Wo jinki nayee hai duniya

Film: Dhan Daulat (1980) Producer: Vinod Shah Director: Harish Shah Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri Singers: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar and chorus   It’s always a pleasure to find lesser-known creations of Pancham. Every new “discovery” (or rediscovery) is akin to a roller coaster ride filled with emotions of surprise, bewilderment and fun, almost always leading to ecstasy. The discovery […]

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Chingari koi bhadke

Film: Amar Prem (1971) Producer and Director: Shakti Samanta Lyricist: Anand Bakshi Singer: Kishore Kumar   “Chingari koi bhadke” is an all-time classic from the Rajesh Khanna−Kishore Kumar−RD Burman combination. With its stirring melody, smooth, flowing rhythm and Kishore Kumar’s soulful rendition, this song has all the elements that make it one of the most […]

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Dum Maaro Dum

Film: Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) Producer and Director: Dev Anand Lyricist: Anand Bakshi Singer: Asha Bhosle and chorus   Dum Maro Dum: My First Encounter   It was 1971. I was in High School.   One day while I was cycling my way to school located at a mofussil town in West Bengal, I […]

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O Maajhi Re

Film: Khushboo (1975) Producer: Prasan Kapoor Lyricist, Director: Gulzar Singer: Kishore Kumar This song is an eternal favorite since time immemorial, maybe for a period that stretches over decades. You hear a certain song at an age when definitions of quality, content and the depth of all that you are listening to are yet to […]

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Album: Pantera (1987) (Private International Album) Producer: Pete Gavankar Lyricist: Jose Flores Singers: Amie, Alan, Angelo   There is a popular saying about the city of Las Vegas – “What happens in Vegas…stays in Vegas!” However, music connoisseurs lucked out with one of the bold, ambitious and, yet, on-the-spur ideas that was born in Vegas but […]

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Kabhi kuchh pal jeevan ke

Movie: Rang Birangi (1983) Producer: Rajiv Pandya Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee Lyrics: Yogesh Singers: Anuradha Paudwal, Aarti Mukherjee   Rang Birangi was a significant movie in Hindi cinema − it perhaps heralded the end of the Hindi movie maker’s formula for small-budgeted movie dramas. If the 1970s ushered in the commercially viable formula of multistarrers, the […]

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Mera kuchh saamaan

Film: Ijaazat (1986) Producer: R.K. Gupta Lyricist, Director: Gulzar Singer: Asha Bhosle  “Settling Scores” − An Unsettling Score   LOVE − another four-letter word! Hurts you more than any other such word, that too lovingly! What an irony! And the plethora of feelings it evokes in you is almost the same in number Gulzar has […]

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Mexico Bechley

Film:  Chinni Krishnudu (Telugu) (1989) Producer: Vijaya Cine Creation’s Director: Jandhyala Lyrics: Veeturi Singers: R.D. Burman, S.P. Balasubramaniam, S. Janaki   It’s interesting to see that Pancham’s regional output increased post 1985, which continued till 1993. This can be attributed to the reduced number of Hindi assignments he got in that period. Besides Bangla films, he also worked for […]

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Thak Gaya Hoon…

Film : Musafir (1984) Lyrics: Gulzar Singer: Kishore Kumar, Pancham Director: Jabbar Patel A journey started with the “parichay” of two legends Pancham and Gulzar. One dark night, sometimes in the early 1970s, got the duo together in Pancham’s car and set them off on a musical journey. And that night gave birth to the […]

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Kuchh to log kahenge

Film: Amar Prem (1971) Singer: Kishore Kumar Lyricist: Anand Bakshi Producer and director: Shakti Samanta   One of the gifts that the Hindi film industry has given us is the three tragedy heroes, who shunned their friends, near and dear ones or the so-called civil society and embraced the company of wine or a woman. […]

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