Down Melody Lane:
Reconnecting with Music for the Soul through Hrishikesh Mukherjee films

Kavita’s introduction to Pt. 2 of the special tribute to Hrishikesh Mukherjee

This segment has been a pleasure to present, because not only did I get to talk to legendary and immensely gifted musicians, I also got a front seat view of  the man who made stellar music an intrinsic part of his film making. I’d like to thank Pt Ravi Shankar for talking to me and Sukanya Shankar his lovely wife for making this interview happen at a very short notice in between their hectic traveling, Lata Mangeshkar for being so warm and accessible, and contrary to her serious image, a lot of fun to talk to. Many thanks to  Manna Dey who was in the middle of shifting houses and still took the time to do the interview,  and Shujaat Khan who was also traveling when I called him. Sonu Niigaam who has such a full plate that I get exhausted just looking at his itinerary. He was not just sweet enough to run out of a recording to do this interview but also sang two songs for me on his cell phone, not really bothering about the logistics. Its shows his warmth and self confidence as a singer, but more than that the love Hrishi da still evokes in the heart of all these artists who are either already legends or on their way to becoming future legends. I’m reminded of Amit ji’s last dialogue in Anand “Anand Mara nahin. Anand martey nahin.” And Hrishi da lives on,  through his stories and the melodies that evoke a song in our hearts and a smile on our lips.

Read Kavita’s thoughts  on Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s musical journey in the print section here.

Kavita Talks to Lata Mangeshkar

The legendary voice behind some of Hrishi da’s most memorable film songs speaks about him with affection in a rare interview.

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Kavita Talks to Pandit Ravi Shankar

The sitar maestro fondly recalls his composition to Hrishi da’s "Anuradha", shares some fond memories of friendship with him and makes quite a confession in this segment!.

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Kavita Talks to Manna Dey

The legendary voice  behind numerous evergreen hits talks about what made Hrishi da such a unique film maker.

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Kavita Talks to Ustad Shujaat Khan

 

The sitar maestro discusses his deep appreciation of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and calls his music the perfect blend of soulful lyrics and outstanding melody.

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Kavita Talks to Sonu Niigaam

The singing superstar and youth icon who began his career in Bombay with Hrishi da’s serial Talaash, relates how Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s films influenced him and his music.

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Click here for the first part of the tribute to Hrishikesh Mukherjee
- featuring Kavita’s conversations with screen legends Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Amol Palekar.

Next week Kavita will be back with more amazing artists who will share their thoughts on a man who lives on through his films, and a legacy of humanity that enriched not just the lives of those who came into contact with him, but the world at large.

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