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

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

This month many of our regular blogs that we visit seem to have turned on to film reviews. Well, that provides us a good opportunity to test wider oceans.

Husnlal-Bhagatram – The ‘First’ Composer Duo – pens the narrative of the origin and rise of Husnlal – Bhagatram…. The duo is fond of fast pace, actualized mainly through dholak and employment of atonal drums such as matka or idiophones such as ghunghroo, etc.” …Another aspect of their composing style .. is that “they make a musical statement which consists of successive song-lines with a descending and repetitive tonal contours”, which “appears to resolve the melody into completeness and it seems easier to remember” and “very few notes are used in those lines”. …..

One style feature that makes many of Husnlal-Bhagatram’s fast-paced songs catchy and instantly likeable is their tendency to punctuate the melody lines with very short and catchy orchestral phrases as a trigger for repetition of words or line, or by inserting short pauses at the end of a mukhda or antara before the rhythm moves forward. There are many examples to illustrate this point but… here are two songs that .. can be easily identified as Husnlal-Bhagatram creations.

The first example is Suraiya’s popular ‘tere nainon ne chori kiya’ from ‘Pyar Ki Jeet (1948). The pause after ‘tere nainon ne’ is filled with a brief flute piece that becomes such an integral part of the tune that if you try humming the tune, that flute piece would instantly play in your mind. …………The other example is Lata’s ‘tum dil ko tod doge’ from ‘Farmaaish’ (1953). The prelude itself is enough for one to identify it as their creation, but look at the rest of the composition. The first line is broken right at the middle and filled with a music piece, then at the end of the line comes another music piece before the line is repeated in exactly the same manner. In the antaras, a similar approach is followed, although the musical punctuation is used at the end of each line and a lovely pause is introduced at the end of the cross-line.”

We have A lovely Mohammed Rafi – Suraiya duet from Sanam (1951), composed by Husnlal Bhagatram, Mohammed Rafi singing for Dev Anand and Suraiya singing for herself.

KHURSHEED BANO … Barso re .. Tansen.. A Forgotten songKursheed and Suraiya were the two singing actresses of Mumbai Film-world who have shared the honours with the renowned singer K.L. Saigal. This talented and famous actress/singer of the thirties and the forty’s, Khurshid Bano rested in peace on 18th April 2001 in Karachi, at the age of 87 years and thus an era of talent in terms of acting/singing in the film industry finally came to an end.

In Melody Makers of Yesteryears (Unforgettable melodies) – part 1, usha manohartakes up “Chitragupt, Sardar Mallik and Narayan Dutta who were not often approached by any of the top movie makers like Bimal Roy, Nasir Hussain, Guru Dutt , Raj Kapoor or Mehboob Khan, but nonetheless they did make an impact, and once in a while did get a chance to work with some top film makers. Whenever they composed music for any film, they came out with some of the most melodious and meaningful compositions .

In Part 2she takes up Dattaram, G S Kohli and Sapan Jagamohan.

In Part 3, Ajit Merchant, Iqbal Quereshi and Bipin Babul have been covered in details.

Fascinating True Story Of A Lata Mangeshkar Song Born in A Los Angeles Music Shop narrates a very interesting story of a song which later in the same year (1958) Salil Chwdury composed – a classical Bengali song in Raag Khamaj (Carnatic-Hari Kambhoji) using the lovely Sur Bahar Sitar, David Bernard (of that LA music shop) gifted him in Los Angeles.. Sitar is the only musical instrument that is predominantly heard in the orchestration of this entire private song.. Perhaps this is also the only song in the Indian music history today wherein only Sitar is heard throughout a song..This Bengali song, is “..Naa jeo naa rajani ekhono baki..aaro kichhu dite baki.. bole raatjaaga pakhi..” was sung by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar..and its Hindi version “O Sajana barkhaa bahaar aayee..Ras ki phuhaar laayi.. Akhiyon mein pyar laayi..” (Parakh-1959).

Funny Hindi Songs – 20 Best Old Hindi Comedy Songs – “The other day I was watching the weekend show on Times Now which featured some of the best old Hindi comedy songs of yesteryear. Thus was the birth of this hub. They showed around 9 -11 songs as for the time constraint which every program on TV has. Here on the net, we don’t have any such time constraint, so I went ahead to compile a list of best 20 funny Hindi songs…..All these songs are excellently written and in one form or the other will give you a happy feeling. If the lyrics don’t evoke the laughing gases in you then do watch the video and shake a leg with it.”

We take a pause here in our charting of new waters.

Sickle Songs? Has listed three songs:

Aai Sawan Rut Ai – Mela (9148) – Mukesh, Shamshad Begum – Naushad

Naache Re Dharati Ke PyaareHeera Moti (1959) – Lata Mangeshkar, Hemant Kumar – Salil Chudhary [This is the only song composed by Salil Chaudhary, all others were composed by Roshan)

Aaj Meri Man Men Sakhi – Aan (1952) – Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus – Naushad

Does anyone have any more of the songs to add on to this subject?

Multiple Version Songs (16): Rabindra Sangeet and Pankaj Mullickis a very tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Thakur (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) and Pankaj Mullick (10 May 1905 – 19 February 1978) by guest author N Venkataraman.

SoY has also released one more of Multiple Version Songs post — Multiple Versions Songs (17): Haunting Melodies in Different Moods And Settings — guest written by yours truly.

