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ART & CULTURE

 |  13-minute read
Playback Singing, Hindi film music, Vicarious songs, Bollywoodsongs

How vicarious songs came to the aid of bashful actors in Hindi films

How should the budding romance between the protagonists be depicted on screen, when the script forbids them from directly doing so? Enter buskers and vicarious music to aid.

ART & CULTURE

 |  10-minute read
Hindi film music, Bollywood Music, Lata Mangeshkar, Ushamangeshkar

Usha Mangeshkar: The voice of goddess and poor man's Lata

Usha Mangeshkar, who turns 85 on December 15, will always remain the irreplaceable voice of Goddess Santoshi Maa. Her voice works for large religious gatherings, demanding attention from all devotees.

ART & CULTURE

 |  11-minute read
Playback Singing, Classical Music, Hindi film music, Mannadey

Remembering Manna Dey: The classical titan who deserved better

Manna Dey was too good for his own good. On his seventh death anniversary, here is a tribute to the immense talent and humility of the singing giant.

ART & CULTURE

 |  16-minute read
Censor Board, Deleted songs, Hindi film music, Bollywoodmusic

Bollywood movies, Censor Board, and the curious case of deleted songs

Heard melodies are sweet, those unheard are sweeter. But those that are unseen are a matter of regret.

ART & CULTURE

 |  6-minute read
Advertisements, Hindi film music, Playback Singing, Jingles

How Rafi, Asha and other playback singers of 50s and 60s sang jingles too

The nostalgic era of a fascinating slice of music and advertising history when many of our classic playback singers lent their voice to advertisement jingles.

ART & CULTURE

 |  4-minute read
Bollywood, Hindi, Songs, Hindi film music

It's heartbreaking that we don't honour Bollywood music enough

The film industry has made India proud.

ART & CULTURE

 |  6-minute read
Hindi film music, Gurugram, Gurgaon

The menacing quietness of Gurgaon

Shanker Raman’s film – about a family turning against each other – is an unusual, often mesmerising blend of narrative and anti-narrative.

VOICES

 |  4-minute read
Hindi film music, Kishore Kumar

Why Kishore Kumar's voice will forever echo in our hearts

He was indeed a chosen one of the gods.

ART & CULTURE

 |  6-minute read
India-Pak, Hindi film music, Pakistan

From Pink to Bin Roye, why India, Pakistan can't Partition Hindi film music

What is not well known is that Indian singers have also been hopping across the border to record in Lollywood.