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Mera Saaya Saath Hoga – Raj Khosla

KV Ramesh |kvr4060@gmail.com Many directors went through tough times before they tasted success. For Raj Khosla, it was no different.  Born May 31, 1925, Raj Khosla came to Bombay (now Mumbai) to be a playback singer. Guru Dutt - Dev Anand pair "discovered" Raj Khosla. There is an apocryphal story that the trio promised each...

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Mukesh Geet Kosh – Memoir

It is heartening that Harish Raghuvanshi’s efforts have brought the total number of songs included in this new edition of Mukesh Geet Kosh to 1,053. There is no doubt that Mukesh Geet Kosh is leading among the books published with detailed and authentic information. These informations are about all the songs sung by any one...

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Yodeling Of Kishore Kumar

Atul Merchant 'Jatayu' | merchatul@gmail.com Excerpts from the E-Novella Cinemaghar’ 1969 was a year of great significance. Apollo 11 landed on the moon with Armstrong as the first person to step on the moon. The year was significant for Bollywood too. Rajesh Khanna, father-son Burmans with the Yodeling of Kishore Kumar broke all the Box...

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2014: 1960 Ki Lata

Nisha Jalori | nishajalori61@gmail.com Lata Mangeshkar - the Nightingale of India - the voice of a million centuries, a singer who embodied music and melody for generations, left for her heavenly abode this year. And as we commemorate her birth anniversary, we are reminiscent of the treasure trove of songs she left behind. As a homage to...


The Legend Of The Creative Genius – SD Burman

I hold my breath, As I look up to its majesty. The stars are bright, And they fill me with gaiety. Behold, I see a star, one shining star Which pierces the night with its wondrous light? I see a star, one shining star, Brilliant, bold and bright. These lines truly amplify the Legendary Music Composer S D Burman, whose gleam still continues...


Music Is The Moonlight In The Gloomy Night Of Life

Nisha Jalori | nisha@jalori.co.in "You have to take a deep breath and allow the music to flow through you. Revel in it, just leaving you in awe". This is what exactly happened while enjoying the mesmerizing concert, Ek Mutthi Asmaan. The event held on the 23rd of April, 2022 at Nehru Centre Worli Mumbai. It was...


Madan Ji was a total contrast to his soulful compositions – Uttam Singh

Nisha Jalori | nisha@jalori.co.in “Artists come and go, but legends never die”. I think we always look up to legends and people who not only win but give us a larger-than-life role models. Today, we have featured one such musical stalwart a legendary Music Composer Madan Mohan, whose music has immortalized him. Art, at its best, is...

The Unfair Filmfare

Excerpts from Cinemaghar written by Atul Merchant ‘Jataayu’. The joke of the century was that the most mediocre film Be-Imaan bagged 7 Film fare Awards in 1973.  Years of allegations about the media corruption and unfair practices in Award nominations was proved beyond doubt in the year 1973 when Be-Imaan was awarded as the Best Movie, Manoj...

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What made Lata Mangeshkar the greatest?

Atul Merchent 'Jataayu'  | merchatul@gmail.com  There was none before her and will be none after her (न भूतो न भविष्यति). All these qualities, that too at its best in one singer who lasted for five decades is an exceptionally rare divine phenomenon. To understand the achievement of the Mangeshkar sisters, one must understand that in...