O Mere Dil Ke Chain – My reinterpretation


Here’s my own Saxophone instrumental interpretation of O Mere Dil Ke Chain, the wonderful evergreen Kishore Kumar romantic song composed by the peerless Pancham Da, or R D Burman. From Mere Jeevan Saathi.

This song actually brought together the best of four elements in a great film song: Lyrics (in lovely simple bolchaal ki bhaasha [spoken everyday Hindi] by Anand Bakshi), composition by the great R D Burman, arrangements by R D Burman’s wonderful, brilliant arrangers and assistants, and, of course, that brilliant, handsome voice of the inimitable Kishore Kumar!

I used to be a professional percussionist during my college days at DAV College and the Panjab University, Chandigarh, and played with a small but wonderful band of musicians in and around Chandigarh and even travelled to various cities and towns near and far, playing at Army officer dos and even at weddings, so strong was the urge to play with good musicians, and I remember my dad once saw me playing with the ‘orchestra-wale’ at a wedding, and was aghast! But I was just a wee bit more adamant, and his love was bigger than both those emotions, and he permitted me to play on. But those memories are from another lifetime.

For now, I hope you like this reinterpretation of the great song. Please leave a comment and let me know what you thought of this labour of love 
I played this at home on my Korg keyboard, recorded on the home desktop (formidable 32 GB top-end Corsair RAM, good for a home system at least, right?), on the Audio Editor, Audacity, absolutely the best free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing. Audacity is available for Windows®, Mac®,GNU/Linux® and other operating systems. Check out their feature list, wiki and forum.

Their latest version is out; download and check it out. You will be surprised at the kind of stuff you can do with it: Edit your own mobile ring tones (you often don’t want the full song or only the antara, you might want to use only the instrumental openings and interludes; you can import the full audio into Audacity and start editing it. And that’s just ONE little thing you can do. But hey, be midful of IPR and respect musicians’ and artists and labels’ rights.

So let me know what you think about my instrumental rendition of O Mere Dil Ke Chain, and also about Audacity. There’s no better free audio editing software, BTW.  Cheers!


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