Remembering Poet & Lyricist ‘Jan Nisar Akhtar’

Jan Nisar Akhtar is an important name in the history of Golden era of Hindi film music. As usual, many of his songs were popular that time, but people neither had an easy access (except while watching the movie) to the name of the lyricist, nor were they interested. No doubt, the final presentation of …

My Favourites by Shakeel Badayuni

I was reading about the Filmfare Awards last week, when I came across interesting information about the Hat-tricks in Filmfare Awards. That made me think of Shakeel Badayuni and his 102nd birthday in August. He was the only lyricist from that era to achieve a Hat-trick at the Filmfare Awards. Of course I will detail …

Dattaram – A Tribute

Last week I was reading a newspaper article about assistants and arrangers in old Hindi films, which had interesting information. Few of the assistants left their mentors after a struggle period and started working on their own. Ravi, Kalyanji Anandji, Chitragupt, Laxmi Pyare fall under this category. Though LP worked with Kalyanji Anandji, even when …

Remembering Legendary Composer Vasant Desai

I was eagerly awaiting this post. But when I started collecting facts for the post, I got drowned under flood of information. It's really difficult to portray such an all rounder personality in a single post. He has worked not only for Hindi and Marathi films, but his contribution as a music director for Marathi …

Snehal Bhatkar – A Tribute

In the history of Hindi films, many people had pseudonyms & got so popular that their original name was forgotten. My post today talks about a song composer, who took a pseudonym and no one recognizes him by his real name any longer. I'm talking about Snehal Bhatkar. With his very much simple attire, white …

My Favourites by Prem Dhawan

Prem Dhawan was a multi-talented personality. He was basically a poet and a choreographer, but also a lyricist, a good dancer and a competent music director too. For me, he is one of the most underrated personalities in Hindi film industry. People love the songs penned by him, but majority of them are unaware of …

Lata sings for Chitragupt

In my post on music director Chitragupt in November, I mentioned about his charismatic and majestic musical association with Lata Mangeshkar. The duo has created wonderful master pieces in a magical way. The list of Lata's solos with Chitragupt is endless and for me, the gems are among the sweetest songs of Lata Mangeshkar. Today …