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March 22, 2014

DSCN2002 - Copy When we were growing up, we had only radio and tape recorder to play music. There were limited number of radio stations which transmitted only for limited periods during the day.                                                                                                                               The transmission would start at 5 minutes to 6 a.m. with ‘Vande Mataram’ (national song), sitar vadan (playing of the stringed instrument), news followed by bhajans (hymns) and then all Hindi film songs based programmes.  In the afternoon, non- filmy and regional languages songs. Hindi classical, both instrumental and vocal, was also relayed from time to time. Since recorded cassettes were not easily available, we had to make do with recordings we made ourselves from the radio.                                                                I was introduced to English music by my cousins with whom I spent my holidays. They had a Record Player. We listened to Abba, Boney M, Donna Summer, Tina Turner, Cliff Richards, Handel’s music and so on. Later when TV transmission started we became fans of Michael Jackson.                                                                                                                                                                                       I don’t know how much my taste in music was affected by this but to date I play my radio and the routine is same.


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  1. I loved Abba. The music then was better than today.

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