Madhuri recorded only a few songs for Salil, but each one of them is a gem.
Songs like 'Nijere
haraaye khunji' and 'Oi je sabuj bono bithika' will never get
old. Madhuri did have an unique voice with quite a range. Salil composed 'Oi je
sabuj bono bithika' which spans two-and-half octaves and uses fairly tricky jumps
from one note to the other. Madhuri hits the notes flawlessly. Salil's love for Beethoven shows up again in the interlude of this superb composition. Careful listeners will immediately recognise a glimpse of Beethoven's 6th Symphony (Pastoral) in the interlude of "oi je sobuj bono beethika". Melodies like these
aren't composed these days any more. In fact, Madhuri has recently re-recorded
some of her songs from that 'golden age'.
I also found out that Usha Mangeshkar had also recorded 4 songs of Madhuri in the '80s for the Megaphone company. I have heard these recordings and IMO Usha just could not comprehend the songs and her Bengali accent was frankly speaking awful. Fortunately, they were never released.
Incidently, I had a tough time trying to get a decent photograph of Madhuri. After years of serach suddenly I found one.
Hnd = Hindi; Mal = Malayalam; Tam = Tamil; Tel = Telegu; Kan = Kannada;
Bng = Bengali, Oth = Other