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The Uncommon Roshan

What sets legendary composer Roshan apart from his peers? What – if any – is the hallmark of his compositions? What makes him so different and so intriguing? Monica Kar takes a look.

The Uncommon Roshan
The Uncommon Roshan
What sets legendary composer Roshan apart from his peers? What - if any - is the hallmark of his compositions? What makes him so different and so intriguing? Monica Kar takes...
RD Burman and His Lyricists
RD Burman and His Lyricists
Legendary music director RD Burman worked with over 75 lyricists in his career, creating a huge treasure trove of musical gems that are popular to this day because of their...
Teesri Kasam – A Story of Love That Meandered to its Dead End
Teesri Kasam – A Story of Love That Meandered to its Dead End
Teesri Kasam – the name given to Maare Gaye Gulfam for its cinematic version – was hailed a classic and collected reasonably well at the box-office though...
Waqt Ne Kiya – The Introspective Songs of Kaifi Azmi
Waqt Ne Kiya – The Introspective Songs of Kaifi Azmi
Kaifi Azmi was born Syed Athar Hussein Rizvi on 14th January 1918 in Azamgarh, UP. The renowned lyricist and poet is known for his introspective songs and ghazals...
Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana: Shankar Jaikishan's Melodies of 1971 - 18 Films, 104 Songs
Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana: Shankar Jaikishan’s Melodies of 1971 – 18 Films, 104 Songs
It is 30 years since the last of the Shankar-Jaikishan duo, Shankar, bade goodbye to this world on 26 April 1987, leaving behind a rich and massive legacy of everlasting music,...
11 Everlasting Love Songs: Celebrate the Many Splendours of Love
11 Everlasting Love Songs: Celebrate the Many Splendours of Love
Celebrate Love and Romance: As a Valentine's Day Special, Peeyush Sharma and Antara bring you 11 eternal love songs from 11 music directors who left their mark in Hindi film...
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....
Flashback (Part III): Madan Mohan Hits of 1966 - Jhumka Gira Re
Flashback (Part III): Madan Mohan Hits of 1966 – Jhumka Gira Re
In the five releases that Madan Mohan had in 1966, he delivered a basket of gems and pearls that have lost none of their sparkle 50 years since their making. Classical songs,...
Flashback 50 Years (Part II): OP Nayyar Hits of 1966 - Bahaarein Phir Bhi Aayengi
Flashback 50 Years (Part II): OP Nayyar Hits of 1966 – Bahaarein Phir Bhi Aayengi
The king of rhythm and romance O P Nayyar was in his prime this time 50 years ago but as is usual with the film industry, his success graph this year had its highs and lows....
Raj Kapoor and Shailendra (Pic courtesy: Apnaorg)
15 Songs of Shailendra: The Art of Simply Expressing Deepest Thoughts
Shailendra's seemingly simple lines are layered with meaning, with purpose and with the deepest thoughts, feelings, emotions and realisations. We compiled a brief list of...
Flashback 50 Years (Part I): Shankar Jaikishan Hits of 1966 - Bahaaron Phool Barsao
Flashback 50 Years (Part I): Shankar Jaikishan Hits of 1966 – Bahaaron Phool Barsao
Flashback 50 years. The year 1966. You will notice a marked shift in the style of compositions, change in the audience taste and acceptance of new music directors. Among...
SD Burman conducting the orchestra (Pic: Google Image Search)
Pioneering Experiments Which Became Trends: S D Burman and His Music (Part-II)
The zeal to experiment to create something new drove SD Burman to introduce innovations that went on to become milestones in the journey of the Hindi film song. Today many...
SD Burman knew the unique bhaav gayaki capabilities of his prodigy and manifested them with tailor made compositions only Geeta Dutt could render this way.
The Incomparable Music Of S D Burman Transcends Generations
S D Burman used his solid grounding in classical music and his wide exposure to folk music most effectively to create compositions that broke traditions and became hugely...
"I used to be Pitaji’s assistant. I used to play tabla and Pitaji used to sing." - RD Burman
Pioneering Experiments Which Became Trends: S D Burman and His Music (Part-I)
The zeal to experiment to create something new drove SD Burman to introduce innovations that went on to become milestones in the journey of the Hindi film song. Today many...
