Birthday Special – Queen of Melody Kavita Krishnamurthy

Queen of Melody Kavita Krishnamurthy, magic or addictive, sweet or colorful, whatever her voice can never be forgotten. She sung many songs since the 90s so far.

On her 60th birthday today , a look at the memorable songs that helped Krishnamurthy win a Filmfare Award for three consecutive years.

Known for her hit songs, ‘Hawa Hawaii’ in Mr. India (1987) to the duet ‘Dola Re Dola’ in Devdas (2002) with Shreya Ghosal, classically trained singer Kavita Krishnamurthy made quite a name for herself during the 1980s until the 2000s when she semi-retired from film music.

Krishnamurthy still featured occasionally on an album like Rockstar (2011) for music composer AR Rahman while devoting more of her time to collaborative musical albums and classical concerts and tours. In 1995-1997, she scored a hat-trick at the Filmfare Awards for Best Female Playback Singer.

1. 1942: A Love Story is remembered today for bringing back the melodious era of yesteryears. The music was released posthumously after music composer RD Burman’s death.

Burman had worked on the music for nearly two-and-a-half years and the songs would have heralded his comeback. With lyrics by Javed Akhtar, the voices of Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy shined, particularly on the album. Especially Krishnamurthy’s solo ‘Pyaar Hua Chupke Se’.

2. Yaraana (1995): Starring Madhuri Dixit, Rishi Kapoor and Raj Babbar, Yaraana was heavily inspired by the Hollywood film Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) starring Julia Roberts.

The film’s most noteworthy song, ‘Mere Piya Ghar Aaya’, was originally made famous globally by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This period featured many Punjabi and qawwali songs that were re-imagined for the big screen.

3. Khamoshi (1996) : n the duet, ‘Aaj Mein Upar’, Kavita Krishnamurthy was accompanied by Kumar Sanu and once again, the song was picturised on Manisha Koirala. Krishnamurthy’s voice was often used for Koirala as many felt that they suited each other. The lyrics on the award-winning song were penned by none other than the 1993 Dadasaheb Phalke honouree, Majrooh Sultanpuri.

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