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.

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam : The Forever Youthful Voice

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

From ‘Dil Deewana Bin Sajna Ke Maane Na’ to ‘Pehla Pehla Pyar’ to the recent rage ‘Ticket Khareedke, Baith Ja Seat Pe, Nikal Na Jaaye Kahiin Chennai Express’, he has sung for almost four decades and have given Bollywood some of its endurable hits during the 1990s. Been tagged as the inimitable voice of Salman Khan, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam did render record breaking chart-busters in Rajshri Productions’ ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ and ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’.

His voice is youthful forever as even in his late 60s, the magic of his songs haven’t faded. As music directors Vishal-Shekhar commented, “He is 67 years old, he has sung more than 37,000 songs and he sounds like a 20-year-old”.

Sripathi Panditaradhyula Balasubrahmanyam is popularly known as S. P. Balasubrahmanyam. He is also fondly referred to as S. P. B or Balu by his fans.

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam was born in the Nellore district at the border of the two states of Andra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. His father was a singer and a harmonium and flute player in various religious function across the states. He has six siblings, one of whom is the famous singer S. P. Sailaja.

After completing his schooling, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam enrolled himself in the Jawaharlal Nehru Technology College of Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh. He had to discontinue his engineering course due to severe typhoid only to continue again at Chennai after a short break. He kept on learning and performing at various musical event during the course of his engineering studies.

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam with Usha Utthup

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam with Usha Utthup

Balasubrahmanyam sang for the first time as a playback singer in 1966 in a Telugu film. In 1969, he made his Tamil debut in ‘Shaanti Nilayam’ followed by his next Malayalam venture ‘Kadalppalam’ the very same year.

He rose to instant fame after the release of the prominent Telugu film ‘Shankarabharanam’ in 1979. The soundtrack of the movie was based on heavy Carnatic music and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam being untrained in classical music was an unconventional choice of composer K. V. Mahadevan. However, he did wonders with the notes and went on to receive the National Award for The Best Male Playback Singer that very year.

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam made his Bollywood debut in 1981 with K. Balachander’s Kamal Hassan starring ‘Ek Duuje Ke Liye’. He met Govind Pani in a reputed musical gathering in Chennai where he was asked whether he would be interested to sing for Hindi films. Soon enough Laxmikant-Pyarelal roped him in as the voice for Kamal Hassan in the remake of the Telugu blockbuster ‘Maro Charitra’ by the same director. Balasubrahmanyam sang for both the versions of the movie and received the National  Award for playback singing again for the Hindi version in 1981.

‘Tere Mere Beech Mein Kaisa Hai Yeh Bandhan Anjaana’

- ‘Tere Beech Mein’ still remains to be an evergreen song by Balasubrahmanyam and one of the bests by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ was composed with some of the inspired musical phase of ‘Tere Mere Beech Mein’ in 2004. Other songs like , ‘Hum Bane Tum Bane Ek Duuje Ke Liye’, ‘Hum Tum Dono Jab Mil Jaayen’, ‘Mere Jeevan Saathi’ from ‘Ek Duuje Ke Liye’ were super-hit at the charts.

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam

In the same year he also sang for the Jeetendra starring ‘Ek Hi Bhool’. The songs ‘Hey Raju Hey Daddy’ and ‘Hum Tumse Pyar Na Karte’ became quite popular.

In 1985, he collaborated with R. D. Burman to sing for the super hit film ‘Saagar. ‘O Maria O Maria’ with Asha Bhosle was an instant success at the chart busters. Burman also gave him a solo ‘Sach Mere Yaar Hai’ and a duet ‘Yun Hi Gaate Raho’ with Kishore Kumar from the film. Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Saagar’ that year was India’s official entry for the Oscars.

Maine Pyar Kiya (Poster)

Maine Pyar Kiya (Poster)

Sooraj Barjatiya’s ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ starring Salman Khan came and hit the box office like a storm in 1989. The music as well as the movie were chart toppers. Composers Raam-Laxman again chose Balasubrahmanyam’s voice for Salman Khan. The songs went on to become such huge hits that his voice effortlessly was started to be associated with Salman Khan’s on screen voice.

‘Mere Rang Mein Rangne Waali’, ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’, ‘Kabootar Ja Ja Ja’, ‘Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka’ are the stupendous melodies by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam from ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’. He received the Filmfare Award for the Best Male Playback Singer for the song ‘Dil Deewana’ in 1990. He again rendered for Raam-Laxman in another Salman Khan starred movie ‘Patthar Ke Phool’ in 1991.

Salman Khan in 'Tumse Milne Ki Tamanna Hai' from 'Saajan'

Salman Khan in ‘Tumse Milne Ki Tamanna Hai’ from ‘Saajan’

‘Tumse Milne Ki Tamanna Hai, Pyar Ka Iraada Hai, Aur Ek Waada Hai Jaanam’

– The song is still embedded in our hearts. The unforgettable track rendered by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam for ‘Saajan’ was a smashing musical hit. ‘Bahut Pyar Karte Hain’ and ‘Dekha Hai Pehli Baar’ were also groundbreaking numbers by him that topped the charts. ‘Saajan’ can be regarded as one of the best albums composed by Nadeem Shravan.

‘Pehla Pehla Pyar Hai, Pehli Pehli Baar Hai, Jaanke Bhi Anjaana, Kaisa Mera Yaar Hai’

He also had been the main voice for Salman Khan in the biggest blockbuster of the decade ‘Hum Aapke Hai Kaun’. The movie went one step ahead of ‘Maine Pyar Kiya’ and set unbeatable records at the box office as well as at the chartbusters. ‘Didi Tera Devar Deewana’, ‘Pehla Pehla Pyar’, ‘Mausam Ka Jadoo’, ‘Mujhse Juda Hokar’, ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’, ‘Wah Wah Ramji’ and ‘Joote Do Paise Lo’, all were instant hits. The music went on to be played widely at all radio stations and the album became the bestselling album of the year.

Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in 'Pehla Pehla Pyar' from 'Hum Aapke Hain Kaun'

Salman Khan and Madhuri Dixit in ‘Pehla Pehla Pyar’ from ‘Hum Aapke Hain Kaun’

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam took a break from Bollywood in the late 1990s and returned after 15 years to sing for Shahrukh Khan’s Chennai Express.

Chennai Express (Poster)

Chennai Express (Poster)

‘Ticket Khareedke, Baithja Seat Pe, Nikal Na Jaaye Kahiin Chennai Express’

- Composed by Vishal- Shekhar, the song went on to become one of the biggest hit of the year. Although Balasubrahmanyam was a bit apprehensive about singing the song but later he agreed considering Shahrukh Khan’s personal request and the message it delivers. ‘Chennai Express’ also became one of the biggest all-time blockbuster of Bollywood.

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam felicitated at  the 6th Annual Vijay Awards by A. R Rahman and Kamal Hassan

S. P. Balasubrahmanyam felicitated at the 6th Annual Vijay Awards by A. R Rahman and Kamal Hassan

With Chennai Express’ success, Bollywood again awaits for S. P. Balasubrahmanyam to return with his voice on a regular scale. His renditions remains to be immortal and are almost unforgettable till date.

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.

Anand Milind : Chartbuster Rulers of 1990s



Do you still swoon over the exquisite and dazzling tunes of ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’? Musical duo Anand-Milind rose up the ladder of success with their historical compositions for Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla’s debut movie ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ in 1988.

Aamir Khan in 'Papa Kehte Hain' from 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak'

Aamir Khan in ‘Papa Kehte Hain’ from ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’

‘Papa Kehte Hain Bada Naam Karega’, ‘Ae Mere Humsafar Ek Zaraa Intezaar’, ‘Akele Hain To Kya Gham Hai’, ‘Gazab Ka Hai Din Socho Zaraa’ are the unforgettable melodies from ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. All the songs of the movie were smashing hits and they instantly rocked the chart-busters. The impact of these melodies are such that even today these songs have a huge audience and are played widely all over.

Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla in 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak'

Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla in ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’

Anand Shrivastav and Milind Shrivastav are the sons of eminent music director Chitragupt. They assisted their father for years. Anand was a guitarist and his younger brother Milind was a pianist before they took a plunge into music direction. Their first movie was ‘Ab Aayega Mazaa’ in 1984. The film’s music could not leave a very impressive mark on the charts. They could touch their due fame and name after four years with the release of ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’.



In 1989, Gulshan Kumar produced the super-hit telefilm ‘Lal Dupatta Malmal Ka’ with Anand Milind’s music topping the charts again. Although made only for television telecast, the telefilm was an instant success and its music was a runaway hit. The success of the telefilm paved the way for a sequel to be made during the very same year.

Salman Khan in 'Baaghi'

Salman Khan in ‘Baaghi’

In 1990, they composed for the Salman Khan starring ‘Baaghi – A Rebel For Love’. The music of the film became hugely popular. Songs like ‘Chandni Raat Hai’ by Abhijeet and Kavita Krishnamurthy, ‘Kaisa Lagta Hai’ by Amit Kumar and Anuradha Paudwal were big hits.




‘Mujhe Neend Na Aaye, Mujhe Chain Na Aaye, Koi Jaaye Zaraa Dhundke Laaye, Naa Jaane Kahaan Dil Kho Gaya’

– This super hit song by Udit Narayan and Anuradha Paudwal from Aamir Khan’s ‘Dil’ became a rage at the time. ‘Khambe Jaisi Khadi Hai’ by Udit Narayan is another hugely popular fun track from the movie. Even ‘Humne Ghar Choda Hai’ by Udit Narayan and Sadhana Sargam was another chartbuster hit. All in all after ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’, ‘Dil’ was another success story for Anand Milind and Aamir Khan.

Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit in 'Mujhe Neend Na Aaye' from 'Dil'

Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit in ‘Mujhe Neend Na Aaye’ from ‘Dil’

They can also be credited for introducing the famous southern voice of Chitra to Bollywood. In 1991, Chitra play-backed in Hindi for the first time in Salman Khan starring ‘Love’. The song ‘Saathiya Yeh Tune Kya Kiya’ by S. P. Balasubramaniyam and Chitra became a runaway success.

Madhuri Dixit in 'Dhak Dhak Karne Laga' from 'Beta'

Madhuri Dixit in ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’ from ‘Beta’

In 1992, they went on to compose for Indra Kumar’s ‘Beta’ starring Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Their ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’ increased the heart beats of millions of people throughout the nation. The sensuous and passionate track was a major hit of the year that broke records and settled at the chart-busters for a long time. Such was the popularity of the song that it is revived again in 2013 for the movie ‘Nautanki Saala’.

They also composed for David Dhawan’s ‘Bol Radha Bol’ starring Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla in 1992. ‘Tu Tu Tu Tu Tu Tara Phas Gaya Dil Bechaara’, ‘Main Hoon Gaaon Ki Gori Babu’, ‘Hawa Sard Hai Khidki Band Kar Lo’, ‘Bol Radha Bol Tune Yeh Kya Kiya’ were the smashing hit tracks from the movie.

Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla in 'Bol Radha Bol'

Rishi Kapoor and Juhi Chawla in ‘Bol Radha Bol’

Shahrukh Khan in 'Badi Mushkil Hai from 'Anjaam'

Shahrukh Khan in ‘Badi Mushkil Hai from ‘Anjaam’

‘Badi Mushkil Hai, Khoya Mera Dil Hai, Koi Usse Dhundke Laaye Naa, Jaake Kaahan Main Rapat Likhaun, Koi Batlaaye Naa, Main Rou Yaa Hasun, Karu Main Kya Karun’

- One of the chart-busters song picturised on Shahrukh Khan in ‘Anjaam’ by Kumar Sanu is still instilled in our minds. The peppy tune of the song goes along the choice of any music lover and is still liked by every audience.

