R C Boral

Rai Chand Boral or R. C. Boral, who started scoring music for the talkies in our country virtually right from their inception in the early 1930s, is regarded by music connoisseurs and film historians...

Pran

Pran’s entry into films, which took place about seventy-five years ago, is often narrated by many old-timers in an anecdotal vein. In a career span lasting more than six decades, he worked in more th...

Pankaj Mullick

Pankaj Mullick was such a pioneer music director, along with his composer colleagues, R.C. Boral and Timir Baran, at the New Theatres, which was opened in Kolkata by B.N. Sircar in February, 1931. Pr...

Manna Dey

The passing away of Manna Dey, the legendary singer, in Bengaluru on October 24, 2013, caused a three-pronged impact on music lovers in general and his admirers in particular. Manna Dey was honoured ...

Lata Mangeshkar

The single sweet singing voice listened to by several generations of Indians since the country’s independence in 1947, has undoubtedly been that of Lata Mangeshkar. Although she started singing at th...

L.V. Prasad

L.V.  Prasad had humble, really humble beginnings. He worked as a cleaner at a tailor’s shop to begin with. Prasad had never been known to be the favourite child of destiny. Prasad was to go on to bu...

Kavi Pradeep

A single song which reaffirmed and enhanced by several notches the reputation of Kavi Pradeep. (real name: Ramchandra Narayanji Dwivedi) as a popular patriotic poet was the now legendary number, “Ai ...

Kanan Devi

Kanan Devi, the singing star heroine of the Bengali and Hindi films, possessed the sweetest voice and her songs produced a most soothing effect on the listeners. She, therefore, came to be called the...

Jairaj

Jairaj enjoyed a singular respect in the Indian film industry and was amongst the foremost invitees to various cinema award ceremonies and other important functions, at some of which he was requested...

Hrishikesh Mukherjee

When writers refer to the Golden Age of Hindi Cinema and seek its time period, we find that both in the beginning and closing of this time period ,the name of Hrishikesh Mukherjee exists. And of cour...