Monday, June 27, 2016

'Teesri Manzil' Se.... 'A Love Story' Tak

My Facebook pages and also most of the groups that I am part of (including some that I manage) have been extremely busy today, 27th June is the feast of 'Our Lady of Perpetual Succour' - that's the name of Mother Mary that my parish as well as my school have been named after. And this year the feast saw an extra special celebration that was linked to a Jubilee Year.

Last evening, members of the parish put up a special entertainment programme including song and dance and drama across various languages and styles. And of course Bollywood had a fair representation there as well... 

As I opened Google Search this morning, I noticed a special Google Doodle dedicated to Bollywood and a man who contributed to its popularity from the 60s to the 90s - Remembering the legendary music composer from the world of Hindi Cinema on his 77th birth anniversary

Rahul Dev Burman (Pancham Da)

Rahul Dev Burman - affectionately called Pancham Da, ruled the airwaves with his compositions ranging from still popular Dance Hits (most of them have become remixes that still play at most discos even today) to soulful ballads and just easy listening tracks. Over his career, he composed music for 331 Hindi movies and also voiced a few of the songs he composed. 

The Sixties - Rocking, Romantic and Funny

It all started on the 'Third Floor' - 'Teesri Manzil' - a mystery thriller that had a whole lot of music and dancing - including gems like O Mere Sona ReO Hassena Zulfonwali and Aaja Aaja Mein Hoon Pyar Tera.

From wooing the women on the dance floor to trying to win the pretty girl next door - this is definitely the funniest Hindi song (or is it Hindi) I'd heard in all time - Ek Chatur Naar.

Most of the movies in the 60s were about seeking romance looking for the Queen of Dreams - Mere Sapnon Ki Rani.

The Loud Seventies

As RD moved to the seventies he had a distinct sound that is still characteristic of his music. His most popular works in the 70s in my opinion are 

Mehbooba Mehbooba from Sholay

Piya Tu Ab To Aaja from Caravan

Dum Maro Dum from Hare Rama Hare Krishna

The Sober Eighties

The wild seventies gave way to story-line based eighties - and indeed a big change in the genre of film music. My favorite Pancham Da music track of the 80s is from the movie that focussed on a little boy - an probably had all of us in tears - Masoom. The song that we all definitely remember is the play song - Lakdi Ki Kathi.

The Romantic Nineties

R D Burman passed away in 1994 at the age of 54. His last work won him acclaim very much like his first. The movie 1942 A Love Story - Ek Ladki Ko Dekha.

The Remixes

Most of his songs of the 70s have become famous in the 90s and 2000s as remixes, but the fitting tribute to him - is this song back from his first movie - Teesri Manzil - sung by his wife - the ever versatile Asha Bhosle - O Meri Sona

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