Benny Dayal was born on 13th May, 1984 in the city of Kollam, Kerala, India. He did his initial schooling from Abu Dhabi, UAE and later went to Madras Christian College to complete his graduation in B.Com. After he completed his graduation from MCC, he did a diploma in Journalism from the same college.
Benny got married to his long time model girlfriend Catherine Thangam in a close-knit ceremony in Bengaluru.
Benny Dayal was born and brought up in Abu-Dhabi, Dubai. He completed his schooling from Abu Dhabi Indian School in Abu Dhabi, Dubai. He went on to complete his B. Com and Masters in Journalism from Madras Christian College.
Dayal worked as an Event Coordinator with RR Donnelley. He quit his job in BPO to accomplish his career with music.
After getting his interests in music he form his own band named S5 Band.
Benny Dayal had formed a band named S5 is an Indian pop band formed in 2004. The members of the band are Benny Dayal, Anaitha Nair, Suvi Suresh, Bhargavi Pillai and Arjun Sasi. They were the winners of the first SS Music voice hunt competition.
The band’s only album “Isai” (English: “music”) with 8 songs in Tamil language composed by Praveen Mani was released in March, 2005.
They later sung and performed all songs for the Malayalam movie By the People. They also recorded a song “Vaa endru koopidum” as a band for composer Yuvan Shankar Raja for a movie named “Vyuham”, but it was never released.
After one year the contract came to an end and the band split. Since then, all of them are pursuing their own careers. Benny Dayal has become a famous playback singer, Suvi Suresh has sung many hit songs in Tamil and Bhargavi Pillai in Telugu, while Anaitha Nair has become a Bollywood actress.
He made his acting debut in the Malayalam movie ‘By The People‘ and showed his acting skills and impressed the director as well as audience along with his ‘S5 Partners’. The film was a suspense thriller and all the songs were sung by S5 members and it was during that time when A.R. Rahman noticed him, took an audition and as they say rest is history.
Benny Dayal has got many more upcoming projects in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam languages as far as his singing is concerned. After churning out some hit numbers of A.R. Rahman, he is well on his way to become a permanent singer to be featured in his upcoming films as well and it’s a momentary achievement.
Benny Dayal, like every other artists he has also played in front of audiences and gave a remarkable performance.
After getting successfully launched in Bollywood film industry after the recognition of A.R Rahman, Benny had piled up a few live performances in his career.
He had performed live in many cities and countries all over the world. With his melodious voice and soulful songs like.
Rehna tu – from Delhi 6
Lat Lag gayi – Race 2
Rootha – TE3N
Kaise Mujhe Tum Mil Gayi – Gajini.
He brings so much of joy and emotion in his voice that listeners just get along with him and follows him in his rhythmic songs.
Following is the list of places where Benny Dayal had performed till now –
IIT jodhpur, on 23 February 2020
Riviera 2020, VIT Vellore, on 13 February 2020
Imperium 2019, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
Festember 2019, National Institute of technology, Tiruchirapalli
At Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Pune on 7 December 2018.
Redbull Music festival, Kochi, 24 November 2018
At Goa (Royal Enfield Raider Maniya) Livein concert on 19 November 2017.
Manipal Institute of Technology on 11 March 2017 as part of Revels, the annual cultural festival of MIT.
At IIT Hyderabad (ELAN- NVISION) Live in Concert on 21 January 2017
At PBWA Powai Sarvajanin Durgotsav—Live in Concert on 21 October 2015
Spirit of Wipro Run 2015 – Wipro Limited, Bangalore on 20 September 2015
Zephyr 2013, the annual cultural festival of Orissa Engineering College in Bhubaneswar
2013 – Annual Cultural Fest, Siliguri Institute of Technology, Siliguri, West Bengal.
SSN College of Engineering on 5 March 2010, with Stephen Devassy and others
Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy, Tanjore as a part of the cult fest Kuruksastra in 2009
NIT Calicut on 26 March 2009 as part of the cultural festival Ragam ’09
Songs in other languages
Apart from Hindi language songs Benny Dayal has also sang songs in many different languages like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malyalam, Gujarati, Marathi and Bengali.
Benny Dayal has been highly recognized not only in Hindi language films but with different languages films as well. His tone of voice and style of singing has given him so much of talent and face around the globe.
Following are some of his famous songs in
Gum Gum Yeyo
By the People
O Modhu I Love You
Party All Night
Pepsi ki Kasam
Naach Meri Jaan
Lucky Tu Lucky Mein
Ude Dil Befikre
A.R Rahman – Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na, Yuvraaj, Love Aaj Kal 2, Baba(Tamil), Sivaji(Balleilakka), Azhagiya Tamil Magan, Sakkarakatti (Tamil).
