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The Song Story

Ek Nazar 1951: A Precursor to SD Burman's Music Trends

If one gives a close look at the songs of Ek Nazar 1951, we find they were a precursor to SD Burman’s hits that would follow later, styles that would evolve and set precedents and experiments that would become the hallmark of the singers. An analysis.

Bol Ri Kathputli: Personifying the Puppet Perfectly
Bol Ri Kathputli: Personifying the Puppet Perfectly
Among the memorable dances picturised in Hindi films, Bol ri Kathputli from Kathputli (1957) is an innovation in terms of choreography and music. Anand...
Ek Nazar 1951: A Precursor to SD Burman's Music Trends
Ek Nazar 1951: A Precursor to SD Burman’s Music Trends
If one gives a close look at the songs of Ek Nazar 1951, we find they were a precursor to SD Burman's hits that would follow later, styles that would evolve and set...
The Spontaneity of Nutan That Rose Above 'Acting'
The Spontaneity of Nutan That Rose Above ‘Acting’
Nutan amazed us with every role she did – she lived the character, spontaneous, natural, unaffected. So you watch Kalyani and Sujata and Aarti Sohanlal (Anari) not Nutan....
Meethe Bol Bole, Bole Paayaliya - A Sparkling Jugalbandi of Music and Dance
Meethe Bol Bole, Bole Paayaliya – A Sparkling Jugalbandi of Music and Dance
Meethe bol bole in Kinara is a beautiful sangam of classical excellence brought together by three maestros - the music of RD Burman, the lyrics and direction...
Unko Yeh Shikayat Hai Ke Hum Kuch Nahin Kehte - When Silence Speaks Volumes
Unko Yeh Shikayat Hai Ke Hum Kuch Nahin Kehte – When Silence Speaks Volumes
There are some songs that rise high above the regular and become proverbial. Such is the everlasting magic of this exquisite ghazal from Adalat (1958) which says volumes more...
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...
Dev Anand and Asha Parekh delivered a superhit with Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai
Love is… Claiming Rights: Teri Zulfon Se Judaai to Nahin Mangi Thi
Attitude speaks, sings and wins hearts as Dev Anand reminds Asha Parekh of his love, his right and his desire. Anand Desai (in maroon font)...
When Cinema Matched Music Beat by Beat: Nadiya Kinare in Abhimaan
When Cinema Matched Music Beat by Beat: Nadiya Kinare in Abhimaan
The challenge of Nadiya kinare in Abhimaan was to create a supremely classical yet rustic song. SD Burman's music, Majrooh Sultanpuri's lyrics, Lata Mangeshkar's...
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...
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...
The Mesmerizing Moods of Jaane Kya Tune Kahi (Pyaasa)
The Mesmerizing Moods of Jaane Kya Tune Kahi (Pyaasa)
The iconic Jaane kya tune kahi in Guru Dutt's Pyaasa (1957) is a masterpiece in the world of music and cinematic technique. Anand...
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...
"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...
When Kishore Protested and SD Burman Persisted: The Making of Dukhi Man Mere
When Kishore Protested and SD Burman Persisted: The Making of Dukhi Man Mere
SD Burman knew which voice to use for a particular composition. In a backstage meeting Manna Dey had recalled how Kishore Kumar was made to sing Dukhi man mere by...
Dev Anand and Nutan are lost in their secluded dream world of music and love,
The Tender Musical Tête-à-tête in Chupke Se Mile (Genius of SD Burman)
Master of the Situation Song, SD Burman created compositions and music arrangement that were tailor made for the scene and the singers he chose. Anand...
Evergreen Hits of Dev Anand-Hemant Kumar
Evergreen Hits of Dev Anand-Hemant Kumar
Dev Anand and Hemant Kumar together created some of the most memorable songs of Hindi film music. Interestingly, Hemant Kumar sang only 11 songs as playback for Dada Burman...
From Dum dum diga diga (Chhalia) to Paani paani re, khaare paani re (Maachis) – the breezy rain songs in Hindi film through the decades
Rimjhim ke Taraane… The Breezy Rain Songs (By Our Readers)
Torrential rains may be submerging the major metros of India as water-logging hogs the media headlines yet again with expected regularity this time of the year. But when it...
Rimjhim ke Taraane... The Breezy Rain Songs
Rimjhim ke Taraane… The Breezy Rain Songs
Torrential rains may be submerging the major metros of India as water-logging hogs the media headlines yet again with expected regularity this time of the year. But when it...
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...
Rang Barse... Evergreen Holi Songs Of Bollywood Over 7 Decades (1940-2014)
Rang Barse… Evergreen Holi Songs Of Bollywood Over 7 Decades (1940-2014)
From Aurat in 1940 to Ram Leela in 2014, Holi songs of Bollywood have added colour, energy, music and dance to films through the decades. From the mellow and richly classical...

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