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ART & CULTURE

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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

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Mohammed rafi, Playback Singing, Bollywood Music, Mahendrakapoor

Mahendra Kapoor: The playback singer who did not need a sound system

January 9, 2021 marks the 86th birth anniversary of the singer who owned the bastion of patriotic and religious songs in Bollywood

ART & CULTURE

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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

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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

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Lata Mangeshkar, Bollywood, Playback Singing, Mohammedrafi

Remembering Mohammed Rafi: The jewel of Indian music

Mohammed Rafi, who passed away on this day 40 years ago, does not deserve Bharat Ratna; the Bharat Ratna deserves him.

ART & CULTURE

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Playback Singing, RD Burman, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle: The bad girl of playback singing

With 11,000 and counting solo, duet and chorus-backed songs in over twenty Indian languages since 1947, octogenarian Asha tai shows no signs of stopping.