Friday, March 20, 2009

Guzarish-Ghajini-A.R Rahman

It's been quite a long time since I posted a song here. It's always the latest songs that attract the young and I should say that singing songs of this generation do challenge you at times. It's not to prove any point but sometimes it's fascinating to try different songs that you are not supposed to sing or your audience and yourself have made you think so. This is one such song that caught my attention recently. Getting good karaoke tracks for latest songs are sometimes very difficult. The ones mostly available with the N-364 kind of keyboard tones are un-inspiring at times. So I had to tinker with the original a little to get the main voice of this song subdued. Then I had to play with the equalizer a little to even out the track. Here is the result.
Sonu Nigaam's humming in this song gives the life to the backing track, so I believe that it cannot be replaced with any other voice. Well Sonu's loss in not being able to sing the full song has been Javed Ali's gain. The song has become a chart buster!
Song: Guzarish
Film: Ghajini
Singer: Javed Ali (Humming parts by Sonu Nigaam)
Music: A.R Rahman
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

"Yeh Hosla Kaise Jhuke...".A Tribute to the valiant souls who laid down their lives in the Mumbai Terror Attacks!

Am back again after another long gap of a month. In between so much has happened. Our country was attacked by terrorists and we lost so many valuable lives!
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.
I dedicate this song to those who laid down their lives for us....... the valiant souls who died for their motherland. This song conveys so much with simple words and emotion.
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
Film: Dor
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

After a long gap am here again with a Kishoreda song. Ever since I heard this song in my College days, it has been one of my all time favourites. It's definitely one of Kishoreda's best songs in the sentimental category. His soulful sonorous voice has so much of depth and emotion in it. I have tried my best to do justice to this beautiful composition from Prem Dhawan which came out in 1970.
Song: Teri Duniya Se
Film: Pavitra Paapi (1970)
Original Singer: Kishore Kumar
Music Director: Prem Dhawan
Lyrics: Prem Dhawan


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Saturday, August 09, 2008

Radhike Tune Bansuri Churayi-From the Golden Years!!

A small but beautiful song of the yesterday years. Shanker-Jaikishen though more known for their Western classical music/Latin folk music treatment in their songs have created pure Hindustani Raga based songs too. Two of their hits in this genre are based on the same Raga too! Jhanak Jhanak (Mannadey) and Radhike Tune are these two.
Rafi Saaab has made this classical song an evergreen one in his golden voice.
I would like to thank Roshni my Blogger friend for suggesting this song and sending me the track.
Song: Radhike Tune
Film: Beti Bete
Original Singer: Mohammad Rafi
Music: Shanker Jaikishen
Lyrics: Shailendra

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Jashn Bahara-Another Jewel in A.R Rahman's Crown!

A.R Rahman always rises like a phoenix time and time again when people start murmuring and say that he has exhausted his stuff. For A.R.R this mere doubt seems to be the fuel to exceed his own standards every now and then when such comments are uttered. I recently heard his songs from "Ada" and to be frank that sounded average and uninspired, going by his standards. The songs seemed to be more like the typical Hindi songs of the yesterday years. But I am always amazed by the amount of variations and colour he gives to his songs in 99% of his songs. The 1% of carelessness could be easily forgotten! He is amazingly gifted, no doubt. But he does lot of research and hard work on listening to world music which makes him up to date with the ever changing demands of time. He also gives ample respect to the genuine music lover. When he teams up with Javed Akhtar and the likes of Ashutosh Gowarikar or Subhash Ghai, he raises his standards by leaps and bounds and brings novelty to what ever he creates with them. The songs from Jodha Akbar are no different. I have attempted an amazing melody from this movie sung beautifully by Javed Ali. Curiously, Javed Ali sounds like Sonu Nigaam in the beginning of this song and then sounds like Naresh Iyer at some parts! The song also shows how A.R.R innovates and uses his library of sound samples and acoustic instruments to perfection. This song is characterised by the absence of any string tones compared to many of his other songs. The flute is also used sparingly! The ethnic instrument tones are in tune with the historic era that this film depicts. This song is ample proof for the fact that there is no substitute for melodious music, beautiful lyrics, acoustic tones and the beauty of the human voice! Only such songs from this era, will stand the test of time.
Song: Jashn Bahara
Film: Jodha Akbar (2008)
Music: A.R Rahman
Original Singer: Javed Ali
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ajab Si-Om Shanti Om.....K.K Shines Again.....

"This is one of the best romantic songs I have ever heard in the recent times" is what Sharukh Khan himself said about the song "Ajab Si" from O.S.O! Its very true indeed. Simple, elegant, with minimum orchestration, but enchanting, melodious and immensely romantic is this song rendered by K.K. He has sung his heart out in this wonderful song set to tune by the immensely talented duo of "Vishal-Shekhar". This song though not played fully in the movie is used at all places when King Khan meets the petite Deepika Padukone! It takes you to a world of romance and dreams!
Love Makes Life Live! For those who really hold love in their hearts, every day is a celebration!
Let True Love Live Forever......
Song: Ajab Si
Film: Om Shanti Om
Original Singer: K.K (K Krishnakumar Menon)
Music: Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics: Vishal Dadlani
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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Dil Aisa Kissine Mera Toda...Another Kishore Kumar Gem!

