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Soundtrack of our times

From India humming ‘Soup’ song to Akon singing in Hindi, the music scene kept reinventing all through the year.

music Updated: Dec 30, 2011 02:47 IST
Megha Mahindru

From India humming ‘Soup’ song to Akon singing in Hindi, the music scene kept reinventing all through the year.

1 When the music died
Ghazal lost its voice this year as celebrated singer Jagjit Singh passed away after suffering from brain haemorrhage. The ghazal king left many fans mourning. And adding to the void, other doyens of music like Sultan Khan, Bhupen Hazarika, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Khan Dagar also breathed their last. A final blow to music was the passing of one of the most beloved musicologist, Dr Ashok Ranade.

2 Kolaveri Di
The YouTube sensation took an all-new meaning with Dhanush’s viral hit. The ‘soup’ song was on everyone’s lips and laptops this year, and received over 20 million hits within a month of its release. Till date, the popularity and numbers keep rising, leaving many confused and singing, Why this Kolaveri Di

3 No-show
While electronic brand Prodigy performed successfully this year, metal fans were in for a rude shock when Metallica canned their concert in the Capital. The city got its first taste of ‘no-show luck’ in February when the Bryan Adams concert was called off last minute.

4 Coke Studio
After completing three successful seasons in Pakistan, the popular jugalbandi show, Coke Studio, debuted its Indian edition this year. And, though the unanimous verdict didn’t compare too well with its counterpart, the show presented indie artists with a new platform. Indian television finally made space and time for music based shows such as Unplugged and Dewarists.

5 Akon sings in Hindi
While AR Rahman formed a superband with Mick Jagger, it was Akon who stunned all with his fluency in Hindi as he made Kareena Kapoor dance to his tunes in Chammak Challo. But he wasn’t the only one making news. This year, Sonu Nigam changed his hairstyle once again! He was also seen singing with Britney Spears in I Wanna Go. Also, Lady Gaga teamed up with Salim-Sulaiman, Himesh Reshamiya with Lil’ Wayne and Sunidhi Chauhan with Enrique Iglesias, making it the year of Indian-international pop mix.