Bollywood Record Covers
January 20, 2005 4:40 PM   Subscribe

Bollywood Record Covers Crazy Bollywood soundtrack LP covers. My likes? This one and this one. No, I have no idea what they say either.
posted by bdave (11 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The second of your 'likes' says: "Hum Kisise Kum Naheen", which means, literally: "We Aren't Lesser Than Anyone".

Does Marvel know about this one?
posted by Gyan at 4:59 PM on January 20, 2005

Thanks for the tranlation Gyan. And that would be Marvel and DC. ;)
posted by bdave at 5:39 PM on January 20, 2005

If the covers whet your appetite for some Bollywood music but you're not yet ready to pull the trigger and buy a Bollywood album or one of the many great Bollywood CD comps out there you should visit Bollywood for the Skeptical. There are 19 well annotated MP3s as well a glossary. of words that show up frequently in Bollywood songs
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 6:11 PM on January 20, 2005

Slack-a-gogo: That author's choice of music is heavily personalised. No serious historian/critic/fan would agree that those songs represent either the best of, or a proportionate representation of Bollywood music. To underscore the point, the writer says: "I know less about older movies, but two that have great songs are Don and Kabhi Kabhie.". If those are his choices for old movies with good songs, then he's far removed from typical Hindi film sensibilities. I'm not saying he's bad, just atypical.
posted by Gyan at 6:37 PM on January 20, 2005

Gyan - my knowledge of Bollywood comes mostly from Western pop culture websites and zines, so I don't really have a reference point of what's mainstream, out of the ordinary, or just plain wrong. Can you vouch for any of the CD comps out there as being either historically comprehensive or representative of the style in general?

When I first started dipping my toe into the Bollywood waters a few years ago it was just "that crazy Hindi music" and something to use to put some oddball variety into a mix disc. But now I'm starting to find some stuff that I really like (without the kitsch factor it had for me at the beginning) and I'd like to learn more about the style. But most of the stuff I find focuses more on the kitschy-to-Westerners side.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 7:13 PM on January 20, 2005

The list below is not representative of all music, but should be a good guide to the better music among the oldies with a few recent ones:

