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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Ways for Indian Musicians to Reach

Be on cloud nine with SoundCloud

SoundCloud is one of the leading communities of artists, bands and podcasters. Herein the artists can post their audio, share it on different social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, so on and so forth. Furthermore, the musicians can join different groups, take part in the conversational threads and later can make a group of their own with lots of followers.

Isn’t it quite easy? Keep reading, there are other simpler ways too.

Celebrate Music with Songdew

Be it an already well-established band or a budding singing sensation, Songdew welcomes all with both the arms wide open. Songdew is a social network meant specifically for genuine music lovers and contributors. The site features different types of bands and artists that genuinely create magic with music. Right from the background, to the albums, to the latest gigs, everything can be easily found on this web portal. So, all the musical magicians are more than welcome to click the site, break the ice and join.

The sole motive of this website is to cut the stereotype and enhance the reach of the original compositions.

Let YouTube talk

Have you heard about the term ‘YouTube Viral’? Have you heard of the term ‘Kolavari Di’? If your head nodded in a yes for both of the questions, you actually are aware of the impact of YouTube. Within a few minutes a video can go viral, if marketed properly, as this platform actually generates stars. Thus, almost all the bands and artists today have a YouTube Channel, on which they post the video and allows the fans to know them and to connect with them.

Create a Facebook presence – Well you know the rest

If you just unfold the pages of Facebook’s fact file, you will come to know that it is one of the most visited platforms. In fact, in U.S. it became so popular that it even outperformed Google. Considering this influence of Facebook (FB), musicians are now connecting with their followers via the same platform. All you need is a FB page, regular and interactive posts, and thus, you will not only be connecting with the existing fans, but will also earn some new.

Tweet with Twitter

Tweet a song, let the people talk about it, let them play it, let them share it. Twitter is also one of the most famous social networking portals, which forms a community of likeminded people. Be it an international singing star or a budding band, a twitter handle works for both. When a song tweeted by a band is retweeted by some other people, it means that the connection is getting stronger. Creating a Twitter account is a matter of few minutes; thus, just do it right away.

Calypso

Calypso is a very popular genre of music which was originated from the Caribbean islands in the West Indies. It is some elements of Afro music since it was introduced by the African slaves during the early ninetieth century when the slavery system was prevalent in the Southern states of American continent. But slowly and gradually after the abolition of slavery it became worldwide popular especially in the European countries and then in the Indian subcontinent. The music lovers all over the globe welcomed it whole heartedly. They really showed their keen interest in learning it. Kolkata being the music hub of India did not leave this opportunity and it today it is being played at the parties and musical concerts.

Musical instruments associated with calypso

There is a unique style of playing calypso which is very distinguished from other popular forms of music. It is the combination or blend of a number of various musical instruments such as Trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, Spanish guitar, bass guitar, conga, bongos, steelpan, violin, bamboo sticks, glass bottle/spoon, claves, maracas, cuatro, concertina and jawbone. It has been a major source of entertainment for the guests and the invitees especially at the wedding cocktail hour. This would also help eradicating the boredom which is felt at this particular time. Usually the cocktail hour is a tradition of the Christian wedding. It is the time when the marriage ceremony concludes and the wedding reception begins.

Calypso Music and Wedding Cocktail

The cocktail hour usually lasts for from forty five minutes to near about a couple of hours depending on the situation. You will certainly hear some kind of entertaining and pleasant music at this time which enhances the mood. So people make arrangements for live entertainment as we have Sangeet ceremony in the Hindu wedding traditions. It provides a smooth flow to the marriage. In fact, most of the guests like the sound of the steel drums. It seems relaxing to the minds and pleasing to the ears. It makes the whole atmosphere lively. The steel drums are also useful in making announcement for the reception party and the dinner. It indicates the guests to enter into the banquet area to dine altogether.

Calypso Music and Cricket

Cricket is one of the most popular games worldwide but you would be surprised to know that it has a strong association with the Calypso music. When the foreign cricket playing teams tour West Indies to play at the Caribbean pitches they are mostly entertained through the Calypso. If you get a chance to observe a live match on any West Indies cricket stadium, you would see a King of Calypso playing on the instruments.

Learning Calypso

Since the popularity of Calypso has increased to such a great extent, the youngsters are fond of learning it. There are many music schools which teach this genre of music and you can learn it from the professionals. Calypso music is also being used in the films. You need to learn it with intense dedication in order to master the art.

