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Dec 28, 2012 at 05:34pm IST

2012: A year of highs, tragedies for Indian music

New Delhi: The Indian music scene was as diverse as ever in 2012 with Bollywood songs - from melodic to bucolic dominating proceedings. Music lovers had both their share of joy and sorrow as the likes of Guns N' Roses, Carlos Santana and many more came calling but the year also saw the death of sitar god Ravi Shankar and ghazal legend Mehdi Hasan.

Indian music had its brush with controversies this year too as there were plagiarism allegations and use of vulgar lyrics. Item songs and racy numbers topped the charts but melodious numbers and those with rustic flavour were the order the day.

The year saw the sad demise of Pt Ravi Shankar, whose music propelled him to new heights, brought him close to The Beatles and legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin and took him to iconic events like Woodstock and Monterey Pop Fest, where he

2012: A year of highs, tragedies for Indian music

Actress Priyanka Chopra made her singing debut through her international music single 'In My City'.

played alongside the likes of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix.

The Grammy awards, where he was nominated this year, is honouring Shankar with a posthumous lifetime achievement.

India-born Hassan, who gave us melodies like 'Patta patta, boota boota' and 'Kab ke Bichhare', and Urdu poet and lyricist Shahryar, who wrote for the blockbuster 'Umrao Jaan', also passed away during the year.

Actress Priyanka Chopra made her singing debut through the international music single 'In My City' with American rapper Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas fame. He also collaborated with American DJ duo, The Chainsmokers, for her second number,


Anushka Manchanda, of 'Viva' all-girl band fame, signed a pact with British recording artist Chicane for an exclusive track.