Monday, February 1, 2010

Gulzar shares Grammy with Rahman

Bollywood's veteran lyricist Gulzar has done it again. He has won the prestigious Grammy awards along with the musical genius A.R. Rahman and Tanvi Shah, who has penned the Spanish lyrics for the best song in a motion picture category.

Earlier in 2009, Gulzar also won the Oscar along with Rahman for the same song 'Jai ho'. Famously known as Gulzar sahaab, he is a famous poet, lyricist and writer in Bollywood. Known for his sensitivity and emotional writing, Gulzar came into the spotlight through Khamoshi and Mere Apne in the late 90s.

Gulzar has won 5 National Awards and 19 Filmfare awards. He has also worked with many music directors, including R.D. Burman, S.D. Burman, A.R. Rahman, Salil Chowdhury, Madan Mohan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and Anu Malik.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Boy raises thousands in quake aid

A seven-year-old boy from London who was aiming to raise £500 for the Haiti quake relief effort through a sponsored bike ride has raised more than £72,000. Charlie Simpson, from Fulham, west London, cycled five miles (8km) around South Park near his home to raise funds for Unicef's earthquake appeal. His call for support touched the hearts of people around the world after he put a message on the JustGiving website.

Unicef thanked him "on behalf of the many children in Haiti". On his JustGiving page, Charlie said, I want to do a sponsored bike ride for Haiti because there was a big earthquake and loads of people have lost their lives. I want to make some money to buy food, water and tents for everyone in Haiti.

Unicef is helping to provide water, sanitation, education and nutrition, as well as supporting child protection. Money raised by Charlie will go towards its Haiti Earthquake Children's Appeal.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hope for Haiti

A charity album featuring performances from the Hope For Haiti Now telethon has gone straight to number one in the US album chart.

The compilation album is the first digital-only release to top the Billboard 200 chart. The album sold 171,000 copies, music sales tracker Nielsen Soundscan said.

The disaster relief telethon, featuring performances from stars including Jay-Z, Madonna and U2, has so far raised $66m (£40.6m), organizers say. Last week's show, which was broadcast from New York, Los Angeles, London and Haiti, was watched on TV by 83 million viewers in the US alone.

Wyclef Jean performs at "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief", on Friday, Jan. 22, 2010 in New York. It was shown on all major US TV channels, YouTube and on MTV in the UK. Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean - who set up the charity foundation Yele Haiti - Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige, Rihanna and Stevie Wonder were among other performers.

Meanwhile, producer Quincy Jones has announced he is re-recording 1985 charity song We Are The World to raise money for the aid effort in Haiti. The original, written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie to raise money for African famine relief, featured stars including Cyndi Lauper, Billy Joel and Tina Turner.

Jones has not revealed who will perform on the new version, which is set to be recorded in Los Angeles on Monday. As many as 200,000 people died in the 12 January earthquake in Haiti.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

U2 and Jay-z record song for Haiti

U2, Jay-Z and producer Swizz Beatz have recorded a song together to raise money for victims of the Haiti earthquake. U2's guitarist The Edge told Irish radio station 2FM the band wrote a song, finished and recorded last week after being contacted about the idea.

The Edge, Bono and Jay-Z, along with Rihanna, are due to appear in London for a group performance as part of Friday's Hope For Haiti telethon. George Clooney's two-hour benefit show will be aired on MTV in the UK.

The Edge told 2FM DJ Dave Fanning over the weekend: "Bono got a call from a producer, Swizz. He and Jay-Z wanted to do something for Haiti. So Bono came up with the phrase on the phone and last night we were here, we wrote a song, finished, recorded, and sent it back to them. So, that might be the next thing you hear from us.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Birds breathe like alligators

Alligators and birds share a breathing mechanism which may have helped their ancestors dominate Earth more than 200 million years ago, scientists say.

Research published in the journal Science found that like birds, in alligator’s air flows in one direction.

Birds' lung structure allows them to breathe when flying in low oxygen, or hypoxic, conditions.

This breathing may have helped a common ancestor of birds and alligators thrive in the hypoxic period of the Triassic.