Bollywood soundtrack collectors on Soulstrut

generiquegenerique 625 Posts
edited November 2015 in Record Collecting
Who is into Bollywood soundtracks? What's your story? Which record lured you in? Favorite era/composer? Is your region good for finding them? I've been collecting them for some years now. First ones that made me get "it" were Call Girl by composers Sapan Jagmohan and Hare Krishna Hare Rama by Rahul Dev Burman. For some reason Holland used to be great for finding them. Probably because of the large population of Hindus from Surinam who came here over the years. Went to India a couple of times to dig and to Pakistan too. Now I have a trimmed collection of around 400 of 'm (Hindi that is) but I rarely ever find any new ones with heat. To find new stuff I moved on to other regions of the subcontinent, such as Tamil Nadu and Pakistan and a whole new world opened up. Incredible composers, incredible tunes. I prever films from those regions too because they are raunchier and cruder.I like all era's actually. Golden age sweet exotica, sixties clubtunes, seventees massala stuff, eighties disco. I'm not into the more traditional stuff or it has to be very old.Absolute favorite OST is Parmatma by the obscure composer K. Babuji, which seems to combine all the elements I like in Indian OST's.
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  • 1219197712191977 320 Posts
    Im into Bollywood stuff but I know it from my roomate mostly. He has a pretty nice collection and he's always getting more of ebay mostly. I dont think he's a soulstrut member but he has a blog site with pics and some info which is turquoisekid.blogspot.com

  • pj4533pj4533 481 Posts

    I recently got my bollywood schooling..... I did a radio show dedicated to the tracks I like. 

    Here is the playlist:

    Kalyanji Anandji - Yaari Hai Imaan Mera - from Zanjeer
    Ananda Shankar - Charging Tiger - from Sa Re Ga Machan
    Ananda Shankar - Jungle King - from Sa Re Ga Machan
    Kalyanji Anandji - Na Na Na Yeh Kya Kame Lage Ho - from Bombay 405 Miles
    Usha Khanna - Tere Jaisa Pyara Kol Nahin - from Hotel
    Kalyanji Anandji - Kya Khoo Lagti Ho - from Dharmatma
    Kalyanji Anandji - Theme Music (Sad) - from Dharmatma
    Bappi Lahiri - Title & instrumental Music 2 - from Jyoti
    Rahul Dev Burman - Tum Kitne Din Baad Mile - from The Great Gambler
    Kalyanji Anandji - Aye Naujawaan - from Apradh
    Kalyanji Anandji - O Saathe Re - from Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
    Kalyanji Anandji - Pyar Zindagi Hai - from Muqaddar Ka Sikandar
    Mohd Rafi - Chand Mera Dil - from Hum Kisise Kum Naheen
    Rahul Dev Burman - Hai Re Na Maro - from Garam Masala
    Kalyanji Anandji - Professor Pyarelal -
    Sonik Omi - Anken Meri Maikhana - from Sawan Bhadon
    Hemant Kumar - Loves Reflections - from Love In Canada
    Bappi Lahiri - Come Closer - from Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki
    Kishore Kumar - Main To Hoon Shree Ram Avtar - from Aaj Kaa MLA
    Rahul Dev Burman - Baby Lets Dance Together - from Shalimar
    Bappi Lahiri - Jeena Bhi Kya Hay Jeena Pt 1 - from Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki
    Shankar Jaikishan - Hotel Mein Bottle - from Papi Petka Sawal Hai
    Kishore Kumar - Disco 82 - from Khud-daar
    Bappi Lahiri - Chalo Calcutta - from Aaj Kaa MLA



    -peeJ

  • The_NonThe_Non 5,690 Posts
    Yo M*lan! How's it hanging, I need more Pakistani heat in my life.

    Bollywood rules, I'm gonna make a mix for Soulstrut, maybe it'll get some shine.

  • Garcia_VegaGarcia_Vega 2,428 Posts

    Bollywood rules, I'm gonna make a mix for Soulstrut, maybe it'll get some shine.

    Please do, I remember your bollywood auctions from some time ago and they were packed with heat. Didn't you offer a mix with them?
    Also what happened to the yearly Waxing Deep Bollywood set sale?

