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  • Koi Sone ke dilwaalaa_MMM_13-Jul-20 https://youtu.be/SaCzMSo_kRo Tribute to Rafi Sahab Song: Koi Sone Ke Dilwaalaa Film: Maya (1961) Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri MD: Salil Chowdhury Original Singer: M. Rafi Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta Note: As always, use of a good pair of headphones may enhance your listening experience. Disclaimer: This upload is strictly for the entertainment of amateur like-minded music lovers and no copy right infringement is intended. All rights belong to the original artists and creators. No monetary gain intended by this upload. Remembering Rafi Sahab: Mohammed Rafi (24 Dec 1924 – 31 July 1980) one of the greatest and most influential singers of the Indian Subcontinent and is revered even after 40 years of his passing. He was a trained vocalist with amazing vocal range. Music loving friends know about his versatility so I won't spend any words repeating the obvious. I will focus here on his legacy as a soft spoken and kindhearted soul. There are plenty of stories floating around but to name a few: Rafi Sahab had tremendous respect for elders, his peers, and his Gurus. He never hesitated to give credit to his Gurus from whom he learned the craft. He always told the Music Directors that he will sing the songs according to what they want and not the other way around. Upon completing the recording if anyone told him how great his singing was, he would point above and say, “MaiN Kab Gaataa, Mere Swar MeiN Pyaar Kisi kaa gaataa hai”. Such respect and reverence are probably the reasons for him to sound just as melodious, fresh, and strong as he first started. Another attribute that touched my heart is his generosity. Upon his demise and after several months, people came to his home inquiring about his well being when his family discovered about his helping nature. Once when he returned from his tour of USA, he only brought back Chocolates for his family members and not what they wanted on their wish lists. Rafi Sahab donated all the money he earned on the tour for a charity. He anonymously bought hundreds of Namaaz mats for poor he saw using Newspapers for prayers and He recorded songs for upcoming Music Directors without any fuss regarding his customary fees, money was never a big driver for him. Rafi Sahab led a disciplined lifestyle. He never attended Bollywood parties, and he asked his driver to wait at the door when he would get off the car, walk straight up on the stage, bless the newlyweds, hand them the envelop gift and walk back to his car to go home. He was an early riser and did his riyaaz very early in the morning. He would arrive at the rehearsals and recording sessions on the dot. Never fussed during recording as he was always well prepared and always took out his comb and groomed his hair which was the sign for every one that Rafi Sahab was done with his work and now it is time for him to leave. Rafi Sahab was a family man and kept his family away from the glitz and glamour. He insisted for his children to be educated although he was not but then may be because he was not. Last little tid-bit about Rafi Sahab…. He loved his Tea and he always took his own thermos tea with him when he left his house for recordings. What a Role Model……. in addition to his musical genius.
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  • O Mere Hamraahi_MMM_29 July 20 https://youtu.be/D-DDZWjy6Cw This year, I wanted to pay my tribute to Mukesh on his Birthday (22 July 1923) with a rare song. While doing my search, I came across this Gem which was one of two Hindi songs for the movie called, “The Good and The Bad”. The movie is made in English but there were two Hindi songs, one of which by Mukesh and the other song is by Manna Dey (Rang Holi Kaa Niraalaa). Neither of these two songs are. This song is written and composed the same individual called Vedpal Verma. Hopefully, my Music loving friends will enjoy my attempt at this rare and hidden Gem by Mukesh. Of course, the original by Mukesh ji is very melodious and can be heard on YT. Caution: Use of good quality headphones may enhance your listening experience. Disclaimer: This upload is strictly for entertainment of like-minded amateur music lovers and is in no way intended to be an infringement on copyrights of the rightful owners of the original song. No monetary gain is expected from this upload. Little about the movie “The Right and The Wrong”: The Right and the Wrong is an "anti-colonial" movie. It is about a cruel white plantation owner who kills and ill-treats the Indian and Afro-Caribbean workers who slave for him in his island. Revolted by his brutality, two community leaders, one an Indian and the other an Afro-Caribbean, try to unionize their fellow workers. One daughter of the plantation owner is attracted to the black union organizer and has an affair with him. The climax of the movie comes near the end when the plantation owner "arrests" the 2 organizers and sentences them to death. Film Director: Harbance Kumar; Writer: Harbance Kumar; Stars: Ralph Maharaj (Shyam), Angela Seukaran (Chanda), Gloria David (Didi), Jesse Macdonald (Jojo) This not so well-made movie was made in the Caribbean islands with filming in Trinidad, Guyana, Surinam. Not much more information is available but the song clips for both of the Hindi songs on YT.
