Himesh Reshammiya : A Musical Rage

Himesh Reshammiya

Himesh Reshammiya

Whether it is the trendy ‘Aashique Banaaya Aapne’ or ‘Aap Ka Suroor’ or even the sensuous romantic ‘Teri Meri Meri Teri Prem Kahaani’, Himesh Reshammiya has always been able to top the charts. He is one of those rare composers and singers who brought back the trend of nasal voice again in Bollywood making it his trademark ‘Himesh Reshammiya style of singing’.

He believes in change and hence keeps on changing his style of compositions after every 2 to 3 years. The continuous variations in his music has enabled him to acquire top positions at the charts with his every release since 15 years.

Himesh Reshammiya was born on 23rd of July 1973 to Vipin Reshammiya and Madhu Reshammiya. Vipin Reshammiya himself was also a celebrated music composer who did work with Shankar Jaikishan, R. D. Burman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

Himesh Reshammiya with Karan Johar

Himesh Reshammiya with Karan Johar

At a tender age of 16, Himesh Reshammiya turned into a television producer. He holds the credit for producing television series like ‘Andaaz’ and ‘Amar Prem’ on Zee Television Network.

Himesh Reshammiya’s first break is always credited to Salman Khan. He considers Salman Khan his Godfather for establishing him in Bollywood as a successful music composer.

Salman Khan and Himesh Reshammiya

Salman Khan and Himesh Reshammiya

His first movie was the Salman Khan and Kajol starring ‘Pyar Kiya To Darrna Kya’ in 1998. ‘Odh Li Chunariya’ and ‘Tum Par Hum Hai’ were the two songs from ‘Pyar Kiya To Darrna Kya’ that was composed by Himesh Reshammiya. This was followed by ‘Hello Brother’ in 1999, ‘Dulhan Hum Le Jaayenge’ in 2000 and ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’ in 2002. ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’ from ‘Dulhan Hum Le Jaayenge’ and ‘Teri Chunariya’ from ‘Hello Brother’ were smashing hits from both the movies.

Himesh Reshammiya with Salman Khan

Himesh Reshammiya with Salman Khan

Himesh’s first massive success as a composer came through ‘Tere Naam’ in 2003. ‘Tere Naam Humne Kiya Hai’, ‘Kyun Kisi Ko’, ‘Tumse Milna Baatein Karna’ were huge hits at the chartbusters. ‘Tere Naam’ stood out to be the bestselling album of the year.

He entered into playback singing with ‘Aashique Banaaya Aapne’ in 2005. His duet with Shreya Ghoshal went on to break all records and stood out as one of the most groundbreaking renditions of the year. He came up with a voice using his nasal tone which instantly clicked with the audiences. ‘Aap Ki Kashish’ from the same film also was equally popular.

Himesh Reshammiya in 'Aap Ka Surroor'

Himesh Reshammiya in ‘Aap Ka Surroor’

He continued to sing with his nasal voice and dished out hits like ‘Tera Tera Tera Suroor’, ‘Tanhaiyyan’, ‘Tere Mera Milna’, ‘Tandoori Nights’ and ‘Madhushala’. He started his acting career with the film ‘Aap Ka Surroor’ in 2007. His long time school friend, Prashant Chadha, directed him in ‘Aap Ka Surroor’ and also holds the credit for giving him the famous look with his cap.

His next films ‘Karzzz’, ‘Kajraare’, ‘Radio’ and ‘Damadamm!’ didn’t do too well at the box office. But most of the movies recovered their production cost through selling the music rights composed by Himesh Reshammiya himself.

Himesh Reshammiya in 'Karzzz'

Himesh Reshammiya in ‘Karzzz’

After a gap of a few years, he made a stunning comeback with his music through Salman Khan starring ‘Bodyguard’. ‘Teri Meri Meri Teri Prem Kahaani’ by Shreya Ghoshal and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan became the most popular romantic number of 2012. He made wonders even with the tracks like ‘Go Go Go Govinda’ from ‘OMG – Oh My God’.

The soundtrack of ‘Khiladi 786′, that released during the same year was just another addition of feather to the already flourishing cap. ‘Saari Saari Raat’, ‘Long Drive’, ‘Hookkah Bar’ are some of the stupendous hits from ‘Khiladi 786′. Among the songs, ‘Hookkah Bar’ deserves special mention as it was rendered, composed and written by Himesh Reshammiya himself whereas ‘Lonely’ was the result of a fruitful collaboration between him and Yo Yo Honey Singh.

He also acted in ‘Khiladi 786′ and received the Dadasaheb Phalke Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for the same. He received the Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award for ‘Aashique Banaaya Aapne’ in 2006.

He is also going to launch his very first international album named ‘@ Da Edge’ in 2014. Himesh Reshammiya has collaborated with famous Romanian composer, producer and musician Edward Maya for this album. The highly anticipated song ‘I Have Been Waiting For You’ will release sometime during next year. The regular director of Justin Bieber, Roman White, would be directing the promotional music video of the album. All the 15 songs of romantic genre in the album are composed by Himesh Reshammiya and are rendered with different modulations of his own voice.

Himesh Reshammiya

Himesh Reshammiya

He made his comeback on TV through the reality shows of ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge’ on Zee Tv, ‘Music Ka Maha Muqabla’ on Star Plus and ‘Sur Kshetra’ on Colors.

Himesh Reshammiya has two big ticket projects coming up in the upcoming years. A sequel of ‘Aap Ka Surroor’ and also a suspense thriller titled as ‘The Xpose’. Supposedly, Himesh would play a character inspired by the yesteryear actor Rajkumar based on a plot of 1960s.
Although being a successful composer, Himesh Reshammiya has been criticised often for his nasal voice. His regular critics also blame him for sidelining music direction for his ambitious acting projects. However, Himesh delivers his best to whatever he touches and continues to be the one of the rockstars of the nation!

Khayyam : Music With Elegance



Dil Cheeze Kya Hai Aap Meri Jaan Lijiye
Bas Ek Baar Mera Kaha Maan Lijiye

Rich, mellifluous music with a slight stroke of classical touch has always been the speciality of Khayyam’s music. His career spanned for almost four decades leaving behind enthralling songs that remains to be evergreen forever.

Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi was born on 18th of February 1927 at the suburbs of Rahon in Jalandhar. As a little child, Khayyam aspired to become an actor. He hardly had any interest in studies and to fulfill his dream he eloped from home in order to join films.

He went to Delhi to his uncle where he was enrolled again in an institution for further studies. Khayyam’s constant attraction towards cinema forced his uncle to re-think and finally he was allowed to learn music from Pandit Amarnath, Pandit Husanlal and Pandit Bhagatram.

In the undivided India, Lahore was a central location for filmmaking after Mumbai. Khayyam went to Lahore in order to follow his dream. He met Baba Chishti there and learnt from him for almost 6 months.

Khayyam and Chisti’s association rather began with an interesting note. Chishti composed a random tune and asked his assistant to repeat the tune after almost half an hour. It was difficult to memorise the tunes in those days as the system of recording every tune wasn’t common.

Khayyam with wife Jagjit Kaur at the celebration of Jaspinder Narula's doctorate in music on 18 th November 2008

Khayyam with wife Jagjit Kaur at the celebration of Jaspinder Narula’s doctorate in music on 18 th November 2008

Khayyam was silently sitting at the corner of the room listening to Chishti’s composition. He walked up to him and offered to play the tune. Impressed with his memory and inclination towards music, Chishti offered him to work under him and learn at the same time. While Khayyam expressed his desire to become an actor to Chishti, he advised him to just stay with him and learn and the rest will follow as per his fate.

After a brief association with Chishti for 6 months, Khayyam left for Indian Army in 1943 during the Second World War. In 1946, he returned to Mumbai and joined back Chishti as an assistant to him.

His mentors Pandit Husanlal and Pandit Bhagatram made him sing with Zohrabai in the film Romeo Juliet. He also got the opportunity to playback with Geeta Dutt and Meena Kapoor during the same time.

As an independent composer, his first movie was ‘Footpath’ that released in 1953. The song ‘Shaam-E-Gham Ki Kasam’ from ‘Foothpath’ deserves special mention. The memorable melody of the song might come as a surprising package for the audience considering it was his first movie as an independent composer.

Khayyam with Lata Mangeshkar

Khayyam with Lata Mangeshkar

Although, ‘Foothpath’ was not his first attempt at composing. His debut film as a composer was ‘Heer Ranjha’ in 1948. He composed for ‘Heer Ranjha’ along with Rahman Verma with the pen name of Sharmaji-Vermaji. However, after partition, Rahman Verma chose to shift to Pakistan which made Khayyam turn into a solo composer.

While Shankar-Jaikishan were regular composers for any Raj Kapoor’s flick, for the first time Khayyam was chosen for Raj Kapoor and Mala Sinha starring ‘Phir Subah Hogi’. It was a turning point in Khayyam’s career and also did put a big responsibility on him to compose such music that would be as enthralling as a Shankar-Jaikishan piece.

‘Phir Na Kijiye Meri Gustaakh Nigaah Ka Gila’, ‘who Subah Kabhi To Aayegi’, ‘Chin-O-Arab Humaara’, ‘Aasmaan Pe Hai Khuda Aur Zameen Pe Hum’ became huge hits. The song ‘Chin-O-Arab’ got immensely popular. However, it also raised controversies which was about to get the song banned but was saved at the very last moment. Mukesh and Asha Bhosle were the primary singers of ‘Phir Subah Hogi’. The film became a major hit at the box office and its music also was equally successful.

Khayyam with Rekha

Khayyam with Rekha

In 1958, he also composed for the film ‘Lala Rukh’. The movie failed to create any impact at the box office but its music was highly appreciated. ‘Hai Kali Kali Ke Lab Pe Tere Husn Ka Fasaana’ from ‘Lala Rukh’ did leave a mark among the audiences’ mind.

‘Shola Aur Shabnam’ is another milestone in Khayyam’s musical career. He paired up with Mohammad Rafi and lyricist Kaifi Azmi for the music of the film and till date it is regarded as one of the best by Khayyam.

The song ‘Jaane Kya Dhoondti Rehti’ by Mohammad Rafi won tremendous accolades and it is still regarded as one of the best renditions of Mohammad Rafi. Khayyam’s wife, Jagjit Kaur also rendered the songs, ‘Phir Woh Saawan Aaya’ and ‘Pehle To Aankh Milaana’ from the movie.

Noorie (Poster)

Noorie (Poster)

Aaja Re Aaja Re O Mere Dilbar Aaja
Dil Ki Pyas Bujha Jaa Re

He composed the memorable ‘Aaja Re O Mere Dilbar Aaja’ from Yash Chopra’s ‘Noorie’ in 1979. Rendered by Lata Mangeshkar and Nitin Mukesh, it is one of the most soulful tracks composed by Khayyam.

In Aankhon Ki Masti Ke Mastaane Hazaaron Hain
In Aankhon Se Vaabastaa Afsaane Hazaaron Hain

‘Umrao Jaan’ brought a new fervor of classical music from Khayyam’s kit. Each musical note of the songs were so graciously composed that the songs still creates a magical and enchanting effect on any music lover. Asha Bhosle rendered few of her best songs for ‘Umrao Jaan’ and the film will always be remembered for the Khayyam and Asha Bhosle magnum opus.

Rekha in 'Dil Cheeze Kya Hai' from 'Umrao Jaan'

Rekha in ‘Dil Cheeze Kya Hai’ from ‘Umrao Jaan’

‘Dil Cheeze Kya Hai’, ‘In Aankhon Ki Masti’, ‘Justuju Jiski Thi’, ‘Yeh Ka Jagah Hai Doston’ are some of the magnificent tracks from ‘Umrao Jaan’.

Kabhi Kisiko Mukammal Jahaan Nahi Milta
Kabhi Zameen To Kabhi Aasmaan Nahi Milta

Penned by Nida Fazli, Khayyam composed this evergreen song for ‘Ahista Ahista’ in 1981. ‘Mana Teri Nazar Mein’, ‘Bin Bulaaye Hum Chale Aaye’, ‘Nazar Se Phool Chunti Hai Nazar’ are all stupendous tracks from the film. Khayyam’s brilliance and rich execution of notes were evident in all his compositions from ‘Ahista Ahista’.

