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Coke Studio India – the first six songs

June 22, 2011

So the unanimous verdict is that Coke Studio India (first aired on the Friday that went by) is no match for Coke Studio Pakistan [Wikipedia]. For some it’s been like an India-Pakistan match – I’ve seen Indian congratulate Pakistanis on Twitter for the ‘Coke Studio victory’ and others ask Indian musicians and singers to listen to Pakistani singers and hang themselves. For most, this was not surprising – Coke Studio Pakistan has showcased some of the best music you’ve heard in recent times and it raised the bar too high for Coke Studio India. There’s also the problem of Bollywoodisation of music in India, of dumbing down, producing music aimed at the marriage market and livening up the moods of those stuck in traffic. A celebrity culture has taken the passion out of music in India – it does not seem to come from deep within. New popular music in India leaves you with the kind of feeling that a mall does. Loud and empty.

Coke Studio, Pakistan, which has over seven lakh Facebook fans, is after a long time a major cultural export of Pakistan into India, and the first such to be solely through the internet. There was even a Facebook group called I Want Coke Studio in India. Even the Pakistanis were looking forward to it. But the first show left everyone disappointed. You can copy the format of a show but you can clone the artists.

Then there are those, in India and Pakistan, who rue the ‘corporatisation’ of folk music that Coke Studio results in.

Then again, there are still some people who ask, what is Coke Studio?

For what it’s worth, here are the first six sings of Coke Studio India for those who missed them.

See also: Top Ten Coke Studio (Pakistan) Songs

51 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2011 7:48 AM

    I am sorry, couldn’t listen more than 10 seconds of each song. IMHO, Coke studio India is missing Rohail Hayat.

    • Ravinder permalink
      June 22, 2011 1:13 PM

      So true! Couldn’t go beyond a few seconds. It’s no match

    • Irfan Naeem permalink
      June 23, 2011 3:18 AM

      come on let them try i m hoping they will catch up “SOON” :)

    • samad permalink
      April 6, 2012 3:49 AM

      much hay kisi bhi song me koi khaz bat nahi lagi … song ko slow ker diya or slow song ko or slow ker diya….in song me fuzion kaha hay….koi creative cheeez he nazer nahi aa rahi hay….100 batoo ki 1 baat kahoo ka …india ko time lagay ka ….pakistani muzik ko samaj nay ke leyah….ku ke india film me jitna bhi muzik compose hota hay who 90% se ziada copy muzik hota hay ….to yeh kaise orignal muzik create ker saktay hay…..think about it…..!

  2. June 22, 2011 10:36 AM

    Absolutely Shivam. It was not Fusion of music, it was a classic example of out of sync music , a disastrous cocktail. Just because India has diverseness in music, you cannot fuse music like that.

  3. shaji permalink
    June 22, 2011 12:38 PM

    Yes Shivam ,u have hit the nail on the head !! ” A celebrity culture has taken the passion out of music in India – it does not seem to come from deep within”.

  4. June 22, 2011 12:52 PM

    I have listen all of them on MTV and also see how making of those songs.. when i listen them it took me to another world as they were totally different from our daily songs which we listen. The way they make it is absulutalty different and moreover all big singer and participate in that.not only from bollyword but from all India including South india, east india and the combination of those songs were class.

  5. बरगद सिंह permalink
    June 22, 2011 12:57 PM

    लैज्ली लुईस/रेड चिलीज़ को डूब मरना चाहिए! इनको पूरे हिंदुस्तान में यही बम्बईय्या गायक दिखते हैं? इतना छिछला काम? लाहनत है! इनको कहें जिन्गल्ज़ बनाए, फ़िज़ूल पॉप-गीतों मे राम को रामा बुलाएं, और अपने नकली-मैनहैटन बांद्रा (बैन्ड्रा), और साउथ बॉम्बे मित्रों के साथ जैज़ और कूल म्यूजिक पे गोष्ठियाँ करें, भारत की नाक यूँ शरेआम न कटवाएं.

    • Vishesh permalink
      July 15, 2011 11:29 PM

      so very true …

    • gabar ka kalya permalink
      August 17, 2011 1:50 AM

      ok i agree whatever u wrote if u will be kind enough and translate please, thank you!

  6. Bobin James permalink
    June 22, 2011 1:40 PM

    The unanimous verdict by who, if I may ask?

    Also, if you really believe that “new popular music in India is loud and empty,” you probably aren’t in touch with what’s happening out there.

    • Amol permalink
      June 22, 2011 2:25 PM

      Absolutely right! I dont understand from where this “unanimous verdict” is coming from? It was just one show, with 6 songs, there is a lot more to come. Personally, I liked it, especially the Me Dolkar+bihu song(for Shankar Mahadevan) and Yaar Basainda(for the rawness in Tochi Raina’s voice and the lyrics). The only ones I didnt like were KK’s Chadhta Suraj and Kailash Kher’s song, but there is no denying their talent and what they can surely do better in the upcoming performances.

      The concept is good, and we have talented artists(I dont care if they are from Bollywood or not), so am expecting some good performances from them.

