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DUAL SERIES: PAKEEZAH, MUGHAL-E-AZAMShemaroo, Rs.66 (Video CD)It is the visual adaptation of the audio classic concept pioneered by HMV more than a decade ago under which some of the best songs by leading singers were presented in an audio album. Here in this twin-film video CD with PBC, songs from two evergreen films, Kamal Amrohi’s Pakeezah and K. Asif’s Mughal-e-Azam have been bunched together. With music by the likes of Naushad and Ghulam Mohammed, it is an offering steeped in nostalgia. It opens with Lata Mangeshkar’s “Inhi Logon Ne…”.Gems like “Chalte Chalte” and “Mausam Hai Aashiqana” and “Chalo Dildar Chalo” can be revisited. However some of the classical offerings are missing. Among the “Mughal-e-Azam” collection, there is Lata again with “Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya” for which Naushad had to make special recording arrangements for the boom effect. Rounding off with gems like “Teri Mehfil Mein” and “Khuda Nigehbaan”, this CD is a steal.

HONSLANehaCrescendo, Rs.125 (CD)Honsla by Neha is a youngster’s attempt at carving a niche in the music world.

There are eight songs both in English and Hindi sung by the young singer.

The album makes for easy listening. In “Ye Jeevan Tho”, her voice is drowned by the instruments. “Zara Dekho Tum” is a snappy dance tune.

Neha’s vocal skills come to the fore in “The Spirit in Me”.

SHIVA’S ECSTASYMystica Music, Rs.295This is for devotees of Anandmurti Gurumaa.

It contains stotras to Lord Shiva, and a discourse by the guru.

One track is devoted to “Om Namah Shivaya” chants.

The following “Mano budhyahankaaram” (titled “Shiva’s Wisdom”) is a jazzed up version of the Sanskrit verses. The title track comes last.

If you enjoy a satsang, you are likely to enjoy this album.

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