Remembering S N Tripathi

A tribute to S N Tripathi on his 31st death anniversary. It's time now, for a post on one more forgotten composer! He was talented, in fact he was an all rounder, he composed, he sang, he acted, he directed, he produced films, he wrote stories & screenplays for some of his movies, he was …

Bharat Vyas – The Prolific Lyricist – III

We have reached the third & the final part of the series (Did I hear a sigh of relief?) It was a wonderful experience going through the career of legendary lyricist, Pandit Bharat Vyas. It was very unfortunate and total injustice to remember him or label him for mythological or historical films only. He has …

Usha Mangeshkar – II

Today, I will present the duets sung by Usha Mangeshkar with various singers. If we take a look at her songs, in the 70s & 80s, she has sung many trios & even quadruples with Rafi, Kishore Kumar & Lata Mangeshkar or more so with Asha Bhosle. In those songs, anyone hardly gets a separate …

Hindi songs with Sapera (Been) Dhun

Whenever I think of the movie Nagin, the Been dhun starts playing automatically in my mind. It's like a reflex action. The tune and the film are indeed inseparable. The film, Nagin was released in 1954 and was a huge musical hit of the year. 'Man Dole Mera Tan Dole' is an iconic song. It …

Songs in the praise of Nature

Mother Nature is an integral part of our day to day life. We can not survive without it. The rains, the cool breeze, colourful and fragrant flowers, beautiful butterflies, the moon, the twinkling stars, the twilight and so on........................................ Kalidas and other Sanskrit poets were heavily influenced by nature. Kalidas,in his epic 'Meghdoot' portrays heavenly …

‘Two Different Moods’ in a single song

I was listening to the songs of 'Sharmili' the other day. One song struck me as interesting, 'Megha Chhaye Aadhi Raat'. Even if the song is not a happy one, the prelude and the interlude of first stanza (Antara), have a completely different mood. The other part of the song has a gloomy mood. Sharmili …