Lata and Asha!
Posted by Paul on July 27, 2002 at 21:28:54:
In reply to: Bhangra rules! posted by txilar on July 24, 2002 at 16:51:17:I'm coming to this discussion a few days late, but it's great to see
folks mentioning the names of Lata and Asha. These two ruled India's
film music industry for decades and have only recently been
supplanted by younger voices. There are some GREAT multi-CD
collections with Lata and people like Kishore Kumar that, when they
can be found stateside, are often very reasonably priced. Asha is
still reinventing herself and has done some world music recently. It
seems silly to say it, but I feel that Henna always comes out better
when Lata or Asha are singing.
If you find that you like these two great singers and their songs,
don't forget to check out other filmi music by Kavita Krisnamurthy
(that's from memory, I may have misspelled it) and of course Alka
Yagnik. Along with the male singer Udit Narayan, Alka is ruling the
roost of Hindi films these days. If you watched Moulin Rouge, you've
heard Alka and Udit singing. They also sang some of the songs on last
year's big crossover hit "Lagaan".
Trivia: Lagaan truly represented the best that Mumbai's playback
singers have to offer. In addition to Alka and Udit's work on Lagaan,
Lata sang on O Paalanhare, proving that she was still more than
relevant, and Asha sang on Radha Kaise Na Jele.
: For something calmer, Ravi Shankar is excellent and his daughter
: is turning out to be quite a protege. Sisters Lata Mangeshkar and
: Asha Bhosle both have outstanding music behind them and their
: are just amazing. (If you can find the song Oh Haseena, both
: tradtional version and remix are Grrrreat!) For a very reggae
: influenced Indian sound, check out Apache Indian, Asha sings on a
: of his music.
: : Forgive me for the OT'ness of this, but I've heard several folks
: : discuss this before, and I'd thought perhaps I could get some
: : guidance.
: : I'm interested in getting a few heads' up about who might be some
: : good Indian musical artists to listen to. I don't know any
: : names or songs - I've heard a few things I've liked, but have no
: : as to who or what they might be. I tend to like techno-beat
: : Anyone got any ideas?
: : As always, very much appreciated in advance!
: : Jenna
: : who hennaed her hand tonight
: : 'cuz she's got a new job and it's cool at last to do it >8-D
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