Salim- Sulaiman – Rocketsingh , Pyaar Impossible, Tarkeebein, Band Baja Baraat, Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, Jodi Breakers, Heroine, Chakravyuh.
Pritam – Golmaal Returns(Vacancy), Badmaash Company (Badmaash Company), Always Kabhie Kabhie, Cocktain, Lat Lag Gayi, Ye Jawani Hain Deewani, Phata Poster NIkla Hero.
Vishal – Shekhar – Hasee Toh Phasee, Bang Bang, Befikre, War,
Filmfare Award – RD Burman Award for New Music Talent – Kaise Mujhe (Gajini)
Stardust Award – New Musical Sensation – Pappu Can’t Dance Sala (Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na)
Ananda vikadan Cinema Awards – Best playback singer – male.
The Tabla Virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain was born on March 9, 1951 in a nursing home in Mahim (a suburb of Mumbai) at about 11:00 a.m Hussain was born to tabla maestro Alla Rakha. His mother’s name was Bavi Begum. It was said that Hussain was an ‘unlucky’ child since his father was extremely ill around the time of his birth. Although their family name is Qureshi, Zakir was given the surname Hussain.
He attended St. Michael’s High School in Mahim, and briefly attended St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Hussain was a child prodigy. His father taught him Pakhawaj from the age of 3 years. His father would wake him up at 3 a.m. and would teach him vocally by reciting different rhythms till 6 a.m. Zakir’s father Alla Rakha belonged to the Punjab gharana tradition of tabla-playing. Others gharanas being Delhi, Benares, Ajrara, Farrukhabad, and Lucknow.
He got married to Antonia Minnecola and has two daughters – Anisa Qureshi and Isabella Qureshi.
He gave his first concert at the age of seven and was deemed a child prodigy. He was touring by the age of eleven. He went to the United States in 1970 to accompany sitar maestro Ravi Shankar. After the tour was complete, Ravi Shankar advised Zakir to stay in America and take a teaching job at the University of Washington in the Department of Ethnomusicology. He planned to study for a PhD but midway he moved to the Bay Area to accompany Ali Akbar Khan who was in need of a Tabla player. After that he began his international career, including more than 150 concert dates a year.
From a young age, Zakir has been accompanying all the leading lights of Hindustani classical music, both vocal and instrumental – from Pandit Ravi Shankar, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit VG Jog, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Pandit Jasraj, and many more.
Both Zakir and his father Alla Rakha were responsible popularizing the art of tabla playing at international venues. Their performances raised the visibility of tabla players who previously did not receive as much notoriety. Zakir brought great attention to and raised the profile of tabla players through his solo acts along with his excursions as an accompanist.
One of the unique contributions of Zakir is his use of the “bayan” to create melody. He uses this throughout his playing but especially so during the “sawaal-jawaab” section of a recital, where the instrumentalist playing the sitar, sarod, santoor, etc. and the Tabla player typically have a “question-answer” back and forth. This would typically involve a set of notes played together, which the Tabla player reproduces. Zakir’s popularity was responsible for bringing audiences to a Hindustani music concert which came not just to listen to the main melody artist but to the supporting Tabla artist. Zakir inspired a whole generation of young tabla players who grew up imitating his head gestures and even his hair style while performing.
Zakir’s fame spread internationally following many tour performances in the US and Europe. He also collaborated with many musicians from all over India and the world. He collaborated with violinist L. Shankar, guitarist John McLaughlin they also have an album together along with Shankar Mahadevan named ‘’Is That So”
Mridangam player Ramnad Raghavan, and legendary ghatam player Vikku Vinayakram in forming the fusion group Shakti
Which performed worldwide to great acclaim. Twenty years later, a second version of the Shakti group, called Remember Shakti, was created featuring U. Srinivas, Zakir Hussain, TV Selvaganesh, and Shankar Mahadevan. With increasing digitization, musical sound is fast losing its originality, which is why we need to support makers of handcrafted instruments. The arts form the very fabric of our society and hence it is our responsibility to do our bit for such a cause. The audience not only enjoyed some stupendous performances but were also inspired to do their bit for the cause.
As a Music Composer
As a composer, he has scored music for numerous feature films, major events and productions. He has composed three concertos, and his third, the first-ever concerto for Tabla and orchestra, was premiered in India in September, 2015, by the Symphony Orchestra of India, premiered in Europe and the UK in 2016, and in the USA in April, 2017, by the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center.
