Tuesday, 30 August 2016


Born on 30th Aug 1950 to an Army officer in Dharwad in Karnataka,made her Debute in Man Ka Meet for Sunil Dutt, and it was his wife Nargis who groomed her to be an actress.

She was active from 1969 to 1979. She was cast opposite many of popular heroes of that era. She gave one of her best performances in Mehboob Ki Mehndi with Rajesh Khanna in 1971.
She had an arranged marriage to her first husband, Siddharth Bandodkar, who came from a prominent political family. He died from an accidental gunshot wound, a few days into the marriage, leaving Leena a widow at age 25.

 A few years later, she defied her father by marrying singing legend Kishore Kumar. Her father initially objected because Kumar had been married three times already, and was more than 20 years older than her, but he soon came around and welcomed Kumar into the family. She has a son with Kishore Kumar named Sumit Ganguly. Kishore died in 1987, leaving Leena once again a widow at age 37. She lives with her son Sumit, her step-son Amit, his wife, and with Amit's mother.
She acted against the legends like Dilip Kumar in Bairaag and Raj Kumar in Dil Ka Raja 1972
She appeared as a guest judge for the first 2 episodes of "K for Kishore", a reality TV singing show launched by Sony TV during December 2007.

Some of Leena's Hit Songs
Song from Mehboob Ki Mehandi

Song from Bairaag

Song from Manchali

Song from Mein Sunder Hoon

Song from Mein Sunder Hoon

Song from Bidai

Song from Hamjoli

First Song and Dance from Mam Ka Meet

Song from Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka


Shankardas Kesarilal (30 August 1921 – 14 December 1966), popularly known by his pen name Shailendra,He was born in Rawalpindi, and brought up in Mathura. He came in contact with Indra Bahadur Khare at the Kishori Raman School. Both started composing poems, sitting on the rock located on the bank of a pond near to Mathura Railway Station
In 1947 he moved to Bombay and started his career as an apprentice with Indian Railways in Matunga workshop.His writing continued during that period also.
Shailendra with his wife and children

His father hailed from Bihar. This U.P. – Bihar cultural influence was to show later in his folk-style film songs. The origins of Chadh gayo paapi bichhua, Sajanwa bairi ho gaye hamar and Ab ke baras bhej bhaiya ko babul  thus can be traced to this family back-ground.
He used to recite his poem in Kavi Sammelans,in one such Sammelan Raj Kapoor heard his poem Jalta hai Punjab, he was so influenced by this poem,he thought of taking this poem in his upcoming movie AAH(1948).He approached  Shailendra to buy this poem which Shailendra refused because that time selling their poems was not  good morally.However Raj Kpoor gave him an open offer to write for him.

As you know the life of a writer is always tough,Shailendra was also living that life.During those days Shailendra's wife got pregnant he needed money that time Shailendra himself approached Raj Kapoor in need of money. At this time, Raj Kapoor was filming Barsaat (1949), and two of the film songs had not yet been written. For  500, Shailendra wrote these two songs: Patli kamar hai and Barsaat mein. Thus the filmy career of Shailendra started.The song "Barsaat mei hum se mile"started a new trend of title songs.This was started by Shailendra,after that he wrote the title song Awara Hoon for Awara which became a huge hit,
Shailendra,Mukesh Jaikishan and Raj Kapoor

One fine incident was told by Shailendra himself that those days the Music Directors used to recommend the Lyricst to the Producers,Shankar Jaikishan with whom he worked in Barsat and Awara had promised him that they will recommend his name to producers.which they did nit do or forgot,Shailendra was not getting work so one day he sent a note with these lines to Shankar Jaikishan Chhoti Si Yeh Duniya, Pehchaane Raaste Hain. Kahin To Miloge, toh Poochhenge Haal ("The world is small, the roads are known. We'll meet sometime, and ask 'How do you do?'"). Shankar-Jaikishan realised what the message meant and having said sorry, turned the lines into a popular song. The song was featured in the film Rangoli (1962), for which the producer Rajendra Singh Bedi wanted to sign up Majrooh Sultanpuri as the lyricist. However, Shankar-Jaikishen insisted on Shailendra and the producer had to oblige.After that Shankar-Jaikishen took Shailendra in  all non-RK films too like Hariyali aur Rasta, Patita (Hai sab se madhur vo geet jise hum dard ke sur mein gas ate hain), Daag (Ai mere dil kahin aur chal), Badshah, Kathputli,  Ashiq, Love Marriage. College Girl, Jab Pyar Kisi se Hota hai, Begunah, New Delhi and of course ‘Yahudi’ in which the Mukesh number, ‘Ye mera diwanapan hai’ got for him the Filmfare award for the first time.

