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  • Raam Kare_MMM_09Sep20 https://vimeo.com/456328868 Song: Raam Kare Film: Milan (1967) Lyricist: Anand Bakshi MD: Laxmikant Pyarelal Original Singer: Mukesh Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta Milan is one of the classic movies of my formative years and I love all the songs where Laxmikant Pyarelal has given very thoughtful compositions. This one by Mukesh is widely known song and has been my favorite for a long time. Mukesh Sahab makes this song sound so easy going but upon trying to work on this, one realizes how difficult it is to navigate. Back in 2011, at another forum, we all decided to upload our raw vocals without any effects, and I did just that but since then I never touched this one until now. For sure, this one had to be tackled hard for me to render for this commitment. I was determined not to compress my vocals at all and here I have for listen and feedback. 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 00:05:29 50 0 Downloads 18 Comments
  • Aisaa Lagtaa Hai_BR_MM_20Sep20 https://vimeo.com/460990515 Song: Aisaa Lagtaa Hai Film: Refugee (2000) Lyricist: Javed Akhtar MD: Anu Malik Original Singers: Alka Yagnik & Sonu Nigam Tribute By: Bandana Ray & Madhukar Mehta Audio Mixing: Madhukar Mehta Video Editing: Sanat Kumar Chaudhary This beautiful composition has been my favorite as soon as I first heard and remained on my "to do" list for a long time. Bandana ji provided her excellent rendition for Alka ji's part a while back, but I delayed the project for other competing priorities. Finally, I was able to come thru and here we are... Sanat Kumar Chaudhary ji has provided his expert counsel though out the post recording tasks for this project and has created the masterful video for our upload. We are hopeful that all of music loving friends and families will enjoy our efforts 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.
    MadhukarNC 00:07:27 52 0 Downloads 15 Comments
  • Gaa Deewaane Jhoom Ke_MMM_28Aug20 https://vimeo.com/456193534 Song: Gaa Deewaane Jhoom Ke Film: Flat No. 9 (1961) Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri MD: Usha Khanna Original Singer: Mukesh Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta I recall listening to this song by Mukesh since my childhood and could never imagine Ashok Kumar singing such a song in the movie. Maybe he stood by puffing his pipe while Helen was dancing in a club? Perhaps, but we will only be able to confirm if we get a chance to watch the movie. In absence of the movie clip, I have chosen to add in the skating clip from Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in Canada where their moves match the Waltz beats. This song as well as its movie is as obscure as a movie can get. “Flat no. 9” (1961) a “C” grade movie with cast of Ashok Kumar, Sayeeda Khan, Jagdish Sethi (?), Dinesh Kumar Tiwari (?), Helen etc. Such a lilting song composed by Usha Khanna who started off so well with 'dil deke dekho’, 'hum Hindustani', 'Shabnam' and so on .... to prove her caliber as one of our finest composers, why she slowly got lost her way to compose for only stunt films! She, of course, made a comeback with 'Sauten' ... but that was that. Usha Khanna wanted to be a singer but wound up making her career as a Music Director for around 200 movies under her baton and earning a lifetime achievement award. Not too shabby for a female in male dominated field. However, Bollywood has lost many such gems into oblivion!! 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 00:03:29 48 0 Downloads 13 Comments
  • Dil Hoom Hoom Kare_MMM_03Sep20 https://youtu.be/hZNQer8Ux8g Song: Dil hoom hoom kare Film: Rudaali (1993) Lyricist: Gulzar MD & Original Singer: Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta My virtual Music friend Syed Javed (Wazif bhai) requested me to render this lilting song which became quite popular a couple of years ago. Several friends uploaded their renditions, but I never thought of attempting although it does fit in my favorite genre. This Gem of a composition is originally sung by Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and Lata ji as their respective renditions. I have taken the inspiration from the original version but have not tried to make a xerox version. Hopefully, my music loving friends would like my take here. Rudaali is a 1993 drama film directed by Kalpana Lajmi, based on the short story written by famous Bengali author Mahasweta Devi. The film was selected as the Indian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards but was not accepted as a nominee. The film is set in a small village in Rajasthan, India. It tells the story of a woman named Shanichari, who was abandoned by her mother shortly after her father's death. Bad fortune follows her throughout her life. For curious minds, “Rudaali” means “Female Weeper”!! Dr. Bhupen Hazarika (8 September 1926 – 5 November 2011) was an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, and fil maker from Assam. He received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1975 for “Chameli Memsaab”, Padma Shri in 1977, Padma Bhushan in 2001, Padma Vibhushan in 2012 (Posthumous) and Bharat Ratna in 2019 (Posthumous). 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 00:03:55 56 0 Downloads 16 Comments
