Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – March 2014

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Welcome to March 2014 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

For the period under review, we have two excellent compilations w.r.t. Talat Mahamood birth anniversary on 24th February, 2014, from none other than Songs Of Yore.

  • The first of the articles – The Mentor and the Protégé: Talat Mahmood songs by Anil Biswas – commemorates Talat Mahamood’s 90th birth day. While Anil Biswas was not the most prolific  with Talat Mahmood as compared to C Ramchandra, Ghulam Mohammad and Madan Mohan, he remains the most important composer for him, so much so that you mention Talat Mahmood and Anil Biswas comes to mind.
  • The article that follows on SoY, is also about an equally rare combination of Talat Mahmmod’s Hindi Songs career – with S D Burman : Talat Mahmood’s songs by SD Burman. Talat Mahmood had only about 15 songs with S D Burman, a fraction of the songs SDB has with Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar. But his impact was way beyond his numbers, and SD Burman created several immortal songs with him, as he did with Mukesh with about the same number of songs, as can be seen in this article and comments thereto.

These two articles lead us to search for a retrospective on similar articles on Talat Mahmood. Surprisingly, during the searches, one comes up either to vanilla Talat Mahamood songs catalogues or vanilla playlists, but not very incisive analyses that looks at Talat Mahmood’s career with different music directors at different phases / periods of the Golden Era of the Hindi Film Music.

The first one is a post written 4 years before, on Talat Mahmood’s 86th birthday – Ten of my favourite Talat Mahmood songs.

The second one is a review of Nakli Nawab(1962), in terms of an observation that films’s music Director, Babul, has used three playback singers for the hero – Manoj Kumar – in the film.

Talat Mahmood, in a duet with Asha Bhosle – Mast Aankhen Hai Ke Paimaane

Mukesh in Phoolon Se Rangeen Zameen Hai

And two of Mohammad Rafi classics – Tum Poochhati Ho Ishq Bhala Hai Nahin and Chheda Jo Dil Ka Fasana

Well, now that we have jumped over to Mohammad Rafi track, let us continue our present journey on that track and fathom what we have in store this month in so far as Mohammad Rafi is concerned.

Jabberwock returns to an infrequent series about old song sequences (some earlier entries Aashirwad, “Rail Gaadi” and the vitality of the well-done song sequence; the pleasures of “Saaf Karo Insaaf Karo and Cold water for Devdas – song sequences in Biwi aur Makaan) with thoughts on “Tere Mere Sapne” from Guide , in the article “Tere Mere Sapne”, a visual treat.

“Hindi cinema has a long history of the song sequence as a declaration of love or commitment, but rarely has it been done as well as it is here. This sequence lasts more than four minutes, but it is made up of only three shots, which increase progressively in length – in other words, there are only two cuts in the whole scene. While the song in itself is one of the loveliest we have ever had, the visualisation shows Vijay Anand’s talent for using the long, unbroken take to add dramatic intensity and continuity to a given situation.”

Shri Ashok Dave has presented one more of a rare combination of Mohammad Rafi with a music director who did not get due that his talent deserved – Lachhiram (Tamar) , through songs of Main Suhagan Hoon (1964) :

Two duets with Asha Bosle

Interestingly in such a Mohammad Rafi dominated film we have a Talat Mahmood solo – Ye Kis Manzil Pe Le Aayee Meri Badkismati Mujhko.

And of course, the film has a very pleasant Lata Mangeshkar number – Aye Dil Machal Machal Ke Yoon, Rota Hai Zaar Zaar Kya.

From now on, we will also document here songs that our friend, Bhagwan Thavraniforwards via his emails or SMSes. This month we have:

  • Chandrama Ja Unse Keh Do – Bharat Milap – Lata Mangeshkar, Mahender Kapoor
  •  Tumhi Ne Dil Mera – Air Mail (1960) – Mohammad Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur – Music Director – Sardul Quatra.
  •  Interestingly here too, we have a Mohammad Rafi solo Jo Aaj Tak Hua Na – Gule Bakawali 1963 – Music Director – Hansraj Behl, as well as a Talat Mahmood solo JIYUNGA JAB TALAK- CHINGARI(1955) – Music Director Manohar

We now go back to our regular track of playlists featuring Hindi Films songs with a focused subject.

  • My Favourites: Songs in Disguise –“would have only disguised heroes, not heroines (who could be disguised or not, if they were part of the duets), and b) the hero had to be singing, not just remain a spectator. And, oh, just for me, because I like making things difficult for myself – only one song per hero.”
  • Ten of my favourite wind songs – “There have been songs addressed to the wind, songs about the wind. Here are ten of my favourites, in no particular order. The only restrictions I’ve imposed on myself are: (a) As always, the song should be from a film I’ve seen, from before the 1970s And (b) the song should have a word synonymous with wind (hawa, saba, pawan, etc) in the first line of the song.”
  • SoY had done a very interesting article Suman Kalyanpur outshines Lata Mangeshkar on October 4, 2010. The purpose of recalling this article is one of the recent comments by Rakesh Srivastava as well as discussions linked to that comment. These discussions provide us a wealth of Suman Kalayanpur songs. The comment by AM has meticulously listed Suman Kalyanpur’s songs composed by Shanker Jaikishan.
  • In Magic of Raj Kapoor and Shanker Jaikishen, rsbaab has presented an interesting analysis, certainly predominant in RK-SJ films, but nonetheless went on become hallmark of SJ’s style elsewhere too. SJ’s extensive use of preludes, blend of harmony + tempo in the orchestration, descending notes of mukhda line in the higher notes and gradually make each line of the mukhda end on a lower note , very heart tugging lyrics, use of rich and full-bodied tone instrumentsand appealing (folk) dances .
  • Bollyviewer @ Old Is Gold has now moved to a new address – Masala Punch. We take that opportunity to visit an earlier post My favorite piano-songs, where in at least one character is actually playing the piano.

