Hello Friends...........

Lo-o-ng time, no see!!! Amongst my blog-buddies, I see only a few who are fairly active these days. Evidently, I haven't been doing much singing for past many months either. But the other day I was watching a Chitrahaar/Chitramala type show on Dish, and they played these two Kishore-Da songs ("Kya Khabar" & "Jidhar Dekhoon"). Don't know why, I just felt this strong urge to sing. So, I sang those two, and added a couple of bengali ones as well. Wow! When it rains, it surely pours, huh!

There are a slew of KishoreDa's bengali numbers that I absolutely love..."Amaar Dip Nebhano Raat" (my all time favorite), "Aaj Milantithir", "Amaar Moner Ei", and many many others. This particular one, from the movie Prarthona, is no exception. Full of murkhis, harkatein, in almost every other word so to speak. And every time I listen to it, I discover a new nuance that I missed previously. I have no classical training, but somehow my ears tell me this one is based on some popular raaga. Anyone knows? Tried this song with a couple of my own variations, let me know how you like it.
To start, here's a Rabindra Sangeet, from Tagore's famous dance-drama Shyama:

Download Amaar Jibonopatra

Download Cheyechhi Jare Ami

Anil Kapoor did a nice job portraying the title character in 'Saheb'. His bengali counterpart Tapas Pal, in contrary, didn't do as well in the bengali version (same title), well to me at least. OK plot (pretty sad though!), but excellent acting by Utpal Dutt, and Rakhee. As usual, KishoreDa brings out the pensive mood perfectly. Thanks to my friend Azam for the track.

Download Kya Khabar Kya Patah

I had always been a Big-B fan, since his debut role in Saat Hindusthani. But Mahaan was definitely not one of those to write home about. Soggy story, dime-a-dozen type storyline. Big-B himself sang the slower version of this number. But I like KishoreDa's version better (faster, more melodious). You might wonder why on earth did I select Jidhar Dekhoon amongst many other much better KishoreDa songs. Blame Dish Network!
BTW, I AM trying to improve my pronunciations on certain hindi words (like Gham, Khabar, Nazar, etc.).

Download Jidhar Dekhoon

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