Remembering Kishoreda : A Legend

He was one of the most versatile and talented singers born in India.Inspite of not having any formal training in classical music he was very successful in the Indian Film Industry because of his voice and the ability to alter it according to the actor he was singing for.He was also one of those few singers who was adept at yodeling which he practised by listening to some records of Jimmie Rodgers.

His first song was “Marne Ki Duayen Kyun Mangun” for the film “Ziddi“. He also acted in some films the well known ones being ” Chalti ka naam Gaadi“, “Half Ticket“, ” Padosan“. He was the youngest of four siblings one of the being Ashok Kumar who was a well known actor.Music director S.D. Burman is credited with spotting Kishore Kumar’s talent as a singer. Some of their initial songs were ” Mana Janaab Ne Pukara Nahi” from “Paying Guest“, “Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Si” from ” Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi“. The renowned singer Asha Bhosle has sung many duets with him.They include “Chod Do Anchal” from “Paying Guest“, “Ankhon Mein Kya Ji” from “Nau Do Gyarah“, “Haal Kaisa Hai Janaab Ka” and “Panch Rupaiya Baarah Aana” from “Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi“.

Kishore Kumar has sung for all leading actors in the 70s and 80s including Dev Anand,Sanjeev KumarRajesh Khanna,Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra,Jeetendra,Shashi Kapoor,Rishi Kapoor,Mithun Chakraborty,Sanjay Dutt,Sunny Deol,Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff.

The Music Directors Kishore Kumar has worked with are ” S.D.Burman“,”R.D. Burman“, “C. Ramchandra“, “Shankar Jaikishen“, “Laxmikant-Pyarelal“,”Rajesh Roshan“,”Sapan Chakravarty” ,”Bappi Lahiri” and “Ravindra Jain.He has sung any many Indian Languages : Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Gujurati, Kannada,Assamese,Malayalam and Oriya.

Sadly he left this world all too soon at the age of 58.He is survived by 2 sons Amit Kumar and Sumit Kumar.It is not everyday that a singer like him is born.His songs will always remain in our heart.

Some of my favourites include:

 

Song

Film

1

Phoolon Ke Rang Se

Prem Pujari

2

Aa Chal Ke Tujhe

Door Gagan Ki Chaon Mein

3

Mere Sapne Wali

Padosan

4

Ek Chatur Naar

Padosan

5

Ghunghroo Ki Tarah

Chor Machaye Shor

6

Mere Naina

Mehbooba

7

Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas

Blackmail

8

Chookar Mere Man Ko

Yaarana

 

Tere Jaisa Yaar Kahan

Yaarana

9

Khaike Paan Benaraswala

Don

10

Meri Bheegi Bheegi Si

Aanamika

11

Zindagi Ka Safar

Safar

12

Tum Aagaye Ho

Aandhi

13

Mera Jeevan Kora Kaagaz

Kora Kaagaz

14

Ruk Jaana Nahi

Imtihaan

15

Bhool Gaya Sab Kuch

Julie

16

Chingari Koi Bhadke

Amar Prem

17

Mere Sapnon Ki Rani

Aaradhana

18

Tere Mere Milan Ki Yeh Raina

Abhimaan

19

Geet Gata Hoon Main

Lal Pathar

20

Koi Hota Jisko Apna

Mere Apne

21

Gata Rahe Mera Dil

Guide

22

Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi

Mr. X In Bombay

23

Yeh Shaam Mastani

Kati Patang

24

O Hansini

Zehreela Insaan

25

Chalte Chalte Mere Yeh Geet

Chalte Chalte

26

Rimjhim Gire Saawan

Manzil

27

Ek Ajnabi Haseena Se

Ajnabee

28

Aanewala Pal

Golmaal

29

Nadiya Se Dariya

Namak Haraam

30

O Mere Dil Ke Chain

Mere Jeevan Sathi

31

Chala Jaata Hoon

Mere Jeevan Sathi

32

Deewana Leke Aaya hai

Mere Jeevan Sathi

33

Ina Mina Dika

Asha

34

Yeh Dil Na Hota Bechara

Jewel Thief

35

Mana Janab Ne

Paying Guest

36

Aapki Ankhon Mein Kuch

Ghar

37

Yeh Raatein Yeh Mausam

Dilli Ka Thug

38

Who Shaam Kuch Ajeeb Thi

Khamoshi

39

Dekha Ek khwab To

Silsila

40

Neele Neele Ambar Par

Kalakaar

41

O Saathi Re

Muqaddar Ka Sikandar

42

Tum Bin Jaoon Kahan

Pyar Ka Mausam

43

Khilte Hain Gul Yahan

Sharmilee

44

Hum Bewafa

Shalimar

45

Kitne Bhi Tu Karle Sitam

Sanam Teri Kasam

46

Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka

Aa Gale Lag Jaa

47

Jeevan Ke Din Chote Sahi

Bade Dilwale

48

Phoolon Ka Taaron Ka

Hare Rama Hare Krishna

49

Koi Humdum Na Raha

Jhumroo

50

Kiska Rasta Dekhe

Joshila

51

Jahan Teri Yeh Nazar Hai

Kaalia

52

Tum Saath Ho Jab Apne

Kaalia

53

Humein Tumse Pyar Kitna

Kudrat

54

Aapke Kamre Mein

Yaadon Ki Baarat

55

Lekar Hum

Yaadon Ki Baarat

56

Om Shanti Om

Karz

57

Manzilein Apni Jagah Hain

Sharabi

58

Humein Aur Jeene Ki

Agar Tum Na Hote

59

Yeh Duniyawale Poochenge

Mahal

60

Kya Mausam Hai

Doosra Aadmi

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Gudi Padwa or Ugadi

Ugadi or Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of New Year in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and parts of Karnataka.This festival is known as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra and Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.Gudi Padwa/Ugadi is considered one of the four most auspicious days in the year when people start new ventures.