March is the month of Holi- which is not only the festival of colours by also of spoofs- somewhat alike what West does on 1st of April.

SoY has taken the opportunity to sprinkle a dash of A ‘serious’ review of Sangam (1964) in its Golden Jubilee Year and seriously analyses how ‘Raj Kapoor overturns Bollywood triangle to convey profound social messages’.

Dances on Footpath has added two wonderful images to celebrate the spirit of Holi.

Holi 1Holi 2

We sign off the current edition of the blog carnival while Dusted Off explores some known advantages of blogging before diving deep into The funny side of blogging.

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – February 2014

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Welcome to February 2014 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We commence the present edition with three consecutive posts on Mukesh @ Conversations Over Chai

  • The Legends: Mukeshpresents author’s favourite Mukesh solos that he sang for many others (than Raj Kapoor), and successfully, at that.

These articles also prod us to take a retrospective look at article son Mukesh on the blogs tha we regularly visit on these pages:

  • @ Songs of Yore:

My favourite happy songs of Mukesh – songs that differ from Mukesh stereotyped image of THE singer of sad songs.

Mukesh’s best happy duets – “ a peppy song becomes peppier in a duet, especially if the male singer is one whose natural instinct favours soulful, slow emotional songs” as can be heard in these Mukesh duets.

Mukesh and his romance with ‘Dil’  – There was something special about Mukesh and ‘dil’, not only his romantic heart but his romancing the heart- dil songs of incredible beauty.

Songs of Yore continues to blaze the 2014 trail with:

Door Papiha Bola: Suraiya by Anil Biswas – presents Suaraiya’s songs under the baton of Anil Bisaws, reaffirming an  otherwise what is considered as an underrated bond of the two legends, in comparison to Suraiya’s  songs under other music directors like Naushad, Hushnalal Bhagatram , Ghulam Mohammad  or Anil Biswas’s songs with other playback singers like  Lata Mangeshkar, Meena Kapoor.

Songs of Atariya – With a tribute to Begum Akhtar in her Centenary Year – watch atariya in these settings to realize the intrinsic beauty in the lore associated with this word.

We also take a retrospective tour to some other articles on Suraiya:

  • Nivedita Ramakrishnan wrote One day I discovered Suraiya – when Suraiya passed away, for India Abroad, March 12, 2004. The article was reproduced @ Cinema Corridor on the occasion of her ninth death anniversary.
  • Anmol Fankar’s Suraiya on LP Records also brings the days of chronicler of this carnival where vinyl records used to be his major source of access to the songs of Golden Era of HFM. These records still continue to reminisce those moments when we used to listen these records from his erstwhile painstakingly built collection.

Dances on Footpath presents third Cuckoo’s birthday post – Happy Birthday, Cuckoo Moray!. The one was an equally substantial post in 2011, and the second was a small one, with her song from Mirza Sahiban, posted in 2013.

Conversations Over Chai presents  “One of my favourite actresses of the period, as much for beauty and screen presence as for her acting skills, here are my pick of what I think are her [Ten]  best roles” in The Divas: Sadhana.

The article on the Suraiya – Anil Biswas combination @ Songs of Yore has an interesting participant in the discussions – Lavnaya Shah, daughter of  a noted HFM lyricist and poet  Pandit Narendra Sharma. She also has written Daughter remembers: ‘ Jyoti ~ Kalash’ – the daughter’s tribute to the poem (and one of the most iconic songs)  Jyoti Kalash Chhalake . The discussions also provides us link to an abridged version of Life and Career of Pandit Narendra Sharma.

Valentine’s Day has given us two posts – both seem to be grudging contributions to the spirit of romance.

Dusted Off has presented Songs of romantic love – in ten moods -  “with a twist: not necessarily a serenade to a loved one, and not necessarily two lovers billing and cooing to each other. Instead, romantic love in its different forms and shapes and tones and hues. All of these songs are about romantic love (not maternal/fraternal/patriotic/devotional or other forms of the sentiment), and they’re all from pre-70s films that I’ve seen. And they’re each in a distinct mood that shows some aspect of romantic love.”

Conversations over Chai has presented “some beautiful songs that make you feel that romance is still alive, that if ‘love’ exists, this is how it should be/feel like, songs that make you feel all mushy for a while” in My Favourites : Love Songs.

For this edition’s Mohammad Rafi articles we have:

Till we meet again next month…. I look forward to your inputs for enriching the carnival…

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – January 2014

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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:

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.

Dusted Off’s other articles for the period under review:

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.

We also take a look at One day I discovered Suraiya, an article published in January 2013 @ The Cinema Corridor.

BhooliBisriSunahariYaadein has vividly presented VividhBharati – An indispensable part of my life. I am sure all of us would agree no less!

Our visit to Vividh Bharati.org supplements our memories through a documentary एकवृत्तचित्र :सुरोंकासुनहरासफ़र– विविधभारती.

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…….

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – December 2013

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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.

IMIRZA777 has remembered birthday of Geeta Dutt @ Happy Birthday Geeta Dutt.. 23 November 1930.

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/TranslatedRafi’s Sad Songs Transliterated/Translated, Rafi’s Philosophical Songs,  Rafi’s Filmy Devotional SongsPeppy Songs of Mohammed Rafi ,  Articles on Mohammed Rafi Sahaab.

