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

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 … Continue reading Well-Known Songs … Not So Well-Known Composers

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

Bengali Music Influences in HFM

“ 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 Bengali Music Influences in HFM

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 … Continue reading Spark gone? Rafi Saab to the rescue!

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 … Continue reading Crossover musicians– Bengal and Bollywood

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 … Continue reading RD Burman – Hit Songs, Flop Movies?

Melody LLP – (Lata/Laxmi/Pyare)

“ Top 10 Lata-Laxmi Pyare Songs   Did you know that Lata Mangeshkar is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the maximum number of songs sung? (A whopping 30,000 songs). Did you know that of all the music directors, she has sung the maximum number of songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal, one of her favorite … Continue reading Melody LLP – (Lata/Laxmi/Pyare)