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  • Yaad Na Jaaye_MMM_25 July 20 https://youtu.be/bStROyDmlg8 Song: Yaad Na Jaaye Film: Dil Ek Mandir Lyrics: Shailendra MD: Shanker – Jaikishan Original Singer: Mohammed Rafi Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta Here I have my humble tribute to the inimitable Rafi Sahab whose punyatithi is coming up on 30 July. Rafi Sahab sang all genres and was the Master of voice modulation for any actor on the screen and any mood of the song. While Rafi Sahab was so melodious…. His vocal range was simply amazing. Needless to say, I can never even dream of singing in the same key as he sang any of his originals but my love for his music is what compels me to pay my tribute off and on but especially on his death anniversary, as I always think of him and his contribution for all of us music lovers. Rafi Sahab was just as much of a good soul as he was a magical vocalist. The Hindi cinema archives are littered with stories variety of people who came to know him and work around him during his career in Hindi Cinema. Rafi Sahab was a soft-spoken gentleman who never boasted about his skills and considered God’s love for him made him sing the way he did. Stories go that he bought hundreds of prayer mats and brought them over to a friend’s house for him to help delivering to the poor area without letting anyone know who is providing the mats, as he saw the worshipers were using News Papers for Namaaz. He spent all of his earning from a USA tour for buying needed equipment for a charitable cause and disappointed his family and friends by bringing back only chocolates. Hopefully, my family and friends will enjoy my efforts here and not compare my rendition with the original. Caution: Use of good quality headphones may enhance your listening experience. Disclaimer: This upload is strictly for entertainment of like-minded amateur music lovers and is in no way intended to be an infringement on copyrights of the rightful owners of the original song. No monetary gain is expected from this upload.
    MadhukarNC 00:04:15 36 0 Downloads 19 Comments
  • Jaanam Dekh Lo_MMM_04 Jul 20 Film: Veer Zaara (2004) Song # 2: Jaanam Dekh Lo Lyricist: Javed Akhtar MD: Sanjeev Kohli (Son of Madan Mohan) Unreleased Composition by Madan Mohan (25 June 1924 – 14 July 1975) Original Singers: Udit Narayan Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta https://youtu.be/OYh4YA5ylo0 One more Gem from my “To Do” List. Udit Narayan is one of most melodious voices among the recent Bollywood singers. Long time ago, I covered a song by him on SRK which also happened to be the YRF song and my video clip was blocked after being out for a while so I have opted for a slide show rather than risking for interruptions after publishing. As usual, I never try to duplicate the original songs but try to present them as I interpret the originals while trying my best to stay in sur and taal with my limited abilities and try to convey the expressions for the lyrics. Hopefully, my music loving friends will enjoy this upload. Caution: Use of good quality headphones may enhance your listening experience. Disclaimer: This upload is strictly for entertainment of like-minded amateur music lovers and is in no way intended to be an infringement on copyrights of the rightful owners of the original song. No monetary gain is expected from this upload. Selected Trivia about this Veer-Zaara (Source: Flickside.com) 1. The film was originally titled Yeh Kahaan Aa Gaye Hum, after the song from Silsila (1981) 2. Ajay Devgan was first approached for Manoj Bajpayee‘s role while Rani Mukherjee’s part was originally written keeping Aishwarya Rai in mind. Both turned down their respective parts. 3. Amitabh Bachchan’s role (Chaudhary Sumer Singh) was written keeping Dharmendra in mind but that did not work out. 4. Remember Zaara’s (Preity Zinta) white mansion in Pakistan? It was the Pataudi Palace (of late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi) in Gurgaon, Haryana. This song, “Jaanam Dekh Lo” was also shot here. 5. Music was a major challenge for the film. Yash Chopra sought an ‘old world’ influence for the songs which he could not find with the composers of the time. It was then that late legendary composer Madan Mohan’s son, Sanjeev Kohli (Yash Raj Films CEO) recommended some of his father’s compositions. 35 tunes were play tested from Madan Mohan’s archives and 11 were eventually selected.