  • Bade Armaano Se_HemaS_MMM_24Aug20 https://youtu.be/-TBMZaiugms My Tribute to Music Director: Roshan (3rd of 3 songs) Song: Bade Armaano Se Film: Malhar (1951) Lyricist: Indeevar MD: Roshan Original Singer: Lata M & Mukesh Tribute By: Hema Shamal & Madhukar Mehta This is my 3rd song in a series of my tribute to the Music Director “Roshan” as I committed to my Music loving friends. I will upload one more as an extra song since there are so many Gems from his registry. This duet has been pending since 2015 when I first started recording and Hema ji sent her vocals, but I was not able to come thru… and now I re-requested Hema ji and she obliged. Hopefully, you my music loving friends will enjoy this upload. 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. Little more about Roshan Lal Nagrath (14 July 1917 – 16 November 1967) The leading composers of the early talkies’ era included stalwarts like Pankaj Mullick, C Ramachandra, Anil Biswas, Khemchand Prakash, Ghulam Haidar and Naushad. Those were the days of singer-actors like K.L. Saigal, Kananbala, Khurshid and Surendranath. The late 1940’s witnessed the emergence of playback singers with the fading away of the singer-actors. It was around this time that Roshan appeared on the scene as an innovative music composer. Born on 14 July 1917 at Gujranwala now in Pakistan, Roshan had his early training in music in Lucknow. He became an accomplished sarod player after taking lessons from the renowned musician Allauddin Khan. In 1940, he joined All India Radio, Delhi as a composer but gave it up in 1948 and went to Bombay in search of fame and fortune. By sheer coincidence Roshan met Kidar Sharma, then famous producer-director and impressed him with his musical background and experience. Kidar Sharma was known for introducing new talent to the film industry and grooming them into famous stars such as Raj Kapoor, Geeta Bali and Madhubala. He gave Roshan a break as a music director of his film ‘Neki Aur Badi’ (1949) but the film was a flop. Roshan went into depression but Kidar Sharma perhaps noticed his talent and giving him all encouragement entrusted him with the task of composing for his next film ‘Bawre Nain’ starring Raj Kapoor and Geeta Bali. It was a roaring success with every song becoming a hit and earning greater fame and popularity for the playback singers: Geeta Roy, Raj Kumari and Mukesh. The all-time favorite melodies included “KhayaaloN mein kisi ke”, and “Teri duniyaa meiN dil lagtaa nahi”. This in turn established Roshan’s reputation as an innovative composer. He followed it up with “Ham Log” and “Malhar’ in 1951, both successful at the box office. What a shame to loose such talented musicians at early age…… Roshan passed away when he was only 50 !!
    MadhukarNC 00:03:53 61 0 Downloads 24 Comments
  • Karoge Yaad Tau_MMM_05Dec19 Song: Karoge Yaad Tau Film: Bazaar (1982) Music: Khayyam Lyricist: Bashar Nawaz Original Singer: Bhupinder Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta https://youtu.be/3Xb9CARnCXM Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi (18 February 1927 – 19 August 2019) was indeed a legendary Music Composer who made significant contributions to Hindi Cinema. Khayyam Sahab won Filmfare awards for Best Music in 1977 for Kabhi Kabhi, and 1982 for Umrao Jaan and Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon him in 2010. He was also recognized with third highest civilian honor award, Padma Bhushan by Government of India for 2011. While I admire many of his songs and have paid tribute to his songs like Woh Subah Kabhi to Aayegi, Mai Pal do Pal kaa Shaayar hooN just to name a few but this time I wanted to pick the haunting ghazal he created for film Bazaar in 1982 which was originally sung by another one of my favorite singers Bhupinder. What a talented musician he is, not to mention his enviable vocal timber. Since I was pre-occupied with other priorities, I am sharing this rendition I released back in December 2019 but never shared on this forum. One of these days, I will attempt another one of Khayyam Saab’s Gems and hope to share with you for your listen. Caution: Please take a listen with a good pair of headphones for an enhanced listening experience and kindly share your thoughts. Disclaimer: This upload is strictly for like-minded amateur music lovers. No copyright infringement is intended, and no monetary gain is sought for as a result of this upload. All credits go to the original creators and artists.
