Lesle Lewis

Other names of Lesle Lewis: Leslie Lewis
Birthday: 1961

Lesle Lewis can be counted among one of the pioneers of Indian composers to make the Indian audiences familiar with Rock and Pop music. Lesle Lewis is the co-composer of  Colonial Cousins, along with the esteemed ghazal singer Hariharan. In the late nineties, Lesle launched a music company and began carving out a career in jingles composing. He composed for some of the leading television networks, and it was during Lewis's jingles career that the idea of Colonial Cousins was conceived.

The coke studio torchbearer has also assisted Asha Bhonsle in the rendition of  India's 1st Remix album and has simultaneously composed for the golden voice of India’s  album named “Janam Samjha Karo”. In an interview, the erstwhile Colonial Cousin talked about his maiden venture of Coke Studio and the hardships and setbacks he had to face. He said that composing 61 songs in 45 days was a landmark in his career, and he could not do it again as he was not driven.

In 2003, Lewis stated that he had an image with the public as a person who remixes a lot. Hence, he neglected remixes and focused on original compositions and also his tag Colonial Cousins. With a motive to give the audiences a taste of varied music flavours, Lesle has been successful in keeping his originality intact with advertisement jingles, film music and other forms of modern music. He is also hoping to create a new identity for himself as a solo composer, besides the already-achieved tag of an ad-jingle maker, composer and music director.

Lata Mangeshkar Hindi Actress

Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar, the veteran playback singer had formal training in music from her father. Her father ran a theater company in Mumbai, where she began to learn music with her father’s grudging approval, and with whom she also sang a song. As her father was a conservative man, film music was not totally appreciated at her home. After the theater company was auctioned, her father died, and she assumed the financial responsibility by becoming an actress, first in Marathi and later in Hindi cinema, but in acting, she did not click. Later she surprised everyone with one of her solo number (Aayega Aanewaala) from the movie Mahal released in 1949. The song was screened on Madhubala. Finally, Lata became a singing star overnight. Later on, Lata Mangeshkar had lent her beautiful voice to actresses for generations -- from Nargis and Mala Sinha to Hema Malini and Madhuri Dixit. And the ladies on the screen too did ample justice to her songs. As a popular singer, she also had met many difficulties with other composers, singers and even film makers. Her rifts with Mohammad Rafi, “over loyalties’’ and Raj Kapoor, when he changed the composers for “Satyam Shivam Sundaram’’ is well known. Above all, she never lent her voice for O P Nayyar. When she used to record for Bengali songs, she learnt the exact pronunciation from Salil Chowdhury. Earlier, when Dilip Kumar criticised Lata for her pronunciation in Urdu, she made it a point to learn Urdu with flawless diction. Fortunately, her training in classical music and her disciplined voice started to fetch her playback assignments; she became the nightingale of India. She is popular for lilting melodies like “'Aaja Re Pardesi’’( Madhumati), '’Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’’( Mughal-e-Azam), ”Chalte Chalte’’( Pakeezha), “Lag Ja Gale”( Woh Kaun Thi), “AAj Phir Jine Ki Tamanna Hai” (Guide), and “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”. She has sung all kinds of songs in her long career, including romantic numbers (Tu Jahan Jahan Chalega), cabaret numbers (Aa Jane Jaa), and even naughty ones( Bahon Mein Chale Aao). Lata Mangeshkar was born on the 29th September 1928 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. Her first guru was her father. With a total of more than 26,000 songs that she had sung in all Indian languages, her name exists in the Guinness World Records.

