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.

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.