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Remo FernandesThere is this famous ghazal of Jagjit Singh, 'Der Lagi Aane Mein Tumko Shukra Hai Phir Bhi Aaye to, Aas ne dil ka Saath Na Choda vaise Hum ghabrai to” i.e. it took some time to come but it has finally come, there was some apprehension in the heart but the hope had still not ebbed away. This seems to be precisely the story of Remo Fernandes who was the first star who created the fusion music in the Indian Film industry way back in 1985-86 and has been rewarded for his effort only in 2007 inspite of the fact that he single handedly was responsible for popularizing fusion with heavy reliance on percussion instruments like flute etc. The fusion had started happening in the classical arena but it was set into the popular mode and gained wide spread acceptability only after Remo came out with Dekho-Dekho Yeh Hai Jalwa, the title song of JALWA which became the anthem song for youth of the country. The film did a roaring business majorly owing to the song of Remo, as those where the days when Chitrahaar still ruled the roost, and MTV and Channel V and other such music channels were yet to be conceptualized.

Remo however did not follow up his magic with plethora of other songs which any other singer in his place could have done, but went back to Goa, his native place, to compose the songs that he wanted to sing, as he had great reluctance to sing under any other singer's baton. His rendition and his get up and stylization which conveys a typical laid back and cool attitude is what set him apart from other singers during the times he was singing, he was more of a hippie and as such was not ready to conform to norms and definitions of the industry. Besides, his socialistic upbringing also ensured that he never hankered for publicity, but he was a musician at heart who enjoyed the feel and immersion of it, and was more tuned to strive to soak the soul in the epiphany of music.

This was precisely the reason that whatever songs he sung because of their different rendition they have been able to hit bulls eye. It was another Sufi, A.R. Rahman who gave him another go at the Hindi film music when he made him sing ‘Humma Humma’ in BOMBAY and Remo had again reiterated his standing as a singer of a different grain. His stylization is characterized by utterances of Hindi words with an anglicized accent, which appeals more to the younger generation of today.

He also has many non-Filmi albums to his credit, and among the hit songs from his album are ‘O Meri Munni’ and ‘Love on SMS’ etc. The title song that he sang for AFLATOON was also great hit, so has been ‘Pyaar Ka Signal’ from BHAGAM BHAG. Interestingly enough Remo has so far sung mostly the title songs of the movie, probably owing to the fact that his voice does not suit any of the heroes, be it from JALWA, to AFLATOON, to BHAGAM BHAG and who can forget the title song of PYAAR TO HONA HI THA, where his inability to render THA as Tha is what made the song a hit with the audiences. He has also been performing regularly with another great percussionist Jerry Thrull, and is one music composer who can play series of instruments in one go, apart from rendering percussion like sounds from his vocal faculty. By conferring the award to Remo, the government has given recognition to the Goan culture, as also to the spirit of freedom and youth, as Remo symbolizes youth, freedom and chutzpah.
There is this famous ghazal of Jagjit Singh, 'Der Lagi Aane Mein Tumko Shukra Hai Phir Bhi Aaye to, Aas ne dil ka Saath Na Choda vaise Hum ghabrai to” i.e. it took some time to come but it has finally come, there was some apprehension in the heart but the hope had still not ebbed away. This seems to be precisely the story of Remo Fernandes who was the first star who created the fusion music in the Indian Film industry way back in 1985-86 and has been rewarded for his effort only in 2007 inspite of the fact that he single handedly was responsible for popularizing fusion with heavy reliance on percussion instruments like flute etc. The fusion had started happening in the classical arena but it was set into the popular mode and gained wide spread acceptability only after Remo came out with Dekho-Dekho Yeh Hai Jalwa, the title song of JALWA which became the anthem song for youth of the country. The film did a roaring business majorly owing to the song of Remo, as those where the days when Chitrahaar still ruled the roost, and MTV and Channel V and other such music channels were yet to be conceptualized.

Remo however did not follow up his magic with plethora of other songs which any other singer in his place could have done, but went back to Goa, his native place, to compose the songs that he wanted to sing, as he had great reluctance to sing under any other singer's baton. His rendition and his get up and stylization which conveys a typical laid back and cool attitude is what set him apart from other singers during the times he was singing, he was more of a hippie and as such was not ready to conform to norms and definitions of the industry. Besides, his socialistic upbringing also ensured that he never hankered for publicity, but he was a musician at heart who enjoyed the feel and immersion of it, and was more tuned to strive to soak the soul in the epiphany of music.

This was precisely the reason that whatever songs he sung because of their different rendition they have been able to hit bulls eye. It was another Sufi, A.R. Rahman who gave him another go at the Hindi film music when he made him sing ‘Humma Humma’ in BOMBAY and Remo had again reiterated his standing as a singer of a different grain. His stylization is characterized by utterances of Hindi words with an anglicized accent, which appeals more to the younger generation of today.