Lata Mangeshkar - Inhi Logon Ne
Mohd. Rafi - Khoya Khoya Chand
Chitra - Kehna Hi Kya
Mukesh - Kisi Ke Muskurahaton Pe
Kishore Kumar - Mere Mehboob Qayamat Hogi
Mohd. Rafi - Kya Hua Tera Wada
Kishore Kumar - Chalte Chalte
Kishore Kumar - Pal Pal
Kishore Kumar - Mere Samnewali Khidki Mein
Kishore Kumar - Thandi Hawa
Mohd. Rafi - O Haseena Zulfon Wali
Lucky Ali - O Sanam
Kishore Kumar - Yeh Ratein Yeh Mausam
Mohd. Rafi - Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra
Manna Dey - Pyaar Hua Ikrar Hua
Mohd. Rafi - Ramaiya Vastavaiya
Mohd. Rafi - Sar Jo Tera Chakraye
Lata Mangeshkar - Yeh Sama
Mukesh - Suhana Safar
Kumar Sanu - Tere Dar Pe Sanam
Mohd. Rafi - Tumne Mujhe Dekha
Mohd. Rafi - Tumsa Nahin Dekha
Udit Narayan - Pehla Nasha
Geeta Dutt - Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam
Mohd. Rafi - Aye Gulbadan
Mohd. Rafi - Yeh Hai Bombay Meri Jaan
Chitra - Yeh Haseen Vadhiya
Kishore Kumar - Inteha Ho Gaye Intezar Ki
Mohd. Rafi - Lal Chhadi
Mohd. Rafi - Aasman Se Aaya Farishta
Mohd. Rafi - Chaudhvin Ka Chand
Mohd. Rafi - Tum Se Achha
Kishore Kumar - Ek Chatur Naar
Hariharan - Roja Jaaneman
Asha Bhonsle - Tanha Tanha
Asha Bhonsle - Sar Pe Topi Lal
Geeta Dutt - Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo
Hemant Kumar - Hai Apna Dil To Aawara
Hemant Kumar - Jane Woh Kaise Log The
Kishore Kumar - Choo Kar Mere Man Ko
Kishore Kumar - Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si
Kishore Kumar - Khwab Ho Tum Ya Koi Haqeeqat
Kishore Kumar - Neele Neele Ambar Pe
Lata Mangeshkar - Dheere Dheere Machal
Lata Mangeshkar - Salam-e-Ishq
Lata Mangeshkar - Honthon Pe Aise Baat
Lata Mangeshkar - Ja Ja Ja Mere Bachpan
Lata Mangeshkar - Main Chali Main Chali
Manna Dey - Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli
Mohd. Rafi - Akele Akele Kahan Ja Rahe Ho
Mohd. Rafi - Baar Baar Dekho
Mohd. Rafi - Badan Pe Sitare
Mohd. Rafi - Aai Aai Aa Sukoo Sukoo
Mohd. Rafi - Ehsan Tera Hoga Mujh Par
Asha Bhonsle - Dil Chiz Kiya Hia
Mohd. Rafi - Is Rang Badalti Duniyan Mein
Asha Bhonsle - In Aankhon Ki Masti
Mohd. Rafi - Pukarta Chala Hoon Main
Asha Bhonsle - Kajra Mohabbat Wala
Mohd. Rafi - Khuli Phalak Mein Jhutha Gussa
Mohd. Rafi - Yeh Mera Prem Patra Padh ke
Mohd. Rafi - Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye
Mohd. Rafi - Hum Aap Ki Aankhon Mein
Mukesh - Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaye
Shamshad Begum - Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar
Mohd. Rafi - Ae Phoolon Ki Rani
Asha Bhonsle - Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Ye
Minmini - Chhoti Si Aashaa
Mohd. Rafi - Deewana Hua Badal
Mohd. Rafi - Deewana Mujhsa Nahin
Mohd. Rafi - Dil Ke Jharokhe Mein
Mukesh - Ek Din Bik Jayega
Mukesh - Jane Kahan Gaye Woh Din
Mohd. Rafi - Jawaniyan Ye Mast Mast
Mukesh - Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan

If you're planning to sample this, search using the song title only. Might have to vary the spelling a bit so long as the phonetics remain the same.
posted by Gyan at 7:56 PM on January 20, 2005

Thanks, Bdave. I love this stuff.

Also, thanks for the link Slack-a-gogo. That site is handy. I've never really found a good bollywood primer.

They're not typical "bollywood" fare but the films of Satyajit Ray are definitely worth checking out.
posted by shoepal at 8:00 PM on January 20, 2005

Tunak Tunak Tan. Just because.
posted by dhartung at 8:01 PM on January 20, 2005

Gyan is correct in his assessment of the music provided by Bollywood for the Skeptical. It is less of a historic overview than a very personal tour of Indian film music. Though it is great to get a couple of those songs as MP3s - Jaan Pehechaan Ho is hardly a classic but it sure is fun. There's a world of great classic Indian movies (& music) - many of them are now on DVD. Have a look around and you should be able to find plenty of recommendations. I'd agree with Gyan's musical suggestions as well - particularly the Asha Bhonsle... I adore her duets from the film Teesri Manzil (kind of a self link in that I watched the movie with Muffy-ji who wrote the review - the site though is all hers - so my apologies).

Languagehat had an interesting discussion on his blog regarding some of the info provided on Bollywood for the Skeptical about the relationship of Hindi/Urdu and the use of these languages in the movies.

For the neophyte Bollywood viewer, I'd recommended that you check out - BollyWhat (Particularly their FAQ). And if you liked those record covers check out these fantastic posters Posters and while you are at it check out their reviews - very funny.

And as for DC, I wonder if they know about this one
posted by Ashwagandha at 8:24 PM on January 20, 2005

Slack-a-gogo: kewl
posted by bdave at 9:08 PM on January 20, 2005

That languagehat link should be this, I think. The swing influence in "Ina Meena Dinka" is just amazing.

Damn, but this thread is a great introduction to Bollywood music. Why on earth do people post CNN stories to the front page when links like these are out there?

[shakes head, walks away]
posted by mediareport at 1:33 AM on January 21, 2005

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