Our friend Bhagwan Thavrani brings back Mohammad Rafi’s Toofan Mein Pyaar Kahan song,  Itni Badi Duniya Jahan Itna Bada Mela , composed by  Chitragupta.

Biman Baruah remembers a highly fruitful relationship with three generations of Roshans – Mohammed Rafi with legacy of composer RoshanRoshan(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…………………

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – November 2013

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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:

The articles /video clips, to fair extent, present the breadth, width and depth of od Manna Dey’s songs.હિંદી ફિલ્મ સંગીતના સુવર્ણયુગના એક એક અધ્યાયનો અંત..

And now we will take a look at articles, from newspapers /channels, that present a collage of his personality.

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.

HMSinghNovember 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:

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’.

The post on SDB’s Bengali songs also provides us references to two more posts on SBD: His Non-film songs and Harveypam’s post on his film songs.

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……?

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – October 2013

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Welcome to October 2013 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

28th of September was Lata Mangeshkar’s 84th birthday. We would take up the selected few to quickly recap an important chapter of Golden Era of Hindi Film Music:
Songs Of Yore – continues with the series on S D Burman’s tryst with different singers in  Lata Mangeshkar’s best songs by SD Burman

Dances On Foot Path goes nostalgic in Happy Birthday, Lata

Coolone160 has presented a different flair of songs in   Lata Mangeshkar-The Queen of Melody

Conversations Over Chai’s post, My Favourites: Manna Dey-Lata Mangeshkar Duets, turned out to be a prophetic statement.

{As I am writing this piece – 9.30 AM on 24th November, 2013 – the SMSes have announced that Manna Dey is no more …. he has become तारोंमें …..एक हसता हूआ सितारा……. RIP, Manna Dey.}

It would also be most opportune to have a close look at few more offerings on Lata Mangeshkar:

SaReGaMa’s   Lata Mangeshkar – A Musical Journey (Biography) –  spread over  Segment 1  ǁ Segment 2 ǁ  Segment 3  ǁ Segment 4  ǁ Segment 5  ǁ Segment  6

We also pick –up some of the interviews recorded by SaReGama:

Khayyam Saab Talks About Lata Ji – A Musical Journey Of Lata Mangeshkar – The Nightingale Of India ǁMusic Director Pyarelal Ji shares his experience working with Lata Ji.ǁ Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman talks about Lata Ji’s Versatile/Legendary voice

lehrentv  also has a programme – Lata Mangeshkar On Her Musical Journey

Some more of her footprints…

Lata Ji Full Biography Video  ǁ Hits Of Lata Mangeshkar Songs ǁ Lata Mangeshkar Sings for Ghalib

Ashok Dave, in the course of his column of review of Hindi Films, incidentally, has presented two of some of the very good songs towards the beginning of end of careers of both , Lata Mangeshakr and S D Burman. These are:

Nadiya Kinare Ghir Aaye Kangana ǁ  Ab To Hai Tumse, Har Khushi Apani  from Abhimaan.

October also has the death anniversary of Kishore Kumar.

We have as refreshingly different tribute, penned by  Maulika Derasari ( in Gujarati ) as was Kishore Kumar’s different style of singing.

Songs of Yore also has presented one of the greatest music directors – singer combinations in Kishore Kumar’s best songs by SD Burman.

We also take note of two more articles in this anniversary / obituary category. Both have been presented by Dances On Footpath:  Happy Birthday, Noor Jehan! and  RIP, Zubaida Khanum.

Coolone160 wishes a happy birthday to Hema Malini-The Dream girl of Indian Cinema.

ABP News collected Shailendra’s gems,  intertwining them in with the biographical journey of “Shanker Das Kesarilal”, in Part I ǁ Part II and Part III @ Chauthi Kasam.

The post on Kishore Kumer @ SoY has an interesting comment by Canasya which leads us to another great combination of platforms – radio and Hindi Film Music.

We first take a look at some of the most known names of the announcers:

Ameen’s tryst with radio ǁ Tribute to Shankerji by Gopal Sharma - the renowned radio announcer and one time Head of the Hindi Department of Radio Ceylon ǁ Remembering Jaikishan  – A radio tribute by Gopal Sharma : Part I and  Part II

That brings us the sweet memories of Radio Ceylon.  RADIO CEYLON IS BACK @ Ashwani Kumar’s Jara Hat Ke Songs. Ashwani Kumar has also created a dedicated channel on YT – eraksoldies.

Dances On Footpath also has vividly documented one of the very popular dimension of Radio vis-a -vis Hindi Film Songs , resulting in some of the great songs in  A Singer on the Radio (Seven Favorites).  These are not (just) “radio songs,” but specifically the kind of scene that stars just one singer on the radio. There might be an orchestra behind him or her, and it might even be a duet with someone singing to the radio, but the there is still only one singer whose voice is being broadcast by radio.

We now look at some other posts from our other friends:

Ava Suri @ The Pink Bee’   presents Some good Pradeep Kumar songs .  These songs are indeed so good to listen and span a wide range of moods.

Dusted Off decided to do another ‘sung in transit’ list. But because she already done car songs (not to mention ghoda-gaadi songs and train songs), she goes the water way this time: with  Ten of my favourite boat songs.

That also takes me back to  Songs of Naiya @ Songs of Yore.

Conversations Over Chai has “pounced” upon the suggestion that “Men also suffer from heartbreak” in response her earlier post on songs of heartbreak. And she does take the heartbreak to one of its so very nagging cause – betrayal – in My Favourites: Bewafaai Songs.

