Bollywood songs that grooved on Brass Instruments : with love from Jazz and Symphony

“Band Baaja” – the moment this word comes across us, the image of those shiny big horn type instruments flashes in memory. Brass bands had once been an irreplaceable element of wedding ceremonies in India. Credit of introducing brass instruments to hindi film songs goes to popular jazz culture of Bombay and Calcutta in 1940’s. Musicians like Antonio Vaaz (Chic Chocolate), Chris Perry and Manohari Singh who came to bollywood …

Rajesh Roshan : the non-conformist composer

From Anil Biswas to Shankar Jaikishan and from Rahul Dev Burman to A.R.Rehman, the hindi film industry has seen the trend of those composers being successful who charted their own path by not confirming to contemporary trend. Rajesh Roshan is also one of those non conformist music director who made his identity with his own style of composing. When he began as independent composer after four to five years being …

Bollywood Instrumentals – the music mojito

Beginning of 1960’s saw many events that completely changed the landscape of Indian and International Music. The Beatles began their journey of success with singles in UK , Pt Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan , Ustad Alla Rakha have started emerging as India’s ambassadors in Classical music Internationally, Rahul Dev Burman and Laxmikant Pyarelal were still cajoling their talent to be a big name in Films Music. While big …

The Minimal Optimism : Achcha ji Main Hari……

Nectar … Is a name of private island where owner of famous Virgin Media Sir Richard Branson lives in his 70 Million dollar Mansion. Surely a great example of display of abundance. Interestingly, another business leader Steve Jobs used to practice minimalism to an extent that he didn’t like to keep furniture in his room. He believed it distracted his creativity. Dada Burman’s approach to his music is like a …

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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