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January 3, 2014

13 Best Hindi Songs of 2013

They say that this is a new era in the Hindi Film Industry. They say India is the next big thing on the World Cinema platform. Its true that  we have the Dibakars and the Anurags of the world; But ruling the roost are the Rohit Shettys, Prabhudevas and the Sajids of the world who have repackaged the atrocious films of the early 90s in super a Slo-Mo and Supa- Flying Comico-Action packed disasters.

Same applies to the Hindi music scene, wherein we have taken a step forward and three steps backwards at the least. Crass is the new class. Let’s not get into the details of those three steps backwards (or in any direction or the lack of it) where we have the worst of music, lyrics, singers, cinematography and so forth.

I couldn’t manage to collate even two dozen good songs this year and thankfully we are not heading into the year 2025 now. It makes my choice simpler as here I get to share 13 (Thanks to Coke Studio) of my favorite songs from 2013.

13.  Alvida (D-Day)

Lyrics: Niranjan Iyenger  Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy  Singers: Nikhil D’Souza, Sukhwinder Singh, Shruti Hassan and Loy Mendonsa

An varied mix of singers along with some good lyrics makes this song quite interesting. Sukhwinder Singh still has that knack of taking a song from a level to the next level with absolute ease. Shruti Hasan seems to have better vocal skills than the acting skills.

12.  Khushamadeed (Go Goa Gone)

Lyrics: Priya Panchal  Music: Sachin-Jigar  Singer: Shreya Ghoshal

Sachin-Jigar are probably best known for their Song ‘Saibo’ and to be fair to them they have given some decent music over a short period (not taking into account their long struggle). This song doesn’t fit into the narrative of the film at all but is tailor-made for Shreya who does absolute justice to it.

11. Benaam Khwaayishein (Coke Studio)

Lyrics: Pinky Poonawala Music: Papon  Singer: Anweshaa

Unlike last year Clinton Cerejo and Amit Trivedi, have been disappointing in this year’s Coke studio.  But the find of this year’s Coke studio has been Angaraag ‘Papon’ Mahanta for his compositions and the find of Papon has been Anweshaa. Papon’s love for ghazals is well known and it is really heartening to see him compose such beautiful ghazal. We need more of these.

10.  Kaun Mera (Special 26)

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil  Music: M.M.Kreem  Singer: Papon

M.M. Kreem has been one of the most under rated musicians of our times. Whenever he has been given an opportunity, he has done a fantastic job. Even though there are a few versions of this song penned by the talented Irshad Kamil, I just love Papon’s version (you may call this a personal bias).

9. Man Manam (Coke Studio)

Lyrics: Hazrat Shah Niyaz Barelvi  Music: The Sufi Gospel Project  Singer: Sonam Kalra

Coke Studio (Ind or Pak) + Sufi Music + Lovely voice= Give it to me any time of the day. Superbly sung by Sonam, this isn’t a song; this is an introspective drive.

8. Meethi Boliyan (Kai Po Che)

Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire  Music: Amit Trivedi  Singers: Mili Nair, Amit Trivedi

Of all the songs in the film, I particularly like this one. This may fall in the same genre as ‘Khushamadeed’ listed above, but the real difference here is Amit Trivedi- the musician and Amit Trivedi- the Singer.  A song about friendship, freedom and life. And for all moments.

 7.  Zinda (Lootera)

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharaya  Music: Amit Trivedi   Singer: Amit Trivedi

Amit Trivedi yet again. The best part about him is the fact that he gets under the skin of the films that he is composing for and he understands the gist and the feel of the movie. As a result he delivers something par excellence (even though some may call him repetitive).  Amitabh Bhattacharaya can surprise you with some great lyrics specially when he works with Trivedi.

6 . Sati (Coke Studio)

Lyrics: Traditional Music: Salim-Suleiman Singers:  Salim Merchant, Vijay Prakash ft. Taufique Qureshi

A very intense song with a theme on the ‘Sati’ practice in not so ancient India, and the Sati practices which we still see today. This has a superb use of percussions thanks to Taufique Qureshi. I have never rated Salim-Suleiman in the league of extraordinary composers, but this composition highlights what they are capable of doing.

5.  Zariya (Coke Studio)

Lyrics: Traditional Jordanian lyrics, Prasoon Joshi Music: A.R. Rahman Singers: Ani Choying Drolma, Farah Siraj  Backing Vocals: Abhilasha Chellum, Deblina Bose, Kanika Joshi, Prajakta Shukre, Sasha Tirupati , Varsha Tripathy, Aditi Paul, Suchi, Rayhanah, Issrath Quadhri

There are a few moments that money can buy, but for that goose-bump moment there is A.R. Rahman. If we say that Rahman has lost his touch and charm, think again.. the problem may lie with us because what Indo-Western music can be, only this man can present to us. Go find a nun from Nepal or a folk singer from Jordan and bring them together to give us a spiritual nirvana through music and then let’s talk about Rahman’s shortcomings, if any. Equally brilliant in this composition is that chorus of 10 ladies, who in every respect are individually a complete singer.

