My romance with music dates back to pre-school days in the late fifties when , my father brought home an assembled radio receiver set, run on electricity . I took to it as fish to water and in no time was able to switch on and off, tune in the stations on various bands i.e. ‘medium wave ’ and ‘short wave’ to listen to songs being played or broadcast . Sri Lanka or Radio Ceylon , as it was called then was the favourite ; from 7-30 AM to 8 AM old film songs were played and last song always was a K.L.Sehgal song, as a tribute to the legendary singer. Binaca Geet Mala presented by the inimitable Amin Sayani was the rage. By the time I went to school, I was able to tell Mukesh from Rafi and Lata from Asha and vice versa.
In initial years when from School we were taken to see a movie or a ‘picture’ it was called then, I kept wondering how the same actor could sing in different voices in different songs. It was much later that I came to know about the playback system or “kiraye ki awaaz” as it was called in common colloquial language. Apart from the Radio, there was the gramophone on which records or ‘discs’ were played by manually turning a handle and frequently replacing the magnetic needle. However this luxury was available to the rich few.
Radio receiver sets gave way to portable transistor sets, run on battery cells and remained in vogue for pretty long. Gramophone also came in power operated version without hassles of turning handle and replacing needles.
Then came cassette players, first audio and then also the video version , on which full length movies could also be seen at home by connecting the device to TV set. Sooner than later came the computer and the internet that brought about a revolution of sorts . It was made possible to download and store a limitless collection of songs to play at will. The You Tube made it possible to play video clips at will. Now a days people carry music in their pockets as song are stored in mobile phone sets.
The journey has so far been long and interesting ; many surprises are in store in future yet !