MIND BLOWING MUSIC-STAAN!! (BANGISTAN – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Ram Sampath
♪ Lyrics by: Puneet Krishna
♪ Music Label: T-Series
♪ Music Released On: 8th July 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 7th August 2015

Bangistan Album Cover

Bangistan Album Cover

 

To hear the full songs of this album on Saavn CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Bangistan is an upcoming Bollywood comedy satire film, directed by debutant director Karan Anshuman and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. The film stars Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat in lead roles, with Jacqueline Fernandez appearing in a cameo. The film is about two terrorists who have set out to change the world. The music of the film has been scored by Ram Sampath, who is composing for a satirical film, for the second time in a row after ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami’. That was a political satire, whereas this is more of a religious satire. He hadn’t really delivered a soundtrack which was expected from him in that movie, and had underwhelmed me with that album. So, I hope he makes up for it with this album, even though I know that even this one doesn’t have much scope for music! Anyways, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping he delivers a mind-blowing album. Let’s find out whether he has or not!


1. Ishq Karenge / Ishq Karenge (EDM Version)
Singers ~ Sona Mohapatra, Abhishek Nailwal & Shadab Faridi

The album starts off with something that would immediately increase the rate of your heartbeat, and make you really excited for what’s next on the album. No, your heartbeat won’t increase because of the fact that you got scared of what Ram has given us in this song, and so you want to check out the others right away! But, it will increase because what Ram has given is enough to make you love the song immediately and make you so excited that you cannot wait to hear the other songs right away! An outright pacy and cheerful song, is what Ram Sampath has placed in front of you. As it starts with the aalaap by Shadab Faridi and Sonali Mohapatra, you can’t help but guess that something brilliant is on the way. And as the actual song starts after the aalaap, things get really fun. Though the song is arranged mainly on the Qawwali template, modern arrangements also make a place for themselves in it thanks to Ram. Those rock guitars entering occasionally, would make the new generation love the song too. At the same time, harmonium and tablas give the classic Qawwali touch. With three melodious antaras, the song is a real treat to hear. Of course, the composition has a distinct and easily identifiable Ram Sampath-trademark stamp on it, but that just makes it all the more enjoyable. In some places, it sounds like the Amazon India advertisement song, ‘Aur Dikhao’, also composed by Ram. The trio of singers really do their best in making it sound lively, and they don’t fail at all. Sona’s rustic voice is perfect for the nuances that make it sound more Qawwali-esque, and so is Shadab’s. Abhishek sounds a lot like Ram himself, and his voice brings in the contrast to the song, as it isn’t rustic at all. Puneet Krishna’s lyrics are quirky and do sound very weird at places, but perfect for a Bollywod Qawwali as this. The other version, called the EDM version, is not different at all, except in arrangements, as is evident from the title. Electronic Dance Music — EDM — touch has been wonderfully given, and ensures that this version would appeal more to the youngsters. In the antaras, wonderful electronic tablas have been added here, which made me love this version more. 😂😂 😀 Everything else, the same as the former version. A Bollywood Qawwali following the Bollywood norms, with a groovy tune, massy Hinglish lyrics, and wonderful arrangements! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Hogi Kranti
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Abhishek Nailwal