The USA’s National Heritage Fellowship and Officer in France’s Order of Arts and Letters. Voted “Best Percussionist” by both the Downbeat Critics’ Poll and Modern Drummer’s Reader’s Poll over several years, Zakir was honored in 2018 by the Montreal Jazz Festival with their Antonio Carlos Jobim Award. In 2019, Zakir was named a Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow and received two honorary doctorates, one from Berklee College of Music and the other from Indira Kala Sangit University in Khairagarh, India.
Top Tracks by Zakir Hussain
Hussain played on George Harrison’s 1973 album ‘’living in the Material World ‘’
John Handy’s 1973 album Hard Work. He also performed on Van Morrison’s 1979 album Into the Music and Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1983 album Powerlight.
Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, who had known Zakir since the 1960s, invited him to create the special album Planet Drum, featuring legendary drummers from different parts of the world. Featured along with Zakir, from India, was Vikku Vinayakram, with whom Zakir had collaborated in Shakti. The first Planet Drum album, released in 1991 on the Rykodisc label, went on to earn the 1992 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, the first Grammy ever awarded in this category. The Global Drum Project album and tour brought Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo together again in a reunion sparked by the 15th anniversary of the ground-breaking album Planet Drum. The album Global Drum Project won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 51st Grammy Awards Ceremony held on 8 February 2009)
Zakir composed, performed and acted as Indian music advisor for the Malayalam film Vanaprastham
It was a 1999 Cannes Film Festival entry which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival 1999.
As an educator, he conducts many workshops and lectures each year, has been in residence at Princeton University and Stanford University, and, in 2015, He was appointed Regents Lecturer at UC Berkeley. His yearly workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area, conducted for the past 30 years, has become a widely anticipated event for performers and serious students of tabla. He is the founder and president of Moment Records, an independent record label presenting rare live concert recordings of Indian classical music and world music. Zakir was resident artistic director at SFJazz from 2013 until 2016, and was honored with SF Jazz’s Lifetime Achievement Award on January 18, 2017, in recognition of his “Unparalleled contribution to the world of music”.
Zakir Hussain has composed music for many movies like ‘In Custody’, ‘The Mystic Masseur’, ‘Heat and Dust’ etc. Some of the other films, for which he has worked on the musical score include, ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘Little Buddha’, ‘Saaz’, ‘Mr. and Mrs. Iyer’ and ‘One Dollar Curry’. Zakir has also acted in many movies, mostly showcasing his musical performances. His portrayal of the character ‘Inder Lal’ in the film ‘Heat and Dust’ is unforgettable.
He also starred in a couple of brilliant documentaries like
‘The Speaking Hand: Zakir Hussain
and the Art of the Indian Drum’ and ‘Zakir and His Friends’. While ‘Zakir and His Friends’ released in the year 1998, ‘The Speaking Hand’ was released in 2003.
The Way of Beauty (2006 – DVD) – Remember Shakti
Awards and Recognitions
Padma Shree by the Government of India – 1988 The youngest percussionist ever to receive this award.
Padma Bhushan – 2002 Zakir Hussain once again became the youngest percussionist to be honored with India’s third highest civilian award.
Indo-American Award – 1990 for his cultural contribution.
National Heritage Fellowship – 1999 – America’s most prestigious honor in the field of traditional arts.
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award – President of India in the year 1991 again one of the youngest musicians to have ever received this award.
Grammy – He was also awarded the Grammy for the album ‘Planet Drum’ which was produced and created by Zakir Hussain and Mickey Hart. This was his first ever Grammy. He won his second Grammy during the 51st Grammy Awards for his album ‘Global Drum Project’ under the category, Contemporary World Music Album. For this project, he had collaborated with Mickey Hart, Giovanni Hidalgo and Sikiru Adepoju.
Kalidas Samman –2006 the government of Madhya Pradesh honored him with this prestigious award.
Lifetime Achievement Award – In 2012 at Konark Dance & Music Festival, he was honoured with the Guru Gangadhar Pradhan (lifetime achievement) award.
Anwar Sardar Malik a.k.a Anu Malik was born on November 2,1960 is an Indian music director and singer who composes music in Bollywood industry. He got his training from his father, Sardar Malik who himself was a music composer.
Anu Malik is married to Anju Malik his wife and has two daughters Ada Malik and Anmol Malik. He has two brothers- Abu Malik who is also a Music director and Daboo Malik who is a Singer.
Anu Malik is known for his versatility in music. Anu Malik has composed music in various styles of films. Anu Malik also wrote many songs which later became quite popular. He started his first production of music in1977 through the film Hunterwali 77.
