My favourite Shailendra songs

Most people associate a song with the actor or the actress on whom it is picturised. And if one is a bit more interested then perhaps they can identify the singer and music director. The person behind the words is by and large forgotten. Even though, the lyrics are what help us connect to a song. […]

The Unforgettable Geeta Dutt

Geeta Dutt would have been 84 years old today. This post is a tribute to one of the most versatile singers in the Hindi film music scene. Born in Faridpur, now in Bangladesh, as one among ten children, Geeta Dutt (nee Roy) moved to Bombay with her family  in 1942.  There is a well-known story […]

Remembering Rehman…

Nov 5th marked the thirtieth death anniversary of one of the most impressive actors of the fifties and sixties, the regal, suave Rehman. His family traced its roots to King Amanullah Khan of Afghanistan and two of his grand-nephews are actors in Pakistan. Born in 1921 in Lahore, Rehman grew up in Jabalpur. After his graduation […]

Mandatory Sahir Post of the week!

This post is unabashedly about the best lyricist/ poet Hindi film music (in my opinion) has ever seen. I have mentioned before in this blog that I adore Sahir Ludhianvi and that one or more of his songs do find a way into this blog every week or so… But today I have a valid reason to […]

Jo Bhi Hai Bas Yehi Ek Pal Hai….

Sansaar ki har shai kaa itnaa hi fasaanaa hai ek dhundh se aanaa hai ek dhundh mein jaanaa hai… This beautiful, philosophical song  sung by Mahendra Kapoor from the film Dhund (1973) is another of my favourite MK songs. I thought of this yesterday as I was writing about Chalo Ek Baar Phir se.  Dhund is […]

Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se – Gumrah (1963)

When I recently decided to revive this blog, I was not sure what I wanted to write about. Hindi movie songs – especially the ones between 1950 – 1970 are a passion. But there are so many wonderful blogs existing in the blogosphere on this topic. All these are amazing reads and have contributed a lot to […]

Chin-O-Arab Hamara (Phir Subah Hogi – 1958)

Some months back, I decided to digitise all my old cassettes (Cassettes – remember – from those gone-by days?) I have a massive collection of old cassettes – some that belong to my parents and some that I collected over the years. Well, the project of digitising them got stuck – come to think of it, it […]

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