Raj Kapoor was always full of praise for his friend and lyricist Shailendra — whom the legendary filmmaker fondly called ‘Pushkin’ and ‘Kabiraj’ — and often barged into the latter’s home at night. 

Shailendra became popular because he used to write in simple words.He  wrote in the common man’s language. He was economical in his use of words, yet his writing was very meaningful. Take for instance, Teesri Kasam’s Sajan re jhooth mat bolo. he  penned lullabies, bhajans, love songs and even item numbers with equal ease and panache,he was gifted with supernatural quality of writing any stuff of any genre.

Apart from Shankar-Jaikishan, Shailendra also shared a rapport with composers such as Salil Chowdhary (Madhumati), Sachin Dev Burman (GuideBandiniKala Bazar), andRavi Shankar (Anuradha). Apart from Raj Kapoor, he shared a rapport with filmmakers such as Bimal Roy (Do Bigha ZameenMadhumatiBandini) and Dev Anand (Guide andKala Bazar).

He was one of the founding member of IPTA and also active member of Progressive Writer's Association.He won many Awards,he got 3 Fimfare Awards , the first in 1958 for "Yeh Mera Diwanapan"from Yahudi,second in 1959 for "Sab Kuchh Seekha Hamne" from Anari,the third was for "Mein Gaaon Tum So Jao" in 1968 for Brahmchaari.
Yeh Mera Diwanapan

Mein Gaaon Tum So Jao

In 1961 Shailendra invested heavily in the production of the movie Teesri Kasam (1966), directed by Basu Bhattacharya and starring Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. However, the film was a commercial failure.The falling health resulting from tensions associated with film production and anxiety due to financial loss, coupled with alcohol abuse, ultimately led to his death,he died on 14th December 1966.

My TOP 10 Lyrically Favourite Songs

Song from Awara

             Song from Daag 1952

Song from Patita 1953

Songsfrom Anarkali 1953 Aa Ja Ab To AaJaa

Song from Kala Bazar

Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh

Song from Bandini

Song from Guide

Song from Sangam

Song from Teesri Kasam

Monday, 29 August 2016

Happy Birthday RICHA SHARMA

Richa Sharma (born 29 August 1980) a bollywood trained playback singer as well a devotional singer.In 2006,Under the tutelage of Pandit Aaskaran Sharma, Richa went on to get proper training in Indian classical and light music.Richa landed in Mumbai in 1994. She sang cover versions and bhajans to ensure she had her bread and butter and simultaneously continued her struggle in Bollywood.

 song from salma pe dilaa gaya

 She made her debut in Bollywood with Sawan Kumar's Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya in 1996 and followed it up by a number of films until the big hit came by in the form of Taal where she sang for A.R. Rahman.

She sang Bollywood's longest track, the bidaai song, in film Baabul (2006)

Some of her important films are  ZubeidaaSaathiya (A.R. Rahman); Hera Pheri (Anu Malik); Khakee (Ram Sampath); Tarkeeb(the song "Duppatte Ka Palu"), Baghban (Title Song for Aadesh Shrivastava); Soch (the song "Nikal Chali Be" for Jatin-Lalit);RudrakshKal Ho Naa Ho (Sad version of the title track for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy); Gangajal (Sandesh Shandilya); Popcorn Khao Mast Ho Jao (Vishal-Shekhar), Saawariya (Monty Sharma), and Om Shanti Om (Vishal-Shekhar) and the most popular song forKaante ("Mahi Ve" for Anand Raaj Anand).

Another important song for Richa is  ‘Sajda’ (‘My Name Is Khan’)she won Zee Cine Award for this song.

