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Zindagi Ek Safar-Kishore Kumar- Documentary

Experience and discover the journey of Kishore Kumar in this classic rare documentary film called “Zindagi Ek Safar! Kishore Kumar” which chronicles the life and times of the evergreen playback singer, actor, lyricist, composer, producer, director, and scriptwriter on the special occasion of his 86th birth anniversary.Watch this documentary film for excerpts from his friends, family and stalwarts of the Hindi film industry to know more about the story of the irreplaceable and amicable talented star “Late Shri Kishore Da”!

Produced by Sambhu Munshi & Kartik Das

Directed By: Jyoti Prakash Roy

Born as Abhas Kumar Ganguly, Kishore Kumar was the youngest of the four siblings, the other three were Ashok (the eldest), Sati Devi, and Anoop. He started his career as a chorus playback singer in Bombay Talkies studio.

His singing talent was presented in songs written and composed by well-known names of Bollywood like R. D. Burman, S. D. Burman, Bappi Lahiri, Gulzar, Kalyanji Anandji, Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Anand Bakshi. The hit songs were picturized on superstars like Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jeetendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Dev Anand, Shashi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Vinod Khanna, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and many more!

Some of his famous songs include:

“Roop Tera Mastana” – Anand (1969) 
“Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera” – Amanush (1957)
“Khaike Pan Banaras Wala” – Don (1978)
“Pag Ghungroo Baandh” – Namak Halaal (1982)
“Agar Tum Na Hote” – Agar Tum Na Hote (1983)
“Saagar Kinaare” – Saagar (1985)
“Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana” – Andaz (1971)

His notable work as an actor include:
Mr X in Bombay
Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
Half Ticket
Padosan
Door Gagan Ki Chaoon mein
Dilli Ka Thug
Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi

Featured article from Bollywoodirect. 

Rahul Dev Burman and his unique composition techniques!

Rahul Dev Burman and his unique composition techniques!

written by Souranath Banerjee.

The King of the 70s, the super-talented composer, a passionate singer, an actor, son of renowned singer/composer Sachin Dev Burman – the legend – Mr. R.D.Burman (Rahul Dev Burman) popularly known as Pancham Da is the man who revolutionized Bollywood Music Industry!

rahul-dev-burmanHe composed musical scores for 331 films (including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Oriya and Marathi ) and four non-film albums; he was nominated 16 times for Filmfare awards and won thrice.

Not only did Rahul Dev Burman created new-age songs that has influences from Western, Latin, Oriental, and Arabic music,  his unique techniques  of composing music is legendary till date!

Here are some of his innovative and most unique music recording ideas that will remain with us forever:

1. In the song Chura Liya hai tumne from the film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) Rahul Dev Burman used the sound of a spoon hitting a glass as a prelude!

2. In O Manjhi Re from the film Khushboo (1975), Rahul Dev Burman used bottles filled with water at different levels and by blowing into them created a hollow sound that was used as the background music throughout the song!

3. Rahul Dev Burman blew into beer bottles to produce the opening beats of melodious Mehbooba Mehbooba song in the blockbuster film Sholay (1975)!

4. In Master Ji Ki Aa Gayee Chitthhi from film Kitaab (1977) Rahul Dev Burman brought some desks from a classroom in the recording studio and banged them to compose the rhythm of the song!

5. In Rajesh Khanna, Zeenat Aman starer film Ajanabee (1974) Rahul Dev Burman improvised all the train sounds and interludes himself in the famous song Hum Dono Do Premi.

6. The mouth-organ played by Dev Anand in the famous song Hai Apna Dil To Awara from the film Solva Saal (1958) sung by Hemanta Mukherjee is actually played by Rahul Dev Burman himself.

7. Once Rahul Dev Burman made the singer Annette Pinto gargle to produce a unique type of background music while other times he created music by rubbing sand paper or hitting bamboo sticks together. 

Perhaps words like ‘legend’ and ‘genius’ were invented only to describe such personalities like Rahul Dev Burman.

And finally one of my all time favorite composition from the film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973) – the famous singing competition sequence with super-hit musical-numbers one after another!