‘Gore Gore Mukhde Pe Kaala Kaala Chashma’ for ‘Suhaag’ in 1994 is another whimsical piece by Anand Milind. The song is well recognised even today and is popular among the masses even after almost 20 years. Suhaag’s music earned a lot of accolades in 1994.

In 1995, they composed for David Dhawan’s ‘Coolie No. 1′. The duo of Anand Milind again did wonders with their music. ‘Husn Hai Suhaana, Ishq Hai Deewana’ by Abhijeet and Chandana Dixit and ‘Main To Raste Se Jaa Raha Tha, Main To Bhel Puri Khaa Raha Tha’ by Kumar Sanu and Sadhana Sargam became rage among the listeners. The songs were played at every corner of the streets and they became the most frequently played songs through the loudspeakers during the era. ‘Main To Raste Se Jaa Raha Tha’ played a major role and was the key song that worked for the entire album.

Govina and Karishma Kapoor in 'Sona Kitna Sona Hai' from 'Hero No. 1'

Govinda and Karishma Kapoor in ‘Sona Kitna Sona Hai’ from ‘Hero No. 1′

The Govinda, Dhawan and Anand Milind trio did magic again with ‘Hero No. 1′ in 1997. ‘Sona Kitna Sona Hai’ became a sensational song from the movie that year. Other tracks like ‘Saaton Janam’, ‘Main Paidal Se Ja Raha Tha’ and ‘Mohabbat Ki Nahin’ also became popular.

They even worked with Prakash Jha in his 1997 release ‘Mrityudand’ starring Madhuri Dixit. ‘Keh Do Ek Baar Sajna, Itna Kyun Pyar Sajna’ by Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan was another stupendously hit track by the duo. In ‘Mrityudand’, they worked for the first time with lyricist Javed Akhtar.

Their first encounter with Gulzar’s lyrics was in Amol Palekar’s film ‘Daayra’. ‘Palko Pe Chalte Chalte’, ‘Bolo Kya Tum’, ‘Choote Nahi Choote Naa’, ‘Daayi Aankh Bole’ are some of the eminent songs from the film. It can also be regarded as Yesudas’ comeback to playback singing as his voice was revived again by Anand Milind after a long time.

Anand Milind had a very special association with director and producer Ashok Honda. ‘Shahar Ki Ladki’ and ‘Sundara Sundara’ were two chart buster hits from his film ‘Rakshak’. He further signed the duo for his two other films ‘Anth’ and ‘Krodh’.

Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate (Poster)

Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate (Poster)

Anand Milind were known for their melodies. But their hands at ballads were no less. The famous peppy track by Shamak Davar ‘Chat Pe Kaala Kaua Baithaa, Kaaye Kaaye Karta Rehta, Sabse Kehta Aate Jaate, Jhoot Bole Kaua Kaate’ in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Jhoot Bole Kaua Kaate’ was an instant hit at the charts.

They have worked with almost all the eminent lyricists during their time. Anand Bakshi, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Sameer were their frequent lyricists. Although, Sameer wrote most of his songs for them. His lyrics for Anand Milind goes upto a whooping amount of 950.

Anand Milind With Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik at the Special Screening of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak on its 25th anniversary at Mumbai (Image Courtesy: rediff.com)

Anand Milind With Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik at the Special Screening of ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’ on its 25th anniversary at Mumbai (Image Courtesy: rediff.com)

They have also composed for almost every banner during the era. Their music can be found in movies of David Dhawan, Prakash Jha, Amol Palekar, Dharmesh Darshan, Priyadarshan, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indra Kumar and many more.

Anand Milind also composed for the famous television serial ‘Karamchand’ starring Pankaj Kapoor in the lead. Their music is highly inspired from Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Ilaiayaraja’s musical schools. Some of their tunes resemble to the tunes of Ilaiyaraja or Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

During the 1980s, Anand Milind almost got composers like Rajesh Roshan and others out of work after their tremendous success with ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. Rajesh Roshan admitted himself by saying that ‘I Lost Out To Anand Milind’ after the musical storm created by ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’.

Anand Milind gifted Bollywood with unforgettable music which would remain as evergreen scores for a long time in future.

Nitin Mukesh : A Voice For Mild Melody

Nitin Mukesh

Nitin Mukesh

‘So Gaya Yeh Jahaan, So Gaya Aasmaan’

– The song rocked the charts during the 1980s when it released with the film ‘Tezaab’ starring Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Such had been the appeal of the song that it is revived again in 2013 in Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Nautanki Saala’. The voice that rendered the song remains to be one of the evergreen voices of Bollywood. His distinct voice made him different altogether from his contemporary singers. Nitin Mukesh, might not be a regular singer today but he delivered several chart-buster hits during the era of the 1980s.

Nitin Mukesh during his earlier days

Nitin Mukesh during his earlier days

Born on the 27th of June 1950, Nitin Mukesh is the son of legendary singer Mukesh and father to the suave actor Neil Nitin Mukesh. A distinctive singer on his own, he received his musical training from maestros like Pandit Jagannath Mishra, Faiyaz Ahmed Khan and Chote Iqbal.

Mukesh never wished for his son to become a singer. He warned Nitin Mukesh as a child by saying repeatedly that ‘singing is a beautiful hobby but a painful profession’. Unable to complete his own graduation, he made sure that Nitin Mukesh received the best education possible. After completing his school, Mukesh sent his son to London for further studies.

Nitin Mukesh With Father Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar At USA and Canada Concert in 1976

Nitin Mukesh With Father Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar At USA and Canada Concert in 1976

But as destiny had some other plans, Nitin Mukesh left London and came back to India within two months. He was surprised and shocked to witness his father’s reaction on his return. Mukesh welcomed him with open arms by saying, ‘chalo der se pata chali par banna to tumhein singer hi hai!’ (‘we realised it late, but you are destined to be a singer only!’)