A march-past rhythm starting off a Bollywood song, surely leaves you astonished, and wondering whether you’ve not somehow traveled back in time to your school days! And that is just how this next song on the album starts. With an attention-grasping whistle, and that same rhythm that you used to hear every time you used to practice for the parade in your schooldays, the song instantly makes you concentrate on itself and only itself. The composition is very well composed around a patriotic theme, and set on a patriotic-sounding rhythm as well. Using some lines from the famous patriotic song ‘Hum Honge Kamyaab’, both the lyricist Puneet Krishna and composer Ram Sampath, prove their versatility and expertise in all things experimental. We already know how good Ram is at experimenting, and that quality of himself just magnifies itself after we hear this song. The parade feel is prominent in the first two stanzas, while the third stanza makes way for a rustic feel in the lyrics, but the arrangements are awesome with the ukelele used in a brilliant manner, and after which the tempo is increased and the song prepares for a grand ending with fiddles and ukelele. The percussions of the song are also awesomely done. Puneet’s lyrics are really creative in the sense that he’s spoofing a really famous patriotic song, and the whole theme of the song lies in the basic idea of the protagonist trying to convince himself and other people around him that he will become a ‘successful’ terrorist. The lines he’s written make you laugh out loud, and paired with Ram’s creative and catchy music, it makes for an entertaining listen for the whole three short minutes that it plays for, leaving the listener seem really unsatisfied when it ends, wanting more. Ram and Abhishek’s vocals appeal to the ear, and though it is really difficult to distinguish between both their voices, if you listen carefully you’ll manage to figure it out. Ram has the major part to sing, while Abhishek joins in at places. All in all, an excellent spoof! The magic lies in the lyrics, and composition! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Saturday Night
Singers ~ Aditi Singh Sharma, Benny Dayal, Neeraj Shridhar & Janusz Krucinski

Guitar riffs welcome the listener into the next song of the album, with a lively bagpipe melody following it, and the two experts or may I say, prime consultants when it comes to club songs nowadays, Benny and Aditi start the actual song, which has a jolly, and swingy rhythm to it, that will surely make you get up to your feet and groove along to the beats. And when the hookline punches in with that awesomely composed and sung “Fullll tight..”, you can’t help but keep listening and grooving. Ram composes a club song, that will definitely grasp the attention of today’s youth, and chooses all the right singers to execute his awesome composition. The composition has the right European (mainly Irish) feel to it, complete with the yodels and all. The mukhda starts the song off so brilliantly , that the antaras sound catchy by default. The singers Aditi, Benny, Neeraj and Janusz do well. Aditi leads along with Benny, while the other two stay mainly in the background. There are some places when you can hear Neeraj quite distinctly, and it feels very delighting to hear him again after a long time. (Of course, I’m not taking his negligible part in ‘Gangster Baby’ from ‘Action Jackson’ into consideration.) Aditi sounds pretty different here, and is the only singer whose diction isn’t perfect, resulting in a hodgepodge of words that are not easy to make out. All the others do their parts well, though, and cover up for her. Ram’s EDM arrangements make the scene really lively, yet give the song a distinct ‘night song’ stamp, as in, it sounds better when heard at night. The Irish touch with bagpipes, harmonicas etc. gives it an interesting experimentation angle too. Puneet’s lyrics are perfect club song lyrics, but again, they’re killed in places by Aditi, when we can’t really figure out what they are! An enjoyable club song, almost perfect in all fields, but definitely doesn’t fail to serve its purpose!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Maula
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Rituraj Mohanty

All that loud and enjoyable and fast-paced music, must’ve made listeners exhausted from dancing, and so the makers play a smart move by including a calm song after three of the fast ones. This one is on the lines of religious tolerance. The message of secularism is very well conveyed to listeners through the lyrics that talk about this very theme in a very clichéd, yet entertaining manner. Many people have tried their hand at writing such songs before, and Puneet in his debut album itself, tries it out, and succeeds. What makes it even more lovable, is Ram’s twisting and turning composition and his awesome arrangements. Composed on a beautiful Keherwa rhythm, which steals your heart, the song becomes likable right from the starting beats of electronic tablas. The tune is something that you would not expect in a mainstream Bollywood movie, and the very, very unexpected turn which it takes at 2:10, the very awe-inspiring Qawwali touch, leaves the listener shocked, but at the same time, mesmerized. The Qawwali instruments very beautifully grace this part, and actual tablas (not electronic) have been used for this magical part along with the quintessential harmonium. After some time, the song gets back to its original tempo and rhythm. The hookline “Allah hoo, Allah hoo, hey Ram, Ram, Ram” has a nice ring to it, and appeals to the ears too. The secular message is so prominent in this line itself, so imagine what a great job Puneet must’ve done in the rest of the song! He has just outdone himself with every line. Each line wins over the previous line. Lastly, the vocals. The wonderful vocals. Ram has made Rituraj sing ‘Sahib’ in ‘Bhoothnath Returns’ previously, and they repeat the same magic with each other. Rituraj sings the song with such finesse and grace, complemented by Ram himself in places, that the listener has to get goosebumps due to his touching rendition. The vocals are a cherry on top of the delicious cake that this song is, whose every piece is to be cherished slowly, and thoughtfully. A strong message of secularism in the lyrics, brilliantly conveyed, a soothing composition and just as soothing vocals, beautiful arrangements, what else could you ask for!! This song is just a treat for music lovers! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

