World Music Day: From Shalmali Kholgade to Jonita Gandhi, popular singers reveal their all-time favourites

World Music Day: Even as new genres of music are discovered and enjoyed by audience today, there is still place for the old retro songs that are irreplaceable on our playlist. Here are popular playback singers who tell us about their favourite retro song.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 21, 2017 8:26 am
World Music Day, best hindi songs, bollywood songs, old bollywood songs, Shalmali Kholgade, jonita gandhi, Monica Dogra As the world is celebrating World Music Day today, young Bollywood singers take the opportunity to tell us about their favourite songs which they would have sung if given an opportunity.

Some classic songs can’t be replaced ever. While there will always be a place to experiment and listen to new stuff in music, people will inadvertently hark back to old days when music was simple yet profound. These songs manage to transcend time, and depending on the moods and whims of the listener, it even transports you. Even with Electronic Dance Music, Progressive and Trance ruling the charts, we still have our favourite retro music on the playlist that we depend on. There is something comforting about these songs.

As the world is celebrating World Music Day today, young Bollywood singers take the opportunity to tell us about their favourite songs which they would have sung if given an opportunity. From Shalmali Kholgade who has lent her voice to chartbusters including Balam Pochkari to Jonita Gandhi who crooned the hit Break-Up Song for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, here’s a list of top singers telling us about their favourite songs:

Tanvi Shah
The retro song I would have loved to sing would have been Jaane Jaan Dhoondta from Jawani Diwani. I am a very big fan of Asha Tai and I just love the way the song has the different octaves and parts blended so well.

Jonita Gandhi
Lag Ja Gale is my all time favourite. I would never want to sing it though, no one can match the original. This is a song I feel like incorporating every single time I perform with my band.

Shalmali Kholgade
I love how fluid and beautifully naughty the song Ja Ja Bewafa is. Coupled with this are Geeta Dutt’s tender voice and the way she renders the song!

Monica Dogra


Chalte Chalte Yuhi Koi. My ma sings that song and it always makes me tear up a little bit. It’s one of the most beautiful ballads of its time and I’ve always wished that I could write a song that would be relevant decades later.

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    rajan
    Jun 21, 2017 at 11:13 am
    Female singers talking about their favourite feminine voices and lyrics. What about male singers of the 1960s to 1980s? Innumerable songs with immortal voices. We can't forget the likes of Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Manna De, Hemant Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor. Earlier we had KLSehgal and many others. They made Hindi film music so popular that not only fans of their times but today's generation too are seen humming those melodies. Besides, musicians like the father-son duo of SD and RD Burman, Khayyam, Naushad, Roshan, Lakshmi Kant Pyare Lal, Kalyanji Anandji, Shanker Jaikishan live in the hearts of mul udes. Lyricists too complemented. Anand Bakshi, Sahir Ludhianvi, Neeraj, Indeevar, Hasrat Jaipuri, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Rajendra Krishna, Shiv Batalvi to the current day living legends like Gulzar(aka Sampuran Singh) and Javed Akhtar-all made an everlasting impact on the minds of myriads. Last but not the least can we forget the golden voice of Jagjit Singh?Truly,all time greats
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