Hope you are doing well in these difficult times. Here, the weather today is neither too cool nor too warm but while I am writing this letter, I am still recovering from a bad cold. But the thought of connecting to a sister sitting out there in another country already excites me a lot. Well, about me, I am a 19-year-old undergraduate student from Bhubaneswar, India. I study History at the University of Delhi but COVID-19 has not let me visit my campus yet. I see pictures of peacocks entering the classrooms in the pre-pandemic scenario, in my campus rich in flora and fauna and I miss being there even more. But the good part is at least I am safe and healthy at home.
Apart from that, I have learned Hindustani Vocal classical music since I was 6 years old and both music and poetry have my heart. In fact, in 2022, I am writing one poem every day. I listen to all kinds of music including ghazals, Bollywood, western jazz, Odia (our regional songs), and many more. Recently, I have gained a deep interest in LoFi and reverb music too. I have a soft corner for retro songs though. The meaningful lyrics, the composition of soul-soothing music in them, always touches me. Wouldn’t you agree with me on that? It gives me goosebumps when I listen to songs from the eighties and nineties. Our own nightingale of music, the legend Lata Mangeshkar Ji is one of my favorites when it comes to old songs. The song ‘Lag Jaa gale’ from the film ‘Woh Kaun thi’ is still one of my comfort songs that I always keep humming. There are many other hits from retro times. A duet from Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan would make you tap your feet in enjoyment. Yet another song, is ‘Bade achhe Lagte hain’ that has been sung by Amit Kumar, soothes the core of my heart. Songs from the early 2000s and late 90s are the love of all the heart, especially the ones starring Shahrukh Khan. Play, ‘Kal ho na ho’ or ‘Mitwa’ and you can’t help waving your hands and moving your shoulders in joy. If you ever get the chance, do listen to these songs and they’ll surely make your day. Do you ever listen to our music too? Because I am very fond of Pakistani Singers. The ghazals of the legends like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and his son Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, give me goosebumps every time I listen to them. The other day I was sitting in a salon waiting for my sister and they had played an amazing playlist of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. In one moment, I was singing along to ‘Aaj Din Chadheya’, the other moment, it was ‘Afreen Afreen’ and then ‘Dillagi’ and then ‘Halka Halka’ and time flew by like in seconds and I wasn’t bored for a moment. I am a huge fan and I can’t get enough of his music. Whether I am sad or I am in the seventh heaven, his music will always pacify me. We have some wonderful Ghazals too. ‘Aaj Jaane Ki Zidd na Karo’ by Farida Khanum is a classic. And how can I forget Atif Aslam from your country? The level of versatility in his voice is remarkable. I still remember when he sang, ‘Tu Jaane naa’ for one of Bollywood movie albums, and those days, we did not have smartphones but this song was on the top of our playlist in the music player of our Nokia phones. Those days were amazing.
Music establishes a pious link between both our countries, surely. We have Coke Studio together. And I truly feel seven notes of music combined with seven colors of the rainbow will keep some souls in both our countries united from hearts. We might speak different languages and adopt different cultures but our hearts know the same religion, the religion of love, and these songs across the borders bridge the gap between us. I can go on and on describing the music that binds us but I want to hear from you too. I am attaching some playlists that I enjoy a lot. Let me know how you feel about it. Looking forward to hearing from you, Izzah.
- Best of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan | Top 20 Songs | Jukebox 2018
- Bade Achhe Lagte Hai with lyrics | बड़े अच्छे लगते है गाने के बोल | Balika Badhu | Sachin | Rajni
- Lag Jaa Gale – Sadhana, Lata Mangeshkar, Woh Kaun Thi Romantic Song
- Best Hindi Songs Of 2008 to 2012 Jukebox |2008 to 2012 Best Songs Collection | All Time Hit Songs
- Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna | Audio Jukebox
- Kal Ho Naa Ho : Audio Jukebox : Shah Rukh Khan | Preity Zinta | Saif | Dharma Movies
- Top 100 songs of Lata Mangeshkar | लाता जी के 100 गाने | HD Songs | One Stop Jukebox | #StayHome
- Bollywood Lofi Mixtape Vol.1 | 🎶 30 Minute Mix to Relax, Drive, Study, Chill 🌌| WORMONO
- Best of Bollywood Hindi lofi / chill mix playlist | 1 hour non-stop to relax, drive, study, sleep 💙🎵
- Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo – Farida Khannum – Top Ghazal Songs