His first song behind the mic was with Shankar-Jaikishan for Raj Kapoor’s ‘Mera Naam Joker’ in 1970. He sang only a few lines in English ‘with a cheer not a tear in your eyes’ for the film. In 1972, music director Salil Chowdhury gave him a chance to sing the song ‘Dil Dil Se Milega’ for the film ‘Sabse Bada Sukh’.

In 1974, he sang a duet ‘Teri Jheel Si Gehri Aankhon Mein’ with Vani Jayram for Kishore Sahu’s ‘Dhuen Ki Lakeer’ under the guidance of composer Shyam Ghanshyam. He went on to sing a few more songs for Shyam Ghanshyam during this period. In 1974, R. D. Burman also roped him in for rendering the song ‘O Maa’ along with Kishore Kumar and Bhupinder Singh for the film ‘Trimurti’.

He got his first solo song ‘Chahe Mona Ho Ya Meena’ in Swapan Chakraborty’s ‘Jab Andhera Hota Hai’. He also sang ‘Hua Yun Pyar Jawan Basega Dil Ka Jahan’ with Asha Bhosle for the same movie.

Nitin Mukesh With Lata Mangeshkar

Nitin Mukesh With Lata Mangeshkar

Nitin Mukesh’s popularity was at peak towards the end of 1970s. It was during this time when he got the opportunity to sing with Lata Mangeshkar. He held high regards for Lataji. She was not only a good family friend but also regarded his father as her brother for a long time. It was a proud moment for Nitin Mukesh to render with Lata Mangeshkar, with whom even his father recorded numerous super hit duets.

Satyam Shivam Sundaram (Poster)

Satyam Shivam Sundaram (Poster)

All his duets with Lata Mangeshkar have been tremendously hit. ‘Woh Aurat Hai Tu Mehbooba’ from Raj Kapoor’s ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, ‘Gapuchi Gapuchi Gum Gum’ from ‘Trishul’ and ‘Aaja Re Aaja Re O Mere Dilbar Aaja’ from ‘Noorie’ were super hits at the chart-busters. By the end of 1970s and towards the beginning of 1980s, Nitin Mukesh was already rising high towards the ladder of success.

In the 1980s he delivered with more hits. Manoj Kumar’s ‘Kranti’ is a noteworthy film for Nitin Mukesh. He sang almost 4 songs out of the 7 for the film. ‘Zindagi Ki Na Toote Ladi’ and ‘Looi Shama Sha’ are two hit tracks of Nitin Mukesh along with Lata Mangeshkar. He also rendered ‘Chana Jor Garam’ with Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. The title track of ‘Kranti’ too had Nitin Mukesh sing with Manna Dey, Shailendra Singh, Mahendra Kapoor and Lata Mangeshkar.

His other notable subsequent hit tracks from the 1980s are ‘Kasam Kya Hoti Hai’ from ‘Kasam’ which was a solo song of Nitin Mukesh composed by Bappi Lahiri. ‘Tumhari Palkon Ki Chilmano Mein’ was another duet with Lata Mangeshkar and composed by Khayyam from ‘Nakhuda’.

Meri Jung (Poster)

Meri Jung (Poster)

‘Zindagi Har Kadam Ek Nayi Jung Hai, Jeet Jaayenge Hum, Jeet Jaayenge Hum…Tu Agar Sang Hai’

– Remember this song from Subhash Ghai’s ‘Meri Jung’? This duet of Nitin Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar was a smashing hit and it topped the charts in 1985.

In 1987, he sang the song ‘Zindagi Ka Naam Dosti’ for Rakesh Roshan’s ‘Khudgarz’. It was a solo song of Nitin Mukesh composed by Rajesh Roshan.

In 1988, he again went on to sing the theme song from Rakesh Roshan’s ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’. The super hit track ‘Hanste Hanste Kat Jaaye Raste’ was a duet of Nitin Mukesh with Sadhna Sargam. Composed by Rajesh Roshan, the track was an instant hit among the masses.

‘Aage Sukh To Peeche Dukh Hai’ a duet with Kavita Krishnamurthy from ‘Eeshwar’ became quite popular. He rendered almost all the songs for Anil Kapoor in ‘Eeshwar’. ‘Kaushalya Main Teri’, ‘Ramji Ne Dhanush Toda’, ‘Dharmam Sharnam Gachchami’, ‘Baj Utha Saanson Mein’ are other famous tracks of Nitin Mukesh from ‘Eeshwar’. ‘Jaate Ho Pardes Piya’ from ‘Jeena Teri Gali Mein’ is another notable track by him.

Nitin Mukesh With Wife Nishi Mukesh and Son Neil Nitin Mukesh

Nitin Mukesh With Wife Nishi Mukesh and Son Neil Nitin Mukesh

Towards the 1990s, Nitin Mukesh’s number of renditions dropped drastically. With time music also changed and so did the taste and preferences of the listeners. Mukesh could no more relate to the new generation music. He opined that nothing was made that suited his distinct voice. However, in a recent interview he expressed his desire to playback for his son Neil Nitin Mukesh.

‘Mela Dilo Ka Aata Hai, Ek Baar Aake Chala Jaata Hai’- Nitin Mukesh went on to sing this massive track with other celebrated singers like Alka Yagnik, Jaspinder Narula, Sonu Nigam, Roop Kumar Rathod, Shankar Mahadevan. In 2013, his all time super hit song ‘So Gaya Yeh Jahaan’ was revived again in the movie ‘Nautanki Saala’.

Nitin Mukesh has performed in numerous live stage shows. From Ahmedabad to Vadodara to Atlanta to Chicago, his live performances have left a mark everywhere.

In May 2013, he performed at the Atlanta Event Hall in front of a whooping number of audiences and swooned them over by his music. He also performed in Chicago in April 2013, where the audiences were simply left mesmerised with his music. He continues to conduct various live stage shows across the globe and is loved and appreciated by the audiences who are still in love with yesteryear’s music.

