Welcome to November 2013 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
The last bastion of male playback singers of the Golden Era of Hindi Film Music, Manna Dey, finally chose to give the fight with his failing health take over. As can be expected there was a universal feeling of loss among the fans of Film Music.
We record here some of the wide array of tributes that have poured in:
- Dusted Off: Manna Dey: In Tribute
- Murtaza Patel: દિલને ધબકતું રાખતા ગીતોનો ગાયક….મન્ના !
- Biren Kothari @ Pallette - મન્નાડેની વિદાય: તુમ મિલે તો વીરાને મેં ભી આ જાયેગી બહાર
- Songs of Yore: Remembering SD Burman’s Manna Dey
- Abhijit Bhaduri - The Ten Best Songs of Manna Dey
- Dr. R C Mishra @ Life and Music – BEAUTIFUL KATHAK DANCE FROM HINDI FILM:JHANAK JHANAK PAYAL BAAJE(1955) – A Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar Duet- Janak Jank Payal Baje – Vasant Desai – Murli Manohar Krishan Kanhaiya
- A Concert Review – In Pursuit of Manna Dey, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Speak Out India : Manna Dey – A Legend lost
- IndiaTV : I listen only to Manna Dey’s songs, Rafi told fans
- TV9 : Manna Dey DEATH: Journey of Unmatched Musical Genius- Part1
- SaReGaMa India – Shraddhanjali – A Tribute To Manna Dey | Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli | Audio Jukebox | Manna Dey Songs
- zeenews – The Musical Journey of Manna Dey
- Firstpost – The top 10 songs of Manna Dey you must listen to
- Avijit Ghosh @ ToI – An eccentric list of rare gems by Manna Dey
- Remembering Manna Dey : Tu Pyaar Kaa Saagar Hai
And now we will take a look at articles, from newspapers /channels, that present a collage of his personality.
- Manna & SD: A relationship beyond music
- Manna Dey was in awe of just one man, SD Burman
- Making sense of Manna
- Manna in Heaven
- Movies of Manna Dey & S. D. Burman – Manna Dey and S. D. Burman have worked together in the following movies. The list includes all types of association of Manna Dey with S. D. Burman in movies. As of today, Manna Dey and S. D. Burman have worked jointly in 28 movies.
- My songs were composed with me in mind
- Raju Bharatan – The Classic Dilemma of Being Manna Dey
- The Statesman – Singer Manna Dey passes away -
- India Today – Manna Dey – A musical genius rarely matched
- Live Mint – Manna Dey: The singing philosopher
- Avijit Ghosh, TNN – Singer Manna Dey, master of the classical and the comic, passes away
- Versatile Manna Dey defied norms, gave songs masculinity
- MiDDAY – Manna Dey – A musical genius rarely matched
- 30 reasons we should say thank you Manna Dey
- Narayan Parsuram @ Karadi Tales: Recording with Manna Dey (‘Nadiyaan Mein Paani’ is one of the many testimonies to the absolute imaandari to “sur” that Manna Dey embodied. Listen to Manna Dey’s ‘Nadiyaan Mein Paani’ here)
And one of the rarest cover songs (which I heard for the first time when searching for Manna Dey for his rare pieces) is my tribute to The Great Singer – Yeh Kooche Yeh Neelaam Ghar Dil Kashi Ke - Pyaasa - SD Burman.
How can we have a November edition of a blog carnival on Hindi Films songs without any post on the Festival of India – Diwali. Dances on Footpath presents us Ai Duniya Bata … Ghar Ghar Men Diwali Hai, Mere Ghar Men Andhera – Film Kismet (1943) – Amirbai Karnataki – Anil Biswas – in My Favorite Diwali Song of All Time.
November is also month of birth of Har Mandir Singh ‘Humraz’ – the compiler of Hindi Film Geet Kosh, a unique, encyclopaedic, reference compendium of Hindi Film Songs, from 1931. Biren Kothari had paid rich tribute to him when Har Mandir Sa’ab turned 60 @ હરમંદિરસીંઘ ‘હમરાઝ’: ફિલ્મી ગીતગંગાનું ગીતકોશમાં અવતરણ કરનાર ભગીરથ. I could also find one more post on Har Mandir Singh @ Hindi film Geet Kosh. And the latest is again a Biren Kothari article commemorating the 62nd birthday @ ફિલ્મશતાબ્દિએ આપણને મળેલી અનોખી ભેટ – a gift to the centenary of Films. This gift is in the form of a compilation: ‘SILENT & HINDI TALKIE FILMS INDEX’ (1913-2012)
Whilst on the subject compilations of Hindi Film Songs, let us record our sincerest appreciation of yeomen’s work done by:
There are a legion of blogs and sites, including unimaginably varied postings of video clips on YT, who have been carrying on with the great task of immortalizing Films songs by bringing them on internet.
We pay our deepest appreciation to all these foot soldiers.
We now turn to our regulars:
Evergreen Indian film music concludes the well-detailed and discussed three-part article -Top 3 Composers of Golden Era . The article has a medley of 18 songs that includes folk songs, classical tunes, western feel, Ghazals, Qawwalis, Bidaai and of course romantic songs . The three parts of the article are:
- Top 3 composers of the golden era in Indian film music – part 1
- Top 3 composers of the golden era in Indian film music – part 2
- Top 3 composers of the golden era in Indian film music – part 3
We have not been able to cover Kalayanji Anandji till now.
In Top hits of Kalyanji Anandji, magical duets, the 8 tracks player plays songs randomly from this mix of 25 songs. The earlier posts have covered various facets – their affinity to Mukesh, their mastery of string instruments, songs with Lata Mangeshkar and exceptional use of chorus as a natural extension of the song and adding a sense of rhythm and tempo.
Songs of Yore has done two excellent posts at the ‘end’ of a great series on S D Burman: SD Burman’s Bengali songs and their Hindi versions – which, interestingly intersects with its series on Multiple version songs – and The ultimate SD Burman: His pure Bengali songs - songs that easily can seen as ‘soul of his music’.
Before we end this edition, we have interesting articles on Mohammad Rafi.
Dr. Souvik Chatterji - Looking back at Jaikishan and remembering his bond with Mohammad Rafi – has emphatically submitted that had Jaikishan not passed away in 1971, Rafi’s dominance in bollywood music not suffered at all.
Bollyviewer @ Old Is Gold has line up a Rafi song for each letter of the alphabet*, in The A-Z of Mohammed Rafi. Just to make things more interesting, the author decided to restrict to his duets or group performances from B/W films.
As can be expected, YT has several channels designed for compiling songs of Mohammad Rafi from the perspective segmenting the songs from differing aspects. We will document such channels here, beginning with Great Rafi AND Rafi Duets.
*Aphabetical memeing also provides us back references to:
It seems that some of our regular blogs had devoted the period under review to Film Review more. That gave us a quick opportunity to take at some of the blogs who are not as prolific as some of the regular blogs.
Well, that has made the current edition quite content-heavy. Isn’t it……?