Welcome to January 2014edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
We have had great opening of 2014, in so far as domain of our interest goes. First Day, First Show was a brilliant article on Songs of Yore – Anil Biswas: The Maestro and My Father– by none other than the daughter – Shikha Biswas Vohra. The article, as can be expected, is rich with intimate details and emotional touch to quite known songs. 2014 is also centenary year of birth of Anil Biswas. So the article would certainly be taken as a curtain raiser to several other articles that we will have opportunity to cherish @ SoY
Here are some more of the (recent) articles on Anil Biswas:
- Dances on Footpathpresents seven of his favorite songs inHappy Birthday, Anil Biswas!
- SurveykhaN –Anil Biswas
- Headlines Today -An Affair to Remember: Magical melodies of Anil Biswas
- Khwahish-e-Parwaaz -Anil Biswas and His Mastery over the Folk Idiom
- Memsaab’s Story’s Posts tagged ‘Anil Biswas’
For the readers who belong – either by age or by developed hobby – to the period to which the Golden Era of HFM music is related to, Anil Biswas or K C Dey may not sound very unfamiliar to the ears. However, KC Dey: The divine singer with inner vision provides a fairly varied treat to the singer’s repertoire , in terms of his songs form films, his non-film bhajans and his naat.
SoY has continued to regale the opening of 2014 in presenting Subodh Agrawal’s Film songs based on classical ragas (7) – In the royal presence of Darbari. The article is 7th in the in the series on the film songs based on classical ragas.
“Dedicated to everyone who either remembers their own travels through those confusing, conflicting, rebellious, bitter-sweet, happy-sad times, and to those who are in, or about to step into that twilight world between the carefree days of childhood and sedate ‘responsible’ adulthood, here are ….songs that probably express what you may have felt, are feeling, or will feel some day…” inMy Favourites: Songs of Innocence.
2014 has also continued the bell tolling onto the luminaries of the Golden Era. Suchitra Sen drew the final curtain to her secluded personal life, after having blazed quite a trail on Bengali Cinema skies.
- Remembering Suchitra Sen is a compilation of tributes that had flowed in the media.
- Cineplot has reproduced a 1955 article – Suchitra Sen – Dreamy-eyed Bengali star who makes her debut on the Hindi Screen in “Devdas”
- Dusted Off remembers Suchitra Sen’sDeep JweleJaai – directed by Asit Sen, who went on to remake it in Hindi as the WaheedaRehman starrer, Khamoshi.
Dusted Off’s other articles for the period under review:
- Ten of my favourite filmi wedding songs, which are directly related to weddings.
- There you are!: The ‘lost and found’ trope in Hindi cinema, quite vividly narrating different lost-and-found themes.
Incidentally, this article seems to have triggered the inspiration for Dead As A Dodo (Hopefully!) – about tropes I wish would vanish, tropes that have vanished, and should stay vanished, beginning with one of the most egregious.
BhooliBisriSunahariYaadein has vividly presented VividhBharati – An indispensable part of my life. I am sure all of us would agree no less!
As Always, we turn to Mohammad Rafi:
Dr.SouvikChatterji -Magic combination of Guru Dutt and Mohammad Rafi
The uniqueness of Guru Dutt’s relationship with Rafi lies in the fact that whether the composer was OP Nayyar or Shankar Jaikishan or SD Burman or Ravi, the music composed for whom had philosophical thoughts embedded in them and Rafi gave expression to the mesmerizing lyrics of evergreen tunes which had become immortal over a period of time.
B.Koshy -Profoundness of Rafi Sahab’s tonal pattern cannot be measured by human competences– has presented a quite a detailed analysis and comparison of the tonal pattern of leading male singers of that period.
As can be expected, Santhanakrishnan Srinivasan is all praise for Rafiji’s Voice Range. He has presented a number of songs, across a wide range of music directors in this article, in support of his fervent views.
We also have an interview of Sudha Malhotra – AISE THEY RAFI SAHAB ALL ROUNDER, recorded especially on 33rd Death Anniversary of Rafi Sahab.
I look forward to your ever encouraging response, as well as inputs to enrich the content…….