He also has many non-Filmi albums to his credit, and among the hit songs from his album are ‘O Meri Munni’ and ‘Love on SMS’ etc. The title song that he sang for AFLATOON was also great hit, so has been ‘Pyaar Ka Signal’ from BHAGAM BHAG. Interestingly enough Remo has so far sung mostly the title songs of the movie, probably owing to the fact that his voice does not suit any of the heroes, be it from JALWA, to AFLATOON, to BHAGAM BHAG and who can forget the title song of PYAAR TO HONA HI THA, where his inability to render THA as Tha is what made the song a hit with the audiences. He has also been performing regularly with another great percussionist Jerry Thrull, and is one music composer who can play series of instruments in one go, apart from rendering percussion like sounds from his vocal faculty. By conferring the award to Remo, the government has given recognition to the Goan culture, as also to the spirit of freedom and youth, as Remo symbolizes youth, freedom and chutzpah.
There is this famous ghazal of Jagjit Singh, 'Der Lagi Aane Mein Tumko Shukra Hai Phir Bhi Aaye to, Aas ne dil ka Saath Na Choda vaise Hum ghabrai to” i.e. it took some time to come but it has finally come, there was some apprehension in the heart but the hope had still not ebbed away. This seems to be precisely the story of Remo Fernandes who was the first star who created the fusion music in the Indian Film industry way back in 1985-86 and has been rewarded for his effort only in 2007 inspite of the fact that he single handedly was responsible for popularizing fusion with heavy reliance on percussion instruments like flute etc. The fusion had started happening in the classical arena but it was set into the popular mode and gained wide spread acceptability only after Remo came out with Dekho-Dekho Yeh Hai Jalwa, the title song of JALWA which became the anthem song for youth of the country. The film did a roaring business majorly owing to the song of Remo, as those where the days when Chitrahaar still ruled the roost, and MTV and Channel V and other such music channels were yet to be conceptualized.

Remo however did not follow up his magic with plethora of other songs which any other singer in his place could have done, but went back to Goa, his native place, to compose the songs that he wanted to sing, as he had great reluctance to sing under any other singer's baton. His rendition and his get up and stylization which conveys a typical laid back and cool attitude is what set him apart from other singers during the times he was singing, he was more of a hippie and as such was not ready to conform to norms and definitions of the industry. Besides, his socialistic upbringing also ensured that he never hankered for publicity, but he was a musician at heart who enjoyed the feel and immersion of it, and was more tuned to strive to soak the soul in the epiphany of music.

This was precisely the reason that whatever songs he sung because of their different rendition they have been able to hit bulls eye. It was another Sufi, A.R. Rahman who gave him another go at the Hindi film music when he made him sing ‘Humma Humma’ in BOMBAY and Remo had again reiterated his standing as a singer of a different grain. His stylization is characterized by utterances of Hindi words with an anglicized accent, which appeals more to the younger generation of today.

He also has many non-Filmi albums to his credit, and among the hit songs from his album are ‘O Meri Munni’ and ‘Love on SMS’ etc. The title song that he sang for AFLATOON was also great hit, so has been ‘Pyaar Ka Signal’ from BHAGAM BHAG. Interestingly enough Remo has so far sung mostly the title songs of the movie, probably owing to the fact that his voice does not suit any of the heroes, be it from JALWA, to AFLATOON, to BHAGAM BHAG and who can forget the title song of PYAAR TO HONA HI THA, where his inability to render THA as Tha is what made the song a hit with the audiences. He has also been performing regularly with another great percussionist Jerry Thrull, and is one music composer who can play series of instruments in one go, apart from rendering percussion like sounds from his vocal faculty. By conferring the award to Remo, the government has given recognition to the Goan culture, as also to the spirit of freedom and youth, as Remo symbolizes youth, freedom and chutzpah.
There is this famous ghazal of Jagjit Singh, 'Der Lagi Aane Mein Tumko Shukra Hai Phir Bhi Aaye to, Aas ne dil ka Saath Na Choda vaise Hum ghabrai to” i.e. it took some time to come but it has finally come, there was some apprehension in the heart but the hope had still not ebbed away. This seems to be precisely the story of Remo Fernandes who was the first star who created the fusion music in the Indian Film industry way back in 1985-86 and has been rewarded for his effort only in 2007 inspite of the fact that he single handedly was responsible for popularizing fusion with heavy reliance on percussion instruments like flute etc. The fusion had started happening in the classical arena but it was set into the popular mode and gained wide spread acceptability only after Remo came out with Dekho-Dekho Yeh Hai Jalwa, the title song of JALWA which became the anthem song for youth of the country. The film did a roaring business majorly owing to the song of Remo, as those where the days when Chitrahaar still ruled the roost, and MTV and Channel V and other such music channels were yet to be conceptualized.

Remo however did not follow up his magic with plethora of other songs which any other singer in his place could have done, but went back to Goa, his native place, to compose the songs that he wanted to sing, as he had great reluctance to sing under any other singer's baton. His rendition and his get up and stylization which conveys a typical laid back and cool attitude is what set him apart from other singers during the times he was singing, he was more of a hippie and as such was not ready to conform to norms and definitions of the industry. Besides, his socialistic upbringing also ensured that he never hankered for publicity, but he was a musician at heart who enjoyed the feel and immersion of it, and was more tuned to strive to soak the soul in the epiphany of music.

This was precisely the reason that whatever songs he sung because of their different rendition they have been able to hit bulls eye. It was another Sufi, A.R. Rahman who gave him another go at the Hindi film music when he made him sing ‘Humma Humma’ in BOMBAY and Remo had again reiterated his standing as a singer of a different grain. His stylization is characterized by utterances of Hindi words with an anglicized accent, which appeals more to the younger generation of today.

He also has many non-Filmi albums to his credit, and among the hit songs from his album are ‘O Meri Munni’ and ‘Love on SMS’ etc. The title song that he sang for AFLATOON was also great hit, so has been ‘Pyaar Ka Signal’ from BHAGAM BHAG. Interestingly enough Remo has so far sung mostly the title songs of the movie, probably owing to the fact that his voice does not suit any of the heroes, be it from JALWA, to AFLATOON, to BHAGAM BHAG and who can forget the title song of PYAAR TO HONA HI THA, where his inability to render THA as Tha is what made the song a hit with the audiences. He has also been performing regularly with another great percussionist Jerry Thrull, and is one music composer who can play series of instruments in one go, apart from rendering percussion like sounds from his vocal faculty. By conferring the award to Remo, the government has given recognition to the Goan culture, as also to the spirit of freedom and youth, as Remo symbolizes youth, freedom and chutzpah.



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