Never Ending Story (Stranger Things)

Stranger Things came on Netflix in 2016 and I was attracted to it with its sepia tone and the perfect feel of 80’s era. This sci-fi series features a story inside a small American town named Hawkins. The most adorable part of this series are the kids Mike, Will, Dustin, Lucas and Eleven!

In Season 3 there is a hilarious scene where a monster is chasing the town and Dustin and Suzie (his science camp girlfriend) break into a song(a song-let actually as it is a tiny one), at the end of which they find the answer they are looking for to beat the monster! The song is melodious, catchy and so groovy that I wanted to sing it right the moment I heard it. Joining me for this rendition is my brother Ishan who shares my love for music and many other things close to my heart!

All of this might sound absurd without reference, but if you like some science fiction action and want to be drawn into the ‘upside down’ world of these endearing kids, do not miss Stranger Things on Netflix (This is not a paid review) and this song will grow on you too!

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Jeevanat hi ghadi

Even if it is just a poetic expression, I am sure all of us have come across at least one moment in life when we feel that time should freeze. Jeevanat Hi Ghadi is one such amazing piece of art portraying a similar emotion.

Pt. Yashwant Deo wrote and composed this song and it is sung by none other than Lata didi. Since 6th February 2022, I personally am in a different frame of mind when I listen to her songs. This song for me is a state of my mind where I forget everything and just feel the presence of her voice, that magic and that eternally magnificent yet simple emotion.

On another note, do you feel that today in the world of 5G, social media, rat race, abundance of data and such dramatic surroundings, will we find such pure and genuine moments where we feel like saying : जीवनात ही घडी अशीच राहु दे?

Here is a sweet memory of spending a whole musical day with Pt. Yashwant Deo when I attended his workshop as a kid.

Saee Tembhekar with Pt. Yashwant Deo

Hope you like my honest attempt at singing this masterpiece! See you all next week!

Turning Red : another animated gem making adults rethink

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We make sure not to miss any addition in the animated film treasure-box, especially if it has Pixar associated with it. I strongly, sincerely and full heartedly believe that animated films are predominantly made for adults to convey deep and heavy stuff cutely to make it reach our hearts gently. I had an old blog of my favourite animated films and why. I’ll make sure to repost it soon.

Last weekend, we treated ourselves to Disney Pixar’s latest ‘Turning Red’ (currently streaming on Hotstar) It is an insightful story of a thirteen year old Mei who puffs into a giant (and super cute) red panda with the surge of her emotions. The film is an amazing journey into managing expectations of parents, growing up, puberty and the effect it has on your physical and emotional well being.

Another thing that made my heart melt in this film was the fictional boy band 4 TOWN which features in the movie. Their resemblance to BTS was uncanny and fun to watch. The music as always was splendid and I am already mentally singing and dancing on one of their tracks (Watch out this space, might post one soon)

Though Turning Red may not be in line with the strongest films like Inside Out by Pixar, I still feel it reaches the viewers’ heart in tackling the important yet universally neglected topic of parent’s expectations so beautifully.

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Panchayat : a splash of cold water in the scorching heat

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I just switched off the TV after binge-watching season 2 of Panchayat. I am in such a different emotional space right now. In the abundance of content out there today, watching Panchayat was like a splash of cold water in the scorching heat. I remember binging season 1 during the first lockdown in 2020 and eagerly waiting to meet everyone in the Fulera village again soon.

The OTT platforms are a blessing for creative folks and now we can see there is so much treasure out there which was waiting to see the light of the day. After getting a taste of Hollywood, French, German cinema, regional Indian cinema, Korean dramas, over the past decade, I could rarely enjoy Bollywood for obvious reasons (I think I know you know what I mean) But I am so glad to find such rare gems in Hindi OTT.

Panchayat is a story of a city guy who lands a job in the Panchayat office in a small village named Fulera and the episodes revolve around a small and beautiful storyline of simple events in the village. The actors have done a phenomenal job and the casting is so spot on. The cherry on the top is the melliflous title track by Anurag Saikia which has no lyrics and just a wholesome tune which goes straight to the heart. The intense turn in the end of season 2 was so heartwarming. When all the elements of writing, storyline, characters, background score, cinematography fall in perfect place, something mesmerizing like Panchayat happens. Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Raghubir Yadav amongst all fine actors are a treat to watch as always.

If you haven’t already, please do watch this precious piece of art currently streaming on Amazon Prime, I am sure you will not regret. If you have seen both the seasons, would love to know your thoughts in the comments.

Hope you like my honest attempt at singing the gorgeous title track

Kisi ki Muskurahaton pe

I will never get over the feeling of awe for old hindi song lyrics. There are such outstanding words written that even today decades later, they feel so warm, fresh and personal.

