on Shashi Kapoor’s birthday
“Shanker Jaikishen were the best thing to happen to film music”
“Wouldn’t call myself a music buff, but I do enjoy listening to good music. As a young lad, I would walk into this music store called Rhythm House in south Mumbai to pick up records. Actually, I could not afford them, but I would quietly buy them on my brothers’ Raj Kapoor or Shammi Kapoor’s account!
I’ve always loved listening to a variety of music, From the vocals of a Western classical singer like Frankie Lane to Indian classical singers like Bhimsen Joshi, Girija Devi and Begum Parveen Sultana, to Hindi film music. But, my favourite piece of music would be by the duo Shankar-Jaikishen, who I think were the best thing to have happened to Hindi film music. Even a maestro like Naushad once mentioned that the two were not musicians, but magicians!
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