented young artist from Bombay and Boston was introduced and launched by Flying Carpet Productions on 29th June, 2017 at Shiro in Mumbai. Her debut English single, ‘I Like’, which she wrote and composed was presented to the who’s who of the music industry and society along with India’s first 360 degree VR (Virtual Reality) music video.

The song ‘I Like’ is a rendition of Avanti’s hybrid personal and musical identity. It has an addictive chorus that depicts girl power. The song is about following your dreams, your passions, and being independent in your thoughts, irrespective of public opinion. It portrays the individuality that is essential to empower women. The song was actually born out of stories and struggles of women empowerment. The song has been produced and released by Ashish Manchanda’s Flying Carpet Productions.

Avanti has a soulful and mature voice that is full of emotion. As a songwriter she has an independent outlook and a voice, a message that connects with the youth. Through her songs she wishes to portray the diversity and power of modern Indian women and girls. She has been performing at music festivals internationally as a young pop artist from India.

The video is India’s 1st Virtual Reality Music Video, it is a new brand of i-pop music (Indian pop, immersive pop). The technology in the video gives an immersive experience that builds a connection with the audience. The video depicts how VR technology can be used in diverse ways, a perfect visual interpretation rendered by an internationally renowned filmmaker from New York ‘Blake Farber’ and light and design by John Engstrom.

Delighted on the launch, a jubilant Avanti Nagral said, “I feel incredibly blessed to have amazing parents and a wonderful team who have given me the opportunity to bloom, and have supported all of my endeavors. As an artist, I feel that there is a huge potential for young pop music in India. I hope to explore that segment and create recognition for Indian pop artists internationally. We have immense talent and passion, and I hope to, in my work, embody the voice of today’s generation, and the message of the future. I will relentlessly work for socially relevant and sensitive national and global issues through my music, performances, and otherwise.”

Ashish Manchanda says, “This is the beginning of a new chapter in the music scene in India. Avanti is a role model for young people with a clear message that they can pursue their dreams and make a great success of themselves at a young age. Flying Carpet Productions supports these dreams and make them happen for real. Wishing Avanti the greatest success in all her future endeavors.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Blake Farber – New York City based music video director stated, “I couldn’t have done this video without the Avanti's massive help in producing it. The way she organized everything - from casting to location to logistics, and helped so much with all the little stuff, was flawless. In India, people are so technologically advanced, so it’s time for VR technology to take forth - with the minds and the genius of Indians, who knows WHAT they can create with this! Cutting-edge technology; never been done before in South Asia; one of the few such Music Videos globally. The video was shot on the Nokia OZO”.

Avanti Nagral is a multi-talented young artist from the heart of Bombay and the soul of Boston, whose music mirrors her passion. Avanti’s music encompasses various genres – Indian Classical, Broadway, Church/Gospel and Devotional – into a modern Pop-Soul sound. She has sung in several productions of Broadway Shows, Concerts and Events. Her diverse music repertoire extends across both Western and Indian music.

Avanti was recently nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the META National Theatre Awards, for her lead role of Agnes in the reproduction of the 1982 Broadway Play ‘Agnes of God’ in India. She sang at the Gateway of India for the 26/11 National Tribute event. Avanti was the featured singer at events like the Mumbai Marathon (Asia’s largest international marathon) Charity Awards event, the Terry Fox (a Global Cancer Research Foundation) Asia Event and the World Diplomats’ Christmas Concert in India She performed a cross-generational concert in Delhi celebrating women, sharing stage with iconic Indian artist Usha Uthup.

Avanti has also performed large music festivals like Totem Pole (India’s first Teenage Music Festival, featuring international artists), and opened and performed at the Worli Music Festival.

Avanti is also passionate about Global Health Issues. Over the past six years, she has done work in the fields of Music Therapy, Anemia, Organ Donation, Cardiac Disease and CPR/Emergency Care. In 2013, she founded YCPR, a Youth Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation campaign which empowers the youth to help save lives within their communities. Avanti curates and organizes a unique interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Global Health Issues called 'Health and Society’ (www.healthandsociety.in)

For more information visit- www.avantinagral.com

Flying Carpet Productions (FCP) was set up under the aegis of Ashish Manchanda, protégé of multi winning Grammy producer / engineer of Michael Jackson’s records. FCP is supported and grown by his wife, Ujjla, to set up stronger entities and shows over the years. FCP engages in world class productions and has been behind the TV shows like Coke Studio, MTv Unplugged and India’s Raw Star. It has also supported several large format events in India like Jaipur Literary Festival, NH7 and Beauty & The Beast amongst several others. It offers services across music and video production, artiste management, shows and events and launched its 1st ever teen music festival, Totem Pole in 2016. FCP is a division of Boon Castle Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

For more information visit - www.flyingcarpetproductions.com

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

INAUGURAL ELECTRONIC MUSIC AWARDS SET FOR SEPTEMBER 21 FROM DTLA WITH TWITTER GLOBAL LIVE STREAM

The Electronic Music Awards 2017
The Electronic Music Awards will take place on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from DTLA with Twitter global live stream.

