Category Archives: Great music directors – Hindi

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 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 chorus hits of Kalyanji-Anandji

Chorus songs abound in Hindi film music. However, Kalyanji Anandji’s talent for capturing rhythm in songs makes their chorus songs standout from the rest. I have selected only 10 from their many chorus songs. In all these songs, the chorus … 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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Lata melodies – top 20 from Kalyanji Anandji

All of us are lucky to have heard and seen Lata Mangeshkar – the legend. Her range, strength, sweetness and flexibility of voice have made her the queen of hindi film music. When you hear Lata, you sometimes feel that … Continue reading

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Masters of string instruments – Kalyanji-Anandji

Kalyanji-Anandji composed melodious tunes. A notable feature of many of their innumerable hits was their mastery of string instruments, especially plucked string instruments. The string interludes became an integral part of the song and in quite a few cases added … Continue reading

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Kalyanji-Anandji’s gems with Mukesh

No account of Bollywood’s musical greats can be complete without mention of the legendary composers, Kalyanji-Anandji. Mukesh, the singing stalwart, forged a strong bond with these two composers. Kalyanji-Anandji’s gems with Mukesh are many and this post highlights some of … Continue reading

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