‘Coke @ MTV’: A good first attempt

Published: June 21, 2011
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The inaugural session of Coke Studio in India featured folk music from diverse regions. PHOTOS: FILE

The inaugural session of Coke Studio in India featured folk music from diverse regions. PHOTOS: FILE

The inaugural session of Coke Studio in India featured folk music from diverse regions. PHOTOS: FILE The inaugural session of Coke Studio in India featured folk music from diverse regions. PHOTOS: FILE The inaugural session of Coke Studio in India featured folk music from diverse regions. PHOTOS: FILE
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After “Coke Studio’s” phenomenal success in Pakistan, India has decided to have its very own version of the show. The much-awaited “Coke Studio @ MTV” made its debut on June 17, and, surprisingly, it was much better than expected. The sound that producer Leslie Lewis has created is similar to what his Pakistani counterpart across the border, Rohail Hyatt, has been producing since 2008. Yet “Coke Studio” in India takes the cake because of the use of indigenous instruments and well-synchronised melodies. The Indian show featured many of the country’s talented folk artists. However, the musicians sent a clear message with the first episode: Bollywood is their music and they do not want to move beyond it.

KK and Sabri brothers: ‘Chadta Suraj

Sabri brothers and the talented KK performed a rendition of the famous qawaali originally sung by Pakistani Qawwal Aziz Nazan. The song can potentially sound like a Pakistani song, but it has a very original feel due to the absence of vocal tuners. The number featured interesting work on the bass guitar, followed by a unique mix of qawaali and rock music. 8/10

Tochi Raina and Mathangi Rajshekhar: ‘Yaar Basainda’

“Yaar Basainda”, a collaboration of Punjabi sufi folk and Carnatic music, which originates from the southern part of India, was sung by Tochi Raina and Mathangi Rajshekhar. The elements of rock incorporated in the number gave it a very progressive sound. Even though Raina has the tendency to sing slightly off tune, he is a welcome change in Indian commercial music and in fact he can be an ideal rock music vocalist. Mathangi also did a fabulous job with some of her lower notes. Pakistani listeners will especially be enthralled by Carnatic music in the song. 9/10

Musam Gogoi and Shankar Mahadevan: ‘Tip Top’ and ‘Me Dolkar

“Tip Top” is an Assamese Bihu folk song about a man expressing  love for a woman and “Me Dolkar” is another Koli folk tune, commonly sung by the fishermen in Mahrashtra.  These two folk numbers, originating from different regions, are sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Mausam Gogoi. The Assamese melody has a very catchy tune and the transitions within the song featured excellent flute playing. However, the song would have been even better had Mahadevan been utilised more. (7/10)

Saurav Moni and Shaan: ‘O Majhi Re

This ancient boatman tune originates from Bengal. It inspired the song “O Majhie Re” composed by SD Burman for the film Khushboo. The song has a very tropical feel to it and the flutes used, remind one of Shafqat Amanat Ali’s “Ye Hosla”. The flutes and percussions were amazing but redundant repetition made the song a bit of a drag. (7/10)

Harshdeep Kaur: ‘Hoo

A 400-year-old kalam originally composed by Sultan Bahu, a Sufi saint who belonged to the Awan tribe, has been sung by his followers across Pakistan for centuries. Harshdeep Kaur displays her vocal brilliance, but the overall song sounds like a number performed at a singing competition or at karaoke. The sound of this tune is mundane and for Pakistani music listeners the alaaps are bound to become annoying after some time. (6/10)

Sunidhi Chauhan and Bondo: ‘Bichua

Originally an Assamese folk tune, this famous song was composed by Salil Chaudary for the 1958 hit movie Madhumati and was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Manna De. Sunidhi Chouhan and Bondo collaborated to give the song a new flavour. Even though folk music is incorporated in the song, it cannot overpower the Bollywood melody. However, the brilliant work on the traditional percussive instruments saves this piece. (7/10)

Chinna Ponnu and Kailash Kher: ‘Vethalai

This song featured a collaboration of famous North Indian singer Kailash Kher and South Indian singer Chinna Ponnu. The Tamil lyrics of the song have been sung by street singers in Tamil Nadu while Kailash Kher wrote the Hindi part of the song.

The number has a brilliant melody and has been sung in a very refreshing way. Yet all the effort goes in vain because of the poor use of instruments; even Kher’s powerful vocals can’t save it. (6/10)

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2011.

