My favourite ‘Rafi-Suman Kalyanpur’ duets

Rafi fever continues on my blog. Three years ago I published a twin post covering Suman Kalyanpur's career in Hindi films. I actually wanted to have a separate post for her duets with Rafi. But it wasn't possible then. Today on the occasion of Suman Kalyanpur's 84th birthday, I will fulfill my long awaited wish. …

(Part – II) Rafi sings for Chitragupt

Last week I posted my favourite solos by Rafi sung for Chitragupt. I'm here today with the second part of the series. It focuses on his duets with female and male playback singers. Rafi and Chitragupt both were very simple and down to earth personalities. Their sincerity and dedication is quite evident from their songs. …

(Part – I) Rafi sings for Chitragupt

Let me start the post by wishing all the readers on Makar Sankranti. Rafi is my most favourite male playback singer of the golden era of Hindi films. But though my blog nearly completed three and a half years, I could never manage a post entirely dedicated to Rafi. This year I'll try to rectify …

Heroine introduces herself!

Last month I published a song list, 'Hero introduces himself'. There were comments mentioning similar songs picturised on the heroine. I took it as a suggestion and started working along the lines. There have been songs in Hindi films where the heroine speaks about herself or she is introduced on the screen with the song. …

Ae Nargis e Mastana – Remembering Sadhana

Let me begin by wishing all the readers a merry Christmas. Whenever I think of my favourite Hindi film heroines, Sadhana Shivdasani, popularly known by her first name, Sadhana, is among the top three names. (The other names include, Madhubala, Nutan, Meena Kumari with the latter two sharing second position jointly). There's an interesting coincidence …

Hero introduces himself!

Let me first explain my idea for the post. Old Hindi films many times have songs that were sung by the hero on his first appearance on the screen, or sometimes during the early minutes of the film, explaining his philosophy of life. The songs used to establish his character in the movie and made …

Salam e Hasrat Qabool Kar Lo – Sudha Malhotra

A couple of weeks back, I published a post about a forgotten singer, Kamal Barot. While I was planning for that post, I accidentally came across the date of birth of Sudha Malhotra, 30th November. I went through a couple of her interviews, but she didn't mention it. But as I was planning a post …

(Part 5) Female Dance Duets

When I started the series covering female dance duets, I hadn't thought of so many parts. But right from the first part itself, readers started pouring songs and suggestions. Some of the songs suggested, were not fitting to that particular part, though I could have accommodated those songs in further parts. And the journey continued. …