Kishore Kumar

Ethereal Whistling

When we were growing up, whistling was considered a bad habit. Many of the boys dared to attract the attention of young girls by whistling and invariably landed in trouble. But in many songs whistling has been so sweet that everyone likes to try it or at least enjoys it. Who can forget the whistling by Aamir Khan in the songĀ  “Chaand Sifarish” from the Bollywood movie “Fannaa”. It totally dominates the whole song. In fact, the music director duo of this film Jatin-Lalit complemented the man who actually did the whistling and not without reason. In fact it is… Read More »Ethereal Whistling

Those Days Shall Never Return

I happened to listen a Marathi song sung by Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, the genius brother of Mangeshkar sisters. Its opening stanza is “Gele te Din Gele” which means “those days are gone now forever”. The song is written by Bhavanishankar Pandit and music composed by the great Marathi music director Shrinivas Khale. It is so soulful song that it hooked me to it and I have listened it a number of times. The quality of the poetry and music shows how rich the Marathi music has been. The song combines two phenomenon in the world of humans: transience of the… Read More »Those Days Shall Never Return

Yogesh: The Wizard of Words

Manna Dey, the great classical master, is singing “Kuchh Aise bhi Pal Hoten Hain” in a very old program on DD Bharati. It was a time of black and white television and live singing. He is on harmonium with a small notebook opened on the harmonium. He is weaving a magic. The words of the song are so simple but meaning is very deep. I asked myself who had penned these beautiful lyrics. On searching the internet after a while I found out that lyricist is Yogesh. Remember him or not? As we say that a man’s work speaks on… Read More »Yogesh: The Wizard of Words