She  has also done quite a few albums to showcase her talent. Albums like Ni Main Yaar Nu Sajda Kardi,Piya and Winds of Rajasthan (for Times Music released early 2004) have brought out the classiness and grace in Richa's voice and her variety as a singer.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Relax & Enjoy your SUNDAY with These BOLLYWOOD SONGS

Sunday,A day to refuel your soul and be greatful for your blessings.Take a deep breath and relax.Enjoy your family,your friends,a cup of coffee with these 7 Bollywood Songs


Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Ji

Ek Chatur Naar

Aasman S e Aaya Farishta

Saa Re Gaa Maa Geet Pehle Bana Tha

Ye dil mera le lo (Picnic) (1966) 

Mauja Hi Mauja

Kala Chashmaa

Saturday, 27 August 2016

A Tribute To Mukesh on his40th Death Anniversary

Born on 22nd July 1923 and  died on 27th August 1976 was one of the most popular and legendary singers of his era.Mukesh was born in Delhi in a Mathur Kayastha family. His parents were Zorawar Chand Mathur, an engineer, and Chand Rani.his mother
Dil Hi Bujha Hua Ho To the first song of Mukesh
Mukesh's voice was first noticed by famous actor Motilal, a distant relative, when he sang at his sister's wedding. Motilal took him to Mumbai and arranged for singing lessons by Pandit Jagannath Prasad. During this period Mukesh was offered a role as an actor-singer in a Hindi film, Nirdosh (1941). His first song was "Dil Hi Bujha Hua Ho To" as an actor-singer for Nirdosh
He got his break as a playback singer for actor Motilal in 1945 with the film Pehli Nazar with music composed by Anil Biswas and lyrics written by Aah Sitapuri. The first song that he sang for a Hindi film was "Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De".

Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De
Along with Mohammad RafiManna Dey and Kishore Kumar, he was one of the most popular and legendary singers of his era.Amongst the numerous nominations and awards he won, his song "Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai" from filmRajnigandha (1973) won him the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. Mukesh was also popular as being the voice of the actor Raj Kapoor.
Song from Rajnigandha 1973
Mukesh won 4 Filmfare Awards,Sab Kuch Seekha Humne from Anaari 1959,Sabse Bada Naadan from Pehchan 1970,"Jai Bolo Beimaan Ki" from Beiman 1972 and "Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein" from Kabhi Kabhi 1976

Sabse Bada Naadan from  Pehchan

Jai Bolo Beimaan Ki from Beiman

He was nominated for Filmfare Award for "Hothon Pe Sacchai Rehti Hai" from Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai 1960 and "Dost Dost Na Raha" for Sangam 1966.

Hothon Pe Sacchai Rehti Hai"

Mukesh died of a heart attack on 27 August 1976 in Detroit, Michigan, US, where he had gone to perform in a concert. His body was flown to India by Lata Mangeshkar, where a grand funeral ceremony was held in the presence of several actors, with personalities of the Indian film industry and fans paying tribute.

After Mukesh's death, his newer, hitherto unreleased, songs were released in 1977 in films such as Dharam VeerAmar Akbar AnthonyKhel khiladi kaDarinda and Chandi sona. The year 1978 also featured a considerable number of Mukesh's songs in films such as AahutiParamatmaTumhari kasam and Satyam Shivam Sundaram, where Mukesh sang his last film song Chanchal sheetal nirmal komal for Raj Kapoor's younger brother, Shashi Kapoor.

This is a Rare Duet of Mukesh and Suraiya from the film “Do Dil” (1947) was directed by Jagdish Sethi. It had Motilal, Suraiya , Karan Diwan , Badri Prasad .Only Audio is available

Kaaghaz ki meri naao from  “Do Dil” (1947)

This is also a duet by Mukesh and Suraiya,both acted in this song,the film was Mashuka(1953),though the film was a flop but this song was popular

Jhilmil taare kare ishaare sojaa from Mashuka

This song from Dr Shaitan(1960) is sung by Mukesh and Geeta Dutt. Jaan Nisaar Akhtar is the lyricist. Music is composed by N Datta.The movie had Premnath, Shakila, Sheikh Mukhtar, Sunder, Tiwari etc in it.Only Audio is available

Mausam suhaana hai door kahin chal

Here is this wonderful duet from “Pyaar Ki Baaten” (1951) for the music lovers.Manohar Lal Khanna (father of Usha Khanna) is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bulo C Rani.

