Dev Anand, in conversation…

Varsha Bhosle, an ardent fan of Dev Anand interviewed the legendary actor somewhere around April 1997. Many others like her, and as fans of Hindi cinema may have already read this long interview, which I just came across minutes ago. As I do occasionally, on finding something interesting, especially unexpectedly, I share the treasure right-away; because … Continue reading Dev Anand, in conversation…

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Pancham’s Debut – Chhote Nawab

Although Chhote Nawab's musical success did not bring a mad rush of film makers to Pancham's doorstep, in no way does that undermine the beauty in the songs here...

The song: ‘Saanvre, Saanvre’ – Film “Anuradha” (1960)

Outstanding in every way, 'Saanvre, Saanvre' is a splendid example of lyrics, composition and the singer's voice unifying into a sublime creation! Shailendra the poet-lyricist, sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, and melodious Lata Mangeshkar were all in their prime, as was the gorgeous actress Leela Naidu making her Hindi film debut with the title role … Continue reading The song: ‘Saanvre, Saanvre’ – Film “Anuradha” (1960)

Lata Mangeshkar ji… kudos to you.

  Now this is a story about conflict between two of Indian Cinema's biggest names who had worked together with great success since the beginning of their major film careers. A fall-out between the two occurred when Lata ji asserted herself raising the issue of royalty to be paid to her; while Raj Kapoor believed … Continue reading Lata Mangeshkar ji… kudos to you.

Trotting on your high horse?

Headed to Buckingham Palace? Chances are you're more than likely not going anywhere near there. Then why this compulsion to speak the Queen's English, eh?  Here's what I think the issue is... It's an instant giveaway that although you're a product of independent India, you haven't quite broken away those shackles of your colonial past … Continue reading Trotting on your high horse?

Watch your kite soar!

In Indian cinema, poets and lyricists have expressed the joys and sorrows of people, through songs using the humble kite as a metaphor. Watching your kite soar, caressing the skies on a clear day is a simple delight. Across the oceans to the west, or bending far over in the orient's east, you see kites … Continue reading Watch your kite soar!

Another Take on Art, Music, Film, Remix… Priceless!

"... Remix voh hota hai ki kisi ka bhi banaya hua gaana aap pakadiye, yaa chura leejiye. Phir uss mein chaar naye saaz ander daaliye, phir ussey record keejiye, remix keejiye, aur khud maalik ban jaaiye. Bhai kalaa toh kalaa hoti hai, chaahe apni ho yaa paraayi; buss, Laxmi aani chaahiye, chhan-chhan, chhan-chhan, chhan chhan..." … Continue reading Another Take on Art, Music, Film, Remix… Priceless!

Crickets herald the onset of Fall… Jhingur Bole Cheeki-Meeki

Crickets herald the onset of Fall... Jhingur Bole Cheeki-Meeki... Well, remember this song from the film "Usne Kahaa Tha" (1961)? With lyrics written by Shailendra ji, and some fabulous music by Salil Chowdhury, this is one of my most favorite songs from Hindi Cinema. Lata Mangeshkar and Talat Mahmood sing off-screen, while a charming Nanda, and the youthful Sunil Dutt sing with abandon on the silver screen.

O, Sajana Barkha Bahaar Aayi

O, why hasn't Shailendra continued writing more stanzas? Did it stop raining? Salil da, what an outstanding composition!

O Machalti Arzoo… Salil da

Vivacious, filled with youthful joy, refreshing, with an element of awaiting to live life to its fullest.