Khayyam with Rekha

Khayyam with Rekha

Rajesh Khanna and Hema Mailini’s ‘Dard’ is another groundbreaking film for Khayyam. The tracks ‘Pyar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha Pyara Pyara’, ‘Na Jaane Kya Hua Jo Tune Choo Liya’, ‘Qubool Kijiye’, ‘Aisi Haseen Chandni’ all became popular songs during the era. Even the song ‘Karoge Yaad To Har Baat Yaad Aayegi’ from ‘Bazaar’ in 1982 is another brilliant composition by Khayyam. The song was revived again in another album after almost 13 years.

Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein Khayal Aata Hai
Ke Jaise Tujhko Banaya Gaya Hai Mere Liye

Yash Chopra’s ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ was a thorough musical treat and each of its renditions remains to be evergreen even today. The songs topped the charts in the year of 1976 and became a rage among the music lovers. ‘Tere Chehre Se Nazar Nahi Hat Ti’, ‘Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hun’, ‘Mere Ghar Aayi Ek Nanhi Pari’ were all smashing hits. ‘Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein Khayal Aata Hai’ has been termed to be one of the best romantic melodies ever created in Bollywood.

Khayyam with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

Khayyam with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

Khayyam’s songs are not only rich with beautiful notes but it always had a wide space for equally enriched poetry. He worked closely with all his lyricists and in his prolonged career of almost four decades, he has worked with legendary as well as contemporary lyricists.

He won the National Award for Best Music Direction and also the Filmfare Award for ‘Umrao Jaan’. He also won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. He did bag another Filmfare Award for the film ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ in 1976.

Khayyam celebrated his 86th birthday in 2013. His music will always be remembered for his evergreen, rich and elegant classical touch.

C. Ramchandra : Music That Evokes Patriotism

C. Ramchandra

C. Ramchandra

C. Ramchandra was one of those rare composers of Bollywood who gave such immortal tunes to the country that remains to be unforgettable even today. His ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo, Zara Aankh Mein Bhar Lo Paani’ is nothing less than another national anthem for the nation. Whether it’s the ‘Eena Meena Deeka’ or the ‘Shola Jo Bhadke Dil Mera Dhadke’, he has gifted the music industry with undeniable variations.

He was born as Ramchandra Narhar Chitalkar on the 12th of January in 1918 at Puntamba town in the state of Maharashtra. He took his initial music lessons from Vinayakbua Patwardhan at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya music school. He adopted various names like Shyamoo, Ram Chitalkar and Annasaheb during composing for different movies.

C. Ramchandra

C. Ramchandra

Although he is famous as a composer but C. Ramchandra started off in the film industry as an actor. He played important roles in the early age movies like ‘Naganand’, ‘Saeed-E-Havas’, and ‘Atma Tarang’.

C. Ramchandra’s debut movie as a music director were the Tamil flicks Jayakkodi and Vana Mohini. His first Hindi movie as an independent music director was Master Bhagwan’s ‘Sukhi Jeevan’ that released in the year of 1942.

‘Sukhi Jeevan’ gave him the required limelight after which there was no turning back for him. His association with Master Bhagwan continued and he also composed for his blockbuster hit ‘Albela’ in 1951. ‘Shola Jo Bhadke’, ‘Dheere Se Aaja Ri Akhiyon Mein’, ‘Mehfil Mein Meri Kaun’ are some of the mellifluous tracks from ‘Albela’ which went on to become one of the top grossers of 1951.

C. Ramchandra with Asha Bhosle

C. Ramchandra with Asha Bhosle

He was an expert in using alto sax, harmonica and guitar in the most rhythmic way. ‘Shola Jo Bhadke’, ‘Aana Meri Jaan Sunday Ke Sunday’, ‘Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo’, ‘Eena Meena Deeka’ are evident examples of compositions that have extensive rock orchestration and are composed with the most modern background sound. One can vividly identify the usage of bongo, oboe, clarinet and trumpet as well in these tracks.

It is said that C. Ramachandra came up with the lyrics of ‘Eene Meena Deeka’ after hearing a few children playing outside his recording room while saying ‘Eeni Meeni Minni Moe’.



Another most popular and evergreen track that came out from Ramchandra’s bag was ‘Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon’ from ‘Patanga’ in 1949. The song today has become one of the symbolised songs and is extremely famous even in the contemporary era.

As a music composer his biggest successes were ‘Aasha’, ‘Anarkali’, ‘Navrang’, ‘Stree’, ‘Barish’, ‘Albela’, ‘Azad’ and many more. ‘Jaag Dard-E-Ishq Jaag’, ‘Yeh Zindagi Usiki Hai’, ‘Mohabbat Aise Dhadkan Hai’ are some of the most popular tracks from ‘Anarkali’. The success of ‘Anarkali’ made him reach new heights as he touched the zenith of melodious compositions.

C. Ramchandra with Kavipradeep and Lata Mangeshkar - The three masterminds behind 'Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo'

C. Ramchandra with Kavipradeep and Lata Mangeshkar – The three masterminds behind ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo’

C. Ramchandra became immortal with the composition of the song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo’ rendered by Lata Mangeshkar.

The song originally is a non-filmy song and was composed solely for the Republic Day function at Delhi on 26th of January 1963 immediately after the Sino-Indian war. The brilliant composition and Lata Mangeshkar’s flawless rendition moved everyone at the audiences’ seat to tears. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru also could not stop his tears. The song soon became a rage all over the country and it is still regarded as one of the best patriotic songs ever composed in India.

In 1953, the music director turned into a producer. Under the banner of New Sai Pictures, he produced three movies, ‘Jhanjhar’, ‘Lehren’ and ‘Duniya Gol Hai’. He also produced two Marathi movies in the 1960s. In the year of 1977, his biography was published in Marathi.

On the 5th January 1982, he took his last breath due to acute peptic ulcer. He has left behind a musical legacy that will be remembered and cherished for years to come and C. Ramchandra is remembered everytime we hear the eternal patriotic track ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo’.

He still resides in our hearts through his enduring songs, ‘Dil Se Bhoola Do Tum Humein, Hum Na Tumhe Bhoolaayenge…’

Bappi Lahiri : The Disco King of India


Bappi Lahiri

Bappi Lahiri

I am a disco dancer
I am a disco dancer
Zindagi Mera Gaana, Main Kisi Ka Dewaana
To Jhumo, To Naacho, Aa Mere Saath Naacho Gaao
I am a disco dancer
I am a disco dancer

He is the pioneer of the disco theme in India. Towards the early 1980s, Bappi Lahiri came with his new, refreshing and out of the box disco genre in Bollywood. His ‘I am A Disco Dancer’ for the movie ‘Disco Dancer’ starring Mithun Chakraborty in 1982 flew high above the chart busters and the song almost carried the identity of the entire film. With this song, it was evident that Bappi Lahiri had arrived.

He was born on 27th of November 1952 in Kolkata to Aparesh Lahiri and Bansari Lahiri. Both his parents were experienced singers and he was the only child to his parents.

Bappi Lahiri appeared in Mumbai in 1971. His first movie as a composer was the 1973 release ‘Nanha Shikari’. But his real success came with ‘Chalte Chalte’ in 1976. The song ‘Chalte Chalte Mere Yeh Geet Yaad Rakhna, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’ by Kishore Kumar went on to top the charts that year.

Bappi Lahiri with Kishore Kumar

Bappi Lahiri with Kishore Kumar

In 1981, he composed another stupendous disco number ‘Ramba Ho Samba Ho’ for the movie ‘Armaan’. Rendered by Usha Utthup, the song became almost a rage among the listeners.

Mithun Chakraborty in 'I am a disco dancer'

Mithun Chakraborty in ‘I am a disco dancer’

In 1982, his music for ‘Disco Dancer’ and preferably the two songs ‘I Am A Disco Dancer’ and ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ created such a everlasting craze that it did spread to the far away nations of China and Russia. Bappi Lahiri happened to be the first Indian composer to win the China Gold Award for ‘Disco Dancer.. Even Russia embraced his music with open arms. During the 1980s, the on screen persona of Mithun Chakraborty and the disco theme of Bappi Lahiri became almost synonymous.

‘Ke Pag Ghungroo Baandhe Meera Naachi Thi, Aur Hum Naache Bin Ghungroo Ke, Ke Pag Ghungroo Baandhe Meera Naachi Thi’

- ‘Ke Pag Ghungroo’ from Prakash Mehra’s 1982 release ‘Namak Halal’ had a little bit of classical touch which was quite irregular to come from Bappi Lahiri. But the song turned heads due to the mellifluous rendition by Kishore Kumar and the long stretched play time of the song. It goes on to play for almost 12 minutes without boring the audience even for once. This musical piece is a happening example entertainment, fun, rhythm and beat, all mixed together.

Amitabh Bachchan in 'Ke Pag Ghungroo' from 'Namak Halaal

Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Ke Pag Ghungroo’ from ‘Namak Halaal

‘Jawani Janeman’, ‘Raat Baaki Baat Baaki’, ‘Aaj Rapat Jaaye To Humein Na’, ‘Thodi Si Jo Peeli Hai’, all were smashing hits at the charts from the same movie. Almost all the songs from this soundtrack has been remixed many times in the modern days and the tunes still rock the audiences with their charm.

‘Inteha Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki, Aayi Na Kuch Khabar, Mere Yaar Ki’

- The trademark song by Kishore Kumar from ‘Sharaabi’ was also composed by Bappi Lahiri. The song became such a huge success that it still remains to be one of the signature tunes among the current generation audiences. ‘De De Pyar De’, ‘Manzile Apni Jagah, Raaste Apni Jagah’ are another two extremely popular tracks from the movie. He received the Filmfare Award for Best Music Direction in 1984 for ‘Sharaabi’.

Amitabh Bachchan in 'Inteha Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki' from 'Sharaabi'

Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Inteha Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki’ from ‘Sharaabi’

Bappi Lahiri shared a very close rapport with Kishore Kumar. Their association remained intact until Kishore Kumar’s death. It is said that it was Kishore Kumar who influenced and inspired Bappi Lahiri to playback songs. Their association gave birth to evergreen songs like ‘Pag Ghungroo’, ‘Inteha Ho Gayi’, ‘Mazile Apni Jagah’, ‘Aaj Rapat Jaaye’.

Bappi Lahiri with Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar

Bappi Lahiri with Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar

‘I am a street dancer’ by Amit Kumar for the movie ‘Ilzaam’ in 1986 was another disco theme by Bappi Lahiri that became immensely popular. The song gave birth to the dancing Govinda in Bollywood and still remains to be an evergreen number.

Bappi Lahiri with Vishal-Shekhar and Shreya Ghoshal

Bappi Lahiri with Vishal-Shekhar and Shreya Ghoshal

Bappi Lahiri’s magic started fading from Bollywood towards the end of 1990s. But he never vanished from the musical arena. He kept on proving his presence after long intervals and made headlines everytime when he came back with a bang. He composed for ‘Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara’ in 2005. He rendered the famous song ‘Shola Hai Ya Hai Bijuriya Dil Ki Bajariya Bambai Nagariya’ for Vishal-Shekhar for the movie ‘Taxi No. 9211′ in 2006.

Bappi Lahiri and Shreya Ghoshal

Bappi Lahiri and Shreya Ghoshal

In 2006, he also did playback for A. R. Rahman for Mani Ratnam’s ‘Guru’. The song ‘Ek Lo Ek Muft’ from ‘Guru’ was a duet of Bappi Lahiri and Chitra. He was back with his ever-so-loved ‘Disco Dancer’ again in Golmaal 3 in 2010. The most surprising hit that came from Bappi Lahiri was ‘Oo Lala Oo Lala, Tu Hai Meri Fantasy’ from ‘Dirty Picture’ in 2011. ‘Oo Lala’ was again a collaborative result of Vishal Shekhar’s music and Bappi Lahiri’s rendition along with Shreya Ghoshal. The song with a retro feel immediately did hit the charts and became a massive success throughout.

