Category Archives: Great music directors – Hindi

Ravindra Jain – An Outlier

The 1970s saw a gradual transition from social, romantic movies of the 60s and early 70s to more of crime oriented and dishum-dishum movies made by big banners in the late 70s. And the 80s saw the arrival of disco … Continue reading

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Enchanting Salil Chowdhary

Among the stalwarts of the Golden Era (1950s, 60s), Salil Chowdhary has a special place in the hearts of music lovers and connoisseurs. And there is a strong reason for this special place. A number of his songs were light, … Continue reading

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Orthodox RD Burman

To me, RD Burman’s music has many more dimensions than mere ‘Hits of RD Burman’. I see RD Burman’s music in 3 dimensions. 1) First, he was an extremely talented and creative composer with a solid foundation in the orthodox … Continue reading

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Simple melodies of Ravi

Think of Ravi, the music director and you immediately associate his music with melodies dominated by Santoor and Flute. Many stalwarts of the golden era of film music (1950s and 60s), enjoyed tremendous popularity, huge visibility and an envious image. … Continue reading

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Kalyanji-Anandji, the immortal duo

My earlier posts on Kalyanji-Anandji (see Kalyanji-Anandji in categories to your right) covered 5 different dimensions of their music. In this post, I will summarize notable films, songs, achievements and key recognitions that highlight their versatile talent. I will also … Continue reading

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Lively songs from Naushad

Naushad’s music has many dimensions. Over the years, people have associated his music with classical base, purity and of course, chart busting popularity. Sometimes, he was labeled as the master of ‘sad’ songs. But, in reality, there were a number … Continue reading

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The haunting music of Hemant Kumar

‘Haunting’ is the first word I associate with Hemant Kumar (as a composer). I use the word haunting in a broader sense. Haunting does not mean spooky or ghost songs or ‘voices singing mournfully in the night’. By haunting, I … Continue reading

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Magic of Raj Kapoor and Shanker Jaikishen

The very mention of Raj Kapoor and Shanker Jaikishen conjures up images of beautiful scenes, dances, lighting and unforgettable songs. Raj Kapoor had a knack for mastering and getting the best from every aspect of filmmaking – story telling, drama … Continue reading

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The best of S D Burman, the charming ‘Dada’

Sachin Dev Burman (Dada) brought a unique style of composition to Hindi film music. It was said that in his early years as a composer in Mumbai, he was in a market when he heard songs being played on a … Continue reading

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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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