October 2010

S.D. Burman (1906 – 1975)

By |October 10th, 2010|

Soft melodies, aromatic of the loamy soil of Bengal, remained S D Burman’s trademark till the last. After composing soothing harmonies for 40 years, Dada Burman proved that age is no impediment for creativity. The only great composer to be active and in demand […]

August 2010

Hemant Kumar – Part 4

By |August 1st, 2010|

There’s a strange contradiction discernible in Hemantda’s best selections. In tracks like Aye dil ab kahin haja (picturized on of all people – Shammi Kapoor in Bluff Master) and Jab jaag uthe armaan to kaise neend aaye Hemant Kumar is at once the poet […]

Hemant Kumar – Part 3

By |August 1st, 2010|

But it was as a singer that Hemant Kumar obtained an unique berth in the hall of fame. Like Anup Jaiota says, Hemantda’s voice conveyed both the depth of the ocean and the heights of the skies. It is a voice that communicates a […]

Hemant Kumar – Part 2

By |August 1st, 2010|

“Which rival musician would provide that kind of encouragement to a then unknown musician like me?” Bhupen Hazarika shakes his head in wonderment. Hailing a taxi Hemantda took the stupefied young Bhupen Hazarika to the HMV office in Calcutta and a deal was finalized […]

Hemant Kumar – Part 1

By |August 1st, 2010|

“Listening to Hemantda I feel as though a sadhu sitting in a temple is singing a Bhajan,” comments the nightingale Lata Mangeshkar about the unique unvanquished Hemant Kumar” who was not only a fabulous singer but also an equally indomitable composer. As Lataji astutely […]

July 2010

Bashir Ahmed – Profile

By |July 17th, 2010|

When first I heard this most haunting number, Mera dil najaney kab se tera pyar dhoondta hai, from Iqbal Yusuf’s cloak-&-dagger movie, Hill Station, released in 1972, I was transported back to the days when I had visited East Pakistan at a very young […]

June 2010

Pankaj Mullick (1905 – 1978)

By |June 20th, 2010|

A venerated composer, singer, and actor, Pankaj Mullick was one of the leading music directors of the early days of the sound era. Born in Calcutta, Mullick had an early interest in music. He gave up college to concentrate solely on music, and went […]

January 2010

Khan Ataur Rehman

By |January 6th, 2010|

The highly distinctive patterns of Bengali filmmaking has added lots of sparkling colors to sub-continental cinema. In Bangladesh, during the 1950s and 1960s too, there were many artistes and film related personalities of note, who left undeniable marks of their craft and vision on […]

Robin Ghosh

By |January 3rd, 2010|

While waters rise up in the shape of a cyclone wall in Bengal, musical waves sigh softly when they touch its coastal sands. Compositions in Bengal sweep off your feet, even as the storms drown the region in depression and deprivation. Harmonic brilliance is […]

November 2009

Amjad Bobby

By |November 14th, 2009|

The life of a film musician is like that of the movies he composes songs for — it has happy moments, others that see him struggle to survive and the end which comes suddenly and takes a talented soul from the world. Amjad Bobby’s […]