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  • Aamir
    Jun 21, 2011 - 9:58PM

    Not so good as i expected …. something is missing …Recommend

  • Haider
    Jun 21, 2011 - 10:35PM

    Dude, seriously? You rate Ustaad Naseruddin Saami’s song at Coke Studio a 6/10 and you rate all the songs in the first episode of Coke Studio at MTV greater than that? I think this is really, really unfair on your part. The house band at Coke Studio Pakistan is waaaay better than its counterpart in India as well. The sound quality and everything is superior here and let it be clear that the quality here has been excellent here since Season 1.

    Recommend

  • sumeet
    Jun 21, 2011 - 10:36PM

    dont agree with you completely but to some extent.tip top was good when mausaum was singing with bihu tune but shankar ruined it after that.tochi raina was good but out of tune some times.bichua worked out quiet well for me.that chinna ponu sounds awful.these bollywood singers are ruining everything.house band needs to work more and they need to shed their bollywood love.overall not that bad for starters.Recommend

  • cokestudiofan
    Jun 21, 2011 - 11:14PM

    kudos for india for taking interest in the innovative idea of coke studio … but their coke studio won’t be phenomenal as pakistan’s unless they invite master saleem …Recommend

  • Jun 21, 2011 - 11:30PM

    Good? You gotta be kidding!

    //The sound that producer Leslie Lewis has created is similar to what his Pakistani counterpart across the border, Rohail Hyatt, //

    That’s an insult to Rohail Hyatt.

    Recommend

  • Zed
    Jun 21, 2011 - 11:51PM

    The music was not soulful at all but nevertheless quite interesting and a good attempt. I liked tip top and Vethalai. All the best to them :)Recommend

  • Faraz
    Jun 21, 2011 - 11:55PM

    I think you are being generous with the ratings. However I like Sunidhi Chauhan no matter what she sings cuz she’s pretty ;)Recommend

  • fantome
    Jun 21, 2011 - 11:56PM

    I think the author of the article was not totally awake while writing this. Recommend

  • for natasha
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:01AM

    natasha:the over all sound of cs India is a more traditional version of cs pks,its no disgrace,be proud and tolerant even lesle admitted it on mtv :)Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:27AM

    The author gives 6/10 to Ustaad Sami’s performance and then compares Leslie’s efforts to Rohail’s. What a joke! The author definitely has got some issues. He’s off my list of reviewers now. My time is precious and I won’t be wasting my time reading this guy’s articles. Better read something genuine.Recommend

  • AN
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:43AM

    The sound that producer Leslie Lewis has created is similar to what his Pakistani counterpart across the border, Rohail Hyatt, has been producing since 2008. Yet “Coke Studio” in India takes the cake because of the use of indigenous instruments and well-synchronized melodies.

    Dude! Are you kidding? Songs were not bad but the music and camera work was awful. No offense to any Indian. Their bollywood music is great but man seriously they simple can’t do fusion.A more honest analysis was carried out by an Indian in his blog. Please read
    http://almostareview.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/cokestudioatmtv/Recommend

  • Sana
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:49AM

    I am seriously surprised. ET wrote negatively about our each coke studio episode but you are saying that first attempt of MTV coke studio was good. Leave aside good, it was horrible. You call that fusion. Awful!Recommend

  • Imran Aslam
    Jun 22, 2011 - 1:03AM

    I am sorry but are you mad !!! Indian version was noooo waaaaaay even near to what rohail has produced honestly i felt it to be soul less (my view purely) and i just couldn’t connect with it I agree with Natasha ……. plz don’t insult Rohail I am his fan ( actually a BIG fan of vital sign’s)Recommend

  • Yahya
    Jun 22, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Very very poor performance for CS india … what the hell were they doing ? recording for 90’s movies ?? Recommend

  • sohaib
    Jun 22, 2011 - 4:59AM

    I dont know who this writer is. The Indian version was not at all as good as our Coke Studio. Its a fact. Their music cant escape the Bollywood entrapment while our music has no overwhelming influence. This is what showed through their first episode at least. The writer needs to wake up. Recommend

