Singing, after a long time!

My 'dusty' microphone & other singing gears were about to be sold on Ebay by my kids. I figured this is my chance to get away from everyday chores, and clean the dust off the mic.

Tagore songs (Rabindra Sangeet, in bengali) were my childhood favorites (in addition to Nazrul songs). Even KishoreDa scored quite a few such memorable Tagore songs (which I intend to sing down the road, sometime). Here is one of my favorite Tagore songs:

Aami Kemon Koriya Janaabo Aamar

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A famous bengali number, from even a more famous bengali movie (sung by Hemant Kumar, picturised on none other than Uttam Kumar):

Ogo Kajol Noyona Horini (Mon Niye)

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Now a classic duet, originally sung by KishoreDa and Asha Bhonsle. My good friend Azam painstakingly improvised this marvelous track (originally created by to include the beginning female alaap part. Thanks Azam for the track, and your great job with the improvisation. And if you are a frequent visitor of Indian Blog world, the name Deblina Mukhopadhayay should not be a new one to you. A God-gifted voice, a pure bliss & sheer pleasure to listen to. Listen how fluidly her voice rides the highs & lows of this beautiful song. Thanks Deblina for singing this duet with me:

Yeh Raatein Yeh Mausam (Dilli Ka Thug)

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KishoreDa has sung many types of songs throughout his singing career, both in movies and albums. Be it a romantic song, a sad one, a peppy number, funny/silly song, a lullaby, he had (and still does, amongst us!) a ubiquitous presence in almost every types. Except for one...qawwali. For filmy-qawwalis, music directors usually reached out to either Rafi Sahaab or MannaDa. However, KishoreDa did get his hands dirty in a couple qawwali-type songs, like this one from Alag Alag (picturised on Kaka). He made his songs sound so simple and easy. But you won't know until you try it for yourself. And, this one was a toughie!
Here's my humble attempt (I said attempt!):

Kabhi Bekasi Ne Maara (Alag Alag)

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Talking about KishoreDa's romantic songs, here is one of my favorites.

Phir Wohi Raat Hai (Ghar)

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My Songs:

Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi
Movie: Mr. X in Bombay (1964)
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
(Original) Singer: Kishore Kumar
Movie: Sunayna (1979)
Music: Ravindra Jain
Lyrics: Ravindra Jain
(Original) Singer: KJ Yesudas