For the period of the current edition of the Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music, we have birth anniversaries of two music directors whose work apparently spans two ends of the spectrum of Golden Period.
We take up the first chronological end – Anil Biswas.
Remembering Anil Biswas, The Singer – A tribute on Anil Biswas’s Birth Centenary (b. 7 July 1914; d. 31 May 2003)
“Songs of Yore heralded 2014 as the Year of Anil Biswas with Inaugural post by his daughter, Shikha Biswas Vohra – Anil Biswas: The Maestro and My Father. We have since had three more posts dedicated to him with his songs for Suraiya, Talat Mahmood, and his sister, Parul Ghosh…… Therefore, in our tribute to the Bhishm Pitamah in his Centenary Year, it is important to remember him as a singer too.”
The Maker of Mukesh: Anil Biswas’s opening paints a very vivid picture of the role of Anil Biswas – a Guru (of those days), in general, and the extent to which he would take pains for his passion – the music. While continuing the Centenary Tributes to Anil Biswas, SoY pays a very special tribute to Mukesh as well on his 91st birth anniversary (on 22nd July).
The Masters: Sajjad Hussain quite vividly portrays the nuances of Sajjad’s music. “According to his son, the principled musician had no regrets or bitterness. He had lived life on his own terms, and had been admired as a musician par excellence by his contemporaries. History deals with him kindly as well, recognising the talent that preferred to remain unused but would never compromise. The body of work that he left behind has delighted music connoisseurs for generations, and it will continue to do so for as long as there are people who listen to Hindi film music from the golden age.”
Bulo C Rani – Phoolon Se Hum Shikhenge , Fariyad Na Karana, Ro Lena presents a bouquet of songs by one of the highly meritorious music directors of the Golden Period who could never hit the commercial success. The article is in Gujarati, but that should not come in the way of enjoying the melodies presented therein.
Atul’s Bollywood Song A Day– With Full Lyrics has crossed a great milestones of publishing 10,000 songs. To commemorate the event, several regular guest writers have contributed a post on this occasion. Visiting these posts is a subject by itself, which we would take up separately.
“When I did my previous post I was more or less sure about the songs that I would select for this post. I decided then that my next post would be a selection of songs that have struck a chord in my heart and songs that I have just liked because of the sweet melody and of course the lyrics.” The first part of the article – Forgotten Melodies (Part 1) – My Favourite Dance Sequences From My Father’s Films – has appeared in June 2014 episode of our Blog Carnival.
Kamal Hai?! Bindiya Songs has five songs but all of them relate to period beyond the extended end of our time scale. But Anu Warrier (Conversations over Chai) has added Khanke Kangnaa Bindiya Hanse , Lata Mangeshkar – S D Burman – Dr Vidya  among others in her comment.
Makeover of the filmi doormats lists of five filmi doormats – Jameela in Chaudavi Ka Chand (1961)[ Badle, badle mere sarkar nazar aate hai]; Simran in Dilwale Dulahaniya Le Jaayendge (1995); Anjali in Kuchch Kuchch Hota Hai (1998); Lalita in Parineeta (1953 ) and (2005) and Chandramukhi in Devdaas (1935 ), (1955 ) and (2002).
Music, fantasy and colour in V Shantaram’s Navrang narrates ‘over-the-top explosions of colour and classical music in Hindi-film history’.
- The opening credits appear over a stationary shot of a door, as a song with the refrain “Rang de de” (“Give colour”) plays alongside.
- An old man singing the stirring patriotic number “Yeh Maati Sabhi ki Kahaani Kahegi”.
- One of Navrang’s liveliest sequences takes the form of an informal sammelan where Diwakar’s friend, himself a composer of lowbrow verses, performs “Kavi Raja Kavita se” (sung, incidentally, by the film’s lyricist Bharat Vyas)
- A visual and aural feast in the duets : “Kaari Kaari Kaari Andhiyari”, “Arre ja re Hat Natkhat” and “Aadha hai Chandrama”
A Song For The Day is “a personal favorite” in as much as “the song stands for a sense of energy that accompanies longing and loneliness and infuses ephemeral pathos which depending on one’s mood may well turn out to be lasting.” The song neing discussed here is: Jab Chali Thandi Hawa, Jab Uthi Kaali Ghata, Mujhko Aye Jaan-e-Wafa Tum Yaad Aaye – Do Badan (1966) – Asha Bhosle – Ravi.
Kyunki Ye Ishq Ishq Hai Ishq ‘discovers’ the quawaali by Mubarak Ali Khan – Na Tu But Kade Ke Talab. Nusrat Ali Hateh Khan has also rendered this quawalli in his very unique style. And now let us listen what we have always loved to listen – Na To Carvaan Ki Talaash Hai
SoY has also commenced Best songs of 1951: Wrap Up 1 – The article goes on to sum up contributions by the readers and then presents – Songs of Yore Award for the best Male Playback Singer of 1951 goes to Talat Mahmood, and the best song is Meri yaad mein tum na aansoo bahana. Mukesh is given Jury’s Special Honour.
To end the current edition we will take up 75th Birthday (26th June) tribute articles –
- Happy birthday RD: Asha Bhonsle lists out her five fav Pancham da songs
- Lata Mangeshkar on RD Burman: He died too young, unhappy
- Happy Birthday RD Burman: Some interesting facts about the legend
However, I would like to recall his first two films only:
The Second one ….Bhoot Bangala (1965 )
- Aao Twist Karen – Manna Dey
- Pyar Karata Ja – Manna Dey and R D Burman
- Jaago Sonewalo – Kishore Kumar
- Ek Sawal Hai Tumse Ye Mera – Kishore Kumar
- Mere Pyar Aaaja – Lata Mangeshkar
And the First.. Chhote Nawab (1961)
- Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye – Lata Mangeshkar
- Chura Ke Dil Ban Rahe Ho Bhole – Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus
- Matwali Aankhonwale O Albale Dilwale – Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar
- Aaj Hua Dil Mera Matwala - Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar
- Jeenewale Muskura Ke Ji – Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar
- Aam Chum Taam Chum – Mohammed Rafi and Chorus –
- Ilahi Tu Sun Le Meri Dua - Mohammed Rafi
And you guessed it right… these songs are also our tribute to Mohammed Rafi as well…..