1953 – Lata Mangeshkar

Continuing the yearly review of Lata Mangeshkar's songs, let's celebrate today Lata Mangeshkar's 92nd birthday by revisiting a few of my favorite songs sung by her in the year 1953. She sang about 190+ songs in total from 45 films, with around 150 solos and around 40+ other songs including duets (34 with male singers …

1952 – Lata Mangeshkar

Let's continue with the yearly review of Lata Mangeshkar's songs. Last month, for the 5th anniversary post, I compiled my favourite semi classical songs by Lata Mangeshkar. And I didn't publish the yearly review. Today we will have a look at her career in the year 1952 and listen to my favourites. In the year …

Aayega Aanewala – Remembering Khemchand Prakash

I have been planning a post on Khemchand Prakash's songs for a couple of years. Last year I couldn't, so this year I made it sure not to miss it. Today on the occasion of his 72nd death anniversary, let's remember him by revisiting a few of his songs. Khemchand Prakash was born in 1907 …

Ek Din Hum Ko Yaad Karoge – Remembering Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

Earlier this month, I published a post on a rarely remembered lyricist, Asad Bhopali. I was planning a post on Raja Mehdi Ali Khan for a long time. Last year I'd planned it, but at the last moment I cancelled the plan and instead went for duets of Rafi and Geeta Dutt. So I was …

Mehfil celebrates 5th Anniversary!

Today the blog completes five years and I'm on cloud nine. For the last couple of years, with the pandemic roaring around, it was difficult to celebrate. But now our lives are getting back to normal by and large, the tourist places and cinema halls are overflowing with visitors, I think now I am in …

Jana Pehchana Sa Ajanabee

(Remembering lyricist, Asad Bhopali on his 101st Birthday) There were a few lyricists in Hindi films who penned popular and meaningful songs for a few decades, yet unfortunately couldn't get their due. Asad Bhopali was one of them. His career spanning over four decades saw him writing songs for various composers, and a few of …

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 …

Remembering a Genius…..

There was a genius composer who composed around 100 songs for Hindi films. Unfortunately he could compose for 16 films only in his career. He could have achieved grand success and reached the heights of popularity in no time. But that wasn't to be. He was a short tempered, outspoken and boastful person. He never …

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