    MadhukarNC 00:04:55 48 0 Downloads 18 Comments
  • Tere Liye_BR_MM_05July20 Song: Tere Liye Film: Veer Zaara (2004) Lyricist: Javed Akhtar MD: Sanjeev Kohli (Son of Madan Mohan) – Unreleased Composition by Madan Mohan Original Singers: Lata M & Roop Kumar Rathod Tribute By: Bandana Ray & Madhukar Mehta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW6nR-6bcY8&t=14s This duet is one of the most melodious compositions I have loved for a long time and remained on my “To Do” list trying to gather courage to tackle. Quite some time ago, I tentatively approached Bandana ji for the possibility to collaborate and for my lucky stars, she readily agreed. Again, I procrastinated for a while but during one of conversations after several months, Bandana ji gently reminded me about our pending project. Now to save my face, I had to start working on the duet which by any means was not an easy task for me. While I was working on this song, the theme for the forum where I upload my songs presented us with an opportunity so I jumped at this song with an extra push and here we are with our humble attempt at this gorgeous composition by the evergreen musical genius Madan Mohan Sahab. I thank Bandana ji for gracing me with her accompaniment as the co-singer and Paras ji for giving us an opportunity to present this lovely number for your listen. Caution: Use of good quality headphones may enhance your listening experience. Disclaimer: This upload is strictly for entertainment of like-minded amateur music lovers and is in no way intended to be an infringement on copyrights of the rightful owners of the original song. No monetary gain is expected from this upload. Tid-Bits about Veer-Zaara (Source: Wikipedia) The soundtrack of Veer-Zaara was released on CD and especially on Audio DVD. The music is based on old and untouched compositions by the late Madan Mohan, as revised by his son Sanjeev Kohli. Yash Raj Music also released complete background music of Veer-Zaara, this being a rarity. The CD was titled The Love Legend Themes - Instrumental. The famous playback singer Lata Mangeshkar sang most of the songs. She used to sing with Madan Mohan, so there was a special poignancy to her contributions. According to Yash Chopra, upon coming for the recording, with tears in her eyes, Lata Mangeshkar told him, "Madan Mohan was like my brother. You [Chopra] are like my brother. I feel I have gone back in past". Other singers like Jagjit Singh, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Gurdas Mann, Roop Kumar Rathod, Ahmed Hussain, Mohammad Hussain and Pritha Mazumder also appear in the soundtrack. The album was the bestselling Bollywood soundtrack of the year. Javed Akhtar won the “Film Fare” and “Bollywood Movie” Best Lyricist awards for this song “Tere Liye”.
    MadhukarNC 00:05:31 47 0 Downloads 19 Comments
  • Ae Dil Ab KahiN Le Jaa_MM_30May20 Song: Aye Dil Ab KahiN Na Jaa; Film: Bluff Master (1963) Lyricist: Rajinder Krishan MD: Kalyan ji – Anand ji Original Singer: Hemant Kumar https://vimeo.com/424518417 Hemant Kumar was a marvelous maestro who created great music for Indian Cinema and also left his mark with several songs that he sang himself. I have chosen one of his rare songs filmed on Shammi Kapoor in Film Bluff Master. I must have been stuck in my song selections as last month I picked a Manna Dey song on Shammi ji and this month my song is presented with Shammi ji on the screen with Hemant Kumar singing for him. My humble tribute is presented for Hemant Da, which I hope my music loving friends will enjoy. NOTE: Use of a good set of headphones may enhance your listening experience with this song. DISCLAIMER: No copyright infringement or financial benefit is intended by this upload as it's shared with amateur music lovers for love of music.