    MadhukarNC 00:05:26 80 0 Downloads 20 Comments
  • Tere Pyaar Ne_MMM_17 Aug 20 https://youtu.be/zRDK6mOVQHQ Song: Tere Pyaar Ne Film: Chhaila Baboo (1967) Lyricist: Asad Bhopali MD: Laxmikant Pyarelal Original Singer: M. Rafi Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta The song that I have picked for my tribute here was the first song Rafi Saab recorded for “Chhaila Baboo” under the baton of Laxmikant Pyarelal …… although “Parasmani”, their second film was released earlier. Chaila Babu was a low budget film and could not afford Rafi Saab’s fee of Rs. 5,000 per song but L/P pleaded, and Rafi Saab readily agreed. Rafi Saab was given a sealed envelope as a gift after the song was recorded by the film producer and without opening, Rafi Saab handed the envelop to L/P and said to buy sweets for the team because they made such a wonderful composition. In one of the interviews, Pyarelal has said that Rafi Saab never took money for his first song from any Music Director as he wanted them to use that money for a good cause of their choosing. Laxmikant Pyarelal the legendary musical duo included Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar (1937-1998) and Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma (born in 1940). Laxmikant was quite impressed with Mandolin and learnt to play it on his own. He used to play mandolin in street functions. Pyarelal was the son of renowned trumpeter Pandit Ramprasad Sharma and his specialization was violin. Laxmikant and Pyarelal met at Sureel Kala Kendra, a music academy for children, run by the Mangeshkar family. Laxmikant Pyarelal emerged into the Indian film arena at a period when the main stream cinema was flooded with extremely talented music directors, lyricists and filmmakers in the 60s. Already the film industry has created its own unique standard due to the sheer brilliance of Musical Giants like Shanker Jaikishan, Naushad, Madan Mohan, Roshan, Khayyam, Salil Chowdhury and many others and the versatile performance of Mohammad Rafi for over 15 years. Laxmikant was fond of the orchestration of Shanker Jaikishan to such an extent that some of their earlier tunes were similar to a huge number of Shanker’s compositions. Both Laxmikant Pyarelal and Majrooh Sultanpuri sat together to compose the songs for “Dosti” and the result was history. Rafi’s song “Chaahungaa mai tujhe saanj sawere”, “Mera to joh bhi kadam hai”, “rahi manwaa dukh ki chintaa kyun sataati hai”, “jaanewaloN zaraa” brought tears in the pandemonium hall. Rafi was so impressed with the compositions of Laxmikant Pyarelal that he had taken just one rupee for singing the song because it was the custom of a singer to take something in return for a professional song. The film became a huge success. Laxmikant Pyarelal won the filmfare award in 1964 for composing best music in a year when Shanker Jaikishan composed songs for Sangam, Naushad had composed songs for Leader, Madan Mohan had composed songs for Woh Kaun thi, and Roshan had composed songs for Aarti.
    MadhukarNC 00:05:28 67 0 Downloads 21 Comments
  • Ab Kyaa Misaal DooN_MMM_10Aug20 https://youtu.be/IDlgYTLRduI My Tribute to Music Director: Roshan (2nd of 3 songs) Song: Ab Kyaa Misaal DooN Film: Aarti (1962) Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri MD: Roshan Original Singer: Mohammed Rafi Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta Few weeks ago, I released “Dil Tujhe Diyaa Thaa Rakhne Ko” as my first of three songs to pay tribute to the Music Director “Roshan” who I have recently come to appreciate and then I went on to upload other songs…. but here I am getting back to my commitment with a second song. As I have mentioned before, Rafi Sahab’s songs are most challenging for me as his range is beyond reach, his command on voice modulations and expressions suitable for any genre are daunting…. But those difficulties draw me to give his songs a try. Hopefully, you my music loving friends will enjoy this upload. Little more about Roshan Lal Nagrath (14 July 1917 – 16 November 1967) He was not always commercially successful. He gave Indeewar and Anand Bakshi their first breaks in the Indian film industry as lyricists. Later, they became two of the most sought-after songwriters in Mumbai from the late 1960s onwards. Anand Bakshi was given his first break in 1956 by the music