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 …

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 …

Kamal Barot – a forgotten voice.

Talking of the Golden era of Hindi film music always brings memories of various first rung playback singers. But there were a few playback singers, who couldn't leave a mark. Among them Kamal Barot is one of the prominent names. Her career was highly limited to duets, so much so that we can hardly remember …

My favourite ‘Lata – Hemant Kumar Duets’

Last year on Lata Mangeshkar's 90th birthday I started a series based on Lata's association with forgotten and lesser known composers. It continued for a few months, I covered around 100 composers in a series of eight posts. I tried to cover till the late 1980s. Though I could have continued it in the 1990s, …

Asha sings for Salil Chowdhary

Today's post is an attempt to bring together Asha Bhosle's 87th birthday and Salil Choudhary's 25th death anniversary (5th September 2020) A couple of years back, on Asha's birthday, I published twin posts covering Asha Bhosle's musical association with Madan Mohan. This year, which has absolutely nothing good to offer, I thought of exploring Asha's …