‘Kaliyon Ka Chaman Tab Banta Hai, Thoda Resham Lagta Hai, Ho Thoda Sheesha Lagta Hai, Heere Moti Jadte Hain, Thoda Sona Lagta Hai’

Bappi Lahiri has been alleged with the blame of plagiarism a lot of times. But in 2002, similar tune of the song ‘Kaliyo Ka Chaman’ (originally composed for the movie ‘Jyoti’ in 1981) was found in an American album ‘Addictive’ by ‘Truth Hurts’. A copyright infringement case was filed against the album by Sa Re Ga Ma and Universal Music Group. The US court of Los Angeles barred any further sales of the album until Bappi Lahiri was listed as the original composer of the tune in the credits.

Bappi Lahiri with Anu Malik

Bappi Lahiri with Anu Malik

His ‘Zooby Zooby’ from the film ‘Dance Dance’, ‘Come Closer’ from ‘Kasam Paida Karne Waale Ki’, ‘I am a disco dancer’ from ‘Disco Dancer’ has influenced a lot of foreign musicians over the years which includes America’s Showbiz and A. G., Dabrye, Albert Johnson (Prodigy), Duval Clear (Masta Ace), Russia’s Ruki Vvreh and even France’s Arnaud Bernard (Onra).

His song ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ from ‘Disco Dancer’ was featured in the famous Hollywood flick ‘You Don’t Mess With The Zohan’ starring Adam Sandler in 2008. Lahiri was listed in the credits as the original composer of the song as well.

In 1989, he was invited at London for a live performance at BBC, marking him as the only Indian music director to get the opportunity. In 1986, his name was included in the Guinness Book Of World Records for composing 180 songs for almost 33 films in one single year, making him the only composer in the world to achieve that. The record still remains to be unbroken till date. He also remains to be the only composer who was invited by Michael Jackson to his concert in Mumbai in 1996.

Bappi Lahiri1

Not only as a music director but also as a singer, Bappi Lahiri has successfully pulled in audiences towards his music from different parts of the world. He has more than 10 albums on his credit and almost 500 films in different languages. In 1994, he founded his own music label company BL Music. In 1997, his wife produced the Bengali movie ‘Lal Darja’ which won the National Award for being the Best Feature Film Of India that year. Directed by Buddhadev Dasgupta, the film received tremendous national and international appreciation.

He judged television reality shows including Zee Tv’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Sony Entertainment Television’s K for Kishore. In 2011, he launched his album ‘Walking On The Love Street’. The album features American Idol participant Shaun Barrows and the album rules the US chart for a long time.

Bappi Lahiri at Indian Idol Junior

Bappi Lahiri at Indian Idol Junior

‘Gunday’ – The most waited film from the Yash Raj Productions starring Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra also is supposed to have a song rendered by Bappi Lahiri. The song is a cabaret number with the touch of jazz and composer Sohail Sen chose Bappi Lahiri to render the song. The film is scheduled to get released in February, 2014.

While Bappi Lahiri continues to give tremendous hits trough his compositions and renditions, it is undeniable that he is truly ‘The Disco King of India’.

O. P. Nayyar : The Timeless Composer

O. P. Nayyar

O. P. Nayyar

Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar
Bharke Aankhon Mein Khumaar
Jaadunagri Se Aaya Hai Koi Jaadugar

Rendered by Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle and Shamshad Begum for Guru Dutt’s CID in 1956, ‘Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar’ still echoes in our hearts and depicts the unbeatable musical brilliance of composer O. P. Nayyar. He ruled the charts during the 1950s and 1960s and was considered as one of the most trendiest composers during the contemporary era.

O. P. Nayyar was born on the 16th of January in 1926 at Lahore in the undivided India as Omprakash Prasad Nayyar. He spent the initial 21 years of his life in Pakistan before partition. He used to take part in a children’s programme in the All India Radio, Lahore, from the tender age of 12 only.

O. P. Nayyar

O. P. Nayyar

O. P. Nayyar came from a respectable educated family full of doctors, lawyers and barristers. But he was one child who had no inclination towards studies. He skipped his college examination and was thrashed badly by his father for being a careless student. Later, he acknowledged to his father that he is completely disinterested towards attaining any further education.

One of the friends of Nayyar, S. N. Bhatia, introduced him to producer D. M. Pancholi. Pancholi offered Nayyar to work as an assistant to Pandit Amarnath, the then composer working under Pancholi’s banner. O. P. Nayyar, being highly ambitious, rejected the offer as he directly wanted a break as an independent composer.

After a few years, in 1951, Pancholi again offered him to compose music for his film ‘Aasmaan’. Before getting an opportunity to work as an independent composer in ‘Aasmaan’, he composed background score for ‘Kaneez’. O. P. Nayyar spent a prolonged period of time struggling in the industry when he had no work and no money to even feed his new born.

He went on to compose for ‘Chham Chama Chham’ in 1952 and ‘Baaz’ in 1953. But his real chartbusters and groundbreaking superhit songs came in 1954 with Guru Dutt’s ‘Aar Paar’.

Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar Lagaa Tire Nazar
Saiyaan Ghayal Kiya Re Tune Mora Jigar

Penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri and rendered by Shamshad Beghum, this song is still one of the most recognisable songs from Guru Dutt’s ‘Aar Paar’. It was a hat-rick for O. P. Nayyar and Guru Dutt as they gave back to back successful musical hits of ‘Aar Paar’ in 1954, ‘Mr. and Mrs. 55′ in 1955 and ‘CID’ in 1956.

O. P. Nayyar can also be credited for making Shamshad Begum render some of the most versatile and out-of-the-box tracks for him.

He was a composer who was greatly inspired by Ghulam Haider’s rhythmic Punjabi beats and New Theatres’ music with the Bengali melody. Pankaj Mullick, R. C. Boral and Timir Baran were the three mastermind musicians at the New Theatres from whom O. P. Nayyar drew his major inspiration.

'Babuji Dheere Chalna' from 'CID'

‘Babuji Dheere Chalna’ from ‘CID’

Babuji Dheere Chalna
Pyar Mein Zaraa Sambhalnaa
Haan…Bade Dhoke Hain
Bade Dhoke Hain Iss Raah Mein

Sung by Geeta Dutt, it was a masterpiece track composed by O. P. Nayyar for ‘CID’. ‘Babuji Dheere Chalna’ was composed in 1954 but it still instills the modern feel of music through its composition.

Kahiin Pe Nigaahein Kahiin Pe Nishaana
Jeene Do Zaalim Banaao Na Deewaana

In 1956, O. P. Nayyar composed for another Guru Dutt flick, ‘CID’ starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rahman. ‘Aankhon Hi Aankhon Mein Ishaara Ho Gaya, Baithe Baithe Jeene Ka Sahara Ho Gaya’ by Mohammad Rafi and Geeta Dutt and the famous symbolic song ‘Kahiin Pe Nigaahe Kahiin Pe Nishaana’ by Shamshad Begum are evergreen tracks composed by O. P. Nayyar for CID. The film was a blockbuster success and so was the music.

O. P. Nayyar with Asha Bhosle and Mohammad Rafi

O. P. Nayyar with Asha Bhosle and Mohammad Rafi

All India Radio, during this era had put a ban on O. P. Nayyar’s compositions blaming them to be too modern and trendy. However, Radio Ceylon took full advantage of the ban and played Nayyar’s songs in full swing on their stations. Nayyar’s songs were not only loved but were also relished by the audiences.

Shasadhar Mukherjee’s ‘Tumsa Nahi Dekha’ starring Shammi Kapoor was another major movie for O. P. Nayyar that made headlines all over. ‘Tumsa Nahi Dekha’ was just another major hit by him.

Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu
Chin Chin Chu Baba Chin Chin Chu
Raat Chandni Main Aur Tu
Hello Mister How Do You Do

Shakti Samanta’s 1958 release ‘Howrah Bridge’ had this song by Geeta Dutt, which is a forever youthful track that can never get old. The random lyrics along with the playful tune makes it an evergreen composition by O. P. Nayyar.

'Mera Naam Hai Chin Chin Chu' from 'Howrah Bridge'

‘Mera Naam Hai Chin Chin Chu’ from ‘Howrah Bridge’

‘Aaiye Meherbaan’ by Asha Bhosle is also another utterly sensuous track from the same movie. With Madhubala’s enchanting performance the song created magic on screen. The beat that follows the word ‘Meherbaan’ in the song is brilliantly arranged so that it comes out as the sound made by glasses in a rhythmic tone. It was simply the versatility of the composer to come out with something like that in the non-digital era.

Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera Na Ghabraiye
Jahaan Tak Mahek Hai Mere Kesuon Ki Chale Aaiye

Asha Bhosle rendered this rich and exquisite track with the O. P. Nayyar’s most mellifluous composition for ‘Mere Sanam’ in 1965. The movie had other equally sensual tracks like ‘Jaaiye Aap Kahaan Jaayenge’ by Asha Bhosle and ‘Pukaarta Chala Hun Main’ by Mohammad Rafi.

O. P. Nayyar’s main leading male singer had always been Mohammad Rafi and among the female singers he preferred Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhosle. He never worked with Lata Mangeshkar as he believed that Mangeshkar’s ‘thin’ voice would not suit his tunes.

In 1966, Mohammad Rafi and O. P. Nayyar had a major fall out during the recording of Shakti Samanta’s ‘Sawan Ki Ghata’. Rafi appeared late at Nayyar’s recording and cited the reason of being busy at another recording. An angry Nayyar immediately cancelled the recording and called off their association. He vowed never to work with Mohammad Rafi again and went on to record songs with Mahendra Kapoor, making him a mainstream singer. However, after three years, they patched up again following an apology from Rafi.

O. P. Nayyar with Mohammad Rafi

O. P. Nayyar with Mohammad Rafi

It is quite clear that without the backing of O. P. Nayyar probably Asha Bhosle could never have become a singer of this altitude. Lata Mangeshkar and Geeta Dutt were still the ruling queens at the charts that time. It was O. P. Nayyar who preferred and made Asha Bhosle render the best songs of her prolonged singing career and brought her in limelight. Although, due to rift between the composer and singer during the 1970s, Asha Bhosle never give Nayyar’s due compliment to him. She credits B. R. Chopra for getting her first musical hits in ‘Naya Daur’ rather than the composer of the film.

O. P. Nayyar with Asha Bhosle

O. P. Nayyar with Asha Bhosle

Aao Huzoor Tumko Sitaaron Mein Le Chalun
Dil Jhum Jaaye Aisi Bahaaron Mein Le Chalun

In 1968, O. P. Nayyar again delivered another magnificient piece with Asha Bhosle for Manmohan Desai’s ‘Kismat’. Even ‘Kajra Mohabbat Waala, Ankhiyon Mein Aisa Daala’ by Shamshad Begum and Asha Bhosle is an unconventional track from the same movie.

A Clip of 'Kajra Mohabbat Waala' from 'Kismat'

A Clip of ‘Kajra Mohabbat Waala’ from ‘Kismat’

Who can forget ‘Yahi Wo Jagah Hai, Yahi Wo Fiza Hai’ from the 1966 release ‘Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi’ or the complete opposite ‘Yeh Chaand Sa Roshan Chehra’ from Kashmir Ki Kali? Both composed by O. P. Nayyar signifies his musical excellence.

Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore from 'Kashmir Ki Kali'

Shammi Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore from ‘Kashmir Ki Kali’

O. P. Nayyar always believed that 50% of credit for a song’s success should be credited to the lyricist, the other 25% should go to the singer and to the orchestra whereas only the remaining 25% of the credit should stay with the music director.

O. P Nayyar also holds the record of never working with Lata Mangeshkar in his lifetime. He is the only composer of his contemporary period who left behind a successful musical trend without even a strike of Lata Mangeshkar’s voice.

O. P. Nayyar with Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle

O. P. Nayyar with Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle

O. P. Nayyar was also famous for being a stubborn and arrogant composer. He was probably the first music director of Bollywood to charge a compensation that went up to a lakh of rupees during the black and white era. Even during his declining period, he didn’t accept any offer less than his demands and the world of music saw his musical sunset almost as instantly as they had witnessed his sudden rise and ride.

