Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Old Hindi Song Videos

At this site you get videos of a few old Hindi film songs of Kishore Kumar and Rafi Saab. (And there are also song videos from 'SRK Hits'. This you can safely avoid as viewing it would entail watching 'SRK in action'.) These are youtube videos. But somebody has taken pains to collect them and put in one place. Good job.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Madan Mohan

He was a music composer. To say that he was a "great music composer" would be like saying, "Brian Lara bats well". Its an inherent understatement about him. Probably, to say that he was a genius would also not suffice. But ironically, he did not get his due credit. He is the one who gave us evergreen melodies like, "Dil Dhoondta Hai", wonderful romantic songs like "Mera Saya Sath Hoga", songs from the film "Sharabi(the older one)", kind of haunting songs like "Bheegi Chandni"and many more. He is, obviously, the one and only Madan Mohan.

I came to know that there was a music composer called Madan Mohan only recently when I was downloading songs from www.indianscreen.com/songs.htm (which is currently pending renewal and which regularly uploaded old hindi film songs). I got so impressed about this man's compositions that I downloaded every Madan Mohan song that was available at that site(around 80 songs).

Madanji's oeuvre is completely based on classical music, this despite the fact that he had no formal training in clasical music. Madan mohan's compositions show us the power of simple melody. Simple instruments used to create rich compositions. The tune selections are an example themself. Another interesting aspect of Madanji was that, he apparently wanted to compose music only if the poetry was good. How many music directors today can have that courage? Probably its wrong and unfair to compare God with lesser mortals. One can keep going on describing this man's works. It can never be enough.

Unfortunately, I could not post links to the songs that I have downloaded because as I said the site "indianscreen.com" is pending renewal. But I found some songs on another site, that I will post here.
Songs from the film Pooja Ke Phool, in the above page, are really good. Classic.

Here are some links where you can get a lot of information about this "Baadshah of Music".

This one is nice.


Madan Mohanji, wherever you are, my salutations to you. Let this country be blessed with many more people like you.

Why this blog?

Listening to music, reading about music, writing about music are things that have always interested me. To accomplish the last interest, that of writing about music, is the raison d'etre of this blog. Thats it then for this introductory post.