Oct 4, 2008

Lata the Trendsetter

A lot is written about Lata Mangeshkar. The legend turned 79 recently. 

When she started recording songs for the Hindi movies, the names of singers were not revealed on gramophone records or radio stations. When Ayaga Aanewala was played on the radio stations -- a number from movie Mahal -- letters started pouring in asking for the name of the singer. That started the system of announcing the name of the singer on air.

In 1956, the song Rasik Balma from the film Chori Chori won the Best Song Filmfare Award. Lata refused to sing it live in protest of absence of a Playback Singer category. The category was finally introduced in 1958. Though, separate awards for male & female singers were introduced later on.

Mahendra Kapoor is no more

Mahedra Kapoor -- known as voice of Mr. Bharat (Manoj Kumar) passed away on September 27, 2008 in Mumbai following cardiac failure.

In a career spanning five decades he had recorded more than 25,000 songs in various languages. He was also well known in Marathi movies for being the playback singer for Dada Kondke.

He was earlier dismissed as a clone of Mohammad Rafi. When Rafi sang on the All India Radio or stage in the early 1950s, Mahendra Kapoor used to accompany him with tanpura. Since their voices were similar, Rafi had told him that they should avoid singing together.

Here's one of his songs I like -- Neele Gagan Ke Tale