The transformed face of music

Jaane Kahan Gaye woh din! such power of the words, such music that it resounds in our ears after all these years. That was the music of then.. and now we have the music of today - a transformed face.

Thursday, August 09, 2007   |  Copyright:   |  Comments 4 Comments  |  3732 Views



Gone are the days of the old classics. In the days bygone, right from the lyrics, to the music to emotions by the actors to the picturisation, everything was in perfect sync.

Today’s music is more of ‘seeing’ than ‘hearing’. Even before the original version of the song can come on stands, the remix versions are heard at the discotheques. Item numbers featuring skimpily clad girls is the call for the day. Neither do such item numbers have any meaning nor needed. Yet to draw the younger generation, they are being extensively used in films.

If you do not believe us, listen to what some of the singer of yesterday have to say. Both Alka Yagnik and Kavita Krishnamurthy, who were once heard frequently, are no longer interested in giving their voice to more than a few songs. Alka Yagnik is extremely worried because the lack of originality in today’s film songs.

“There’re a lot of re-mixes happening. It’s the current trend. But melodious music will always remain predominant. I’m getting my quota of songs. I don’t want to sing more than that,” she says, adding, “I’ll tell you something. The face of the heroine in Hindi cinema has changed. They’re no longer the delicate beauties that they were in the days of Madhuri Dixit”.

Where Alka wants originality, Kavita does not feel the soul in the music anymore. "The kind of music being composed these days and the kind of meaningless lyrics don't encourage me to accept many assignments. Today, the composers have no style, and music has become soulless. It's too mechanical also. You don't have to be trained in classical music because computer can do cutting and pasting for the singers. Duets are being made, and both the artistes don't have to be present for the recording”.

True, one cannot imagine singers like Lata Mangeshkar lending her voice for Mallika Sherawat. Somehow, their images won’t match. Today music is made to make business (read money). There have many films today which have had no or less business in the box office but their music has featured in the charts for month at a stretch. ‘Shakalaka Boom Boom’, ‘Fanaa’ and ‘Aashiq Banaya Aape’ are just a few examples.
As audiences, we do not think so much about these things. All that we do is ‘listen’ to a song and then decide whether we like it or not. If we notice it is the foot tapping numbers that we prefer now-a-days. But then again, such songs do not have a long life.

But, the time has come for us to decide as to which kind of music we want to hear in our near future. Do we need evergreen songs like ‘Tere Mere Sapne’, ‘Kora Kagaz Tha Ye Man Mera’, ‘Rangila Re’, ‘Bequaar Karke’ or something that will blast away in the dicotheque? The call is all ours.

- Mili Swarnakar (SAMPURN)

Do you like this article?

Posted by: S.Priya
User Rating User Rating(13 Votes)
  indiaone, supriyodas, ksang_gal, RUSmart, rwishka17, Faizy_khan, -Krupa-, Ambrosia, umi82990, anishma24, SaaraDON
Views 3732

User Comments & Ratings

Join India Forums for free to comment on this story. Have an account already? Use Quick Login to comment.

Related Celebrities

Madhuri Dixit Nene Madhuri Dixit Nene
(534)
(161)
(76)

Mallika Sherawat Mallika Sherawat
(8)
(171)
(39)

Alka Yagnik Alka Yagnik
(20)
(2)
(30)

Lata Mangeshkar Lata Mangeshkar
(26)
(1)
(10)

Kavita Krishnamurthy Kavita Krishnamurthy
(2)
(6)

  • Posted on: 19 February 2008 at 2:04pm-shehzaadi-

    i agree. good songs are rare these days.

  • Posted on: 30 November 2007 at 2:43pmNOOR__1994

    THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE! I LOVE NEW AND FAST AND LOUD MUSIC! I EVEN PLAY AND SIN GIT IN MY BAND BUT AT THE SAME TIME I like LISTENING TO OLD MUSIC TOO BECUASE IT SOOTHES MY SOUL. AND HAVING FASTER AND BOOMIER SONG'S IN THE FUTURE DOES'NT MEAN WE WON;T HAVE ANY GOOD SLOW TYPE MUSIC !

  • Posted on: 18 October 2007 at 3:04pmkrayzknu

    I agree with kavita-ji. Songs today have no soul. They cannot compare with raf-sahib, kishore-da or manna dey ji.

  • Posted on: 18 August 2007 at 8:22pmanishma24

    thanks for the great article!

  • Posted on: 10 August 2007 at 4:14pmumi82990

    Good article/pictures.
    Enjoyed it.

Bollywood Film Reviews Articles Index

 


Bollywood Search

Disclaimer: All Logos and Pictures of various Channels, Shows, Artistes, Media Houses, Companies, Brands etc. belong to their respective owners, and are used to merely visually identify the Channels, Shows, Companies, Brands, etc. to the viewer. Incase of any issue please contact the webmaster.