Friday, September 26, 2014

Meri Aawaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai, Gar Yaad Rahe: Lata Mangeshkar

Naam Gum Jayega, Chehra Ye Badal Jayega

My name will be lost (disappear), my face will change

Meri Aawaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai, Gar Yaad Rahe

My voice is my identity, only if You can remember

This beautiful song penned by Gulzar in the movie KINARA and sung poignantly by the ‘Queen of Melody’ Lata Mangeshkar beautifully captures the essence of the mystical voice of Lata Mangeshkar who has been ruling millions of hearts around the globe for over six decades. 

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September 28 marks the birthday of the greatest playback singer of the Millennium; Raaga.Com wishes her birthday greetings and prays she continues to regale the listeners for generations to come.

Fondly called Didi, Lata Mangeshkar will be celebrating her 85th birthday at a glittering ceremony in Mumbai. Eminent cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be felicitating the legendary singer at a function organised by Hridayesh Arts at the Shanmukhananda Auditorium at Mumbai. Lata Mangeshkar will sing a 'Meera Bhajans' to please her innumerable fans on the ocassion. 

Lata's younger sister, Asha Bhosle and brother Hridaynath will also be present as the guest of honour at the event and several Bollywood stars will also grace the celebration. 

Speaking about her birthday she says, “I feel extremely great. It’s always a charm to age gracefully.” However she adds, “I don’t like to cut cakes. When I was young, my mother would prepare sweets and put tilak on my forehead,” she fondly remembered.

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Recalling her mentor music composer Master Ghulam Haider, Lata Mangeshkar says, “He was the first music director who had confidence in me and fought with producers to give me a chance.” She informs, “When the producers of MAJBOOR, discarded me, Ghulam sahab, asked me to accompany him to the Bombay Talkies studio in Malad where MAJBOOR was being shot. He was the music composer. He didn't say anything to me. He just made me rehearse a song. Later when we recorded, he was so happy with my voice that he said, ‘People will forget everyone, including Noorjehan, (the queen among singers in the 40’s) when they hear you.’ True indeed! Today people may have forgotten Noorjehan, but Lata Mangeshkar has become an icon for generations. 

Lata Mangeshkar has been honored with innumerable awards but the one that truly deserves a special mention is that she is the only second singer in the non-classical category (after M.S Subbulakshmi) in India to have received the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna. She has received three national awards and four Filmfare awards after which she stopped accepting awards in order to promote new talent. She continues to sing every now and then for Hindi movies and perform live.

Truly a living legend, Lata Mangeshkar has a talent that is second to none.

Dev Anand - Bollywood’s First Fashion Icon

Har fikar ko dhuen mein udata chala gaya 

This song from the movie HUM DONO aptly captures the essence of the life of Evergreen Actor ‘Dev Anand’, who was the most cheerful, the eternal and really the most durable romantics of our time, in fact, for five generations! His autobiography was thus appropriately titled ‘Romancing with Life’. September 26, marks the birthday of this legendary actor; Raaga.Com remembers him and takes a look at the typical Dev Anand style. 

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Dev Anand was perhaps Bollywood’s ‘First Star’ who can be rightly termed as a Fashion Icon. Be it his silky mop of hair with an Elvis-like puff on the forehead that created a craze among the youngsters of the 50’s and the 60’s or the caps, particularly the iconic, checkered print cap worn by Dev Anand in the film JEWEL THIEF or his scarves, mufflers, jacket and wearing sweaters on shoulders were all a rage among his fans. 

His typical walking style the manner of speaking, the full-sleeved shirts everything about Dev Anand was a style statement. However readers would be rather surprised to know that Dev Anand himself never developed any style as such it was the people who loved it and it became a fashion icon. 

In an interview Dev Anand had candidly confessed, “There is no Dev Anand style. I have longer arms than my coats so I pull them up and I like it. If you love yourself, when you are going to a party and you meet a lot of wonderful people, you look at yourself in a mirror and ask yourself what sort of shirt and suit you are wearing. If you like yourself, you are going to conquer. That’s self-confidence.”