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MUSIC TO EARS: `Blogswara Version 2'
MUSIC TO EARS: `Blogswara Version 2'

K. Santhosh

Thrissur: They have never seen each other or had a common workplace. Yet, they have created a music album. Anything is possible on cyberspace, as a band of Indian-born amateur singers, music composers and lyricists from around the world discovered.

Blogswara (www.blogswara.in) , a community of audio-bloggers, uploaded their second album (`Blogswara Version 2') of songs in Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil on Wednesday.

All the seven songs (`Hai Junoon,' `Mella Mella,' `Ooyaladunni,' `Hai Mera Dil,' `Thoduvaanam,' `Ente Manassilum' and `Ennachu') can be downloaded free.

"Our love of music brought us together. We are not working for money. Commercial use of the songs is not being allowed," says Joseph Thomas, an audio-blogger.

Apart from him, the album features Narayanan Venkitu, Swati Kanitkar, Indu, Nishanth Mani, Divya S. Menon, Praveen Kamath, Nandu Mahadevan, Ramesh Chellamani, Prem Abraham, Vidyu Appaiah, Mukundan Narasimhan, Arul Veerappan, Anita Deekshit, Sam Kolli, Ajay Chandran, Udaya Kulandaivelu, Ajit Gopalakrishnan and Meera Manohar. They are from different parts of India, the U.S. and the U.K.

Impressed by the work of Blogswara, professional singer Pradip Somasundaran and guitarist B.S. Anil too have joined the community and offered their services.

"Blogswara is an entirely new concept. In this domain, boundaries blur. All the work is done online. Recording, lyric-writing and singing are done by bloggers in their respective home computers and the material transmitted to each other through e-mail," says Mr. Thomas.

The process was initiated when he started audio-blogging last July. "I came across two or three audio-bloggers. We posted songs, mostly those without background score or sung to karaoke tracks. We then thought of doing some original work," he says.

`Blogswara Version 1,' featuring 10 songs, was released online on May 25. It has had more than 10,200 visitors.

"In terms of quality of music and recording, our work has steadily improved," Mr. Thomas says.

Blogswara claims to be a permanent platform for aspiring musicians and songwriters. "If you have a song ready, just mail to us. If it is good, we will orchestrate and put it online," says Thomas.

This could be music to the ears of bathroom crooners.

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