ULTIMATE UNREMIX R.D. BURMAN

Shemaroo, Rs.299The king of vintage romantic pop still enchants listeners with the music he has left behind. His legacy will live on in this collection of 50 of his popular songs put together in DVD format. In an age of digital dash and blender’s pride, Shemaroo has aptly titled the two-disk release as “Ultimate Unremix”. The first DVD begins with the mellow melody, “Karvatein Badalte Rahe” from Aap Ki Kasam, followed by “Is Mod Se Jaate Hain” from Aandhi. Another song from the latter, “Tum Aa Gaye Ho”, is also featured, but ironically “Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi” – a shade better than the other two – doesn’t find a place in the album.

The collection has something for everyone. If there are love songs from Heera Panna, The Great Gambler, Ajnabee and Aap Ki Kasam, the vast range of Panchamda is on full display in Hare Rama Hare Krishna” and Nauker. One might, however, question the inclusion of songs from films like Hum Naujawan and Alibaba Aur 40 Chor in, what would his fans could term as a classy compilation. Be it the swanky Zeenat Aman swinging to his mod rock, the dazzling Rajesh Khanna famously winking to his peppy love ballads, or Kishore Kumar’s calibrated vocals, Burman never lacked any star appeal. His joie de vivre was aptly mirrored in his vivacious music. In fact Kishore Kumar’s “Raat Kali Ek Khwab Mein Aaye” from Buddha Mil Gaya is a vintage stuff of the singer which Shemaroo has done well to include in the DVD.

For RD, as indeed for any fan of the golden oldies of Hindi film music, Asha Bhosle’s voice was the very symbol of that special sparkle. The second DVD comprises 25 songs that he has composed for his favourite singer, muse and companion. From “Dum Maro Dum” (Hare Rama Hare Krishna) to “Do Lafzon Ki Hai” (The Great Gambler) and “Sun Sun Sun Didi Tere Liye” (Khoobsurat), the magic the two created changed the course of the swollen river of Bollywood music. Perhaps next only to her mentor, the great O.P. Nayyar, Asha sang her heart out for RD. But, very curiously, there isn’t one single song from Teesri Manzil – the movie which actually catapulted Burman into the big league of composers. Come to think of it, in an RD collection which has no less than 50 songs, perhaps his most famous song that people fondly remember and rendered so beautifully by Asha Bhosle “O Mere Sona Re Sona Re” doesn’t find a place. On this count his fans could be quite unforgiving. Else, the video and song clarity is good and the collection is reasonably priced at Rs.299. Besides detailed menus and complete information on all songs, the DVDs also offer English subtitles. A good buy for die-hard RD fans.

KAILASA JHOOMO RESony& BMG, Rs.175Kailash Kher once again manages to bring something fresh in the season of remixes and nasal twangs. The album has nine songs. The sufi singer this time finds inspiration in Lord Shiva. The album opens with “Bam Lahri”, an ode to the god in love. What? Yes, the singer cum composer has tried to present the sweet nothings between Shiva, largely known for his destructive image, and Parvati in the fast paced number with some evocative verses. Kailash’s robust voice transports you in the world of hides, skins and snakes. It is followed by “Saiyyan” where Kailash sticks to his forte, describing the mystifying world of love. “Joban Chhalke” is again a robust number where Kailash describes the blossoming of a girl into woman in the male-dominated society. “Chhap Tilak” is based on Amir Khusro’s verses but has been set to some fresh tunes. The title song “Jhoomo Re” talks about finding the god within oneself rather than in a place of worship. “Tere Naina” like Saiyyan is a dreamy number. As always, Kailash has delivered something that is meaningful and simple at the same time Go for it, it won’t disappoint you.

(Compiled by A.K.)

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