The Title Music That Became Identity of Film

What could possibly be interesting in a 2:45 minutes title music ? Given that it has no lyrics , no singing and not much of an instrumental interplay , it is not surprising that it has not been much discussed and yet, it’s much loved, obsessed and cherished piece of music by all music lovers. Title track of Sholay is nothing less a milestone than the film itself. Pancham‘s music …

Classical Colors of Holi Songs

“Holi Kab Hai… Kab Hai Holi?” When Gabbar Singh said this on screen, the writers would not have thought that it would become a psalm for the festival of colours in decades to come. Thinking of Holi, a few staple things instantly come to mind like holika-dahan, bhaang, gujia, gulal and of course Rang barse Bheege Chunar Wali… We get references of Holi in Puranas where Asura king Hiranyakashyapu tried …

80’s Musical Gems : Vintage Wines

By the time the decade of 70’s was fading out, the world was changing and so was the films and music. Floral designs have started disappearing from fashion. Slimmer bottom trousers had replaced Bell Bottoms. Pre recorded audio cassettes were released along with vinyl records and Disco music had begun getting its foothold in collection of music lovers. The transition from 70’s to 80’s was a major shift in the …

Eight Shades of Love : A Musical Prism

Along with February comes a brouhaha about Valentine Day. Red hearts are pushed into your face from all corners of this commercial world, hopelessly believing in cliched concepts around this emotion and thus reducing the divine quality of love to mere romantic exchange between two lovers. Love can’t be just this shortest~month~born fad idea which passes away sooner than a blink.  I believe the entire life is all about love. …

Title Music of film : the sign post of story.

From folklore to plays and musical drama to films, story telling has changed many forms over a century. Every time the narrators have tried to make their story more and more intriguing to audiences. When the stage dramas have given way to films or motion pictures, especially talkies, a dilemma arose – how to begin the story ? This is when the Title Music of Films was born. We have …

Songs with twists

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else, as Albert Einstein said. Few of our composers have actually did it and proved that by defying conventional methods, a better composition can be made. Hindi Film Songs of last seven decades is a huge repertoire of various kind of musical innovations. Some are subtle and some are very strange. All …

Vocal Harmony in Hindi Songs

When Sir Thomas Roe founded first British factory in Surat and when Vasco Da Gama first landed in Calicut, they would have never imagined in their dreams that after four centuries , they would be instrumental for a fascinating event to take place. This event was composition of music in films. The fusion of Western music that came with Europeans in India with Indian Classical nuances that existed here for …

Musical Rhythms of the Running Train

Trains have been integral to the lives of people ever since the first train ran in 1853 in India. In Indian cinema, there are lots of songs which are picturized either on the running train or in the backdrop of the moving locomotive, snaking through the hills and the fields. It is very interesting to observe how composers have created the basic rhythm for songs which were picturized on a …

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