Kisi ki Muskurahaton pe

I will never get over the feeling of awe for old hindi song lyrics. There are such outstanding words written that even today decades later, they feel so warm, fresh and personal.

I have a made playlist of songs called Zindagi Tunes which give an essence of living life and this song tops the list in so many ways. Such an elegant composition by Shankar-Jaikishan ji and such elaborate yet simple description of the concept of “Jeena Isi ka naam hai” by Shailendra ji.

I started to work on Youtube as it became my space to sing all the songs which live rent-free in my head, mind and heart. Today I present my honest attempt at this masterpiece. I look up to this song at times when everything seems hard and nothing seems to work out. The lyrics in combination of the melody have some magical energy which never fails to boost me up!

Raat Akeli Hai

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?

Chain se humko kabhi

I am awestruck by the way in which music conveys melancholy or helplessness. Do you think any other thing in this world has this power to convey these emotions so effortlessly? ‘Chain se humko kabhi’ is such a distinct composition by OP Nayyar ji. The one who was known for the tanga rhythm and upbeat songs made this song which makes you stand still. I remember listening to this song in school when mom played the radio in the house and not getting even a single thing about it but still loving it. Today, I can wholly and fully understand what the emotions convey. I believe that after staying on this planet for a couple of decades in the humanity that exists today, it is hard to NOT come across a person to whom you would like to sing this song! What is your take on this?

Hope you enjoy my honest attempt at singing this melody! Thank you for listening and supporting as always!

Kuch Na Kaho

1942 a love story was an immensely intense film which came in during my childhood. Since I was a kid, I was not allowed to watch this film at that time, but I remember to have listened to all the songs on loop and I remember them word by word (bar by bar – in our musical language) even today.

I learnt today that 1942 – A love story was the first Indian film to use dolby stereo. The songs were composed by Pancham da, R.D Burman and it was one of his last work. Being an ardent fan of Pancham da’s work, singing the compositions which were his last is an emotional ride.

Kuch na Kaho starts off appearing as a simple composition but as the song progresses, we can see the magic of Pancham da! The way he starts the song at ‘Sa’ both the ‘madhyams‘ , rests on ‘pancham‘ and ascends to the ‘taar saptak sa‘ in the mukhda itself, to paint a whole arena of emotions is phenomenal. My most favourite part in the song is the line ‘kya kehna hai’ It is a sure-shot goosebump-y line when it comes with perfect emotion.

Which is your favourite song from the film ?

Yeh Loh Mein Haari Piya

Entering the mesmerizing world of Geeta Dutt. Here is my honest attempt at recreating the magic of this beautiful melody close to all of our hearts. The magic of Geeta Dutt songs is that, inspite of being sweet and hummable, they are extremely difficult to sing technically. She was such a miraculously talented singer who have given us so many wonderful songs!

Hope this song brighten’s your day and makes you smile more 🙂

Love & Peace
-Saee

Aage Bhi Jaane Na Tu

Every now and then we need a reminder to live in the present and this beautiful song from Waqt scores 10/10 for this job!
Sahir Ludhianvi ji’s simple yet such effective words never fail to inspire me!
Hope you like this honest attempt & it inspires you to live in the moment !

Jo bhi hai, bas yehi ik pal hai!
Love & Peace