Saturday, July 19, 2014

WELCOME AADI

Time to jointly welcome the month of Aadi! Raaga.com gives you a heads up on the ‘festivity’ attached to the month. 

Understanding the link of the spiritual and religious connection in the month of Aadi, many business communities , especially in the South, found business facing loss for that month! This was how it led to the concept of ‘Aadi’ Sale, thus facilitating more business transactions. This has now grown to unimaginable proportions where everything is offered at a big discount or some free add-ons to make it more appealing to the consumer.

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The month of Aadi also reminds us of the “Aadi Perukku”, one of the most important days for the agriculturists and farmers. In the Southern region, this marks the beginning of the cultivation season, specifically in the Cauvery delta region. Another reason that marks the importance of this day is that it is the beginning of the rainy season in the Tamil calendar and farmers pray that all rivers flow full and their business flourishes. Farmers too make a lump some during this period as most of the rice and other grains are sold in bulk, which had been stocked up in the warehouses of the previous year are given away at lower prices.

Technology advancement too has adopted the concept of Aadi discounts! Well every ‘Online shopping’ portal charms its set of audience with an array of Aadi. Certain big Store owners with a presence in most of the Southern cities have captured the minds of young tech-savvy customers who do not prefer travelling long distances, but prefers to shop from the comforts of his home or air-conditioned office. Moreover with portals offering services like ‘free home delivery’ and additional discounts, the young group is also on a shopping spree – with just a click!

So what are you waiting for? The markets are calling out to you, just so you avail the best for this year! Make the most of this Auspicious Aadi!

BOLLYWOOD REWIND - GEETA DUTT

It was only the last year that the Government decided to print a stamp carrying her face. Ofcourse we cannot deny that is not a great achievement.But for a legendary nightingale, this is just one of them. The Bengali based singer Geeta Dutt did not fail to charm all of them with her wonderful voice always. With loads of songs to her credit, she has set for herself a remarkable standard. Geeta Dutt has also made many appearances in various hindi movies. 

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With no dearth for talent overflowing, Geeta Dutt was recognized for her wonderful singing in the evergreen patriotic song of the Nation- ‘Vande Mataram’.Geeta Dutt blessed with a versatile singing style not only has hindi songs to her credit but has also experimented with other styles like song sung in a club with a sensuous touch. She has also sung various bhajans and not only does it stop with that, she has also rendered her voice for various other non-hindi films – a dime a dozen languages!She has sung with vintage singers like Ashok Kumar, Khan Mastana and Surendra. She has also sung with then new-age singers like Subir Sen, Mahendra Kapoor and Meenu Purushottam too.

But none can forget the rapport Geeta Dutt and Mohammaed Rafi shared while singing duets. The best, the evergreen ones that we yearn to listen to even today; credits owed to these wonderful gems in the wide ocean of musical talents.

Today is her death anniversary and is ofcourse a positive way to look at , in the sense , realizing the value of an eternal singer like her. The list is long but it would incomplete if we are not mentioning atleast two of her best songs. Listen to Aaya, Aaya Control Ka Zamana,Nayi Maa aaja ri nindiya,Nayi Maa yehi hamari ram kutharia…and gloat in the wonderful yesteryears of Bollywood music.

Asha Bhosle Condemns Ribald Lyrics

Munni Badnam Hui…’, ‘Chikni Chameli…’, ‘Halkat Jawaani…’, ‘Sheila Ki Jaawaani…’, ‘Oo La La….’ These mindless lyrics have raised eyebrows among the female class alleging them to be the prime reason behind raising crime against women. Besides the female class legendary playback singer Asha Bhosle too is peeved at these nonsensical lewd lyrics. 

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In an interview the great playback singer condemning these ribald lyrics said, “It is really embarrassing that these days’ filmmakers are making songs from abusive language. She said, “Gaalion ka gaana banta hai aajkal aur” She added, “What is most disturbing is that some foreign singers who sing English and Hindi songs use offensive words such as ‘rape’ that can have a nasty consequence on the minds of youngsters.” 

