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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Some new(-ish) Bollywood Songs -and im now finally seeing the videos

Of all of these clips, ive only seen the complete film of "Dev D" - and that was a great film... looking forward to seeing the rest of them... also, i dont know if the Lehmber / Pooja Duet is from an actual movie -probably not... i think its just a cool video

and hey, .has anyone noticed how rough and raw some of these new films are? i swear, kids these days.... lol

( PS: please leave me a comment if any of these clips disappear from youtube and the link goes dead.. happens alot unfortunately.. )

Hadippa The Remix" - DIL BOLE HADIPPA

Kaminey - Dhan Te Nan .. the song with those lyrics that everyone is arguing about.. ; )

Love Mera Hit Actual Song in High Definition (Shah Rukh Khan & Deepika Padukone)

Lehmber Hussainpuri ft Miss Pooja- Mera Mahi Tu Pateya

Dev D - O Pardesi

Oye Lucky Lucky Oye (2008)

Monday, September 28, 2009

If Music Could Talk - Sep 27, 2009 - Birthday Tribute to Lata Mangeshkar


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Happy 80th Birthday Lata Mangeshkar ! (Sep 28)

Tune in this evening to "If Music Could Talk" on 97.3FM for a special set of beautiful songs sung by Lata-ji from various film soundtracks.. (and thanks to Richard from Dances on the Footpath for reminding me!!)

" Bollywood wishes melody queen on 80th birthday (Sep 28 is Lata Mangeshkar's birthday)"

(Article source: IANS (Indian Asian News Service - also found here )

"Eight decades and 30,000 songs later her voice continues to inspire a nation. As Lata Mangeshkar turns 80 on Monday, Sep 28, everyone in Bollywood queued up to wish her.

The Bharat Ratna awardee, who has lent her voice to songs in over 20 Indian languages, is known for her quest for perfection and undying spirit.

From light classical music to film songs and from ghazals to bhajans and pop, she has sung a variety of numbers. Having worked with almost all top music composers and singers in the industry, Lata has also featured in the Guinness Book of Records from 1974 to 1991 for having made the most recordings in the world.

IANS spoke to members of Bollywood, who wished the queen of melody and prayed for her long and healthy life.

Yash Chopra: On the occasion of her 80th birthday, I would like to wish Lataji, who has had a long-lasting relationship with Yash Raj Films, happiness, happiness and more happiness with a sincere prayer that she remain forever young.

Karisma Kapoor: I would like to wish Lataji a very happy birthday. The songs that she has sung for my grandfather don't need any explanations. I just want to ask her: how does she still sing so melodiously even at this age?

Prasoon Joshi: My best wishes to Lataji on her birthday. I feel so fortunate that my entry in Bollywood was marked by a song sung by her. I wrote my first song for her, which was the title track of 'Lajja'. It was totally a dream come true. Then my luck again favoured me when I wrote 'Luka chhupi' for her in the film 'Rang De Basanti'. I feel extremely humbled to write songs for someone as great as her.

Kunal Kohli: What can one say about a living legend like Lataji and who am I to say something? I don't think a word has been created to describe her and her contribution to Hindi film music. My best wishes to her for a long and healthy life.

Mohit Chauhan: I give my heartiest congratulations to the melody queen. I wish more and more years added to her life. Since childhood I have been listening to her songs and she is still my favourite singer.

Sunidhi Chauhan: Words can't express what I feel about her. I only wish that she lives for ever and ever.

Kailash Kher: She is a goddess in human form. Whatever she has achieved till now and the way she sings even till today is just miraculous. A normal person can't do that. I won't call her just a singer; she is music to me. She is a blessing to the nation and all Indians should hope and pray for her long life and good health for many years to come. I wish her a long and healthy life.

Manoj Bajpayee: May she live and sing for another 1,000 years. I doubt we will ever have another Lataji. Her voice is a miracle of god. A very happy birthday to her.

Sukhwinder Singh: Lataji's is the voice of the millennium. She is truly an international artist and one of her own kind. For her birthday I just want to say that I hope she lives for 1,000 years.

Anand Raj Anand: A very happy birthday to a living legend - Lataji

There's also a wonderful new book about Lata Mangeshkar which is in essence, an Autobiography, that is set to be released this week which i discovered on this site Lata Mangeshkar...In Her Own Voice "Conversations with Nasreen Munni Kabir"...

And here's the website of Niyogi Books where you can order it!

here's a great bio page with some great info about Lata's early years..

click here for last year's birthday blog post-- featuring some great youtube clips!

here's one of my favorites from Satyam Shivam Sundaram, sung by Lata

Bahon Mein Chale Aao - film: Anamika


...and here's a charming and good humored classic from Chori Chori - Sawan Lakh Ki Lottery

(watch the complete film - Chori Chori - with subtitles - starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis - here )



Friday, September 25, 2009

Smita Patil honored in special tribute, Rekha releases book about the legendary actress - written by Ms. Lalita Tamhane

From an article in Mid Day magazine- 09-24-09 ..