Well I would never forget this song in my whole life as it was the beginning to every amazing thing that happened afterwords in my musical career! This was the first song that I sang for "Meri Awaz Suno". I still remember that day when the hall was filled with aspirants all over from India. As I was the only one who was from the south, I was all at sea listening to the tall stories of my fellow participants about singing track for big singers like Udit Narayan, Abhijeet, Kumar Sanu...etc. All of them were already doing rounds of recording in the studios of Bollywood and here was me, a southie...who had come to beat them all and that too singing hindi! Well I was at times wondering why I had traveled the whole way on a plane to Mumbai in the first place. And then suddenly my name was called out of nowhere! As I went on to the makeshift stage, I found myself confronted by two great personalities in front of me! One was "Sanjeev Kohli", son of the legendary music director "Madan Mohan". The other was "Pamela Chopra" Yash Chopra's wife! They were the judges of the audition rounds! I somehow finished my song "Dil Aisa Kissine Mera" and after I had done with it, I was almost sure that I was going to be out in the audition round itself! The enormity of the occasion had taken its toll on my confidence and I could not even do 50% justice to what I sang. And as I had presumed, I was not selected, and had to go back to my relative's home where I was staying. Once it was over, I was free from all tension and as I was preparing my mind for the long journey by train the next day back to Kerala, the phone bell rang! "I am calling from YASHRAJ FILMS. Can I have Mr. Pradeep Somasundaram on the phone?" A sweet female voice spoke. My relative gave the phone to me. "Sir, we would like to hear your voice once more as we are yet to finalise the last person in the final 14 for the next round. Could you come over?". She said. I could not believe what I heard!
Now, I had no fear at all and thought...what do I have to lose?...let me just go there and do my best this time... "See Mr. Somasundaram...Mrs. Chopra wanted me to hear your voice again as she felt that there was something in you..that we missed...so we called you" "Mr. Kohli said. This time I sang "Dil Aisa" with my heart out! And they said "Mr. Somasundaram...is this really you? Our doubt has been justified! We thought you did not sing well last time due to tension...and see how well you did it this time! We would have lost a good contestant!". And finally I was in the final 14 as the last man at the last minute! The rest of the story and the climax is history, on how a "Manush" became "Amanush" in just 10 days of time! Strange are the ways of fate!
Song: Dil Aisa Kissine Mera
Film: Amanush
Singer: Kishore Kumar
Music : Shyamal Mitra
Lyrics: Indeevar

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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Sawan Ka Mahina-A gem of a duet from Mukesh-Lata!

After a long gap I am back and active again in the Audio Blog world with a post. Dr. Parasmani had finished singing her part of this song long before, but unfortunately I did not get the time to finish my part. Today it's ready and here is the result! "Sawan Ka Mahina" from "Milan" is one of the best duets ever by Mukesh-Lata. Milan was also one of Sunil Dutt's unforgettable hits.

Song: Sawan Ka Mahina
Film: Milan
Singers: Mukesh & Lata Mangeshkar
Music: Lakshmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Yaaroon Dosti..Amazing K.K at his Best!

Krishna Kumar Menon or K.K. (as he is popularly known as) was born on August 23, 1970. This Delhi-based singer came to Mumbai some years ago in search for his career and finally, he got a call to sing a one-minute jingle for singer Leslie Lewis for UTV which kick started his career. He started singing at the age of two and was a part of his college rock band. He has sung over 3500 jingles including Monte Carlo, TVS Scooty, Amul, Britannia and Pepsi's Yeh Dil Maange More in a span of four years. His dream to sing for a Bollywood movie materialized when Vishal Bharadwaj asked him to sing "Chod Aaye Hum" in Gulzar's Maachis (1996). But what catapulted him into the big league was the wildly popular "Tadap Tadap" in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999). He still speaks in chaste Malayalam, remembers the sights and sounds of downtown Kerala and believes the best way to draw inspiration for emotions is to look at the poverty and people around us.
Very few know that this son of Kerala who is now "Sharukh Khan's" Voice is from Thrissur! In fact most Malayalees do not even know that he is a Malayalee and sadly has been ignored by the Malayalee media. He also has numerous hits in Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu. His recent song "Aankhon Mai Teri" from O.S.O.M the Sharukh starrer is already a chart buster now!
This is one of his best songs from his album Pal and which appeard in the Film Rockford.
Song: Yaaroon Dosti
Film: Rockford (Initially appeared in Pal, his album)
Original Singer: K Krishnakumar Menon (K.K)
Music: Leslie Lewis
Lyrics: Mehboob
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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Maula Mere-Anwar.....Roopkumar Rathod at his best....

