“ Of the several camping trips that we have taken in the US, one theme has been common… they have all been very musical in nature. They are full of enjoyable singing from the time we reach the camp site until we drive out of there two nights later … NON-STOP! One by one all... continue reading.
“ Remember the Lata-Shankar-Jaikishan song “Rasik Balma” from Chori-Chori? I was once part of a major discussion regarding this song – did Lata “establish” the composers by rendering the song so beautifully, or did SJ make Lata big with by giving her this number dipped in rich melody? The simple answer, I think, is both.... continue reading.
“ Upon relocating to Delhi, I was very quick to adapt to the spoken local lingo; a prerequisite to social acceptance among tweens. At school however, I saw myself turn from a star student in Hindi (since in Kuwait I faced slight or no competition) to a stressed new student. That was a whopping jolt... continue reading.
“ Music: Bhupen Hazarika Lyrics: Gulzar Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Bhupen Hazarika Audio On: Universal Album Released on: July 1993 The movie is about the Rudaalis, literally translated as “female weepers”, who were invited to the households to weep in public where the homeowners could not weep because of social pressure/standing in... continue reading.
“ Music: RD Burman Lyrics: Anand Bakshi Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Amit Kumar, Asha Bhosle Audio On: RPG Number of Songs: 6 Album Released on: 27 February 1981 I had not even entered my teens when this movie was released (1981) but I still remember the youthfulness and freshness of this RD Burman/Anand Bakshi combo.... continue reading.
“ Music: Ghulam Mohammed Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Kamal Amrohi, Kaifi Azmi & Kaif Bhopali Singers: Lata Mangeshkar; Mohd. Rafi; Rajkumari Audio On: Saregama 13 years in the making, but every song was so worth it! Heralded as one of the best mujra-esque albums of Hindi cinema (Umrao Jaan being the other one), every song here... continue reading.
“ Music: Daboo Malik & Sajid-Wajid Lyrics: Salim Bijnori, Anwar Sagar, Faaiz Anwar & Nasir Fa Singers: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, Jaspinder Narula, Sonu Nigam, Hariharan & Shraddha Pandit Album Released on: October 2001 Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar is one of those albums that may not find patronage by all and sundry, but... continue reading.
“ Music: Vishal Bharadwaj Lyrics: Gulzar Singers: Shreya Ghosal, Sukhvinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Bharadwaj, Rekha Bharadwaj, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Number of Songs: 8 Album Released on: June 2006 In the early-part of the 2000’s, during the times of Himesh dominating the scene with his crooning of “Aashiq Banayaaaaaaannn” , Omkara’s music came by as... continue reading.
“ Music: Pandit Hridayanath Mangeshkar Lyrics: Gulzar Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Pandit Hridayanath Mangeshkar, Satyasheel Deshpande, Suresh Wadekar Album Released on: August 1991 Perfect bliss! That’s how I would like to describe the album of Lekin. With 8 soundtracks in this purist album, each better than the other, set to perfectly tuned classical gems,... continue reading.
“ Music: Ismail Darbar Lyrics: Mehboob Singers: Kumar Sanu, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Ustad Sultan Khan, Shankar Mahadevan, Udit Narayan Alka Yagnik, Vinod Rathod, Karsan Sargathia, Mohd. Vakil, Dominique Cerejo. Salamat, Hariharan, K.K, Jyotsana Album Released on: April 1999 In this world, where desire rules the heart, you will discover…love is the flame that lights up the... continue reading.