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The Musical ‘March’

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It's amazing that a month with 31 days has given birth to over 20 names in the field of music - a record unbeaten even by September despite its titans like Dr Bhupen Hazarika, (Laxmikant-) Pyarelal, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.

Padma Shri (Kalyanji-) Anandji (2nd March) needs no introduction. Fresh today from his Grammy triumph, Anandji continues his work of composing private albums and coaching new talent after a dream run from the late '50s to the early '90s as music director. Another Padma Shri composer who by coincidence also assisted the late Hemant Kumar, Ravi, celebrates his birthday on the 3rd. Sharing his birthday with these maestros is singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan whose music literally spans all genres of Indian and world music.
Let us also not forget Amit Khanna (1st March), whose current status in Reliance and as a film industry leader does not take away his earlier formidable innings as a lyricist that peaked with Bhairavi (1996) after triumphs like Chalte Chalte (1976), Swami, Des Pardes and his own production Manpasand.

Let us go then to a musical 7th for the redoubtable Sadhana Sargam, easily the most under-rated and under-utilized singer in the business. With gurus like Vasant Desai and Kalyanji-Anandji to bolster a phenomenal talent and one of the industry's best voices, it is deplorable that she gets to sing only a song or two in films every year.

Heading the Kalyanji-Anandji trinity of top-line singers is Alka Yagnik (20th), the only singer whose popularity and enduring power comes close to the Mangeshkars. At low-key due to the beat-oriented trends this year, Alka will reassert herself with Umrao Jaan as her trump card when melody decimates the current madness, as it must.
Completing the K-A school troika is Shreya Ghoshal (12th), undoubtedly the foremost singing discovery of the millennium with aces like Devdas, Jism, Saaya and Parineeta and two Screen Awards to show already in a career that has yet to complete four years! She shares her birthday with dandia specialist Falguni Pathak, singer Sarika Kapoor (Bees Saal Baad/1989, Tumse Accha Kaun Hai/2002), Kamaal Khan (Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya et al) and ghazal singer and composer Chandan Dass. We also have musician-turned-singer, arranger and composer Jolly Mukherjee (16th), whose hit parade as a vocalist spans from Dayavan in 1988 to Raaz in 2002.

The singer-heavy month also finds two pre-eminent talents of their respective genres, Chitra Singh and Alisha Chinoy, both on the 18th. In their own ways, they demonstrate the power of women in male fiefdom, because Chitra is among the female pioneers in popular yet weighty ghazals, while Alisha broke through the early male-dominated Indipop bastion of the Balis and the Babas. Today of course, Alisha enjoys her status as the playback Czarina who has carved her unique Mr India-Khuddar-Bunty Aur Babli niche.

The 15th of March also demonstrates woman power in folk pop with Ila Arun, the voice that interprets popular modern folk in a range from 'Choli ke peeche...' to her socially conscious songs in several albums. Shaan's sister, crooner Sagarika also was born this month on the 2nd, as was Rajeshwari Sachdev, the actress who has also proved her mettle in dance and vocals.

Ustad Zakir Hussain (9th) is another name that matters in this musical 'March'. Apart from his huge contribution to classical (and fusion), the Ustad has scored music for the films Mohaffiz and Saaz.

Two duos that are now separate professional entities, Dilip Sen (25th)-Sameer Sen (14th) and Jatin (17th)-Lalit (16th) are incredibly born in the month of March too. The Sens have had their brush with fame in films like Meherbaan, Aaina, Yeh Dillagi and Ziddi while J-L's track-record from Khiladi and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander to Hum Tum has been truly impressive.

March also marks the birthdays of three more smaller composers - Bapi (22nd) of Bapi-Tutul (Paisa Vasool, Sarkar), Shaarangdeo (23rd) best known or Aastha apart from several albums, and Ajit Verman (26th) , best known for his work in Saaransh and Govind Nihalani in films like Vijeta (1983) and Aakrosh.
What a musical 'March' it is!



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