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Free Online Song Recording Websites

Posted by Deepak Shetty on November 16, 2009

Every time we get under a shower, in the car, we are traveling or we are in front of the mirror most of us have the habit of singing. Even if we can’t “sing” really well, we still probably like to do. Than it might be a song just heard on radio, T.V., just one of our favorites we love to sing. And at times we even feel we should record our voice and see how well we can sing. Normally we drop this idea as recording our song in a studio is costly, but what if u you don’t need a Karaoke machine, nor any other fancy equipment. All you need is yourself, an Internet connection, and your microphone record your voice for free at your own convince.

Here are list of few websites which let you record your song for free:

singamore_logoThe place to Sing along Hindi Karaoke online and Record your own version of popular Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malay am, Punjabi, Bengali songs for free and share it with the world.

redkaraoke_logoSing online 243405 karaoke songs! Record and share your favorite music. Record yourself singing on the web. Submit your video/audio; vote and comment… make yourself heard! You can upload your own karaokes, listen to songs and view videos.

singsnap_logoSingSnap is all about singing, listening and having fun! Choose a song to sing from the thousands of backing tracks available in our library, use a microphone or webcam to record your vocals to it and then share your recording with the SingSnap community.

karaokeparty_logoConnect your mic, select a song , sing and have fun . Have problem how to sing we also provide singing lessons and many other options.

pure_solo_logoAt PureSolo you can record your very own version of over 20,000 popular songs that are then yours to keep and instantly share with your friends on email, CD, mp3 player, PureSolo profile and other social networks.

karaoake_play_logo karaoke system is easy to use, after you’re done singing, you can save the recording in your Studio. You can make the song public, or private. Private mode allows you to share your song with a select group of friends.

Its time to Show the world the next Singing Sensation that is inside of you!

Do share your recorded songs with me , have fun :)


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Salsa Dancing In Seven Different Styles…

Posted by Deepak Shetty on August 31, 2009

salsa_dancingSalsa dancing is done on eight-beat music, with dancers moving on three beats, pausing for one beat, dancing for three beats, and pausing for one beat. The movement style is left-right-left-pause, then right-left-right-pause. During the pause in most salsa dancing some sort of flourish is utilized, be it a stomp of the foot, casting out the hand or kicking the lower leg. Salsa dancing is mostly a stationary dance, with little movement around the dance floor. Instead, dancers rely on the subtle movement of their legs and upper bodies to convey the energy of the dance. There are seven different styles of Salsa dancing.

Cuban Style :
Cuban salsa style is most similar to the original form of salsa rooted in Cuba. It is characterized by Afro Cuban style body movement which includes body isolation and hip movement. Cuban style salsa does not have many fast spins. Instead the movement is very circular as opposed to linear and partners tend to travel around each other. The hip movement is more noticeable in this style and stems from the pumping of the knees. The footwork is quite simple – the complexity lies in the arm work which requires the follower to have limber, flexible arms. Cuban style salsa is considered “male dominated” in the sense that the leader tends to be more showy and will create a greater push/pull feel for the follower then many other styles. Most Cuban style dancers tap on the pauses which are on the 4th and 8th beats if the dancers dance on 1. However, Cuban style salsa dancers do not always stay on the 1 beat and tend to stray depending on where the music takes them.

L.A. Style :
L.A. Salsa style  is very linear. It uses dips and arm styling. L.A. style is very flashy incorporating many flips and dips. L.A. style dancing is a pleasure to watch and a pleasure to dance New York / Mambo Style. New York style is more like Mambo. It makes use of body waves, free style footwork, shines, rib cage movements and shimmying.

Puerto Rican style :
Puerto Rican Salsa Style dancing can be danced on the “One” or the “Two” beat of the music, but it involves a tremendous amount of very technical footwork. There is more an emphasis on footwork, than in New York style.

Miami Style :
Although the Miami Salsa style has its roots in Cuba. This “tap & step” is a characteristic of Miami style salsa and you’ll know Salsa_danceit when you see it. Miami style salsa makes use of “ganchos” or arm-hooks, which is when one elbow is hooked over the partners elbow to create a kind of arm lock giving the leader leverage to move his partner via the arm.

Casino Style :
This is a cuban circular style and turn patterns involve a lot more double hand holds. The complex but spectacular turn patterns resemble a game of ‘twister’ from which the leader will emerge, without allowing the viewer to see how he’s done the ‘Houdini’ act. It’s very clever, and it’s the role of the follower to ‘hang on’ keep rhythm and not allow the leader to ‘trick’ her. Cuban style salsa also has a lot of solo work which involves rhythmic middle body movements derived from the old Cuban rumba. These movements have an afro –Cuban heritage and are also popular in Mambo.

