O. P. Nayyar – Creator of melodies

Pencil sketch by Ponnada Murty

‘FM 101.4आकाशवाणीचे हे नाशिक केंद्र आहे, रात्रीचे ठीक ९-३० वाजलेत, थोड्याच वेळात प्रसारित करीत आहोत हिंदी चित्रपट गीतांचा कार्यक्रम.’ (FM 101.4, this is Nasik station of All India Radio, we  will broadcast program of Hindi film music shortly) When I was around 6-7 years, I used to keep track of time for this announcement. Recently Nasik station of All India Radio got commissioned and it became my gateway for the Hindi film music. I and my aunt used to wait eagerly for this show. This show introduced me to the legendary music composer, O P Nayyar.

Whenever you hear this name, an image of a slim old guy wearing a light-colored shirt, glasses and a signature fedora hat appear in your mind and tunes of his classic numbers are playing in the background. I have a strong belief that O P Nayyar can’t be remembered without his fedora and his melodious tunes ever.

When I listened to the song “Maang Ke Saath Tumhara” I was in love with his music. The idea of using just the sound of horse carriage as rhythm was amazing that I still crave for this some every once in a while. Since that time, O. P. saab has been very close to my heart. We used to crave for the next O P Nayyar song that gets broadcasted by AIR Nasik. But soon the idea struck that, ‘as we have a tape recorder with inbuilt radio, why don’t we can record the songs.’ We have recorded so many of his songs in our tape recorder so that we can enjoy them when we like. If we got bored with one tape, we could easily tape new songs on that cassette.

Then after years, we entered the era of internet and YouTube. If you check my YouTube history, you will find visits I made to these oldies for musical pleasures. I liked his music cause he never used too many instruments, he created divine pleasure with a very small orchestra. O. P. Nayyar had given so many melodious moments to us as music lovers that I am forever indebted to him. I would like to share some of my favorite songs created by this legend as my tribute to him.

1 – Maang ke saath tumhara

Film: Naya Daur (1957)

2 – Jaane kaha Mera Jigar gaya ji

Film: Mr. & Mrs. ’55 (1955)

3 – Yeh hai bombay meri jaan

Film: C.I.D. (1956)

4 – Tumsa nahi dekha

Film: Tumsa nahi dekha (1957)

5 – Aaiye meherban

Film: Hawrah Bridge (1958)

6 – Deewana huwa baadal

Film: Kashmir ki kali (1964)

7 – Pukarta chala hu mnai

Film: Mere sanam (1965)

8 – Lakhon hai nigah me

Film: Phir wahi dil laya hu (1963)

9 – Babuji dhire chalna

Film: Aar paar (1954)

10 – Kajra Mohabbat Wala

Film: Kismat (1968)


I am participating in A to Z challenge with Blogchatter and this is my take on day 15 challenge. “O for O. P. Nayyar”

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K for Kishore

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Kishore Kumar… Legend was born in Khandwa in the rainy month of August in Ganguly family with the name of Abhas Kumar Ganguly in 1929. It took 17 years for Abhas to become Kishore and start charming people of India with his voice. He got his first break in 1946 with film Shikari. Hey, but you all can get this information on his Wikipedia page.  For me, Kishore is the legend. He is one of the pillars of amazing Hindi film music. I think Kishore had given his voice to almost every superstar during his active years.

You will find at least 3-4 songs for every mood and situation with his voice. I am putting up the list of my most favorite 10 songs of Kishore Kumar for you guys as a tribute to his melodious voice. It’s really tough list to make. Hope you all will enjoy. This is not top 10 list, I enjoy all the songs equally.

1 – Neele Neele Ambar Par

Film: Kalakaar (1983)

Music: Kalyanji – Anandji

2 – Tu Tu Hai Wahi – Duet with Asha Bhosale

Film: Yeh wada raha (1982)

Music: R. D. Burman

3- Keh du tumhe ya chup rahu

Film: Deewar (1975)

Music: R D Burman


4 – Nadiya se dariya

Film: Namak Haram (1973)

Music: R. D. Burman

5 – Pag ghungaru bandh

Film: Namak Halal (1982)

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6 – O sathi re

Film: Muqaddar Ka Sikandar

Music: Kalyanji – Anandji

7- Meet na mila re manka

Film: Abhiman (1973)

Music: S. D. Burman

8 –  Bhaware ki gunjan

Film: Kal Aaj Aur Kal (1971)

Music: Shankar Jaykishan

9 – Yeh dil na hota bechara

Film: Jewel Thief (1967)

Music: S. D. Burman

10 – Phoolonka taronka

Film: Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971)

Music: R. D. Burman

Guys, list is endless. These are just first 10 came to my mind when I started making list.


I am participating in A to Z challenge with Blogchatter and this is my take on day 11 challenge. “K for Kishore”

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