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The Legends: Shamshad Begum

She is the forgotten legend, even though she was considered one of the top singers amongst 14.04.1919 - 23.04.2013 a constellation of stars...
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My Favourites: Rain Songs

The rains are here.  And with it comes the smell of freshly dampened earth. 'Puthu mannu(Malayalam)' we call it, a smell that cannot be described;...
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The Legends: Mohammed Rafi

24.12.1924 - 31.07.1980 I have always maintained that I do not have a 'favourite' singer - male or female. I love songs, and...
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The Legend- Manna Dey (Part 2)

Read The Part -1  It was interesting to learn that Manna Dey's first recorded song in Hindi was a duet Jaago aayi usha (Tamanna-1942) with...

The Legend- Manna Dey (Part-1)

This post has been on the back burner for many months. Every time I listen to a Manna Dey song, I tell myself I need to write a post on one of my...
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The Master: Sahir Ludhianvi

I had always intended to start off this series (The Masters) with a post on this prolific poet. My instinctive reaction to a song is not to its...
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My Favourites: Sensuous Songs

I was having a (heated) discussion with a friend about song picturizations today; and about how the meaning of the word 'erotic' or 'sensual' has...
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The Greats- Madhubala

Why choose Madhubala, before Nutan, or Nargis? Nutan was a far superior actress, Nargis had a gamin charm all her own, Waheeda was a far better...