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 …

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 1) Female Dance Duets

(Dances in the Royal Court) I am sure I am not alone when I say one of the interesting aspects of Hindi film music is female dance duets. The segment seems very fascinating. In the 1950s - 60s, it was at the peak. Historical films, B grade action movies, and fantasy films almost always featured …

(Part II) – Remembering Mubarak Begum

Welcome all the readers to the second and the final part of the series. I started the series on Mubarak Begum's 4th death anniversary, and the part focused on the solos. Today's part focuses on the duets or trios by Mubarak Begum. Her first duet was with Lata Mangeshkar for the film, Aaiye (1949). Lata …

दास्तान- ए – हाल – ए -दिल

It seems, this month I would get more opportunities for theme based song lists. And obviously I find it more interesting! I find the phrase ‘Haal e Dil’ enthralling. It's usually reserved for sad and soulful songs, though sometimes, songs are happy, romantic as well. It's actually nothing but what a person feels on a …

Roshan – The concluding post

Today I'm posting the second and final part about Roshan. In this part, I'll overview his career in 1960s, which is very much well known and popular than his earlier career. The success of Barsaat Ki Raat opened the floodgates for Roshan. He consistently proved himself by composing hit songs year after year. His untimely …

Snehal Bhatkar – A Tribute

In the history of Hindi films, many people had pseudonyms & got so popular that their original name was forgotten. My post today talks about a song composer, who took a pseudonym and no one recognizes him by his real name any longer. I'm talking about Snehal Bhatkar. With his very much simple attire, white …

Songs in the praise of Nature

Mother Nature is an integral part of our day to day life. We can not survive without it. The rains, the cool breeze, colourful and fragrant flowers, beautiful butterflies, the moon, the twinkling stars, the twilight and so on........................................ Kalidas and other Sanskrit poets were heavily influenced by nature. Kalidas,in his epic 'Meghdoot' portrays heavenly …