Thursday, February 8, 2018

'Me at a roadside pakorawala stall' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

Fresh, crisp and very tasty....

O P Nayyar & the art of turning bizarre lyrics into lilting melodies' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I am a great fan of O.P.Nayyar. He had the inherent talent to transform even the most bizarre lyrics to catchy music. In 1962, comedian Om Prakash's brother A.S. Pachhi made a film 'Hong Kong' with Ashok Kumar as the hero and music by O.P.Nayyar.

The lyrics of songs of this film were very unusual. Take one, 'Kenya, Uganda, Tanganiyka' (Tanganiyka was the earlier name of Tanzania.

Listen to what an unforgettable lilting tune did O P Nayyar make of it. Just listen. And yes, Helen is unforgettqble too. And imagine who the lyricist was- the respected Raja Mehdi Ali Khan!

Then take another song from this film: 'Hong Kong China Mina Singapore, urr gayee didl ki chiriya furr, Oh Babu I love you, Aana bana karr..

Another song from the same film says 'Honolulu, Honolulu, Honolulu'.