Indian Singers Then And Now…

Yesterday I was listening to “Dekha na hay re, socha na hay re” sung by Kishor Kumar. I love Kishore Kumar songs; he was so versatile and god-gifted singer. Every song, whether that’s Romantic number or sentimental number or even happy and sad numbers, sung by him was a master piece. The vigor and enthusiasm with which he used to sing was amazing. It’s been almost 2 decades that he is not among us, but still remains in our hearts.


In fact, I like every singer and musician of his era. Let that be Mohd. Rafi or Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale, Mukesh Kumar, S.D. Burman, R.D. Burman, Kalyanji Anandji, Lakshmikant Pyarelal. These all are legends, they changed the music in India forever. There were so many legends before these people also, but these people were truly amazing. And these singers and musicians were COMPLETE.


For example, these singers had to sing a song in one go for their recordings, unlike today where technology has come to help the singers. Today recordings go like “One word at a time” and not “One song at a time”. Consider an example of song like “Dekha na Hai re, Socha na Hai re” or “Aake seedhi lagi dil pe“, these song is fast and needs lot of energy. It is difficult to sing these songs in one go, but still Kishor Kumar managed to sing is in a best way. It was lot harder to record a song in one go. If musician missed a single beat or singers missed something, the only option was to start the recording over again. Isn’t that cumbersome but let me tell you, these people mostly used to okay the recording in at max 2-3 takes. That’s it, so was their perfection.


Today the scene is different, we have advanced in technology so much that we can edit, cut and paste and record at different timings and merge to create a song. But this has taken a toll on today’s singers. Not that Sonu Nigam, Shaan, K.K. and likes of them are bad. They are equally good, but the enthusiasm and zest which was there in earlier singers in not present in the same percentage.


I like yesteryear singers and today’s singers both, but if it comes to choosing singers and music quality, I’ll vote for late 80’s and 90’s music and singers. Because that was real melody and those were complete singers and musicians.


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