`Diamonds Forever’ is a series of musical Programmes by Shri Siddhivinayak Publicity, Nagpur wherein we try to put the journey of legendary singers, music directors, lyricists, film directors, actors & actresses. In this series, to date, we have organised programmes based on the work of legends like S.D. Burman-R D Burman, Gulzar, Khayyam, Rajesh Khanna, Kishore Kumar, Mohd. Rafi, Vishal Bharadwaj, Rishi Kapoor Anand Bakshi, Ajay-Atul, Bappi Lahiri, Mukesh, Kalyanji-Anandji, Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand, etc. This time we will be presenting songs composed by Shankar Jaikishan
Shankar Jaikishan (also known as S-J), was a popular and successful Indian composer duo of the Hindi film industry, working together from 1949 to 1971. They are considered to be among the best composers of the Hindi film industry. Shankar-Jaikishan, along with other artists, composed "everlasting" and "immortal melodies" in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s. Their best work was noted for being "raga-based and having both lilt and sonority. Shankar-Jaikishan's compositions broke new ground in Hindi film music. Apart from relying upon their knowledge of Indian classical music, they also employed western beats and orchestration. Shankar-Jaikishan were the pioneers in establishing the role of the orchestra in song compositions as a medium to express and enhance the meanings and feelings of songs rather than using it just as a `filler' as per the prevalent practice before their advent on the scene. They made use of the orchestra and musical instruments (often dozens or hundreds of them) in their songs which consisted of the following format: The song starts with a `prelude' (preparatory music to create and introduce the environment and mood for the beginning of the song), then the mukhda starts and is followed by 'interlude' containing music pieces on the orchestra. With very few exceptions they always used different interludes before each stanza.
Songs composed by Shankar Jaikishan will be presented live by our singers & musicians.