Category Archives: Classical base in film music

Top 3 composers of the golden era – rationale & conclusion

As mentioned in Top 3 composers of the golden era in Indian film music – part 1, I ignored several popular criteria to filter the top 3.  The only two criteria I used focused on the melodic content and challenge … Continue reading

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Top 3 composers of the golden era in Indian film music – part 3

In top 3 composers of the golden era – part 1, I featured Naushad’s immense contribution to the purist style of composition. In top 3 composers of the golden era – part 2, I showcased the soulful and mesmerizing style … Continue reading

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Top hits of Kalyanji Anandji, magical duets

In earlier posts on Kalyanji Anandji, I highlighted various facets of their music. First, I showcased their affinity for Mukesh and the many gems they composed specially for Mukesh. Next, I highlighted their mastery of string instruments and how they … Continue reading

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Top 3 composers of the golden era in Indian film music – part 2

In the ‘top 3 composers of the golden era – part 1’, I listed my two principal criteria for shortlisting top 3 composers: ‘Purity’ of composition – closer to the beauty of classical songs with murkis (gamakas or vocal curves), variations … Continue reading

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Top hits of Ilayaraja – the classical genius

Ilayaraja’s genius knows no bounds. His music continues to enthrall fans all over the world even now, when he is well past his “golden reign at the top”– whether it is a recent mythological in Telugu or a new romantic … Continue reading

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Top 3 composers of the golden era in Indian film music – part 1

Who are the 3 best composers of the golden era (1950s and 1960s) of Indian film music? This is really tough given the fact that all composers were at the peak of their music prowess during this period. Stalwarts like … Continue reading

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