Divya Dave | 10th Feb 2024
Review by Mrinal Athle, R4-ian
Since the new idea of PMP has been introduced to R4 community it is attracting lot of attention with increased expectations of the listeners. The curiosity is heightened by the time the day of PMP arrives!
Divya Dave's presentation on 10th Feb was one such PMP which matched the expectations and the curiosity about the selection of ten songs of her choice. A proud homemaker, enthusiastic culinary expert, a poet, an author of a book and a dancer who has won prizes! This introduction about Divya made me sit up to hear about her topic of the presentation.
As she announced 10 songs of 10 music composers the question that came to my mind obviously was - masters of golden era? As she unfolded the set it was a treat!
When one sees the listed jewels, one knows that the poet and the music lover in her are in synch with each other.
She introduced each song with her own poetry which was interesting. I noted down some lovely lines written by her such as---
लहरोंसे भरा समुंदर समझ नहीं आता or प्यार हो चाहे वहम चाहे सच्चा दिलदार रहे or कडा इम्तेहान मुहब्बतकी ग़लियाँ!
All ten songs being popular, famous, super compositions the listeners had a wonderful one hour of SHRAVANNSUKH. It was a very easy going, pleasant and lively presentation with Divya giving her own short commentary about each song.
Here is the list of songs Divya played for her PMP.
Here in minimalistic instrumental support a beauty created which had serenity and peace.
The entire presentation was very tightly crafted with precision and right amount of lighthearted humour. Overall, a very enjoyable happy one hour.
Anupam Sinha | 1st Feb 2024
There is something about creative artists that, they seem to spellbind the audiences in whatever they do. Anupam Sinha was no different. A comic book artist and writer, with sections of media crediting him for revolutionizing Indian comics with his work at Raj Comics. He is credited as the creator of the superhero - "Super Commando Dhruva"
The songs he presented, he said, had great memories for him and evoked a sense of nostalgia in him whenever he heard them, though there were no particular incidents that he connected to these songs. Something he mentioned, clearly stuck a chord with most listeners since they had experienced the same situation when growing up. Anupam mentioned about how in his childhood, there was no radio in their house, and he would hear songs wafting through the neighbor's radio. What's difficult to access or acquire is cherished the most, he said while introducing the songs and no truer words have been spoken. He cherishes some of the songs that he had chosen to play tonight as they were accessed with great difficulty and these songs have got themselves imprinted in his mind forever.
Eight of the Ten songs had lyrics referring to romance, love and beloved. Though Anupam did not mention it, these songs probably were heard during his youth and hence the affinity for them is understandable.
Anupam was engrossing and his song selection were special. My only peeve - would have loved to hear him speak more. The artist in him remained hidden and maybe he chose to keep it that way!!
Sandeep Garg | 27th Jan 2024
“Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
~ Steve Jobs
I doff my hat to Sandeep Garg who kept his presentation so simple that he certainly moved the hearts of everyone who attended the 4th Premium Member Presentation PMP). In any presentation, there's a thin line dividing "wanting to express" and "wanting to impress" and it equally true for our Member Presentations (MP) and PMP's. Sandeep, to his credit clearly stayed on the "wanting to express" side and delivered a smashing PMP
Key observations on his PMP
The songs themselves
In summary, Sandeep aced the show with his choice of songs, the lyrical strength of them and an incisive introduction to each of the songs thus holding the audience in rapt attention and craving for more.
Arup Chakravarty | 20th Jan 2024
नज़र का रखा क्या है,कब कहाँ दे जाये धोका
मालूम नहीं क्या दिखे आगेहकीकत या ख्वाब अनोखा
नज़राना बेमिसाल हो तो नज़र बदलते ना लगे देर
रिश्ता बना और बिगड़ा कैसे बस नज़रों का हेर फेर
नज़र में उठना , नज़रों से गिरना सब नज़रिये ने किया एहजाद
रिश्तों के तमाशयीयोने ही किया नज़र लफ्ज़ को बर्बाद
जानता हूँ अब तू भी देगी तेरी नज़र का वास्ता
नज़र दिखा देगी तुझे मुझे जुड़ा होने का रास्ता
मुझे मेरी सोच अजीज धोका नहीं मेरे प्यार में
वो तक़्क़त तेरे इंकार में कहाँ जो ज़ोर है मेरे इकरार में
माना तेरी नज़र में , तेरा प्यार हम नहीं
कैसे कहे के तेरे , तलबगार हम नहीं
Thus wrote Arup who is an aspiring poet and has cultivated the art of writing poems which end with the mukhada of Hindi Film songs. The one above is what Arup read out on the show and is an example of this format with the highlighted portion being a song mukhada.