It is now no secret that every edition of the Blog Carnival will have some or other anecdote or a song relating to Mohammad Rafi. In the present edition, we have a very fascinating trail. Ashok Dave, in his review (in Gujarati) of ‘Kabuliwala’ has been profusely praising a Salil Chaudhary – Mohammad-combination gem – O Sabba Kahana Mere Diladaar Ko. In one of the comments on the clip, Rumahale recalls “that in early 60s, this record was sold for Rs. 100 in black market of Peshawar. I am overwhelmed to know its popularity that is continued even now”.

Songs of Yore has presented one more classic treatise on S D Burman – SD Burman’s Bengali songs and their Hindi versions. However, as noted therein one more equally interesting piece on SDB is slated to come up on 31-10-2013. So, we will take a more detailed look at these two posts together in our next edition.

Till then……. Wishing a Very Happy Deepawali Season to all ……..

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – September 2013

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Welcome to September 2013 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

As usual, we commence our blog festival with posts on Anniversaries.

Asha Bhosle turns 80 this year. Dusted Off presented 10 different moods of Asha Bhosle in Asha in Ten Moods.

Songs of Yore continues with the series of S D Burman’s association with different playback singer in Asha Bhosle’s best songs by SD Burman.

And here are some of the other articles on Asha Bhosle, which I ‘searched’ while looking for some more of the celebration articles.

Zee News presents an interesting slideshow – Asha Bhosle`s songs through the decades,  taking you on a journey with her through her decades in Bollywood and more.

Madhu in her tripod.com bog posts has A Musical Journey With MadhuAsha Bhonsle Songs – S. D. Burman music

Bollywoodlyrics.com articles gives an overview – Asha Bhosle: Working with great music directors

And HarveyPam’s Mohan Ki Asha, and very rich comments thereto, is a great post on Madan Mohan’s Asha Bhosle songs.

Songs of Yore has paid a very unique tribute to Mukesh, on his anniversary on 27th August, through quite an impartial discussion on “why did SD Burman use him so sparingly” in Mukesh’s best songs by SD Burman . Shri Arunkumar Deshmuks reveals, in Comment #1, that Mukesh- S D Burman combination output was (just) 12 songs (only). Shri N Venkatraman, in Comment#19, fills up the two remaining songs.

Conversations Over Chai comes back to active role on the scene, through  My Favourites: Songs of Praise – “songs that did liken a woman to more than a poultry dish?”. It is also a celebration (though a bit belated) of the Second Anniversary of the blog

Vithalbhai Patel, who contributed several earthy songs in late 1970s, also passed away on 7th September. Here is list of his Hindi Films songs, as a token of our tribute to the departed soul. Biren Kothari, Pallete,  has paid an objectively passionate tribute to Vithalbhai Patel in the article (in Gujarati) ગીતકાર વિઠ્ઠલભાઈ પટેલની વિદાય: પ્યાર મેં સૌદા નહીં.

We have an unfortunate situation, where we are to pay homage to Madhubala Zaveri, on her taking up that long, fateful journey on 11-09-2013. Biren Kothari has penned  મધુબાલા ઝવેરીનો સ્વરવિલય and placed video clips of some of her songs.Madhubala Zaveri

We will also bring some more sites / posts on Madhubala Zaveri on this page:

YT Channel – MADHUBALA ZAVERI/JHAVERI

Madhu’s Tripod.com page – Talat Mehmood & Madhubala Zaveri Duets

Cineplot.com’s Madhubala Zaveri

And of course one son that always bring memories of Madhubala Zaveri, even if shae ay have a small portion in it is Boot Polish’s Thaher Jara O Janne Wale

We now change our tack – to Mohammad Rafi.com

Vijay Bavdekar digs the equation of S D Burman and Mohammad Rafi deeper in  Maestro SDBurman, Evergreen Dev Anand & All Time Great Rafi Sahab & Hidden Truths. Here are the high points – the lips movement and expressions given on face by Dev Anand, perfectly matches the Rafi’s throw of words / look back to the Golden Era of Hindi film music, you will find that other music directors kept Kishore away & preferred Rafi for Dev Anand / One interesting thing is that Rafi was Burmanda’s first choice for other Heros  / Look at the ”Trend setter-Singer ” equations,”Dilip-Rafi, Dev-Kishore and Raj-Mukesh”. Rafi sang most of the songs for Dilip Kumar, Rafi has an almost equal share with Kishore for Dev Anand and off course Mukesh sang major number of songs for Raj Kapoor, but Rafi also gave playback to Raj Kapoor for 31 songs.

Dances on the Footpath’ has presented A Song Performed By Carmen Miranda and Vasunthara Devi aka Vyjayanthimala’s Mother. The two songs, one Vasunthara performs is “ayyayyo-vasuntharadevi-mangammasabatham 1941” and the one by from which the song is inspired is “That Night In Rio (1941) – Carmen Miranda – “I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)“.

Dances On The  Footpath” also has designed a very rich YT channel  LifeIsaTrain‘s which has Classical Indian dancing feet / Noor Jehan / Kumari Kamala Lakshman and Recent uploads sub-chapters awaiting to be explored.

The discussions on S D Burman and Vyjayantimala , in this edition as well as in the last edition of Blog Festival spurred me to visit “100 Years Of Bollywood” – an excellent channel on YT an return with S.D Burman- The King Of Melody  and Vyjayanthimala – The First Female Superstar Of Bollywood  respectively.

I would also like to document the finds, Music Maestros Part-1 and Music Maestros Part-2.

My friend Samir Dholakia had forwarded a message form his friend about another YT channel: Portrait of Director -  This is a series directed by veteran film-maker Ramesh Sharma for Doordarshan and it captures the various aspects of film-making of master directors like Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Manmohan Desai, Shyam Benegal, Raj Kapoor and Bimal Roy.

