Raja Nawathe: Gumnaam (1965)

You know I had never quite been a huge Hindi cinema buff. No doubt, I had watched numerous films over decades of my life in India, but had never really bought film magazines, nor bought tickets from the fellas who paced up and down, muttering something under their breath while you're waiting in queue with … Continue reading Raja Nawathe: Gumnaam (1965)

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Shankar-Jaikishan + Anand Bakshi: one film only!

Music buffs wonder why. "Main Sunder Hoon" (1971)... Just that one film? Die-hard fans of music composers Shankar-Jaikishan, will immediately pipe in with their reasoning for aisa kyun!     Simplistic arguments of S-J fans range from, "Anand Bakshi's songs lacked lyrics; they were a string of words with mere 'tukbandi' (rhyming)." "Anand Bakshi's lyrics … Continue reading Shankar-Jaikishan + Anand Bakshi: one film only!

Hindi Film Songs based on Raag Darbari Kanada

This post is just the first in a series I hope to create, towards my refresher and personal education on classical Indian sangeet. So as to recognize the raag when I listen to Hindi film songs, I'm searching for videos that are not too complex in content. The more one listens, the easier it would … Continue reading Hindi Film Songs based on Raag Darbari Kanada