Arup presented the third PMP (Premier Member Presentation) and what a delightful one it was. Given his poetic inclinations, it was expected that songs which showcase lyrical supremacy would be chosen and Arup did that, yet he left us unquenched for some reason which I will touch upon at the end of this review. He chose 10 songs with focus on nine words (two songs were on the same word). Through these songs Arup, combined with quotes from Shayari's and some his own, managed to keep the audience engaged.
Arup chose 9 words for the songs today and inspired from Arup, I have attempted to weave these words into a brief poem. The highlighted words are part of Arup's choices.
किस्सा सुनाते हैं तुम्हारी निगहाओं का
नज़रें जब मिलती है आमने सामने
सोचते हैं पीछे राह देखें या आगे रहगुज़र
या गौर करे उन दास्ताँ-इ-इश्क़ पर
जो दूरियों में भी ला रहें हैं हमे करीब
The Songs themselves
Arup started and ended with two female singers with different capabilities as an artiste. Suraiya - a singer and actor par excellence who chose to live unmarried when her love didnt reach a desired conclusion while the other Meena Kumari , well what can one say of someone who want these words to be her epitaph.
"She ended life with a broken fiddle, with a broken song, with a broken heart, but not a single regret"
There were three songs from Beyond 1985 , which ideally moves into Muzicalli domain as Nostalgiaana R4 largely limits its choices to songs upto 1985.
Three songs from the mid 60s and early 70s found their way into Arup's presentation.
I must mention about two songs that I found disappointing and left me wondering on their place in the show.
Overall, an impressive set of songs interwoven into a script which was warm and the attempted to connect with the audience. Could Arup have done with slightly easier to connect songs, even if not popular with respect to the showcased words. Well, the jury is still out on that one.
And what was Do Lafzon ki Kahani ?? ... the Kahani seemed to have got left behind.
Rama kant | 14th Jan 2024
With Rama Kant-ji, one comes to expect the rare and esoteric and therein lies the joy of his presentations. His horizon of Film songs stretches to the 40s and the 30s and it's always a pleasure to be walked down the garden holding his hands for guidance. On both these fronts Rama kant-ji did not disappoint.
That said, the choice of Qawwali in his PMP was baffling. Not because this genre is uninspiring and tepid. Quite the contrary, Qawwali’s are awe inspiring when done right. As the song progresses the tempo and passion build up, with each singer trying to outdo the other in both vocal delivery and lyrical subjugation. The show had its fair share of “Eureka” moments, but as a listener one tended to get fatigued by the predictability of this templatized genre.
Additionally for reasons unknown Roshan’s Qawwali’s were kept out. Admittedly Roshan’s Qawwali’s are popular and have had/ continue to have plenty of airtime. Given Rama kant-ji fetish to highlight only rare songs, I certainly didn’t expect – “Yeh Ishq Ishq hai” and “Nigahen Milane Ko Jee Chahta Hai” to be on the playlist. But I was disappointed to not see a few of the Roshan’s less heard /spoken tracks like
As for the songs played
Thank you, Rama kant-ji for exposing us to this genre beyond the popular ones and helping us discover some gems.
Balaji Vittal | 04 Jan 2024
We were obviously delighted when Balaji consented to make the first PMP (for non-members) . He comes with a great reputation as an Author & Columnist and besides is a good friend and supporter of Team Nostalgiaana.
When the presentation date happens to be 4th Jan, and the presenter is someone who has co-authored a book on R D Burman, what can one expect? A full show on R D Burman, right? Wrong!!!
Balaji slipped in a googly on the attendees when they were expecting a full toss !!
He chose to showcase RD Burman only with his finale song and credit to him to touch upon 10 different composers for each of his song, straddling several decades and genres of songs. Five songs were of composers who dominated the airwaves in the 50s and 60s
Balaji also touched upon a few composers who ruled the roost in the 70s including his favourite - R D Burman
The two other composers whom he also touched were
Thank you , Balaji for the engaging and entralling presentation.
Music listening is a passion and out of this passion was born Nostalgiaana. We (along with Shankar Iyer) present radio style shows since April 2020
• This is my personal review and views expressed are entirely mine and NOT of TEAM NOSTALGIAANA
• I hope to review it objectively and not just make this an attempt at absolute unquestioned veneration.
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