We would, now onwards, share at least one of the clips from both these channels to bring them on same page here.

Now, we pay our first visit to Indian film posters from 1930[silent] to1970 [color]. We will take up DIL DE KAR DARD LIYA HAI MAINE SUNG BY JAGMOHAN… (Jagmohan Sursagar NFS)(1940)  and film “Fariyaad” (1942). The first one may be a repeat to many, but it is a treat worth repeating, every time. We take to full listening of Fariyaad (1942)’s these songs:

Aye Dil-e-Bequarar Bol – Shamim Kamal Pasha

Kahoji Ji Na Lage Bin Tere  - Ishwarlal , Shamim Kamal Pasha

I chose to pick up Fariyad (1942) here, because that immediately reminded me of Fariyad (1964) which had memorable Snehal Bhatkar songs:

Aap Ne Huzoor Mujse – Suman Kalyanpur , Mohammad Rafi –

Teri Nazar Ne To  Kafir Bana Diya – Mubarak Begum, Mohammad Rafi

Wo Dekho Dekh Raha Papiha -  Suman Kalyanpur, Mahendra Kapoor

Songs of Yore has presented Best songs of 1953: Wrap Up 2. Undoubtedly a very difficult job of doing a putting in ‘other’ female singers in the most relevant and respectful consideration in an otherwise Lata Mangeshkar dominated category. As we had decided last time, we will take a look at all the ‘wrap-up’s together, in more details – may be as a full-fledged separate post.

It is heartening to note that we are able to expand our catchment sources for information to be shared. However, there must be much more that remains to be explored and shared…….

I, indeed, await your valued suggestions and inputs.. …

Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs – September 2013

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Welcome to September 2013 edition of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

We begin our current session by drawing upon seemingly unrelated fields.

The first is  Rick Bohan’s article -Volleyball, Chess and the Successful Lean Implementation, where we draw useful learning from the study of sports in so far as Lean and Quality are concerned. “People make use of patterns to evaluate and figure out how to respond to what they see. Make those patterns easy to discern, and they’ll do a better job of keeping processes in control.

First, it speaks to one of the primary foundations of lean, that is, the generation of easy-to-see, easy-to-learn, easy-to-respond-to patterns of work, material flow and information flow.

Second, it speaks to why there can be such strong resistance to even the simplest lean initiatives like 5S and visual factory.  Employees who have spent thousands of hours in their workplaces have formed strong patterns.  What might look like chaos to us, to them makes perfect sense.”

In another article, Standardisation and Climbing Ladders, James Lawther advocates “that without any rungs you have nothing to push against, so you won’t be able to climb any further.

Process Improvement is a lot like climbing a ladder.

But instead of having rungs to push against you have standards. If you don’t create and use operating standards then you have nothing to push against and so no way of moving forward.

Process improvement without standards is a bit like trying to swim up-hill…..futile.”

Michael Hess, MONEYWATCH, in the article Don’t let burning bridges fall on you, makes the point that “Every good businessperson knows the importance of building quality relationships. But I’m surprised at how often people don’t give the same thought to the “quality” with which those relationships end, and the possible ways in which a bad breakup can come back to haunt them.

Most business relationships don’t last forever; employees move on, customers come and go, suppliers are replaced. But what goes around does indeed come around, and paths can cross again, particularly within the same industry or in small communities.”

And here is the last of the present article from which quality professionals can learn a very useful lesson. McKinsey & Company insights, How to make a city great,  asserts that “Successful cities are built on smart growth, efficient government, and collaboration.

By 2030, 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities. That could mean great things for economic growth—if the cities handle their expansion wisely. Here’s how.

Mayors are only too aware that their tenure will be limited. But if longer-term plans are articulated—and gain popular support because of short-term successes—leaders can start a virtuous cycle that sustains and encourages a great urban environment.”

Quality and Customer are indeed two inseparable layers. In the present edition, we would take two articles, for two ‘new’ sources:

Jim Clemmer’s article Focus on Overall Customer Experience puts across the issue of customer service – “the operation was a success but the patient died” –  quite succinctly.

Customer CloudCustomer service improvements and measurements often focus on a narrow set of customer interactions or a few steps in the service process. What’s missing is understanding, and improving, the customer’s entire experience.

4 steps to improve the customer journey:

  1. Identify the journeys in which they need to excel
  2. Understand how they are currently performing in each
  3. Build cross-functional processes to redesign and support those journeys
  4. Institute cultural change and continuous improvement to sustain the initiatives at scale

The article concludes with this key point:

“Optimizing a single customer journey is tactical; shifting organizational processes, culture, and mind-sets to a journey orientation is strategic and transformational…engages the organization across functions and from top to bottom, generating excitement, innovation, and a focus on continuous improvement. It creates a culture that’s hard to build otherwise, and a true competitive advantage goes to companies that get it right.””
Jim Benson, @ Quality Digest article Understand Your Customers has put across a wide canvas of who constitute ‘customer’. He further states that “If you don’t know whom the work is for, you don’t know what you’re doing”
And then assuming that you do now ‘know’ your customer, he does suggest five quick actions we should take.

• Be clear about what the customer wants. Yes, this sounds obvious, but how many times have you had to rework something because of a simple initial lack of understanding?
• Be clear about what’s on your plate. No, sorry Ms. Customer, your request isn’t the only thing I must do right now. I wish it was, but life doesn’t work like that. Here’s what I can realistically do.
• Get the customer’s feedback early and often. How soon can you show the customer an interim product? How quickly can you compare expected and actual progress? Earlier feedback = earlier delivery.
• Understand minimum and optimal deliverables. Minimum and optimum deliverables give you a range of success to shoot for. If you’re always aiming for the high point, you will usually underdeliver.
• Work is a relationship. All work is a relationship between the person doing the work and the person receiving it. Communication (again as early as possible) helps both cement the relationship and ensure an appreciated delivery.

