View Full Version : Indian film music/Mandarin pop for Mota Boy.

03-07-2007, 08:28 AM
Mota Boy asked me to hook him up with some cool Indian music and because listening to music with lyrics you can understand is SO for losers, I of course was happy to oblige him.

Because he studies Mandarin and I've also been listening to cpop (Chinese pop, in this case Taiwanese to be exact) lately, I threw a couple of those tracks in there, as well.

To be honest, C, I don't know if our tastes in music are anywhere close to each other so forgive me if you hate each of these tracks. My taste in Bollywood/Indian film music is leans lot towards contemporary, groovy, poppy tracks. Other Bollywood fans are more into older soundtracks, more classic, less poppy sounds... But to cover that, I'll link to some soundtracks that are generally appreciated but that I don't like or haven't listened to much or whatever.

Download link, .rar-file, ~84MB (http://www.sendspace.com/file/weo37w)


Bollywood song title - movie - composer // comments

Barso Re - Guru - A.R. Rahman // If it doesn't want to make you dance in the rain, there has to be something wrong with you.
Beedi - Omkara - Vishal Bharadwaj // An actor in this film described this song, "The Indian rock song". It isn't *exactly* that it, but it is really damn awesome.
Naina - Omkara - Vishal Bharadwaj // From the same film, this one is more haunting and stark, one of the songs that would NEVER have a song-and-dance picturization.
Jaane Kyon - Dil Chahta Hai - Shankar-Ehsan-Loy // A good show of film composers using the weirdest of instruments. Listen out for an Aboriginal instrument in this song - it makes total sense, of course, part of the film takes place in Sydney. :P
Roop Tera Mastana - Aradhana - R.D. Burman // The obligatory oldie song. The picturization for this is said to be the steamiest in Indian film history. Obviously, they don't even make out in it.
Roobaroo - Rang De Basanti - A.R. Rahman // Bollywood music can be *anything*. Here it's feel-good guitar rock.
Maahi Ve - Kal Ho Naa Ho - Shankar-Ehsan-Loy // One of the catchiest songs I've *ever* heard.
Tenu Leke - Salaam-e-Ishq - Shankar-Ehsan-Loy // This just makes me happy and feel like dancing all over the place.

Tamil tracks (note: Bollywood = Hindi films, so Tamil films =/= Bollywood)

Machakaari - Sillunnu Oru Kaadhal - A.R. Rahman // Another one of those, "it could only be Indian"-tracks. Weird but awesome mix of eletronic music and pop.
Hello Mr Ethirkichi - Iruvar - A.R. Rahman // In case you haven't guessed, Rahman is one of the biggest composers around and IMO the best in terms of variety. This song is ...jazz? The best word I can think of.

Taiwanese pop songs

S.H.E - Zen Me Ban // Unadulterated pop cuteness by a girlband (in case the name didn't tip you off).
Tank - 第二次初戀 (couldn't find romanization) // In retrospect, maybe I could've picked a better song to demonstrate the awesome of Tank, a male solo singer. Here's another song by him I love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ1DhjRHuTk
Sister Garden - Xiexieai // Probably the genuinely best track out of all of these. Just amazingly beautiful vocals and everything.
Fahrenheit - Zhi Dui Ni You Gan Jue // This is sort of a guilty pleasure so I totally understand if you hate it. Commercialized pop at its best or its worst; a S.H.E member is featured on a boyband song. :P

As for alternative Bollywood music, there's a great website http://musicindiaonline.com where you can listen to virtually any Indian music for free, be it film soundtracks, Carnatic, North-Indian classic, devotional... I've yet to come across something that isn't on this website.
Some further listening:

Shree 420 (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/music/hindi_bollywood/s/movie_name.1745/) - Classic oldie soundtrack.

Devdas (2002 version) (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/music/hindi_bollywood/s/movie_name.548/) - A lot of people love this. I don't but it's good listening anyway.

Caravan (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/music/hindi_bollywood/s/movie_name.448/) - 70's groovy Bollywood music at its best, especially the legendary breathy vocals on Piya Tu Ab To Aja.

Dil Se (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/music/hindi_bollywood/s/movie_name.586/) - One of the best Rahman and Bollywood OSTs ever.

Mughal-e-Azam (http://www.musicindiaonline.com/music/hindi_bollywood/s/movie_name.7589/) - A classic oldie soundtrack with heavy Arabic influence.

I'd also link to song picturizations (videos) on youtube but something tells me you wouldn't be impressed, even if I could change some of your prejudice about Bollywood films. Anyway, enjoy!

03-12-2007, 01:45 AM
Bumpz0rz. Don't all jump at once!!!