Monday, April 25, 2005


Voices. High pitched, low pitched, deep midnight kinds, falsettos, baritones, trebles. The captivating ones like Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle. The beautiful youth reflected in Shreya Ghosal's. The range of Rafi. How many of them! All wonderful in their own way.
Have you ever wondered how inappropriate certain voices can be? You would think that a beautiful young girl would have a voice to match. But she opens her mouth and releases a high-pitched whining volley of words. Then there was this girl in my class, whose deep voice made the teacher think some boy was giving her proxy attendance.

Then there are the voices you fall in love with. You don't have to look at the face; the voice touches chords deep within you. It takes you far away to a wonderful place and you want them to keep going on and on. Sonorous, yes. The husky voice that conveys a hidden promise.

As unique as finger prints? An identity? In a way, yes. Who doesn't recognize their favorites speaking and singing? Deep-throated Amitabh B, failed when he adopted a different kind of voice in one of his movies. Who doesn't know the booming baritone of Barry White? The nasal twangs of Mukesh! The dulcet tones of our nightingale, Lata M!

So what kind is yours?

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