We always keenly look at the subject of Performance Management.

Bernard Marr, in the article, The 75 KPIs Every Manager Needs To Know, includes the metrics he considers the most important and informative, and they make a good starting point for the development of a performance management system.

“Before we look at the list I would like to express an important warning: Don’t just pick all 75 – You don’t need or indeed should have all 75 KPIs. Instead, by understanding these 75 KPIs you will be able to pick the vital few meaningful indicators that are relevant for your business.

Finally, the KPIs should then be used (and owned) by everyone in the business to inform decision-making (and not as mindless reporting references or as ‘carrot & stick tools’).”

We now take a look at current Roundup, which now presents a range of views by the ASQ Influential voices, in What’s the Value of Professional Training?

In our regular winding up session from ASQ™ TV: Creating a Global View of Quality,, we have two episodes:

ASQ TV Episode 7: Innovation and Quality

This episode focuses on innovation: what innovation is and the role it plays in quality. Also, learn about an organization in India that used an innovative management model to turn a failing business unit around. Discover how the innovation management cycle can jumpstart innovation at your organization, and take a self-assessment to see what your role is in the innovation process.

ASQ TV Episode 8: Lean

In this episode, learn why less is more! We cover all things lean: What it is and what makes lean projects work; how an emergency response centre used lean to increase efficiency; how to use value stream mapping, a key lean tool; and how you can use lean to better organize your home life. Read the Eurocross Assistance case study at asq.org/quality-engineering/2013/01/lean/quality-quandaries.pdf Learn more about value stream maps in the Quality Progress article: http://asq.org/quality-progress/2006/06/lean/value-stream-mapping–an-introduction.html. For more on lean and Six Sigma, visit http://asq.org/six-sigma/

This month we visit Don Brecken @ ASQ’s Influential Voices

Don BreckenDon Brecken, an ASQ Fellow, writes The Quality Advisor blog. Don is management faculty and Southwest Michigan business program advisor for Ferris State University. Don is also a practicing business improvement auditor and consultant; his background includes quality leadership, continuous improvement, operations learning and development, management consulting, quality auditing, quality system implementation, and business improvement auditing.

The Quality Advisor blog is for sharing Brecken’s quality-related posts, which are intended to be of general interest to most readers. After all… “Quality affects us all; it spans all industries, pertains equally to product and service, and should therefore matter to everyone!”

A little more detailed search of the blog, throws up an interesting take on A Practical Approach to Business Improvement Auditing

Business improvement audits, in comparison to QMS Audits as per ISO 9001(:2008) , are bound only by the contractual agreement with the audit client.

An organization’s QMS should serve as a business improvement tool. Clause 8.5.1 of ISO 9001, Continual improvement, requires the organization to continually improve the effectiveness of its QMS through the use of its quality policy, quality objectives, audit results, analysis of data, corrective and preventive actions, and management review. Because the QMS requires these components be used for improvement, the business improvement auditor should assess whether each component is effectively leveraged to improve the organization. Most, if not all of the information the business improvement auditor will need for this assessment should be evident if the auditor knows where to look.

From the present edition, we would also take a detailed visit to the sites of some the leading national or international ‘quality’ organizations. Our such visit(s) may span more than one editions of our blog festival.

This month we will visit Quality Council of India. We begin our tour of QCI site from its Mission - To help India achieve and sustain total quality and reliability, in all areas of life, work, environment, products and services, at individual, organisational, community and societal levels.

This has been brilliantly discussed by the then President of India Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, in his inaugural speech at the 2nd National Quality Conclave on February 9, 2007 at New Delhi:

“My definition of nation prosperity index is equal to GDP including quality of life for all coupled with value system. It is essential to ensure that all the citizens are empowered with good quality of life encompassing nutritious foods, good habitat, clean environment, affordable health care, quality education with value system and productive employment leading to the comprehensive qualitative development of the nation……..”

And we finally round up our present edition with -
Management Improvement Carnival #199
I look forward to your constructive inputs and suggestions…. To improve content and the style of this Blog Festival …

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – August 2013

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Welcome to August 2013 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

It seems we have a rich fare on dances in this edition.

Dances on Footpath’ remembers month of August for the Independence that India earned on 15t August, 1947 by Ten Favorite Songs and/or Dances from The Year 1947.

‘Dances on Footpath’ also has Five Favorite Dances to the Voice of Rajkumari this month, mostly solos, a couple of great duets, half mujras, half street or theater performances, some on familiar visual terrain and some extremely unusual-looking… but all really good dance sequences from the 1940s or early ’50s, featuring the sweet, unmistakable voice of Rajkumari.

In Vyjayanthimala’s Devadasi Dance in Piya Milan (Choreographed by V.S. Muthuswami Pillai)Minai’s Cinema Nritya Gharana has assembled a vivid analysis and comparison of Devdasi choreography, in the dance song Aaja Kahun Kana   as, different from Bharatnatyam, in Chittoor Rani Padminini dance song by leveraging the Vyjayntimala, the performer and  the choreographer- the hereditary nattuvanar V.S. Muthuswami Pillai, as the common links.

A visit to not-so-regularly-updated blog, ‘A Blog Of My Favourite Vintage Bollywood Stuff’ presents us with Some of my favourite song-dance combinations of the vintage era.

Madhulika Liddle continues to come up with quite interesting themes @ ‘Dusted Off’. We have Ten of my favourite “I am -” songs this month – where the singer introduces himself/herself by name. The “comments” to this post also further enriches the theme.

