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Manna Dey, who sang scores of Hindi songs during the heyday of Bollywood, died Oct. 23 in Bangalore, India. He was 94 and had been ailing for some time.
Dey broke into the Hindi film biz under the aegis of his uncle, the legendary blind singer Krishna Chandra Dey. In a career spanning the 1950s to the 1970s he sang a variety of songs from Urdu qawwalis (“Na to karvan ki talash” in “Barsaat ki raat”) to romantic ballads (“Oh meri zohra jabeen” in “Waqt”) and even comic songs (“Ek chatura naar” in “Padosan”). A classically trained singer, he wasn’t very happy about the latter number but gamely sang along.
Along with Kumar, Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh, he was among the quartet of male singers who dominated the Hindi film music scene in the middle of the 20th century. Actors lip-synched to his songs in the style of Bollywood films in »
- Shalini Dore
Blue director Anthony D’Souza doesn’t seem to have been disheartened by the lack of overwhelming response for his debut film, as he returns in full force with his second project, Boss. Akshay Kumar and Anthony pair up again for the remake of Malayalam film Pokkiri Raja. Releasing on the 16th of October, Boss boasts of a supporting cast consisting of Shiv Pandit, Aditi Rao Hydari and Ronit Roy. Music of the film has been creating much hype courtesy of the ultimate hype creator, Yo Yo Honey Singh who contributes not one but two tracks to the album. Read on find out how the rest of the album by multi-composer and multi-lyricist team fairs.
The title track you’ve probably already grown accustomed to, courtesy of its multiple rounds on music channels both on TV and radio. Composed by trio Meet Bros and Anjjan (Mere Nishaan (Omg) & Zanjeer) the »
- Prathna Tiwari
* Yaari hai imaan mera: "Zanjeer". When Manna Dey sang for a second time for Pran after "Upkar", it had to be something special. This qawwalli was a bigger hit than the other Kalyanji-Ananji chartbusters in "Zanjeer".
- Ketali Mehta
It was truly a night to remember. Saturday, March 2, 2013. Shelter Don Bosco, an institution that looks after street children were celebrating their Silver Jubilee and Boman Irani made it an affair to remember for the packed-to-capacity audience at Shanmukhananda Auditorium.
He literally brought the house down with his antics and music and in the end had every one of them on their feet applauding as he sang We Are The World, mimicking all the voices right from Lionel Richie to Willie Nelson to Tina Turner to Michael Jackson and more. Giving him company on the track was Manasi Scott.
That’s not all, early next morning, he was up tweeting, urging his followers to help out the institute. And by the end of the day he had a sizeable assurance of help pouring in. Come to think of it: how many, tired as they are in their daily grind, would find time to rehearse, »
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4 items from 2013
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