O. P. Nayyar

O. P. Nayyar

He spent his last days in considerable financial difficulties which compelled him to turn into a homeopath consultant from a music composer. It was his close association with television director Gajendra Singh that brought him to major limelight again when he appeared on the small screen as a judge on Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. His trademark style of wearing a black hat and white shirt on the show made him easily recognisable among the masses.

O. P. Nayyar suffered from heart attack and took his last breath on the 28th of January 2007 at the age of 81. His music still rules the hearts of numerous people and he is still living among us through his evergreen compositions.

Jagjit Singh : The Ghazal Maestro

Jagjit Singh

Jagjit Singh

Chitthi Na Koi Sandesh
Jaane Woh Kaunsa Desh
Jahaan Tum Chale Gaye

The resonant voice would strike a chord with anyone’s mind as the song mellifluously appeals to everyone whenever they listen to him. Jagjit Singh, a legend of ghazals, have always ardently poured life into his soulful renditions.

Jagjit Singh was originally born as Jagmohan Singh on the 8th of February in 1941 in Sri Ganganagar of Rajasthan to Sikh parents, Amar Singh and Bachan Kaur. He completed his graduation from Jalandhar’s DAV college and earned his post-graduation degree from Haryana’s Kurukshetra University.

He took his music lessons from Pandit Chaganlal Sharma for two years and learnt Khayal, Thumri and other form of classical music from Ustad Jamaal Khan for six years. As he spent a considerable time period of his life in Rajasthan, the folk culture of Rajasthan became evident in many of his renditions in later life.

Jagjit Singh

Jagjit Singh

Jagjit Singh’s father, a government employee by profession, always aspired for his son to become a engineer or bureaucrat. In 1965, he eloped to Mumbai without the knowledge of his parents to build a career out of music. He started off by singing advertisement jingles and his first singing opportunity came with a Gujarati film named ‘Dharati Naa Chhoru’ by Suresh Amin. During this time, he also abandoned his turban, shaved his hair and moustache only to leave behind his image as a Sikh.

Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho
Kya Gham Hai Jisko Chhupa Rahe Ho

It was a phase when the genre of ghazal was ruled by prominent singers like Beghum Akhtar, Talat Mehmood, Noor Jehan and Mehdi Hassan. Inspite of that Jagjit Singh could blend the school of ghazal in the most modern manner and created a niche for himself. In 1967, he met Chitra Singh at a recording studio. On hearing his heavy voice, she doubted whether she would be able to mould her voice with him as his rendition turned out to be a very heavy one. However, their voices blended beautifully with each other only to initialise a long journey together.

Jagjit Singh with wife Chitra Singh, daughter Monica Singh and son Vivek

Jagjit Singh with wife Chitra Singh, daughter Monica Singh and son Vivek

In 1969, Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh tied the wedlock together. Since then, the husband-wife duo produced a handful of extremely successful albums which earned them worldwide reputation. The Unforgettables, the first most celebrated album of the duo turned them into ghazal stars overnight. The songs like ‘Baat Niklegi’, ‘Raat Bhi Neend Bhi’ became the runaway successes at the chartbusters.

Their success stories continued with more albums titled, ‘Main Aur Meri Tanhai’, ‘The Latest’, ‘Ecstasies’, ‘Echoes’ and ‘Beyond Time’. The albums not only became hits within India but earned international fame as well.

Hontho Se Choo Lo Tum
Mera Geet Amar Kar Do

With ‘The Unforgettables’, Jagjit Singh blended western instrumentation with classical ghazal in a way that appealed to the modern ears as well. It can’t be denied that Jagjit Singh holds the credit for umpteen amount of contribution towards making the genre of ghazals a popular phenomenon among the new-age audiences. With ‘Beyond Time’, he did set another record. It is the first digitally recorded album of India by Indian singers.

Jagjit Singh with wife Chitra Singh and Lata Mangeshkar

Jagjit Singh with wife Chitra Singh and Lata Mangeshkar

During the same decade, he also rendered for many Bollywood hits. ‘Arth’, ‘Saath Saath’, ‘Prem-Geet’ had stupendous hits tracks by Jagjit Singh.

Tumko Dekha To Yeh Khayal Aaya
Zindagi Dhoop…Tum Ghanaa Saaya

‘Saath Saath’ and ‘Arth’ remains to be the highest selling combined album till date. The songs ‘Tumko Dekha To Yeh Khayal Aaya’, ‘Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar’, ‘Yeh Bataa De Mujhe Zindagi’ from ‘Saath Saath’ and ‘Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho’, ‘Jhuki Jhuki Si Nazar’, ‘Koi Yeh Kaise Bataaye’, ‘Tere Khushboo Mein Base’ from ‘Arth’ were the most soulful mellifluous tracks by Jagjit Singh.

He became a music director himself in ‘Prem-Geet’ and composed brilliant pieces like ‘Hothon Se Choo Lo Tum’ in 1981.

Jagjit Singh At Recording Studio

Jagjit Singh At Recording Studio

In 1988, he also composed music for the television series ‘Mirza Ghalib’ directed by Gulzar.

Jagjit Singh With His Wife and Son

Jagjit Singh With His Wife and Son

During the 1990s, a heart-breaking tragedy broke into the happy life of Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh. Their only son died at the Marine Drive in a car accident. ‘Someone Somewhere’ was the last album of the duo after which Chitra Singh lost her voice and stopped singing. Jagjit Singh, however, returned to singing after a year. He came out with albums like ‘Hope’, ‘Chirag’, ‘Kehkashan’, ‘Visions’, ‘Insight’, ‘Love Is Blind’, ‘Mirage’ and many more. His one major successful album with Lata Mangeshkar was ‘Sajda’.

Hoshwalon Ko Khabar Kya
Bekhudi Kya Cheeze Hai
Ishq Kijiye Phir Samajhiye
Zindagi Kya Cheeze Hai

Penned by Nida Fazli and rendered by Jagjit Singh, ‘Hoshwalo Ko Khabar Kya’ is a brilliant masterpiece from the 1999 release ‘Sarfarosh’. The song still creates an enchanting effect on the listener’s mind. In between, he rendered innumerable numbers for several movies like ‘Veer-Zaara’, ‘Joggers Park’, ‘Bhopal Express’, ‘Dushman’ and many more.

Jagjit Singh with Gulzar

Jagjit Singh with Gulzar

Jagjit Singh is the sole singer to render the songs written by the previous Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee for a compiled album titled as ‘Samvedna’ in 2002. The song ‘Kya Khoya Kya Paaya Jag Mein, Milte Aur Bichadte Pag Mein’ became hugely popular with Shahrukh Khan in the promotional video of the album.

Album Cover of 'Samvedna' compiling lyrics of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and rendered by Jagjit Singh

Album Cover of ‘Samvedna’ compiling lyrics from the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and rendered by Jagjit Singh

But tragedy broke into his life again with the death of his daughter in 2009. Monica, Chitra Singh’s daughter from her previous marriage, hanged herself from a fan and committed suicide. Jagjit Singh, who has been a father figure to her since she was 5, cancelled his US trip midway to return back to India on hearing the grieving news. A distraught and shaken Jagjit was consoled by friends like Gulzar, Nida Fazli, Om Puri and Javed Akhtar after the incident.

Jagjit Singh and Gulzar

Jagjit Singh and Gulzar

Koi Fariyaad Tere Dil Mein Dabi Ho Jaise
Tune Aankhon Se Koi Baat Kahi Ho Jaise
Jaagte Jaagte Ek Umr Kati Ho Jaise
Jaan Baaki Hai Magar Saas Ruki Ho Jaise

In 1998, he suffered from a major heart attack. He survived the attack but was admitted to hospital again in 2007. After fighting with death for almost two weeks and being in coma for a long time, he finally took his last breath on 23rd of September 2011 due to cerebral hemorrhage. He attended his last concert at Dehradun on the 20th of September 2011.

Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh Meeting The President of India

Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh Meeting The Then President of India Pratibha Patil

Jagjit Singh still remains to be the sole artist who could make ghazals appeal to the masses. He was the first musician who introduced rich musical backgrounds and western instruments in ghazal scores. He is an artist of that dynamism who can never be replaced by any contemporary singer for a long time in future.

Kailash Kher : The Most Earthy Voice

Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher


Allah Ke Bande Hasde, Allah Ke Bande
Allah Ke Bande Hasde
Jo Bhi Ho Kal Phir Aayega

Kailash Kher – A voice that is raw, earthiest and may be the closest to any pure form of soul. ‘Allah Ke Bande’ is one of his best renditions that topped the charts back in 2003. Composed by Vishal-Shekhar, it is a beautiful devotional musical piece from ‘Waisa Bhi Hota Hai’ that would touch the hearts of many.

Kailash Kher was born on 7th of July 1973 in Meerut of Uttar Pradesh. His father Pandit Maher Singh Kher was a traditional folk singer from whom Kailash learnt his initial music. At an young age of 14, he abandoned the comforts of home and came down to Delhi in search of a competent ‘guru’ in order to learn music. After a brief association with almost 15 ‘gurus’, he decided to leave for Mumbai.

He did learn and teach music to young students at the same time to earn his livelihood. He was greatly inspired by the classical maestros like Pandit Bhimshen Joshi, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pandit Gokulotsav Maharaj, whom he listened to very frequently in order to learn from their renditions.

Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher

He started off soon with a saree export business with one of his friends. After a brief success followed by an unfortunate failure in 1999, he gave up business and again decided to give a chance to his music. He then came back to Delhi to complete his graduation only to return back to Mumbai in 2001.

During his early struggling days, Kailash Kher spent his nights at the Andheri railway station and took up petty musical works that came in his way.

Soon he was introduced by a common friend to Ram Sampat, who gave him a chance to sing a jingle for a television commercial. Later, he went on to sing more jingles for commercials of Coca Cola, Honda Motor Cycles, Pepsi and many more.

Kailash Kher

Kailash Kher

He got an opportunity to playback for Nadeem-Shravan for the film ‘Andaaz’ in 2003. ‘Rabba Ishq Na Hove’ with Alka Yagnik brought him under spotlight. The same year with the release of ‘Allah Ke Bande’, he reached the height of fame and popularity overnight.

The fervor of ‘Allah Ke Bande’ enchanted A. R. Rahman to the extent that he made Kailash Kher sing for him in ‘Swades’ in 2004. ‘Yun Hi Chala Chal Rahi’ from ‘Swades’ was sung by Kailash Kher along with Udit Narayan and Hariharan. His first music director Ram Sampath called him during the same year to render the song ‘Mere Maula’ along with Richa Sharma for Rajkumar Santoshi’s ‘Khakee’.

His high pitched and raw voice was used extensively by Aadesh Shrivastav for ‘Rang Deeni’ from ‘Dev’. He rendered the song beautifully along with Mahua Kamat and Shraddha Pandit  and the song went on to become a huge hit of 2004.

Kailash Kher with A. R. Rahman

Kailash Kher with A. R. Rahman

In 2005, A. R Rahman again roped him in to sing the title track ‘Mangal Mangal’ for Ketan Mehta’s Aamir Khan starring ‘Mangal Pandey’. Jatin-Lalit used his voice along with Shaan in the song ‘Chaand Sifaarish’ from ‘Fanaa’. The lines ‘Subhan Allah…Subhan Allah’ in between the song were rendered by Kailash Kher. Anu Malik too offered him with ‘Toot Gaya’ from the Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumat starring ‘Waqt’.

He also worked with Pritam in ‘Chocolate’ in 2005 and sang the song ‘Jhuki Jhuki’ along with Sunidhi Chauhan.

‘Yeh Duniya Oot Patanga, Kite Hath Te Kite Tanga, Ate Kukdi Dindi Baanga, Ede Chakde Phatte’

– A solo number of Kailash Kher from ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’. The song went on to become a super hit at the charts in 2006. The peppy track by Kailash Kher would stupefy anyone. It is composed and sung with a mix of Hindi and Punjabi flavour and is a stupendous piece by Kailash Kher.

