Thursday 4 January 2007

Kalyanji Anandji: Dharmatma (1975)


Right, I mentioned the famed funky soundtracks of Kalyanji Anandji earlier; 'Dharmatma' is one of their best (and certainly in my Bollywood top 10 list). Unlike most Hindi film albums where the focus is on songs, this one has loads of great instrumentals. Several ace versions of the 'El Condor Pasa'-inspired theme tune, the more traditional sounding 'Pathani Dance Music', and best of the lot, the wild 'Cabaret Dance Music', full of moogs, wah-wahs, loud beats, screams and mad giggling.

The songs are nice too; I'm especially fond of 'Kya Khoob Lagti Ho, Badi Suder Dikhti Ho', sung by Mukesh and Kanchan.

And sorry about the naff cover; it's from a later pressing of the LP.
[Update: Now with original cover art.]

Track listing:
1. Title Music
2. Lata Mangeshkar & Mahendra Kapoor: Meri Galiyon Se Logon Ki Yaari Barh Gai
3. Mukesh & Kanchan: Tumne Kisi Se Kabhi Pyar Kiya Hai
4. Theme Music (Sad)
5. Pathani Dance Music
6. Cabaret Dance Music
7. Kishore Kumar: Tere Chehre Men Woh Jadoo Hai
8. Theme Music (Happy)
9. Mukesh & Kanchan: Kya Khoob Lagti Ho, Badi Suder Dikhti Ho
10. Back Ground Music


  1. New hosting works fine... and many cheers for all these great Bollywood uploads!

    Keep on steppin'

  2. Very nice, thanks for all the groovy tunes.

  3. Wow... downloaded and now just got to "Theme Music (Happy)" which is more like theme music trippy... thank you for this stuff. I've been dipping my toes in Bollywood for a while (starting, of course, with "Jan Pehechan Ho"). Sometimes, as may be the case with any decades-long popular music/film culture, I find a lot of average but ok stuff. What I need is a guide to the nifty. And you just may be that guide at the moment.

  4. The new system works perfect for me, much better than megaupload. Great work, man! Thanks a lot!!

  5. Yeah, there's a lot of average stuff around, some of which I will be putting up here - to get them off my chest as it were - but then again some may in fact like those as well. Hope so anyway.
    And great that the new host seems to be working - no waiting time, which is nice.

  6. Good one! With an industry which produces over 500 scores a year, finding the good ones is no easy task or ask an East Indian record dealer as I did...ha ha
    There are some things in common with Bollywood, Brasil & Ennio Morricone. Ennio writes as good as these guys. He just doesn't have those instruments that these guys have in their culture. I know of only country which can compare to these East Indians for drumming & it's the Brasilians. The Brasilian are a force to be dealt with. Very developed rhythm section & very strong composers & arrangers. Voices for days, etc, ect.

  7. Can't pick this up on "Easyshare" - keeps dropping out half way through - any chance of an re-up on another server????

  8. Love the blog! Would love to hear this one if it can be re-upped.

  9. thanks for the thisssssssssssssss

  10. Thanks for re-up - :-)

  11. one of the best kalyanji-Anandji albums. the instrumentals and the vocals are both ace

  12. how to i get this lp down. if anyone has the lp contact me

  13. From where I'm sitting the DL link (a few comments up) still works.

  14. thanks alot!!great album
    Madlib sampled Theme Music (Sad) on Champion Sound...
    (that cover looks great it's like some library album)

  15. Is it possible to repost the link to Dharmatma Theme Music?

    Thanks. Really appreciate it.


  16. Scroll up the comments a bit for download link posted Sept, 4, 2007 - that should still work :)

  17. One time only reup:

  18. pc sir, with cover art, 128kbps to cbr 192kbps bitrate update.

  19. neither of the above given link working,, kindly resolve

  20. There is a line above this comment field in regards to that, kindly read.