“ Remember Mere Mehboob Tujhe, Meri Mohabbat Ki Qasam (Mere Mehboob) dipped in sheer melody and sung beautifully by Mohd Rafi? Do you also remember the exact same song in Lata Mangeshkar’s voice? This is an example of Tandem Tune where the same song is sung by two different singers – usually one version of the song is sung by the male lead and another one by the... continue reading.
“ Scale (music) (Italian scala, ladder), the arrangement, by rising or falling pitch sequence, of the tones used in a musical system. ? ?Ever wondered why a song suddenly started sounding a little “different” suddenly in the midst of it? The tune is the same, the singers are the same … but something surely happened! The “phenomenon”... continue reading.
“ When I think of the 80’s Hindi Film Music, what comes to my mind is Sridevi-Jeetendra dancing around the ten thousand matkas, music by Bhappi Lahiri, production by Padmalaya, some cheap lyrics and several raucous Kishore-Asha duets. Was that really what our 80’s music was all about? I would say YES – for the... continue reading.
“ Those are the opening words of a song sung by Manna Dey from the film Bawarchi (1972), a question that now hangs heavy in the hearts of all Manna Da’s fans. The morning of 24th October 2013 brought with it the news of the passing of Prabodh Chandra Dey. Popularly known as Manna Dey... continue reading.
“ I suppose it should come as no surprise that not all well-known songs from Hindi Film Music were composed by well-known composers. Composers whose names roll off of every one’s tongues – Shankar Jaikishen, R. D. and S. D. Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Anu Malik, Pritam, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and others. But the other day, I built... continue reading.
“ Manna Dey! The name itself conjures up memories of such classics as “Sur Na Saje, Kya Gaoon Main” , “Kaun Aya Mere Man Ke Dware”, “Laaga Chunari Mein Daag”, “Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli‘ Haaye” and countless others. The last male doyen of his times passed away recently, leaving a big void. Our GP team... continue reading.
“ Songs have been an integral part of Hindi Movies for eons now. But the ultimate ode to the song is when the title of the song becomes a title for the movie in the forthcoming years… Before Shahrukh Khan decided to take Kajol from the shaadi ka mandap in the movie “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le... continue reading.
“ I am a Bengali “babumashai”, grown up in Kolkata in the 60s and 70s and loved both “Adhunik Bangla gaan” (modern Bengali songs) and Hindi Film Music (HFM). When it comes to popular music, there is no Bengali word equivalent to “Oldies” or “Easy Listening”. Even the songs recorded in 50s or 60s are... continue reading.
“ One evening, while wandering among the alleys of Hindi Film Music, we came across a small office with a sign that says “Help for Troubled Relationships!” Curious, we went in. Mind you, not because our relationship was in trouble or anything … just curious! The office was empty except for a couple of comfortable... continue reading.
“ Expanding on the theme I talked about in an earlier blog titled “Bengali Music Influences in HFM”, let’s explore a little further some of the common music between Bengal and Bollywood. Over the years, many Bengali composers and singers had crossed the boundaries between Bengal and Bollywood and had very successful careers in both... continue reading.