Thursday, 4 June 2020

Sonik Omi: Mahua (1969)

Mahua

This comparatively early Sonik Omi score took me slightly by surprise. While the duo's trajectory would in time see them embrace (and sometimes copy) the modern styles of especially RD Burman, 'Mahua' represents a much more traditional sound, one which I previously hadn't associated with them. And that could go either way. But the music here is of such quality that stylistic form becomes moot.

The album's best tracks have a pleasantly melodic, really quite poppy feel to them, and lyrical content and context notwithstanding, I can easily imagine 'Main Hun Tera Geet Gori' and 'Thumak Thumak Teri Chal Masani' with a modern, more western-influenced (re)arrangment. Not that they in any way require it; they're pretty great as they are. Happy sounding 'Chham Chham Chhani' is another favourite, and best of all might be the opener 'Sajan Tere Pyar Mein', a stirring and uplifting Asha Bhosle song, accompanied by some gorgeous visuals.

Track listing:
1. Asha Bhosle: Sajan Tere Pyar Mein
2. Mohd. Rafi: Thumak Thumak Teri Chal Masani
3. Asha Bhosle & Usha Timothy: Mohe Bikta Sajan Miljaye
4. Asha Bhosle: Chham Chham Chhani
5. Mohd. Rafi & Sulakshana Pandit: Jab Jab Apna Mel Hua
6. Mohd. Rafi & Asha Bhosle: Main Hun Tera Geet Gori
7. Mohd. Rafi: Dono Ne Kiya Tha Pyar
8. Asha Bhosle: Pyar Mera Jo Tu Ne Loota


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9 comments:

  1. https://mir.cr/1ZJPZTFU
    no reups

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  2. I don't know if I have any other material by Sonik Omi, but I must say that I consider this among the absolute cream of the crop of what I've downloaded on your site for several years now. I'm just loving it. And Asha has never, at least to my ears, sounded so wonderful. So thank you. A hundred times thank you. Because I have no doubt, I will be listening to this album for the rest of my days.

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    1. That's lovely, happy to hear you liked it so much.

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  3. Thanks a lot PC Sharing a rare classic album,u have refreshed my childhood Memories once again now, Realy Love it "Sajan Tere Pyar Mein" By Asha Bhosle. it was my Late father`s Most favourite album also, i am getting emotional now.... GOD Bless U & u r Family.....

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    1. Must confess it was completely unknown to me until recently; glad to hear it's striking a chord.

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  4. Thanks a lot pc for rare album..awesome rip

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  5. Isn't 1969 rather early for Sonik Omi? Maybe I'm wrong.

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    1. They apparently didn't get the brief about waiting until the next decade.

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