‘Deewana Mastana Hua Dil’ – Mesmerizing Music of SD Burman-Majrooh (Oct 1 Anniversary Special)
‘Deewana Mastana Hua Dil’ – Mesmerizing Music of SD Burman-Majrooh (Oct 1 Anniversary Special)
Majrooh Sultanpuri and Dada Burman were both born October 1, 13 years apart. Dada was born in 1906 and Majrooh in 1919. Destined to come together and create magic for music...
Lyricist Raja Mehdi Ali Khan and Madan Mohan
‘Tu Jahan Jahan Chalega, Mera Saya Saath Hoga’ – The Everlasting Songs of Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
From patriotic to sentimental, from humorous to romantic, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan penned a wide range of songs that were simple yet sublime. In a tribute, we revisit some of those...
(L to R) Sound recordist Minoo Katrak,, music director GS Kohli and lyricist Naqsh Layallpuri. (Pic courtesy: Sundeep Pahwa)
Tumko Piya Dil Diya Kitne Naaz Se – GS Kohli, the Unsung Music Composer
In a tribute to the unsung music director G S Kohli, we recall some of the highly pleasing melodies that he left behind for music appreciators.
'Rehearsals were Never Easy, Music Sittings were Always Fun' - Remembering Madan Mohan
‘Rehearsals were Never Easy, Music Sittings were Always Fun’ – Remembering Madan Mohan
Madan Mohan, the creator of immortal melodies and film ghazals, had a fun-loving, outgoing personal side as a gracious cook and host, a wrestling and racing enthusiast, a...
Aane Wala Pal Jaane Wala Hai... The Immortal Songs of RD Burman-Gulzar
Aane Wala Pal Jaane Wala Hai… The Immortal Songs of RD Burman-Gulzar
In their 19 years of camaraderie that involved working together on 117 songs for some 24 films together, R D Burman and Gulzar gave a new dimension to Hindi film music. Songs...
Aye Dil Mujhe Bataa De - The Mast Nagmein of Madan Mohan
Aye Dil Mujhe Bataa De – The Mast Nagmein of Madan Mohan
In a first of its kind tribute, Peeyush Sharma, Consulting Editor, Silhouette and Sangeeta Gupta, the daughter of legendary music director Madan...
Guru Dutt and Waheeda Rehman in Chaudhvin Ka Chand
‘Jo Bhi Ho Tum Khuda Ki Kasam, Lajawab Ho’: Remembering Shakeel Badayuni
Picking up 3 Filmfare Awards in a row was just one of the achievements of poet, shayar, lyricist Shakeel Badayuni, one of the most successful songwriters ever. We remember...
'Chalte Chalte Yunhi Koi Mil Gaya Thha': The Music of Ghulam Mohammad
‘Chalte Chalte Yunhi Koi Mil Gaya Thha’: The Music of Ghulam Mohammad
Even though Ghulam Mohammad started giving music in films since early forties, his noteworthy compositions got their due from 1948 onwards. All the while he was giving hit...
Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par Voh Kahaan Hain: Songs of Sahir
Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par Voh Kahaan Hain: Songs of Sahir
Sahir Ludhianvi was one of those rare talents who not just maintained the vulnerability of Urdu in his lyrics but also perfectly captured the essence of the situation.
Khayyam: Making Poetry Come Alive With Melody
Khayyam: Making Poetry Come Alive With Melody
Khayyam's compositions were soulful and melodious, the songs were rich in poetry and purpose and the style was noticeably different from other composers.
Ae meri zohra jabeen tujhe maloom nahin, by Manna Dey in Waqt has remained immortal.
Fifty Years Ago: Films and Music of 1965
As we reach the end of 2015, we rewind the time machine to 50 years ago and travel down memory lane of the films and music of 1965. A great year in the history of Hindi films...
Bengal's Music and Its Influence in Hindi Film Music
Bengal’s Music and Its Influence in Hindi Film Music
A journey of discovering and enjoying gold nuggets of Bengal’s music strewn in Hindi film songs - a presentation made at the Romancing the Song Meet in India Habitat...
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...
Lata Mangeshkar and Salil Chowdhury
(Pic: lataonline.com)
‘She is Capable of Delivering Anything a Music Maker Can Think Of’ – Salil Chowdhury Speaks About Lata Mangeshkar
'She always knew that it would be challenging to sing under my direction. She was always prepared for that and all along she has been an example of perfection. In my career...