The Electronic Music Awards will take place on Thursday, September 21, 2017, live from the Downtown Arts District in Los Angeles. Spanning across 11 awards, the EM Awards will celebrate the leading underground and commercial artists, creatives, executives, and visionaries shaping one of music and popular culture’s most rapidly expanding genres. The Awards Show will be broadcast live, globally, on Twitter commencing at 7:47 pm PST.

Electronic Dance Music has evolved over the past half a century from an underground subculture into a $7.4 billion industry, birthing some of the music’s most popular stars. The genre’s explosion has seen electronic music dominate the live and festival market, soundtrack Hollywood’s biggest movies and TV shows and influence almost all aspects of popular culture around the globe.

The Electronic Music Awards Executive Producers include 3-time GRAMMY nominated producer/DJ Paul Oakenfold and dynamic creative entertainment company Hunt & Crest. The Awards are produced by leading live events production company Live L!ve Media, with brand partnerships curated by entertainment marketing firm UG Strategies. The awards will be voted on by a body comprised of the leading advisors and executives within the electronic community.

Nominations, additional presenters, performers and partners will be announced in the coming weeks. The live stream will be available for free to logged-in and logged out users on Twitter and connected devices globally. Fans will be able to access the live stream at theemawards.twitter.com and via the awards.

Twitter handle theemawards. The show will also include opportunities for advertisers including packages with TV style spots, combined with original clips available for sponsorship and promotion on Twitter.

“From the beginning, partnering with Twitter was essential for The Electronic Music Awards,” said Luke Alan, Co Founder, EMA’s. “Twitter is a leader in delivering great, live content, and our team is ecstatic to bring our version of a reimagined award show to our global fans on the platform.”

We are excited to live stream the first ever Electronic Music Awards globally on Twitter, said Anthony Noto, Twitter COO. Twitter is the place people go to see what's happening in award shows. Now fans, who already turn to Twitter to discuss the latest in electronic music, will be able to watch the live video of the inaugural EMA’s and the related conversation all on the same platform.

Live L!ve Media previously produced Destination Unknown: Imagine Dragons concert broadcast live to Time Square and rebroadcast on Heart, MTV’s Wonderland, Tesla’s Model 3 launch event live-stream hosted by Tesla founder Elon Musk. The company is led by Aaron Cooke and Jesse J. Leed. They have become leading producers and creative development executives of live variety television shows, live events, and live-streams.

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite, the world’s leading ticketing and event technology platform which powers nearly three million events each year, with proceeds going to charity.

For more information, please visit www.theemawards.com

Twitter is what’s happening in the world and what people are talking about right now. From breaking news and entertainment to sports, politics, and everyday interests, see every side of the story. Join the open conversation. Watch live streaming events. Available in more than 40 languages around the world, the service can be accessed via twitter.com, an array of mobile devices, and SMS.

For more information visit about.twitter.com, follow @Twitter, and download both the Twitter and Periscope apps at twitter.com/download and periscope.tv.

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

Vh1 pays tribute to iconic Chester Bennington


 Chester Bennington
Remembering Chester Bennington 

Chester Bennington, the lead vocalist Linkin Park, has left us all ‘Numb’ with his sudden demise. Chester made us fall in love with him with the album- ‘Hybrid Theory’; and continued to rule with songs like ‘Numb’, ‘What I've Done’, ‘New Divide’ and ‘Shadow of the Day’;
In memory of the musical legend, Vh1 is paying a special tribute to the icon of Nu Metal Music, throughout the weekend.

As the world mourns the end of an era, tune into Vh1 to relive some of the most iconic numbers that the late Chester Bennington gave us to cherish for a lifetime.

“I tried so hard and got so far but in the end, it doesn't even matter. I had to fall, to lose it all, but in the end, it doesn't even matter” – Chester Bennington

As Vh1 commemorates Chester Bennington’s legacy, tune into Vh1 Tribute to Chester Bennington, Saturday, 22nd July, 10 am and all through the weekend.

Vh1 gives all Chester Bennington’s fans a chance to relive 20 most iconic songs of his life. Tune into Vh1 Top 20: Linkin Park, Saturday, 22nd July, 3 PM & 9 PM.

Don’t miss a special of The Ride, where the legendary band Linkin Park, reveal few of the biggest moments of their career, Saturday, 22nd July, 6 pm & 23rd July, 2 PM.

Bringing the band closer for all its fans, watch out for World stage, Saturday, 22nd July, 5:30 pm and Vh1 Deeper with Linkin Park, comprising of behind-the-scenes footage of their hits, Saturday, 22nd July, 8 pm, only on Vh1.

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

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