Anu Malik has composed music for many other popular films, such as Shaan, Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, Mard, and Mujrim, His some of the popular songs he sang for these films are Juli Juli for Mard and Jeete hai Shaan se was his another hit song in the 80’s. After this, he gave music in many superhit films of Hindi cinema
Big Bollywood Break
After his debut in Hunterwali 77, he had to wait for 16years to get his Bollywood break, he finally had his Bollywood break in the film, Baazigar which was the year 1993.
He received numerous applaud from the audience and love from public because he already made impression in people’s mind with music direction in Baazigar.
After the music in Baazigar was loved by the audience Anu Malik became very famous and his music was loved by the people and they started expecting more music from him. So a star was on roll to create non mainstream music in Bollywood industry.
In 1993, Malik created the songs for Mahesh Bhatt and ‘’Phir teri Kahani Yaad Aaye’’
Music in Movies by Anu Malik
Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995).
Border (1997) Ishq (1997)
Jaanam Samjha Karo (1999)
Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega (2000)
In 2001, Malik gave music in the films like Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai, Aks, Ajnabee, Yaadein and Asoka. In 2004, he composed the music for Main Hoon Na (2004), Fida (2004) and Murder (2004). His recent work includes music for Kambakkht Ishq, Shootout at Wadala, Yamla Pagla Deewana and Dum Laga Ke Haisha.
Anu Malik in his career spanning for more than 15 years have been collaborated with many big music directors and made a big name and a place in everybody’s heart.
Malik and Alisha Chinai
Ruk Ruk Ruk – Vijaypath
Chot Dil Pe Lagi – Ishq Vishk
Malik and Javed Akhtar
He has also collabored with legendary Indian lyricist Javed Akhtar for the movies like –
LOC: Kargil 2003
Umrao Jaan 2006.
He has worked with notable Indian singers like – Mohammad Rafi , Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsale, Kumar Sanu, ABhijeet, Sonu Nigam, Zubeen Garg, Alka Yagnik, Monali Thakur, Sunidhi Chouhan and more.
Alka Yagnik and Anu Malik Songs
This duo had a long term successful association of 15 years. Alka Yagnik remained one of the most successful female playback singer of the history of Indian Music Industry. Following are some of the duets which this Melodious have recorded and which are within us forever-
Baadalon Mein Chup Raha Ha – Phir Teri Kahani Yaad Aayee
Baazigar O Baazigar
Raja Ko Rani Se Pyaar Ho Gya
Palkein Hon Khuli Ya Band
Aankhon Mein Base Ho Tum
Mehfil Mein Baar Baar
Udit Narayan and Anu Malik Songs
Malik also collaborated with ever green artist Udit Narayan was a sensation since forever. There were many songs that this duo along with Alka Yagnik had collaborated for following are some of the hit music.
Mr and Mrs Khiladi
Akele Hum Akele tum
Hum aapke dil me rehte hain.
Har Dil Jo Pyaar Jo Pyaar Karega
Abhijeet Bhattacharyaand Anu Malik Songs
Sonu Nigamand Anu Malik Songs
Sonu Nigam had previously worked with Annu Malik and judged the show Indian Idol along with Malik and also worked for some songs as follows-
Main Hoon Na
Tumse MilKe Dilka Jo Haal
Anu Malik’s song ”Chamma Chamma” from China Gate movie was used in Hollywood film Moulin Rouge.
Anu Malik Fact – He has been a judge in Asian Idol, which was held in Indonesia Representing Indian Idol.
Malik remained one of the judges on the TV show Indian Idol throughout each season till it ended. In the first two seasons, he was accompanied by Sonu Nigam and Farah Khan, and in the third by Alisha Chinai, Udit Narayan and Javed Akhtar.
He appeared on Indian Idol 4 with Sonali Bendre, Kailash Kher and Javed Akhtar. After that, he appeared as a judge with Sunidhi Chauhan and Salim Merchant in Indian Idol 5.
He has also judged another show called “Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega”
Malik has his own different style of singing and composing a song. He has a unique style of processing words in his own style which is very much unique.
Although we have man main stream singers in Bollywood. Malik is a different singer. His music always gives us a unique style to experience.
That’s why he keeps his music very clear and doesn’t sing much. That’s why he has a different style of singing unlike other mainstream and romantic song singers. Although he is not a mainstream singer, Malik does playback singing for his compositions.
Written off as a singer in his early days “Julie Julie“, Ek Garam Chai Ki Pyaali ho, Gori Gori.
