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Monday, May 22, 2006

Naushad - The Ustad is no more

Somewhere during the long vacation that I took, Naushad ( The famous hindi music composer) decided to say goodbye to the world. Even his last musical score "Taj Mahal" which was released last year, was a gem. But unfortunately todays bollywood had little need for the Ustad . The torchbearer of the Classical music in films, Naushad's music had a royal tinge to it being steeped in classical idiom.

The first Naushad song I listened to was the unforgettable " Pyaar Kiya tho Darna Kya" from " Mughal-e-Azam" . I knew very little hindi/Urdu then but the song had a powerful magnetism which made me listen to it often though I understood very little of what it meant .I also grew increasingly fond of the sweet " Mohe Pangat" from the same movie. " Baiju Bawra", " Mother India" , " Kohinoor", " Mere Mehboob", " Leader" , " Chalte Chalte" -- all these movies are testimony to Naushad's competency over the Classical form. I have lost count the number of times I might have listened to the wonderful song" Ek Shahenshah ne Banwake haseen ( Set in Raag "Lalit")" .

May his soul rest in peace ...


  • a truly great loss...the sad truth is that most of bollywood hardly reacted. it was only sections of the media that had anyhting to say. if i am not wrong he also composed the theme for the popular tv show, 'sword of tipu sultan' which is testimony to his versatility. long live the maestro!

    By Blogger Abhishek Chatterjee, at 9:54 AM  

  • very true..

    By Blogger Cogito, at 10:55 PM  

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