Dinesh Pithia


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Dinesh Pithia - Star of the Month, August 2007

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Special Thanks
Before commencing, I would like to thank “The Talented SOM Selection Committee” and all Taranaa members for giving me an opportunity to shine on this page. It is an absolute pleasure and a nobel honour to be here. I would like to extend my big thanks to the entire Taranaa Team and Musicians for creating amazing tracks for this wonderful platform for music lovers from all over the globe.

Special thanks to Harshalbhai for creating an amazing site for music lovers like us and from all around. Without him this wouldn’t be possible to showcase some of the best talent we have in the community. Long Live Taranaa..."Music Lover’s Paradise”

Great momentum and community participation of weekly song events really inspired me to join the Taranaa family to shy away from the humdrum western lifestyle.

Hold your breath! I want bore you with a long introduction.....and will keep it short and sweet. I would like my music to do the rest by expressing myself more in depth.

About Me
Well, I am Dinesh Pithia. Originally I was born and brought up in Africa, Tanzania in a small town called Moshi on the footsteps of Mount Kilimanjaro surrounded with natural beauty and wildlife. I later joined the Faculty of Fine Arts in India and finished a Degree in History of Arts & Design with a Gold Medal. Like many, music doesn't run in the family nor did I learn music in a proper way. It is only due to my elder brother’s inspiration and encouragement that I took singing more seriously later in my life. My family loves music and all my three daughters are showing an inclination towards artistic pursuits. My wife had been very supportive spending late musical nights whenever I get involved or engaged in singing.

I had a passion towards music since my childhood. I was very reserved and shy at the beginning. The encouragement I received from family and friends in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda inspired me to sing with more confidence. Music had been a long journey for me. I would like to share an anecdote with fellow members. In the 80’s, while I was in Zambia (C.Africa) now my very good friend and a senior singer and recorded artist Iqbal Sing Brar was in search for 2 guys who can fill the chorus for a Rafi sahab’s Qawali. Iqbal Brar was singing for a local Asian T.V. programme. Some how I got noticed and a singing sensation sparkled. We finally formed a Live Musical Group named “Saaz Aur Awaz” which performed regularly on stage and T.V. raising funds for building Radha Krishna Temple, Gurudwara and a Masjid in Lusaka, Zambia. From then onwards, the real quest for music began. Presently with one of my friend Music Director “Salim Janjira” from Canada who has given Music Direction for 2 Canadian Hindi Films are working on an original music album. Hopefully, with everybody’s blessing I get to release soon.

Presently I am living in Mississauga, Canada for the last 19 years working as a Printing Technologist in the Computer Graphic Arts industry. I love painting, sketching, sculpture and writings poems and illustrating childrens’ books. I consider Music as my hobby and passion. Friends sometimes jokingly say that I paint better than sing and that is the real truth!

Close to My Heart
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has encouraged, helped and supported me in any way. I can’t thank enough Leena, Azam & Parasji who really helped me whole heartedly in completing my SOM venture. I am presenting a few of my favorite songs which are very close and dear to my heart. I have tried to compile songs from some of best Old and New mix by paying tribute to our old masters as well as new generation of singers. Please do give a listen to my humble attempt whenever time permits and provide sincere and honest feedback. I will really appreciate your time.

Lastly I would like to quote:
“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a child playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
- Sir Isaac Newton

Yeh Mera Geet, Jeevan Sangeet, Kal Bhi Koyi Dohrayega Jag Ko Hasane Behroopiya, Roop Badal Ke Ayega....

Aapke Sawaal, Mere Jawaab...

(1) Who encouraged you to sing early on?
Since being the youngest siblings I derived lot of inspiration from my elder brothers who were great fans of Mukeshji-Raj & Shankar-Jaikishan. They encouraged me in my early artistic pursuits for painting & music. Later joined M.S. University Fine Arts/Music (Baroda) and completed with a degree in Graphic Arts & Design. It was there when I got interacted with music students like Meetali Mukherjee (Now famous Ghazal singer Bhupinder Sing’s wife) and Shabbir Kumar who for some reason was not given admission in the Music College ended doing a certificate course in Graphics. I do remember Shabbir singing Rafi Sahab’s songs in our college canteen and friend’s forcing me to sing Mukeshji’s songs in return with students tapping beats on the canteen tables. Those wonderful reminiscence and fascination still lingers and haven't faded an inch!

(2) How encouraging is your family towards your pursuit of musical interest? Does your spouse have hang-ups about your staring at the "red screen" at every given opportunity? ;)
We have a Music Loving family and all members are very supportive in my musical pursuits by encouraging to perform better. Specially my daughters encourage me to sing newer songs and helps me getting the real feel. My eldest daughter Jyoti accompanies me in singing duets to emote my mood at sad times. My wife also supports and doesn't have hang-ups about anything whenever it comes to my singing. She has been a driving force behind my singing passion.

(3a) Can you describe in your words what good singing means?
To my opinion good singing is to captivate the listener and create an interest and leave the listener in total amazement with awe and some due respect.

