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Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« on: September 20, 2020, 11:18:33 PM »
The other day while I was working I listened to Asha Bhosle's 2014 Live In Holland album with the Metropole Orkest - I'd never knowingly heard anything by her before - and I bloody loved it. The big, melodramatic, almost Spaghetti Western-like arrangements are very much up my street, but her voice is fucking gorgeous as well.

I mean, Mera Pyar Shalimar - how is that even possible? And she was EIGHTY ONE when that was recorded.

Anyway, it's got me thinking that I really know absolutely nothing about Indian soundtrack/playback type music (and I realise there's a LOT out there, I'm not suggesting it's one homogenous style) - can anyone more knowledgeable than me (not difficult) chuck out any recommendations?

I know of Hemanta Mukherjee (or Hemant Kumar as he's sometimes called) being a very prolific and well-loved composer, but other than that my knowledge of Bollywood is basically limited to the snippets of Channel Zee I used to see when I was visiting one of my aunties at a nursing home in Southall.

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Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2020, 12:05:06 AM »
I like Ilaiyaraaja

and Rahul Dev Burman

(both compilations are great)

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Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2020, 01:45:10 AM »
My favourite Bollywood tracks both from Shalimar OST (1978)



If you don't love these then you are a racist Dalek.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFFpGyW8UN0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me1v1PKqydk

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Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2020, 01:49:29 AM »
I like Ilaiyaraaja

and Rahul Dev Burman

(both compilations are great)

Thanks for the tips. Must check these out espesh the electronic one.

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Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2020, 06:46:05 AM »
my knowledge of Bollywood is basically limited to the snippets of Channel Zee I used to see when I was visiting one of my aunties at a nursing home in Southall.

I doubt I can add much to that as that's the sort of stuff I like, but I'll chuck in some of my favourites.

Jatin-Lalit's scores for DDLJ and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai are brilliant. Lush string arrangements and choral backing with beautiful reverb-soaked vocals. DDLJ has a bit of a spaghetti western vibe on the horns actually. The film is also utterly fucking magical.
Mere Khwabon Mein - Lata Mangeshkar (from DDLJ) - Lata Mangeshkar is generally great
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai - Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik

A.R. Rahman has done about a million soundtracks, some of which are decent. One track I love is from the Tamil film Roja:
Chinna Chinna Aasai [Tiny Tiny Dreams] - Minmini

And a couple of other Hindi tracks I like that are just daft fun:
Zoobie Doobie - Sonu Nigam & Shreya Ghosha (from 3 Idiots)
Aashiyan -  Shreya Ghoshal & Nikhil Paul (from Barfi)

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Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2020, 10:28:24 AM »
Love the Shalimar songs.

This might be the wildest most nonsensical thing I've ever seen. I don't know anything about it but I can pretty much guarantee it'll make you laugh:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnspfa8h5p0

Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2020, 10:29:27 PM »
Cheers all for the links! Potential second lockdown YouTube rabbit hole sorted for sure.

(both compilations are great)

Yes, will definitely check these out.

I doubt I can add much to that as that's the sort of stuff I like, but I'll chuck in some of my favourites.

Jatin-Lalit's scores for DDLJ and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai are brilliant. Lush string arrangements and choral backing with beautiful reverb-soaked vocals. DDLJ has a bit of a spaghetti western vibe on the horns actually. The film is also utterly fucking magical.
Mere Khwabon Mein - Lata Mangeshkar (from DDLJ) - Lata Mangeshkar is generally great
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai - Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik

Love these, thanks! And will look up Lata Mangeshkar (who according to one of the comments, was 66 when that clip was recorded... what is it with these Bollywood ladies and their evergreen larynxes?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnspfa8h5p0

Oh my god. The worst excesses of Eurovision have got nothing on this.

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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2020, 11:05:47 PM »

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Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2020, 11:35:30 PM »

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Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2020, 08:57:23 AM »
and don't forget Ananda:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b01QltUt-c

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« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2020, 09:20:00 AM »
I like Ilaiyaraaja

He's amazing. In the weird and wonderful compilations thread I posted about another collection of his work, Fire Star: Synth Pop & Electro-Funk from Tamil Films 1985-1989 (which is available to listen in full here), which I completely adore. It's quirky as hell, with infectious and alluring hooks coming out the wazoo. If I play it when I have friends over, everyone always focuses in on it and has to ask what we're listening to.

Pattu Engey in particular is mesmerising. The first time I heard it, when the vocal harmonies kick in about halfway through I could feel it climbing way up the list of my all-time favourite tunes.

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Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2020, 10:10:47 AM »
My favourite Bollywood tracks both from Shalimar OST (1978)



If you don't love these then you are a racist Dalek.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFFpGyW8UN0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me1v1PKqydk

Blimey; you mention Shalimar and then don't post this stone cold classic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf8pzwI2dm8

Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2020, 11:20:06 PM »
Fire Star: Synth Pop & Electro-Funk from Tamil Films 1985-1989 (which is available to listen in full here)

This is fab, thank you!

Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2020, 11:07:47 PM »
Know nothing about him, but I've just been sent a link to M. Ashraf - wow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1NScGlHZLo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkqt_4_C5Vc&list=RDgkqt_4_C5Vc&start_radio=1&t=8   

whole playlist there

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Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2020, 11:11:20 PM »
holy shit

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Re: Indian/Bollywood/playback music
« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2020, 10:43:05 PM »
Wow so great to see you guys like Illayaraja, I grew up with him as a Kid.

One of his fave scores of his for me as a kid growing up in India was from the film Anjali
https://youtu.be/NLFZYmtAzIw

He was so good with his use of Synths.

A.R Rahman had a huge music library and fame in India before he scored Slumdog Millionaire, and this is one of his first tracks that hooked me.

https://youtu.be/Urr36-p9e5s

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« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2020, 11:35:32 PM »
^ Thanks, these are both great!

The female vocal at the start of Kadhal Rojave was instantly familiar, but I've never seen the film - I feel pretty sure I've heard it before somewhere as an instrumental electric guitar cover, but no idea who it would have been.

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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2020, 06:02:30 PM »
He's amazing. In the weird and wonderful compilations thread I posted about another collection of his work, Fire Star: Synth Pop & Electro-Funk from Tamil Films 1985-1989 (which is available to listen in full here), which I completely adore. It's quirky as hell, with infectious and alluring hooks coming out the wazoo. If I play it when I have friends over, everyone always focuses in on it and has to ask what we're listening to.

Pattu Engey in particular is mesmerising. The first time I heard it, when the vocal harmonies kick in about halfway through I could feel it climbing way up the list of my all-time favourite tunes.

Another vote for this comp, it's incredible. And that Ilaiyaraaja track has lifted me out of a rubber fog of bedridden misery like nothing in the last two or four months of existence has done. A joy.

When I worked in China, I lived on campus and every morning at six a.m. Parvati Khan's Jimmi Jimmi Aaja Aaja would begin playing from the speakers set up around the grounds, and all the students would pile out of their dormitories to do their morning exercises. I'd sometimes sit in a little folding chair on the roof of my building and watch two hundred grumpy teenagers do half-arsed star jumps as this glittery Bollywood disco mix crackled out of the trees and lampposts all around. It was bizarre, and it happened every weekday morning for an entire year.

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