September 2008

First song which got her noticed was ‘Dil Mera Toda’. Thios song can be safely ermed as her ticket to fame and destiny. Since then, it has been a memorable journey for her. She never looked back afterwards. 1949 saw Lata Mangeshkar climbing to the top with four major hits Dulari, Barsaat, Andaaz, and Mahal. Who can forget that famous song “Aayega Aanewala” from movie ‘Mahal’. Touted as one of the biggest hits of that year, she kept giving one hit after another. Her high pictchd voice completely transformed the industry. Her contemporaries started vanishing and she became the first choice singer of almost all the major names. Late 50’s saw arrival of her younger sister, Asha Bhosle and together they became a potent force to reckon with.  


Lata mangeshkar gave many historical hits which still ring a bell in our ears. She sung with almost all the famous names including, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Hemant, Manna Dey etc. her versatility can be seen and heard in almost all the genres. She has sung folk, romantic, melodious, bhajans, qawwalis and what not! She also became one of the most powerful names in the industry and every music director worth his salt wanted to work with her.


Honored with numerous national and international awards, Lata Mangeshkar has also won highest civilian award in India, Bharat Ratna. She is only second singer after M.S Subbulakshmi in the non-classical category in India to have received this award. Apart from that, she has won three national awards and eight filmfare awards. The number of awads could have been more had she not stopped accepting awards so that new talents could be promoted. A living legend in every sense, she has a divine talent.


Whenever we talk about Hindi film music, the first name which comes to our mind is Lata Mangeshkar. One of the best singers of the Hindi film industry and appreciated all over India, she has a unique record in her name. She is the most recorded artist in the Guinness Book of World Records. According to a rough estimate, she has sung more than 30,000 solo and duet songs in astonishing 20 different languages from 1948 to 1987. A real gem of a record.


Fondly known as nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar was born on 28th September, 1929 in Indore (M.P). She had inherited musical genes from her father Dinanath Mangeshkar who was an acclaimed classical singer. Introduced to music at a very young age, Lata Mangeshkar truly rules the hearts of Indian music lovers.


Her father passed away when she was still very young. Therafter, she took the responsibility of her young siblings on her fragile shoulders. She began her journey by acting in few movies during 1942 to 1948. She acted in 8 films. Her tryst with singing immortality began with a Marathi film named Kiti Hasaal (1942). This film saw arrival of Lata Mangeshkar, the singer. Hindi movie, ‘Aap ke Sewa Main (1947)’ witnessed her debut in Hindi film industry. She took quite some time to establish herself and her melodious voice in film industry because of dominance of other established singers like, Noor Jehan, Shamshad Begum and Zohrabai Ambalewali etc.  

The violin is an integral part of Indian music. It’s a known fact that violin was relatively a late entry into south Indian classical music. Imported from western countries, violin started being an important part of South Indian classical music towards the end of the eighteenth century. Often, it’s played alongside Vina and other instruments as a secondary instrument. Violin was given a completely renewed respect in twentieth century. Several eminent performers have helped in making its popular and proved that Indians can play violin as good as any other musician in the world. Renowned violin performers are; T. N. Krishnan, and L. Subramaniam T. Rajam, L. Shankar, L. Vaidyanathan to name a few. Because of these maestros, violin has earned its deserved reputation as a South Indian solo instrument.


L. Subramaniam is credited to play violin with international musicians like, Yehudi Menuhin and Stephane Grappelli. In addition, he has played several orchestras with western musicians. L. Shankar has also collaborated with number of renowned western musicians and he was instrumental in inventing “double violin”. His performance with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain has earned many accolades


However, L. Subramaniam is more famous amongst the Indian violin players. He has conducted various shows including hugely successful ‘Fantasy on Vedic Chants’ performed at New York Philharmonic Orchestra alongside Zubin Mehta. His Global Symphony” performed at world famous Madison Square Garden in World Music Festival earned critical acclaim amongst global audiences. One of the lesser known fact about him is, he has also composed music for an Indian movie called ‘Salaam Bombay’ which was directed by Mira Nair.

Pritam is another famous composer who has traveled a long way since his days of struggle. His hit list include, Dhoom, Bhool Bhulaiya, Pyar ke Side Effects, Welcome, Singh is Kinng to name a few. Songs like ‘Dhoom macha le, Teri Aankhein bhool bhulaiya, uncha lamba kad, singh is king, jaane kya chahe mann baawra etc ruled the music chart in last one and two years. Apart from them other emerging music composers are, Monty sharma, Sukhvindar singh etc.

Increasing number of music reality shows has given rise to many new talents.  Most of these talents belong to sub urban and rural areas. New talents are emerging every day in all aspects of entertainment.


Even in singing arena, several singers have created great impact amongst music lovers. Alisha chinai was one of the most famous pop singers in early 90s. After a prolonged hibernation, she made a strong comeback with “Ajnabi haan ajnabi” and thereafter stupendous hit song “Kajra re”. K K is another popular singer for songs like, “zindagi ne”, “Hai tujhe bhi ijazat” etc. Kailash Kher is another hugely liked singer his sufiana soul stirring songs like, “Babam bam ba bam”, Teri Deewani, Saiyyan, Tere Naina, Chak De etc. Music of current era is not only entertaining, but also very catchy and trendy. Youths of today find the reflections of their hearts, minds and thoughts in modern songs. 

The latest trend in Indian music world is merger of Sufism with Western beats and also folk with pop. One close look at most popular songs of today, one can find this contemporary trend which has managed to mesmerize music lovers all across India. This trend also involves heavy usage of digital technologies. Using these technologies has literally revolutionized Indian music scenario. The line between melodious, sweet and bitter is fast disappearing. Today, lyrics and music are equally important in the creation of a song. Different genres of music have different preferences. Sufiana songs have meaningful lyrics whereas indi-pop relies more on fast beats and musical effects.  


Recent popular Sufi songs are; Teri Yaad, Teri Deewani, Jhoomo Re, O Re Piya, Bulla di jana main kaun etc. other contemporary hits have mostly come from Himesh Reshammiya, Vishal- Shekhar and Shankar- Ehsaan- Loy. Himesh Reshamiya has enjoyed great run of popularity with his nasal twang and melodious musical compositions. His hit list includes Aap ka Suroor, Namaste London, Apne, Red, Fool n Final, Good Boy Bad Boy, Shaka Laka Boom Boom, Aksar, Tom Dick and Harry etc. the troika of Shankar- Ehsaan- Loy has churned out one hit after another. Post dil chahta hai era, they have gives Kal Ho Na Ho, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Don, Taare Zameen Pe to name a few. They have already been termed youth icon. Post famous ‘Allah ke Bande’, Vishal- Shekhar never looked back with their recent big hit Om Shanti Om breaking many records in the way.