Music is an integral part of the Indian film industry and possibly one of the most distinguishing factors that set it apart from world cinema. While our music continues to help people tap onto their emotions, there are several stories about these songs and their creators that will astonish you and some that will add on to the experience you get each time you tune into your favourite music.TRIVIA TUNES: Anu Malik’s unforgettable first meeting with J.P Dutta, the ‘real’ singers of the song Emosanal Attyachaar, and 8 other stories from the world of music
So, here’s us, at Bollywood Hungama, bringing to you some of the lesser-known facts of the world of music-
When Armaan Malik gave due credit to composers and lyricists and explained their value in creating a song
At the recent song launch of the Telugu-Hindi bilingual Major, Armaan Malik performed his song ‘Oh Isha’ from the film live on stage. After he sang both versions (co-singer Chinmayi S. was not around) under the supervision of composer Sricharan Pakala, Armaan made it a point to mention the composer’s and the lyricist’s importance. He stated that while singers always got high prominence, the composers and lyricists were the parents and lived with their creations while a singer associates only from the recording. He mentioned that the Hindi lyrics were by Poojan Kohli and the Telugu words by Rajiv Bhardwaj. It is heartening to see a young singer know where he is coming from.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan would mention the composer and lyricist of each song at his concerts
The late composer Aadesh Shrivastava also revealed that Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, in his concerts abroad, sang a lot of Indian film songs, but never forgot to mention the composer and lyricist of each. He said that even heavyweight Indian singers forget to mention them, “making someone else’s creations look like their own.”
When singer-composer C Ramachandra came at late composer Roshan’s doorstep well past midnight asking for help
Among old composers’ friendships, we have this amazing story once narrated by Ira Roshan, singer, composer and wife of the late composer Roshan. Recalling how their doorbell rang well past midnight, she said that they were astounded to see singer-composer C. Ramachandra at their door. Anna (as he was known) was perturbed as he had composed the mukhda for Rajendra Krishan’s lyrics, ‘Yeh zindagi ussi ki hai’ (Anarkali) but was unable to lock the antaras (inner verses). The song was to be recorded the next morning and he had come for help! “Roshan-saab took him to the music room, and over a bottle of whiskey, composed the antaras for him!” she revealed about this Lata Mangeshkar classic.
Anu Malik’s unforgettable first meeting with J.P Dutta
Anu Malik loves to talk about his first meeting with J.P. Dutta. He was not only excited but also impressed when the first sentence uttered by the director, who until then had only worked with Laxmikant-Pyarelal, was, “Play me tunes that you would be scared to present to other filmmakers!” It is such conviction that pays dividends, said Anu.
Here’s why Kishore Kumar and Leena Chandavarkar Ganguly’s first meeting before marriage never happened
Leena Chandavarkar Ganguly recalled how her first meeting with future husband Kishore Kumar did not happen. She had always been his fan and was excited when, in 1973, Laxmikant-Pyarelal called her to record the exclamation ‘Accha ji!’ (which came at regular intervals) for the Manchali hit, ‘Gham ka fasana’ with Kishore. Leena, however, got delayed at a shoot and Kishore left after recording the song and her parts were put in later. Leena then had to wait until she was his wife to sing ‘Kiss me’ with him for Bappi Lahiri in Lover Boy (1981), with Leena’s voice going on Meenakshi Seshadri!
Composer Abhishek Ray is a staunch conversationist and has dissociated himself from film music for the same
Barely anyone knows that composer Abhishek Ray, who scored the superb background music of Haasil and the beautiful ‘Raat mujhe yeh kehke chidaye’ (Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster) has converted a degraded and once-fertile land near the Corbett National Park into the now famous Sitabani Wildlife reserve, and looks after it. He has also been a government-approved tiger tracker from the age of 14 and calls himself a hardcore conservationist. He says, “Animals, perhaps, have a greater right to Earth than we do.” He has now dissociated himself from film music and makes singles with Gulzar, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal and others.
Did you know? Lyricist Qamar Jalalabadi known for ‘Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu’ was the first Hindu to adopt an Urdu pen-name
Lyricist Qamar Jalalabadi was the first Hindu to adopt an Urdu pen-name in an era when Muslims went in for Hindu names to achieve fame. Om Prakash Bhandari was his real name. The lyricist of songs like ‘Mera naam Chin Chin Chu’ (Howrah Bridge) even translated the Ramayan in Urdu once, but his brother burnt the copy! Their father founded the Congress in Amritsar and thanks to his pen-name, Qamar even got a marriage proposal once from an illustrious Muslim family of Bhopal!
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak composers Anand-Milind came from a musical family that stressed on academic education
Composers Anand-Milind, of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and Coolie No. 1 fame, were sons of the legendary music director Chitragupta. And the family laid great stress on academic education. Chitragupta was an M.A. and Milind is a double M.A. in Sociology and Psychology and had almost enrolled for a Doctorate when films happened, while Anand, a B.Sc. in Chemistry, has also done Business Management.
This information about the singers of Dev D’s ‘Emosanal Attyachar’ will leave you surprised
Those who love the song ‘Emosanal attyachaar’ from Dev D. know that the lyricist was Amitabh Bhattacharya and the composer was Amit Trivedi. But most do not know the identity of the two singers credited on the CD—Bandmasters Rangeela and Rasila. But Amitabh has revealed that it was he who was Rangeela and Amit Trivedi was Rasila!
When Suman Kalyanpur denied having a voice similar to that of Lata Mangeshkar
Much has been made of the Lata Mangeshkar and Suman Kalyanpur rivalry, with the allegation that Suman suffered because her voice sounded so much like Lata’s. But Suman herself denied any such thing and told me that they even sang the duet, ‘Kabhi aaj kabhi kal kabhi parson’ in Shart (1954) under Hemant Kumar. But I wonder why she did not remember their other duet, ‘Unse nazrein mili aur hijab aa gaya’ a decade later in Madan Mohan’s Gazal.
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