“ Webster Definition: The formation or use of words such as buzz or murmur that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to. Obviously in our Hindi Film Songs, we don’t use words like buzz and murmur. But our Hindi songs are replete with Chhan-Chhan, Chham-Chham, Chhun-Chhun, Dhak-Dhak, Ha-Ha etc…. that would … Continue reading Onomatopoeia in Hindi Music (Ye Kya Hota Hai???)
“ 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 Tandem Tunes
“ There was a time when actors sang their own songs that were mostly composed by them. Then came the clear segregation between singers and music directors. This was followed by Sangeetkaar-jodis … Husanlal-Bhagatram, Shankar-Jaikishan to name a few. In the recent times, there has been a major trend of multiple music directors composing for a single movie – each one … Continue reading Guest composers for a Hindi movie
“ The mesmerizing, melodious voice with impeccable tone and timbre. Pitch perfect control. The playful, soulful caressing of the lyrics. The subtle modulations and variations. Yes, these are qualities that make Rafi’s romantic songs such a wonderful, fulfilling listening experience, and truly we are blessed that he left us with so many. A lot has been said and written about Rafi’s classical music grounding, his versatility and range … Continue reading Rafi : The master of diction
“ 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 Was 80’s really the worst decade in Hindi Film Music??
“ 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 Scale/Octave change in the middle of the song
“ 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 Tum Bin Jeevan Kaisa Jeevan
“ 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 Well-Known Songs … Not So Well-Known Composers
“ 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 R.I.P. Manna Dey (1 May 1919 – 24 October 2013)
“ 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 Gaana Ban Gaya Movie-Title!