5. Meri Zidd
Singers ~ Ram Sampath & Siddharth Basrur

The next song also starts off like a very calm song. Mild piano notes open it up, and then Ram sings two lines very calmly, preparing the listener for another soft song. However, the next line brings the unexpected twist to the song. When I first heard it, I was completely shocked as it was something I wasn’t expecting at all. The song turns into an out-and-out rock song, though not metal either. I personally hate the rock genre, but I couldn’t help but love this song! Ram’s implementation of the rock elements into the song is perfectly done, and even the composition doesn’t lack appeal at all. It is a kind of composition that you cannot forget after you’ve heard it. It just makes a home in your mind. Drums, electric guitars, the usual rock stuff constitute the arrangements here, and sound really well with Ram’s composition. Siddhartha’s vocals are spot-on, and bringing that grungy texture into his voice as is required for rock songs, he sings the song really well and it seems, effortlessly too! Ram joins in at parts, serves mostly as only the backing vocalist and also sings two lines at the beginning, nothing more. The song ends rather abruptly, and the listeners do get an incomplete feeling, but had it been longer, it wouldn’t have kept the listeners hooked onto it that much. Puneet has written lyrics that perfectly capture the emotions of a person who is guilty of the bad things he’s done in life, and is ready to live more, in order to wash away his sins. All of the aspects together, make for a song which is really interesting to hear! Ram succeeds in giving us a cool rock song with an interesting theme! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

6. Is Duniya Se Ladna Hai
Singers ~ Suraj Jagan & Abhishek Nailwal

Suraj Jagan and Abhishek Nailwal join together behind the mic for the last song on the soundtrack. As soon as it starts, the dappankuthu sets in, and you brace yourself for something entertaining. However, unfortunately, things aren’t what they were expected to be, and the song proves to be an utter disappointment. The 6/8 rhythm infused with rock elements fails to light any fire of interest inside the listener, and comes across as pretty bland and dull. The lyrics are fine, but the composition that supports them doesn’t live up to the expectations. Arrangements are not anything special or unique, and are very much heard-before. Suraj, who very rarely impresses me, probably because he almost only sings rock songs, which don’t appeal to me that much. Abhishek has sung his parts well, but again, the composition doesn’t support him throughout the song. A very disappointing ending to an otherwise awesome album!!!


Bangistan is an album in which Ram has tried to show immense creativity and he has experimented wherever he got an opportunity to do so. Except one, all the songs have a different feel to them, and each of them impresses in its own way. The album doesn’t lack variety at all, and that is why it should’ve helped in bringing people to the cinemas for this movie, but I guess bad promotion of the music, except for two songs ‘Ishq Karenge’ and ‘Saturday Night’, prevented this from happening and resulted in the movie being wiped out quite soon. Whatever be the verdict on the movie, the fact remains that Ram has composed one of his most experimental albums, and has jumped back into the scene after a bland album ‘Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami’, with a huge BANG!!

 

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Maula > Hogi Kranti > Ishq Karenge (EDM Version) > Saturday Night > Ishq Karenge > Meri Zidd > Is Duniya Se Ladna Hai

 

Which is your favourite song from Bangistan? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

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15th MUSIC MASTANI MONTHLY AWARDS (JULY 2015)

A quick awards session to wrap up July 2015… Because I’m so busy and too excited to move on to the next month, August (Even though I’m already late!)

So here goes!

