‘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 …

Kaif Irfani – A Forgotten name

The situation today is really very challenging, more so for we, doctors. We are continuously working under stressful situations, and we are taking our duties very sincerely and caring for the patients. We doctors work continuously for 6 hours in a PPE kit wearing N 95 masks. We are supposed to take every possible precaution …

Triad of Singers

Let me first explain my idea behind the title Triad of Singers. Usually a single playback singer sings all the songs for a particular character in a movie. There are instances where a couple of singers lent their voices for a single actor or actress. This is relatively common and usually doesn't evoke an interest …

Remembering Indeevar – I

It's been more than one and half years since I published a post on a lyricist. So I was very keen about this one. Though general music lovers don't care much for a lyricist, my opinion is that he/she forms an important and integral part of the process and should be given due credit. Today's …

My favourite ‘Rafi-Suman Kalyanpur’ duets

Rafi fever continues on my blog. Three years ago I published a twin post covering Suman Kalyanpur's career in Hindi films. I actually wanted to have a separate post for her duets with Rafi. But it wasn't possible then. Today on the occasion of Suman Kalyanpur's 84th birthday, I will fulfill my long awaited wish. …

(Part – I) Rafi sings for Chitragupt

Let me start the post by wishing all the readers on Makar Sankranti. Rafi is my most favourite male playback singer of the golden era of Hindi films. But though my blog nearly completed three and a half years, I could never manage a post entirely dedicated to Rafi. This year I'll try to rectify …

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 …