May 2010

Anil Biswas

By |May 11th, 2010|

On May 31, octogenarian composer Anil Biswas, fondly known as Anil Dha, passed away in New Delhi. His contributions to the evolution and enrichment of film music are well known. He died at the ripe age of 89 after scoring music for about 90 […]

November 2009

Bulo C. Rani

By |November 14th, 2009|

Composer and singer in Hindi films called Bulo Chandiram Ramchandani, born in Hyderabad (Sind), now Pakistan. Joined Ranjit Studio (1939) as assistant to Khemchand Prakash, making his debut as a singer in Prakash’s compositions for Chaturbhuj Doshi’s Mehmaan (1942) with the popular number Rootha […]

Husnlal-Bhagatram

By |November 8th, 2009|

“Chup chup kharey ho zaroor koi baat hai, pehli mulaqaat hai ji pehli mulaqaat hai” sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Premlata for film “Bari Behen” in the year 1949 was certainly one of the most popular melodies of its time.

I still remember, during my […]

Mukesh

By |November 8th, 2009|

A popular playback singer, Mukesh was born Mukesh Chand Mathur. He was initiated into films as an actor by his cousin Motilal. Mukesh’s first song was a ghazal, ‘Dil bujha to phasl-e-bahaar kya’ composed by Ashok Ghosh for the film Nirdosh where he co-starred […]

Manna Dey

By |November 8th, 2009|

From classical numbers and qawwalis to romantic duets and fast-paced songs, singer Manna Dey has employed his deep voice to create a range of memorable melodies. He was born as Prabodh Chandra Dey in Calcutta; the name “Manna” was given to him by his […]

Hemant Kumar

By |November 8th, 2009|

The renowned Bengali-Hindi film composer and singer Hemant Kumar Mukherjee is remembered to this day for some of the most melodious songs in the cinema of both languages. Born in Banaras, Hemant Kumar left school to become a professional singer. He learnt music under […]

Ghulam Haider

By |November 8th, 2009|

Music composer born in Hyderabad (Sind, Pakistan). Studied dentistry. Leading composer from the Lahore group e.g. Shyam Sunder, Khurshid Anwar and S.D. Batish. With Naushad initiated a musical revolution helping to institutionalize an All-India Film aesthetic in the 40s. Learnt music from Babu Ganeshlal, […]

September 2009

Nisar Bazmi

By |September 28th, 2009|

The undisputed king of Lollywood music in the 1960s and the ’70s, the musician Nisar Bazmi breathed his last on March 22, 2007, after a career that spanned six decades. Born Syed Nisar Ahmed in Bombay, India, in 1924 to a religious family, he […]