Thank You For The Music The Songs I am Singing.
I am a Music Freak, my blog posts will start with autobiographical posts, please read the 1st 3 blog posts,to know me, before proceeding to others. Thank You
This is an expanded version of my reaction at a status on Facebook of Madhavan Narayanan aka @madversity on Twitter. Thanks :)
To know about the author's connection with music,
Please read THIS blog post titled
" My initiation into Music" Thank You.
The author is a music freak, amateur singer, songwriter, composer, who is a passionate music mentor, currently living in Kolkata for work! But his protégés are all over the globe, whom he meets on the street, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Periscope.
You can see for yourself by joining his scopes
@Venuspeak1560 & @Venuspeak katch.me/Venuspeak (Katch is closing on 4th May after which they'd be available on YouTube account "VenuG Venuspeak"
Note: This post is written from his memories & does not refer to any Prince Song.
Reader could very well find that on Wikipedia.
But many facets of his, especially those of an incognito philanthropist, theologist & mentor, I'm sure would be missing there.
Errors could creep in as neither did I Google nor go to Rolling Stones or Wikipedia.
He won everything from an Oscar, The Golden Globe both for Purple Rain, half a dozen Grammy's & 3 or 4 MTV VMA .
He's a part of Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & must be among the top 30 all time musicians in the list of Rolling Stones Magazines Top 500,Rock Artistes.
The top being The Beatles.
Not only.did he write, record sing originals produce movies, but also did cover great songs. The best two to my memory is
A) While my Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles
B),I'm a Creep by Radiohead at Coachella fsstival.
He was a multi talented , multi-instrumentalist musician who played many musical instruments & at times two instruments together . Guitar & Piano, Guitar & Harmonica. Guitar & Drums.
The only matching musician was Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones. But Jones died young. He played Guitar, flute , harmonica , Tabla, ukulele, Sitar.
Also Prince was a Guitar virtuoso of the level of Slash, Clapton, Page, John Mayer.
His genres were Funk, Pop R&B & Psychedelia.
His best remembered skill was, he was a pioneer in online music selling without use of media, record companies (with whom he had a love hate relationship) & PR. He dropped albums, for free. Some of his latter albums were 6 hour length impossible on a Vinyl record double set. He did things now tried by Rihanna & Kanye West who drop albums on iTunes. Remember there was no iTunes / Spotify when he started this in the 90s. He never moved to New York or LA the home of recording companies & his every music gig was better than a Broadway play like Jesus Christ Superstar or Bombay Monsoon. Staying in Minnesota he produced his own albums, distributed them.
He was a brilliant theologist who could quote from religious books of many religions.
He was a performer of the Level of The Rolling Stones
Live Show designer like Madonna for whom he produced a Record. Carmen Electra (name Carmen was his suggestion.
Marketer like Rihanna.
To have all the above qualities in one individual is fluke of nature.
Plus he was a Music Mentor to many including Madonna.
He would suddenly invite musicians at odd hours at short notice & brainstorm, write & record albums. His late night post gig party invites are remembered by his fan. He also at times invited musicians to impromptu Jam sessions, which were know for their high quality music output. He is to be remembered for his flamboyant appearance as the likes of Freddie Mercury of Queen & Multi instrument playing skills like Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, lastly for his extravagant live shows which never used recorded music backup & at times like a Broadway Musical.
Legacy that Prince Left
1 A Brilliant song writer.
2 A very intellectual thinker.
3 Virtuoso Instrumentalist
4 Funk musician
7 Social Activist par excellence
8 Incognito Philanthropist
9 Multi Talented artiste, who could play many instruments at times 2,of them together.
10 Brilliant Live show producer.
11 Great friend
12 Fashion aficionados
13 Online music marketer.
14 Someone who could take the might of Powerful record companies.
I'm sure you will inspire many even after your demise at the age of 57.
Radhika Nanda tweeted a Gustavo Petrol quote this morning, which goes like this
" A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars, it's place where rich use public transportation"
Two days back, A Facebook friend Jeanne Kennedy Nanda, who is at Eton, but has studied at Frank Anthony Public School, where her late Dad taught, posted a picture of Delhi-Gurgaon(it could be Delhi-Faridabad DND flyover as well)
Traffic Jam & Huge number of private cars on the road.
To which I replied thus
Me: Are you in Delhi Jeanne?
Jeanne: No VenuG whenever I am in Delhi, I shall meet you for sure
Jeanne I refuse to buy a Car.
Though I can
afford an SUV/Sedan 😀
A) There's no
space to park in my official quarters.
parking space anywhere.
C) Suppose I go
shopping with Shree, I need to keep driving while
Shree shops. Or go to Malls where parking is 30
bucks an hour & the prices of commodities are
D) I reduce pollution.
E) Avoid traffic
F) I myself drive a motorbike & slide past
traffic in a jiffy.
G) During busy traffic days leave
my bike at home. Take an auto to nearest metro
station Jatin Das Park, get down & Central Metro
& Walk or take a tram(luckily Kolkata has one)
Tricks of trade.
H) The only time I take a Cab is
when I go out with Shree!!!
I) For example, when I last visited Jaipur , I
had a busy work day, and I had to come back home from work, which is 7 Kilometres, little distance at other places but tough for Kolkata(Dalhousie to Ballygunge through Metro channel known for its political rally traffic snarls & pack my luggage & only then go to Airport to catch my 20:40 Indigo flight(who are so punctual that they call it "Indigo Standard Time" I was late to start from office due to a last minute meeting & relieving party to a colleague who received sudden transfer order & relief instruction. As I am the branch head I had to be present. I took a Cab home thikthinking that there was enough time called my wife to pack couple of dresses.
