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Golden Voices

Main Kya Janoon Kya Jadoo Hai: K L Saigal's Magical Music

K L Saigal, the first superstar singer-actor of Indian cinema inspired generations of singers who went on to become legends in their own right. Chandidas, released on 24th March 1934 had made K L Saigal the national star and there was no looking back. From film songs to ghazals, from classical based non-film bhajans to the Rabindra Sangeet (under the blessings of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore himself) – Saigal built up an enviable repertoire of perfection and purity in music.
On his birth anniversary, we pay a special tribute with a journey through Saigal’s songs by Peeyush Sharma and an interview with Pran Nevile, the renowned author of KL Saigal – Immortal Singer and Superstar and K.L. Saigal The Definitive Biography and the founder and convener of the ‘KL Saigal Memorial Circle.

Main Kya Janoon Kya Jadoo Hai: K L Saigal's Magical Music
Main Kya Janoon Kya Jadoo Hai: K L Saigal’s Magical Music
K L Saigal, the first superstar singer-actor of Indian cinema inspired generations of singers who went on to become legends in their own right. Chandidas, released on 24th...
Which Was the True Voice of Pancham?
Which Was the True Voice of Pancham?
It will be 23 years since Pancham (R D Burman) on this day in 1994 left us music lovers with an awful feeling of loss just when we were about to celebrate his huge comeback....
Sukh Ke Sab Saathi: 10 Songs of Mohd Rafi with Kalyanji-Anandji
Sukh Ke Sab Saathi: 10 Songs of Mohd Rafi with Kalyanji-Anandji
As a birth anniversary tribute, we pick 10 Songs of Mohd Rafi with Kalyanji-Anandji. Together they created songs which we hum and enjoy to this day.
10 Most Loved Duets of Geeta Dutt
10 Most Loved Duets of Geeta Dutt
As a tribute to the Queen of Bhaav Gayaki, I revisit some of my most favourite duets of Geeta Dutt that create a charming world of evergreen music. She put her heart and soul...
Mukesh (July 22, 1923 - August 27, 1976)
Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye – Mukesh’s Hit Songs for Heroes
Silhouette takes you on a journey through some of Mukesh's hit songs, which he sang for the reigning heroes or stars of his time. A tribute to the Golden Voice Mukesh.
Hain Sabse Madhur Woh Geet: Melodies of Talat Mahmood
Hain Sabse Madhur Woh Geet: Melodies of Talat Mahmood
A tribute to Talat Mahmood, the velvet voiced, romantic, uncrowned King of Ghazals among singers by rewinding some of his eternal Hindi film songs and ghazals that our generation...
A personally autographed picture of Suraiya (Picture courtesy Jyoti Prakash Guha)
Suraiya: The Last Singing Star of Indian Cinema
Suraiya, possibly the last singing star of the golden era of Hindi films is one of the most beloved artists. Her beauty coupled with melodious voice captivated the hearts...
A consummate harmonium player during her glory days. Her stage shows those days were said to be magical.
Four Aces and A Queen
A world slightly away from mainstream films was the world of action, stunt, thriller, religious, costume drama, fantasy, historical films. Geeta Dutt nee Roy was amongst the...
Tere Mere Sapne Ab Ek Rang Hain - Eternal Melodies of SD Burman-Rafi
Tere Mere Sapne Ab Ek Rang Hain – Eternal Melodies of SD Burman-Rafi
"Rafi, mild, humble and a true saint that he was, once said, what he learnt from SD Burman during those days, he applied to his singing all his life. It was a changed Rafi,...
Lata Mangeshkar, the Melody Queen (Pic courtesy: SMM Ausaja)
Journey Through Lata’s Melodies
Lata Mangeshkar's melodies have been a constant companion for over two decades for Srinivas Ganti who chronicles his delightful discovery of her music while drawing parallels...
Simple, Soulful, Sublime: The Music of Hemant Kumar
Simple, Soulful, Sublime: The Music of Hemant Kumar
"Simplicity and generosity were his hallmark as a man, and the tunes had an innocence and sweetness that only he could have created. Steeped as he was in Rabindra Sangeet...
1971, during the press show of his "Ambitious"film Door Ka Rahi at Apsara cinema Mumbai. The film ran for 15 weeks on merit . There were no buyers so he released it himself adding another feather in his cap by becoming a "Distributor". (Pic and caption: Amit Kumar)
Kishore Kumar, The Master of his Craft – Amit Kumar Remembers his ‘Baba’
You must sound unique and different, so adopt the song in a way as if it is your own and shape it, mould it, deliver it in your unique style. That is what will leave a lasting...
Pancham and Rafi
Jaao Mere Siva Tum Kahan Jaaoge – Remembering Rafi through Rahul Dev Songs
Peeyush Sharma traverses a less travelled but spectacular path, picking up hidden gems along the way and remembering Rafi through the music of RD Burman with some popular...
Ten Songs of Mohd. Rafi We Could Not Include in 'Gaata Rahe Mera Dil'
Ten Songs of Mohd. Rafi We Could Not Include in ‘Gaata Rahe Mera Dil’
Balaji Vittal lists 10 songs of Rafi Sahib that they would have loved to include in their book Gaata Rahe Mera Dil. as his tribute to the iconic singer, exclusively...
Geeta Dutt
The Language Versatility of Geeta Dutt – A Rare Depth of Feeling
Geeta Dutt sang in various Indian languages other than her native Bengali and mainstream Hindi, bringing to the songs great ease of rendition and a rare depth of feeling –...
Hemant Kumar 
(Pic courtesy: From the collections of SMM Ausaja)
‘The Music Director Knows which Voice would do Full Justice to his Composition’ – In Conversation with Hemant Kumar
In a tribute to singer-composer Hemant Kumar, Silhouette Magazine presents excerpts from a rare and unpublished, exclusive interview of the legendary artiste by Peeyush Sharma,...
Eternal Wait: The Story Of The Dark Girl By The Meghna (Geeta Dutt)
Eternal Wait: The Story Of The Dark Girl By The Meghna (Geeta Dutt)
"A dark girl sits by the river – she misses the tunes of the boatmen. The birds don’t give her accompaniment. Yet she sits. Hums – tunes of an era she wishes to visit...
Sandhya Roy plays the nautch singer/dancer Roshan who struggles through life but succeeds in ensuring a life of respect and prestige for her child.
Alor Pipasa (Thirst for the Awakening)
The brilliant use of music in Alor Pipasa, composed by Hemanta Mukhopadhyay, strides two different segments – one scholarly and the other populist (suiting to the period...
Geeta Dutt had the unique ability to sing any kind of song with the authentic tone, feeling, passion and emotion as demanded by the composition and the situation it was being picturised in.
Geeta Dutt – The Skylark Who Sang From The Heart
Was there ever a playback singer who conveyed feelings better? On Geeta Dutt's death anniversary, we republish a humble tribute to the ethereal singer who had a short lived...
Manna Dey
Manna Dey: A Rare Voice That Excelled In All Music Genres
Manna Dey, the last of the male golden voices of the 50s, 60s and 70s took classical and popular playback music and modern “adhunik” songs to great heights.
Talat Mehmood with Lata Mangeshkar and Madan Mohan at the recording of a duet for Suhagan. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi was a special guest at the recording.
The Nightingale’s Everlasting Melodies
Having started her career in playback singing seven decades ago in 1942, Lataji has witnessed each transition and milestone of the Hindi film music industry, effortlessly...

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