  • sumeet
    Jun 22, 2011 - 8:45AM

    @all pakistanis commenting here,what do u want from cs india?do u want it t as another replica of pak cs with same music and same style?pak cs is fusion of different genre.indian cs is fusion of different language and different musical form from folk to rock from entire india.it cant be the same as pak cs.dont be hyper patriotic.i like pak cs but give indian cs some time.it’s only the first episode and you people are just cant stop comparing it with pak cs.Recommend

  • hamza
    Jun 22, 2011 - 8:53AM

    Some cents on indian Coke studio
    1. Not original – trying hard to replicate Rohail Hyatt, and failing
    2. Not innovative – Very bad at fusion despite their pakka gallas
    3. Not raw – Too fabricated and synchronized plus affects
    4. Keeping it Indian – Coke Studio is unconventional music and indian were never good at it

    I have watched all their sessions – only out of curiousty – and i was not surprised. Got what i expected.

    Lastly, the article title is too childish!Recommend

  • Saad
    Jun 22, 2011 - 9:21AM

    I am sorry sir but the comparisons you presented in your article should not be allowed. Ever. I applaud your rating for the music on a simple 1-10 scale for any other music but when you get to the level of art, sophistication, beauty, and symphony of Rohail Hyatt’s production you might want to change the scale to 1, 2, or 3. 1 – Terrible, 2- Bad, or 3 – Ok . Good effort by Coke Studio India and they do have potential and a couple seasons down the road they might catch up but you insult Coke Studio Pakistan by comparing it to the first episode of Coke Studio India. I hope you’re an intern and not really a critic. I am sorry but when you have the likes of Gumby, Asad Ahmad, Mannu, Momo, Jaffer, Khanna, and Javed Iqbal just in your house band, you set your self apart in a completely different league of music. Lets not forget, Gumby is arguably the best drummer in the East and possibly one of the best in the world. Asad and Momo are a couple of great guitarists. Asad bringing in his specialty in Rock and Roll while Momo…well god knows what goes on in that man’s head but whatever it is he does the guitar and funk some justice. Mannu is by far one of the best bassist Asia has seen and Javed Iqbal does things on a violin you wouldn’t believe were possible. Khanna…well he lets his dhol do the talking. Jaffer is pretty awesome on his piano. The other guys may not be big names but they are professional experts…that’s a level beyond just pro. Also, CS PK has a habit of throwing in back up vocalist that have voice control like no other. Need I remind you the guest musicians they brought in during season 2 such as Rakae Jamil, Gul Muhammad and others. Rakae played a major part in harmonizing Noori with his sitar. Mind you I have thus far only mentioned the house band. I could write for hours about the artists Rohail has brought in. When you put all that together with the likes and talent of Rohail behind it all, it is arguably some of the best music produced anywhere in the world and I invite the world to challenge that.

    So yes you may critique the music from Coke Studio India and you may use the 1-10 scale but you may not critique on the same field as Coke Studio Pakistan and still use the 1-10 scale.

    Epic. Epic. Epic fail, sir. Recommend

  • Jun 22, 2011 - 9:32AM

    A rather diplomatic review. There’s not one song from CS MTV I have wanted to listen to again, unlike CS Pak which gives at least one or two songs in every episodes that are on repeat in my iTunes. If you really think the sound of Rohail’s and Leslie’s work is about the same then it’s time you start looking into cochlear implants for yourself. Good luck.Recommend

  • mona
    Jun 22, 2011 - 9:39AM

    music is music…it has no boder…the song sung in coke studio in pakistan is as good as the songs are going to be air in india…the coke studio is producing good music which will be heared across globe…..and music lover will enjoy the music…so stop comparing both studios and enjoy the music….atleast leave music alone from cross boder politics & differencesRecommend

  • wash malay
    Jun 22, 2011 - 10:53AM

    Guys stop criticizing and comparing the two coke studios, the bengali aunty did sound awful to many to name a few but they might have sounded great to Indian peopel.Guys please dont make it a Pak vs India affair.We were good enough to pioneer in something now dont waste the image by acting naive like teenagers.Recommend

  • Saad
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:06AM

    @wash malay:
    I don’t think its a matter of comparing the two studios. I think its good to compare in a professional manner. But I think what most people are frustrated about is that this guy really didn’t critique the first episode like it should’ve been critiqued. I mean right off the bat this guy is comparing a show that has been on for 4 years to a show that just aired its first episode. I mean seriously don’t compare the guys who have been at it for 4 years to the guys that just started. It doesn’t matter what you’re comparing or who you’re comparing. It’s not a fair comparison for either parties. Recommend

