1951 – Lata Mangeshkar

It was a wonderful journey going through the early years of Lata Mangeshkar's career so far. 1947 to 1950 was a delightful experience. I was a bit nervous as I approached the 50s for the first time. For the year 1951, there were around 225 songs for 49 films to consider in total. It included …

‘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 …

Khayyam and Asha Bhosle

(Celebrating Asha Tai's 86th Birthday, by remembering her association with Khayyam) Great composer of Hindi cinema, Khayyam passed away on the 19th August 2019. He was one of the legendary composers of Hindi cinema, and would always be remembered for his songs throughout the Golden Era and in 70s-80s as well. In fact he was …

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 …

Romantic Songs by Sahir

Whenever I think of Sahir, I remember his poignant social songs about women exploitation, corruption, hypocrisy and sufferings in the society, especially, the songs close to a woman's heart (I instantly remember, Tere Bachpan Ko Jawani Ki Dua). Many of his songs were actually from his book, Talkhiyan. Those were taken up as a film …

Suman Kalyanpur – Duets

In my last post about Suman Kalyanpur, I talked about her solos. Today I'm planning to overview her duets and trios. Actually she has sung duets with all the male and female singers of the Golden Era. So her duets actually need special posts,such as her duets with Rafi,so is her duets with other male …

Happy Birthday Suman Ji!

Today I am extremely happy to present this article about my favourite playback singer 'Suman Kalyanpur' on her 81st birthday. I was waiting for this opportunity since I started my blog. The word Suman means Flower and the fragrance of her songs always lingers around us! Suman Hemady was born on 28th January 1937. Her …

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