This is a Group Dance originating in Cuba. It is danced to lively, up-beat salsa music. The couples dance in a circle executing moves called out by a leader. There is a constant changing of partners, which makes it a vivid and joyful spectacle. There are three groups of participants in every Rueda. The caller, who calls out the names of the moves that are to be danced, (He may also use hand signals in a loud club setting together with the call.) The leaders, usually the men, initiate the execution of the moves. The followers, usually the ladies, perform the moves as guided by the leaders.

Colombian Style:
Colombion Salsa Style is danced differently all throughout Colombia.  In Cali, it is more “showy”, in other, more rural parts of the country, it is danced more closely and tightly, with heads touching in some cases.  However, the underlying commonality is that there is no forward and backward motions of the feet.  It is simply what we call “Cumbia” style, which is feet alternating to the back or to the side.

No style is definitively better than the other. It’s all really a matter of taste. They are all fun to watch and exciting to dance. Many salseros take the time to learn all the different styles and even incorporate their own personal inventions to create their own style. Salsa has no boundaries so many of the styles’ combinations overlap, blurring the line between one style and another. The style taught at Dance Connection is predominantly, but not limited to, Miami/Casino style.

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Yakshagana Indian Opera from Karnataka

Posted by Deepak Shetty on April 28, 2009

yakshagana Dance Performers

Yakshagana Dance Performers

During my school days after exam I often went to Manglore my native place for summer vacation. There in village we have a big ceremony at Ganapati Temple every year during that period. During this ceremony they had drama and dance performance by artist for entertainment of the villagers . I remember I use go with my uncles and  enjoy staying out whole night watching traditional dances, drama performed by the locals and the most fascanting thing that attracted me was the Yakshagana performance.

Yakshagana is a dance drama popular in the state of Karnataka. It is also called as Aata (meaning play) in both Kannada and Tulu language. I speak Tulu and hardly understand Kannada but my uncles use to explain me whats happeing in the Aata  as it was been narrated in kannada . Yakshagana is a combination of song, dance and drama also called as Raaga and Tala. Stories depicted from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata and the Puranas.  Yakshagana  consists of a Himmela (background musicians) and a Mummela (dance and dialog group) which together perform a Yakshaga Prasanga..

Actors wear costumes and enact the various roles. The unique feature of Yakshagana is that the female roles are portrayed by male actors. The actors wear resplendent costumes, head-dresses, and painted faces which they paint themselves. I use to love the way the performers use to dress and manage to perform for such long hours with excellent facial expressions and delicate movements of hand and feet . Its been said that earlier times such art forms were successful in educating the masses with the tales from holy books. They worked as fables with a moral ending. Yakshagana, thus, served a dual purpose of education and entertainment. Still the purpose is the same but only difference is that they are now performed in theatres with few people interested to watch this dance form. So if you ever happen to visit karnataka and an art lover do try to catch up with Yakshagana performance happening in a theatre around. I consider it to be a form of indian opera for western eyes.

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Pussycat Dolls Feat AR Rahman Jai Ho Video with Lyrics!!

Posted by Deepak Shetty on April 13, 2009

The Pussycat Dolls - Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny) Feat AR Rahman

The Pussycat Dolls - Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny) Feat AR Rahman

Slumdog Millionaire an international hit movie that went on to win the Oscars . A R Rahman won Oscar Award for Best Original Score and now the song “Jai Ho” song was recorded in 2009 by the Pussycat Dolls have turned song from “Slumdog Millionaire,” into an unexpected hit that blends Bollywood with Hollywood. with English lyrics and featuring lead vocals from Nicole Scherzinger. Produced in collaboration with A. R. Rahman and Ron Fair, Scherzinger prefers to consider this version an interpretation of the original song rather than a remix.The music video, shot in a Vienna trainyard, alludes to the dance sequence in the film.

Lyrics  Pussycat Dolls feat AR Rahman Jai Ho:

Jai Ho!
Jai Ho

I got shivers
When you touch my face
I’ll make you hot, Get what you got,
I’ll make you wanna say
(Jai Ho, Jai Ho)

I got fever, running like a fire
For you I will go all the way
I wanna take you higher
(Jai Ho)

I keep it steady steady, that’s how I do it
This beat is heavy, so heavy you gonna feel it.

(Jai Ho)
You are the reason that I breathe (Jai Ho)
You are the reason that I still believe (Jai Ho)
You are my destiny
(Jai Oh) Oh-oh-oh

(Jai Ho)
No there is nothing that can stop us (Jai Ho)
Nothing can ever come between us (Jai Ho)
So come and dance with me
Jai Ho!

