Remembering Bulo C Rani

There are a few music composers of Hindi cinema, who never made it to the first rung. The reasons would have been many. But some of the composers were really unfortunate. In spite of having talent, they couldn’t make a mark of their own. Perhaps the era which they were composing in, already had popular …

Triad of Singers

Let me first explain my idea behind the title Triad of Singers. Usually a single playback singer sings all the songs for a particular character in a movie. There are instances where a couple of singers lent their voices for a single actor or actress. This is relatively common and usually doesn't evoke an interest …

(Part 3) Female Dance Duets

(The Stage Performances) Before I start today's post, I want to thank you all for encouraging me with your kind words of appreciation. There have been suggestions about the future parts as well. I'm working on it. I just want to state my perception of the title of the post. For me it includes the …

Anil Biswas – the concluding post

Today I'm presenting the fourth and the last part of the series. Till now we visited the glorious years of his career. He was very busy in the early part of the 1950s. But after 1955, he didn't get much work. But he was composing for Hindi films even in the 60s. But the period …

(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 …

S D Burman – The 50s

In this part of the series, I propose to throw light on his career during the 50s. As I already highlighted in last part, after the success of Mashal, Burman da abandoned the thought of leaving Mumbai instead started enjoying Mumbai. But Bengali folk songs always remained his favourite inspiration along with a strong knowledge …

S D Burman – Early Days

Sachin Dev Burman was born on 1st October 1906 in Comilla, (Now In Bangladesh) in a Royal Family. He was good at studies, though since childhood, he was inclined towards singing as well. He was attracted to folk music, more so to Bhatiali and बाउल songs. He at times even bunked his classes at college …