Dusted Off’’s review of Love in Bombay(2013), – “or 1971, if you go by the year the film was made, not the year the film was released. Or 1974, which was when the censor certificate dates from”, but finally released, in 2013, by sons of Joy Mukherjee after his death – needs a special mention here for the 1971-period songs of Shanker Jaikishan, who had so stunningly teamed up with Joy Mukherjee in “Love in Tokyo” : Maazaa naav ahe Ganpat Rao, Na main boli na woh bola, Saiyyaan saiyyaan,  and Rani Nacho

Shilpi Bose’s ‘Tarun Bose and The World of Cinema’  – Oonche Log (1965)– is an excellent, narrative of the film,  particularly from the point of view of Tarun Bose’s character in the film. Incidentally, “Oonche Log” also takes me back to the days of my first year of college year at Vallabh Vidyanagar (Anand, Gujarat) in 1965-66. We used to hire cycles at ½ a rupee, and make a trip to near-by Anand for a Saturday night show to see the film released on that Friday. We had gone to see Oonche Log for “on-the-screen-histrionic-duel” between Ashok Kumar and Raaj Kumar, but came back highly impressed by the dual bonus of Tarun Bose’s performance and Chitragupt’s music in the film.  Here are those songs to complete that recall:  Jaag Dil-e-Deewana (Mohammad Rafi), Aaja Re Mere Pyaar Ke Raahi Raah Sanvarun Badi Der Se (Mahendra Kapoor and Lata Mangeshkar), Haayere Tere Chanchal Nainwa (Lata Mangeshkar), Kaisi Tune Rit Rachi Bhagwan (Manna Dey and Asha Bhosle).

In Coolone160’s Sadhana- an elegant and timeless actress, we have a playlist that presents the multi-faceted theatrical personality of Sadhana.

We have had opportunity to visit a couple of more blogs this month.

We pick up SAMAY O DHEERE CHALO (Rudali – Asha Bhosle – Bhupen Hazarika – Gulzar) from Mukhtar   Sheikh’s My Vision of the Songs as a first sample. We can look forward to regular visits this blog.

Visit to ‘A Blog Of My Favourite Vintage Bollywood Stuff’ also benefited us by way of these gems: A lovely Mohammed Rafi – Suraiya duet from Sanam (1951) and My favourite Rafi songs.

Songs of Yore has kindly hosted the guest article – Forgotten Composers Unforgettable Melodies (8): Avinash Vyas  – by yours truly, in memory of Avinash Vyas’s anniversary on 20th August.

While presenting Best songs of 1953: Wrap Up 1, AKji has commenced wrapping up the discussions on the different categories for The Best Songs of 1953 @ Songs of Yore. We would take a detailed look at the entire process of review collectively, when we will have all the articles in this series available @ SoY.

I do await your keen observations on the Hindi Film Songs of the Golden Era…….and continue the search for more varied content……till we met again next month……

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – July 2013

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Welcome to July 2013 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Incidentally, we have several pairs of articles on each of the subject in this edition.

“Luck very rarely smiled on Madan Mohan in terms of hit films. He always composed great music for “B” type movies which did not do well at the box-office. The music was always heavenly. Three such examples are Anpadh (1962), Jahanara (1964) and Sharabi (1965). A great composer who deserved lot more than the single National Award he won for the composition of Dastak’s song.  14th of July was the anniversary of Madan Mohan.”# Shri Shrikant Guatam, in his regular weekly column in Janmabhoomi Pravasi’s “Madhuvan” supplement, has presented “successful songs of Madan Mohan in unsuccessful films”. Among the films he has chosen for this article, we pick up “Dulhan Ek Raat Ki”, which has been reviewed by Shri Ashok Dave @ his blog-post. (Both articles are in Gujarati.)

The outstanding Madan Mohan “Dulhan Ek Raat Ki” (1966) gems which went on to become (and are) popular with critics and fans are:

Ek Haseen Shaam Ko Dil Mera Kho Gaya – Mohammad Rafi

Maine Rang Li Aaj Chunariyaan Tere Rang MenLata Mangeshkar

Aapne Apana Banaya Meharbani Aapki- Mahendra Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar

And Madan Mohan vintage song – Sapno Men Mere Tum Aao To So Jaaun – Lata Mangeshkar

And here are songs where Madan Mohan continued to dare with experimentation while blending his distinct style:

Kai Din Se Hai Bekal, Ai Dil Ki Lagan Ab Le Chal – Lata Mangeshkar

Hamaar Kaha Maano, O  Rajaji – Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar

Kabhi Ay Haqueekat-e- Muntazir, Nazar Aa Libase – A Quawali – Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus

Zindagi Hai Dulhan Ek Raat Ki – Bhupinder

Ghayal Hiraniya Van Men – Bhupinder

Kisi Ka Kuchh Kho Gaya Hai, Jiski Shay Hai Woh Aake – Mohammad Rafi

And, a bonus find, thanks to YT, Paiyaan Padungi – Lata Mangeshkar

#Old Classic Hindi Songs has songs of Madan Mohan on this special page.

Geeta Dutt Anniversary also falls in [20th]  July. “Songs of Yore” paid a tribute by way of Geeta Dutt’s best songs by SD Burman. The article has a link to the list of Geeta Dutt’s (around) 70 + solos, composed by S D Burman @ The Legendary Nightingale.. Geeta Dutt . To this Old Classic Hindi Songs has gone on to add several songs of Geeta (Roy) Dutt that were previously posted, again under a separate heading, towards the bottom part of the separate page.