    I got into bollywood by checking out the Upasnaa OST at a store listening station, that shit got me open and I've been hooked since. Unfortunetly I don't have many bollywood joints because I never see them anywhere. I've always wanted to go up to Flushing, Queens to see if there were any at some shops around there. I've asked at the Curry Hill music/dvd store, but they only have cds.
    I don't know if they are still there, but soulstrut had some bollywood mixes on the mix page that were pretty good.

  • Danno3000Danno3000 2,838 Posts

    Also what happened to the yearly Waxing Deep Bollywood set sale?

    Waxing Deep went back to school and couldn't manage the work involved in set sales.

    Unexpectedly, there's an Indian population in Fredericton and I'm able to source the occasional Bollywood collection. This means that there may be future Bollywood set sale...

  • Garcia_VegaGarcia_Vega 2,428 Posts
    word, get that money legal eagle

  • KaushikKaushik 320 Posts
    I'm a big fan of a lot of Bollywood sounds, mostly from the 60s onwards. I grew up listening to the stuff (I'm Indian) so it's a part of my system.

    The last place I'd look for Bollywood vinyl would be the Indian/Pakistani stores -- you might find the odd store that still has vinyl because they never sold off their inventory.

    But I think Bollywood vinyl has pretty much been relegated to online auctions and the 'oddities' bins of indie records stores. Also all the vinyl-producing plants in India shut down ages ago, so there's no new vinyl to be had anywhere.

    I've used (still use) Bollywood samples in my own tracks, I'll post up a few of my tracks here soon.

    A lot of the real heat comes outside of Bollywood -- the regional industries (especially Tamil and Malayalam films) in southern India are amazing, I've barely tapped into that. A.R. Rehman is the kingpin but there are many others... there's this guy Harris Jayaraj who's done some interesting stuff too, he used to work with Rehman I think.

    If you want to squander a few minutes on this crazy "Bombay TV" Indian movie subtitle maker thing, check it out here. Loads of fun.

    Anyway if anyone has specific questions just pm me...

  • generiquegenerique 625 Posts
    That Galactic Fracture show is pretty "in the know". I like that Garam Masala track and that Loves Reflection track I considered to be pretty Thanks for posting.

    Yeah, that Pakistani stuff is very exciting, Thenon (long time since we talked). I remember you bought some stuff I was also bidding on. I think Uf yeh bevian, with that cover where a guy is hit full on by some emancipated Pakistani chicks. I went to Pakistan and bought a whole collection from a former radio station/mix tape joint. Condition is crap but it's great for reference. Have been upgrading since but it's extremely difficult. You really wonder where those records went.

  • bull_oxbull_ox 5,056 Posts
    soulmarcosa actually has a monthly gig where he plays plenty of Bolly (though the newer stuff gets more play these days)

    bluesnag spent a year in india recently and as a result he and I (through trades) both have hefty stacks of vinyl... mostly the more known crossover titles however...

  • generiquegenerique 625 Posts
    I'm a big fan of a lot of Bollywood sounds, mostly from the 60s onwards. I grew up listening to the stuff (I'm Indian) so it's a part of my system.

    The last place I'd look for Bollywood vinyl would be the Indian/Pakistani stores -- you might find the odd store that still has vinyl because they never sold off their inventory.

    True, mostly dried up, but I did hit on some old inventories plus their CD section can be good for reference.


    I've used (still use) Bollywood samples in my own tracks, I'll post up a few of my tracks here soon.

    Please post 'm. I'm curious. I might post some of my own Bollywood related mixes.

    A lot of the real heat comes outside of Bollywood -- the regional industries (especially Tamil and Malayalam films) in southern India are amazing, I've barely tapped into that. A.R. Rehman is the kingpin but there are many others... there's this guy Harris Jayaraj who's done some interesting stuff too, he used to work with Rehman I think.

    This is great info. Thanks. Some regional pressings are pretty eh... wild though. Like Telugu stuff. I am just discovering the Tamil stuff and the percentage of heat seems to be above Bolly level.


    Anyway if anyone has specific questions just pm me...

    I'll take you up on that!

  • soulmarcosasoulmarcosa 4,296 Posts
    I've been collecting bollywood soundtracks for about 5 years now. Here's a few:










    And like DigDug mentioned, I do two monthly bollywood/bhangra parties here in NC. I play mostly newer stuff since it's a fairly mainstream crowd but I almost always bust out a lot of classic 70s/80s tunes by the end of the night. 



