Archive for the ‘Lists’ Category

Single Saavn playlist of 39 (out of 45) songs (not available on saavn: Comrade In America CIA, Rakshadhikari Baiju Oppu, Georgettan’s Pooram and Wow Song, from Godha) Hindi Haareya, Yeh jawani teri, Iss tarah & Khol de baahein – Meri Pyaari Bindu (Sachin-Jigar) Murshida – Begum Jaan (Anu Malik) Hoor – Hindi Medium (Sachin-Jigar) Tamil […]

Sunday April 23, 2017 13:38

Ramesh Vinayakam retrospective

Considering I have been tracking (and eventually writing about) Tamil and other film music in India, have always, at various points in time, felt that some composer was promising, besides those who ruled the roost at those times. VS Narasimhan, Vidyasagar, Adithyan, Balabarathy… back in those days. And many of the new composers these days. […]

Single Saavn playlist of 49 songs (except 2 songs; from Take Off and Sathya, in Malayalam): Hindi Tukda tukda – Mirza Juuliet (Krsna) Chatur naar and Itna tumhe – Machine (Tanishk Bagchi) Dum dum, Sahiba and Naughty billo – Phillauri (Shashwat Sachdev) Badnaam jiya and Man beqaid huva – Anaarkali of Aarah (Rohit Sharma) Rozana […]

Saturday April 1, 2017 16:19


Today is April 1. You have noticed me referring to some songs as Raja’ish. That word is not going to fool hardcore Ilayaraja fans, but, for the average music listener, some songs do recall Raja’s music easily, if not in the tune, at least in the background music or the interludes. Here’s a list of […]

Single Saavn playlist of all the 51 songs below: Hindi Aashiq surrender hua, Roke na ruke and Tamma tamma again – Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya (Amaal Mallik and Tanishk Bagchi) Poori qaaynaat and Kuch parbat hilaayein – Poorna (Salim-Sulaiman) Tamil Enga pora Dora and Vaazhavudu – Dora (Vivek-Mervin) Oxygen and Theeraadha vilayaattu pillai – Kavan (Hiphop […]

Monday February 27, 2017 19:09

20 years of Yuvan Shankar Raja!

Yuvan completes 20 years producing music today! So, here is an updated version of the list I had prepared in 2010 – 30 songs this time! 30 songs that define Yuvan’s music for me. But yes, I’m increasingly disappointed with his horrendous singing, but there’s no doubt that he is continuing to produce some great […]

Sunday February 12, 2017 08:25

Hitman – February 12, 2017

Originally published in The Hindu. Paarai mele – Sathriyan (Tamil – Yuvan Shankar Raja) This composer is obsessed with singing his songs himself. He sings terribly too. You thought this is about Himesh Reshammiya? No, this is about Yuvan Shankar Raja. How else does one rationalize Yuvan singing ‘Paarai meLe thooraL poLe…’ or ‘ennai udaithavale’ […]

Sunday February 5, 2017 09:14

Hitman – February 5, 2017

Originally published in The Hindu. Idho thaanaagave – Adhe Kangal (Tamil – Ghibran) Take Jeff Beck. Yeah, the guitarist from Bon Jovi. Take his guitar away from him and give him a sitar. Yes, a sitar. Now, ask him to play snatches from Bon Jovi’s song ‘Blaze of Glory’. Ghibran pulls off something akin to […]

Saturday February 4, 2017 16:22

Milliblog’s Top Recent Listens – January 2017

Single Saavn playlist for 44 of the songs below (except the 2 Indipop songs that aren’t available on Saavn):   Hindi Mannerless Majnu, Kuch to hai and Main faraar sa – Running Shaadi.Com (Abhishek-Akshay, Anupam Roy, Anjana Ankur Singh and Sandeep Madhavan) Laila, Enu naam che Raees, Udi udi jaye, Ghammar and Zaalima – Raees […]

Sunday January 29, 2017 08:13

Hitman – January 29, 2017

Originally published in The Hindu. Tippa – Rangoon (Hindi – Vishal Bhardwaj) Back in the 90s, Doordarshan aired an NFDC-dubbed version of Alice In Wonderland’s Japanese anime version (originally called ‘Fushigi no Kuni no Alice’). That series has a popular title song, ‘Tap tap topi topi’, composed by Vishal and written by Gulzar. In Tippa, […]

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