A Gudi (banner) with a swastika -marked metal pot and silk cloth is raised to announce victory and joy. In Maharashtra, it is reminiscent of the valiant Marathas returning home from their successful expeditions of war.

People prepare for the New Year by cleaning and washing their houses and buying new clothes. On the festival day they decorate their houses with mango leaves and ‘rangoli’ designs, and pray for a prosperous new year, and visit the temples to listen to the yearly calendar ‘Panchangasravanam’ as priests make predictions for the coming year.

Traditionally bitter leaves of the neem tree with jaggery were given as Prasad of Ugadi/Gudi Padwa.It is considered an auspicious occasion to buy ornaments, house and other new things.

The festival is celebrated when the heat of sun begins intensifying and the time of harvesting the crop has come. The fragrance of ripening Mangoes, Jackfruit and other seasonal fruits fill the air with sweet smell and are ready to be sold to the marketplaces.

Gudi Padwa/Ugadi, is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month of Chaitra shukla Padyami, which corresponds to end of March or beginning of April according to the Gregorian calendar. This festival marks the beginning of ‘Vasant’ or spring.

Indian society is largely dependendent on agriculture and celebrations and festivals are often linked with changing seasons and to the sowing and reaping of crops. The word ‘Padwa‘ is a Sanskrit word for crop, which literally means ‘Pradurbhu.’ This day also marks the end of one harvest and the beginning of a new one, which for an agricultural community would signify the beginning of a New Year. Gudi Padwa is celebrated at the end of the Rabi season.

 

The Setting Sun

As the sun sets the sky looks amazing.Pink,purple,orange and a little grey tinge.It is beautiful and it makes me want to stop the sun from setting completely because then darkness covers the sky.

I saw the evening
Fading shadows one by one
We watch the lamb, lay down to the sacrifice
I saw the children
The children of the sun
How they wept, how they bled, how they died

Do you ever ask yourself
Is there a Heaven in the sky
Why can’t we stop the fight

’cause we all live under the same sun
We all walk under the same moon
Then why, why can’t we live as one

Scorpions : : Under The Same Sun

India revisited

Ganpatipule Temple (Maharashtra)

M.T.D.C Resort(Ganpatipule)

Bombay (Mumbai)

Mount Mary Church (Bandra)

Margueritas at Pop Tates

Victoria Terminus (CST)

Pride Of Mumbai The Taj Mahal Hotel

Moms and Maids…a typical Indian Household :)

It is morning a little after 9 am and as always Mother is in the kitchen busy preparing breakfast for us.In all households or i must say most households the scenario is the same.There is a clock on the wall and Mom keeps checking the time.As the clock keeps ticking She starts hurrying.It is almost time for the maid to arrive and the kitchen has to be free so she can do her work.Well, it isnt much she has to do but still she is the “Guest of Honour” every morning.She is actually not very punctual and there are days when she doesnt bother to come that too without leaving a word the previous day! Her daily work schedule involves sweeping the floor and then mopping it leaving water all around making things messier than before.The corners are left untouched and the furniture is hardly moved,yet she is indispensable.A day without her is like a great loss.She is pampered by my Mother who always gives her food that is whatever we are having on that particular day.It may sound like no big deal but on days when she doesnt turn up we end up with excess food.Its always good to feed someone in need no doubt but i wonder whether our maid deserves such attention.

In a workplace we all have to perform if we need that much needed “Paycheck“.A few days non performance will end up landing us the most dreaded “Pink Slip“. But in our maid’s case she somehow need not fear all this.She gets her payment on time without fail.She can skip work and not get penalised,bonus is guaranteed,regular increase in pay happens especially if she threatens to leave! I know it is back breaking work and u donot get to sit in an easy chair with the air conditioner on.But maids are capable of causing chaos in households if they are absent even for a day.

She is ever ready with gossip about neighbours,gets into fight in case we replace her services with another maid.She sometimes asks for an advance on her salary and we end up adjusting it each month which can mess with the accounts.In earlier days she demanded new clothes on Diwali(an auspicious festival known as festival of lights) but these days she is more fashionable than the women she works for.We can never think of giving her old clothes which may actually be in good condition.If u happen to see her outside you may perhaps not recognise her at all ;).Some maids these days refuse to accept food as they feel it below their dignity to carry the food packets.

When i was a child we had a maid who was so loving and took care of me when Mom was busy in household work.This was not part of her job but she did so out of love and care and gratitude towards our family.We could trust her with the kids or valuables but these days such maids are rare.Everything is weighed in money.It is a give and take that is each thing she does amounts to a certain sum of money.Though money may help you get a maid,you might as well have a robot who would atleast be a little more dependable!!!

Oh,it is late and the maid has not yet come.Is she not going to come today??Mother is fretting and peeping out of the window hoping to see her walk in.Some things never change and somehow i prefer these little things remain the same 🙂

Back Home

After a week long vacation in Italy its good to be back.Had a great time there and as planned i managed to click some pics which i will publish soon(not sure how good or bad).Felt like i was back in India with all its chaos,ancient structures,crowded streets,narrow lanes,not so polite people but still a sense of belonging.Dint actually feel like a stranger because that is how those places welcome you.They take u in and accept you as a part of their flock.We managed to get lost in the confusing nameless streets of Venice and it was fun.The weather was good actually humid some days but nice and clear.To sum it all up a well spent vacation….