It was a chance walk past a Hindu temple and the overhearing of a bhajan by Surdas, that turned a young boy towards his lifelong love for poetry. Like many of his era, he reached Mumbai in 1964 in search of work and started writing for the magazines, Dharmyug and Blitz. After partition, he had refused to move to Pakistan, even though his father did. As a student of literature, young Nida Fazli found solace in words and hope in
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Remembering the legend on his death anniversary. Although he died twenty years before I was born, his aura always pervaded our household with my father playing old ’78 records of his songs and then singing them on his harmonium. This could be largely attributed to belonging in the same family tree for my grandfather and K L Saigal were first cousins.
Celebrating Naushad’s birthday. Merry Christmas to all. It is not overstretching the facts but stating the obvious that every year from 1943 to 1957, every Naushad film celebrated jubilee. Between 1940 – 1968, Naushad composed music for 48 films. According to one computation, 26 of them ran for over 25 weeks each, which the film industry call ‘silver jubilee run’. Eight others for 50 weeks (Golden jubilees) and two others ran for 60 weeks.
Music, for Vasant Desai, was the elixir of life that spark of divinity which so set him apart. His “Ae maalik tere bandhe hum” became a prayer in many schoolrooms of India. His music belonged to the court, not the courtyard, in a career spanning 33 years, he barely did 50 Hindi films into which he packed some 350 tunes.
With this post filmkailm.com completes a century (100 posts). I want to extend my thanks to our patrons, regular and wanderers, for working on this relationship the last two years. Cheers for your love, support and feedback. And here’s hoping for more of the same as we roll on to the next 100. Jai ho Cinema.
Remembering Tun Tun on her death anniversary today. She has probably acted in more classics of Hindi cinema than any other heroine and was a Guru Dutt favorite – Aar Paar, Shri 420, Pyaasa, Kohinoor, Kagaz ke Phool, Ganga Jamuna, Kashmir ki Kali, Upkar and over 400 others.
Music Director Master Ghulam Haider (1908 – 09 Nov 1953) had the distinction of introducing such outstanding and melodious singers as Noor Jehan, Shamshad Begum, Zeenat Begum and later Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. His musical score in Khazanchi (1941) was an absolute game changer.
Remembering Dada and a career nonpareil which ended on 31 Oct 1975. Sachin Dev Burman, Scion of a princely family who armed with a profuse heritage of folk music left his native Calcutta to make it to the Bombay marquee. The gaunt ascetic-looking maestro who hit the scene with Filmistan’s Shikari (1946), stayed on for 30 years to delight music lovers with his dulcet compositions.
The famous lyricists of this period included Shailendra, Sahir Ludhianvi, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan, Shakeel Badayuni, Naqsh Lyallpuri, Kaifi Azmi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Rajinder Krishan, Gulzar, P L Santoshi, Saraswati Kumar Deepak, Hasrat Jaipuri, Qamar Jalalabadi, Anand Bakshi and Hindi poets Inderjeet Sinsh Tulsi, Balkavi Bairagi, Neeraj, Ravindra Jain and Yogesh.
There can be no doubt that Salil Chowdhury, by his ceaseless quest for quality in experimentation and his resourceful blend of the best of East and West, has blazed a trail all his own. In the 40 odd Hindi movies to which he has brought melody of meaning, one has witnessed a fusion of all those ingredients that make for novelty, variety and popularity in film music.