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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Music In The Mountains: Vaada Karo Jaanam

Enjoy a melodious duet today from "Sabse Bada Rupaiya" (1976). Mehmood produced this film, while S. Ramanathan is the director. Moushumi Chatterji and Vinod Mehra played the lead couple.

The duo Basu Manohari composed music for this film. Basudeb Chakraborty and Manohari Singh had both worked extensively with R. D. Burman as his assistants. They also worked independently as a team and composed musical scores for films. Both were very talented musicians in their own right, yet the effect of their association with R. D. Burman can be felt in this song.

Manohari Singh was a saxophonist, but he had also mastered several other western instruments. He was the main arranger for R. D. Burman and played saxophone in many memorable songs. Similarly Basudeb Chakraborty's contribution resulted in the creation of a large number of unforgettable songs. A big salute to the creativity of these geniuses!

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Basu Manohari

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Music In The Mountains: Yeh Hariyali Aur Yeh Rasta

It is amazing how alluring the hills and the surrounding landscape look in shades of black and white. We can think of different tones of green and blue and can visualise several versions of a given frame in our imagination. Today's song is a good example to try this! It is from "Hariyali Aur Rasta" (1962). It was a successful film in its time. It featured Manoj Kumar, Mala Sinha and Shashikala in lead roles. The director was Vijay Bhatt.

The film was shot extensively in Darjeeling. The cinematography is beautiful. And the happiness in Lata Mangeshkar's voice adds to the appeal of this solo, making the package an absolute delight for viewers and listeners!

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Monday, July 16, 2018

Music In The Mountains: Dil Dhoondhta Hai

Today's song is a two-in-one from "Mausam" (1975). The same lyrics. But one is a duet while the other is a solo. How wonderfully Bhupinder has brought playfulness in the duet and how effectively his solo evokes pathos!

Interestingly, there are other two-in-ones in the film. Sanjeev Kumar appears in two versions: a young man and his older self. Sharmila Tagore plays the dual role of mother and daughter. Written beautifully by Bhushan Banmali, Kamleshwar and Gulzar, and directed skilfully by Gulzar, it is a memorable film. It was written simultaneously with "Aandhi", and Sanjeev Kumar did a great job in both of them.

Gulzar's lyrics bring back memories of the days gone by, of soaking lazily in the winter sun and spending summer nights on beds spread out on terraces. How heartwarmingly nostalgic!

Another song Chhadi re chhadi from this film has appeared in this space in an earlier theme.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupinder
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: Madan Mohan

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Music In The Mountains: Subhanallah Jo Ho Raha Hai

A newer song this Sunday than all the others that have been posted so far in this theme. It is from "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" (2013). A successful film directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar, it starred Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone along with Kalki Koechlin in a supporting role. Sreeramchandra (also mentioned as Sreerama Chandra or Sreerama Chandra Mynampati elsewhere) and Shilpa Rao are showing up for the first time in this space.

Another number Ghagra from the same film has appeared here in an earlier theme.

Singers: Shilpa Rao, Sreeramchandra
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Music: Pritam Chakraborty

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Music In The Mountains: Kora Kaagaz Tha Yeh Mann Mera

The song being featured today is from one of the BIG films in the Hindi film industry. "Aradhana" (1969) had everything going for it. It excelled in every department, not only winning many awards; but also conquering people's hearts. All those who came together to create this classic seem to be at their best while making this film. And the result was spectacular!

Enjoy this phenomenal duet in which Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore light up the screen with their charm while the snowy peaks provide a breathtaking backdrop to them.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: S. D. Burman

Friday, July 13, 2018

Music In The Mountains: Main Chali Main Chali Peechhe Peechhe Jahaan

There is a certain charm about seeing a train winding its way in the mountains. Several Hindi films have featured song sequences shot in or on top of trains undulating on curvaceous tracks in scenic hilly areas. Here is one such duet from "Professor" (1962). This is a romantic comedy directed by Lekh Tandon. Shammi Kapoor played a young man and and an old man at the same time, putting his lovable antics to good use. The leading lady is Kalpana. I am amused to see that her outfit is completely in sync with what young women wear today. Coming from a 56-year-old film, it is quite interesting!

Singers; Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics; Shailendra
Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Music In The Mountains: Chappa Chappa Charkha Chale

Deviating from the romantic songs that have appeared so far in this series, let us listen to a sturdy mountain song that is folkish in nature. Embellished with Gulzar's beautiful lyrics and Vishal Bhardwaj's lively composition, this is a number that makes us tap our feet and clap along with its energetic rhythm. This is from "Maachis" (1996), a film woven around the Sikh unrest in Punjab in the 1980s. In spite of the dark shadow of militancy in the background, this is a light-hearted song where friends rejoice and reminisce about their lovers/fiancees back home in rural Punjab. Along with penning the lyrics, Gulzar wrote and directed the film too. Tabu, Om Puri, Chandrachur Singh and Jimmy Shergill were part of the cast.

Singers: Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: Vishal Bhardwaj