Tandem Tunes

“ 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

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Scale/Octave change in the middle of the song

“ 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”

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Was 80’s really the worst decade in Hindi Film Music??

“ 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

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Well-Known Songs … Not So Well-Known Composers

“ 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

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R.I.P. Manna Dey (1 May 1919 – 24 October 2013)

“ 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

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Spark gone? Rafi Saab to the rescue!

“ 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

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Crossover musicians– Bengal and Bollywood

“ 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

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