Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 10 Bollywood dancing nos. of 2011 !

Annual Countdown 2011 is still one week away. But before the year ends lets rewind through the top 10 bollywood numbers which kept our feet rolling. These days most of the Bollywood nos. are  presented as Item nos. If you take a cursory glance at last year item songs one can easily conclude that there re three essential ingredient of a hit item songs catchy tune, lot of exposure by item girls & over and above some choicest expletives , more vulgar the better.

Here is my list of top ten dancing nos. 

#10 : Zara Dil ko tham lo..
 # 9 : Character Dheela
 # 8 : Char Baj Gaye Magar Party Abhi baki hai
 # 7 :Chhammak Chhalloo
 # 6 :Umrao Jaan
 # 5 : Taany Taany Phish
 #4 : D K Bose
 #3 : Saddi Gali...aaya Karo
  #2 : Kolaveri D
  #1 : OOO la la



While compiling these songs I have tried to see them from a different point of view . You can hear all these songs along with my take on them here. Do join next week in Annual Countdown 2011.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Main chamaron ki gali tak le chaloonga aapko ...Adam Gondvi (1947-2011)

Adam Gondvi is no more. Suffering from Liver cirrhosis he died last week in a hospital in Lucknow. Adam always voiced his anger against rampant corruption in politics and helplessness of the poor people in our system. He was a person who loved villages and lived like a villager throughout his life.Two of his books Samay Se Muthbhed & Dharti ki Satah Par were quite popular.


Critics regarded him as the torchbearer of Hindi Ghazals after Dushyant Kumar. In fact Adam was more terse and specific in his attacks on the social injustice and rampant degradation of politics. 



Today in his memory I want to share with you his famous poem regarding exploitation of dalits in a village dominated by upper caste in my voice. The poem starts with the line Main chamaron ki gali tak le chaloonga aapko .. The poem is a moving story in itself. The poem was based on a true incident in UP.

Adam Gondvi is no more but I hope his poetry will always propel us to fight against injustice in our present system in years to come.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Saiffudin Saif....: Jab tere Shahar Se Guzarta Hoon..A podcast in my voice...

Saiffudin Saif.... I didn't know  much about the poet until I happened to listen to Garche sou baar gham e hijra se jaan gujri hai..phir bhi dil pe jo guzarni thi kahan guzri hai in the soothing voice of Runa Laila.  As I started searching about Saif I found that he was a well known poet in Amritsar in pre partition era. After independence he moved to Pakistan and became part of film industry there. He wrote several memorable lyrics. If you are interested in reading more about Saif Click Here.

Some of his songs are even popular to this date. It is a well known fact that Saif was heart broken when his lady love left him to go to another city. In her memory Saif wrote jab tere shahar se guzarta hoon... Its a long nazm but when one goes through it,  the reader gets the glimpses of emotional upheaval which the poet had gone through.. I have written the whole nazm here in Hindi. 

If you are not familiar to the language , listen to my recitation of the nazm.