Khosla Ka Ghosla (Poster)

Khosla Ka Ghosla (Poster)

‘O Sikander’ from ‘Corporate’ in 2006 and ‘Ya Rabba’ from ‘Salaam-E-Ishq’ in 2007 were also huge hits at the charts. Both the songs are different in terms of genres and became very popular among the masses.

A Lyricist and Composer:

‘Ankhiyan Teriya Ve’ from Karan Johar’s ‘Kaal’ was penned by Kailash Kher. He not only sang the song but also holds the credit for the lyrics. He also went on to write lyrics for ‘Chandni Chowk To China’, ‘Dasvidaniyaan’ and ‘Traffic Signal’. He rendered the songs ‘Dilruba’ and ‘Albela Saajna’ from ‘Traffic Signal’ too.
He also composed the songs of the super hit movie ‘Dasvidaniyaan’. ‘Alvida’ and ‘Mumma’ from ‘Dasvidaniyaan’ were rendered by Kailash Kher while he made Sonu Nigam render the song ‘Muskura’ in the movie. In ‘Chandni Chowk To China’, he composed the songs ‘Chak Lein De’ and ‘S.I.D.H.U’ along with Paresh and Naresh and rendered for the same.


Kailash Kher's album 'Kailasa'

Kailash Kher’s album ‘Kailasa’

Kailash Kher also holds credit for four major successful albums through the years. His first album ‘Kailasa’ was released in 2006. The famous song ‘Teri Deewani’ from ‘Kailasa’ was a massive hit and the album went on to become one of the best selling albums of the year. The name ‘Kailasa’ was inspired from the name of the band that Kailash Kher earlier found with his two friends Paresh and Naresh in Delhi.

His second album ‘Jhoomo Re’ in 2007 was also another successful album from his kit. ‘Saiyyan’, ‘Babam Bum’, Chhap Tilak’ are the songs that became immensely popular among the audiences.

Cover of the album 'Chaandan Mein' by Kailash Kher

Cover of the album ‘Chaandan Mein’ by Kailash Kher

His third album ‘Chaandan Mein’ in 2009 and fourth alum ‘Rangeele’ in 2012 were equally successful and they all became chart toppers during their respective years.

His versatile voice makes him different from the rest of the singers. Today, he is one of those singers in Bollywood who refines the folk genre of music and instills a natural earthy feel among the music lovers.

R. D. Burman : The Eternal Musical Legacy

R. D. Burman

R. D. Burman

R. D. Burman or Rahul Dev Burman was the musical maestro who revolutionised Indian music and probably had been the first ever composer who brought the western trend of music in India only to blend it with Indian classical. The resultant music would be so magical that it created unbeatable musical sensations at the charts. His music never tends to get old. With all the new tracks becoming hit and forgotten the next moment, R. D. Burman’s music holds the biggest shelf life ever.

He was born on the 27th of June 1939 to another musical pundit S. D. Burman and lyricist Meera Dev Burman. He was also a descendant of the Royal family of Tripura from paternal side and Royal family of Manipur from maternal side. He was nicknamed as Pancham during his childhood, a name that stayed with him even when he became a celebrated musician.

R. D. Burman With Father S. D. Burman1

R. D. Burman With Father S. D. Burman1

R. D. Burman completed his schooling and college from Kolkata. He is a respected alumnus of the St. Xavier’s School, Kolkata.

At the age of nine, he composed his first song ‘Aye Meri Topi Palat Ke Aa’. The song was later used by his father in the film ‘Funtoosh’ in 1956. As a child he also composed ‘Sar Jo Tera Chakraaye’, which was again included in Guru Dutt’s ‘Pyaasa’ in 1957 by S. D. Burman.

While still being a student at Kolkata, R. D. Burman used to compose music on his own. Once S. D. Burman heard him humming a tune and questioned him about the source of its composition. An uncomfortable Rahul, revealed with fear to his father that it was his own composition. S. D Burman remained quiet after that but later decided to take his son along with him to Mumbai to polish his skills further. However, obstacles came through when R. D. Burman’s mother and grandmother opposed this idea for the fear of their child getting spoiled because of the glamorous filmy world at Mumbai. S. D. Burman inspite of all the negative oppositions took him to Mumbai.

S.D.Burman With R.D.Burman

S.D.Burman With R.D.Burman

Seeing his son’s inclination towards music, S. D. Burman sent him to Ustad Ali Akbar Khan for further training, where he also learnt Sarod. He was an assistant to his father in almost 18 films. Dev Anand’s ‘Guide’, Kishore Kumar’s ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’, Guru Dutt’s ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ are some of the films where R. D. Burman is credited as the assistant music director to his father.

In 1961, Mehmood proposed him to compose music for his film ‘Chote Nawab’. Initially the movie was supposed to go to S. D. Burman but impressed with R. D. Burman as a young musician, Mehmood roped him in. However, Mehmood kept the condition of making Lata Mangeshkar sing for its very first song ‘Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye Badra’.

R. D. Burman At Recording Studio

R. D. Burman At Recording Studio

R. D Burman was the timeless composer who understood the changing trend in music and used the western flow fluently in his compositions. He was the modern composer who gave us ‘Aayo Twist Kare’ from Mehmood’s ‘Bhoot Bungla’ in 1965!

Hussain-Majrooh-Burman – The Magical Threesome:

R. D. Burman created outstanding music along with lyricist Majrooh Sutanpuri in Nasir Hussain’s blockbuster hits. The evergreen songs from the kit of the three geniuses still are remembered and cherished by the new generation audiences.

‘O Haseena Zulfon Waali Jaane Jaahan, Dhundti Hai Kaafir Aankhein Kiska Nishaan’

R. D. Burman’s first success came with Nasir Hussain’s ‘Teesri Manzil’. The music of the film was much ahead of time. It was like a breeze of fresh air in the music industry and suddenly R. D. Burman was tagged as the most modern composer of the era. His ‘O Haseena Zulfon Waali Jaane Jahaan’, ‘O Mere Sona Re Sone Re’, ‘Aaja Aaja Main Hun Pyar Tera’ were smashing hits and the tracks are still trendy even today.

R. D. Burman With Mohammad Rafi

R. D. Burman With Mohammad Rafi

On hearing the song ‘O Haseena Zulfon Waali’ for the first time, both Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle expressed their doubts and they asked for 4 to 5 rehearsal takes for the song. Mohammad Rafi had to render the song with the trademark Shammi Kapoor style. R. D Burman himself was at awe with his own music when the unconventional tune of the song made such big singers nervous at the time of recording.

‘Kya Jaanu Sajan Hoti Hai Kya Gham Ki Shaam…Jal Uthe Sau Diye Jab Liya Tera Naam’

- A masterpiece by Lata Mangeshkar, it is another evergreen song by R. D. Burman from Nasir Hussain’s ‘Baharon Ke Sapney’ starring Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh. ‘Aaja Piya Tohe Pyar Dun’ by Lata Mangeshkar is another splendid track from the same movie. Burman’s composition and Mangeshkar’s rendition created an everlasting effect of the songs.

R. D. Burman With Lata Mangeshkar

R. D. Burman With Lata Mangeshkar

The same movie had another track ‘Chunri Sambhaal Gori’ by Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar. Initially when Nasir Hussain was made to hear the track, he complained about it saying something is ‘missing’ in the tune. R. D. Burman then proposed to add the rhythm of ‘Haa…aaa’ to Lata Mangeshkar’s part and the song went on to be a massive hit.

‘Tum Bin Jaaun Kahaan, Ke Duniya Mein Aake, Kuch Na Phir Chaaha Kabhi, Tumko Chaahke…Tum Bin’

– The song remains to be memorable even today. It was recorded in two versions by Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar. Mohammad Rafi’s version was used thrice in the movie on the lead actor Shashi Kapoor. This was another stupendous track by R. D. Burman from Nasir Hussain’s ‘Pyar Ka Mausam’ in 1969.

Another musical blockbuster from Nasir Hussain, Majrooh Sultanpuri and R. D. Burman’s bag was ‘Yaadon Ki Baraat’. The entire soundtrack went on to become a timeless composition.

Zeenat Aman in 'Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko' from 'Yaadon Ki Baraat'

Zeenat Aman in ‘Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko’ from ‘Yaadon Ki Baraat’

‘Chura Liya Hai Tumne Jo Dil Ko, Nazar Nahi Churaana Sanam, Badal Ke Meri Tum Zindagaani, Kahiin Badal Na Jaana Sanam’

The mesmerising and evergreen track by Mohammad Rafi and Asha Bhosle is still a rage for even the young generation music lovers. ‘Meri Soni Meri Tamanna Jhooth Nahi Hai Mera Pyar’ by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle again speaks about the brilliance that R. D. Burman’s compositions depicted. ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil, Phirte Hain Manzil Manzil’ by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar was another hit track from the same movie.

Needless to say the title track ‘Yaadon Ki Baraat, Nikli Hain Aaj Dil Ke Dwaare’ is an eternal composition by R. D. Burman with lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri being at his best.

‘Bachna Ae Haseeno Lo Main Aa Gaya, Husn Ka Aashique, Husn Ka Dushman, Apni Adaa Hai Yaaro Se Juda’

R. D. Burman’s yesteryear compositions are modern and trendy even today. His ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno Lo Main Aa Gaya’ is revived again in Yash Chopra’s ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ starring Ranbir Kapoor. The original movie ‘Hum Kisise Kam Nahin’ starred his father Rishi Kapoor and it was Nasir Hussain and R. D. Burman’s another superhit musical venture.

R.D.Burman along with Nasir Hussain and S.D.Burman

R.D.Burman along with Nasir Hussain and S.D.Burman

‘Chand Mera Dil, Chaandni Ho Tum’ by Mohammad Rafi was a slow and soft song whereas ‘Yeh Ladka Haye Allah’ by Asha Bhosle and Mohammad Rafi was a fun and rhythmic track. The most famous song from the film was ‘Kya Hua Tera Wada’ by Mohammad Rafi, a song that earned him the National Award for Best Playback Singer for the very first time.

‘Piya Tu Ab To Aaja, Shola Sa Man Daheke, Aake Bujha Jaa’

The most sensuous cabaret number ever on Indian cinema was also composed by R. D. Burman. Remember Helen’s startling moves on the outstanding ‘Piya Tu Ab To Aaja’ by Asha Bhosle? Probably, this was the best cabaret dance number that is been composed in Bollywood till date.

The song still rules the chart and is a musical number that is recognised immediately by audiences from every generation. Nasir Hussain and R. D. Burman again created magic on screen with this number in the movie ‘Caravan’ starring Jeetendra and Asha Parekh in 1971.

R. D. Burman With Asha Bhosle

R. D. Burman With Asha Bhosle

R. D. Burman also went a step ahead to make Lata Mangeshkar sing the unconventional song ‘Chadhti Jawani Meri Chaal Mastani’ in the same movie with Mohammad Rafi. ‘Caravan’ earned him his first Filmfare Nomination for Best Music Director.

‘Dil Lena Khel Hai Dildaar Ka…Bhoole Se Naam Na Lo Pyar Ka’

-The electrifying number was sung by R. D. Burman himself for Nasir Hussain’s ‘Zamaane Ko Dikhaana Hai’ starring Rishi Kapoor and Padmini Kolhapuri. Who can ever forget the electro feel that the song creates every time it is heard? This is one of the outstanding dance numbers rendered and composed by R. D. Burman himself.

He also revived Shailendra Singh’s voice for Rishi Kapoor in the song ‘Hoga Tumse Pyara Kaun’, which was an instant hit at the charts. ‘Poocho Na Yaar Kya Hua’ by Asha Bhosle and Mohammad Rafi is another melodious romantic piece from the same soundtrack.

Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman in 'Dum Maaro Dum' from 'Hare Rama Hare Krishna'

Dev Anand and Zeenat Aman in ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ from ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’

‘Dum Maaro Dum, Mit Jaaye Gham, Bolo Subah Shaam, Hare Krishna Hare Ram’

Dev Anand’s ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ released in 1971 and with it came the astounding number ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ which rocked the nation with its tune and rhythm. Rendered by Asha Bhosle again, the striking song created a surprising frenzy at the chartbusters. It is still one of the most infatuating numbers by Burman and with time the song simply denied to get outdated. ‘Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka Sabka Kehna Hai’ by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar is another popular melodious track composed for the film.