    MadhukarNC 00:03:08 44 0 Downloads 13 Comments
  • Dil Tujhe Diyaa Thaa_MM_11June20 https://youtu.be/WTNLQJHdfPc Song: Dil Tujhe Diyaa Thaa Rakh ne Ko Film: Malhar (1951) Lyricist: Kaifi Irfani MD: Roshan (Roshan Lal Nagrath) Original Singer: Mukesh Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta This song had been circulating in my head for several days, so I started exploring and realized Roshan also was a genius who gave us many memorable numbers. I have decided to celebrate Roshan’s work with three songs, and I stare with 1st song from Malhar an old movie released in 1951. This film has yet another significance, Mukesh produced this as his 1st film under the banner of Darling Films, his second film was “Anurag” which was released in 1956. Malhar songs were made in early 50’s with not as much advanced orchestration and / or technology but were very melodious, led by the remarkable “Bade Armaanon Se Rakha Hai Sanam Teri Qasam, Pyaar Ki Duniyaa Mein Yeh Pehlaa Qadam” is a gem. Roshan was undoubtedly helped by the lyricists, debutant Indeevar and Kaif-Irfani who penned sheer poetry, including “Dil Tujhe diya tha Rakhne ko, Tune Dil ko Jala ke Rakh Kiya” and “Tara Toote Duniya Dekhe”. Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh, needless to mention, made them immortal in their voice. Music score was composed by Roshan, grandfather of Hrithik Roshan, who had made his debut just a year earlier, in 1950. Roshan Lal Nagrath (14 July 1917 – 16 November 1967), better known by his first name Roshan, was an Indian esraj (string instrument also known as Dilrubaa) player and music director. He was the father of the actor and film director Rakesh Roshan and music director Rajesh Roshan and paternal grandfather of Hrithik Roshan. Roshan was born in Gujranwala, Punjab, British India which part of Punjab in Pakistan now. In 1948, Roshan came to Mumbai to find work as a Hindi film music director and became assistant of music composer Khawaja Khurshid Anwar in film “Singaar” (1949). He somewhat struggled until he met the then famous producer-director Kidar Sharma, who gave him the job of composing for his film “Neki aur Badi” (1949). While it was a flop, Kidar Sharma gave him another chance in his next film. Roshan emerged as a player on the Hindi film music scene with “Baawre Nain” (1950) which became a big musical hit. NOTE: Use of a good set of headphones may enhance your listening experience with this song. DISCLAIMER: No copyright infringement or financial benefit is intended by this upload as it's shared with amateur music lovers for love of music.
    MadhukarNC 00:04:17 49 0 Downloads 15 Comments
  • Sajanwaa Bairi_MMM_27May20 Song: Sajanwaa Bairi Ho Gaye Hamaar; Film: Teesari Kasam Lyricist: Shailendra MD: Shanker – Jaikishan Original Singer: Mukesh Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta https://youtu.be/UAfo8Al5Ve0 Here I present my fourth song in my tribute to Shailendra, as I promised. Sentimental songs happen to be my favorite genre of music and coincidentally, my first song for June happens to be not only penned by him but the song also comes from his own film that he produced, Teesari Kasam. Hopefully, my music loving friends will enjoy my presentation here. NOTE: Use of a good set of headphones may enhance your listening experience with this song. DISCLAIMER: No copyright infringement or financial benefit is intended by this upload as it's shared with amateur music lovers for love of music.
