1949 – Lata Mangeshkar

Last month when I started the yearly review of Lata Mangeshkar's songs, I was welcomed and adored by the readers. In addition to the comments on the post, some of the readers sent their responses on e-mail too. I'm thankful to all of them for their encouragement and good wishes. I was aware of the …

1948 – Lata Mangeshkar

Last month I started the series based on a yearly review of Hindi film songs by Lata Mangeshkar. Last post wasn't a planned one and featured her first Hindi film songs as a playback singer. As a result, I missed Lata's first duet with Rafi, Chal Ho Gayi Taiyar, which was for the film, Shadi …

Meri Aawaz Hi Pehchan Hai

The greatest playback singer, Bharat Ratna, Lata Mangeshkar took her last breath today morning. It's a great loss to all of us. Though everyone has to end one's journey someday, mind does not accept the fact. It seems she is still among us. She is of course going to be with us forever, thanks to …

Diya Jalakar Aap Bujhaya – Remembering K Datta

K Datta, born as Datta Korgaonkar alias D P Korgaonkar (as he was credited for Marathi films) was a popular composer of the late 30s and early 40s. Though he is forgotten now, he was active till the mid 50s. Even after delivering fabulous songs in the early years of the 50s, he couldn't get …

(Part 4) Lata – Non Film Songs

I today present the last part of the series dedicated to non-film songs (NFS) by Lata Mangeshkar. This part will focus on the late 90s to the present times (1996 onwards). I know very few readers would be interested in this part. But nevertheless my enthusiasm is the same. This part also has a mixed …

(Part 3) Lata – Non Film Songs

I welcome readers to the third part of the series. Previous part of the series covered Lata Mangeshkar's non-film songs (NFS) till 1975. Her NFS continued at full pace though her film songs were going on as usual. In today's post, I'll cover a period of 20 years, till 1995. If we take a look …

(Part 2) Lata – Non Film Songs

Welcome to the second part of the series dedicated to non-film songs (NFS) by Lata Mangeshkar. Last part had songs till 1965. Today I will take up the next 10 years, up to 1975. It was a sort of an era of transition. Shankar Jaikishan were slowly losing their magic, Kalyanji Anandji had few hits …

‘Not Quite Usual’ Songs

Before you get confused with the title, let me explain what I mean by a 'usual song'. In a song picturised on two characters, both receive a separate singer's playback and if a character sings alone, only one singer sings it. For the majority of the songs, this rule is followed. But for a few …

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