Salil must be the only Indian Film music
director who composed music for films in most of the Indian languages. During
his early years Salil was very much influenced by the large and diverse folk tradition
of India. Added to this was the vast resource of the Indian classical music. He
realised that that's where the melody is. An Indian melody must be totally 'Indian'
in character. Not a sad copy of a western song. An Indian will never accept it.
No matter how westernised the orchestration of a song is, it's the melody which
counts. During his childhood in Assam he grew up listening to his father's large
collection of western classical symphonies. His favourite was Mozart. This had
also influenced him considerably.
Other Known variations
Very often Salil used one melody as a basis melody and used that in another language with diffrent orchestration or different arrangement and with dramatic effect. This way, one very popular Bengali song,for example, would also be available to the Malayalam or the Hindi speaking audience. A good example is 'O Sajana, Barkha bahaar aayii', one of Salil's greatest creations was first released in Bengali as 'Na Jeona, rajoni akhono baaki'. There are numerous such examples. For many Salil admirers I have tried to give this cross-reference below under 'Other known variations'. Hnd=Hindi, Mal=Malayalam, Tam=Tamil, Tel=Telegu, Kan=Kannada, Bng=Bengali and Oth=other.
How does this cross-reference work?
In order to show the relationship of one song
with another, as explained above, one has to create a cross-reference plan. I
have tried to keep it fairly simple. Each film and singer has been tagged with
a specific code, namely two letters as a name abbreviation, and then a number.
Listening to songs
Ideally I would love to load all the songs Salil ever composed for all of you to hear and enjoy. Unfortunately that's not always possible for several reasons. Although I do possess most of Salil's compositions, very often the media and the quality of recording is appalling. Therefore, I am taking extra care by digitally recording them first on my PC and then cleaning them with a software (CoolEdit Pro) before converting them into Real Audio files. You can be rest assured that if a song is available and is loaded, it should be of better than average quality. This is specially true for very old and long unavailable songs.
This is something new. I decided that it will add a lot of colour and a different perspective to the pages if I enclose some kind of 'film poster'. What I did was to borrow a digital camera and take photographs of all my record covers, cassette covers and CD covers. I then edited them using Adobe Photoshop, cleaned them up a bit and put them up for you to enjoy. If there's a link associated with the name of the film at the top of the page then there's some kind of picture you can see. Please let me know if you like this.