While he sings entire songs for some movies, especially those starring Sunil Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar and Shahid Kapoor in Deewane Huye Paagal he sang almost every song), and has also sung as part of a chorus in “Mehbooba Mehbooba” in the film Ajnabee, and “Tumse Milke Dilka Jo Haal” for Main Hoon Na.
Anu Malik albums include Dekho Barish Ho Rahi Hai, Tera Chehra, Dhua Dhua and an English album “Eyes” Song List of this Album-
I Have No Dollars
My Heart Goes Boom
Filmfare Best Director Award – Baazigar 1994.
Filmfare Special Award – Refujee 2001.
Filmfare Best Music Director Award – Main Hoon Na 2005.
Zee Cine Awards Best Music Director – Dum Laga Ke Haisha 2016.
Zee Cine Awards Best Music Director Award – Main Hoon na 2005.
Popular Award – Best Music Director for Main Hoon Na 2004
Asha Bhosle Award – Outstanding Contribution in Music 2010
Indian Telly Awards – Best reality show judge 2010
Giants International Awards – lifetime achievement in Music 2014
Big Star Entertainment Awards – 92.7 BIG FM – Suhana Safar Music Award 2015.
An Acoustic Guitar is a non-electric musical instrument which induces sounds by emitting vibrations, via strings to the air. The sound waves reecho from the body of the guitar, creating a certain sound. A soundboard and soundbox strengthen the vibrations of the strings. A pick or fingertips are used to pluck the guitar chords. Plucking a string causes it to vibrate to a particular pitch. There are 6 strings which are tuned low to high (E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4.)
The earliest string instrument, similar to the guitar was known as the Vihuelas in the Spanish music culture, commonly seen in the 16th century during the era of Renaissance. They were distinguished in 2 categories by some Spanish writer, the Vihuela de arco which was similar to a violin and the Vihuela de Penola, played by hand.
In Spain, by 1790 six-string vihuela guitars came into existence, which later became the model of guitar. The book Arte de tocar la Guitarra Espanola por musica written by Fernando Ferandiere’s gives detailed information about the standard Spanish guitar. At this time period, the acoustic guitar began to take the shape as the modern acoustic guitar. By favoring single strings, the pair of strings reduced.
In 1850, Antonio de Torres Jurado the Spanish guitar maker modified the vihuelas and invented the classical” acoustic guitar. The volume, tone, and projection of the instrument were upgraded and are still the same today. Thus, he is looked up as “The father of modern acoustic guitar”.
Anatomy of an Acoustic Guitar.
Head: The headstock or peghead of the guitar holds the tuning pegs and keys which allows the guitar to be tuned. It can be straight or angled and can come in different shapes.
Tuners: Tuners rotates the capstan to wind the string around by increasing or decreasing tension in the string to raise and low the pitch. They are also called as Machine heads; tuning keys etc and they vary from instrument to instrument.
Nut: A thin material supporting the strings, closest to the headstock is called the nut. Ebony, ivory, brass, or synthetic material is usually used to make a nut. It holds the strings at the height from the fingerboard and sets the spacing between them.
Neck: The neck is attached to the main guitar body and includes the fretboard, frets, headstock, and truss rod. They are of different shapes, from V shape to a C shape. The rigidity of a guitar’s neck is indicative of the quality of the instrument.
String: They are the essential part of the guitar which vibrates and gives out melodious sounds. They are sometimes made of iron, steel or nylon.
Frets: The raised parts on the fingerboard of the guitar which extend across the neck, and are generally made of metal are called Frets. They divide the guitar neck into intervals, each represents one semitone of an octave. Pressing the string against the fret shortens the string length between the fretted point and the bridge, changing the note and makes it easier to achieve correct notes. Frets come in different shapes and types and can wear over time, so maintenance of frets is important.
Fret markers: The dots or custom marks inlaid into the fretboard works as a visual aid to the player. These markers are commonly on the third, fifth, seventh, ninth, twelfth, and fifteenth frets, with the twelfth. Most classical guitars do not have position markers.
Body: The body of the guitar consists of the soundboard, the top, the back, and the sides. The soundboard vibrates and produces sound, thus is considered very important as well as the back and sides provide tone. The body is divided into the upper bout, the waist, and the lower bout. They come in various shape and size with different cutaways.
Soundhole: The soundhole provides the sound projection. It enables sound to vibrate. They are mainly circular and at the center but some are to be found on the top.
Bridge: It works as the supporter of the strings and transmits vibration to the soundboard. The bridge consists of single material i.e plastic or bone and is glued on the top.
Bridge pins: These are used to keep the strings on position on the bridge precisely. They are made of bones, wood, etc.