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NRG season in Gujarat-What should you see?

GGN suggests all NRGs to visit Gir lion safari

Mallika ballad: Will it turn into ‘most eligible PM’?

Modi’s anointment and birthday came tantalizingly close to being embroiled in controversy

Qawwalis, a dying art in films

Genre dignified by composer Roshan and contributed to by others lost sheen gradually

Destiny made matchless Manna play second fiddle in film music

Manna Da somehow never got to sing much for the lead actors

Manna Dey: A gentle giant

Manna Da sang over 50 songs with Rafi in a career that spanned over five decades

Shamshad Begum: Versatility personified (Part 2)

a singer who wasn’t just a regulation “breed and class apart” type

Shamshad Begum: the original diva bids adieu

There was something intriguing about Shamshad Begum’s persona that had a mix of conformist and non-conformist

Signature songs—Part 2

Signature songs can be the result of spontaneous public identification

Bollywood’s signature songs

“Many songs are like blank checks. Composers, singers and lyricists put their own signatures on them.”

SN Tripathi: Torch-bearer of Hindusthani classical music

The history of Hindi film music is replete with multi-faceted, multi-talented greats who, somehow, could never taste commercial success.

Urdu Shayari in film songs didn’t last beyond golden era

Husnlal and Bhagatram, the two brothers were the first to work as the music director duo

Rafi’s “Shayari” delivery skill carried the old songs

Phirte the jo bade hi sikandar bane hue, Baithe hai unke dar pe kabutar bane hue

Urdu couplets enhanced lyrical quality of songs

Wafaa ke deep jalaye huye nigaahon mein, Bhatak rahi ho bhala kyon udaas raahon mein

Songs with couplets, a dying phenomenon

Songs that begin with a couplet shows that this domain too is dominated by Rafi

The prose in popular film songs

It was evergreen Asha Bhosale who could match the Mohammed Rafi flourish in front of the mike

When star singer speaks in a song

Naushad once said, “In the higher notes, his voice was as straight as an arrow”

When meaningless blabber hits the musical jackpot

One would have therefore expected him to be as finicky on the song selection in his maiden production venture Manoranjan

Nonsense words that made sense for hit songs

There is of course a thin dividing line between a simple lyrics and a mediocre one

Singers made film heroes sound melodious on screen

Raj Kapoor stuck to Mukesh and Dilip largely with Rafi for their on-screen singing

Piano casts magic spell in old film songs

The most unlikeliest of combination with piano as the interlocutor could be found in film Anhonee


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