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It is one year since our favorite “Annavru” left us.

His voice is something that can be called “Kanchina KanTha”. I salute this humble human being and brilliant personality.

A Gaana Namana to this larger than life persona. I can only use superlatives of all adjectives to describe this soul.

Here is a list of 25 of my favorite Dr Rajkumar Songs

01) jeeva hoovagide -Nee nanna gellalare

02) Beladingalagi Baa – Huliya Haline Mevu

03) Raaga Anuraaga – Sanaadi Appanna

04) Belli Moodithu – Kavi Ratna KaaLidaasa

05) Chaluveya Nota – Shankar Guru

06) Haalalladaru Haaku – Devatha Manushya

07) Cheluveye Ninna Nodalu – Hosa BeLaku

08) Maanikya Veena – Kavi Ratna KaaLidaasa

09) Naadamaya- Jeevana Chaitra

10) Yaava Kaviyu – Bhagyada Lakshmi Baaramma

11) Kalletiginta Ninna – Raja Nanna Raja

12) Haayagi KuLithiru Neenu – Haalu Jenu

13) Kanneera Dhaare – Hosa Belaku

14) Haalu Jenu Ondaada Haage – Haalu Jenu

15) Aaradhisuve – Babruvaahana

16) Vaara Banthamma – Bhagyavantha

17) Baanigondu Elle Ellide – Premada Kanike

18) Mutthinantha Maathondu – Bahaddur Gandu

19) Haayada Ee Sanje – Vasantha Geetha

20) HeLuvudu Ondu – Jwaala Mukhi

21) Jenina Holeyo – Chalisuva Modagalu

22) Love me or hate me – Shankar Guru

23) Le Le Appana Magale – Trimurthi

24) Bisi Bisi Kajjaya – Haavina Hede

25) BaaLu BeLakaayitu -Haalu Jenu

RIP, Annavare. We miss you.

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28th January 2007 was a black day for Hindi Film Music Industry. It has lost one of its geniuses, Music Director O P Nayyar.

O P Nayyar redefined melody in the film music industry. His songs were full of life and were soothing to the soul. They generated a sense of well being whenever I heard them.

He was a great man, and like most great men, was prone to eccentricities. It is said that he used to like or hate a person very passionately. He used to charge astronomical sums of money to work with a particular producer or poet. He also has the distinction of never working with another great of his time, Lata Mangeshkar. He has been candid about his working and personal relationship with his pet artist, Asha Bhosle.

He had a wide range of tunes, his Punjabi background was evident in a few songs, there was a mischief to a few tunes, some were classical based, some were full of love, and yet others, seductive.

The trio of O P Nayyar, Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi perhaps gave few of the best songs Hindi Cinema has ever had.

A few personal favorites are:

– Woh Haseen Dard De do from Humsaaya
– Baabuji Dheere Chalna from Aar Paar
– Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein from Kashmir Ki Kali
– Aao Huzoor Tumko from Kismet
– Banda Parwar from Phir Wohi Dil Laaya huun
– Yeh Chand Sa Roshan Chehra from Kashmir Ki Kali
– Chhupnewale Samne Aa from Tumsa Nahin Dekha
– Jaane Kahan Mera from Mr. & Mrs. 55
– Kahin Pe Nigahen from C.I.D.
– Kisi Na Kisi Se from Kashmir Ki Kali
– Yeh Lo Main Haari Piya. From Aar Paar

And the list goes on.

We have lost a gem in O P Nayyar. We will miss the old man with his stylish black hat and glasses, who gave us some of the best tunes we have heard. His songs are timeless. Many will come and go, but these will remain immortal.

Rest in peace, Nayyar Saab.