(Part I) Anil Biswas – The Maestro

(Remembering Anil Biswas on his 17th Death Anniversary) My posts are based on Marathi translation of Anil Biswas's biography by Sharad Dutt, 'Ritu Aaye Ritu Jaye'. The book was suggested to me by blog reader Dr Ravindra Shrikhande. He himself is a big fan of Anil da's music. He requested me to come up with …

(Part 2) Hansraj Behl – A Forgotten Composer

I hope you all enjoyed my last post as much as I enjoyed writing it. Here I am with the second and last part. I'll try to summarize the remaining period of his career, 1956 onward. He composed some wonderful songs in the later part of the 1950s. But after 1960, slowly his songs lost …

(Part 1) Hansraj Behl – A Forgotten composer

Hansraj Behl (19th November 1916 to 20th May 1984) He was a talented music composer. He was also respected by the singers, they used to call him Masterji. Veteran singer Madhubala Jhaveri always called him by that name. Even after composing a number of melodious songs in the late 1940s and 1950s, he never got …

Remembering Talat Mahmood

I was thinking about a post on Talat Mahmood songs for a long time. The singer was crowned as a King of Ghazals, with a number of soulful ghazals, both film and non film, to his credit. His expressive voice with its characteristic quiver was actually very apt for such songs. Though he has sung …