  • AN
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:10PM

    @sumeet

    We are not comparing it. It was the author who compared the two CS. This is what offended everyone actually. We want CS MTV as different as possible. To be honest, singers did their best but the musicians didn’t do their job properly. Music didn’t support the lyrics anywhere. I mean why Leslie Lewis is the producer? Why not A.R.Rehman and other top musicians of India? Frankly Leslie Lewis didn’t do justice. That’s what we thought. Infact, we are surprised that India didn’t pull it off considering that India is a musically rich country. Anyway, i guess we should wait and watch other episodes.Recommend

  • Hamna
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:12PM

    Given the musically rich tradition of India, it was disappointing. I expected better and i am sure Indians will agree.Recommend

  • Hamna
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:34PM

    @ Sumeet
    Don’t get offended by the way Pakistanis are reacting to CS MTV. We react the same way to our coke studio. I remember last time Pakistanis dissed last season of CS when it came out first. Later on however it was loved as much. So i think we should give coke studio MTV sometime. I am sure they will improve. Recommend

  • Veebee
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:50PM

    @Imran Aslam:

    I agree (as an Indian) that the first episode was not good. Give it time – Rome wasn’t built in one day and neither will Coke Studio India.

    Anyway, I am going to let all the Pakistanis “savour” this moment as it is the ONLY time they get to be happy. Mere Indian bhaiyon aur behenon – PLEASE let the Pakistanis enjoy this moment !

    At least we are doing well in the things that matter – economically, politically, socially, militarily (also in cricket). HAH! Recommend

  • Veebee
    Jun 22, 2011 - 12:52PM

    @Hamna:

    I absolutely agree with you as an Indian. I mean, from Rajasthan to Gujarat, from Kerala to Assam, such diversity in music, but none of it was explored.

    anyway, to all the Pakistani listeners who enjoyed Asif Samraat, I suggest listening to “kesariya balam” by the Manganiyars. Absolutely brilliant ! Recommend

  • Jun 22, 2011 - 2:46PM

    Happy to see such varied responses to India coke studio efforts.

    My blog is mentioned above very kindly by AN.

    I won’t agree that the sound of Indian coke studio can be compared to what Rohail has excellently been doing since the last 3 odd years. Amazing, breathtaking and all the other positive words to them

    The first episode was just a collaboration episode and there would be much more showcasing of varied sounds of India in the days to come. Once that is done, the creators of the Indian version would go more innovative. I can tell you that because I was present in the coke studio india recordings. (I AM NOT FROM MTV India nor do I have any financial interest in this project)

    The lights and camera actions need to be improved a lot. Am sure we will come around.

    A small correction – o majhi rey is not composed by SD Burman. It is composed by R.D burman…even MTV India got it wrong :)

    Let the music play everyone…it will dissolve all the barriers…am so sure

    Love
    Rohit
    IndiaRecommend

  • Jun 22, 2011 - 2:52PM

    @comment 9.

    There’s no doubt about Rohail’s brilliance in my head. It’s not about tolerance. It’s about an unfair comparison. Rohail is light years ahead.

    And ‘traditional’? These traditional beats were unbearable. Chinnu punnu or whatever doesnt attract me. If you say this stuff is a more traditional form of what you hear in the Pakistani version then let me say this traditional form sucks.Recommend

  • Saad Durrani
    Jun 22, 2011 - 3:04PM

    The author does not sound like an expert on music. His reviews usually missed the mark.Recommend

  • sumeet
    Jun 22, 2011 - 3:37PM

    @AN,@hamna,i agree with you.but i dont want also a r rehman and any other musician from bollywood bcoz they will ruin it to another dull bollywood music show.i want a music different then bollywood.thats it.Recommend

  • Qasim Waheed
    Jun 22, 2011 - 4:59PM

    sorry to say but tribune really needs to manage a person who can actualy write on merit. this guy is realy bad in it. first half of each review is copied from the information that was given before all songs. he didnt feel any need to write his own words. n secoond halves must have been copied from some other places.Recommend

  • harkol
    Jun 22, 2011 - 6:00PM

    CS India is a good first attempt indeed. Leslie isn’t a typical bollywood insider, but he still has done too many Bollywood remixes in his kitty. So, there is a need to tell him to swear away from Bollywood entirely in future. No point in Bichua and ‘O Maji re’ kinda fixes in a Coke Studio.

