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 …

Hindi songs with Tonga (Ghoda Gadi) beats

Maharashtra state is experiencing the second wave of covid. Tension is building up and once again we find ourselves in need of a stress buster. While I had tribute posts for a few weeks, I was not in a mood for another. While I was churning these thoughts in mind, I absentmindedly opened the music …

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 3) Female Dance Duets

(The Stage Performances) Before I start today's post, I want to thank you all for encouraging me with your kind words of appreciation. There have been suggestions about the future parts as well. I'm working on it. I just want to state my perception of the title of the post. For me it includes the …

My favourite ‘Lata – Hemant Kumar Duets’

Last year on Lata Mangeshkar's 90th birthday I started a series based on Lata's association with forgotten and lesser known composers. It continued for a few months, I covered around 100 composers in a series of eight posts. I tried to cover till the late 1980s. Though I could have continued it in the 1990s, …

Remembering Talat Mahmood

I was thinking about a post on Talat Mahmood songs for a long time. The singer was crowned as a King of Ghazals, with a number of soulful ghazals, both film and non film, to his credit. His expressive voice with its characteristic quiver was actually very apt for such songs. Though he has sung …

Remembering Gopaldas ‘Neeraj’

This wasn't of course a planned post. His sudden demise brought a wave of shock among Hindi film song lovers. Though he stopped writing for Hindi films way back in 70s, the impact of his powerful and meaningful songs never went away . The lyrics of many of his songs are etched in our memories. …

Mehfil celebrates ‘First Anniversary’

Today my blog completes one year. It is something like my kid’s first birthday, and I could publish around 30+ posts (This is 36th) till now, it feels unbelievable. It's like a dream come true !!!! OMG my own blog!!! But I hope I have maintained a standard! I never thought I would be able …