Hero introduces himself!

Let me first explain my idea for the post. Old Hindi films many times have songs that were sung by the hero on his first appearance on the screen, or sometimes during the early minutes of the film, explaining his philosophy of life. The songs used to establish his character in the movie and made …

(Part 7) Lata with Forgotten / Lesser Known Composers

Last December, when I started collecting names of composers for the sixth part of the series, I had only five names on the list. But slowly I gathered more names and published the post last month. Though I did not mention it as a last part of the series In my mind it was. Last …

The ‘Radio Songs’ from Hindi films

This year in the month of March, I had a song list, the ‘Songs picturised in a recording studio’. Some of the songs on the list were radio songs. By that I mean, the songs are shown to get aired on the radio. But as I wanted to highlight the interesting history of song recording …

The Concluding Post – S D Burman

This is the last post in the series about Burman da's musical journey. It was a wonderful experience, he was such a great legend! He was a spontaneous composer. He used to set a tune in no time. He was also inspired by various sounds of nature. He spent his childhood at a picturesque place, …

S D Burman – The 60s

In this part of the series, let's have a look at Burman Da's career in 60s. Burman da had overtired himself during 1960, eight of his films were released. Apna Haath Jagannath & Miya Biwi Razi were not hits, But a couple of songs from both the films were popular. For 'Miya Biwi Razi', Suman …

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 …

Asha sings for Madan Mohan – II

Last week, I presented solos of Asha Bhosle with Madan Mohan. Continuing the same thread, I'm presenting today the concluding part of my post. I will present an overview of their association along with the duets and trios or quadruples of Asha Tai, under his music direction. As I mentioned in last post, her association …

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 …