There was a rally linked traffic jam. I got down from my Cab, ignored taking a bus, I took a metro to Dumdum , then an auto, and then paid a private taxi Rs100 from Outside airport to Departure Terminal of Netaji Subhash Airport Domestic Terminal.
I reached the Airport in 35 minutes & had still 30 minutes spare time to check in. Normally at peak hours it takes 2 hours to Airport from my office.
Had I been snobbish & impractical I'd have missed the flight for sure.
bought luggage & clothes from Jaipur at
Rs5000(saved 800 Cab fare & 6000 flight. Even
David Cameron takes a tube. These ego's are
useless. One has to be pragmatic.
Modes of Transport In Kolkata
A) From Airport Cab only if neccesary (with new 110 Rupee parking fee)
Come out to main road a kilometre (travel light with a strolley bag or a backpack)
Take a bus.
B) From Howrah/Sealdah Railway Station.
Howrah come out cross the road take a Ferry across to Babughat from 8-8 Monday to Saturday 2-8 on Sunday.
C) Otherwise local mode
II) Mini/Blue/CSTC White/JNURM Volvo AC buses.
III) Auto to nearest Metro/Circular Then Metro/Rail
Note during Bandh Rail is affected Metro NEVER. During Bandh Hartal Strikes Auto & Metro never stop.
IV) in Old City Ballygunge to Kidderpore to Tollygunge to Esplanade to Mechua(Bars Bazaar) snail paved slow moving but moving anyway trams YES KOLKATA IS THE ONLY CITY WITH TRAMS.
V) Walk, Cycle, Unicycle, Pogo Stick small distances. In 700001-6 walk is the best & happiest way to commute & fastest. 😁😊😋😝😀
Almost 3 years ago, in June 2012, when I started this blog, I started it with THIS post
Titled "My initiation into Music" , actually it also meant to be "My Love Affair with Radio"
Though there's a song "Video killed the radio star" but there's a romance about Radio. Even now, MTV/Netflix / Amazon / iTunes / Spotify/ Shazam / Saavn / Gaana / FM Radio
HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO KILL PBS RADIO.
Even now, it is PBS radio, which is the main source of choice of music as per genre, of 90% of music lovers worldwide. Don't believe me?
See this picture.
Hear THIS YouTube playlist "Old Radio Shows" (164 videos)
Do yo remember Vijay Daniels presenting Forces Request or Geetanjali Aiyar presenting Saturday Date on All India Radio, Delhi studios or any of your teenage All India Radio late not night radio presenters?
Well here is a chance, for you to be remembered by today's teenagers 30 years hence. Whenever we the 80s generation travel by Delhi Metro, and hear "अगला स्टेशन राजीव चौक है, प्लेटफार्म, दांई ओर" or "The next station is Rajiv Chowk, the platform is on the right side" you say aloud "Hey, that's Shammi Narang(Doordarshan Hindi newsreader/ Rini Simon Khanna (Doordarshan English newsreader) or On Kolkata Metro(Poroboti Station Moidan, platform dandike ) Kolkatans can tell me whose voice it is in comments below. 👇👇👇👇
The voices are so cool & comforting that
A) It forms among 10 Things you notice on The Delhi Metro as per Abhishek Bhardwaj on his Blog HERE
B) The search of Voices of Delhi Metro, returns this on Google Search.
C) Google Search Suggests "Lady Voice of Delhi Metro" 😀😂😝😋😊
D) Rini Simon Khanna has a "Fanboy Article" written" on Caravan Magazine HERE
AIR Kolkata B is looking for graded casual freelance radio announcers (Radio Jockeys/Rjs)
qualification Knowledge of written + spoken English & Western Music
a) Send a Money order of Rs 300 adressed to Station Director, AIR Kolkata to be sent to All India Radio, Kolkata, AIR, Akashvani Bhawan , Eden Gardens, Kolkata 700001 West Bengal.
b) Write an application on plain paper. addressed to Station Director. AIR Kolkata, Eden Gardens, Kolkata 700001 giving full CV(mentioning your voice related co-curricular activities, like debates, drama, theatre, emcee, declamation, Symposium, Seminar) attach the copy of the receipt of Money Order with the application
a) written test.
b) on qualifying written test voice test.
c) after b you will be graded
d) your remuneration will be as per grading in c.
e) you shall have to go through 5day " Vani training" .
f) you shall be continuously reviewed & conrltinue to be in. the panel till you're found unsuitable
g) Age maximum 50 Minimum 18.
h) retirement at 60
this is freelance panel. not a permanent job. Under no circumstances does this turn into a job(but if you keep the recording contracts safely, and submit them while applying for future employment opportunities as AIR Anouncers, to the vacancies, announced by AIR, Vividh Bharati, Prasar Bharati, Song & Drama Division, Films Division, Doordarshan, Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Directorate of Advertising & Publicity(DAVP) advertised frequently in http://employmentnews.gov.in website by UPSC or SSC.
Payment is as per grade/programme & if you get 6 programmes a month you get more than 80% Kolkata gets paid
PS Between 1979-1995 I used to be paid a minimum Rs 100(1st programme 1978) to Rs3500(2 commentary jobs) Rs1500(coverage of Sports meet) When I was paid Rs1500 my gross pay was 11000. (had 2 shows that month.
You can mail your scanned applications to
The Rate Card is here.(Later not available not available now)
A) Kolkata AIR competition HERE
B) Job opportunities in AIR HERE
C) AIR Technical / Voice trainings HERE
D) How to be a great announcer. HERE