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 …

Ghulam Mohammad – A Tribute

A couple of years back, I published a post based on Ghulam Mohammad's rarely heard songs. I promised to come back with his popular songs. It's actually unconventional to talk first about the rarely heard songs, then of popular songs. But I did. And then I couldn't come up with the next post. But better …

(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 …

(Part – III) Anil Biswas – The Maestro

Our battle against covid-19 continues as the cases in India and in Maharashtra increase day by day. It's a difficult time. But united we stand. Let's all take precautions, follow safety measures and support the nation. We all need a bit of cheering up. A distraction from the stress. I hope to do that today …

(Part – II) Anil Biswas – The Maestro

Welcome everybody to the second part of the series. I hope you all are following the safety rules for covid-19 and staying safe at home. As per my original plan, I was going to overview the next ten years of his career. I think 1946 to 1955 can be taken as the peak of his …

(Part 1) Hansraj Behl – A Forgotten composer

Hansraj Behl (19th November 1916 to 20th May 1984) He was a talented music composer. He was also respected by the singers, they used to call him Masterji. Veteran singer Madhubala Jhaveri always called him by that name. Even after composing a number of melodious songs in the late 1940s and 1950s, he never got …

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 …