15th Music Mastani Monthly Awards

♪ MAIN AWARDS

• Singer of the Month (Female) : Chinmayi Sripada for Sahebaan (Guddu Rangeela)

• Singer of the Month (Male) : Jubin Nautiyal for Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata – Reprise (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

• Composer of the Month (Song) : Amit Trivedi for Sahebaan (Guddu Rangeela)

• Composer of the Month (Album) : Pritam Chakraborty for Bajrangi Bhaijaan

[‘Drishyam’ got a higher rating, but it was not as appealing as ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ to be frank]

• Album of the Month: Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Music by: Pritam; Lyrics by: Mayur Puri, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kausar Munir, Shabbir Ahmed, Neelesh Mishra & Badshah; Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz, Aditya Pushkarna, Badshah, Atif Aslam, Mika Singh, Adnan Sami, Imran Aziz Mian, Mohit Chauhan, Palak Muchhal, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Rekha Bhardwaj, Jubin Nautiyal, K.K., Javed Ali, Papon & Pritam; Music On: T-Series)

• Musical Jodi of the Month (Best Duet) : Chinmayi Sripada & Arijit Singh for Sooiyan AND Chinmayi Sripada & Shahid Mallya for Sahebaan (Guddu Rangeela)

• Lyricist of the Month: Neelesh Mishra for Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

 

♪ SONG AWARDS

• Best Romantic Song: Sahebaan (Guddu Rangeela) AND Tu Chahiye (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

• Best Dance Song: Manohari (Baahubali: The Beginning – Hindi)

• Best Sad Song: Dum Ghutta Hai (Drishyam) AND Tu Jo Mila – Reprise (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

• Best Club Song: N/A

• Best Classical-Based Song: Mamta Se Bhari (Baahubali: The Beginning – Hindi)

• Best Song With A Western Influence: Carbon Copy (Drishyam) AND Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata – Reprise (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

• Best Song With A Folk Influence: Bhar Do Jholi Meri – Reprise (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

• Song With Best Use Of Fusion: Tu Chahiye AND Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

• Best Backing Vocals: Zindagi Kuch Toh Bata – Reprise (Bajrangi Bhaijaan) AND Mamta Se Bhari (Baahubali: The Beginning – Hindi)

• Best Sound Effects in A Song: Chicken Kuk Doo Koo (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

• Best Retro-Styled Song: Panchhi Bole (Baahubali: The Beginning – Hindi)

• Best Humorous Song: Chicken Kuk Doo Koo (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

 

♪ SPECIAL AWARDS

• Bandar Kya Jaane Adrak Ka Swaad (Best Album That Went Pretty Much Unnoticed OR Most Underrated Album) : Drishyam (Zee Music Company)

• Newcomer of the Month

– Newcomer of the Month (Singer – Female) : N/A

– Newcomer of the Month (Singer – Male) : Kaala Bhairava for Khoya Hain (Baahubali: The Beginning – Hindi)

– Newcomer of the Month (Composer) : N/A

• Best Music Label: Zee Music Company (Drishyam, Guddu Rangeela, Baahubali: The Beginning – Hindi)

• Most Unusual, but Awesome Choice of Singer(s): Adnan Sami for Bhar Do Jholi Meri (Bajrangi Bhaijaan)

 

Thanks for reading!! Hope you agreed! 🙂

IT ALL DEPENDS ON YOUR ‘DRISHYAM’!! (DRISHYAM – Music Review)

Music Album Details
♪ Music by: Vishal Bhardwaj
♪ Lyrics by: Gulzar
♪ Music Label: Zee Music Company
♪ Music Released On: 17th July 2015
♪ Movie Released On: 31st July 2015

