Welcome to December 2013 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
This month’s Anniversary section has lead article from the current period of a blog and then is further supported by some excellent articles/ clips form the past archives.
Songs of Yore presents some of her well-known and not so well-known songs while felicitating 77th birth anniversary of Sudha Malhotra in a well-researched article Sudha Malhotra: The last of the niche singers of the Golden Era.
For a more detailed look at ghazals of Sudha Malhotra, a visit to SongsPK.co is called for.
8th of December was birthday of Sharmila Tagore as well Dharmendra. Shrikant Guatam, in his regular (Gujarati) column “Rang Raag” in Janmabhoomi Pravasi’s Sunday supplement “Madhuvan” of 8th December 2013 has aptly caught one more coincidence – the pair has done EIGHT films together . These are – Devar, Anupama, Satyakam, Yakeen, Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka, Mere Humdum Mer Dost, Chupke Chupke, Sunny.
Conversations Over Chai presents favourite Hindi films roles of Shramila Tagore in The Divas: Shamila Tagore.
On the second death anniversary of Dev Anand, Conversations over Chai “discovered a wealth of songs where Dev Anand was either drunk or pretend drunk, or at least holding a glass… to raise a metaphorical toast to an actor and a gentleman …to list some beautiful songs that he lip-synched on screen in Intoxicating Dev Anand.
Conversations over Chai then goes on pay a very unique tribute to Raj Kapoor on his 89th birthday – quite an interesting and thought-provoking quiz in The Only Showman.
We also pick up Portrait of the Director: Raj Kapoor from YT channel DoordarshanNational and a highly personalised interview, LIVING LEGND RAJ KAPOOR, by SimiGarewalOfficial, wherein Raj Kapoor talks about his emotional evolution… his regrets.. his loves.. his music .. his films and his philosophies…… with a treat of haunting scenes and songs from his films.
14th December was also 47th anniversary of Shailendra’s passing away. Pravin Thakkar has penned the multi-faceted portrait of Shailendra in his article published in his (Gujarati) column Rajatpat Na Rang in Kutchhmitra’s Sunday supplement Madhuvan of 8th December 2013.
We supplement several clips form YT archives regarding Shailendra – A Compilation of Title songs – listing 21 title songs penned by Shailendra by शैलेंद्र के गीत | Songs of Shailendra; A Small Tribute to Shailendra by crazyoldsongs and NDTV.com’s Remembering lyricist Shailendra over and above Chauthi Kasam (Part I, Part II and Part III) by ABP News, which we have covered in the October 2013 edition of this blog carnival.
Dances on the Footpath has posted Nalini Jaywant Songs in Nastik (1954), with English Subtitles, in honor of Nalini on her third death anniversary.
We now move over to visiting articles covering a varied interests from different blogs / websites.
Asha Bhonsle needs no introduction, but how many of us know about Asha Posle ? Ceratinly not many. However Atul’s Song A Day, in the article Aankh ke paani aankh mein rah has presented Asha Posle’s this song from 1947 film Pagdandi.
Our good friend, Shakeel Akhtar, in his article pakeezah and dupatta laments about several crafts that have been obliterated over the tides of modernism. Some of the trades so vividly narrated in the song Inhi Logon Le Leena Dupaataa Mera have triggered this article. Incidentally, we had earlier reblogged a similar content from TIME’s Lightbox @ Disappearing Trades: Portraits of India’s Obsolete Professions – LightBox.
Dusted Off has presented “famous songs, but lip-synched by not so famous artists in Ten of my favourite ‘Who’s that lip-synching?’ songs.
Songs of Yore has brought out KC Dey’s songs in ‘Devdas’ (1935). These songs are:
Arunkumar Deshmukh has come up with one more of an extensive and well-researched treatise on a very novel topic – confusions of similar names in Hindi Film Industry @ Anmol Fanakaar in the article ‘same name confusions – part 1, part 2 and part 3’.
N Venkatraman has picked up the thread of Hindi – Tamil versions songs in Multiple Version Songs (15): In the ‘Realm of Remakes @ Song of Yore – Multiple version songs.
We also have an interesting variety of the presentation of the content – Cineplot article Tanuja talks about her top ten Hindi Films, as the title suggests has Tanuja’s own views on her top ten films.
Songs of Yore has ended a long vigil of its followers in announcing the Best songs of 1953: Final Wrap Up 4. The survey article together with Wrap Up 1 on the best male playback singer, Wrap Up 2 on the best female playback singer and Wrap Up 3 on the best duets and the present final Wrap Up together represent probably the most unique and comprehensive discussion of the entire music of a particular year.
Nahm has presented Preet banaake toone jeena sikhaaya@ Atul’s Song A Day. The clip was 12 minutes long, and it had all 5 stanza’s in it by Mukesh on Raj Kapoor, with intermittent dialogues and a small portion or rather a stanza of the song by Suman Kalyanpur on Waheeda Rehman.
Our each episode has several intersting pieces on Mohammad Rafi. In the case of ‘Teesri Kasam’, there is no sign of Rafi here, still Shankar – Jaikishan as many as four singers for Waheeda Rehman. Tables had turned and how, for Lata Mangeshkar by 1966 vis-à-vis Shankar-Jaikishan can be judged from this.
And as contrast look at Raj Hath (1956), wherein Dusted Off has singled out one of the great Mohammad Rafi gem -“one song in particular is beautiful and very well-known – Aaye bahaar banke lubhaakar chale gaye - in a very detailed review.
Nasir’s Eclectic Blog is mainly a Tribute to the Legendary Indian Playback Singer, Mohammed Rafi, containing categories dedicated to Rafi’s Romantic Songs Transliterated/Translated, Rafi’s Sad Songs Transliterated/Translated, Rafi’s Philosophical Songs, Rafi’s Filmy Devotional Songs, Peppy Songs of Mohammed Rafi , Articles on Mohammed Rafi Sahaab.
Biman Baruah remembers a highly fruitful relationship with three generations of Roshans – Mohammed Rafi with legacy of composer Roshan – Roshan(lal Nagrath) , Rakesh Roshan (for films directed under his banner) or Rajesh Roshan (for songsa composed under his baton) and Hrithik Roshan (in terms of his Mohammad Rafi songs with Hrithik as child artist).
You are right! This last phase was our section on Mohammad Rafi. We will continue our listings on Mohammad Rafi in our future episodes as well.
We conclude our series of Carnivals of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music for the year 2013 with this episode.
Wishing you all a very a very exciting journey to the world of Golden Era of Hindi Film Music in 2014 as well…………………