Rajesh Roshan : Composer For All Times

Rajesh Roshan

Rajesh Roshan

If you have swooned over the songs of modern blockbuster hits like ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’, ‘Krrish’ or even from the hits of yesteryears like ‘Julie’, ‘Mr. Natwarlal’, ‘Khatta Meetha’, ‘Man Pasand’ or ‘Doosra Aadmi’, then you have reached the right destination. Rajesh Roshan, son of eminent composer Roshan, has provided Bollywood with all time classics through almost four decades.

He was born on the 24th of May 1955 in Mumbai. He is also the younger brother of director and producer Rakesh Roshan and is uncle to actor Hrithik Roshan.

The First Break:

Rajesh Roshan was given the first ever break of his career in 1974 by Mehmood in his movie ‘Kunwaara Baap’. The tracks of ‘Kunwaara Baap’ were rendered by Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi and Mehmood himself. ‘Main Hun Ghoda Yeh Hai Gaadi’, ‘Aari Aaja Nindiya’, ‘Saj Rahi Gali Meri Maa’ are considerably well known tracks from ‘Kunwaara Baap’.

Julie – A Shot Towards Instant Success

Julie (Poster)

Julie (Poster)

‘Dil Kya Kare Jab Kisi Se, Kisiko Pyar Ho Jaaye’ – The song was an immediate success and it hit the chart-busters instantly. Rendered by Kishore Kumar, the slow, soft and rhythmic composition still makes it one of the most played songs.

The entire soundtrack of ‘Julie’ was well appreciated and earned the Filmfare Best Music Director Award and also the Bengal Film Journalists’ Award for Best Music Direction to Rajesh Roshan. ‘My Heart Is Beating’, ‘Yeh Raatein Nayi Puraani’ are some of the other hit tracks from ‘Julie’.

‘My Heart is Beating’ by Preeti Sagar was an unconventional composition during that era. It is one of those rare English songs made in Bollywood that became popular among the masses. Rajesh Roshan proved out to be a unique composer through the composition of Julie’s soundtrack.

Inkaar – The Unforgettable ‘Mungda’ By Usha Mangeshkar

Inkaar in 1978 (Poster)

Inkaar in 1978 (Poster)

He was among the few composers who provided a chance to Usha Mangeshkar. The song ‘Mugda Mungda…Main Gud Ki Dali’ was an on-the-spot success and it still is one of the best rendered songs by Usha Mangeshkar. The fast paced song with the unconventional folk touch brought everlasting fame to Usha Mangeshkar.

‘Dil Ki Kali Yun Hi Sada Khilti’ by Mohammad Rafi and ‘Chodo Yeh Nigaho Ka Ishara’ by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle are two other notable tracks from ‘Inkaar’.

1970s – A Decade Of Unforgettable Compositions

Rajesh Roshan

Rajesh Roshan

Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Khatta Meetha’ consisted of eminent tracks composed by Rajesh Roshan. ‘Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zaroorat Hai’, ‘Frenny O Frenny’, ‘Yeh Jeena Hai Angur Ka Daana’ are super hit tracks from ‘Khatta Meetha’.

Yash Chopra’s ‘Doosra Aadmi’ also had some very popular tracks by Rajesh Roshan. ‘Chal Kahiin Door Nikal Jaaye’ by Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, ‘Aankhon Mein Kaajal Hai’, ‘Aao Manaaye Jashn-E-Mohabbat’ by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, all became very popular during the era.

Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha in 'Pardesiyan Yeh Sach Hai Piya' from 'Mr. Natwarlal'

Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha in ‘Pardesiyan Yeh Sach Hai Piya’ from ‘Mr. Natwarlal’

‘Pardesiyan Yeh Sach Hai Piya’ by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar from ‘Mr. Natwarlal’ was a smashing hit. The song is still played widely all over. The movie also had the song ‘Mere Paas Aao’ rendered by Amitabh Bachchan. Evidently, Rajesh Roshan was the first music director who made the angry young man of Indian cinema sing!

Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Baaton Baaton Mein’ is another notable film whose music by Rajesh Roshan left a mark. ‘Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha’ by Amit Kumar and Asha Bhosle, ‘Suniye Kahiye’ by Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar and ‘Uthe Sabke Kadam Dekho Rum Pum Pum’ by Lata Mangeshkar, Amit Kumar and Pearl Padamsee were hit tracks from the movie. Although, ‘Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha’ was inspired from the tune of the popular song ‘When Johny Comes Marching Home Again’, but undeniably it still ruled the contemporary charts.

‘Jaisa Des Waisa Bhes’, ‘Aap Kahen Aur Hum Na Aaye’, ‘Tu Pee Aur Jee’ are some of the successful tracks from Dev Anand’s ‘Des Pardes’. Most of the songs from the movie were listed at top positions on Binaca Geetmala. They were widely received by the audiences and it was yet another successful musical venture of Rajesh Roshan.

1980s – Music With Modern Touch

Amitabh Bachchan in 'Saara Zamaana' from 'Yaarana'

Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Saara Zamaana’ from ‘Yaarana’

In 1981, Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Yaarana’ released. The movie was not only a superhit at the box office but it was a huge success at the musical chart-busters as well. ‘Chu Kar Mere Mann Ko Kiya Tune Kya Ishaara’, ‘Saara Zamaana Haseeno Ka Deewana’, ‘Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahaan’, all rendered by Kishore Kumar, are some of the magnificent classics composed by Rajesh Roshan.


The disco theme was becoming dominant in Bollywood during this era. Rajesh Roshan was surely a composer who could mould his music with changing time and demand. He gave us ‘Disco 82′ in 1982 with the release of ‘Khud-Daar’ starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Tanuja, Parveen Babi and Prem Chopra. ‘Main Ek Disco, Tu Ek Disco, Duniya Hai Ek Disco’ was a smashing dance number by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar that rocked the charts during the 1980s. ‘Oonche Neeche Raaste’ from ‘Yaarana’ was yet another popular track by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar.

'Khud-Daar' (Poster)

‘Khud-Daar’ (Poster)

Towards the end of 1980s, Rakesh Roshan started producing and directing movies under his own banner, Filmkraft Productions. Rajesh Roshan, as his brother has always been his all time composer ever since the inception of Filmkraft.