Catch me, catch me, catch me, c’mon, catch me,
I want you now,
I know you can save me, you can save me,
I need you now.
I am yours forever, yes, forever,
I will follow,
Anywhere in anyway,
Never gonna let go

Jai Ho!
Jai Ho!

Escape (escape) away (away),
I’ll take you to a place,
This fantasy of you and me
I’ll never lose my chance
(Jai Ho)

Mmmhh yeaahhhh .. hhmm yeaaaha

I can (I can) feel you (feel you),
Rushing through my veins
There’s a notion in my heart
I will never be the same
(Jai Ho)

Just keep it burnin’, yeah baby, just keep it comin’ (Jai Ho)
You’re gonna find out baby, I’m one in a million

(Jai Ho)
You are the reason that I breathe (Jai Ho)
You are the reason that I still believe (Jai Ho)
You are my destiny
Jai Oh! Oh-oh-oh-oooooh

(Jai Ho)
No there is nothing that can stop us (Jai Ho)
Nothing can ever come between us (Jai Ho)
So come and dance with me
Jai Ho! (oohh)

Catch me, catch me, catch me, c’mon, catch me,
I want you now,
I know you can save me, you can save me,
I need you now.
I am yours forever, yes, forever
I will follow
Anywhere in anyway,
Never gonna let go

(Jai Ho)
Hmmm yaeaaaaahhh
(repeat 2x)

I need you, gonna make it
I’m ready, so take it

(Jai Ho)
You are the reason that I breathe (I breathe)
You are the reason that I still believe (still believe)
You are my destiny (destiny)
Jai Oh! Oh-oh-oh-ooooh

(Jai Ho)
No there is nothing that can stop us (can stop us)
Nothing can ever come between us
So come and dance with me,
Jai Ho! (oohh)

Jai Ho!
Bai-la bai-la!
Bai-la bai-la!
Jai Ho! Bai-la bai-la!
Jai Ho

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Eight Styles Of Indian Classical Dance

Posted by Deepak Shetty on March 17, 2009

India has a very rich tradition of classical dance. Each form has its own specialty & grace, along with a set pattern of costumes & make-up. Today the acknowledged classical styles are:

bharatanatyamBharatanatyam is a classic dance form originating in Tamil Nadu, a state in South India and is the known as the Indian National Dance. This dance form is a 20th century reconstruction of Cathir, the art of temple dancers. Cathir in turn, is derived from ancient dance forms. Bharatanatyam is usually accompanied by the classical Carnatic music. Bharatanatyam is considered to be a fire-dance — the mystic manifestation of the metaphysical element of fire in the human body. The movements of an authentic Bharatanatyam dancer resemble the movements of a dancing flame

kathakKathak, originated from northern India. This dance form traces its origins to the the nomadic bards of ancient northern India, known as Kathaks, or story tellers. These bards, performing in village squares and temple courtyards, mostly specialized in recounting mythological and moral tales from the scriptures, and embellished their recitals with hand gestures and facial expressions. It was quintessential theatre, using instrumental and vocal music along with stylized gestures, to enliven the stories.

kathakaliKathakali is a highly stylised classical Indian dance-drama noted for its attractive make-up of characters, their elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion. It originated in the country’s southern state of Kerala during the 16th century AD, approximately between 1555 and 1605, and has been updated over the years with improved looks, refined gestures and added themes besides more ornate singing and precise drumming.

Deepika Reddy (musée Guimet)Kuchipudi (pronounced as ‘Koochipoodi’) is a Classical Indian dance form from Andhra Pradesh, a state of South India. The movements in Kuchipudi are quicksilver and scintillating, rounded and fleet-footed .Specifically there is the Tarangam of Kuchipudi which is unique in that the dancer must dance upon a brass plate, placing the feet upon the raised edges. The dancer moves the plate with much balance as the indiviudal is traditionally dancing on the plate with two diyas (small oil-burning candles) in his or her hands while balncing a “kundi” (small vessel) containing water on their head. At the end of the dance, typically, the dancer extinguishes the candles and washes his or her hands with the water from the vessel.

manipuri_dance1Manipuri dance is one of the major Indian classical dance forms. It originates from Manipur, a state in north-eastern India on the border with Myanmar (also known as Burma). The traditional Manipuri dance style embodies delicate, lyrical and graceful movements. The feet move is viewed as part of a composite movement of the whole body. The dancer’s feet are neither put down nor lifted up at the precise rhythmic points of the music but rather slightly earlier or later to express the same rhythmic points most effectively


Mohiniyattam is a traditional South Indian dance form Kerala, India. It is a very graceful dance meant to be performed as a solo recital by women. The term Mohiniyattam comes from the words “Mohini” meaning a woman who enchants onlookers and “aattam” meaning graceful and sensuous body movements. The word “Mohiniyattam” literally means “dance of the enchantress”.


