Welcome to September 2013 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
As usual, we commence our blog festival with posts on Anniversaries.
Asha Bhosle turns 80 this year. Dusted Off presented 10 different moods of Asha Bhosle in Asha in Ten Moods.
Songs of Yore continues with the series of S D Burman’s association with different playback singer in Asha Bhosle’s best songs by SD Burman.
And here are some of the other articles on Asha Bhosle, which I ‘searched’ while looking for some more of the celebration articles.
Zee News presents an interesting slideshow – Asha Bhosle`s songs through the decades, taking you on a journey with her through her decades in Bollywood and more.
Bollywoodlyrics.com articles gives an overview – Asha Bhosle: Working with great music directors
And HarveyPam’s Mohan Ki Asha, and very rich comments thereto, is a great post on Madan Mohan’s Asha Bhosle songs.
Songs of Yore has paid a very unique tribute to Mukesh, on his anniversary on 27th August, through quite an impartial discussion on “why did SD Burman use him so sparingly” in Mukesh’s best songs by SD Burman . Shri Arunkumar Deshmuks reveals, in Comment #1, that Mukesh- S D Burman combination output was (just) 12 songs (only). Shri N Venkatraman, in Comment#19, fills up the two remaining songs.
Conversations Over Chai comes back to active role on the scene, through My Favourites: Songs of Praise – “songs that did liken a woman to more than a poultry dish?”. It is also a celebration (though a bit belated) of the Second Anniversary of the blog
Vithalbhai Patel, who contributed several earthy songs in late 1970s, also passed away on 7th September. Here is list of his Hindi Films songs, as a token of our tribute to the departed soul. Biren Kothari, Pallete, has paid an objectively passionate tribute to Vithalbhai Patel in the article (in Gujarati) ગીતકાર વિઠ્ઠલભાઈ પટેલની વિદાય: પ્યાર મેં સૌદા નહીં.
We have an unfortunate situation, where we are to pay homage to Madhubala Zaveri, on her taking up that long, fateful journey on 11-09-2013. Biren Kothari has penned મધુબાલા ઝવેરીનો સ્વરવિલય and placed video clips of some of her songs.
We will also bring some more sites / posts on Madhubala Zaveri on this page:
YT Channel – MADHUBALA ZAVERI/JHAVERI
Madhu’s Tripod.com page – Talat Mehmood & Madhubala Zaveri Duets
Cineplot.com’s Madhubala Zaveri
And of course one son that always bring memories of Madhubala Zaveri, even if shae ay have a small portion in it is Boot Polish’s Thaher Jara O Janne Wale
We now change our tack – to Mohammad Rafi.com
Vijay Bavdekar digs the equation of S D Burman and Mohammad Rafi deeper in Maestro SDBurman, Evergreen Dev Anand & All Time Great Rafi Sahab & Hidden Truths. Here are the high points – the lips movement and expressions given on face by Dev Anand, perfectly matches the Rafi’s throw of words / look back to the Golden Era of Hindi film music, you will find that other music directors kept Kishore away & preferred Rafi for Dev Anand / One interesting thing is that Rafi was Burmanda’s first choice for other Heros / Look at the ”Trend setter-Singer ” equations,”Dilip-Rafi, Dev-Kishore and Raj-Mukesh”. Rafi sang most of the songs for Dilip Kumar, Rafi has an almost equal share with Kishore for Dev Anand and off course Mukesh sang major number of songs for Raj Kapoor, but Rafi also gave playback to Raj Kapoor for 31 songs.
‘Dances on the Footpath’ has presented A Song Performed By Carmen Miranda and Vasunthara Devi aka Vyjayanthimala’s Mother. The two songs, one Vasunthara performs is “ayyayyo-vasuntharadevi-mangammasabatham 1941” and the one by from which the song is inspired is “That Night In Rio (1941) – Carmen Miranda – “I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)“.
“Dances On The Footpath” also has designed a very rich YT channel LifeIsaTrain‘s which has Classical Indian dancing feet / Noor Jehan / Kumari Kamala Lakshman and Recent uploads sub-chapters awaiting to be explored.
The discussions on S D Burman and Vyjayantimala , in this edition as well as in the last edition of Blog Festival spurred me to visit “100 Years Of Bollywood” – an excellent channel on YT an return with S.D Burman- The King Of Melody and Vyjayanthimala – The First Female Superstar Of Bollywood respectively.
My friend Samir Dholakia had forwarded a message form his friend about another YT channel: Portrait of Director - This is a series directed by veteran film-maker Ramesh Sharma for Doordarshan and it captures the various aspects of film-making of master directors like Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Manmohan Desai, Shyam Benegal, Raj Kapoor and Bimal Roy.
We would, now onwards, share at least one of the clips from both these channels to bring them on same page here.
Now, we pay our first visit to Indian film posters from 1930[silent] to1970 [color]. We will take up DIL DE KAR DARD LIYA HAI MAINE SUNG BY JAGMOHAN… (Jagmohan Sursagar NFS)(1940) and film “Fariyaad” (1942). The first one may be a repeat to many, but it is a treat worth repeating, every time. We take to full listening of Fariyaad (1942)’s these songs:
Aye Dil-e-Bequarar Bol – Shamim Kamal Pasha
Kahoji Ji Na Lage Bin Tere - Ishwarlal , Shamim Kamal Pasha
I chose to pick up Fariyad (1942) here, because that immediately reminded me of Fariyad (1964) which had memorable Snehal Bhatkar songs:
Aap Ne Huzoor Mujse – Suman Kalyanpur , Mohammad Rafi –
Teri Nazar Ne To Kafir Bana Diya – Mubarak Begum, Mohammad Rafi
Wo Dekho Dekh Raha Papiha - Suman Kalyanpur, Mahendra Kapoor
Songs of Yore has presented Best songs of 1953: Wrap Up 2. Undoubtedly a very difficult job of doing a putting in ‘other’ female singers in the most relevant and respectful consideration in an otherwise Lata Mangeshkar dominated category. As we had decided last time, we will take a look at all the ‘wrap-up’s together, in more details – may be as a full-fledged separate post.
It is heartening to note that we are able to expand our catchment sources for information to be shared. However, there must be much more that remains to be explored and shared…….
I, indeed, await your valued suggestions and inputs.. …