4.  Shikayatein (Lootera)

Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharaya Music: Amit Trivedi Singers: K.Mohan, Amitabh Bhattacharaya

Ah! Mohan Kanan. He is always there and yet you never know or see much of him. This is his brilliance.  Trivedi’s knack of getting some interesting musical notes in between a song makes the heart sink, something only Rahman has done time and again (remember ‘hey eye e ee heya’ from Dil hai chota sa, Roja). This is a really melodious number with Trivedi’s dark/grunge undertones.

3.  Maaru Bihaag (Balcony TV)

Lyrics: Traditional  Music: Hari & Sukhmani  Singers: Hari & Sukhmani

I don’t have any knowledge of raagas and bandishei, but over the course of time I have realized that a fusion/jugalbandi between Indian classical and modern music is that kind of  music which transports me to that high state where we all want to be in. Sukhmani has a wonderful voice quality backed  with sense of classical training and its really good to see Hari and Sukhmani to take a step out of their comfort zone (i.e. folk music) marvelously.

2. Paagal (Coke Studio)

Lyrics: Winit Tikoo  Music: Winit Tikoo Band  Singer: Winit Tikoo

A song of longingness. A song for the rains. A song about craziness. The is a song about all this. Guitars, Tablas and Sarangi… and if you fail to get transported to that rain laden feeling around you that captures all your senses, you better start living.  The last three and a half minutes of the song are just as blissful as it can get.

1. Khumaar (Coke Studio)

Lyrics: Vaibhav Modi  Music: Papon  Singer: Papon

Papon, Paponn…Paponnnnn… I don’t think that even Papon realizes how big a singer he is. And when you see someone of his caliber composing such passion-filled compositions, you realize there is more to life. He instills such faith in you. A song about the morning after a passionate love making, a song about longing, a song about love.. Vaibhav Modi did indeed make a super wise decision by not letting Papon compose and sing this song with anyone else but him. This is for Papon. I must have heard it over 200 times since its release in mid-September. Khumaar- My song of the year.


January 22, 2013

Top 50 songs- Part 4

2012- Top 50 Hindi songs
(Part 4/5)

This has been a challenge to pick a few good songs (believe me it is a damn tough thing to do) and create a list of the best songs in a year. Following is the Part 4 of the best songs that managed to stick in the head over the year. This is purely a personal choice and no science or mathematics has gone into the selection.

20. Pani da rang (Vicky Donor)
Music: Ayushman Khuranna, Rochak Kohli Lyrics: Ayushman Khuranna & Rochak Kohli Singers: Ayushman Khurana

Ayushman is multi-talented and has a presence on screen. With the music and the voice, he has shown that he has a presence behind the scenes too.

19. Dil ye bekraar (Players)
Lyrics: Ashish Pandit Music: Pritam Singers: Mohit Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal

Horribly shot in a horrible film with horrible actors. Thankfully songs are never about these things. Pritam and Mohit rule the song.

18. Sun lo zara (Ekk Deewana tha)

Lyrics: Javed Akhtar Music: A.R.Rahman Singers: Rashid Ali, Timmy, Shreya Ghoshal

There are a few songs which you tend to like and never know the reason why you like them (No, its has never happened with any of Reshamiya’s songs). This is one such song. Just strikes a chord.

17. Madari (MTV Coke Studio)
Lyrics: Manoj Yadav Music: Clinton Cerejo Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Sonu Kakkar

Clinton, where had you been? The song is a dedication to his/her creator. A great blend of music and lyrics that is full of energy. Vishal and Sonu’s most honest performance to date.

16. Jiya lage na (Talaash)
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar Music: Ram Sampath Singers: Sona Mohapatra, Ravindra Upadhyay

Partly sung in raag Desh, the sould of the song lies in the maturity of the voice of the singers.

15. Jiya tu (Gangs of Wasseypur-1)

Lyrics: Varun Grover Music: Sneha Khanwalkar Singers: Manoj Tiwari

This song is the gist of Gangs of Wasseypur. More Dabangg than anything even in Dabangg. What energy. Check out the recording of this song here and you will feel the energy and the craze behind this song. Manoj goes on for 20 mins of madness.

14. Kyun (Barfi!)

Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire Music: Pritam Singers: Papon, Sunidhi Chauhan

Never been a great fan of Pritam but he got under the skin of Barfi to create his best efforts till date that is worth its weight in gold. Papon is a national treasure. Handle him with care.