      • someone permalink
        June 30, 2011 11:10 PM

        Dude, if you have not listened lately go listen to coke studio season 4 Daanah Pah Daanah by Akhtar Chanal Zahri and Komal Rizvi and come back and justify your point. Heck! go to Season 1 Episode 1 and come back for that matter

    • Sitaram Malik permalink
      July 11, 2011 4:50 PM

      its not fully right. coke studio India is very nice, i have not watched Pakistan coke studio but the Indian version is very good, atleast it has showcased singers and musivians from extreme parts of the country who were very less known to the common masses. and according to me it is a very nice mixture of slow songs and fast paced pop music. This things have evoked great response from the masses and also Pakistani singers have become a common name which were otherwise only known by the music industry biggies. overall it has made a impact, mayb as per the others who are avid fans of Pakistan coke studio find it a little less “deep within”, coke studio India is here to stay.

  7. uvesh qureshi permalink
    June 22, 2011 3:49 PM

    i think indian coke studio is better . Pakistani version is kinda monotonous, all songs sound the same just some are slower some are faster. not enough variety.

  8. Basab permalink
    June 22, 2011 5:42 PM

    Agree … i hope its just this first episode which was disappointing — except ofcourse Khagen Gogoi who sang with his heart and how so … hope the next ones showcase true Indian music diversity and not just adhoc mixture of songs ( catering to hindi movie song genre )

  9. DENNIS DANIEL permalink
    June 22, 2011 6:06 PM

    Absolutely…!!! What Coke Studio India lacks is soul in its music and songs… They lack performers of that calibre… Hope it improves with coming episodes.

  10. Umang Kumar permalink
    June 22, 2011 6:14 PM

    Expecting “sufi rock” all over again or more “fusion qawwali” is unfair. Not all Coke Studio Pakistan songs are hits — they’ve had many misses also. Yes, of course people like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Fareed Ayaz et al are peerless but I am sure India also has many artists of high caliber.

    That said i am not in favor of deliberate fusion attempts — does not work. But give them a chance…I am not exactly sure all of Indian music is dumbing down or made for the marriage market. A weak start, maybe, given the awesomeness of the effort across the border, but no reason to lose hope completely.

  11. June 22, 2011 7:54 PM

    I simply don’t get it! This obsessive behavior in comparing everything to Pakistan! (and pushing my point further all folks from Delhi were most vociferous abt disliking Coke Studio India lemme add! That does not make it, India disliking it!!) Expected Kafila to stay rooted, even neutral!! Think was too euphoric an idea!!

    Music as much is a glue, is also about individuality. I dont for the life of me know WTF is Coke Studio Pakistan- despite reading abt it many many times on Twitter. I was keen to see the India version and I liked it, no no, change that to, I loved it!!

    So when I read a post like this- I feel perhaps – unnecessary time shld not be wasted on triviality, but instead learn appreciation (rather than criticism)! Becos all the time ‘critiquing’ does no good, to nobody!

  12. yash permalink
    June 23, 2011 7:43 AM

    Loved the Yaar Basainda number. Loved the way the music takes off when the carnatic vocals start. Tochi was good, the carnatic female was good. Other songs not that much, especially the Kailash Kher and Chinna Ponnu number, was kinda annoying. Also, hopefully there will be some magical numbers like Jugni Ji. Now that was just epic, loved Arif Lohar and Meesha Shafi.

  13. permalink
    June 23, 2011 12:18 PM

    Shivam I think you are too hasty in jumping to conclusions here.
    It’s too early to tell. I mean there have been only a couple of shows of Coke studio India while the Pakistani version has been running for quite sometime now.
    Also Indian singers have more commercial opportunities so it may be difficult for the producers to get bigger artists on the show.
    Also music is a personal exercise, you many not like what I like

    • Debapriyo permalink
      July 8, 2011 4:18 PM

      I agree with ahmad . Lets wait good things surely will follow .There are no shortage of talent either in India or Pakistan . Lets not compare both versions just try to enjoy what is offered ,we don’t get such good quality shows nowadays, only reality/trashy music shows.

  14. June 24, 2011 9:27 AM

    You hit the nail on the head, Shivam.
    The problem of CS in India is two-fold. a) Bollywoodisation (See Sundidhi Chauhan’s totally soulless rendition of the timeless Salil Chaudhury classic ”bichhuaa”) and b) a dim-witted attempt at fusion which left all sides being ”fused” diminished: for example KK and Sabri Brothers mangling Aziz Nazaan’s ”dhalta suuraj”. Where was the soul? Not in last Friday’s show, for sure.

  15. Rupak srivastava permalink
    June 25, 2011 4:49 PM

    i was eagerly waiting for coke studio to step in to india with a bang, but after having watched the episode i was really disheartened by the rendering and the effort put in to create fusion music, It no where stands if i have to compare with the work that coke studio in Pakistan his doing.

  16. June 27, 2011 12:32 AM

    jb pakistanio jesa ga
    nhi skte to show start kyun kiya……….

