One of the cassettes I unearthed from the boxes was from the HMV Golden Collection Series, this one titled 'The Best of Pankaj Mullick', and released by The Gramophone Company of India Limited. And amid all the dust that came with these cassettes lying untouched for several years, I finally gave it a listen (I had bought the series from Rhythm House in Kala Ghoda, Bombay).
And I am glad I did. It is truly traditional Indian music at its finest. The album has about 23 tracks, 14 of which are from old films (from the 1930s and '40s). I am a lover of classical music, and had listened to about half of the tracks in this album in the past. Yet, this compilation is truly fantastic and unlike anything I have listened to in a while.
From among the several excellent songs, my favorite song is Do Naina Matware from the film My Sister (1944). Sung by K.L. Saigal, it's poetic quality at its best, and the music by Pankaj Mullick is fascinating. Sample it in the clip below. What do you think?
Who am I to find any flaws in Mr. Mullick's music? I am going with close to five stars for an amazing compilation of pieces that reflect musical genius by a truly amazing artist.
Album rating: 4.75/5 (Excellent!)
Read more on Pankaj Mullick (1905-1978) at http://pankajmullick.org.