Friday, March 20, 2009
Sunday, December 14, 2008
"Yeh Hosla Kaise Jhuke...".A Tribute to the valiant souls who laid down their lives in the Mumbai Terror Attacks!
I heard this song a few years back and it moved me immensely! Since then I was waiting eagarly for the Karaoke track to appear somewhere.
We will move on despite all the hurdles in front of us. We will not lose our courage and hope. Day and Night are part of our lives. This song is about life...We have to move on....
Song: Yeh Hosla Kaise Jhuke
Original Singer: Shafqat Amanat Ali
Music: Salim Sulaiman
Lyrics: Mir Ali Hasain
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Saturday, October 11, 2008
Teri Duniya Se-Pavitra Paapi-Another gem from Kishore
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Saturday, August 09, 2008
Radhike Tune Bansuri Churayi-From the Golden Years!!
Rafi Saaab has made this classical song an evergreen one in his golden voice.
Film: Beti Bete
Original Singer: Mohammad Rafi
Music: Shanker Jaikishen
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Thursday, May 29, 2008
Jashn Bahara-Another Jewel in A.R Rahman's Crown!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Ajab Si-Om Shanti Om.....K.K Shines Again.....
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Dil Aisa Kissine Mera Toda...Another Kishore Kumar Gem!
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Sawan Ka Mahina-A gem of a duet from Mukesh-Lata!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Yaaroon Dosti..Amazing K.K at his Best!
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Maula Mere-Anwar.....Roopkumar Rathod at his best....
Song: Maula Mere
Film: Anwar (2006)
Original Singer: Roop Kumar Rathod
Lyrics: Syed Qadri
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Jab Deep Jale Aana from Chitchor..... an immortal song..........
It was only due to his busy assignments in South India that Yesudas could not continue actively in Hindi. But we Malayalees have a habit of attacking him quite often by saying that he was not successful in Hindi due to his accent and pronunciation! This is really a shame as the Hindi music lovers, Music Directors, Producers...would never ever have thought of these things even in the wildest of their dreams! He had all respect there. In fact his record speaks for itself. He sang for all the best music directors and sang the best songs that even the leading singers of those days could not have dreamt of! Some songs like "Chand Akela" "Dheere Dheere", and all the songs from Chitchor can never ever be imagined in any other singer's voice in Bollywood. His Golden Voice and his uncanny ability to sing the most difficult of harkaths (sangathis) with ease was his forte.
Raag Yaman(Kalyani) has been extensively used in Film music both in the North and South of India. This is because the raag easily atttracts attention due to its underlying beauty of swara frequency progression. Most of the songs composed in Yaman have been hits too. "Jab Deep" too is in Yaman and has all the beauty of this Raag attached to it. This song has been requested many times by many music lovers and finally I was able to do it.
Song: Jab Deep Jale Aana
Original Singers: K.J Yesudas & Hemlatha
Lyrics: Ravindra Jain
INTERVIEW WITH K.J YESUDAS & RAVINDRA JAIN
(QUOTED FROM THE HINDU NEWSPAPER)
Yesudas: Dada, I had invited you for my son's wedding. But then you were busy with `Vivah.'
Jain: Yes, the reel one.
(And the two burst out laughing)
Yesudas: Dada, do you remember our `Chitchor' days.
Jain: Of course. I was on the lookout for a fresh voice for Amol Palekar. And when I heard your voice, I heard the voice of India, of Hindustan. I played it to Basu da [Basu Bhattacharya, director of `Chitchor'] and he also said he had never heard such a divine voice before. All the greats, including singers, agreed that this was a unique voice. That was how the songs of `Chitchor were made. We alwo worked in 'Sunayana' and 'Nayya' ...
Yesudas: I feel that is destiny. I have never ever tried to grab songs. It is destined that each song be sung by a particular person and it is futile for someone else to try and grab that song. This is not a rat race. Right from `Aliyambal,' I have not tried to get ahead at the cost of anyone else.