10 Most Favourite Salil Chowdhury Songs: Indian Melodies, Western Harmonies
10 Most Favourite Salil Chowdhury Songs: Indian Melodies, Western Harmonies
'Choosing just ten favourite Hindi songs of music director or singer from a plethora of songs that have given me immense pleasure over the years is probably a Sisyphean endeavour.' Prolific...
The Melody Makers - Chitragupt (L) and Roshan
The Magic of the Melodies of Roshan and Chitragupt
Roshan and Chitragupt - The two hugely talented music directors shared the destiny of not being given their due in the industry and they both have a second generation carrying...
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,...
Sahir Ludhianvi
(Pic: HamaraForums)
Sahir Ludhianvi: The Rebel, The Lover
Sahir’s literary genius resourced the lover within him for expressions. But these expressions, coloured by Sahir the rebel, often took him beyond the contours of conventional...
Suraiyya in Shokhiyan
Jamal Sen and His Music Legacy
In a career spanning 28 years Jamal Sen provided music direction for only 14 Hindi language films. But the songs of Shokhiyan and Daaera are still remembered...
Three Legends: (L to R) Naushad, Majrooh Sultanpur and Madan Mohan (Pic courtesy: madanmohan.in
‘Bade Achchhe Din Thhe, Bade Pyare Saathi, Aur Guni Bhi’ – In Conversation with Majrooh Sultanpuri
"Burman Sahab would reject his own tune. He would say, ‘Chhodo, this is not sounding good.’ Then he would create another tune and start. Producers and directors would...
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...
Shankardas Kesarilal popularly known by his pen name Shailendra
(30 August 1923 – 14 December 1966)
Shailendra: The Spirit with a Mass Connect
Shailendra versified every human emotion, every mood in a lingo that was kabirusque, that connected. A tribute to the ace lyricist on his birth anniversary by Vijay Kumar....
Gulzar: Redefining Poetry and Purpose In Cinema
Gulzar: Redefining Poetry and Purpose In Cinema
Gulzar's films are known for their tight screenplay, witty dialogues and themes that explore intense humanism and his poetry appeals across generations. For this multi-faceted...
Madan Mohan with Lata Mangeshkar and Geeta Dutt at a recording from the film Baap Bete (1959)Pic: Madanmohan.in
Madan Mohan: The Composer of the Classes
There is something really sophisticated about his music which has a timeless pull. It is not surprising that due to this quality his work has endured much after he passed...
RD Burman on AIR (Pic courtesty: From the collections of Pakanati Lakshmi Priya)
The Pathbreaking Non-conformist – The Music of RD Burman
'RD Burman’s music is eternal, universal and a life-long joy.' Each and every song RDB composed and set to tune has a unique identity in its treatment, an unmistakable RDB...
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,...
Anand Bakshi
Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai: The Inspiring Life Of Anand Bakshi
Anand Bakshi, the most prolific lyricist of Hindi cinema lived a life which in itself is an inspiring journey of faith, dreams, success and humanity.
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...
Bahu Manorathe Saju Abhisare
Bahu Manorathe Saju Abhisare
The song is marvelously penned down in a broken dialect (of Sanskrit, Hindi, Maithili, Brajabuli and Bangla) and allows one to find resemblances with Bhanusingher Padabali....
Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet
Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet
Sahir Ludhianvi is probably the only songwriter in Hindi films whose poetry was accepted in its purest form. So great was his stature as an Urdu poet that he never had to...
Majrooh Sultanpuri: Film Poet Of The Millennium
Majrooh Sultanpuri: Film Poet Of The Millennium
Majrooh could write any kind of lyrics tailor-made for the situation in the film.
'Baho men chale aao' makes the grade purely because of its mischievous sweetness and smart handling.
10 Most Romantic Songs in Hindi Cinema – Part II
If 'abhi na jao'… is an argument about the value of being together, 'accha ji main haari'… is equally sensuous argument about how difficult life can be without your partner....
10 Most Romantic Songs in Hindi Cinema - Part I
10 Most Romantic Songs in Hindi Cinema – Part I
Film songs perhaps have been the best vehicle of conveying romance and passion in a society where on-screen permissiveness was taboo till recently.
'Zindagi Ka Safar' Lives On...
‘Zindagi Ka Safar’ Lives On…
Kalyanji-Anandji’s music had a distinct flavor of its own. It stayed away from the so-called “inspired” takeoffs on western hits, and lent a delectable folk flavor to...

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