I have a made playlist of songs called Zindagi Tunes which give an essence of living life and this song tops the list in so many ways. Such an elegant composition by Shankar-Jaikishan ji and such elaborate yet simple description of the concept of “Jeena Isi ka naam hai” by Shailendra ji.

I started to work on Youtube as it became my space to sing all the songs which live rent-free in my head, mind and heart. Today I present my honest attempt at this masterpiece. I look up to this song at times when everything seems hard and nothing seems to work out. The lyrics in combination of the melody have some magical energy which never fails to boost me up!

Olya Sanjveli

Music has a multi-dimensional connection capability. It connects us to so many people, places, locations and memories. This song is special to me because of the lyricist. Ashwini Shende has written the song ‘Olya Sanjveli’ for the film Premachi Goshta. I was stunned at the line : उन्हे सावलीस बिलगावी since the moment I heard the song for the first time. The concept of the golden light of the evening falling into the arms of the shadows creates an emotion like no other. I am deliberately expressing myself in English here on this blog so as to invite all my non-marathi audience on-board to experience this beauty of marathi language. Ashwini has written a lot of such beautiful lines and has given lot of emotions faces in the form of her exquisite words, which only a capable and gifted writer can accomplish!

Saee Tembhekar and Ashwini Shende

I met Ashwini for a concert and we met as a singer-lyricist. But today, we share such a beautiful and genuine bond. It is hard to find a person with whom you can chat for hours without losing interest and who always makes you feel good, bright and positive all around! Hoping to sing a lot more songs (and originals too) written by Ashwini!

Hope you enjoy this sweet romantic song !

Majhiya Mana

Rutu Hirwa is a album very close to my heart because it is linked to that phase of my childhood when I actually fell in love with music and especially singing. I still remember the day mom bought the cassette of the album. I inherited the love for Asha Bhosle from my mom. When this album came out, it was out of stock for a long time My mom had gone to do some work in the city and she casually checked in a ‘music store’ (Gen Z wouldn’t know that these physically, conceptually existed) and there it was “Rutu Hirwa” on the New Arrivals rack. She bought it and hurried home. I still remember her excited face when she entered home and told us what she had got that day.

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I have had Rutu Hirwa on loop (read : Side A Change Side B Repeat ) for so many years on the tape recorder in my room. I remember each song with each music piece and every musical instrument played in it. The timing and phase in which we are exposed to music makes a huge difference in our lives.

Majhiya Mana is a lesser known song from the album. I love this composition by Shreedhar ji Phadke and it ranks amongst my top 2 songs from this album. Which are yours?

Bring Me to Life-Evanescence

I have said and written about music-taking-us-back-in-time so many times. My exposure towards global music started with Abba, Boney M, Enrique Iglesias and travelled all the way from English to French, German, Japanese and Korean.

I am fascinated by the versatility in music all over the world, yet the fact that the exact same seven notes exist in all of them. I first heard ‘Bring me to Life’ by  Evanescence in college. I never thought I could have the mindset and vocal strength to sing it. Today with a broader perspective and a little experience, making this honest attempt at this beautiful ninetees’ classic. This song from the album fallen will be almost 20 years old next year. I am in awe of Amy Lee’s voice in this one.

How were you introduced to music other than Indian music? And which is your favourite?

Aaoge Jab Tum

Jab We Met was a total entertainer but for me, it was more memorable because of its music. The film had a versatile platter of songs due to the circumstances in it. I enjoy singing Ye Ishq Hai in Live concerts and also tried my hands on an unplugged piano version of Tumse Hi on my channel a couple of years ago.

After experiencing relationships from a broader perspectives in the past few years, I could comprehend a newer meaning to this song – Aaoge Jab Tum by Ustad Rashid Khan and wanted to attempt singing it.

Do you have any memories or stories associated with this song or Jab We Met?

My favourite phrases/glimpses from the film are : mein apni favourite hoon, hotel decent, mujhe nahi dekhne ganne ke khet, main kyun dekhu ganne ke khet? And my favourite song is the reason for this blog!

Bhay Ithale Sampat Nahi

Poet Grace and Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar together have created a bouquet of such remarkable songs. Whether it is Ti geli tevha Rimjhim, Bhay Ithale Sampat Nahi or any other song, the end product from the combination of these two extraordinary artists always leaves the listeners in awe. There are so many perspectives in the interpretations of Poet Grace’s words and it is a new experience listening to all of them.

I had not listened to/tried to sing any of Lata didi’s song since I heard the news. My heart just couldn’t handle the emotions. I feel the time taken to sink in the news was needed for me to be able to sing her songs again. I will share more as and when I can on this in this space. This is my first Lata didi song upload since then!

Which is your favourite Poet Grace song?