    But, Pakistani friends who are criticizing Indian CSI for not being as good as the CSP – you are comparing apples and oranges. You can’t compare or relate to the sensibilities of masses in a vast continental nation like India easily.

    CSP is bound to appeal more to folks in Pakistan, as it is targeted for Pakistan. Pakistan with its relatively homogeneous culture compared to India, is well served with the kind of music that appears on CSP. Some audience (like me) in India like CSP as well, after all music listeners in India are more exposed to Punjabi/sufi music (thanks to bollywood).

    However, for people in North-east of India or south of India, the songs that were rated low in above article would’ve appealed more! That’s why this rating business would never be universally acceptable.
    A folk tune in Tamil may come appear brash and come as a shock to a north Indian (and of course Pakistanis). However, being a south Indian I could relate very well to Chinna Ponnu’s Vethalai and enjoyed it thoroughly.

    So, CSI is a good begining, it’ll certainly improve by leaving alone Bollywood, and fusing the rich music traditions and talents in India.Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Jun 22, 2011 - 6:18PM

    @Veebee:
    Just when I thought you were a sane voice you came up with the “things that matter” comment…
    how the hell does cricket matter? And we are still beating you head to head anyways,

    Militarily? You joking? Your own media has admitted that your nuclear blasts were a fake… haha… Economically you guys are doing much better, agreed, … better use all that money to make a REAL atomic bomb and fix your streets.
    Thanks…

    As far as Coke Studio is concerned… Indian forte will always be Bollywood, and unfortunately that is not what Coke Studio is all about… For me its a huge flop. Recommend

  • antony
    Jun 22, 2011 - 8:04PM

    @Adeel, You bring Aitum bum to Coke studio here .. also your comments “fix your streets ?” you mean pakistani streets are good ? Wanna see the floods this july and see how it looks ? .Coming to music , You are not aware of Indian music variety and only focus on bollywood .Try youtube and type indian fusion music genre and also ar rahman tamil hits you will find a refreshing music out there.Recommend

  • Pakistani in US
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:53PM

    Truly disgusted with this debate between India vs Pakistani CS. People seriously get your head out of where it is and lose this shallow pride and move on. Who cares if one is better than the other, if you don’t like it then STOP LISTENING!! What’s up with bring in everything from religion to politics, and from cricket to nuclear war heads in this discussion. For me, this indo-pak continent is turning into this one big sh*t hole when it comes to these petty rivalries. Please remind me what century is this we are living in?Recommend

  • xohaib
    Jun 23, 2011 - 12:10AM

    dont know if the writers is sane or not , m considering to change n switch to the news. Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2011 - 4:51PM

    Listen, India is a diverse country… each region is distinct, the languages, the music, we have both the Hindustani classical and the Carnatic music. And when we add the folk, Coke studio@mtv is a pot-pourri of so many enthralling tunes… It’s simply not necessary to compare, there in Pakistan you have beautiful balochi tunes like dannah pa dannah, which is completely different as compared to Chinna Ponnu’s song in our coke studio, but both in the end, are soulful, and India’s coke studio has to explore so much now, only time will tell… But I’m happy to have both the versions of coke studio now, diverse yet delectable.Recommend

  • Jay
    Jun 24, 2011 - 11:32AM

    Let me state this upfront, i am an Indian and a fairly proud one at that.

    To everyone out here Rohail Hyatt rocks.

    Aik Alif : Sufi to rock to the gorgeous voice of Ali Hamza .. sublime
    Mori Araj Suno : Tina, Gumby on drums, Arieb Azhar in the end
    Chup ( I know i know I am sentimental towards the Zeb&Haniya ) : but the intro guitar licks by Momo super sweet
    Naina de Akhay : what powerful voices what composition.
    Kangna : to match that jhaptaal with the house band required more than some random understanding of music

    Sure, at times there are performances dont match up. I hated bilal’s first song but even in that first song the way the lighting when the song starts really liked that.

    The production value is superior way over superior , the camerawork is understated, the house band is amazing.