Drishyam Album Cover

Drishyam Album Cover

To hear the full songs of this album on Hungama CLICK HERE

To buy this album on iTunes CLICK HERE


Drishyam is a Bollywood thriller film released on 31st July this year, directed by Nishikant Kamat and produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak, Ajit Andhare and Abhishek Pathak. The film stars Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Tabu in the lead roles, and is a remake of the superhit 2013 Malayalam film, ‘Drishyam’, which was remade in Tamil and released just about a month ago, as ‘Papanasam’. It has also been earlier remade in Kannada and Telugu. So, Bollywood is the last to remake it into Hindi, a language with a far wider reach than any of the above. And definitely, with great actors such as Ajay and Tabu on board, the film is gonna be an awesome thriller! The film revolves around a lower middle class family, the Salgaonkars, who get the shock of their lives when they get to know that they are the prime suspects for the disappearance of the son of a IG officer, Meera Deshmukh (played by Tabu). How Vijay Salgaonkar (Ajay Devgn) protects his family from the oppression of the powerful police force, is what the film is about. Those who have seen it in other languages, may not be that excited for it, but those who haven’t, like me, are really excited to watch it, and see how it ends. Half the people reading this right now must have seen it already; sorry for my ultra-late review! Anyways, I’m not here to write a movie analysis or anything. You know me, I’m a music reviewer, and I’ll stick to that hobby for now! 😄 So the music of the film has been scored by none other than Vishal Bhardwaj, the genius filmmaker and composer and… Pretty much everything. After a long time, he’s composing the entire album (because he compsoed one song for ‘Hawaizaada’) for a film that hasn’t been produced and/or directed by him, and it would make listeners look forward to what he has offered here. A short soundtrack, consisting of four tracks, is feasible for such a movie, but I’m hoping (and also secretly knowing, because I believe he can work wonders with his music) that the quality of the four songs is top-notch!! Let’s begin the analysis of this album called ‘Drishyam’!!


1. Carbon Copy
Singer ~ Ash King, Whistle ~ Meghna Gulzar

It really gives you a great feeling when you come to know, that someone known for his style of heavy and unconventional music, Vishal Bhardwaj, starts off the album of a thriller film with a surprisingly light and feel-good song, that you would not even imagine could fit into a thriller film. Calm guitar riffs start off the song, later joined by wonderful, cheerful and breezy whistling by Meghna Gulzar. The moment Ash King starts, you can’t help but immerse yourself wholly into the song, and also hope that the song never ends. His voice is the perfect sugar-coated type of voice that works wonders in such songs. And when he touches the high notes — Brilliant!! 😄 In the second interlude, don’t miss his awesome Western style vocals, that entertain you for the whole interlude. He sings the second antara with so many variations, that you may not even notice that it is not the same tune as the first antara, because of those variations, which you cannot ignore, hence forgetting to notice anything else! And the way he laughs in between words, is just mind-blowing, and suits the song as well! He is singing for Vishal for the first time, and makes use of  the opportunity very well! Vishal has presented listeners with a treat, a sugar-sweet composition with just as wonderful arrangements, mostly guitars, finger snaps, and the whistles by Meghna. Strings also join in places, and increase the mystical experience. Gulzar’s lyrics are also simplistic, but at the same time, make the listener think and wonder what they’re really about, are they mocking life or praising!! A perfect, unexpectedly commercial start to the album!! Vishal-Gulzar combo works wonders yet again! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

2. Dum Ghutta Hai
Singers ~ Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Rekha Bhardwaj

The next song starts off with Rekha Bhardwaj’s rustic vocals, singing in a melancholic tone, before being joined by Rahat singing in the same tone. You don’t know what to make of it by this time, but then things start getting very interesting. As Rahat hits that high note, the song suddenly gets interesting. When he hits that note, great percussion enters the song, electric guitars start mesmerizing you, and the whole atmosphere kind of lifts up, yet staying predominantly gloomy. As the duet between these two living legends proceeds, you can’t help but nod your head to the awesome guitars playing in the background. Though the mukhda of the song sounds a bit too monotonous, with the singers singing the same things over and over again, and that too in such a gloomy tone, things really get even better in the antaras. After an interlude with an awesome flute piece, Rahat starts the Antara, which has an utterly irresistible tune, sounding like Vishal’s 90s composition a bit, and winning over our hearts. Rekha concludes the antara, bringing it back to the hookline, the part where most people may have a problem with the song, owing to its monotony…but not me! 😀 Talking about the arrangements, most of it has already been said except that I forgot to mention a wonderful Spanish-Latino interlude before the second antara, infused with traditional Indian matka, giving an authentic exotic feel. Gulzar’s lyrics convey the pain, agony and mental suffering of the characters really well, brought to life by the two expert singers like Rahat and Rekha. All-in-all, a song that starts off sounding really robotic, but gains momentum as it progresses. And it also grows on you with multiple listens!! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