(3b) And what is the most important aspect of good singing, sur, taal, diction, poetry, feelings, or sounding like the original singer?
Elements of good singing is definitely by keeping Sur, taal, diction, poetry and emote the correct feelings to the song, but sounding like originaladds up into your singing personality and finally everybody falls and create their own trend of singing, e.g. Sonu following Rafi Sahab, Kumar Shanu following KishorDa and Mukeshji following the Great Legend K.L. Saigal.

(4) Would you like to share some weaknesses of your singing and your effort to improve them?
Oh My God! This is really a toughie...Too many! First and foremost - Recording had been a real nightmare, but am trying my best to improve from time to time. I think my weakness is holding on high pitch long sustained notes for giving a total finish and sometimes diction. Creating smooth curves with murkhiyaa. I am working hard on them but also my age is also catching up with this!

(5) Do you think certain foods affect or help your singing?
Personally I haven’t experienced anything, but have heard about oily and hot-spicy foods are bad for singing. Honey mixed with lemon and warm water helps a lot in clearing the clogged throat for clear singing. I prefer to chew paan when singing sad songs or ghazals with difference.

(6) If at all, you get a chance to choose and sing with any male/female Bollywood singer, who would that be? Why?
Though, I don't consider myself worthy, but will choose to sing along with Ashaji at anytime cause she is the second Nightangle after Lataji. I had been an ardent fan of Ashaji since my childhood who has kept us spellbound with her amazing singing till this date.

(7) Who do you style your singing after? If no one, then what do you think is your singing style?
I simply love to style my singing after Mukeshji because of his deep soulful singing. I believe that Mukeshji’s singing has expressed with minimum means with maximum most. Few songs, but more hits!

(8) What aspects of Taraana.com made you decide to become a member?
I think that Taranaa Community is unique in all terms. The momentum and interaction between members is so great that you come to learn new things and improve on your singing with regular feedback by the members. In nut and shell it is like a Family, safe and friendly!

(9) If you have to suggest some improvements for Taraana.com what would they be?

  1. Adding more new and old tracks to the library
  2. Host and arrange “Singing Competition Shows” across USA & Canada to invite more membership
  3. Change the face of Taranaa Home Page and make it more inviting with sound clips from our singers to attract more membership

(10) Do you record in a studio or home? What equipment do you use for home recording?

  • At home.
  • DESKTOP PC, Audacity & Cool Edit Software for recording
  • AIWA System for effects

(11a) Would you like to receive feedback in public (Taranaa forum) or through private messages?
Both ways are fine, but personal message makes a big difference.

(11b) What aspects should be considered carefully while giving feedback in public?
Artists do have a sensitive temperament. First, not to hurt any feelings with a bad intention or try competition with each other. Explain clearly about likes and dislikes, but still encourage to sing more and more, because finally everybody needs attention, appreciation and encouragement to keep involved in the community and participate on a regular basis.

(12) Lastly, if you had a choice of choosing five new tracks for Taranaa library what would they be?

  1. Jane Kahan Gaye Woh Din (Mera Naam Joker)
  2. Woh Tere Pyaar Ka Gham (My Love)
  3. Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho (Hanste Zakhm)
  4. Woh Shaam Kuch Ajeeb (Khamoshi)
  5. Chottisi Yeh Zindagani (Aag)

FRIENDS.......KEEP SINGING!

Solos

Duets

Image:Mic.jpg Chand Si Mehbooba Image:Mic.jpg Chura Liya Hai (With my daughter)
Image:Mic.jpg Kahin Door Jab Image:Mic.jpg Dil Ki Nazar Se (With Leena)
Image:Mic.jpg Maine Dil Se Kaha Image:Mic.jpg Kia Khoob Lagti Ho (With Leena)
Image:Mic.jpg Dukhi Man Mere Image:Mic.jpg Do Pal Ruka (With Deblina)
Image:Mic.jpg Ye Mera Prem Patr Image:Mic.jpg Tumse Milke Aisa Laga (With Leena)
Image:Mic.jpg Kuch Na Kaho Image:Mic.jpg Ek Pyar Ka Naghma Hai (With Leena)
Image:Mic.jpg Nakhrewali Image:Mic.jpg Hai Ram - Bhajan (With Leena) Own Lyrics
Image:Mic.jpg Pukarta Image:Mic.jpg Aaja Re (With Leena)
Image:Mic.jpg Roop Tera Mastana Image:Mic.jpg Bahon Ke Darmiyan (With Leena)
Image:Mic.jpg Do Dil Image:Mic.jpg Mujhe Kitna Pyar (With Leena)
Image:Mic.jpg Waadiyan Mera Daman Image:Mic.jpg Suraj Huwa Maddham (With Leena)
Image:Mic.jpg Kabhi Kabhi Image:Mic.jpg Dil Tadap Tadap Ke (With Leena)
Image:Mic.jpg Main Sayar To Nahin Image:Mic.jpg Tere Liye (With Yogita)
Image:Mic.jpg Chand Sifarish Image:Mic.jpg Pehla Nasha (With my daughter)
Image:Mic.jpg Bekarar Karke Hume Image:Mic.jpg Pyar Huwa Ikrar Huwa (With Leena)
Image:Mic.jpg Humein Aur Jeene Ki Image:Mic.jpg Ramaiya Vastavaiya (With Paras & Azam)
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