Rakesh Roshan And Rekha in 'Haste Haste Kat Jaaye Raste' from 'Khoon Bhari Maang'

Rakesh Roshan And Rekha in ‘Haste Haste Kat Jaaye Raste’ from ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’

Haste Haste Kat Jaaye Raste Zindagi Yun Hi Chalti Rahe’ was the theme song for Rakesh Roshan’s ‘Khoon Bhari Maang’ starring Rekha in the lead. Rendered by Sadhana Sargam and Nitin Mukesh, the song was a hit duet by the two singers.

In the 1980s, he also composed songs for movies like ‘Kaamchor’, ‘Nishaan’, ‘Aakhir Kyun’, ‘Bhagwaan Dada’, ‘Khudgarz’ and many more.


1990s – The Rising Years

In the 1990s, he went on to compose for Rakesh Roshan’s ‘King Uncle’, ‘Kishan Kanhaiya’, ‘Karan Arjun’, and ‘Koyla’.
He also composed for Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Papa Kehte Hain’ in 1996. ‘Ghar Se Nikalte Hi’ by Udit Narayan from the film ‘Papa Kehte Hain’ was a smashing hit. The soundtrack of the movie earned him a Filmfare nomination for best music director in 1997.

‘Aapko Dekh Ke, Dekh Dekh Ke Raaz Gaya Yeh Jaan’ from ‘Kishan Kanhaiya’ starring Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit attained instant popularity at the chart-busters. The song is sung with trembling notes in between which adds to the flavour of the tune. The unique composition of the song and the marvelling rendition by Amit Kumar and Sadhana Sargam made it another groundbreaking composition of Rajesh Roshan. ‘Suit Boot Mein Aaya Kanhaiya’ is another hit track from the same movie.

Shahrukh Khan And Kajol in 'Jaati Hun Main' from 'Karan Arjun'

Shahrukh Khan And Kajol in ‘Jaati Hun Main’ from ‘Karan Arjun’

‘Karan Arjun’ in 1995 brought along another new set of hits from Rajesh Roshan’s kit. ‘Yeh Bandhan To Pyar Ka Bandhan hai’, ‘Bhangra Paale’, ‘Jai Maa Kali’ are all hit tracks from ‘Karan Arjun’. However, the most popular and famous track from the movie is ‘Jaati Hoon Main, Jaldi Hai Kya’ by Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik. The song was featured on Shahrukh Khan and Kajol on screen and is still regarded as one of the most best suited songs on them.

‘Dekha Tujhe To, Ho Gayi Deewani’, ‘Badan Juda Hote Hain’, ‘Sanson Ki Mala’, ‘Bhang Ke Nashe Mein’, ‘Ghungte Mein Chanda Hai Phir Bhi Hai Phaila Chaaro Or Ujaala’ all were chart-buster songs from the 1997 release ‘Koyla’. The film starring Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit although flopped at the box office but the music did wonders at the chart-busters.

2000 – A New Beginning With ‘Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’

Kaho Na Pyar Hai (Poster)

Kaho Na Pyar Hai (Poster)

The month of January in the year of 2000 saw the arrival of a movie that broke all records that Hindi film industry had ever witnessed. Rakesh Roshan’s ‘Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’, which was also the launching pad of Hrithik Roshan and Amisha Patel, did strike at the box office like a storm and set records which remains to be unbeaten even today. The music of ‘Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’ not only received well appreciated reviews but it went on to become the best selling album of the year.

The soundtrack of ‘Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’ also discovered two gem singers, Babul Supriyo and Lucky Ali. ‘Sitaaro Ki Mehfil Mein Gunjega Taraana’ by Babul Supriyo was a instant hit during the time. Lucky Ali’s unconventional and quiet irregular voice in the songs ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’ and the super hit ‘Ek Pal Ka Jeena’ are unforgettable even today.

‘Ek Pal Ka Jeena’ was a surprising composition from Rajesh Roshan’s bag. The music and the rhythm of the song was embraced by the audiences and it became one of the top dancing numbers to hit the chart busters after decades. Other songs like ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’, ‘Chand Sitaare’, ‘Pyar Ki Kashti Mein’, ‘Janeman Janeman’ were also unique compositions, each with different genre of music and all were super hits at the charts and were played for years widely all over the radio stations.

Rajesh Roshan With Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik Roshan and Sunaina Roshan

Rajesh Roshan With Rakesh Roshan, Hrithik Roshan and Sunaina Roshan

Rajesh Roshan received the Filmfare Award, Screen Award, Zee Cine Award and also the IIFA for Best Music Direction in 2001 for ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’. The movie still holds the record of achieving more than 100 awards in different categories over the years.

In May 2000, Kundan Shah’s ‘Kya Kehna’ starring Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan released. The music of the film was an instant success with the title track ‘Ae Dil Laaya Hai Bahaar, Apno Ka Pyaar, Kya Kehna’ being at the top of the chart-busters. Other songs like ‘In Kadmon Ke Neeche’, ‘Dekhiye Aji Janeman’, ‘Janeman Jaane Jaa’, ‘O Soniye Dil Jaaniye’, ‘Pyaara Bhaiya Moera Dulha Raja’ were also loved by the audiences. Overall the year of 2000 was a year of musical celebration for Rajesh Roshan.

He kept on composing hit music for films like ‘Aap Mujhe Ache Lagne Lage’, ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’, and ‘Love At Times Square’ over the years.

Koi Mil Gaya (Image Courtesy: filmkraftproductions.in)

Hrithik Roshan And Preity Zinta In ‘Koi Mil Gaya’

Again in 2003 he produced unique and unusual compositions for ‘Koi…Mil Gaya’.
‘Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala’ , ‘Jaadoo Jaadoo’ by Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ by Udit Narayan and Chitra, ‘In Panchiyon Ko Dekhkar’ by Shaan and Kavita Krishnamurthy were all exotic tracks with marvelling music at the background.