3. Kya Pataa
Singer ~ Arijit Singh

Starting in a stereotypical Vishal Bhardwaj way, with the scintillating and mesmerizing calm chime sounds, the next song prepares you for something vintage Bhardwaj, right from the moment it starts. Arijit has sung for the man twice already in ‘Haider’, and this will be his third time singing for him. We have seen with both the songs in ‘Haider’, how efficiently Vishal uses his grainy-textured voice, so that it appeals to everyone. The song is slightly on the same lines as ‘Khul Kabhi’ in terms of the feel and ambience it creates, but it is definitely not a romantic song. Gulzar’s lyrics — some of the best in recent days — make that point very clear. Arijit carries out the composition with ease and finesse, and gives it that thriller feel, with every note he sings. Vishal’s arrangements are flawless! Acoustic guitars with drums makes a deadly combo, stealing your breath away slowly, slowly, slowly. The other techno sounds that can be heard are really effective as far as the song and the suspense feeling of it is concerned. Though the composition might not stand out instantly, if you give it time, I’m sure you’ll start loving it, if you love typical Bhardwaj melodies. Another stellar song from Vishal Bhardwaj, with the arrangements and vocals as the highlights! #5StarHotelSong!!

 

4. Kab Kahan Se
Singer ~ K.K., Backing Vocals ~ Rishikesh Kamerkar, Suhas Sawant, Vikas Joshi & Rajiv Sundaresan

From the title of the last track, you might guess that it is another version of ‘Kya Pataa’, because after ‘Kya pataa’, Arijit sings ‘Kab kahan se’ in the song. And when you play the song, your doubt turns out to be right, but not exactly. We can call it another version, but it is not at all similar to the former song. This time, K.K. comes behind the mic, and he sings with elan and attitude, making it sound a complete rock song. The composition has been changed, and it hasn’t remained as good as it was in the first version. The arrangements are also totally weird and unusual, and not something that would make you want to hear this song again and again. As such, the only things worth hearing this track for turn out to be Gulzar’s lyrics and K.K.’s awesome rendition of a high-energy rock song, which he does as if he’s the expert at it! The chorus part (Heyyyy-eyyy-eyyy) is good too, but that’s pretty much the only appealing part of the composition along with the hookline, which we’re already familiar with. You wouldn’t really think of playing this song again, except for K.K.! Unfortunately, Vishal failed to maintain the stupendous song streak till the end, and provides a limited-appeal song as the grand finale to the album.


Drishyam is a movie that frankly didn’t need an album. The presence of one, though, was not a problem! Since it was Vishal Bhardwaj behind the music, I had no complaints at all. And he has composed an album that very well suits the theme of the film. As it has been doing good in the theaters, I guess the songs will get popularized after people watch it in the theaters. The most commercial song of the album, ‘Carbon Copy’, is already a hit, whereas others would get popular after the film is seen by people. Scoring a three out of four, Vishal proved his mettle yet again, delivering a wonderful album, with some of the top voices of Bollywood, Ash King, Rekha Bhardwaj, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Arijit Singh and K.K. But again, not all songs will appeal to everyone, and so I would say that the appeal of the album, depends on each individual’s Drishyam!!

 

Final Rating for This Album: सा < रे < ग < म < प < ध < नी < सां

Note: The letter which is underlined is the final rating.

Recommended Listening Order: Carbon Copy > Dum Ghutta Hai > Kya Pataa > Kab Kahan Se

 

Which is your favourite song from Drishyam? Please vote for it below! 🙂

 

Next “dish”: Bangistan, Chef: Ram Sampath