    And our writeup in THE FADER (thanks Catchdubs!):



  • DJFerrariDJFerrari 2,411 Posts
    I love em, but never see em. Only have a few essentials... Shalimar, Rocky and a couple Ananda Shankar records. Been after that Hotel OST for a while. Anyone got a spare? Also looking for Bairaag and Hare Rama Krishna.

    I guess I got into them from the Sitar Beat comps that came out. Shit really is wild!

    DJ Ferrari

  • generiquegenerique 625 Posts
    I like those flyers. Did you make 'm?

    I used to DJ and played Bollywood stuff too (small time). If I were to DJ again I would prolly also move on to newer material, if only for sound quality. There's some heavy tribal stuff going on in newer films that I occasionally watch. That party looks hot! Would like to be there some time!

    Nice collection BTW.

    I see you have most Ananda Shankar's but not Missing You. IMO that's a very underrated record. It has a great jazz walz vibe. No heat, but very interesting music.

    For people in Amsterdam: I'm gonna do a Bollywood evening at the Melkweg cafe end of april during the fantastic film festival. It'll be low key, but (hopefully) with projections of wild clips. I don't know the exact date yet. Check the program. There'll be more "DJ's" playing out their weird collections, like 60's horror garage, German porn OST's and giallo soundtracks and what have you.

    Low key, no admission.

  • KaushikKaushik 320 Posts
    KAUSHIK - "PANCHGANI"

    This is a track I did a few years back that got some attention... based on Bollywood loops and samples... enjoy.

    I've got more tracks in a different vein... soon come.

  • Danno3000Danno3000 2,838 Posts
    There's some heavy tribal stuff going on in newer films that I occasionally watch. That party looks hot! Would like to be there some time!

    My sister is a huge bollywood fan so I often find myself watching contemporary bollywood flicks. On the whole, the music is crap. Mind you, the other night I watched 'Bunty Aur Babli' and there was disco scene where the played the disco track from Armaan (Ramba Ho ho ho Samba ho ho ho...). Has anybody seen Salaam Namaste? That's my movie right there. Bust abortion scene ever ("kill it!").

  • soulmarcosasoulmarcosa 4,296 Posts
    On the whole, the music is crap. Mind you, the other night I watched 'Bunty Aur Babli' and there was disco scene where the played the disco track from Armaan (Ramba Ho ho ho Samba ho ho ho...).

    What's so funny about that is that ever since BUNTY AUR BABLI came out, at every party I've gotten requests for "Kajra Re" from its soundtrack. Meanwhile, my "Ramba Ho, Samba Ho" request quotient still remains at zero, probably because I have some active Usha Uthup hatteurs as regulars. Though it did get a good response from a white dude when I did play it once.

  • The_NonThe_Non 5,690 Posts
    Usha hatt? /

  • soulmarcosasoulmarcosa 4,296 Posts
    Usha hatt? /

    Word. My homegirl S*ja (originally from Kerala) DESPISES Usha and rolls her eyes whenever I play something she sings on. She even saw Ms. Uthup in concert some years ago and said she completely sucked.


  • Danno3000Danno3000 2,838 Posts
    On the whole, the music is crap. Mind you, the other night I watched 'Bunty Aur Babli' and there was disco scene where the played the disco track from Armaan (Ramba Ho ho ho Samba ho ho ho...).

    What's so funny about that is that ever since BUNTY AUR BABLI came out, at every party I've gotten requests for "Kajra Re" from its soundtrack. Meanwhile, my "Ramba Ho, Samba Ho" request quotient still remains at zero, probably because I have some active Usha Uthup hatteurs as regulars. Though it did get a good response from a white dude when I did play it once.

    Well, you do have to admit that Ramba is a pretty mediocre track. I don't blame people for not requesting it. Is Kajra Re good? I don't remember any of the music in that movie being particularly noteworthy.

  • soulmarcosasoulmarcosa 4,296 Posts
    Is Kajra Re good?

    It's ehhh.. but enough people liked the movie to dig dancing to it in the clurb. Then again, my man Gagan (one of the sikhs pictured in the club shot above) said this when I played it the first time:

    "This song sucks dude."

  • KaushikKaushik 320 Posts
    maybe in the club, Kajra Re won't work... unless you go for the cheesy house remix, which sounds terrible.

    but go to any Indian wedding, I can guarantee you this song will be played. it's really a song for the ladies (young and old) to dance to... it's going to danced to at Indian weddings for years to come.

    personally, i like it, and i was surprised i did.