A Ghost Composer For His Father:

Amidst the recording of Shakti Samanta’s ‘Aradhana’, S. D. Burman, the original music composer of the film suffered through a sudden heart attack and the remaining songs were finished and recorded by R. D. Burman.

R. D. Burman With S. D. Burman

R. D. Burman With S. D. Burman

It is rumoured that the famous hit track ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu’ was composed by R. D. Burman in the absence of his father. He also roped in Kishore Kumar to render the sensual ‘Roop Tera Mastana’ for which Kumar later received the Filmfare Award for the Best Male Playback Singer. ‘Kora Kaagaz Tha Mann Yeh Mera’ is also rumoured to be a song composed by R. D. Burman. R. D. Burman is often blamed to have removed Mohammad Rafi from recording the two tracks and instead preferred Kishore Kumar for them.

Rajesh Khanna in 'Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu'

Rajesh Khanna in ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu’

During the same time he also composed for Dev Anand’s ‘Guide’. The mukhda of the song ‘Din Dhal Jaaye’ was composed by S. D. Burman whereas during his illness, R. D. Burman composed the antara of it. Even an expert ear would not be able to identify any difference between the mukhda and antara.

The Magical Mouth Organ:

R. D. Burman With His Mouth Organ

R. D. Burman With His Mouth Organ

Burman played his mouth organ for several of his father’s compositions. Remember the tune of the mouth organ at the very start of ‘Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Aayegi Tu’ or even the rhythmic tune of the instrument in the song ‘Hai Apna Dil To Awara’ from the movie ‘Solva Saal’? Burman’s mouth organ can be heard prominently in these popular tracks by S. D. Burman.

Shared Meters For Compositions:

R. D. Burman learnt the magic of sharing meters from one of the conversations between his father and eminent music director Roshan. Roshanji was referring to the famous song ‘Rahe Na Rahe Hum Maheka Karenge’ composed by him with the shared meter from S. D. Burman’s ‘Thandi Hawayen Lehrake Aayi’. The tunes of both the songs were different and only the meter was shared.

R.D.Burman with Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar

R.D.Burman with Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar

R. D Burman learnt the art of creating songs with same meter but with different tunes from this conversation. Later in future he used the same meter to compose ‘Saagar Kinaare Dil Yeh Pukaare’, which was way different from both the above songs in terms of tune but again had the same meter.

The Timeless Composer For Rajesh Khanna:

Rajesh Khanna and R. D. Burman were best friends and it can be said that Burman might have reserved some of his best tunes for Rajesh Khanna. The prediction by R. D. Burman in 1989 that Amitabh Bachchan would once become a ‘Bollywood Legend’ but Rajesh Khanna would always be the ‘Permanent Superstar’ of Bollywood, came true.

R. D. Burman with Rajesh Khanna

R. D. Burman with Rajesh Khanna

During the open heart surgery of R. D. Burman, Rajesh Khanna visited him at London and on seeing him at the hospital, Khanna exclaimed “I was looking for you in the recording studio at Mumbai, but they told me you are in a London hospital. To pehli flight li aur seedha yahaan chalaa aaya…”. Their friendship remained intact until Burman’s last breath.

‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai, Yeh Unka Hai Kaam, Mehboob Ka Jo Bas Lete Hue Naam, Mar Jaaye, Mit Jaaye, Ho Jaaye Badnaam, Rehne Do Choro Bhi Jaane Do Yaar, Hum Na Karenge Pyaar’

- ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’ was originally composed when R. D. Burman was flying to Delhi with Rajesh Khanna 32,000 feet above the ground. The sound of the aircraft taking off inspired Burman and he immediately came up with this tune. A stunned Rajesh Khanna on hearing it requested him to use it for any of his songs and the tune was incorporated later in ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’ for ‘Kati Patang’.

Rajesh Khanna in 'Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai'

Rajesh Khanna in ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’

R. D. Burman composed almost a bagful of songs for Rajesh Khanna with Kishore Kumar’s voice. Shakti Samanta’s ‘Kati Patang’ is one of the breakthrough musical blockbusters of 1970. Penned by Anand Bakshi, the songs are evergreen and they are still remembered and cherished by millions. ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’, ‘Yeh Shaam Mastani’, ‘Pyar Deewana Hota Hai’ were smashing hit tracks by Kishore Kumar.

Rajesh Khanna and R.D.Burman

Rajesh Khanna and R.D.Burman

R. D. Burman also chose Mukesh for Rajesh Khanna for the song ‘Jis Gali Mein Tera Ghar’. This was an unexpected and irregular choice by the composer. All the tracks went on to be hit at the chart-busters and they were ranked songs on Binaca Geetmala too. Asha Bhosle too rendered a talky song ‘Mera Naam Hai Shabnam’ for the same movie.

Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja in 'O Mere Dil Ke Chain'

Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja in ‘O Mere Dil Ke Chain’

‘O Mere Dil Ke Chain, Chain Aaye Mere Dil Ko Dua Kijiye’

- Another massive hit by Kishore Kumar for Rajesh Khanna from the movie ‘Mere Jeevan Saathi’ in 1972. The slow, soft and romantic melody composed by R. D. Burman leaves an everlasting effect on the listener. ‘Aao Na Gale Lag Jaao Na’ by Asha Bhosle and ‘Chala Jaata Hoon’ by Kishore Kumar are other notable tracks from the film.

‘Jai Jai Shiv Shankar, Kaanta Lage Na Kankar, Ke Pyaala Tere Naam Ka Piya’

- This merry and playful track is another enjoyable duet by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar from ‘Aap Ki Kasam’ starring Rajesh Khanna, Sanjeev Kumar and Mumtaz in 1974. The song was composed by R. D. Burman immediately after he came out from a Shiv Mandir in Kashmir. The sound of the bells during the ritual of aarti at the temple made him hum the tune and instantly the tune was made.

Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz in 'Jai Jai Shiv Shankar' from 'Aap Ki Kasam'

Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz in ‘Jai Jai Shiv Shankar’ from ‘Aap Ki Kasam’

Another most acclaimed song from the soundtrack was ‘Zindagi Ke Safar Mein’ by Kishore Kumar. By this time, R. D. Burman literally made Kishore Kumar the ruling voice for Rajesh Khanna.

‘Humein Tumse Pyar Kitna, Yeh Hum Nahi Jaante, Magar Jee Nahin Sakte, Tumhaare Bina’

- This immortal song by Kishore Kumar is from another Rajesh Khanna starred movie ‘Kudrat’. The evergreen melody is still hummed and widely played all over. ‘Tune O Rangeele Kaisa Jadoo Kiya’ by Lata Mangeshkar and ‘Saawan Nahi Bhaadon Nahin’ by Asha Bhosle and Suresh Wadkar are another two memorable tracks from the film.

The Burman and Gulzar Bond:

‘Tere Bina Jeeya Jaaye Na, Tere Bina Jeeya Jaaye Na, Bin Tere, Tere Bin Sajna, Saans Mein Saans Aaye Na’

- The melody with light classical touch was rendered by Lata Mangeshkar for the film ‘Ghar’ in 1978. Penned by Gulzar, the words flow magically along with the tune of the song. Another speciality of this song is that the tabla has been used in an innovative manner in it. The rhythm of the tabla catches the tune in which the mukhda of the song finishes and it is played along the lines of that tune only.

R. D. Burman With Gulzar

R. D. Burman With Gulzar

Gulzar and Burman’s association later on produced marvelling musical pieces that remains to be evergreen forever. ‘Phir Wohi Raat Hai’ by Kishore Kumar is another astounding piece from the same movie.

‘Aanewala Pal Jaanewala Hai, Ho Sake To Ismein Zindagi Bitaa do, Pal Jo Yeh Jaanewala Hai’

- A memorable rendition by Kishore Kumar for Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Gol Maal’ in 1979. Penned by Gulzar, the words and the tune of the song again created magic. ‘Ek Din Sapne Mein Dekha Sapna’ is another whimsical piece from the movie sung by the father-son duo of Kishore Kumar and Amit Kumar. And the title track ‘Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai’ rendered by R. D. Burman and Sapan Chakraborty was a fun track with playful words signifying the brilliance of Gulzar and Burman.

‘Mera Kuch Saaman, Tumhaare Paas Pada Hai,Saawan Ke Kuch Bheege Bheege Din Rakhe Hain,Aur Mere Ik Khat Mein Lipti Raat Padi Hai, Wo Raat Bujha Do, Mera Wo Saaman Lauta Do’

-Gulzar attempted at complete non-rhyming lyrics with ‘Mera Kuch Saaman’ for the first time in Bollywood and who could imagine that R. D Burman would make the non-rhyming lyrics sound so rhythmic with his composition? Such was the brilliance of the song behind its making.

Ijaazat (Poster)

Ijaazat (Poster)

In 1987 for ‘Ijaazat’, Gulzar’s pen and R. D. Burman’s composition created such enchanting musical pieces that did spellbound everyone. Asha Bhosle rendered her best pieces so far for the movie and each song was a classic on its own. The songs became timeless melodies with stunning composition and music.

Gulzar and R. D. Burman1If not the best, then also ‘Ijaazat’ can be termed as Gulzar, Asha Bhosle and R. D Burman’s finest creation. ‘Khaali Haath Shaam Aayi Hai, ‘Katra Katra Milti Hai, Katra Katra Jeene Do’, Choti Si Kahaani Se Baarisho Ke Paani Se’, all were unparalleled stupendous pieces rendered by Asha Bhosle.

‘Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa To Nahi, Shikwa Nahi, Shikwa Nahi, Shikwa Nahi’

- Gulzar’s ‘Aandhi’ was also a grand musical success in 1975. All the three tracks from the movie were equally embraced and loved by the audiences. ‘Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa’, ‘Tum Aa gaye Ho Noor Aa Gaya Hai’, ‘Is Mod Jaate Hain’ by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar were huge hits. ‘Aandhi’ is still remembered in the current era for its brilliant music.

Sanjeev Kumar and Suchintra Sen in 'Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa' from 'Aandhi'

Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen in ‘Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa’ from ‘Aandhi’

‘Tujhse Naaraz Nahi Zindagi, Hairaan Hun Main’

- The beautiful rendition of ‘Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi was done by Lata Mangeshkar and Anup Ghoshal. This is truly another brilliant piece by Gulzar and R. D. Burman from ‘Masoom’.
R. D. Burman – A Creator of Realistic Sound:
R. D. Burman engineered sound in his compositions like no other music director. He often used to incorporate sounds from our real life incidents rather than creating it through digital medium. For Gulzar’s ‘Kitaab’ he used an actual table to bring the effect of the sound.

R.D. Burman also took inspiration from roadside sounds and incorporated it in his music. He believed that anything that synthesises with any form of sound, if used properly, can produce an appealing musical note.

R. D. Burman With Guitar

R. D. Burman With Guitar

R. D Burman once bought a gadget known as ‘flanging’ from the United States of America during his tour. After his return to India, people started making fun of the gadget as it made some intolerable noise that was completely unappealing. Burman on the other hand always had an ear for unconventional musical sound. He attached the gadget to a guitar in order to produce a sound that would suit the background of the song ‘Dhanno Ki Aankhon Mein’ from ‘Kitaab’. The gadget played the part of being the major instrument in the song.

It is also famous about R. D. Burman that he used to draw inspiration of his music from roadside beggars and herdsmen.The song ‘Yeh Naina Yaad Hai Piya’ by Shailendra Singh and Asha Bhosle from Nasir Hussain’s ‘Manzil Manzil’ had an inspiration of sound adopted from the sound made by herdsmen while feeding their cattle.
He often used glass bottles, cups, bamboo sticks, stones to create the background scores of his songs. For ‘Chura Liya Hai Tumne’ cups and for ‘Mehbooba O Mehbooba’ bottles were used to produce the initial background music. The sound of a cruising aircraft made him compose ‘Yeh Jo Mohabbat Hai’ and sound of bells during an aarti at a temple inspired him to come up with ‘Jai Jai Shiv Shankar’ from ‘Aap Ki Kasam’.

