The Magic Of Music

A slow-moving melody – Innum Konjam Neram in the seductive voice of Shweta Mohan with Bennet’s band (Thanks to Vijaya Kannan for drawing me to it):

 

And here’s the original:

 

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Keshavlal, The Amazing Street Singer From Gujarat

Keshav

First, a few songs from the golden era of Hindi film music, played by him on harmonium – these are songs when played on Vividhbharati, we stayed away from our classes just to listen in:

Itna na mujh se tu bada…from film Chayya (1961)

https://youtu.be/_d7Y7WyfV98 (4.23 mins)

Hai apna dil to awara…from film Solva Saal (1958)

https://youtu.be/Cp1PTPDHSu0 (6.47 mins)

Jawaniya ye mast mast bin piye from film Tum Sa Nahin Dekha (1957)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd8mhJ61PLY  (2,49 mins)

There are many more of his out on YouTube.

This old man, Keshavlal Mulchand of Kadi Mehsana, once part of orchestra’s of renowned personalities like Shantaram and Hemant Kumar, is in the worst phase of his life, still singing on the streets! This 70+ man for good part of his life ended up living on foot-paths with his wife Soni Bai. Fortunately he has received recently some help including a roof over his head in Pune.

Here in this much-acclaimed documentary he talks about his life – hear about his marital bliss too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw_UQeXI6Ew (13.17 mins).

For your listening pleasure, here are the original tracks:

Itna na mujh se tu bada…from film Chayya (1961)

https://youtu.be/ClAXd0itpsA (7.38 mins)

Actors: Asha Parekh and Sunil Dutt. Someone observed: ‘May be copied from Mozart Symphony # +40, but the music by late Salil Choudhury has blended it with the Indian melody with unique rendition and intricate rhythm based on Indian Classic and demand of the mass. Hence, successful presentation besides wonderful voice of Lata ji and Talat ji.’

Hai apna dil to awara…from film Solva Saal (1958)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K8TH8LBs-w (4.1 mins)

Actors: Absolutely adorable Waheeda Rahman with the heart-throb Dev Anand. Music by S. D. Burman, sung by Hemant Kumar.

Jawaniya ye mast mast bin piye from film Tum Sa Nahin Dekha (1957)

https://youtu.be/aR6jo2ZdIW4  (3.42 mins)

Actors: Shammi Kapoor. Music by the inimitable O. P Nayyar, sung by Rafi sahib.

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Sources: Various contributors on YouTube and the image from India TV News Desk.

The Magic Of Music

Am not an avid follower of Tamizh film music (for that matter, any film music) – a very far cry from the days we bunked classes to listen to Shankar Jaikishen and Vishwanathan-Rammoorthy (and their contemporaries)!. However, these days I do turn on the music channel to relieve the boredom of morning workout. Most of the fare dished out don’t appeal, quantity pushing out quality. The visuals – flinging of limbs not knowing what do with them, contortion of torsos, inelegant dresses – are not engaging, to be kind.

But now and then there comes a piece that makes you sit up. So is this one, quite hum-ably melodious (not the foot-tapping kind); the picturization is pleasing, seductive without being obscene, set in a quaint rural house, the rustic couple, appearing to be newly-wed, teasing each other in a prelude to intimacy, I’m guessing; some words are charming – the dialect spoken is new to me.

Shankar Mahadevan and Shashaa Tirupati with her mesmerizing lilt are absolute magic, their joy infectitious. You have to hear them out to see how they flex their vocal chords so easily without a pause, evoking the imagery of a potter playing with his clay, a painter with his brush or a smith bending iron.

The song ‘Karuva Karuva Payale’ from Karuppan is set to music by D. Imman and lyrics by Yugabharathi.

Watch the studio recording first:

Shashaa, I learn, is settled in Canada with roots in Kashmir, a versatile artist, not exactly new to Indian film world.

The song follows:

The artists living it out so well on the screen are Vijay Sethupathy and Tanya Ravichandran.

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