The entire August 2014 edition of our blog carnival was dedicated to the memories of Mohammad Rafi. As result, we had not been able to visit any of the other published post in that episode. We will make good those inadvertent omissions in the present episode.
We begin out tour of our regular blogs:
Besides his own compositions, Hemant Kumar freely sang under other composers. SD Burman was one of the most important for him, making him the voice of Dev Anand – one of the big three – in many films. Continuing the series on SD Burman for various singers, SoY presents songs for Hemant Kumar as a tribute to the latter on his 25th death anniversary.(b. 16 June 1920; d. 26 September 1989).
This is the part Two of the Wrap Up round on Best songs of 1951: And the winners are? . Part 1 has addressed wide ranging discussions on Male Playback Singers for the Year 1951. The ‘other’ female playback singers bring immense variety and several of them had their landmark songs in the year. As a result, this year SoY has taken up a separate post for ‘other’ (than Lata Mangeshakar) Female Playback Singers. .
Jagriti (1954), has a more or less mirror image on the other side as Bedari. Actor Ratan Kumar (Nazir Rizvi) was the common link, where he played the same role of a differently-abled nice boy, who reforms the wayward boy
Multiple Version Songs (18): Hindi-Telugu exchange [Guest article by Arunkumar Deshmukh]
His first guest article in the series on Multiple Version Songs was on Hindi-Marathi, naturally. Arunji surprised everyone by an equally erudite article on Hindi – Kannada versions. The Hindi- Telugu exchange is equally rich and interesting.
That also gives us cause to recall an archived article – My favorite piano-songs, from the 50s and 60s that have at least one character “playing” the piano throughout the song. Even as some songs would get repeated in these three articles, the presentations offer a varied fare that whets our appetite of different perspectives.
August being the month of festivals, it was high time a post on Festival Songs that would collate songs relating to various festivals was eagerly awaited.
My Favourites: Letters in Verse resurrects the now forgotten art and passion of writing letters.
August 27 is the death anniversary of Mukesh. ‘Made for each other: Mukesh and Kalyanji-Anandji’ pays tribute to Mukesh, by exploring one of the very special associations he had had with some of the leading music directors of his era.
Coincidentally we also have an exclusive post – Kalyanji-Anandji, the immortal duo detailing their notable films, songs, achievements and key recognitions that highlight their versatile talent. The post also discusses their distinctive composing style and more importantly, highlight their personal nature and why they are immortal.
We now stray beyond our oft-tracked path and take a look at occasional marvels that one lands up in such journeys:
First Ghalib ghazal to be used in a film was ‘Aah ko chahiye ek umr asar hone tak’ was the first Mirza Ghalib ghazal to be used in a movie (Masoom – 1941).
This is also a diamond jubilee year of 1964 film Dosti, which is rightly commemorated @ Dukh To Apana Saathi Hai – Sushil Kumar.
And as coincidences would have, we landed upon The spirituality in Hindi Film songs, which also talks about immortal songs, of this “1964 movie, ‘Dosti’, penned by inimitable Majrooh Sultanpuri and sung in the angelic voice of Mohammed Rafi”.
We have been a given an excellent lead for very unusual wealth of information in terms of several articles @ Scroll.in . Here is one example - A reminder for the Scots: India has a thriving bagpipe tradition too – Folk troupes in the country’s Garhwal region, especially those that play for weddings, often include a bagpiper. – by Mridula Chari.
Similarly Suresh Chandvankar, the Honorary Secretary of Society of Indian Record Collectors and the Editor of The Record News, the annual journal of the Society has contributed Marathi and English articles on the 78 rpm era to various periodicals, newspapers and websites. We take up one of the several articles for this edition, and will take up at least one article in each our subsequent editions.
Mimicry and comic songs from the dawn of the recording era in India – European recording companies scoured India looking for interesting sounds and songs, between 1902 to 1908.
