I was listening to BBC's Desert Island Discs (BBC Radio 4 Extra) on my UK radio station app and it got me thinking on what I would like for my desert island playlist. Since Bollywood is such a huge part of my life, obviously I'd have to have some filmi music on my list. I immediately dropped all more relevant work and picked up this project with single-minded enjoyment and ended up selecting 2 songs. The average for the show seemed to be around 6- 7 selections, so I followed that example.
Here is what I chose, and I would love to hear what you all would have on your Desert Island Playlist! This could be a fun thread that could be updated as we encounter new music.
My filmi choices:
Piya Aiso Jiya Mein from Sahib, Biwi Aur Ghulam sung by Geeta Dutt. Geeta’s voice is so sublime, full of longing and anticipation ~ the story is that Meena’s character is in a loveless marriage but she has put her faith in some sindoor that is supposed to awaken the passion in her husband. She is prepping herself to go to him during this song.
Dukh Bhare Din Beete Re from Mother India – this song for me is so powerful it can bring tears to my eyes ~ the plaintive force, strength, driving urgency and unity of the singing completely sweeps me up.
Ultimately, these are the 2 songs that 1) give me goosebumps every time and 2) never get skipped on the playlist.
Here are my non-filmi selections, for full disclosure:
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copeland, with Leonard Bernstein conducting
Little Martha by Dwayne Allman (The Allman Brothers)
Ok, here's my filmi playlist, although it kills me to pick JUST seven:
Main Yahaan Hoon - Veer-Zaara Lag Ja Gale - Woh Kaun Thi Salaam-E-Ishq - Salaam-E-Ishq Dastan E Om Shanti Om - Om Shanti Om Mere Haath Mein - Fanaa Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu - PK Pardesi Pardesi - Raja Hindustani
Old is gold, though new is pretty good, too. Filmi music obsessive. Hopeless romantic. Amateur Raj Kapoor scholar. I have a blog; click here to read it.
hmm, I hadn't thought about the picturizations... we'll have to sneak those in ! I picked mine on music only, if we are going to slide in picturizations I'd have to jimmy my list...
Odadune ~ Dhadkan looks intriguing; i'm going to give that a look ~ it's on YT so instant gratification on that! and I love your El Cid and Pachelbel choices. Thanks for including clips of them. The Canon in D I'm well familiar with, but that arrangement is refreshing.
Emily ~ Well, I think 7 per genre is an excellent idea ~ I kind of enjoyed the challenge of keeping it to such a small number, but no doubt I'd get sick of those very specials favorites if that's all I really had to listen to. And that would be a shame, lol.
I like Dhadkan-it's not ZOMGosh brilliant or anything, just a moderately good, moderately budgeted romance drama with a nice soundtrack and a very pretty cast who didn't do a whole lot of stuff in that vein (the two men in particular).
Firangi with terrible taste in actors, movies, and music. Any commentary is not to be taken seriously.
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