"Prateik Babbar (the late actress' son) will attend the documentary screening on his mom Smita Patil at the Dinanath Mangeshkar hall today. The event will pay a tribute to the late actress, and feature prominent filmmakers expressing their views on her work".

Prateik Babbar (Smita Patil's son - who bears a striking resemblance to his mother)

"Prateik will also be speaking at the event. Prateik is immensely proud of his mom's body of work and was involved behind the scenes in the creating of the show. Says a source close to the actor, "He is an introvert and hates talking in public events. He gets stage jitters, but this will be different. He is planning to talk about the influence of his mom on him."

The event will begin with a commentary and a slide show of images and stills from the actress' movies. Sachin Khedekar and Sonali Kulkarni will participate in the commentary. Then there will also be a section on her regional Marathi movies and songs. Prateik, who watched the rehearsals of the show, got extremely emotional while watching images of his mom on screen.

Prateik says, "I feel very overwhelmed. I just want to know as much as I can about her, as I really never knew her. It's an extremely emotional moment for me."

Big scale
The event will be interspersed with comments and discussion of Smita's movies with the audience. This is the first time a tribute has been organised on such a big scale. Talking about it, Smita's sister Manya says, "It's a multi media event which has rare clips and images from her movies. There will also be a group of singers who will cover some of her popular Marathi songs." Earlier in the week, a book on Smita's films was launched by actress Rekha."

see video clip of the event HERE

Rekha and Smita Patel were close friends, and Rekha actually presented the Filmfare Award for Best Actress to Smita Patil in 1981 for the film Chakra.

Below - a very young Smita Patil...

After I posted this article from Mid-Day, I read here that a new book has indeed been published about Smita Patil written by journalist Ms. Lalita Tamhane .. and released by the legendary actress, Rekha, at this event (thanks to MPS for the correction: "The book on Smita Patil is not written by Rekha, but by the film Journalist Ms. Lalita Tamhae. This is the 2nd and more detailed edition of the book. It was released by Rekha. There is NO documentary on Smita Patil, but a multimedia presentation broadly tracing her life, esp her professional life via film clips, songs and a live narration by Ms. Sonali Kulkarni and Sachin Khedekar." )

Now, of course, I must find a copy of this book for myself! Im so glad that Smita Patil is being remembered and that her important legacy is being carried on.

* I also truly hope that the party who owns the footage of the interview with Smita Patil from Indian television from 1985 will someday make it available legitimately.. And really.. why dont they make a movie about her? She deserves a full length documentary!


More info soon

Read a tribute to her written in 2005 just after her 50th birthday

Vintage Indian Advertisements featuring Bollywood stars

as mentioned yesterday when i blogged about SRK and other modern bollywood stars endorsing random products, this is nothing new.. Bollywood stars have been appearing in advertisements for ages... i found an awesome blog site that some great VINTAGE ads from India... and lots more.. check it out!!!!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Shahrukh Khan's many commercial endorsements...

I love seeing bollywood stars in advertisements ... it's a tradition that goes back as far as the "bollywood" film industry itself.... i'll probably upload some classic 70s endorsements later on (Zeenat, Rekha, Amitabh, etc) and there are lots from the 60s that i'm still collecting in a folder... it's just an interesting sideline from the films themselves... the stars faces pop up everywhere - (much as our stars do here, busses, billboards, soft drinks, etc) its just sort of curious to see how many different companies want Shahrukh Khan to be the face of their product... He's doing endorsements for watches, cell phones, soap, pens, printer cartridges, pepsi (campaign called Pepsi Youngistaan) , pomade, hair tonic, you name it...

I could probably do another whole posting for Aishwarya... And then there's Priyanka (also endorsing Tag Heuer watches above) , Bipasha, John Abraham, and Actress Deepika Padukone (also part of the Pepsi Youngistaan campaign)

here's a lovely wallpaper of the stunningly gorgeous Deepika Padukone (who co-starred with SRK in O.S.O.):

Monday, September 21, 2009

If Music Could Talk - Sep 20, 2009

If Music Could Talk - Sep 20 2009 - groovy sounds from Indonesia, and a cool dance mix with some chilled out intervals


oh, and check out this Buraka Som Sistema video i you havent already...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

If Music Could Talk - Sep 13, 2009


Back from an inspiring, culturally charged trip to New York with lots of vibes and positive energy to channel through your speakers... boogie down y'all...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bollywood Night - SEPTEMBER 12 2009!!!

this month's flyer courtesy of Chris Flynn

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

If Music Could Talk - Special Guest host: Mr. Felty

A Musical Trip with Mr. Felty on If Music Could Talk

thanks again to Mr felty for an excellent show while I was in NY.

Dance Party with DJ Carlito at Baliceaux

If you havent checked out Balliceaux yet, this is a good reason to! Im Djing there on the 17th, and my aim is to get people dancing after they sample the delightful menu at this gorgeous new restaurant.

{{ flyer courtesy of C. Bopst }}

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