K.P. Udayabhanu was supposed to sing that song. He fell ill and when the director asked me to sing, I was very reluctant. Only after Udayabhanu gave me the green signal did I agree to render the song. Similarly, when Dada called me, I went to Mumbai to sing for `Chitchor'
Jain: The songs were a big hit and I got a lot of compliments from singers, directors and actors for `Jab Deep Jale... ' It is an immortal song.
Yesudas: Those were the golden days of music. We used to have extensive rehearsals with the full orchestra. Even the film director would be there. But music, like art, evolves. It is not difficult to keep singing the same song year after year. But the song has to evolve and to do that the singer has to have that inner ability. That is manodharma. Usually, I am very serious about my work. So, when I indulged in these variations at a programme recently, the audience was pleasantly surprised. But I got an adept partner who gave me the space to sing. That is the chord that binds us, right Dada.
(He demonstrates by singing `Jab Deep Jale' with slight variations and soon Jain also joins in... )
Jain: When I composed the music for `Tansen,' there was one particular song that played on the ragas and the position of the `Sa.' Mohammed Rafi was at his peak then. When I played this song for him, he told me `Raviji, Mohammed Rafi would not be able to sing this song in this lifetime.' That was the greatness of Rafi. Hemant Da [Hemant Kumar] told me that the very thought of singing the song made him tense. It was finally sung by Yesu. Both of us worked on that song for two days during the recording. No food, no break or even a sip of water. We finished it only after 59 takes.
Yesudas: If we had the technology that is available now, we would have finished it in three hours. At the end of the recording, both of us fell ill. It is a unique song and one of the most difficult ones I have sung. I took no food till the recording was over.
Jain: No water either.
Yesudas: I wanted to do justice to the composition. Never ever have I taken more than 15 to 30 minutes to record a song. But we took five to six days for one song. At the end of it, when certain people told us `Dada, this song is too heavy,' I had to intervene. I asked them why were they making a film on one of the greatest musical legends of India if they did not want pure classical music. It is true that we owe a great deal to our listeners. But the tastes of our viewers and listeners have to grow to appreciate great films and pure Carnatic music.
Jain: One has to understand the mood of a situation for which a song has been composed. The music has to be in tune with the lyrics.
Yesudas: Now, there is lots of noise. If the music does not go with the lyrics and the mood of the scene that it is going to be picturised, the essence of the song is lost. It is not enough to sing the notes on a paper. One has to feel the music and lyrics.
Jain: And it is possible to do that. For instance, I have not changed my style of music for `Vivah.' But I changed the structure of the compositions to suit youngsters. Most of them are so busy as they have so many diversions. So one has to catch their attention.
I have worked in films and serials to my heart's content. By the end of this year, I plan to work with you again. Now, I want to introduce the younger generation to the rich culture of India. So I am composing music for the Vedas and the Upanishads. Yesu, both of us will work on that.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Tum Rehti Ho......
Song: Pal Pal Dilke Paas
Original Singer: Kishore Kumar
Music: Kalyanji Anandji
Lyrics: Rajinder Kishen
Friday, June 15, 2007
Khilte Hain Gul Yahan: Another Kishore Kumar-S.D Burman Gem!
S.D Burman composed music for 100 movies inclusive of Bengalee films. Agneepath (1990) had an uncredited song composed by him - Nazar lagi raja tore bangle par from Kalapani (1958). He also sang about 20 film songs (inclusive of Bengali films) for which he composed music though he may not have been the music director of the films. He also sang for one of the songs of Amar Prem (1971), a film whose music was composed by his son, Rahul Dev Burman. S.D. Burman's compositions have been mainly sung to a large extent by the likes of Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Dutt (wife of Guru Dutt and a playback singer herself), Manna Dey,Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle and Shamsad Begum. Mukesh and Talat Mahmood have also sung songs composed by him. He has also sung a number of private songs and bhajans. Notable ones being "Dheere se jana bagiyan mein" and "Kaun nagariya javun re Bansiwale..".
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