Mughal-E-Azam is a classic, in the absolute form, there is no debate on this. It would have been great to have gotten the full movie with the Black & White version remastered in HD with all it’s original aspects.
Laxmikant Pyarelal remain a force to reckon with, even today, years after they stopped composing. Last year (2019) alone saw many of their songs being remade, not that i appreciate the remakes, but the Composers popularity still stands strong. They created anthems for the nation and actors that created hysteria, soulful songs that represented all relationships and they remained on the hearts and lips of Everyone. Utsav carried the same appeal and whilst its popularity only grew as time passed, Its class and quality remain constant.
Jaidev Verma (commonly known as Jaidev), a name synonymous with brilliant musical scores, yet the world seems to have forgotten this genius. Unduly underrated and forgotten by his peers and the film world, his music stand bounds apart from the general sound and feel of this film-world. He favoured the Classical music system in his compositions and it came across really creatively. Gaman is definitely a universal soundtrack that will find many admirers, but let us not forget Jaidev and what joy he gave us.
Pritamda’s third outing at Dharma Productions should make him feel really proud of his achievements, this was a mammoth task and would have been a really tough assignment for anyone in the music industry, especially looking at the current state of film music. Originality is hard to come by and here Pritam gives us new creations that are to be cherished for a very long time indeed.
The warmth of the November sun shone brightly on this spectacular summer Sunday; as if a prelude to extend to Ragas of The Valley. We are ready to delve deep into the Valleys Of Kashmir and explore through music, their intricacies. Soulful music is upon us in the form of Strings, Wind and Percussion.
The first ever Ghazal ensemble brought to South Africa by Inner Circle Entertainment heralded a star studded event mirroring the near wintry evening-skies of Johannesburg. It was something I have been looking forward to ever since I have seen the promos, thanks to Nisaar Bhai. Having heard Ustad Shujaat Khan on a previous concert before I was curious as to what he was going to bring to the Ghazal genre. Surinder Khan was an absolute new voice for me, hearing only a snippet of what he has done, the excitement built up.
As the summer rains jolted down from its heavenly abode, the smell of the moist earth tantalised the senses. Approaching the Lyric Theatre, my window wide open, taking in the atmosphere, my thoughts rush to the concert I am about to witness. We were introduced to Ustad Zakir and Rakesh Chaurasia, a standing ovation with a thunderous applause ensued.
Razia Sultan was Khayyam’s masterpiece and while he had many other melodious soundtracks, this one stands the test of time, the fates of melody and the greats of them all. Khayyam, the music composer remained dedicated to Kamal Amrohi’s vision and provided a beauty of a soundtrack.
Pakeezah literally translates into ‘Pure One’, and if by some magical way one has to describe the music of this film, then “Pakeezah” truly is apt.
The warm winter’s afternoon got me revved up for the evening performance, the knowledge of five generations of sitar players and that lineage proudly played out at the Lyric theatre on the evening of the 30th July 2017.