(Part 2) Lata – Non Film Songs

Welcome to the second part of the series dedicated to non-film songs (NFS) by Lata Mangeshkar. Last part had songs till 1965. Today I will take up the next 10 years, up to 1975. It was a sort of an era of transition. Shankar Jaikishan were slowly losing their magic, Kalyanji Anandji had few hits …

Asha Bhosle (1957-’58-’59)

I've been presenting a song list on Asha Bhosle's birthday for the last three years. This year as well I have plans for the post. For the last few months the idea of today's post was on my mind. On previous occasions I presented Asha Bhosle's association with Madan Mohan, Khayyam and Salil Chowdhury. But …

‘Tum Apna Ranj o Gham – Remembering Jagjit Kaur’

It was a sunny morning on 15th August that we all were celebrating the 75th Independence Day. I got a message on one of the whatsapp groups declaring the sad demise of a playback singer of yesteryears, Jagjit Kaur. It was around a couple of years back, on 19th August 2019 that Khayyam passed away …

Happy Birthday Sunidhi!

Sunidhi Chouhan is one of the talented and versatile singers of Bollywood. I'm a big fan of her voice. How should I describe it? It's at times husky, at times raw, but yet very appealing to ears. She can sing softly, even her whispering is awesome. Today on her birthday, let's listen to some of …

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. …