Rajesh Roshan also experimented with the song ‘It’s Magic’ by letting the famous pop singer Taz render for it. This was Taz’s second rendition after his ‘Daroo Vich Pyaar’ from ‘Tum Bin’ in 2001. May be Roshan wanted to create another ‘Ek Pal Ka Jeena’ with ‘It’s Magic’. However, ‘Ek Pal Ka Jeena’ still remained to be one of his best dance numbers.

In 2004, he composed music for Amitabh Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and John Abraham starring ‘Aetbaar’. Although the movie failed at the box office but its music was well appreciated and liked by the audiences. ‘Saansein Ghulne Lagi’ by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, ‘Chhodo Chhodo’ by Udit Narayan and Sunidhi Chauhan, ‘Tum Mujhe Bas Yun Hi’ by Kumar Sanu and Madhushree are notable tracks from the film. Rajesh Roshan again made Amitabh Bachchan render the song ‘Jeena Hai Kis Liye’ for the movie.

Another musical blockbuster came with the release of ‘Krrish’ in 2006. ‘Aao Sunaau Pyaar Ki Ek Kahaani’, ‘Chori Chori’, ‘Dil Na Diya’, ‘Koi Tumsa Nahin’ were all catchy and attractive tracks by Rajesh Roshan. The soundtrack of ‘Krrish’ consisted of music of all genres, from romantic to fast paced peppy songs, it was a complete musical album by Rajesh Roshan after a long time.

2008 – The Krazzy 4 Controversy

Krazzy 4 (Poster)

Krazzy 4 (Poster)

‘Krazzy 4′ could have been another musical rage for Rajesh Roshan had he been not dragged into a court case with charges of plagiarism. Ram Sampath filed a case against the music of ‘Krrazy 4′ and alleged that the two tracks ‘Krazzy 4′ and ‘Break Free’ were lifted from his music composed for an ad campaign of Sony Ericsson.

The Bombay High Court found his complaint valid and directed the producer to delete the songs from the film. However, an out of court settlement was reached later due to which the songs were allowed by Ram Sampath to be used in the movie. Filmkraft Productions had to pay a whistling amount of Rs 2 crore to Ram Sampath to reach the settlement.

On the contrary, it is also said that Ram Sampath deliberately stayed silent during the entire course of the promotion of the movie when the songs were used abundantly and filed the case just before the release date only to scheme out money from the producers. By the end of the settlement, the film was allowed to get released along with the songs on the 11th of April 2008.

2010 – The Biggest Musical Comeback

Hrithik Roshan And Barbara Morie in 'Dil Kyun Yeh Mera Shor Kare' from 'Kites'

Hrithik Roshan And Barbara Morie in ‘Dil Kyun Yeh Mera Shor Kare’ from ‘Kites’

2010 marked another musical blockbuster for Rajesh Roshan with the release of ‘Kites’. Though the movie failed at the box office but the tracks ‘Dil Kyun Yeh Mera Shor Kare’ and ‘Zindagi Do Pal Ki’ depicting extreme passion from the core, became popular notion among the masses.

Rajesh Roshan unexpectedly used KK as the main singer for the songs and undeniably the tracks became a rage at the chart-busters. The slow notes that went up high along with the unique use of instruments at the background mesmerised the listeners. The tracks were amazing with beautiful mix of notes and Rajesh Roshan delivered his best after a long time.

2013 – Krrish 3

The current highest grosser and a runner up into the 250 crore club ‘Krrish 3′ is already announced as one of the biggest blockbusters of 2013. ‘God, Allah Aur Bhagwaan Ne Banaya Ek Insaan’, ‘Raghupati Raghav’, ‘Dil Tu Hi Bataa’ are notable tracks from the movie.

‘Raghupati Raghav’ by Neeraj Shridhar and Monali Thakur has been revived with peppy and fast notes in the movie. ‘Dil Tu Hi Bataa’ by Alisha Chinai and Zubeen Garg is praiseworthy. Zubeen Garg’s voice has been used unconventionally for the higher notes and his high pitched voice adds to the flavour of the song making it an impressive piece.

‘You Are My Love’ is another happy-go-lucky composition rendered by Mohit Chauhan and Alisha Chinai for ‘Krrish 3′. The song would raise an interest among the listeners to watch the video for sure. The light tune with soft music has the elements to draw attention of the audiences.

Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra in God Allah Aur Bhagwaan' from Krrish 3

Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra in ‘God Allah Aur Bhagwaan’ from Krrish 3

Last but not the least, a duet of Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal, ‘God, Allah Aur Bhagwaan’ is a grand musical piece with heavy chorus at few points. The song goes well with the situation and circumstances on screen. It also deserves praises for the way the previous popular theme music of ‘Krrish’ is mixed and matched with the ongoing tune of the song.

Krrish 3′s music rights are bought by T-Series at a whooping amount of Rs 60 crores. It’s also a set record that HMV earned more than 100 crores from Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’s music. But Rajesh Roshan soon survived a major heart attack after Kaho Naa Pyar Hai’s success.

He is no more a regular composer in the industry. He composes seldom and that also only for his brother’s banner. He deliberately distanced himself from regular compositions. However, whenever he composes, his songs never fail to create an impact on the chart-busters.

Shantanu Moitra : Modern Music With The Feel Of Retro

Shantanu Moitra

Shantanu Moitra

Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh
Udti Patang Sa Tha Woh
Kahaan Gaya Usse Dhundo…

Once the song is played, the man behind the tunes of the song needs no introduction. ‘Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh’ is the ever so popular song from the blockbuster hit ’3 Idiots’. Shantanu Moitra, a comparatively new music director in town created such magic with his notes that the tracks from the film not only became popular among the masses but also did hit the chart-busters instantly.

Shantanu Moitra

Shantanu Moitra

Born in Lucknow but brought up in Delhi, Moitra was a lead singer in his school band back in Delhi. A major award for his contribution to music during his early school days increased confidence in the young boy and inspired him to take up music as a career. Academically, he is a degree holder in Economics from the Delhi University.

