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Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge (Hindi film)

Whodunit? We looked and looked. And then we turned the cassette's inlay card this way and that and looked yet again. Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge just doesn't tell you who made the music.

And then, when we played the tape and heard the unadulterated mediocrity in each tune, we knew why the composer didn't want to be named. Don't get tempted by the Salman Khan-Karishma Kapoor pics on the cover, or by David Dhawan's name; this tape is unspeakably banal.

Rs 55, Tips

Hindu music?

Prabhakar Kulkarni, secretary of Bangalore's Hindustani Sangeet Kalakar Mandali, was concerned so few young people attend classical music concerts. "We should introduce Indian music at school, or ban western music for some time," he said. Pop, and MTV, came in for some bashing.

Saffron assailed the air when Pandit Dinkar Kaikini, famous Mumbai vocalist, responded that Hindustani music was "Hindu music". He rewrote a bit of history when he said that, of course. He was confident Indian music would survive all onslaughts.

Pandit Yeshwantbua Joshi's singing put everything else in the shade at the January-end festival to remember Pandit Ramarao Nayak, maestro of the Agra gharana.

Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bangalore

Musafir (Hindi)

Sooraj makes a debut with 'Musafir'Sooraj is yet another new name in Indipop. His voice is strong but does not lend itself to graces, Western or Indian. The tunes are for the undemanding and take a dip into various genres, country, pop, and rock. Some songs, for example, Phir aayee teri yaad have a distinct John Denver feel, with a guitar and a simple melody.

Rs 60 Milestone

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