director Nisar Bazmi in his film Bhala Aadmi (1956). Roshan gave Bakshi the film CID Girl (1959), after Anand Bakshi wrote the four songs of Bhala Aadmi in 1956. Bhala Aadmi was released in 1958 after some delay. Together, Anand Bakshi and Roshan made a super hit musical film Devar (1966). The 1960s proved to be the golden age for Roshan and his music. His ability to mould folk music with Hindustani classical music became his trademark and resulted in successful movie musicals. During this time, Roshan gave hits such as "Na to karavan ki talaash hai from Barsat Ki Raat" and "Zindagi bhar nahi bhoolegi woh barsaat ki raat" (Barsaat Ki Raat, 1960). Barsaat Ki Raat also was a "super hit" film of 1960. "Ab kyaa misaal doon" and "Kabhi to milegi, kahi to milegi" (Aarti, 1962), "Jo Waadaa kiyaa vo nibhaanaa padegaa", "Paao chhoo lene do", "Jo baat tujh meiN hai" and "Jurm-e-ulfat pe" (Taj Mahal, 1963), "NigaheN milaa ne ko jee chaahtaa hai" and "Laagaa chunari mein daag" (Dil Hi To Hai, 1963), "Sansaar se bhaage phirte ho" and "Man re tu kaahe" (Chitralekha, 1964), and "Oh re taal mile" and "Khushi khushi kar do vidaa" (Anokhi Raat, 1968). He composed some melodies for the movie Mamta (1966) with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri, "Rehte the kabhi jin ke dil mein" and "Rahe Na RaheN Hum" sung by Lata Mangeshkar and her hit duet, "Chupaa Lo Yun Dil MeiN Pyaar Meraa" with Hemant Kumar. Devar (1966): "Aayaa hai mujhe phir yaad woh zalim, guzraa zamaanaa bachpan kaa"; "BahaaroN ne meraa chaman loot kar"; "Duniya mein aisaa kahaan sab ka naseeb hai". 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 00:03:33 80 0 Downloads 20 Comments
  • Ghungharoo Ki Tarah_MMM_05Aug20 https://youtu.be/2THlm2Gud9I Song: Ghungharoo Ki Tarah Film: Chor Machaye Shor (1974) Lyricist & MD: Ravindra Jain Original Singer: Kishore Kumar Tribute By: Madhukar Mehta Paying my tribute to the Great Kishore da a day late on his 91st birthday, 04 August 1929 with one of his melodious sentimental songs. Ravindra Jain composed several awesome songs and this happens to be up there in my book. Kishore da has done a masterful job at this Gem and I have rendered it with my admiration for him. I suspect, I will re-cover this song over time but for now, here it is for your listening pleasure. NOTE: Using a pair of good headphones set may enhance your listening experience. DISCLAIMER: This upload is strictly for the entertainment of amateur music lover friends and not intended to infringe on the original creators and artists copyright protection. No monetary gain is intended by this upload. All credits for this song and video are respectfully acknowledged to the rightful creators and owners. Interesting facts about Kishore Kumar: 1. Number 4 happens to be a common thread for Kishore da…. As his Birthday was on the 4th August, he was the 4th child of his parents (Dhananjay Banerjee and Kunjalal Ganguli), and he left us on 13th Oct 1987 (1+3 = 4), and he was married 4 times (Ruma Guha Thakurta aka Ruma Ghosh 1951-58; Madhubala 1960-69; Yogita Bali 1976-78; and Leena Chandavarkar 1980-87). 2. Kishore da was very particular about his remunerations. Once a producer paid him half in advance and said that he would like to pay the rest once the film is completed. The next day, Kishore Kumar shocked everybody when he appeared with half of his head and moustache shaved! and he told everybody that he would continue appearing like this in every shot until he is given the full amount! 3. Talking about getting paid, Kishore da as a child charged DadaMuni (Ashok Kumar) 5 Aanaas for a Saigal song and when asked to sing Ashok Kumar’s song, he charged 1 Aanaa. 4. Ashok Kumar discouraged Anoop Kumar and Kishore Kumar from joining films and said that “you are a pair of donkeys” as gleefully admitted by Kishore Kumar at Filmfare award ceremony in 1955. 5. While Kishore Kumar was banned from acting in films due to his inability to keep up with his over commitment, he pursued singing as per the suggestion by Ashok Kumar and achieved just as much popularity. Unfortunately, he was not recognized with any National Awards.
    MadhukarNC 00:05:11 74 0 Downloads 22 Comments
  • 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.
    MadhukarNC 00:03:32 61 0 Downloads 16 Comments
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