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Throwback Thursday: Watch Anuradha Paudwal and Bappi Lahiri record 'Tamma Tamma Loge'


This throwback video of the first computer recording of the Sanjay Dutt-Madhuri Dixit chartbuster is an example of how far sound recording has come in Hindi film music. 

Shriram Iyengar

When Badrinath Ki Dulhania launched the remixed version of 'Tamma Tamma Loge', the cult classic from Thanedaar (1990), not many people were amused. For the generation of the 1990s, the song was a classic not to be messed around with. Sung by Bappi Lahiri and Anuradha Paudwal, and composed by Bappi da himself, the song was one of the high points of Hindi cinema's Disco era. 

While Baadshah and Tanishk Bagchi did a fairly good job of the remix, they had a lot of help from the technology available. Incidentally, Lahiri's classic was also far ahead of its time. The song was the first computerised recording in Hindi cinema. It marked the transition of playback singing in India from master tapes and cassettes to digitised audio recording. This throwback video from the first recording of the song is a wonderful glimpse into the unknown world of playback recording in India. 

While Paudwal and Lahiri jive with the chorus, the sight of recordists working on a computer is what takes the cake. The sight of a computer might be a regular thing in studios now, but it wasn't so in the 1990s. The low quality of the video does not allow you to check which software the technicians were using then, but it definitely gives a glimpse into the magical nature of the process. Even as they toggle between different windows, the sight of the hunky screen, white keyboard and mouse will evoke a strong nostalgia for the 1990s generation who grew up on dial-up networks and assembled PCs. 

Based on the tune of Mory Kante's 'Tama Tama Yeke', 'Tamma Tamma Loge' went on to be one of the most popular tracks of the decade. It also proved to be the first big hit for Dixit and Dutt who would go on to be a leading pair in seven films through the 1990s, including Saajan (1991) and Khalnayak (1993). 

As the remix continues to be the earworm across the internet, this video is a reminder that a classic always remains a classic.