In  a rare tribute to Kanan Devi, to “Dances on Footpath”’s Seven Beautiful Songs with Kanan Devi, Who Lived April 22, 1916 to July 17, 1992. We have a rich supplement of previously posted songs of Kanan Devi, by Old Classic Hindi Songs, grouped under a separate heading, listed towards the bottom of the separate page below Madan Mohan’s songs. Click here for Kanan Devi’s songs.

Pran - The Legend…And Pran” (Kishan Sikand), The Villain of Hindi Screen, and an equally transformed ‘character actor’ in his second innings, agreed to call “The End”. “Dusted Off” vividly narrates Pran Saheb’s multi-faceted commanding presence on the screen in Pran: In Memoriam . We choose to remember his Dil KI Umange Hai Jawan from Munimji. In a pairing tribute, “Filmi Geek”’s Thank you, Pran saheb, and value-adding discussion thereat, also present Pran Saheb’s songs, one of which narrates  a “song from “’Rahu Ketu’ (1978) , picturized on PremNath and Pran. They are singing to each other, and it is a qawwali. -Main hoon tera Prem and Main hoon tera Pran, probably one of a kind song in the Indian Film history, wherein two characters sing using their own professional a.k.a. real name.”

We take the opportunity to recall Shrikant Gautam’s article in his regular column in ‘Madhuvan’ supplement of Janmabhoomi Pravasi on the occasion of  Pran Saheb being decorated with (a highly belated) Dada Saheb Phalke award.[Blog Carnival’s  April 2013 Edition].

Dances on The Footpath’ presents seven of Anil Biswas songs in Happy Birthday, Anil Biswas!, to which we have a paired brief sketch of Anil Biswas along with this video clip by  IMIRZA777.

An now we move on to a pair of articles on [or is it “in”?] 1953 – Songs of Yore, continuing the trend initiated last year – with the songs of the year 1955, has mesmerizingly thrown the gauntlet to pick up Best songs of 1953: And the winners are?. The post has generated one of the highest numbers of discussion “comments”, wherein SoY readers have expressed views on quite a wide horizon of their choices. To which Dances on The Footpath presents us an intertwined comparison of films ‘New Delhi (1956) with ‘Dupatta’ (A 1952 Pakistani film) with reference to the character enacted by Sandhya in V. Shantaram’s film Teen Batti Char Rasta (1953), in a 2009 post. The song that epitomizes the discussion is: Akhiyan hai yeh roop ki pyasi – Lata Mangeshkar, music direction by Shivram Krishna.

Teen Batti Char Rasta has a very unique multilingual song, rendered by different singers to the music composed by different music directors. Among the languages represented therein, we would, obviously, choose, the Gujarati piece @  - 4.00, rendered by Asha Bhosle for which Avinash Vyas composed the music. Here is the ‘original’ song Chaanu Re Chhapanu Kain Thay Nahin ( You can to do dream secretly)  - also rendered by Asha Bhosle on Avinash Vyas’s composition.

And how can we have month of an active monsoon without posts of monsoon songs? Dusted Off has penned Ten Memorable Rain Scenes. We have a pairing post by ‘Let Us Talk Bollywood’- Baarish (1957) no rain, but drenched in beauty and fun.
We have paired posts, too – Sunahari Raaten’s Baarish (1957) and Sharmi Ghosh Dastidar’s Raw appeal (Baarish). These three reviews collectively present us songs from the film: Yeh muh aur daal masoor ki; Dane dane pe likha hai;     Zulf hai;    Kehte hai pyaar jisko ;sad version Kehte hai pyaar jisko;  Phir wohi chaand;  Hum toh jaani pyaar karega and Mr. John ya Baba Khan ya lala Roshanadan.

We have two quite unique posts, emanating from Dusted Off’s post mentioned here above – Bollywood Food Club’s Johnnie Walker in Bollywood   and Apni East India Company’s Bolly Chandeliers. The former presents Johnnie Walker bottle and the latter one presents Chandeliers in our Hindi Films.

We have some excellent posts on Mohammad Rafi this month.

Vijay Bavdekar, Nagpur has painstakingly recalled Rafi’s Ever Remembered Songs Composed By Less Remembered Music Directors.

Ashok Dave, in his review (in Gujarati) of Baiju Bawra (1952) presents raagmala, in which  Mohammad Rafi is in his elements, which has following classical music pieces:

(1) Raag Lalit: Piyu Piyu Re Karat Hai Papiha, Ab Kaho Kaise Raakhun Jiya….

(2) Raag Gaud Malhar: RoomZoom Badariya Barase, Un bin Mora Jiya Tarase

(3) Raag Puriya Dhanashri:  Ajab Tori Prabhu Aan Baan Dekhi, Baag Men Ban Me Neelgagan Men, Dekhat Hun Teri Shan.

(4) Raag Bageshri: Hay Ri Ai Kaise Main Ghar Aaun Mitwa, Tumre Jiyara Baat Chalat Mose Roke Daro Thagawa

Rajiv Nair presents Relationship between Mohammed Rafi saab and Mahendra Kapoor. The post has refrences to – Mahendra Kapoor’s award – winning song @ the Metro Murphy All-India singing competition (1957): Ilaihi koi tamanna nahin,  “composed by Rafi saab for the competition” and  the song Mohammad Rafi called up to share with Mahendra Kapoor :“Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho (Hanste Zakhm, 1973) by composer Madan Mohan. Dad cried and so did Rafi saab, such was the melody and the mood.”

I am quite sure listening to each of the songs that present edition of this Blog Carnival is as much sheer joy, as it was to me in listening and compiling here!

Did I miss any major blog post or an article here? Do let me know, so as to widen the reach of this Blog Carnival.

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