When Sreenivasan Jain of NDTV asked A.R Rahman on which were the songs that he liked in the recent times apart from his own he singled out "Maula Mere" from "Anwar". Maybe the song does carry a Rahman touch to it in the rhythm arrangement, melody and overall feel. In fact it could easily be mistaken for an A.R.R number! This beautiful song was created by "Mithoon" a new comer in Bollywood. Anwar has other melodious numbers tuned by "Pankaj Awasthi". But "Maula Mere" sure stirs your soul somewhere! The song has been rendered by "Roop Kumar Rathod" another favourite singer from the A.R.R camp. Roopkumar is better known as the brother of Vinod Kumar Rathod (Playback Singer) and music director Shravan Kumar Rathod (Nadeem-Shravan fame). He has a mellifluous voice deep rooted in classical music which he knows to use effectively. He has been silently here in Bollywood since the 90's but off late has finally got due recognition for his talent and hard work. He is also an accomplished Ghazal Singer, an amazing Tabla player and a music director! His wife "Sonali Rathod" too is an equally good Ghazal Singer.

Song: Maula Mere
Film: Anwar (2006)
Music: Mithoon
Original Singer: Roop Kumar Rathod
Lyrics: Syed Qadri

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Jab Deep Jale Aana from Chitchor..... an immortal song..........

When K.J Yesudas started his career in Hindi Film music none would have even imagined that let alone winning the National award, all the songs from the film Chitchor would be super hits and would become immortal in film music history! Chitchor had beautiful songs which were sung by virtually non entities of Bollywood in those days namely Yesudas and Hemlatha. Ravindra Jain gave everything to bring life to some of the best remembered songs in the history of Indian Film Music! "Gori Tera", "Jab Deep", "Tujo Mere" all were a class apart. Jain had so much faith in Yesudas that he gave all the songs to him. Yesudas became the first south Indian singer to bag a National award singing in Hindi! Ravindra jain even mentioned that "If God gives my eyesight back, the first person whom I would like to see would be Yesudas. He has the voice of God." What more could a singer aspire for! There after he sang for almost all the best music directors like Roshan, Jaidev, Khayyam, Bappi Lahari, Rajkamal....He also sang many beautiful duets with Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle. He gave voice to Amitabh Bachchan in songs like "Chaand Akela", "Koi gata", "Mohabbat bade kaam Ki". This was in spite of Rafi and Kishore generally singing for Amitabh in those days! In the song "Mohobbat bade" from Trishul a Yash Chopra film, Yeasudas was the voice of Amitabh though the song had Rafi and Kishore too singing for other actors!
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.
Vidyu has sung the female part and has done a wonderful job as usual! Its been quite long since I have posted a duet and so hope this compensates for the long wait.

Song: Jab Deep Jale Aana
Film: Chitchor
Original Singers: K.J Yesudas & Hemlatha
Music: Ravindra Jain
Lyrics: Ravindra Jain

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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.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas Tum Rehti Ho......

Well this song would surely be the favourite of many music lovers! I had lot of requests for this song and was finally able to get hold of an awesome sounding karaoke track for it almost close to the original. Those who have seen Blackmail would never ever forget this melodious song starring Rakhee & Dharmendra. This was yet another memorable hit from the Kalyanji-Anandji duo. I know that I can never ever be anyway near the magnetic magical voice of Kishoreda but we mortals just try to satisfy ourselves by trying to sing such songs to the best of our abilities. I would just term it passion than anything else! It's just a humble gesture to show that we still hold these songs in our heart of hearts!

Song: Pal Pal Dilke Paas
Film: Blackmail
Original Singer: Kishore Kumar
Music: Kalyanji Anandji
Lyrics: Rajinder Kishen


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Friday, June 15, 2007

Khilte Hain Gul Yahan: Another Kishore Kumar-S.D Burman Gem!

Sachin Dev Burman was born in Comilla, Bengal (now in Bangladesh) in British India. He was born in the royal family of Tripura, and began his training in classical music under his father, sitarist and Dhrupad singer Nabadwipchandra Dev Burman. He later continued his training first under KC Dey, and then Bhismadev Chattopadhaya and Badal Khan. He also acknowledges Ustad Allauddin Khan as one of his gurus. In the early 1930s he made a reputation for himself as a singer of folk and light classical music. (Consequently his film compositions were often influenced by his huge repertory of folk-tunes from the Bengali, Bhatiali, Sari and Dhamail traditions of the North-East India).
He made his film debut singing in Yahudi ki Ladki (1933) but the songs were scrapped and re-sung by Pahari Sanyal. His first film as a singer was finally Sanjher Pidim (1935). He became a music director initially in Calcutta with Rajgee (1937). He moved to Bombay in 1944.
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..".
Sharmilee was another feather on S.D Burman's cap in 1970's. The film was a big hit and the songs were captivating. It also had the young charm of Shashi Kapoor and Rakhee to add to it's success!
I attempt the evergreen song "Khilte Hain Gul Yahan" from the film. This song has long been on my request list and the karaoke track was given to me by Mr. Swaran Dhaliwal from Canada. I thank him and would like to add that this karaoke track is one of the best I have heard and feels almost near to the original!


Song: Khilte Hain Gul Yahan
Film: Sharmilee
Music: S.D Burman
Original Singer: Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Neeraj

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