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Saturday, 15-December-2018

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GEETA DUTT - THE LEGENDARY NIGHTINGALE WITH CHEQUERED LIFE

4 days ago
Who hasn’t heard the famous melodies of ‘Baabuji Dheere Chalna’ or ‘Waqt Ne Kiya’? Sung by Geeta Dutt, the songs still manage to make one groove to their tunes, no matter how old one is! This name will always bring melodious and unforgettable misty feelings from the good old times. The legendary singer was born in 1930 and died 44 years ago on July 20, 1972. She was a meteor, who could last only half a life, but in that span, she created an oeuvre of distinct sound and elegance. Geeta Dutt appeared on the world of film music in 1947 and with her very first song “Mera sundar sapna...
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MOHD AZIZ - A VOICE OF VERSATILITY

a week ago
There are a plethora of melodious voices in the Indian film and music industry, but there are only a few whose songs are remembered and touch millions of hearts for decades. Mohammad Aziz, aka Munna, is one such voice.  Born in West Bengal’s Ashok Nagar as Syed Mohammed Aziz-un-Nabi in July 1954, he was an ardant lover of music and Mohammed Rafi since childhood. He started his career as a restaurant singer in Kolkata till he got a singing break in a Bengali film “Jyoti”, before he shifted to Mumbai and sang for the Hindi film “Ambar” (1984). Later, he was spotted by the music dire...
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ZAKIR HUSSAIN - CINEMA’S LOSS WAS MUSIC’S GAIN, HIS TRYST WITH RHYTHM

3 weeks ago
Ustad Zakir Hussain is well-known as a table maestro but very few are aware that he was once being considered to play the role of the young Salim in yesteryears movie “Mughal-e-Azam”. “I was actually being looked upon, under the microscope, to play the role of young Salim in ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, Hussain revealed at a session at the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, providing a rare peak into his past. “My father (the legendary tabla player Alla Rakha) was working at the Mohan Studio during those days and they were shooting for the song ‘Pyar Kia Toh Darna Kya’ and I was the...
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USTAD AMJAD ALI KHAN - LESS TRENDSETTERS, MORE COPY MASTERS IN SAROD

6 weeks ago
There are more “copy masters” and fewer trendsetters among those playing the sarod these days, laments maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, saying the focus for performers today is the “shining, glittering” world of television and social media. “Since they have access to content and recordings, especially on YouTube, it’s easy for them to imitate any sarod player. So, now we have lots of copy masters in the country. The trendsetters are very, very rare,” the 72-year-old music guru told in an email interview. “Globally, there are about 500 sarod players. Unfortunately, instea...
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QATEEL SHIFAI - THE LYRICIST WHO GAVE A NEW LEASE OF LIFE TO URDU POETRY

7 weeks ago
The ultimate test of a language’s survival is how it is chosen by its users to express their innermost feelings. This yardstick could well explain the case of Urdu, especially when it struck up its enduring partnership with films. And a standard-bearer among those responsible for bringing the ghazal out of courtly soirees to become an eloquent expression for everyman was this failed businessman. Consider these songs: “Milkar judaa hue to na soya karenge ham/ Ek dusre ki yaad mein roya karenge ham”, “Zindagi mein to sabhi pyar kiya karte hai/Main to mar kar bhi meri jaan tujhe chaahuunga”, &ld...
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MUSICIAN VIDYA SHAH - DON’T SHUN INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC

8 weeks ago
The nuances and technicalities of Indian classical music are sometimes hyped and do not take away the emotional impact it has on a listener, says noted vocalist-composer Vidya Shah, urging people not to shy away from appreciating it just because they may not immediately understand it. To put things in perspective, she explained that as a practitioner, it is important for her to “stick to her grammar”, but suggested that everyone doesn’t necessarily have to identify “this is this ‘raag’ from this ‘thaat’, playing to this ‘taal’”. “When Pandit Ra...
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SHASHI KAPOOR - “MERE PAAS MA HAI…”

9 weeks ago
An actor with a charming personality, known as a thorough gentleman, and belonging to the illutrious ‘Kapoor’ family, Shashi Kapoor set new standards in the film industry with his choices of cinema that he acted in and also directed and produced The youngest of the famous Kapoor brothers of Bollywood, he did not have their one defining and enduring cinematic image – Raj’s simple, honest ‘tramp’ in the Charlie Chaplin tradition or Shammi’s Elvis-like jiving, rebellious ‘playboy’ persona. Shashi Kapoor, however, surpassed both in sheer variety of acting. Be it rom...
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‘BABU SAMJHO ISHARE’: UNSURPASSABLE KISHORE

11 weeks ago
A complete entertainment package in Bollywood -- a playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, and screenwriter, he was also its biggest eccentric. And that is why while Kishore Kumar’s mellifluous, versatile voice still permeates some of Indian cinema’s biggest stars from Dev Anand to Dharmendra, and Rajesh Khanna to Amitabh Bachchan in a range of emotions, moods and situations, his own onscreen prowess is forgotten. Everyone has their own range of favourite songs from Kishore Kumar (1929-87), but if you ask about his film roles, most people might only remember “Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi&...
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VYJAYANTHIMALA - “MODERN INDIAN CINEMA LACKS REALISM”

14 weeks ago
As a one-time Bollywood diva, acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer and Carnatic singer Vyjayanthimala has seen it all -- from the glitzy world of cinema to the harsh reality of life, including politics. Over the years, realism in Indian cinema has been lost, lamented the octogenarian celluloid heroine of yesteryears. “There was so much realism in our films in the olden days. That is missing in the present-day films. There was none of this make-believe, gimmicks and camera playing the tricks as in the present times,” Vyjayanthimala told. Though the trend of making films was changing in the country as the world...
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TOM ALTER - AN ENGLISHMAN IN INDIA

15 weeks ago
He was the most different American India has seen. Born in independent India to a family with roots in the subcontinent from roughly around when the Mahatma returned from overseas, Tom Alter was drawn to Bollywood after seeing Rajesh Khanna in “Aradhana” and moved from play ‘firangs’ onscreen and on stage to also portray a wide gamut of Indian historical and cultural icons. He was also an avid cricket fan who did the first ever TV interview of Sachin Tendulkar, played regularly (in a team called ‘MCC’ – Match Cut Club – along with Naseeruddin Shah, Vishal Bhardwaj, and Aamir K...
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MUCH MORE THAN A MOTHER

17 weeks ago
Veteran actor Reema Lagoo was undoubtedly one of Indian cinema’s most beloved and popular supporting actors.  For the longest time, the onscreen ‘Maa’ were associated with actresses like Nirupa Roy, or even Sulochana before her. That was until 1989, when the baton was passed on to Reema Lagoo. While Reema Lagoo was an extremely versatile actor, she was most significantly known for her roles as a caring and understanding mother in numerous films. Throughout the 90’s, she played mother to various popular Bollywood stars. The list includes Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Akshay Kumar, Juhi Cha...
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SADHANA SHIVDASANI - WOH KAUN THI?

18 weeks ago
The Indian film industry has been blessed with some commendable performers the world has ever seen- be it actors, actresses, or directors. And among one of the yesteryears beauties was the one whose eyes could make your heart skip a beat. Not only charming and charismatic, Sadhana Shivdasani was equally gifted as an actress. She had an aura that gave the impression of being effortlessly brilliant on screen. With her expressive and captivating eyes, and an infectious and almost seductive smile, Sadhana was both, a heartthrob and a style icon. The fusion churidar kurtis and morjis which she wore in Waqt have never really gone out ...