Of train journeys….a song list

There is something charming about train journeys. As the locomotives whizz past different landscapes, routes and places, towards their destination, taking a whole set of travellers with them, they become a bit more than just a convenient mode of transportation. Accidental meetings take place – people meet, connect and go their separate ways. Long journeys […]

Roop ki Rani Choron ko Raja (1961)

Yes, with Anu flagging off the Dev Anand movie month on her blog (coinciding with my Duniya review) and Madhu following it up with Mahal, it seemed to me that my next review should be of a previously unwatched Dev Anand movie. And what better than a Dev Anand-Waheeda Rehman movie, available on Youtube! I heard of […]

Remembering N. Dutta (Datta Naik)

  30th December, 2014 marks the 27th death anniversary of the unfairly under-rated and lesser known composer, Datta Naik, also credited as N. Dutta. (The above pic has him at the harmonium in a rehearsal with Rafi.) Datta Naik was born in a small village, Oroba, in the then Portuguese colony of Goa in 1930. At […]

A Tribute to Mohd Rafi – Part 2

As I was surfing looking for pictures of Mohd Rafi, I was struck by the fact that he is smiling in all the pictures. Not one, where that kind smile has not lit his face and sparkled through his eyes. There is something gentle and loveable about the man. Thirty four years after his death, […]

A Tribute to Mohd Rafi – Part 1

Today (24th December 2014) will mark the 90th birth anniversary of one of Hindi cinema’s finest singers and my personal favourite, Mohd Rafi. When I planned to make a list of my favourite Rafi numbers as a tribute, it struck me that I would just not be able to come up with a list of 10 […]

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. […]

Happy Birthday, Dilip Saab

Dilip Kumar turns 92 years old today. Also comes the good news that he has been discharged from the hospital today, which is where he has been the past few days, due to an infection. I admit, I have not been a fan of Dilip Kumar – maybe because he was too much of the […]

A tribute to a master – Salil Choudhary

Two posts in the span of couple of hours was certainly not intended. But, today is the 91st birth anniversary of one of the finest music composers of Indian cinema – Salil Choudhary. What can one say about this immensely talented genius! He was a dramatist, writer, scriptwriter, lyricist and musician – composer and arranger […]

Gungunaoonga Yehi Geet Main Tere Liye – Remembering Sachin Dev Burman and Majrooh Sultanpuri

Today is the 108th birth anniversary of the legendary Sachin Dev Burman and the 95th birth anniversary of the very talented Majrooh Sultanpuri. This was meant to be a list post – my top 10 songs written by Majrooh Sultanpuri and composed by Sachin Dev Burman. But as I shuffled my memory and started jotting […]

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