My N73's shuffle mode mis-behaved (!) today repeating the same sequence from whatever song I jumped to. One song that came up in that sequence was "Aap ki nazrón né samjha" from the 1962 Hindi movie Anpadh with music by Madan Mohan.
Three or four years back, while driving, I was fiddling with the car radio in the AM channel mode when I first heard this song. It was made poignant by the weak AM signal on the radio (and what an effect it was! the song lines fading off and then coming back giving the impression of hearing the song as being sung far away, which is wafting over a breeze [I seem to be getting better at defining a simile]). I had heard the remix version of the song sung by Gunjan Singh (who was the lead singer in Bally Sagoo's (pioneer of Indian fusion remix songs) recording company). Gunjan was very impressive in spite of the hip-hop beats in the remix. She also sang the hauntingly beautiful "Noorie" song (again a fusion remix), the background song for the wedding scenes in "Bend it like Beckham". What a voice she has!
And then, I heard the original rendition by Lata Mangeshkar. Literally zombied by her rendering and the music, which tugs and scythes through the heart every time I hear it. What a modulation Lata brings in, that pulls you along!
Stirringly beautiful ghazal, achingly haunting voice and music!!! What shall I say about those composers and singers of yore who have given us such gems? Words fail me.