Archana Patel

No bounds or barriers

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Music knows no language, and has no bounds or barriers. It is a form of expression. It has the ability to move you, to take you away. It connects you to an experience, an emotion, other people. You can solely connect through sounds with not even knowing someone. That’s what I love about music or any other art form for that matter, it’s the connecting factor.

To me, this was one of those special songs that I could connect to. A beautiful song from the movie Kadal. Music by the amazing, A.R. Rahman. I really enjoyed singing this piece. The orchestra in this song is splendid. With that, I give to you Nenjukulle…

Kaun Tujhe

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My latest venture has been working on this beautiful melody, Kaun Tujhe from the movie M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story. Hope you enjoy! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kareyole – RangiTaranga

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The turn out of this project makes me super happy and proud. This song was quite a tongue twister and so much fun to sing. Kudos to the creators of this catchy song! Happy Listening! 🙂

 

 

 

Beauty of the Creative Arts

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This is a gorgeous melody. It touched my heart, the second I heard it for the first time a little over a decade ago. Everything about it is in perfect harmony. The music, the melody, the rendition, the picturization of the song, the actors in the song, all just cooked to perfection. As I am working with background tracks and blending music with my voice at a very miniature scale, I have a greater appreciation for the amount of work that goes into the creative process of producing a music album out of thin air. From writing of the lyrics to composing to singing to mixing, everything takes so much precision and effort from so many people in creating magic that lasts with us for so long.

Presenting to you, Piyu Bole from the movie Parineeta.

 

Take Two

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As I was singing this song Eesha Paahimam on stage recently, I was full fledge in the middle of the song while I saw a few kids running around, the next thing I know I am mumbling and jumbling up on the lyrics of the song that I thought I had gotten down. I instinctively close my eyes to regain my focus. I keep my eyes closed till the remainder of the song, and I get through my song without any more bloopers.

Lessons learned:
1. Know your stuff well. In the case of singing, learn the lyrics of your song up really good because when it comes to singing on stage, there can be a million distractions.
2. Inspite of the practice, if you mess up, it happens. Go with the flow and finish what you started, don’t be too hard on yourself. There’s always next time to learn from your mistakes, improve and grow.
3. Just have fun with it and embrace the process, screw ups and all!

Since my version of this song on stage had a few bloopers and I wasn’t fully happy with it…I did a take two on this later. This song, Eesha Paahimam is in raaga Kalyani.

Raaga or raag as it is also referred to in Indian classical music is a melody of the song. Raaga gives the song a certain flavor and creates a certain mood. Kalyani raaga is said to have a very auspicious tone to it. Have you ever noticed how certain tunes make you feel a certain way? Or you may want to hear certain types of songs at different times. There maybe times when you want to dance your heart out to an upbeat song while other times you just want to be in a sober state listening to a more down to earth melody. That is really what raagas do in Indian music….it creates the mood. What mood does this song create for you?

Live Life To The Fullest

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Har Pal Yahan, Jeebar Jiyo, Jo Hain Sama, Kal Ho Na Ho…

I love love love this song ever since I heard it for the first time over a decade ago. This song is a total double treat…what’s not to like, it has got Shah Rukh Khan and Sonu Nigaam for the background voice…hello!!! For those of you who don’t know yet, I am a fan of both so of course this song definitely made the cut for me! 😉

On a deeper note, I love the lyrics of this song. Every time I listen to it, it puts things in perspective for me. It reminds me all the time that every day is such a blessing, and even on what seems like the worst of days, when all things are going terribly wrong, there are many blessings to count! You just have to stop and take a minute to think of them. Jot them down even. It always helps me to write my thoughts down. Some of the things for which I am feeling super blessed right now: the quiet right at this very moment, the burst of energy of my kids throughout the day, my hot morning tea, my jog this morning, the cool gentle breeze during my jog, watching my toddler’s cute little hands and feet busy at work. What are some of your blessings today?

Without further ado…my version of Kal Ho Na Ho

Sleep Goodnight

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For a while there, if anyone asked me to sing a song, all I could literally think of was lullabies…that was pretty much all that I sung most of the time, and that is what would go on in my head on an auto replay cycle. I am sure all parents and many teachers of little ones can relate to this! 🙂 For those of you to whom I have sung Twinkle Twinkle when you lovingly asked me to sing you a song or times when I have had a blank look on my face not knowing what in the world to sing other than nursery rhymes, my sincere apologies! My repository of songs was zoned completely to the kid section. Thank you for baring through that phase of mine, although I am not sure I am completely past that. Needless to say, when I heard this song Sooha Saaha Amma ka…I could totally connect and feel the emotions of this song!

Sooha Saaha Amma Ka means your mom’s red rabbit and is a lullaby from the movie Highway. The gist of the song is that you are your mom’s cute little red rabbit!!! How sweet is that, right….I feel the special warm fuzzy loving comfort of my mom’s protection and care just thinking of that….so off I go to sing Sooha Saaha for you. Hope it takes you to that warm comfy cozy space!