  17. saliha permalink
    June 28, 2011 1:50 AM

    Soulless. One word that came to my mind when i tried to listen to the indian version. Soulless. Hasty. Devoid of love for music. Bad sound arrangement. Steered sadly by commercialism.

    • murayam permalink
      July 17, 2011 7:36 AM

      I absolutely agree with your comments – Soulless-.
      It is very sorry to say that there were the colours – RANGless, actually.
      I have been expecting but this result, but I try to watch coming shows.

  18. Priyanka permalink
    June 29, 2011 4:36 PM

    first time heard these songs on this link…..coming together of different traditions of music folk and classical looks forced & soulless… it felt in the process it does not do justice to any of it….

  19. July 1, 2011 4:49 AM

    lolxxx pak coke studio bestt,,..!!

  20. nuzhat permalink
    July 5, 2011 1:33 PM

    The Indian version – if anything – will be experimental and that is what you need to absorb and enjoy from it. In a country where the people take pride in it’s different cultures, languages, music and dance, coke studio india, from the looks of it, will be an amalgamation of all India has to offer musically. Punjabi sufi with carnatic or assamese with maharashtran – does not get more experimental than this. And I think the project needs to be applauded for the mere potential it holds and the muscial treat viewers will get to hear. The sound of Coke Studio india will be different from its Pakistani counterpart and therefore one should not use an apple to apple comparison.

  21. July 7, 2011 7:52 AM

    I believe this is unfair to the creators – they have done their best. The fact that rock and sufi music fusion is the altar of coke studio pakistan and it moved wonderfully forward vs. the mix of south indian and sufi music being the initiation from where coke studio is moving forward is to be considered. Give it time – music is a changing set of choices and not a permanency. Coke Studio India will enthral everyone.

  22. rahimzada permalink
    July 8, 2011 7:45 AM

    =( was really really looking forward to CS India. To state the obvious, was quite disappointed. India’s diversity – not just linguistic but also it’s musical cornucopia – was stifled by the demand of Bollywoodified Fusion. LEKIN ! Umeed nehi har na yaaron! I have a feeling we’ll be hearing great music after India rekindles its passion for true music.

  23. Dr. Manuj Mahajan,Punjab,India permalink
    July 13, 2011 11:52 PM

    yes thas very true the indian artists disappointed us so much ……..cant be spoken in words…someone just make Leslei Lewis understand not to experimentate music in a bullshit manner

  24. babar permalink
    July 17, 2011 1:12 PM

    well without getting being biased paksitani CS is way way ahead and matured maybe its a gr8 journey over the years. but still best of luck of Indian CS ans would really like to hear good music.

  25. Nain permalink
    July 17, 2011 1:51 PM

    Its Coke without fizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

  26. Zoya_Ali permalink
    July 21, 2011 5:10 PM

    frnds…………. its 2 early to jump on conclusions………. nd don’t compare pakistani version with Indian one…….. it wuld be like comparing apples to pears……… wht they are offering is sufi music whr as in India u would find a lot of variety…… do all of u expect sufi music only frm CS India as well……….. i don’t thnk so….. :)
    i mean pak CS is gud………. but thts established …….nd it was 1st time for CS India………..give thm time.let’s support thm………. thr is a lot of talent in India……….. :) i believe we’ll rock……….

  27. SALIM permalink
    July 21, 2011 11:45 PM


  28. Ruman permalink
    July 22, 2011 7:42 AM

    This is not about CS Pak or CS india..Its more to do with the undercurrent of music in . Pak does’n t have any conventional filmi music setup so there is an immense amount of innovation happening in order to find a identity..In india you are blessed with a phenomenal music industry and that is your strength…so CS india needs to follow that and fuse from therein…I remember CS Pak season 1 opened up with the best there was in the country..CS india made an error in fronting lesser known but very talented artistes..Apart from Kailesh Kher and Raghu Dixit ( amazing voice! ) they should’ve fronted with whoever your big names are in india….Its very well produced and slick …it just needs a little re-positioning and thats all……….enjoying the music and look forward to a better CS india….love from Pakistan

  29. shah jan permalink
    August 10, 2011 7:08 PM

    not bad but pak one’s rawkzzz

  30. Tejvir permalink
    October 5, 2011 10:42 PM

    Victory of one nation over another. I was expecting the victory of music for all music lovers. Music, you know the kind where one heart pours its sentiments, the instruments resonate with love, melody is just a glimpse of what is desired to be expressed. And another heart latches on to the symphony. The performer and the listener are then one. Oops what was all this about Coke Studio PK vs Coke Studio IN, maybe I’ve come to the wrong forum.

  31. merryna permalink
    January 15, 2012 9:22 PM


  32. August 12, 2012 1:25 PM

    i love it

  33. Hiteshyadav permalink
    March 2, 2013 11:36 PM

    Sir muje coke studio me ana he pls kese aau pls muje batao kese aply karna he

  34. June 20, 2013 10:06 PM

    hi guys i new age singer ans song composer n writer


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