Bewildered at songs like ‘Halkat Jawaani…’, ‘Sheila Ki Jaawaani…’, ‘Oo La La….’ Asha Bhosle, who has to her credit, awards such Padma Vibhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke mourned, “I once heard a kid singing Halkat Jawaani and was aghast. I feel pity at people who appreciate songs like ‘lungis’ and 'zandu balm',”

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Asha Bhosle was speaking at FICCI Ladies Organisation meet in Delhi. She said, “During our times when I sang songs like Piya Tu Ab To Aaja (CARAVAN), Dum Maaro Dum.. (HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA), Yeh Mera Dil… (Don) these songs were considered bold in those days but nowhere did the songs crossed the line of decency.” 

In fact lyricists declined to pen songs that had double meanings. Once eminent lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri put his foot down to pen a vulgar song protesting he has three daughters and he does not wish that they sing such bawdy songs. 

Asha Bhosle said, “I have always rejected such songs and even today I stick to my principals and urge singers to take a stand, and women to unite in this matter. They shouldn’t sing or act in such songs, nor watch such films."




Rajesh Khanna: The Original Superstar - Part II

Last week you read how with ARADHANA Rajesh Khanna rose like meteoric taking Bollywood by sweep. Such was the craze of Khanna among his fans; particularly college girls kissed his car with lipstick, wrote letters in blood, and married his photograph! 

Recalling the Rajesh Khanna fanaticism among his fans famous actor of the 70’s Navin Nischol, who gave several hits in the 70’s like SAWAN BHADON, VICTORIA NO. 203, HANSTE ZAKHM, DHARMA and was recently seen in KHOSLA KA GHOSLA once in an interview told, “I have seen crazy fans of Dev Anand, Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan but the mass hysteria that Kaka (Rajesh Khanna loving called) commanded was amazing and the kind which even Shah Rukh or Salman Khan do not command.”

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He added, “Once I had attended a wedding reception at Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel. I was entering the hotel and Kaka was coming out. Watching Kaka his fans rushed at him like bees to honey. I was left dumbfounded looking at the whole sea of humanity after him. It was an incredible experience that I had ever witnessed for any star!” 

The Rajesh Khanna phenomenon was not just limited to crazy fans but even the film industry was subjective to his charismatic spell. Insiders who were close to him reveal that the Rajesh Khanna allure was such that film financers gave blank cheques to film producers just on the mention of Rajesh Khanna, without caring a damn for the director, heroine or the script! 

His popularity was so intense that even the prestigious BBC London was overwhelmed by his stardom and made an exclusive documentary titled Rajesh Khanna, Bombay Superstar. BBC reporter Jack Pizzey went to India and managed to interview the reclusive star, along with directors Hrishikesh Mukherjee and J. Om Prakash, actors Mumtaz and Shashi Kapoor, and others. 

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Jack Pizzey, who described Rajesh Khanna as the biggest star of the biggest film industry of the world, too got a dose of Rajesj Khanna’s star tantrums because Rajesh Khanna was supposed to arrive at the sets of NAMAK HARAM, at 8 am in the morning but he appeared at 3 pm in the afternoon!!! 

However the craze and stardom that Rajesh Khanna commanded in the five years from 1969 TO 1973 began to dwindle from 1974 and with movies MAHA CHOR, BUNDAL BAAZ, MEHBOOBA, TYAAG, KARM, CHALTA PURZA, AASHIQ HOON BAHARON KA etc. failing at the box office Rajesh Khanna soon began to fad away from public memory and a new star Amitabh Bachchan became their new favorite. 

Rajesh Khanna’s story can be captured beautifully from one of his movie’s song…

zindagi ke safar mein,guzar jate hain jo makam, woh phir nahi aate

waqt chalta hi rehta hai rukta nahi, ek pal me ye aage nikal jaata hai

aadmi theek se dekh paata nahin, aur parde pe manzar badal jaata hai!!!