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Putting The Indie In Indian: Some Calming Original Compositions For Your Perfect Chill Session

From the realm of YouTube, we bring you some incredibly unique compositions by artists who will live rent-free in your hearts and brains.

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Anuv Jain

As much as artists require an audience, I wouldn’t be wrong in saying that all of us need art in our life perhaps just as desperately. This unique year is gently nearing towards its dusk, but the global panic was certainly relieved by many different permutations of art coming together. The realm of Original Compositions was definitely one of them. More and more fresh voices are taking the centre stage as we go through a paradigm shift in how we view art as a whole. This wave has inundated India in the most beautiful way possible, leaving us with a tidal rise in Indian acoustic and indie music

So many people are boldly incorporating instruments such as the ukulele and animations into their work. The limit of creativity is now limitless.
So let us cut to the chase and present you with three masterful compositions that might just find a permanent place in your playlists.

On July 30th, Anuv Jain released a song called ‘Alag Aasman’. Combining his soulful voice with eye-catching graphics and the Ukulele, he has certainly created a masterpiece. And that is clearly reflected by it getting 1M+ views! The song is an ode to the strength and commitment of couples who stay far apart.

Credits: Anuv Jain

A few months ago, on the 25th of September, artist Ashu Shukla released a single called ‘Phir se Shuru’. With a fluid voice and deeply touching lyrics, the song is about ‘reinitiation of love’. It’s all about finding the emotional strength to start over and give in all you have to the one that you love. 

Credits: Ashu Shukla

And of course, last but not least, we have Dil Lagana by Girish Nakod featuring Kaprila. Released on the 20th of May, this song is a contemporary and fresh booster for all those who yearn for somebody they do not know yet. Using stunning animations and graphics, this is another one for the books.

Credits: Girish Nakod

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Some Original Songs to Lift Your Spirits In this Pandemic Season

We bring you some uplifting original compositions which will definitely bring a smile to your face even during your dull days!

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Manzil

We all have our dull days when we need the motivation to just get off our beds. Days when everything just feels too difficult. The small moments of joy escape our appreciation. On days like this, good music is the way to go.

Soothing melodies combined with words that speak directly to your heart have the ability to flip your mood by 180-degrees. Sometimes, all you need is for someone to tell you that it’s going to be okay, no matter what. And then, remind you of the little things that bring you happiness, the little moments. There are so many original songs that will touch your hearts bringing you pure joy.

Here are some original songs for you, to simply remind you of what you already know – the importance and beauty of all the little moments of life.

Anupam Roy composed an original piece titled, “Manzil” which directly translates to destination. But the entire song revolves around the satisfaction of the journey. As he phrases it in the description of his YouTube video, “Where you end up is not that important but how you do it is.” He promotes kindness and love to all, through his words. The bright beats with soothing music and gleeful animation just adds to the entire aesthetic.

Credits – YouTube (Anupam Roy)

Our next artist with one of their upbeat original songs is actually an independent rock band named Raahie. On the 25th of July 2020, they uploaded a wholesome video for their song “Beparwaah Dil”, which I assure you, will melt your heart. The original music video clips of their fans and families – including adorable babies and old people – spending time together during this current panic. If happiness could be put in one video, it would be this.

Credits – YouTube (Raahie)
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Unique Renditions of Our All-Time-Favorites by These Gifted Musicians

We get to experience the unique style of three exceptionally skillful musicians as they perform some of our favorite songs.

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We all connect to that one song, but we have different stories. A song that means heartbreak for you, could mean love for me. Every artist, every musician has a story. When they sing, when they create music, they are telling you their story. While sure, the words may stay the same; maybe the general emotion remains constant, but the story changes. Their voice, the way they emote, the melody – these are what set apart covers.

If you like to listen to original renditions of music offering you something special and unique, something extra-ordinary, you’re in the right place!

First up is Shoddo Khan, with a heart-wrenching acoustic cover of the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – the title track. There’s something very authentic and unique about his version of the song. Maybe, it’s the fact that there are no added sound effects or fancy camera work And that is what makes it truly beautiful; Just something about watching him with his guitar singing his heart out. With over 165k subscribers on YouTube, I would definitely recommend you to go check out his music, simply for the rawness of his husky voice as he sings with all the pain and love in the world.

Credits – YouTube (Shoddo Khan)

But if you are someone who prefers unique renditions with high-quality music videos, Prince Pratap is your man. Originally from Dehradun, Prince Pratap sings not only Bollywood but Punjabi and Sufi music too. He always adds his own twist to the songs he covers, making them stand out. He also makes sure to give his audience the best quality videos with brilliant sound and lighting. You can see the effort he puts into his music, making them his own. Check out his version of Oh Oh Jaane Jaana clicking the link below!

Credits – YouTube (Prince Pratap)

Last but not definitely not the least, we have our two musician brothers, Jalaj and Rajat from Chandigarh with an unconventional yet remarkable cover of Lata Mangeshkar’s Humne Sanam Ko Khat Likha Hai. They merged their original rap verse making the cover beyond unique. In fact, the rap flow is so seamless that it just fits into the song. While adding to this timeless song, it still somehow feels true to its original self. To conclude, I think you should check out all these artists and you can start with JalRaj by clicking the link below!

Credits – YouTube (JalRajOfficial)

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Feel the Stories of Friends to Lovers Through These Heart-Touching Original Compositions

Listen to these heart-touching original compositions narrating the two extreme sides of the tale of friends to lovers.

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Pyar aur Dosti

We feel so much through music. The notes on the piano, strums of the guitar, beats of drums, maybe an occasional flute and just the right words placed in the right places – all these pieced together to evoke emotions deep within you, taking you back and making you feel all those memories and moments. The music, the words, everything feels like it’s meant for us, it’s our story. These original compositions will take us on a melodious journey.