Unforgettable Melodies:

‘Tu Tu Hai Wohi Dil Ne Jise Apna Kaha, Tu Hai Jahaan, Main Hun Wahaan, Ab To Yeh Jeena Tere Bin Hai Sazaa’

- The timeless melody was created by R. D. Burman for the blockbuster super-hit ‘Yeh Vaada Raha’ starring Rishi Kapoor, Poonam Dhillon and Tina Munim. It still remains one of the eternal songs rendered by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. The song has been re-arranged and remixed on several occasions but the original composition still remains to be the best. This is one of the finest examples of romantic melody composed by R. D. Burman.

Rishi Kapoor and Poona Dhillon in 'Tu Tu Hai Wohi' from 'Yeh Vaada Raha'

Rishi Kapoor and Poona Dhillon in ‘Tu Tu Hai Wohi’ from ‘Yeh Vaada Raha’

‘Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge, Todenge Dum Magar, Tera Saath Na Chodenge’

- Ramesh Sippy’s all time blockbuster ‘Sholay’ had R. D. Burman as its music composer. He composed the evergreen track of ‘Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge’ and made Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey render for it. ‘Haan Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ by Lata Mangeshkar and ‘Koi Haseena Jab Ruth Jaati Hai To’ by Kishore Kumar are other two extremely hit songs from ‘Sholay’.

Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra in 'Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge' from 'Sholay'

Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra in ‘Yeh Dosti Hum Nahi Todenge’ from ‘Sholay’

‘Mehbooba O Mehbooba, Gulshan Mein Gul Khilte Hain, Jab Sehra Mein Milte Hain, Main Aur Tu’

It was decided that the song would be removed from the final print of ‘Sholay’. ‘Mehbooba O Mehbooba’ was rendered by R. D. Burman himself and one simply can’t get away from the aura of the song. The song was later allowed to remain in the movie and it only increased the popularity for the soundtrack of ‘Sholay’. ‘Mehbooba O Mehbooba’ till date remains to be the most popular track sung by R. D. Burman.

‘Dilbar Mere Kab Tak Mujhe Aise Hi Tadpaaoge, Main Aag Dil Mein Lagaa Dunga Woh Ke Pal Mein Pighal Jaaoge’

- Another eminent piece by R. D. Burman and sung by Kishore Kumar for Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Satte Pe Satta’. ‘Dilbar Mere’ is said to be inspired from a German song by Doris Nefedov. However, the track went on to hit the charts and became hugely successful. Lip-synced by Amitabh Bachchan, the track remains to be one of the best by Kishore Kumar and Burman.

Amitabh Bachchan in 'Dilbar Mere' from 'Satte Pe Satta'

Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Dilbar Mere’ from ‘Satte Pe Satta’

The playful ‘Dukki Pe Dukki Ho Ya Satte Pe Satta’ by Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar and R. D. Burman and the melodramatic ‘Pyar Humein Kis Mod Pe Le Aaya’ by R. D. Burman, Kishore Kumar, Sapan Chakraborty and Gulshan Bawra would be entertaining to anyone who hears them.

‘Kya Yehi Pyar Hai, Haan Yahi Pyar Hai, Ho Dil Tere Bin Kahiin Lagta Nahin, Waqt Guzarta Nahin’

- Sanjay Dutt’s debut movie ‘Rocky’ directed by Late Sunit Dutt in 1981 had this romantic soulful song rendered by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. The soft and slow rhythm of the song would cast an enchanting spell on any listener even today. Such has been the spread of the song that the original version of it was kept as the main theme song for Hrithik Roshan starring ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’ in 2002.

R. D. Burman With Kishore Kumar

R. D. Burman With Kishore Kumar

‘Teri Yaad Aa Rahi Hai’ , ‘Dekho Maine Dekha Hai Ek Sapna’ by Amit Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar from ‘Love Story’ in 1981 created huge waves at the chartbusters. The film launched Kumar Gaurav and made Amit Kumar win the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer beating his father Kishore Kumar.

‘Chehra Hai Ya Chaand Khila Hai Zulf Ghaneri Shaam Hai Kya, Saagar Jaisi Aankhon Waali Yeh To Bataa Tera Naam Hai Kya’

- R. D. Burman worked with lyricist Javed Akhtar in Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Saagar’ in 1985. The song ‘Saagar Kinaare’ by Kishore Kumar made him win the Filmfare Award for The Best Male Playback Singer in 1986. ‘O Maria’ by Asha Bhosle and S. P. Balasubramaniyam and ‘Jaane Do Na’ by Shailendra Singh and Asha Bhosle are also famous tracks from the film.

Rishi Kapoor in 'Chehra Hai Ya Chand Khila Hai' from 'Saagar'

Rishi Kapoor in ‘Chehra Hai Ya Chand Khila Hai’ from ‘Saagar’

He also composed the melodious ‘Tumse Milke Aisa Laga Tumse Milke, Armaan Hue Poore Dil Ke Aye Mere Jaane Wafa’ by Suresh Wadkar and Asha Bhosle from Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Parinda’ in 1989.
R. D Burman’s Classical Touch:

‘Raina Beeti Jaaye, Shaam Naa Aaye’

Blamed for composing songs only in western style, R. D. Burman silenced his harsh critics by composing the ever enduring songs of ‘Amar Prem’. The songs are probably Burman’s best classical pieces sung by Lata Mangeshkar. ‘Bada Natkhat Hai Yeh Kishan Kanhaiya’ and ‘Raina Beeti Jaaye’ are all time evergreen classics. ‘Chingaari Koi Bhadke’ and ‘Kuch To Log Kahenge’ by Kishore Kumar were also are also brilliant soulful numbers composed by R. D. Burman for ‘Amar Prem’.

Sharmila Tagore in 'Raina Beeti Jaaye' from 'Amar Prem'

Sharmila Tagore in ‘Raina Beeti Jaaye’ from ‘Amar Prem’

Break To Noted Singers

In 1984, R. D. Burman gave major breaks to two of the most popular singers from today’s generation. Kumar Sanu rendered ‘Dekhna Dekhna Dekhte Dekhte’ for the first time with Udit Narayan and Shailendra Singh for the film ‘Yeh Desh’ starring Kamal Hassan, Zeenat Aman and Jeetendra.

Abhijeet was also introduced to playback in the same year through the song ‘Main Awara Hi Sahi’ for the movie ‘Anand Aur Anand’ directed and produced by Dev Anand. He also gave the first break to Mohammad Aziz in the 1985 release ‘Shiva Ka Insaaf’, which was a blockbuster hit of the year.

The music director duo of Laxmikant- Pyarelal also used to work in R. D. Burman’s orchestra before becoming independent composers.

Dil Padosi Hai By Burman, Asha Bhosle and Gulzar:

Dil Padosi Hai (Album)

Dil Padosi Hai (Album)

R. D. Burman married Asha Bhosle in 1980. Together they recorded numerous songs. On 8th of September 1987, Asha Bhosle’s birthday, he released the album ‘Dil Padosi Hai’. The album was a joint work of Gulzar, Bhosle and R. D. Burman.

R. D. Burman With Father S. D. Burman, Mother Meera Dev Burman and Wife Asha Bhosle

R. D. Burman With Father S. D. Burman, Mother Meera Dev Burman and Wife Asha Bhosle

He also recorded a song of Asha Bhosle with Boy George, the famous singer and lyricist from England.
Very few might be aware that R. D. Burman also composed an international Latin Rock album known as ‘Pantera’ in1987 along with Jose Flores of San Francisco.

Decline and Death:

R. D. Burman With Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar

R. D. Burman With Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar

By the late 1980s, the rise of Bappi Lahiri, Anand-Milind and Laxmikant – Pyarelal doomed the demand for R. D. Burman. Even after producing magical tracks for Gulzar’s ‘Ijaazat’ in 1986, he was still not getting mainstream movies for music composition. He suffered from a heart attack in 1988 and went through a bypass surgery in 1989 at London.

He composed beautiful tracks like ‘Tumse Milke, Aisa Laga Tumse Milke, Armaan Hue Poore Dil Ke’ for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Parinda’ in 1989. R. D. Burman also went through financial troubles during this period before taking his last breath on 4th of January 1994 at the age of 54.

‘Rooth Na Jaana Tumse Kahun To, Main In Aankhon Mein Jo Rahun To’

- Rendered by Kumar Sanu, the song went on to be the biggest hit of 1994. Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 1942 A Love Story was R. D. Burman’s last movie as a composer. The film released in April 1994 and Burman took his last breath in January 1994, before he could witness the huge success of the soundtrack of 1942 A Love Story.

R. D. Burman With Javed Akhtar

R. D. Burman With Javed Akhtar

1942 A Love Story could have been the second innings and a strive to reach the top again for R. D. Burman if he could survive his untimely demise. The songs ‘Rim Jhim Rim Jhim’, ‘Kuch Na Kaho’, ‘Pyar Hua Chupke Se’, ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga’ went on to hit the charts and are still memorable songs. It was also Burman’s last film with lyricist Javed Akhtar.


R. D. Burman

R. D. Burman

‘Yeh Safar Bahut Hai Kathin Magar, Na Udaas Ho Mere Humsafar’

- Sung by Shivaji Chatterjee, ‘Yeh Safar’ from 1942 A Love Story is surely a song that would touch the soul. R. D. Burman gave us numerous melodies and stood out to be the best composer of Bollywood ever. The lyricists and singers worked with him have been honoured with National Awards and Filmfare Awards several times. But he never got his deserving due. R. D. Burman received only 3 Filmfare Awards throughout his career.

His first Filmfare was in 1983 for ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’. The famous song ‘Kitne Bhi Tu Karle Sitam Has Has Ke Sahenge Hum’ by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle was from the film ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’.

His next Filmfare Award was for ‘Masoom’ in 1984. ‘Tujhse Naraaz Nahi Zindagi Hairaan Hoon Main’ is the trademark song from ‘Masoom’. His last Filmfare Award was for 1942 A Love Story, which he won posthumously in 1995 after his death.

Modern Inspirations From R. D. Burman

Bollywood has never been able to come out from R. D. Burman’s aura. His music has influenced and inspired several of the music directors. His tunes have been revived and remade on numerous occasions and celebrated movies have been made out of them.

One of the famous film based on R. D. Burman’s memorable music is ‘Dil Vil Pyar Vyar’ in 2002. Sujoy Ghosh’s ‘Jhankar Beats’ was also an inspired movie from his music. Even Shahrukh Khan’s Main Hoon Na’s background scores were inspired from R. D. Burman’s typical style.

R. D. Burman With Kishore Kumar, Dev Anand, B. R. Chopra and Yash Chopra

R. D. Burman With Kishore Kumar, Dev Anand, B. R. Chopra and Yash Chopra

In 2013, with Balaji Telefilms’ ‘Lootera’ starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha, music director Amit Trivedi paid a tribute to R. D. Burman through the soundtrack of the film. Amit Trivedi himself claimed that, “The music of this film is a tribute to R. D. Burman in terms of melody and orchestration.”

R. D. Burman’s presence can be felt even in today’s musical compositions. His timeless melodies keep him alive even during the modern era. He created a trend in the music industry that remains to be an eternal legacy which would continue to inspire and influence the music directors in the coming future.

KK : The Singing Sensation



Dil Kyun Yeh Mera Shor Kare
Idhar Nahi Udhar Nahi…Teri Ore Chale

The song created a rage at the chart busters when Rakesh Roshan’s ‘Kites’ released in 2010. One of the best numbers by KK, it is almost impossible to ignore the enchanting effect of the song rendered beautifully by the incomparable voice of KK.

Originally known as Krishnakumar Kunnath, KK was born on the 23rd of August in 1968 at Trichur of Kerala to C. S Nair and Kanakavalli. He completed his schooling from Delhi and is a respected alumnus of Delhi Mount St. Mary’s School.



He graduated from Delhi University in commerce and chose to work as a marketing executive in the hospitality industry. After a few months, he left his job to travel to Mumbai.

