I remember watching the film Jewel Thief as a kid and being fascinated by it. The part of it which was etched in my heart forever was the music. S D Burman da’s magic in the form of versatility with songs like Rulake gaya Sapana or Raat Akeli Hai or Hoton pe aise baat in the same album hit me differently. Is it just me or do these songs still feel as fresh as they were made yesterday?
Raat Akeli Hai is a very challenging song for a singer which needs use to controlled dynamics and so much expression. The song begins sublty in the middle octave and the way the cross line shoots up in the upper octave to the taar saptak ‘Gandhar‘ elevates the mood of the song to another level.
Asha didi has been a university to study in itself. The way she has applied vocal dynamics to this song is a topic each singer should study intricately. I had sung this song multiple times in live concerts but this is my first honest attempt at recording it. Singing a song live and recording it is a different ball game altogether. Would you like to know more about this?