Have you ever loved a friend? Just been in love with your friend, your best friend. And been so afraid to tell them – because what if you lose your friendship? What if you can’t handle the rejection? What if they leave – you can’t force them to stay. So, you keep the truth hidden, the words aren’t uttered. They don’t know and you continue to suffer. Irrevocably in love with them, constantly hurting. That feeling is what ‘Tumse Mohabbat Hai’ is all about. Jalaj and Rajat, the two brothers who composed this beautiful, heart-wrenching piece about untold feelings, unheard words and unrequited love. ‘Ab nahi hai humko aise jeena, tera hoke bhi tera na hona,” just breaks your heart with all the truth, pain and love it carries. I think it’s the love intertwined with agony in his voice that you can physically hear as he sings the chorus, ‘Tumse Mohobbat Hai’. So, when the tears fall down your eyes, don’t be surprised. As they themselves said, all of us fall in love. Some get to confess, some don’t.

Credits: YouTube (JalRaj)

Every story isn’t about unconfessed feelings though. Some have happy endings. Some friendships turn into something more, they get closer, and their love grows stronger every day and it’s simply an immaculate feeling. Darshit Nayak’s song, ‘Pyar aur Dosti’ is about such a story, it’s his story. In this song about friends turned lovers, the love for his wife is so apparent in his voice as he professes his feelings for his wife. Not everyone is lucky enough to survive a love like this and narrate the tale and he considers himself lucky to be able to marry the woman he loves, someone who supports and knows him – she understands him. This original is hopeful for all those who dare to dream of love with a happy ending.

Credits: YouTube (Darshit Nayak)
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Meet Harry D’cruz, India’s First And Finest Kazooing Beatboxer

The combination of Kazoo and Beatboxing is not something people expect, but as Harry D’cruz has now proved; it is something we needed all along.

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Sometimes the journey of finding one’s own path in life leads to some of the most meaningful discoveries. Often it comes with the bonus of discovering something absolutely remarkable and unique. For who would have thought that an instrument known as the kazoo and the beloved art of beatboxing would become such a magnificent duo. It all came together for the Bangalore born and raised Harry D’Cruz. Currently pursuing an MBA in
Finance after graduating as a Bachelor of Commerce in finance as well, he is looking forward to his life to take on new trajectories.

We’ve seen time and again how some of the things one holds most close to their hearts once started off as an unexpected curiosity and so it was for D’cruz when he was introduced to the art of Beatboxing by a senior at a college fest. He went home that day and started experimenting with sounds and voices, soon practicing it with his friends (much to the annoyance of others). The time came when he gained a level of proficiency in this rhythmic talent. Although, he admits that he initially used it only to impress girls, it was a long time before he started to consider it as a career. Given that his parents insisted that he focus his energies in academics, it was a mighty struggle indeed for D’cruz to reach where he is. His process of deriving motivation from surrounding negativity is nothing short of inspiring. A.R Rahman, Sid Sriram and Napom are some of the artists that inspire D’cruz. However, right now at this stage of his career, he doesn’t specifically look up to anyone because it helps him in maintaining his uniqueness and gives him allowance to pursue his own brand and style of beatboxing.

The path from dreams to reality is seldom an easy one. The artist’s struggle is one which is often romanticised but behind that layer is a world full of struggle and pure passion. One must be so devoted to their craft so that the universe itself tips its hat. Being a college student, it is tough to scale your desires with the amount of funds that you have. Managing registration fees, walking up to ten kilometers on an empty stomach and performing at battles was a daily feature of his life. In his own words, his biggest achievement was being titled as India’s first kazoo beatboxer and finest saxophone sound produced with the use of human voice.

His story inspires all of us to find that hidden, unique talent that makes each one of us so special and never give up the struggle to make that dream a living one.

Credits: YouTube TEDx Talks
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Sway To The Melodious Tunes Of Ukulele

Who can deny the powers of the lovely Ukulele over the mind, combine that with a beautiful
voice and you have all you need for a lovely chill session.

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Ah the Ukulele! It’s not hard to wax poetic about this instrument for it has the unique power to evoke bittersweet nostalgia and happiness with just some strumming. A member of the lute family of instruments, it is usually a four-stringed guitar-like instrument whose inception is credited to the Portuguese immigrants in Hawaii. From there, it gained humongous popularity in the United States and soon took over the rest of the world. Such is the nature of this beautiful world that we live in, that this instrument now has virtuosos from all over the world and India certainly isn’t far behind.

For instance Arya Dhayal uploaded an incredibly unique fusion of ‘Radha Kaise na Jale’’ composed by A.R Rahman for the feature film ‘Lagaan’ and ‘Havana’ by Camilla Cabello supported by, you guessed it: the ukulele. The seamlessness with which Arya’s voice transitioned from indian to western was nothing short of astonishing. Many worlds collided to create this piece of art and if you haven’t opened another tab to watch it at this very instant, you might be missing out!

Credits: YouTube (Arya Dhayal)

Bringing us a cover of the song ‘Tujhko jo paaya’ from the movie ‘Crook’ is Parbani Sinha. In only a minute and nineteen seconds she has shown her mastery over the sweet instrument and presented us with a unique rendering of this underrated song.

Credits: YouTube (Parbani Sinha)

On June 18th, Kavya Narayan released her soulful imagining of the song ‘Baarishein’ by Anuv Jain. The strumming of the strings marries her melodious voice so beautifully that you might be in the danger of listening to this on loop again and again. What can we say, the talent the lovely people of our nation has simply cannot be encompassed.

Credits: YouTube (Kavya Narayan)

We hope you enjoyed these covers! Happy listening. What songs do you think would sound perfectly with the Ukulele?

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