STRIKING A CHORD
When India partnered with the world
Akon, Hamsika Iyer – ‘Chammak Challo’
The centre-piece of composer duo VishalShekhar’s soundtrack for the 2011 SRK-starrer Ra.One was ‘Chammak Challo’, written in collaboration with Senegalese-American superstar Akon, who sang on the track alongside Hamsika Iyer. It’s rumoured that Akon was paid a cool Rs 2.5 crore.
Skyhabor ft. Dan Tomkins and
Marty Friedman – ‘Catharsis’
This song off the Indian band’s 2012 debut album proved that we could compete—and collaborate— with the best. Ex-Megadeth shredder Marty Friedman plays a sublime guest solo, featuring vocals by Tesseract (and future Skyharbor) frontman Daniel Tompkins.
A.R. Rahman and Pussycat Dolls – ‘Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)’
Rahman has an illustrious and growing list of international collaborations, but having reached #15 on the Billboard Top 100 chart, this English remake of his Slumdog Millionaire hit stands out.
Enrique Iglesias ft. Sunidhi Chauhan
– ‘Heartbeat (India Mix)’
After Escape, Enrique’s fanbase in India was so strong that he released an India edition of his 2010 album Euphoria, featuring this rework with Sunidhi Chauhan that added an Indian folk touch to it.
Nas and Divine, Ranveer Singh – ‘NY se Mumbai’
Off the Gully Boy soundtrack, this collaboration between Divine, film lead Ranveer Singh and American rap icon Nas (also the film’s executive co-producer) heralded the arrival of Indian rap on the world stage.