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Legendary Singer Lata Mangeshkar Remembers Shankar Jaikishan

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar remembers her favourite composers duo Shankar Jaikishan in her newly released calendar:

Actor Biswajeet talks about the music composer duo Shankar Jaikishan

Bollywood actor of 60′s/70′s, Biswajeet Chaterjee talks about the music composer duo Shankar Jaikishan. In his talk he praises about the uniqueness and greatness of the duo. He points that the music of Shankar Jaikishan is as much popular in western countries as in India.

Ilaiyaraaja Paying Tribute to Shankar Jaikishan

Maestro Ilaiyaraaja paying his tribute to master composer duo Shankar Jaikishan on their songs composed for Pining situations of love. The song is: “Yeh Shaam Ki Tanhaiyan” from the movie “Aah”. One of the beautiful solos ever sung by Lata Mangeshkar.

Shankar Jaikishan in a score of O P Nayyar

Written by Qamar Jalalabadi, this funny song from Basant (1960) composed by O.P.Nayyar contains the names of 4 music directors as well as the names of Rafi and Asha who have sung the song.

In fact, the great composer OPN paid tribute to SJ in a live TV program. He said Lata never sang for him but he was facinated by one song of SJ that Lata sang. Check this out:

(Source: Dr. Chander Mehta during his discussion at SJ Yahoo Group)

Jaikishan statue unveiled at his birthplace Vansada

As a mark of respect, people of Gujarat led by Swami Sachidananda, SJ biography writer Dr. Padmanabh Joshi and Maharaja of Vansada have installed a statue of Jaikishan at his birthplace Vansada in Gujarat. The legendary composer Anandji (of Kalyanji-Anandji duo) was also present on the occasion along with his wife. The SJ fans including Sandeep Apte were also present.

Details can found at the blog

You can also find an article on Jaikishan (in Hindi) at

India’s Oscar entry for music opens up questions

As an Indian, everybody is proud of A. R. Rahman for Oscar, and he deserves it considering his contribution to the present world of music. However, this legacy is no way comparable to the Golden Era of Hindi Film music. Well, read what sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan says about it.

Helen dancing with music

The popular dancer and actor Helen has many scores from many music composers. However, she looks out-of-the world with Shankar-Jaikishan magic. You can get a few compositions at the web page of a reviewer:

Jaikishan – The Eternal Prince of Hindi Film Music

She is Jaikishan’s darling daughter! Although she lost her beloved dad at an early age, Bhairavi Jaikishan reconstructs her image of him in this ‘straight from the heart’ conversation with Sandeep Apte. Bhairavi has NEVER spoken about her father before!

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Question of Proponent of Westernised Music

When we discuss about the music composers of India, we inadvertently wonder about the real proponent of western music in India. The number one question would be why! Can we not discuss the composer in terms of his or her creativity and versatility. By the way, exploring western music would be the first task of western composers and NOT of Indian composers. Rather, we should ask who of all Indian composers has contributed in terms of confluence of Indian and western music, and has experimented in such experimentation.

If we go back to Indian music history, we would come across two composers Shankar Jaikishan and C Ramachandra had experimented and successfully blended Western music into Indian musical sect. Shankar’s Ajeeb Dastan (from Dil Apana Aur Preet Parayi) and Dilruba … (Rajkumar) emphatically and successfully achieved it in totality before anybody could even attempt. Of course in later years, R D Burman and Bapi Lahiri used western music and popular tunes significantly in 70′s.


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