Jaikishan : The Charm of Music

He was always a man of warmth. A prince in appearance and a king by heart. Dressed in shining Shark skin fabric trousers, crisp shirts and pointed shining leather shoes with his carefree strands of hair running around the forehead, whenever he entered the studio or a party, all the eyes always used to be on him. Jaikishan was really a charmer. His music has always reflected his persona. Music …

The Pipe that exudes melody : Flute Based Hindi Songs

Hindi Film Music is one of the greatest amalgamation of multiple genre of music across world. Since it draws so many flavors of music, it has also merged sounds of many instruments from various corners of continents. Accordion from Austria, Violin from Italy, Guitar and Castanets from Spain and likewise. Among these multi cultural melodic sounds, there is one sound that has enchanted music lovers for decades and that is …

Sebastian D’Souza : The Man Behind Immortal Harmonies

One of the most significant contributions of the Portuguese in India was compulsory music learning in Church Schools. They would not have imagined that this policy will be immensely helpful to composers of Hindi Film Music. How could this happen ? To know the answer, lets go 115 years back. On 29th January 1906, a baby was born in Reis-Megos village in North Goa. His parents named him Sebastian. From …

Jaane Chaman – the inferno in rains – Gumnaam (1965)

Duniya ke saath Jo Badalta Jaye, Jo uske sanche mein hi dhalta jaye, Duniya Usi ki hai jo chalta jaye…… Shankar Jaikishan (SJ) not only composed this lines but also proved it right. Remaining relevant to changing times was always important for success. This composition Jaane Chaman Shola Badan… is also a testimony of the versatility and sense of being relevant they had. The journey from Barsaat mein Hum Se …

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 …

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