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2008: The father of percussion

Shankar Iyer | burmanfan@gmail.com The evening of 7" February 2008, an evening to cherish at Mumbai's Dinanath Mangeshkar Hall in Vile Parle was an evening singularly dedicated to the industry's stalwart The father of percussion player, late Cawas Lord. No were sold and the press widely publicized the 'open to all music lovers' programme. Remembrance of the genius musician: A...

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The Proficient Dr. Aparna Mayekar

Nisha Jalori | nishajalori@gmail.com "The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles" forced to quote it as this feature of mine will cover a versatile singer, who at the ripe age of 75 years, has a successful career as a practising doctor and a multi lingual singer. Dr. Aparna Mayekar has sung more than...

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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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An Inspiration etched in Melodies – Pta. Zarin Daruwala

Kunal Desai | desaikunald@gmail.com ‘That Parsi Girl’ as she was initially known due to her unfamiliarity with the usual all-male ensemble of musicians in Bombay film studios when she started playing for films at the age of 18. Eventually, Zarin Daruwala became a name to reckon with for any piece of Sarod playing in songs or...

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2014: 1960 Ki Lata

Atul Merchant | merchatul@gmail.com Lata Mangeshkar, the incarnation of Sharda Maa - the Goddess of Music, left for her heavenly abode on 6 Feb 2022. we arranged a show on 12 June 2015, to reminisce about the treasure of her renditions. Keeping up with its motto of “By the Musicians for the Musicians”, Swar Aalap felicitated two...

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2016: The Versatile Javed Ali

Shankar Iyer | burmanfan@yahoo.com Swar Aalap, an organization committed to the cause of musicians, organized an eventful programme with well appreciated prolific Indian Playback Singer and The Javed Ali performing on stage. Manik Sabhagriha, Bandra witnessed an energetic and engaging evening filled with songs and live performances by the singer that left the audience wanting for...

Stepping Foot On A Foreign Land: Devendra Kudalkar

by: Anisha Nandan | anisha.45687@gmail.com Devendra Kudalkar, son of Late Shri Shashikant Kudalkar, a great rhythm arranger, is continuing the legacy of his uncle, Laxmikant Kudalkar, a composer who was a member of the combo Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Currently, Kudalkar performs on the drums and percussion with the German orchestra Sonoro, a unit of Musik Forum Durlach, a...

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...

Review - Laxmikant Pyarelal


Mr. P. P. Ramchandran Mr. P P Ramchandran, popularly known as Mr. PPR., deserves all praise for his achievement, especially at 83 + age. His name should be included in guinness' book of record. He is married to books, has more than 2000 books in his personal library at home. He has reviewed over 1000...