Before starting off as a major playback singer, he sang numerous jingles for ad campaigns through many years. His first jingle was offered to him by UTV. He is forever indebted to Leslie Lewis for giving him the first opportunity to lend his voice to jingles. He has almost 3,500 jingles to his credit.

KK got his first playback opportunity for a southern film. A. R. Rahman gave him his first break in Tamil film ‘Kadal Desam’ in 1996 and then in Rajiv Menon’s ‘Minsara Kanavu’ in 1997.

KK at recording studio

KK at recording studio

He got his first Hindi playback break when Vishal Bharadwaj gave him a chance to lend his voice for Gulzar’s ‘Maachis’. He sang the song ‘Chod Aaye Hum Woh Galiyaan’ along with Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar and Vinod Sehgal. But his major success came when music director Ismail Darbar chose him to sing ‘Tadap Tadap Ke Iss Dil Mein’ for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ in 1999.

‘Tadap Tadap Ke Iss Dil Mein’ picturised on Salman Khan topped the charts and is still been regarded as the most suitable song to depict pain of separation. It is still played widely on radio programmes and television serials. It is one of those immortal songs of KK which is almost unforgettable.

Tushar Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in 'Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai'

Tushar Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in ‘Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai’

In 2001, Anu Malik gave him the title song of the movie ‘Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai’ starring Kareena Kapoor and Tushar Kapoor. Surprisingly, the movie was a hit at the box office and so was the music at the chart busters. KK’s unconventional and radiating voice gave a unique sound to the song that expressed the feelings of evolving love beautifully.

KK With Shaan

KK With Shaan

‘Sach Keh Raha Hai Dil Deewana, Dil Na Kisi Se Lagaana’ was another chart topper in the year of 2001. Music director Harris Jayaraj’s composition and KK’s voice created magic with the song for the movie ‘Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein’.

KK’s has proven his versatility with almost all genres of songs. His most hit rock song would be ‘Bardaasht Nahi Kar Sakta’ composed by Himesh Reshammiya in 2002 for the movie ‘Humraaz’. Filmed on Akshay Khanna and Ameesha Patel, the song became a rage for the youngsters.

Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon1 (Poster)

Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon1 (Poster)

By 2003, KK became a regular singer in Bollywood. His voice was used by every music directors by this time and he was chosen as the main leading singer for soundtracks for major movies. He became the main voice of Hrithik Roshan in Sooraj Barjatiya’s ‘Main Prem Ki Deewani Hun’. Although the movie failed commercially but Anu Malik’s music turned out to be super hit. KK’s songs ‘Teri Zindagi Mein Chali Aayi’ with Chitra and a solo ‘Ladka Yeh Kehta Hai Ladki Se’ became very popular.

‘Awarapan Banjarapan’ from Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Jism’ again hit the charts in 2003. Composed by M. M. Kreem, the slow and sensuous piece by KK was hugely appreciated by the audiences. He also went on to sing ‘Tu Aashiqui Hai’ from ‘Jhankar Beats’ in the same year. With composers Vishal-Shekhar, ‘Tu Aashiqui Hai’ was another stupendous hit by KK.

KK today is a mainstream leading singer of not only Bollywood but he has track record of being a successful singer in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannad industry too.

Cover of 'Pal' by KK

Cover of ‘Pal’ by KK

In 1999, he released his first album ‘Pal’. Composed by Leslie Lewis and lyrics written by Mehboob, ‘Pal’ was an instant success. KK became an overnight popular singer with the release of the album. His songs ‘Yaaron’, ‘Aap Ki Dua’, ‘Dil Se Mat Khel’, ‘Pal’, and ‘Ishara’ all are hit numbers from the album.

‘Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai’ composed by Pritam for Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Gangster’ in 2006 is another memorable song by KK. The slow and soft song would impress any listener. Pritam and KK’s association again presented ‘Labon Ko Labon Se Chura Lo’ and ‘Allah Hafiz’ from Priyadarshan’s ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ in 2007. ‘Labon Ko Labon Se Churaa Lo’ is another beautiful musical piece by KK.

Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut in 'Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai' from 'Gangster'

Emraan Hashmi and Kangana Ranaut in ‘Tu Hi Meri Shab Hai’ from ‘Gangster’

‘Aankhon Mein Teri Ajab Si Ajab Si Adaayen Hain’ from Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’ became hugely popular in 2007. Composed by Vishal-Shekhar, this romantic piece went on to set records at the charts.

Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in 'Aankhon Mein Teri' From 'Om Shanti Om'

Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in ‘Aankhon Mein Teri’ From ‘Om Shanti Om’

‘Zara Sa Dil Mein De Jagah Tu’ and ‘Haan Tu Hai’ are two unforgettable tracks by KK. The evergreen tracks became all-time hits at the chart busters. Composed by Pritam for the movie ‘Jannat’, the two romantic and soulful songs are as enchanting as ever.

Hrithik Roshan And Barbara Morie in 'Kites'

Hrithik Roshan And Barbara Mori in ‘Kites’

In 2010, Rajesh Roshan called him to be the major singer in Roshan’s big ticket project ‘Kites’. He rendered ‘Zindagi Do Pal Ki’ and ‘Dil Kyun Yeh Mera Shor Kare’ for Hrithik Roshan again and the songs were smashing hits topping the charts all the way again.



KK In His Album 'Humsafar'

KK In His Album ‘Humsafar’

KK turned a composer with his second album ‘Humsafar’ in 2008. ‘Humsafar’ has distinct compositions and flawless fusion of rock, pop, romance and even Bengali baul notes can be found in it. KK’s 13 year old son Nakul recorded his debut song ‘Masti’ along with his father in this album.

His unique voice undeniably suits songs of all genres and pitches. He is one of the most loved singer of today’s generation. He continues to playback for various songs and provides hits after hits at the chart-busters.

Usha Khanna : Bollywood’s Successful Lady Composer

Usha Khanna

Usha Khanna

Chodo Kal Ki Baatein
Kal Ki Baat Puraani
Naye Daur Mein Likhenge
Mil Kar Nayi Kahaani
Hum Hindustani, Hum Hindustani

This simple and effortless tune of the song is remembered through ages by every Indian. The song was composed for ‘Hum Hindustani’ in 1960 by Usha Khanna. It will not be wrong to say that Usha Khanna might have been the only successful lady composer of India. She composed tracks for almost four decades and gave out memorable tunes that are remembered and cherished even today.

Usha Khanna

Usha Khanna

Usha Khanna was born in Gwalior in 1941. Her father Manohar Khanna was an Assistant Superintendent at the Water Works Department of Gwalior. In 1946, he shifted to Mumbai when he was offered a chance to write lyrics for Nargis Art Productions. He received more than double the amount of his prevailing salary for the lyrics of the song he wrote for Nargis Art Production’s ‘Romeo Juliet’.

As a child only, Usha Khanna started taking interest in music. She aspired to become a playback singer but destiny had other plans for her. She ended up becoming one of the eminent music directors in Bollywood. In a world which is predominantly ruled by men, Usha Khanna had to struggle a lot to create her own space.

Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh in 'Dil Deke Dekho'

Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh in ‘Dil Deke Dekho’

Composer O. P. Nayyar made her meet Sashadhar Mukherjee for the first time. Mukherjee was impressed after hearing her tunes. A few months later he offered her to compose music for his super hit movie ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ in 1960. Directed by Nasir Hussain, ‘Dil Deke Dekho’ starring Shammi Kapoor and Asha Parekh (her debut movie) was a big success at the box office and so was its music. All of its tracks, ‘Yaar Chulbula Hai’, ‘Pyar Ki Kasam’, ‘Dil Deke Dekho’, ‘Bade Hai Dil Ke Kaale’, ‘Hum Aur Tum Aur Yeh Sama’, ‘Bolo Bolo Kuch To Bolo’, ‘Megha Re Megha’ became big hits at the chartbusters.

Hum Hindustani (Poster)

Hum Hindustani (Poster)

In 1961, Mukherjee again signed her to compose music for Ram Mukherjee’s ‘Hum Hindustani’. All the songs from this movie became popular especially ‘Maajhi Meri Kismat Ki’ rendered by Lata Mangeshkar, ‘Hum Jab Chale To’ by Mohammad Rafi and ‘Neeli Neeli Ghata’, ‘Raat Bikhri Hui’, ‘Chodo Kal Ki Baatein’ rendered by Mukesh.

The famous song by Mohammad Rafi ‘Maine Rakha Hai Mohabbat Apne Afsaane Ka Naam’ from ‘Shabnam’ in 1964 was also composed by Usha Khanna. The unforgettable ‘Hum Tumse Juda Hoke Mar Jaayenge Ro Ro Ke’ by Mohammad Rafi is another astounding piece by Usha Khanna for the 1965 release ‘Ek Sapera Ek Lutera’ starring Feroze Khan. The songs still remains to be a few of Mohammad Rafi’s best renditions.

‘Haye Tabassum Tera Dhoop Khil Gayi Raat Mein’ by Mohammad Rafi from ‘Nishan’ in 1965 is another stupendous composition by Usha Khanna.

‘Chand Ko Kya Malum Chahta Hai Usey Koi Chakor’ by Mukesh is a beautiful track composed by Usha Khanna for ‘Lal Bangla’ in 1966. Though, her regular singers were Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi but still she went on to work with Manna Dey in the 1966 release ‘Badal’. ‘Apne Liye Jiye To Kya Jiye’ by Manna Dey from the film was a beautiful musical piece composed by her.

During the 1970s, Mohammad Rafi’s popularity slowly started to face a downfall due to the increasing demand for Kishore Kumar. In 1974, Usha Khanna revived Mohammad Rafi’s voice in ‘Teri Galiyon Mein Na Rakhenge Kadam’ for ‘Hawas’. It is regarded as Mohammad Rafi’s comeback song for which he also received the Film World Magazine’s Best Singer Award.

Some of the best renditions of Yesudas also came from Usha Khanna’s kit. ‘Madhuban Khushboo Deta Hai’, a duet by Lata Mangeshkar and Yesudas from ‘Saajan Bina Sasural’ is a noteworthy track composed by her. Her composition ‘Dil Ke Tukde Tukde’ rendered by Yesudas earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer in 1979.

‘Bhor Bhai Bhairav Gun Gaao’ by Haimanti Sukla is another notable composition by Usha Khanna. The traditional tune of the song perfectly fitted the bill and Haimanti Sukla delivered her best in the song for Shabana Azmi in ‘Sweekar Kiya Maine’.

Rajesh Khanna and Tina Munim in 'Shayad Meri Shaadi Ka Khayal' from 'Souten'

Rajesh Khanna and Tina Munim in ‘Shayad Meri Shaadi Ka Khayal’ from ‘Souten’

Sawan Kumar’s ‘Souten’ starring Rajesh Khanna, Padmini Kolhapuri and Tina Munim is an important film for Usha Khanna. The duet of Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar ‘Shayad Meri Shaadi Ka Khayal’ from the film was an exceptional super hit song at the chart-busters. ‘Zindagi Pyar Ka Geet Hai’ is another notable composition from the film. The tracks have two versions by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. Both are credible enough to leave a mark on the listener’s mind.

She can also be credited for introducing several singers and for giving them their first break. She has always been a composer who had been open towards newcomers and never shied away from inventing new talents. She was the one who gave Sonu Nigam his first ever playback song in 1985. ‘Aate Aate Teri Yaad Aa Gayi, Jaate Jaate Tu Mujhe Rula Gayi’ for ‘Jaan Ki Baazi’ was Sonu Nigam’s first rendition. However, his version of the song was not included in the movie.

Usha Khanna also can be credited for discovering talents like Roop Kumar Rathod, Mohammad Aziz, Pankaj Udhas, Hemlata and many more.

Usha Khanna With Husband Saawan Kumar and Dev Anand

Usha Khanna With Husband Saawan Kumar and Dev Anand

She married director, producer, writer and lyricist Sawaan Kumar for a brief period of time and separated later. Her last composition has been for her ex-husband’s movie ‘Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya’ in 2003.

Usha Khanna is in her 70s today and she lives alone in Mumbai. Although she took retirement from music composition but her earlier work makes her memorable as a legend of the music industry of Bollywood.