♥ February is, undoubtedly, a month of love. To mark the shortest month of the year and the whole lot of love that is incorporated smack bang in the middle of it, I thought I would do something different on my blog. This will be a month that will be star-studded. From fellow writers to friends to some well-known names… they’re all stars in my eyes and they will be sharing a little about themselves (and their talent) with me – and with you (along with some Valentine’s fun thrown in for good measure!). ♥
Priti Menon‘s voice has always inspired me. She is a very talented musician who has a good head on her shoulders and dreams in her eyes. Having collaborated with well-known artists and been a part of some truly magnificent cover versions of popular songs, Priti still remains grounded. In keeping with my Valentine’s month, she shares with me some of her personal favourite love songs.
♥ Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi: One of my all time favourite love songs is RNBDJ’s title track. However, I prefer the slower version with limited props. Shreya Ghoshal’s syrupy sweet voice does total justice to it and I’ve always been a fan of Salim-Sulaiman’s music. What I like about this song is that’s its very desi at heart; no designer outfits, no foreign locations, just pure, traditional music. The song has a very soothing effect and always touches an emotional chord when played. Tujh mein rab dikhta hai, yaara main kya karu, sajde sar jhukta hai, yaara main kya karu is the ultimate form of expression for the beloved, depicting the intense feelings of pure, selfless love. Here’s my attempt at singing this beautiful song.
♥ Abhi Na Jao Chod Ke – Hum Dono: What a romantic song! Sigh! For me this is one of the most romantic songs, written, composed, enacted and sung! I’m sure, not just for me, but this is an evergreen number on everyone’s lips and in everyone’s heart. No matter how many times I listen to it, I can’t seem to get enough of it. All I can say when the song finishes is, ke dil abhi bhara nahi! I love this version of the song, sounds so angelic!
♥ Lag Jaa Gale – Woh Kaun Thi: Another one of my favourite love songs is Lag Jaa Gale, one of Madan Mohan’s finest compositions, from the Bollywood movie ‘Woh Kaun Thi’. The blend of haunting melody and Lataji’s angelic voice connects with my soul each time I listen to the song. The energy emanating from of the song along with the soothing background score pacifies me whenever I’m aggravated or feeling low. Had the song released in 2012 instead of 1964, it would still have been as popular as it were back then – a timeless classic indeed.
♥ Baahon Ke Darmiyaan – Khamoshi: An outstanding number by Hariharan and Alka Yagnik. Hariharan gives a different, soothing kind of a touch to the song. This romantic love song is a ‘smooth-as-silk’ duet. Alka Yagnik has done a good job in the song but it’s Hariharan who really shines. Some very beautiful interludes that include flute, sax, piano and sitar!
♥ Tere Bina – Guru: When AR Rahman and Mani Ratnam work together, you expect nothing short of a masterpiece. And when Gulzar joins in, the expectations are bound to raise. And, the trio strike gold with this love track! A love song with a difference due to the way the entire song has been paced and arranged, it is an amazing fusion of sufi and Indian classical mix that makes Tere Bina one of a kind. There is a rural feel to the entire composition, which also reflects in the lyrics and takes you to a dream journey.
♥ Hoshwalon Ko Khabar – Sarfarosh: India’s ghazal king, Jagjit Singh, who passed away at the age of 70, has left behind a treasure of heart-touching songs. Amongst them, is one of my all time favourite ghazals, Hoshwalon Ko Khabar. His unique voice fits the romance and the pathos required for this song, perfectly.
What a great lists of songs! Priti has recently also unveiled her new single, Khabida. Check out the video here: Khabida
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