Mast chaandni jhoom rahi hai 


This song is rendered by Suman Kalyanpur and Mukesh. The song is written by Bharat Vyas which is set to music by S N Tripathi, the doyen of historical and mythological film music. The song is picturised on Jayshree Gadkar and Asim Kumar in  MAHASATI AUNUSUYA (1965)

Bahut dinon se bichhda man ka meet mila from Mahasati Ansuya

Here is a song from “Sanyasi” (1975) This song is a cabarat song picturised on Helen, Arpana Chaudhary and Jayshree T. For the first time Suman Kalyanpur sang this type of song that too with Mukesh.

Tu mera din hai main teri raat


This is an immortal duet of Sudha Malhotra and Mukesh.surprisingly the music of this song was given sudha Malhotra herself.Lyrics were written by Sahir Ludhianvi.The film was  Didi (1959)

Tum mujhe bhool bhi jaao 

This is a non filmy song a Rare with Mukesh and Sudha Malhotra Versionrecorded in 1960.This popular song has been sung by many prominent singers like, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ghulam Ali, Abeeda Parveen, Chhaya Ganguli, Sabri Brothers etc. While some of them have sung in a qawwali style, some have sung in ghazal stylebut this duet is unique in itself,the lyrics were written by Amir Khusro in13th century,the music of this version was given by Murli Manohar Swaroop.

                             Zehal-e-miskeen makun taghaful

                                                    MUKESH and USHA KHANNA Duets

We all know Usha Khanna as a composer who gave her deute in 1959 from the film ‘Dil Deke Dekho’,she was not only a composer but also a very good singer.She has sung songs not only for her own music but also for other composers. Mukesh has sung a total of 26 songs for Usha Khanna.This  duet with Usha Khanna is from the 1966 released film ‘Dada’. There are several movies titled ‘Dada’.

Tera Mera Pyaar Koi Aaj Kal Ki To Baat Nahin 

This song from FAREB(1968) has two versions/ parts. Part I is sung by Mukesh and it is picturised on Dev Kumar.Part II is sung by Mukesh and Usha Khanna and it is picturised on Dev Kumar and Fariyaal. 

Naaz thha jispe mere seene mein wo dil hi nahin

Dekhiye yoon na sharmaayiyegaa (Bindiya) (1960) 
This song is picturised on Balraj Sahni and Padmini, of course. the song is written by Rajinder Krishan and music is composed by Iqbal Qureshi.Mukesh sings the song and Usha Khanna responds by humming.

Dekhiye yoon na sharmaayiyegaa (Bindiya) (1960) 


Na jaane chaand kaisa hogaa (Rocket Girl)(1962) 
. This song is such a lovely melody, very hummable. The combination of Mukesh and Kamal Barot in this song is a wonderful delight. Enjoy.

Na jaane chaand kaisa hogaa (Rocket Girl)(1962) 

Ham bhi kho gaye hain dil bhi kho gaya hai (Madam Zorro) (1962) 
Here is a wonderful duet from the movie “Madam Zorro” (1962) which is sung by Mukesh and Kamal Barot. Shewan Rizvi is the lyricist and Bulo C Rani composed the music.

Ham bhi kho gaye hain dil bhi kho gaya hai


Le chal le chal mere jeewan saathhi (Vishwaas) (1969)
This was a very popular song of its time.This must be one of the earliest songs sung by Hemlata in Hindi movies.Hemlata must be feeling proud singing this with the Legend.Gulshan Bawraa is the lyricist and music is composed by Kalyanji Anandji.

Le chal le chal mere jeewan saathhi

Mera prem Himalay se oonchaa (Pujaarin)(1969)
This song is picturized on Vijay Dutt, and Rehana Sultana .Here again the female voice is  humming ,Mukesh sings the main song.The music is by Narayan Dutt 

-Mera prem Himalay se oonchaa


Kaale kaale baadal chhaaye piyaa (Apni Chhaaya)(1950)
This is a rare song from the film ’Apni Chhaaya’ from 1950. A very simple song, simply worded, and composed by Hanuman Prasad and Husnlal-Bhagatram. This particular song is composed by Hanuman Prasad.Only Audio is available.

Kaale kaale baadal chhaaye piyaa

Kyaa jaadoo hai tere paas piya (Chehra)(1946)
This song is a wonderful duet sung by Shamshad Begum and Mukesh. The song is about love at first sight. The words beautifully describe the emotions of the first meeting.Lyrics by I C Kapoor, and music from M A Mukhtar relatively un known.Only Audio is available