Tag Archives: Naushad

Southern Spice in Hindi Music

Our wonderful world of Hindi film music absorbs, adapts and accommodates styles and influences from all over India and the world. In this post, I will highlight key aspects of South Indian music that have been absorbed in Hindi film … Continue reading

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Rhythm of Castanets

You may have heard Castanets in several songs, but you may not have recognized them as Castanets. They were used extensively by almost all music directors in the golden era of Hindi film music (1950s and 60s). Dholak, Tabla, Conga, … Continue reading

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Enjoyable western beats

In my childhood, western beats fascinated me. The sound of Kishore Kumar singing Mere saamne wali from Padosan would make me run to the radio. The ‘imagined’ sound of a comb on a broom in the song was fascinating. But, even … 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. Indian film music encompasses several genres. However, two genres stand out as dominant pillars (among others) in … 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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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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