    Lets accept it the first episode of Coke Studio @ MTV sucked big time. Some of the singers are definitely phenomenal singers in their own right and sanjeev thomas the guitarist is an awesome guitarist but the forced fusion , the jumpy transitions, the creepy camerawork .. come on guys admit it sucked sucked sucked.

    This is not some reality crap, we are fairly good at that and I thought with the diverse musical history there might be some magic but so so disappointed. I know everyone has been taking potshots at Leslie Lewis but maybe a Amit Trivedi or even a Dhruv Ghanekar would have done a better job at this. Recommend

  • Jay
    Jun 24, 2011 - 1:05PM

    Sorry missed out on another favourite .

    Na Raindee hai : Bulle Shah in Arieb Azhar’s magnificent voice.

    Rohail Hyatt guruji pranam.Recommend

  • Abhi
    Jun 24, 2011 - 1:21PM

    I don’t want to sound preaching here but you can see from the numbers given by the Author. The high marks are for the songs which are from western side of India (near to Pakistani style of singing) while songs from east and south India got less score.

    I don’t want to say review is biased because it may happen that reviewer genuinely likes these songs, but point is that there could be another person who may like the other songs more than these sufi or kawwali type songs. Recommend

  • Abhi
    Jun 24, 2011 - 1:27PM

    One more intersting observation, I haven’t seens so much chatter about Coke Studio @MTV on any Indian website.Recommend

  • sk
    Jun 24, 2011 - 1:56PM

    Whose writing this article anyways? You rated shaan a 7/10 .. thats actual fusion!! probably the best in the episode and so was Kailash kher .. Sadness.Recommend

  • Imran Aslam
    Jun 25, 2011 - 12:04AM

    There are various Indian friends who are not happy and are suspicious of so many people commenting on CS. I thing what they must realize that it is only our likeness to music which is making us comment and it has nothing to the age old Indo-Pak fude.
    We actually expected the Indian CS to be some thing greater than treat seeing Shankar Mahadevan like stars (I like him even more when he sings in high notes) we wanted to see some thing different like I thought may be he ll be giving “breathless” in new style but u know…
    I thing the reason is “Bollywood” ……… i mean in india all things revolve around films …. as a singer even u start as a pop artist you ll are going to end up as a playback singer and same goes for the musicians ………… ( for e.g. Shann, sonu nigam etc) so the filmi music dominates
    that is the reason in my view that pop groups are not that famous and have their due share as far as the size of India and their heritage of music is concerned
    CS may be a good effort if it turns a bit away from filmi style of musicRecommend

  • Abhi
    Jun 25, 2011 - 12:07PM

    @Imran
    You are correct to some extent that bollywood has forced the music industry to provide similar type of music. But there are always few musician who break the path and do something else. Also there are very strong institutions and platform for classical music (both Hindustani and Carnatic form) and they keep up their tradition without being affected by bollywood. Similarly the folk music is being supported by lots of relgional tv channels.

    I think any attempt to force these people in to main stream is also counter productive as it will dilute the traditions and to some extent create a uniform pop kind of music which will be similar to filmy music.Recommend

  • INR
    Jun 25, 2011 - 4:58PM

    Coke Studio India is way better thn C.S. Pak
    It’s pakistani version was simply pathetic.Recommend

  • AN
    Jun 30, 2011 - 12:53AM

    @ Abhi

    You can’t be more wrong, I have seen more intolerance on Indian side. The moment any criticism comes on India, i have seen Indians getting immediately defensive. What i have seen is that Indians can’t take criticism positively as you must have seen some Indian immediately turning to economy and God knows what else for comparison. We are talking about music only.

    As for no chatter on Indian website for coke studio music i think the reason is obvious. It’s not worth it.Recommend

  • AN
    Jun 30, 2011 - 12:58AM

    @Abhi
    No chatter on Indian websites?
    You need to read your own newspapers more rather than commentating on Pakistani websites.

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-15/news-and-interviews/296614141bollywood-music-music-industry-indian-classical-music

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Coke-Studio-is-not-a-fresh-concept/Article1-710460.aspx

    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/shot-of-coke-hopefully/807718/Recommend

  • Hasan
    Jul 13, 2011 - 7:22PM

    Its sad to see as good as indian music is and can be, why they will always try to copy rather then create something is beyond me. And seriously man, I took offense at comparing Lewis to Rohail. Rohail is in a class of his own. I repeat, a class of his own.Recommend

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