February 16, 2020
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Musicians as Music Directors in Films, Culture Vulture, Quentin Tarantino, and Stridulation

Musicians As Music Directors In Films

It’s rare that bonafide classical greats get to score the music in films. Six ustads come to play.

Pt. Ravi Shankar

Pather Panchali Ray-1955
Aparajito Ray-1956
Paras Pathar Ray-1958
Apur Sansar Ray-1959
Meera Gulzar-1979

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan

Devi Ray-1960


Ustad Vilayat Khan

Jalsaghar Ray-1958
Guru ivory-Merchant>-1969

Shiv Kumar Sharma/ Hari Prasad Chaurasia

Silsila Yash chopra-1981
Faasle Yash chopra-1985
Chandni Yash chopra-1989
Lamhe Yash chopra-1991
Darr Yash chopra-1993

Ustad Zakir Hussain

Mr & Mrs Iyer Aparna sen-2002
Saaz Sai Paranjpe-1998
Muhafiz Ismail Merchant-1994
Little Buddha Bernardo Bertolucci-1993

Culture Vulture
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

Plot Impoverished Oliver escapes workhouse and ends up with gang-leader Fagin and criminal child prodigy The Artful Dodger. All ends well: he finds parents; justice finds crooks.

Actually about Poverty, dispossession, hypocritical 19th-century polite society.

Best adaptation Oliver! the musical (1968), with Oliver Reed as the brutal thief Bill Sikes.

After reading, say Please sir, may I have some more?

So you thought you knew all about
Quentin Tarantino

The Pulp Fiction director is back in the spotlight with his Kill Bill Vol II storming critical and commercial bastions. What’s amiss in his bio?

A. Born in 1963 in Tennessee, Tarantino was named after Quint, a half-breed blacksmith from a TV show.

B. Film-making major from the University of California, Berkeley.

C. First career goal was to be an actor; made his TV debut as an Elvis impersonator.

D. Was sued by producer Don Murphy for $5,000,000 for assault in November 1997.

E. Kill Bill star Uma Thurman is his ‘muse’.

Answer B. Tarantino dropped out of high school after the ninth grade.

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The creaking sound insects make by rubbing legs or wings together. Usually signals the presence of an amorous male cricket/grasshopper. More alarmingly, also made by an alarmed Goliath bird-eating spider (pix), the world’s largest, when it feels threatened.

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