  • soulmarcosasoulmarcosa 4,296 Posts
    maybe in the club, Kajra Re won't work...

    Oh it works alright! Everyone has fun dancing to it. Gagan's even warmed up to it since that first time! It's just not one of my favorites.

  • Where are yall finding these?? I like this stuff but its pretty impossible to find. I'll be lucky to find one or two in the Asian section of the International section at any given store

  • MARCO you are a true Bollywood G. Those party pics get me every time.

    I have a question for the Bollywood collectors.
    ---What is the average mailing time for a record coming from Turkey into the US?
    I've been waiting for Gumnaam for over a month.

  • The_NonThe_Non 5,690 Posts
    Write G*khan an email, he's nice and might have forgotten to send it/not seen your Paypal payment in preparing for a trip abroad.

  • generiquegenerique 625 Posts
    KAUSHIK - "PANCHGANI"

    This is a track I did a few years back that got some attention... based on Bollywood loops and samples... enjoy.


    That's nice. I used that Kalaa Sona sample too. Please post more.

    Here are two tracks I did in 1998 with maybe 50% Bollywood samples. One is inspired by those mad title tunes, frantic, dense and full of changes:
    HASEENA ATOM BOMB

    The other one is inspired by Bappi Lahiri's disco funk and has many Bappi Lahiri samples (hm, intro is somewhat out of tune...):
    DISCO LOVE

    These are direct links.


  • karlophonekarlophone 1,697 Posts
    Where are yall finding these?? I like this stuff but its pretty impossible to find. I'll be lucky to find one or two in the Asian section of the International section at any given store

    cosign. id buy everything i saw, if i ever saw anything. i do have and love the two a. shankar records (not OSTs) but i think zero actual bollywood OSTs, and ive dug in many a city and on 3 continents (though never in india that probably explains it a bit, plus i dont know what im looking for).

    that 3 CD Bollywood comp on Nascente was a nice thing to pick up to slake the thirst. headz who know - is it the good stuff? some of it was pretty dope imo.

  • generiquegenerique 625 Posts
    Where are yall finding these?? I like this stuff but its pretty impossible to find. I'll be lucky to find one or two in the Asian section of the International section at any given store

    cosign. id buy everything i saw, if i ever saw anything. i do have and love the two a. shankar records (not OSTs) but i think zero actual bollywood OSTs, and ive dug in many a city and on 3 continents (though never in india that probably explains it a bit, plus i dont know what im looking for).

    that 3 CD Bollywood comp on Nascente was a nice thing to pick up to slake the thirst. headz who know - is it the good stuff? some of it was pretty dope imo.

    There are certainly many good tracks on that comp but I think the compilation is pretty random too. I think it's not cool to discuss it here, but check the announcements section in a couple of weeks for something better.

  • KaushikKaushik 320 Posts
    Where are yall finding these?? I like this stuff but its pretty impossible to find. I'll be lucky to find one or two in the Asian section of the International section at any given store

    I know this is SS and vinyl reigns supreme here. But in the case of Bollywood OSTs (and most music from the Indian subcontinent), CDs are where it's at. I don't what y'all want this stuff for -- listening, playing out, sampling, whatever -- but as you probably know the sound quality of most Indian vinyl is poor, maybe fair at best.

    So, I generally stick to CDs for my needs. CDs are also good because a lot of the original source material recorded to tape, is restored/remastered before it gets on the CD, so you are already looking at a better sounding product.

    So, here are some good sources for finding all kinds of Indian and subcontinental sounds on CD. They have it all -- retro through current Bollywood OSTs, folk music, Indian classical, devotional music, etc etc

    NehaFlix

    India Weekly

    These are two sources for good quality, inexpensive CDs. These are US companies, I don't know if they do international orders.

    Warning: sometimes they don't ship what you bought, and it's impossible to track down customer service by phone or email.

    Also, note that some of the latest releases can be bought for just $4 or $5 -- dirt cheap, and the sound quality is fine.

    hope this helps all the bollywood heads!

  • pj4533pj4533 481 Posts

    and keep in mind, if you just want cheap bollywood soundtracks to listen to, check out iTunes. They got ALOT on there, cause its all been licensed by Sa Re Ga Ma. Just search the store for like "Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki" or something, and then follow all the links from there.

    -pj
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