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Thumak ThumakFilm: Ek Ke Baad Ek

Sung by SANJEEV RAMABHADRAN

Composer S.D. Burman nearly always got the best renditions out of his singers at various points in their careers. He and playback singer Mohammed Rafi collaborated on many musical masterpieces of the Hindi Film Industry during the 1950s and 1960s, particularly the films of never-say-die actor Dev Anand. The soundtrack of the film “Ek Ke Baad Ek”, while fully representative of the artistes’ respective styles, is not nearly as well-remembered today as some of their other hits.

 

Thandi Thandi Saawan Ki PhuhaarFilm: Jaagte Raho

Sung by ARMEEN RAMABHADRAN

“Jaagte Raho” is easily of one of the most colorful and best-loved soundtracks to come out of R.K. Studios. While the Shankar-Jaikishan duo was surely the mainstay for R.K., the task of scoring the music for this award-winning film was given to the innovative Salil Choudhury.

 

Husn Bhi Hai Udaas UdaasFilm: Fareb

Sung by SANJEEV RAMABHADRAN

The late Kishore Kumar has long been celebrated throughout the Hindi film music world as a multifaceted genius with superb comic and musical talents. So many listeners know and love the robust-voiced Kishore who could deliver many moods from the melancholy to the romantic to the outright raucous.

 

Tum Kya JaanoFilm: Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo

Sung by ARMEEN RAMABHADRAN

The film “Shin Shinaki Boobla Boo” is likely best remembered as another shining example of one of Hindi Film Music’s most memorable creative synergies, that of Lata Mangeshkar and music director C. Ramchandra. Unlike some of his contemporaries, C. Ramchandra was largely against having Lata sing at very high pitches for sustained periods of time, and chose his song scales accordingly. This insight enabled him to fully exploit the warmth of Lata’s lower vocal register, and many of his songs in Lata’s voice thus carry a special sweetness that entirely faded away in the decades to follow.