Ila Arun's album Banjaran was the first folk album of India. The album was released in 1983 and had versions of nomadic ballads from Gujarat and Rajasthan. Ila Arun is a popular Indian folk singer with a unique, husky voice. Her other popular album's include: Best of Ila, Choli Ke Peeche Vol 2, Haule Haule, Ila Arun Pop Hits, Main Ho Gayi Sawaa Lakh Ki, The Very Best of Ila Arun, and Vote For Ghagra. Ila Arun has also sung and acted in films. Some of her popular film songs include "Choli ke peechhe kya hai" from the film "Khalnayak", and "Moranee bagaa mein bole aadhi raat maa" from "Lamhe". Ila Arun won the Filmfare best singer award in 1993 for the song "Choli ke peechhe kya hai".
First Gramophone Record in India
First gramophone record in India was made in Kolkata in 1898. In 1877, Thomas Edison invented a sound machine which he called phonograph. Hemendra Mohan Bose, an Indian entrepreneur, imported the phonograph of Edison and made the cylinder record. The records were popularly known as Bose's record. Rabindranath Tagore recorded the 'Bande Mataram' here in his own voice.
The Gramophone & Typewriter Ltd recorded the first Indian song in their Beliaghata factory in 1898. There are different opinions about the recorded song of the first professional singer. The inventor of disc record, Frederick Gaiesburg of Germany, arrived in Calcutta on 27th October, 1902 to record the songs of the native singers. His desire was to send these records to Hanoever, make them into discs and then sell them in Calcutta. He is said to have gone to a theatre hall on 5th November, 1902, and recorded the songs of Gaher Jaan.
There is another version according to which the 'Gramophone & Typewriter Ltd.' recorded the song of Sashi Mukhi on 25 cm. disc in 1902 for the first time. The song was adopted from the play 'Sri Krishna'.
More Music Facts
Alisha Chinai's album "Baby doll" was the first computerised album of India. The album was released in 1988 on HMV. Alisha's husband Rajesh Johri was the sound engineer of the album. Alisha is one of the pioneers of pop music in India. Popularly known as Indian Madonna, Alisha made Indipop history with her music album "Made in India". The album is one of the biggest selling Hindi pop albums of all time in Indian Music History. Alisha has also done playback singing in Hindi films. Some of her famous numbers include "Kaate nahin kat te", "Its Rocking", "Aaj Ki Raat", and "Ticket to Hollywood". Alisha won Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for her chartbuster number "Kajra Re".
Pankaj Udhas's album Shagufta launched by Music India in December 1987 was the first compact disc to be launched in India. Pankaj Udhas is a famous Ghazal singer. He has developed his own unique style where Urdu verses of poets are set to music. Pankaj Udhas was born on May 17, 1951 in Jetpur near Rajkot in Gujarat to a family of zamindars. His elder brother, Manhar Udhas is also a famous singer. Pankaj Udhas was first noticed as a professional singer in the film Naam (1986), in which his song "Chitthi Aayee Hai" became an instant hit. Some of his popular music albums are: Lamha, Mahek, Muskaan, Humsafar, and Janeman. Pankaj Udhas received Padma Shri in 2006.