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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RD Burman – Hit Songs, Flop Movies?

“ WARNING: This article has been penned by a die-hard R.D.Burman fan. Any biases and prejudices, please be excused! 🙂 RD Burman or Pancham Da! – the name itself rings melody. He reigned supreme, churning out hit after hit from the early 60's right up until his untimely demise in 1994. Even though his first official debut movie is "Chhote Nawab (1962)", he had been working under the

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Bollywood Bicycle Songs

“ Cool Cycle Songs- Not-so-popular & Popular… 🙂   1. Lovely song…Ae Maine Kasam Li – Tere Mere Sapne (1971) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hntxR5JxWWE   2. Lalalallaala… Main chali main chali – Padosan (1968) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szFxM9KBNMA   3. Fun to watch…Super hit song Maana janaab ne pukara nahin – Paying Guest (1957) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT3WKSb1q_Q   4. One of my fav

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