Jab Life Ho Out Of Control
Honthon Ko Kar Ke Gol
Honthon Ko Kar Ke Gol
Seenti Bajaa Ke Bol
All Izz Well

Sharman Joshi, Aamir Khan and Madhavan in the song 'All Izz Well' from 3 Idiots

Sharman Joshi, Aamir Khan and Madhavan in the song ‘All Izz Well’ from 3 Idiots

‘All Izz Well’ eventually became a sensation in the country. People started reciting ‘All Izz Well’ during every unexpected event. The song became a fever and spread widely among the masses.

Shantanu Moitra started started his career in an ad agency as a client servicing executive. Music happened to him when he was asked to compose a jingle by Pradeep Sarkar, who happened to be the then creative head of the agency. Do you remember the whimsical tune of ‘Bole Mere Lips, I Love Uncle Chipps’? Don’t be surprised to know that the score of this famous jingle is composed by Shantanu Moitra.

Piyu Bole Piyu Bole
Kya Yeh Bole Jaanu Na
Jiya Dole Haule Haule
Kya Yeh Bole Jaanu Na

Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan in 'Piyu Bole' from 'Parineeta'

Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan in ‘Piyu Bole’ from ‘Parineeta’

‘Piyu Bole’ from ‘Parineeta’ is an excellent musical piece by Shantanu Moitra. It gives out a retro feel and is beautifully rendered by Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam. The song did hit the chart-busters immediately and was loved by the audiences. The soft rhythmic song is sung smoothly like a cakewalk by Shreya Ghoshal. It is one of those songs in which melody and voice does most of the work rather than music.

‘Kasto Mazza’ is another song from ‘Parineeta’ that speaks about the Shantanu Moitra’s versatile music. In between the lavish greenery of Darjeeling, the child chorus, the background sound of the train and Sonu Nigam’s voice have been combined and presented in a beautiful melodious way through the song. ‘Soona Mann Ka Aangan’, another duet by Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam is as beautiful as the previous songs. His songs prove that he truly believes in churning out his singer’s voices wonderfully rather than using extravagant music.



‘Kaisi Paheli Zindagani’ from ‘Parineeta’, sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and picturised on Rekha turned a lot of heads. It surely would give the feel of the old retros composed by S. D. Burman or O. P. Nayyar. It is a soft, slow and light hearted cabaret song that has been composed by Moitra with absolute flawlessness.

Give Me Some Sunshine
Give Me Some Rains
Give Me Another Chance
Wanna Grow Up Once Again

‘Give Me Sunshine’- An unconventional and irregular song from 3 Idiots was included in the film after a lot of doubts. As per a survey that was conducted regarding the music of the film, the song didn’t have any public acceptance. Vidhu Vinod Chopra asked Shantanu Moitra about his views. The young composer firmly said that he believes in his composition rather than any research. His confidence in the song made Chopra include it in the film and the rest became a history. The song almost became the youth anthem of the nation!

3 Idiots

3 Idiots

The romantic playful track ‘Zoobi Doobi’ from the movie by Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and Jaive Samson is also as effective as the rest in the album. The song became immensely popular and could be heard been played at every occasion on loudspeakers. The mass appeal of these versatile compositions was literally evident. Even the song ‘Jaane Nahi Denge Tujhe’, a solo by Sonu Nigam is bound to bring tears to the eyes as Swanand Kirkire’s pen flow with the most suitable words synchronising with the situation in the movie. Shantanu Moitra’s association has been the best with lyricist Swanand Kirkire, who also the National Award for Best Lyricist for the song ‘Bande Mein Tha Dum…Vande Mataram’.

‘Ishq Barse’ from ‘Rajneeti’ is another notable track from the kit of the composer. It is different from the usual compositions of Shantanu Moitra. This fast and rapid number surely would strike a chord among the listeners.

‘Hum To Aise Hain Bhaiyya’ and ‘Kachi Kaliyaan’ from ‘Laaga Chunri Mein Daag’ are two popular tracks composed by him. The jovial and happy tune of ‘Hum To Aise Hain Bhaiyya’ and the peppy dance number ‘Kachi Kaliyaan’ are surely not to be missed.

Khoya Khoya Chand

Khoya Khoya Chand

Shantanu Moitra also composed for ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’, a movie made with the backdrop of the 1950′s film industry. Rather than using the digital form of music, he went ahead to record the songs by using the original instruments so that the effect of 1950′s music is not lost. Trumpets and saxophone, all have been played live while recording the soundtrack. If you still haven’t heard the music of ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’, then give it a go! Fans of the 50s era would surely get nostalgic with the old retro feel in the music.

‘Bawra Mann’ from ‘Hazaaron Khwashein Aisi’ also was an appreciated track by the eminent music director.

Sanjay Dutt in 'Lage Raho Munnabhai'

Sanjay Dutt in ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’

‘Bande Mein Tha Dum…Vande Mataram’, ‘Samjho Ho Hi Gaya’ including the title track from ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ are songs that everyone would recall and they are fairly unforgettable. With singers like Vinod Rathod, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and a strong chorus, Lage Raho Munnabhai has very meaningful lyrics with equally synchronising music.

Evidently, Shantanu Moitra is not a frequent music director. He comes up with his irregular yet brilliant compositions seldom. His last notable release was Shoojit Sarcar’s John Abraham starring ‘Madras Cafe’.

Shantanu Moitra With Lyricist Swanand Kirkire

Shantanu Moitra With Lyricist Swanand Kirkire

Before composing music for any major film, Moitra prefers to visit the hills. The mountains freshens him up and help him often to come up with fascinating tunes. His upcoming films include Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Chithiya’ along with Rajkumar Hirani, Sudhir Mishra and Shoojit Sarcar’s next.

Also a closet astronomer by hobby, Shantanu Moitra is all set to produce more stupendous tracks in the coming days. Probably, he is the only music director of the current era, who has given the audiences unforgettable songs with brilliant renditions and voices without much backdrop of heavy music.