13. Shedding Skin (MTV Coke Studio)
Lyrics: Karsh Kale, Shruti Pathak Music: Karsh Kale Singers:  Karsh Kale, Shilpa Rao, Shruti Pathak, Monali Thakur & Apeksha Dandekar

4 lovely voices and a master, Karsh extracts the best of these female singers. The song about transformation is transormed and taken to another level by the keyboards at 1:25 seconds. Hear it to believe it.

12. Nirmohiya (MTV Coke Studio)
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharaya Music: Amit Trivedi Singers: Devender Singh, Harshdeep Kaur

The song about young love, the love of anyone. The young 17 year old Devender is the one to be watched out in the near future. What maturity in voice.

11. Kho jaane de (Vicky Donor)

Lyrics: Juhi Chaturvedi Music: Abhishek-Akshay Singers: Clinton Cerejo, Aditi Singh Sharma

First love or the feeling of falling in love all over again- for such a moment, this is the song that you would love to hear in the background.

January 8, 2013

2012- Top 50 Hindi songs (Part 2/5)

2012- Top 50 Hindi songs
(Part 2/5)

This has been a challenge to pick a few good songs (believe me it is a damn tough thing to do) and create a list of the best songs in a year. Following is the Part 2 of the best songs that managed to stick in the head over the year. This is purely a personal choice and no science or mathematics has gone into the selection.

40. Tung tung (MTV Sound Trippin)
Music: Sneha Khanwalkar Singers: Jyoti Nooran, Sultana Nooran

The 1st episode of this innovative music creation from the sounds of daily life takes you to Qila Raipur, the place where Rural Olympics are held. Sneha nails the essence of Punjab and creates the perfect blend of rusticness and enthusiasm.

39. Duaa (Shanghai)
Lyrics: Neelesh Mishra Music: Vishal-Shekhar Singers: Vishal Dadlani, Arijit Singh, Nandini Srikar

A refreshingly new voice of Nandini that seems to give a feel of Ghazalesque tone to this song. Well supported by Vishal, he has been proving time and again that he is hugely talented and highly versatile.

38. Jugni Allah wali (Cocktail)
Lyrics: Arif Lohar/Folk Music: Pritam Singers: Arif Lohar, Harshdeep Kaur

A stripped down version of the original Pakistani Coke Studio version sung again by Arif Lohar, this song deserves a mention onto the list simply for bringing its predecessor to the fore. A brilliant folk song, check the original for a better experience.

37. Taar Bijli (Gangs of Wasseypur-2)

Lyrics: Varun Grover Music: Sneha Khanwalkar Singers: Padamshree Sharda Sinha

One wonders where do such singers come from. One wonders how these songs are made. One wonders how well these are emoted on screen. How well can an experiment in music pay off. Wishing more experiments on these lines take place.

36. Darmiyaan (Jodi Breakers)

Lyrics: Irshad Kamil Music: Salim-Suleiman Singers: Shafqat Amanat Ali, Clinton Cerejo

The song belongs wholly, completely, only to Shafqat Amanat Ali. Taking any song to a different level altogether is his forte and he has once again proven this with this song.

35. Hosanna (Ek Deewana Tha)
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar Music: A.R.Rahman Singers: Leon Dsouza, Suzanne D’Mello

This Rahman love song sounds better in the original Tamil version- Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. Javed Akhtar has been a letdown in this entire album which was touted as Rahman-Akhtar special.

34. Farrukhabadi (Luv shuv tey chicken Khurana)
Lyrics: Shellee Music: Amit Trivedi Singers: Labh Jhanjhua

Frankly, LSTCK isn’t an Amit Trivedi great. However, coming up with peppy Punjabi numbers right after the Southern flavors of Aiyya within weeks is something that has to be appreciated. Going with his favorite Punjabi favorite, Labh Jhanjhua this song is a full fun song.

33. Ala Barfi (Barfi)
Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire Music: Pritam Singers: Mohit Chauhan/ Swanand Kirkire

I love the songs those dish out a story to support the narrative. This is certainly one that gives the background about the lead character of the film and is presented in the format of a lullaby. Such songs usually don’t go wrong and are loved by toddlers to grannies. Mohit is brilliant. Also check out Swanand’s version.

32. Gustakh Dil (English Vinglish)
Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire Music: Amit Trivedi Singers: Shilpa Rao

Great lyrics coupled by the clear and husky voice of Shilpa Rao gel really well with Trivedi’s staple music. Certain musical nuances in the song can just give you goose-bumps.

31. Aahatein (Ek main aur Ek tu)
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya Music: Amit Trivedi Singers: Karthik, Shilpa Rao

Much like the previous song on the list, this melodious and soothing tune to which Shilpa Rao has lent the vocals creates a good sad-romantic kind of feel. The lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharaya are the soul of this song.

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