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  • Ye Meraa Diwaanaapan Hai_032216_Final Song # 3: Ye Meraa Deewaanaapan Hai Film: Yahudi (1958) Lyricist: Shailendra MD: Shankar / Jaikishan Original Singer: Mukesh Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta Finally, for my 3rd song for this theme, I have chosen yet another iconic song penned by Shailendra for the lips of Dilip Kumar. Hopefully, my music loving friends will enjoy this anthem of a song that is etched in our minds forever and will remain live for many years to come. Special Note to My friends from Muziboo days, I did share this song back in 2016 and I am re-sharing here so, I owe you one more from Shailendra... which will be to make up for this share. Caution: Use of good quality headphones may enhance your listening experience. Disclaimer: This upload is strictly for entertainment of like-minded amateur music lovers and is in no way intended to be an infringement on copyrights of the rightful owners of the original song. No monetary gain is expected from this upload. Final words for Shailendra ji: After initial resistance to participate in Hindi Cinema world, Shailendra entered and went on to become an integral part of Kapoor’s team. His success went beyond Kapoor, as he went on to work with other superstars like Dev Anand, Kishore Kumar, Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rahman and Nargis, and composers such as S.D. Burman, Manna Dey and Shankar Jaikishan. It is known that Shailendra did not take on the assignment without knowing the full context of the story and making of the movie he was supposed to write song for. The story goes that Raj Kapoor took Shailendra along to a reading of Awara's script by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. After Abbas finished narrating the story, Kapoor turned to Shailendra and asked if he had understood the gist. The poet replied: Awaaraa thaa / Gardish me thaa / Aasmaan kaa taaraa thaa / Awaaraa thaa (He was a vagabond / lost in the crowds / A star from the skies / A vagabond). Shailendra stood out among his contemporaries for his simple words without losing the depth of the message and his poetry touched the hearts in a profound manner. During an interview in 2012, Gulzar praised Shailendra: "I have always believed that Shailendra was the best lyricist of Hindi cinema. I know he was actively involved in the films he worked on and knew filmmaking very well. He shaped his songs to suit the characters and through his lyrics added other dimensions to the story." In 2016, a street was named after Shailendra - Geetkar - Jankavi Shailendra Marg in Dhauli Pyau locality of Mathura, the place where he spent most of his early life before moving to Mumbai.
    MadhukarNC 00:04:03 43 0 Downloads 11 Comments
  • Ab KahaaN Jaaye Hum_MMM_21Apr20
    Ab KahaaN Jaaye Hum_MMM_21Apr20 Song # 2: Ab KahaaN Jaaye Hum Theme: Shailendra Film: Ujala (1959) Lyricist: Shailendra MD: Shankar / Jaikishan Original Singer: Manna Dey Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta https://vimeo.com/412335645 Not originally planned but it just so happens that on May 1st we just passed Manna Dey’s Birthday, he would have been 101 and this song although a tribute to Shailendra, it also doubles as a tribute to the maestro Manna Da. Here I am presenting a philosophical song that cries out the heartfelt plea of a common man acted out by the Yahoo Man himself, Shammi Kapoor but in quite a different role. Another wonderful song written by Shailendra, composed by the S/J duo, and sung by the maestro Manna Da. Quite a challenge but I have tried to pull it off and hope my music loving friends will relate to the lyrics as they are true even today. Caution: Use of good quality headphones may enhance your listening experience. Disclaimer: This upload is strictly for entertainment of like-minded amateur music lovers and is in no way intended to be an infringement on copyrights of the rightful owners of the original song. No monetary gain is expected from this upload. A little about Shailendra ji: Shailendra (30 August 1923 – 14 December 1966) was born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, British India (now known as Punjab, Pakistan) and died in Bombay, India at 43. He came from humble beginning as he worked as a welding apprentice in the Central Railways but reached to become one of the most well-known lyricists of Indian cinema, Shailendra led a rich colorful life which included both struggle and success. Many might not know his complex life story — his tryst with communism or his battles of navigating the world as a Dalit man — the way his evergreen lyrics are known. He tried to downplay his cast standing as his own son realized the same when he was 20 years old. Shailendra, who is considered to be the first to combine Hindi and Urdu poetry traditions, first started attending mushairas and kavi sammelans (poetry conferences) while he was working back in the days at Matunga Railway Workshop when city was known as Bombay, now Mumbai. It was during this time that he got involved with the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA), the cultural wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and began writing socialist-themed poems and songs set in post-Independence India. He created the famous slogan, “Har zor-zulm kee takkar mein, hartal hamara nara hai” (Strike is our weapon against every atrocity, every excess), this is used by protesters even today. It was one such poem on Partition, Jalta hai Punjab, that not only earned him literary acclaim but became his ticket to success in the world of cinema.
    MadhukarNC 00:04:40 82 0 Downloads 20 Comments
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