The Importance of Music Education

Music helps the mind develop and grow. It is a proven fact that participating in a music program in school will help develop your brain to a higher level and faster than other students. As education funding decreases, one of the first programs to be scrapped in schools is that of music. And to justify that, we often think to ourselves that music must not have the same calibre of student benefits as math, science, English, and other core subjects. It doesn’t have to be that way! All that’s needed is a clear message sent to all those who must make the hard choices involved in running a school that music programs in the schools help our kids and communities in real and substantial ways.

Music instruction has unbounded benefits for students, and depriving them of the opportunity to participate in a school music program could stunt their social, academic, and personal growth. Music is everything. It is the universal language that everyone understands and can relate to. It is based on the rhythmic subdivisions of time, done in a split second. The music you hear or play is usually an indication of the time and environment in which it was created. Music is physical education. It requires an immense amount of coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks and facial muscles. Most of all, music is the greatest form of art that allows a human to take boring notes on a page, and transform them into an emotion and feeling you cannot measure. Teachers in many elementary schools are being forced to borrow musical instruments from each others’ institutions, loan instruments out to students, and get creative with fundraising in order to keep their programs alive. It is critical that music classes remain in schools. Not only to provide a place for students to belong, but also something that will help their minds grow and develop like no other class.

A common question parents have is when should they enroll their children in formal music lessons. Well, there is no exact age for a child to start taking formal music lessons. As a parent, it is your role to determine if your child is ready based on your observations. Observe your child and listen to him/her attentively. Determine whether your child is keenly interested or not and if it’s something he or she will lose interest in the long run. Talk to your child and explain to him/her that for music lessons he/she should be willing to learn, study and practice. Encourage your child. It is important to let your child feel your support so he or she will continue to be inspired to learn. Share your child’s enthusiasm but never force him/her.

Learning to play an instrument should primarily be enjoyable. If your child isn’t enjoying it, then perhaps it isn’t for him/her. Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate in our children, especially now as scientific evidence proves that an education in the arts makes better math and science students. Each of us wants our children to achieve success in school, success in employment, and success in the social structures through which we move. Participation in music brings countless benefits to each individual throughout life. The benefits may be psychological or spiritual, and they may be physical as well. It has a great power for bringing people together. With so many forces in this world acting to drive wedges between people, it’s important to preserve those things that help us experience our common humanity. It is a very important part of our life, and if we take it away, who knows what the world would be like.

Rabindra Sangeet Singer

Rabindranath Tagore, the great legendary poet and has earned an indomitable respect and honor throughout the world arena for his literary works as well as his heart touching songs which are better known as the Rabindra Sangeet. The entire collection of over two thousand and five hundred songs has also been translated into several Indian regional languages and foreign languages which certainly enhanced its widespread popularity. What is more essential is the fact that these songs convey a strong message to the individuals. It motivates a person never to surrender even in the adverse circumstances and battle out with them till the end. Tagore was also a nature lover as one comes to know about his life. He composed most of his songs and poems amidst the nature sitting by the river Ganges. He also expressed the strong sense of patriotism and also ventilated his anger against the suppression of the British Government.

With the advent of the modern era there has been a decline in the liking towards the Rabindra Sangeet and the youngsters especially are darting more on learning film and contemporary music. But indeed, when a person wants calm and peace of mind, he turns towards songs of Tagore and energizes himself. They completely change the mood of the person and shatter away all the negative thoughts accumulating in the mind. The mind and the body get refreshed and relaxed and he is once again charged up to strive towards his target with more enthusisiam. When you have to properly learn Rabindra Sangeet, it is better to enroll yourself at a music school. There is not a single music institute in Kolkata which does not teach Rabindra Sangeet. You need suitable guidance and the correct training which can only be under a well experienced Rabindra Sangeet Singer in Kolkata. You need to learn the different scales of learning as there are several high and low notes in a song. Most of the songs are accompanied by light music instrumentals such as a sitar and tabla. Alternatively, your pronunciation should be clear while singing the song. You need to reflect your full emotions which would be icing on the cake.

Rabindra Sangeet is not only restricted to the performance on social functions and religious ceremonies but they can be heard at any time during the day. It will surely reduce your stress to a large extent and make you feel delighted and happier in times of grief or sorrow. That is what Tagore wrote them for. He himself was stuck by grief when he lost his wife and daughters. It was then he realized the fact that it is the universal truth of the world; that we all are mortal beings and only the soul is immortal. His songs too are everlasting and evergreen and shall continue to be sung in the future as well. Only one aspect that needs to be remembered is to mull over the lyrics of the song and contemplating it in one’s life. It is then one can learn the art of living.