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Lucky Ali

Lucky Ali is a famous Indian singer, who was born as Maqsood Mahmood Ali. He is a Songwriter and a Composer. He is also an Actor and a Philanthropist. He is known for his hobbies such as Farming and Horse Breeding, so he can be mentioned as a Farmer and a Horse Breeder as well. Being born into a family of great artistic talents, he has inherited a lot of artistic skills in his blood for singing as well as acting, not to mention his music composing skills. Renowned comedian of Bollywood, Mehmood, is his father. His mother, Mahelaka, is the sister of the famous Bollywood actress, Meena Kumari. His father is ‘part Afghani-part Bengali’ from his mother’s side. Of the eight children in his family, Lucky Ali is the second. One of his brothers Manzoor Ali is a Bollywood actor too. Over the years, he has got his hands soiled in many fields including horse breeding. He has worked in an oilrig off the coast of Pondicherry in South India, and was into carpet selling. He is a farmer too. He is into organic farming and supports organic methods widely. Lucky Ali has spent his childhood days mostly away from his family due to his father’s busiest shooting schedule. Once, after coming back from a boarding school, he has identified his father, who came to receive him, as the great comedian ‘Mehmood’, not realizing that it was his own father. He has studied in many education centers, including Maneckji Cooper Education Trust School at Mumbai. He has studied at the Bombay Scottish School there as well. Then at Mussoorie, he has continued his studies in Hampton Court School, and also at Saint George’s College there. At Bangalore, he has studied at the Bishop Cottons Boys’ School. Meaghan Jane McCleary a.k.a Masooma, who is actually from New Zealand, was his first wife who has starred in the video of his debut album ‘Sunoh’ in the song, ‘O Sanam’. Tasmia and Ta'awwuz are their two children. The Parsi girl Inaya is the second wife of Lucky Ali, and she has a girl named Sara with her. He married again for the third time, this time it is to Kate Hallam, who had won the Miss England title and who was working as a model. Together, this couple has a son; his name is Dani. Lucky Ali is a religious person and his favorite is the Quran being recited. He believes religion is but a personal regimen that a spiritual seeker uses to connect to his Creator. His father wrote the script of ‘Dushman Duniya Ka’, meaning, Enemy of the World, a movie that was actually influenced by Lucky Ali’s tête à tête with marijuana. Manzoor, who is the younger brother of Lucky Ali, stars in this movie. The plot of the movie is about a young man, who is a drug abuser by the name, ‘Lucky’. In the final scenes, this young man will murder his own mother and then go on a rampage to obliterate everything that stands in his path and around his place, eventually to be killed by his own father’s hands. When asked about the movie, Lucky said and was quoted as, ‘feeling the story was totally lacking in hope’. Having said that, he has not declined the offer to sing his first song, and the film has his song in it. Lucky Ali has debuted with his album ‘Sunoh’, and it was a prompt success that made him one of the established singers in the Indian Music Industry. He has won ‘Screen Awards’ for the year 1996, and the ‘Viewers' Choice Award of Channel V’ in 1997, for ‘Sunoh’ in the category, ‘The Best Pop Male Vocalist’. For a total of 60 weeks, it listed on the MTV Asia Charts. His later albums were not up to the success of his debut. Lucky is also a self-taught guitarist. As for his vocals, he is famous for his distinct style, the voice seemingly that of an untrained person, described rather as ‘husky’, and the ballad style of singing. He is specialized in using such themes in his albums, like, Solitude, Freeness, Insignificance of Life, and a soul that is mostly interested in wandering away all the time. His playback-singing debut was with the movie ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’. In 2001, at the Forty-sixth Filmfare Awards presentations, he was honored with ‘The Best Male Playback Singer Award’ for ‘Na Tum Jaano Na Hum’, a song in that same movie. He has also appeared in Bollywood movies; ‘Kitaab’ in 1977 and ‘Hamare Tumhare’ in1979 in the 70s, ‘Trikaal’ in1985 in the 80s, ‘Yehi Hai Zindagi’ 1997 in the 90s, ‘Kaante’ and ‘Sur - The Melody of Life’ both in 2002, and ‘Kasak’ in 2005, are some of the movies starring Lucky Ali. He took a break in acting and resumed it by starring in the movie ‘Good Luck’ in 2008. His work associations include that of composers such as, six times National Film Awards winner Vishal Bhardwaj, and A.R Rahman from Chennai, along with the duo Vishal and Shekhar. He has also done good works, composing with Rajiv Bhalla of ‘O Teri’ fame, and Michael McCleary, known as Mike McCleary and Mikey McCleary from Chennai, who is presently a New Zealander, and also with Prashant Pillai, the Malayalam Music Producer.

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