We have a very interesting fare from our friend Bhagwan Thavrani :
- Sangdil Zamaane Mujhe Kyon Rulaata Hai – Husn Ka Chor – Sandhya Mukherjee – Bulo C rani
- Tum Chand Ke Sath Chale Aao – Aashiana (1952) – Lata Mangeshkar – Madan Mohan
- Aye Dil Zuban Na Khol – Naach Ghar (1959) – Lata Mangeshkar – Narayan Dutta
- Meree Zindagee Ke Chiraag Ko – “Lata Mangeshkar once requested me to compose a melody in Madanji’s style. Consequently, we prepared the scores of this song for the film Jaal” – Pyarelal Sharma, Popular composer of the well-known Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo – excerpted from the book “Madan Mohan – Ultimate Melodies” by Vishwas Nerurkar
- Jab tak chamke chaand sitaare - Neelam Pari – GM Durrani and Geeta Dutt – Khurshid Anwar – On death anniversary of G M Durrani (1919-1988) (7th September)
In our regular ending of the carnival, we have “3-G: Great Lyrics, Grand Music and Golden Voice in Indian Cinema by Sri Biman Baruah , information shared by Sri Binu Nair, Founder, Rafi Foundation, Mumbai listing Mohammed Rafi solos written by Hasrat Jaipuri and filmed on different Actors:
|1961||Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai||Teri Zulfon Se Judaee Tu Nahin Mangi Thi||Shankar Jaikishan||Dev Anand|
|1962||Asli Naqli||Chheda Mera Dil Ne Tarana Tere Pyar Ka||Shankar Jaikishan||Dev Anand|
|1963||Tere Ghar Ke Samne||Dil Ka Bhanwar Kare Pukar, Pyar Ke Raag Suno Re||S.D. Burman||Dev Anand|
|1968||Duniya||Falsafa Pyar Ka Tum Kya Jano, Tumne Kabhi Pyar Na Kiya||Shankar Jaikishan||Dev Anand|
|1964||Aayee Milan Ki Bela||Tum Kamsin Ho, Nadaan Ho||Shankar Jaikishan||Rajendra Kumar|
|1965||Arzoo||Aye Phoolon Ki Raani Baharoon Ki Malka||Shankar Jaikishan||Rajendra Kumar|
|1966||Suraj||Chehere Pe Giri Zulfen Kehdo Tu Utha Do Main||Shankar Jaikishan||Rajendra Kumar|
|1968||Jhuk Gaya Aasman||Kaun Hai Jo Sapnon Mein Aaya||Shankar Jaikishan||Rajendra Kumar|
|1961||Junglee||Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujh Par||Shankar Jaikishan||Shammi Kapoor|
|1962||Professor||Aye Gul Badan Aye Gulbadan||Shankar Jaikishan||Shammi Kapoor|
|1964||Rajkumar||Is Rang Badalti Duniya Mein Insaan Ki Niyaat Thik Nahin Hai||Shankar Jaikishan||Shammi Kapoor|
|1969||Tumse Accha Kaun Hai||Janam Janam Ke Saath Nibhane Ko||Shankar Jaikishan||Shammi Kapoor|
|1966||Gaban||Ehshan Mere Dil Pe Tuhmare Hain Dostoon, Yeh Dil Tuhmare Pyar Ka||Shankar Jaikishan||Sunil Dutt|
|1970||Bhai-Bhai||Mere Mehbbob Tere Dam Se Bahar Aaye||Shankar Jaikishan||Sunil Dutt|
|1965||Gumnaam||Ek Ladki Hai Jisne Jina Muskil Kar Diya||Shankar Jaikishan||Manoj Kumar|
|1964||Ziddi||Teri Surat Se Nahin Milti Kisi Ki Surat||S. D. Burman||Joy Mukherjee|
|1966||Love In Tokyo||Aaja Re Aa Jara Lehrake Aa Jara||Shankar Jaikishan||Joy Mukherjee|
|1964||April Fool||Meri Mohabbat Paak Mohabbat Aur Jahan Ki||Shankar Jaikishan||Biswajeet|
|1972||Shararat||Dil Ne Pyar Kiya Hai Ek Bewafa Se||Ganesh||Biswajeet|
|1968||Mere Huzoor||Rukh Se Zara Naqab Utha Do Mere Huzoor||Shankar Jaikishan||Jeetendra|
|1969||Pyar Hi Pyar||Main Kahin Kavi Na Ban Jaoon||Shankar Jaikishan||Dharmendra|
|1973||Naina||Hum Ko Tu Jaan Se Pyaari||Shankar Jaikishan||Shashi Kapoor|
This is certainly not an exhaustive list. We will try to make good the misses in due course of time.