Odissi is one of the classical dance forms of India.originates from the state of Orissa, in eastern India.The classic treatise of Indian dance, Natya Shastra, refers to it as Odra-Magadhi.It is particularly distinguished from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the tribhangi (literally: three parts break), the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis, and upon the basic square stance known as chauka.

sattriyaSattriya the core of Sattriya Nritya has usually been mythological stories. This was an artistic way of presenting mythological teachings to the people in an accessible, immediate, and enjoyable manner. Traditionally, Sattriya was performed only by bhokots (male monks) in monasteries as a part of their daily rituals or to mark special festivals. Today, in addition to this practice, Sattriya is also performed on stage by men and women who are not members of the sattras, on themes not merely mythological.

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What is Dance ?

Posted by Deepak Shetty on February 1, 2009

Art always gives peace, satisfaction, happiness, joy, feeling of comfort and more…“Passion for any form of art is an achievement. “ – says me, I do believe it firmly, my passion is dance; this art plays a vital role in my life.



Let me tell you what is Dance ???
Dance is an art form that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. Dance is also used as a medium of non-verbal communication between humans or animals, motion in inanimate objects (the leaves danced in the wind), and certain musical forms or genres.

Dance is dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and moral constraints and range from functional movement (such as folk dance) to virtuoso techniques such as ballet. Dance can be participatory, social or performed for an audience. It can also be ceremonial, competitive or erotic. Dance movements may be without significance in them, such as in ballet or European folk dance, or have a gesture vocabulary/symbolic system as in many Asian dances. Dance can embody or express ideas, emotions or tell a story.

Dancing has evolved many styles. Breakdancing and Krumping are related to the hip hop culture. African dance is interpretive. Ballet, Ballroom, Waltz, and Tango are classical styles of dance while Square and the Electric Slide are forms of step dances.

Every dance, no matter what style, has something in common. It not only involves flexibility and body movement, but also physics. If the proper physics is not taken into consideration, injuries can and are likely to occur.
Choreography is the art of creating dances. The person who creates (i.e., choreographs) a dance is known as the choreographer. He is a master who invents a new body movement, which is another step or form of dance.

Dear folks! This is what the beautiful art form “Dance” means…So let’s start tapping our feet for a new rhythmic movement.

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Did u Know HIP – HOP Dancing Keeps u Fit……….

Posted by Deepak Shetty on October 3, 2008

Hip Hop Dancing is passion.

Hi dance lovers! How are you doing’ I’m one of us, Dance is my passion, Dear friends

Let me tell you something before I start, ‘m not a writer, but whatever knowledge I gathered in my research about this unique and exceptional form of dance, I have it for you. Let’s go through the brief…

Hip-Hop is a very intense dance that builds balance, strong muscles, and great figure. There is no age limitation or restriction for learners and dancers. It is also not necessary that the instructor should be a professional dancer. Relax guys! You can even learn it online.

Let’s know the History of this popular Dance form:

Hip Hop dancing is an urban ethnic dance form that has gained popularity in recent days. It is more common than the break dance of modern days. It is a cultural movement which marked its beginning as part of the hip hop culture in the early 1900’s, when the youth in and around Bronx, New York started dancing on the streets (primarily among African Americans and Latinos).

When hip hop music began to emerge, it was based around DJs who created rhythmic beats by looping breaks (small’s portions of songs emphasizing a percussive pattern) on two turntables. This was later accompanied by “rapping” (a rhythmic style of chanting). An original form of dancing, and particular styles of dress, arose among followers of this new music. These elements experienced considerable refinement and development over the course of the history of the culture.

Hip hop dance Form:

Hip hop dancing is an ideal way to express one’s creativeness. It features self impressions and the dances come from the soul. The dancing represents body movements that go with the beat and rhythm of hip hop music. There is breaking, popping, locking, and free styling in hip hop dances. The jumps, breakages, and rotations in the movements are combined in such a way that the dance style becomes an informal and explosive one. The dancers should become familiar with the dancing technique.

Hip Hop helps us keep Fit:

Hip Hop dancing is considered a good exercise for those persons who perform these dances. It helps the dancers to improve flexibility, to develop body balance, and to coordinate the muscles. This dance allows the dancers to improve their own style and to remain in good body shape. It also leads the dancers to a state of spiritual wholeness. In order to achieve the maximum results for you, I suggest you always warm up before you start, just like all professional hip hop dancers do.

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