We have a very interesting two part article by Shrikant Guatam, in his regular weekly (Gujarati) column “RangRaag” in ‘Madhuvan’   supplement of Janmabhoomi Pravasi. The article has listed Exceptional Partnerships – that of a music director and a lyricist – in the world of Hindi Film Music and have provided songs such partnerships have germinated. Since recording each of the song in the article here would entail copying the whole article, I have listed here the Partnership and the film(s) in which they have collaborated:

Hemant Kumar Sahir Ludhianvi Girl Friend 1960
Majrooh Sultanpuri Ek Hi Rasta 1956
Gulzar Khamoshi 1969
S D Burman Gulzar Bandini 1963
[just one song – Mora Gora Ang Lai Le – Lata Mangeshkar; beginning the long innings that Gulzar played donning lyricist cap, among several others]
Madan Mohan Gulzar Mausam 1975
Sahir Ludhianvi Railway Platform 1955
Ghazal 1964
(jointly with Jai Dev) Laila Majnu 1976
Majrooh Sultanpuri Aakhari Dao 1958
Naushad Majrooh Sultanpuri Shajahan 1946
Andaz 1949
Saathi 1968
Roshan Neeraj Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasl 1965
Laxmikant Pyarelal Hasrat Jaipuri Chhaila Babu 1967
Kalyanji Anandji Sahir Ludhianvi Nanha Farishta 1969
Gulzar Purnima 1965
Majrooh Sultanpuri Ishara 1964
Hasrat Jaipuri Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani 1970

Both parts of the article, in Gujarati, can be read here and here.

This spurred me to re-look at an article on Shailendra’s filmography. Shailendra’s is a classic 80-20 Pareto Principle case – his great bulk of the work is with Shaker Jaikishan, followed by work with S D Burman and Salil Chaudhary and to fair extent with Roshan. Interestingly he has an equally impressive list of ‘exceptional partnerships’. Here are these gems:

Basant Prakash Badnaam 1952
Sapan Jagmohan Begana 1963
Ninu Majumdar Bhai Saaheb 1954
Robin Banerjee Massom 1960
Shailesh Mukherjee Savera 1958
Shivram Narayan Naya Kadam 1958
Chitragupta Kal Hamara Hai 1959
R D Burman Chhote Nawab 1961
Manohar Chingari 1955
Sudhir Kar Kaanch Ki Gudiya 1961
Shardul Kwatra Piple Saheb 1954
Tees Maar Khaan 1955
Kalyanji Anandji Satta Bazar 1959
Kishore Kumar Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Men 1964
Hum Do Daku 1967
Door Ka Raahi 1971
Anil Biswas Sautela Bhai 1962
Chhoti Chhoti Baaten 1965
C. Ramchandra Chhatrapati Shivaji 1952
Anarkali 1953
Ravi Dilli Ka Thug 1958
Jawani Ki Hawa 1959
Nai Raahen 1959
Mukul Roy Shailab 1956
Detective 1958
Pandit Ravi Shankar Anuradha 1960

Our friend Bhagwan Thavrani remembers: Tum Na Aaye Sanam Shama Jalti Rahi – Bhootnath (1963) – Vedpal – Lata mangeshkar – wherein he especially takes note of “Meri Awaz Ko Jaane Kyaa Ho Gaya, Main Baharon Men Gaati Rahi Jogiya.

We now take up regular take on Mohammad Rafi :

  • Mohammad Rafi- A short film on his life and songs – Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3 of film on the songs and life of legendary singer Mohammad Rafi, with inputs of Vinod Viplav, who has written his first biography-Meri Awaz Suno. This short film was produced and aired by CNBC News and Entertainment TV Channel.
  • Meri Awaaz Suno – Part 1 – Memories of Madan Mohan through his timeless melodies sung by Mohammad Rafi – Features introduction by Madanji, new nostalgic comments by Madanji and tributes by Mala Sinha, Khayyam and Jagjit Singh. It also features snippets of songs from Aakhari Dao (1958), Ghazal (1964), Suhagan (1964), Sharabi (1964), Haqueequat (1964) and Mera Saaya (1966).

Meri Awaaz Suno – Part 2 – Memories of Madan Mohan through his timeless melodies sung by Mohammad Rafi – Features tributes by Lataji, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Jaidev, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Jatin-Lalit. It also features snippets of songs from Aap Ki Parchhaiyan (1964), Dulhan Ek Raat Ki (1966), Heer Ranjha (1970), Naunihal (1967), Chirag (1969), Hanste Zakhm (1973), Laila Majnu (1976) and Tere Bagair (2009).

Each of our episodes is able to scratch the surface of all the great work done by a vast number of fans, lovers and knowledgeable people on the web, i.e. leaving out even a greater amount of documentation done on the print media. Let us salute these great work and join in bring up more and more of such work in our reach…….

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

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

Welcome, spring!with a few songs for the spring.

Forgotten Composers Unforgettable Melodies (9): Lachhiram -A very awkward and unfamiliar name, and not among the mainstream composers, it is so great a coincidence that even as this Blog Carnival’s March 2014 edition was on net, SoY had published this post. Lachchiram Tomar appears to have given music for around 20 films, but even in these hyper-active internet days, one does not find pre-1950 songs on internet!

Arunkumar Deshmukh, in his comment @ 13states: Aye Dil Machal Machal Ke Yoon, Rota Hai Zaar Zaar Kya “ solo of Lata from film Main Suhagan Hoon is the ONLY song of Lata, Lachhiram ever composed. He was the ‘one film-one song’ composer of Lata.” This aspect was also strongly mentioned in Shri Ashok Dave’s post on Main Suhagan Hoon, wherein it is categorically stated that Lachhiram had rather a strong preference for Asha Bhosle. Obviously, the reasons for such a pattern are not evidenced.

We have one more post relating to Forgotten composers – Celebrating the Uncelebrated: Ten of my favourite songs by lesser-known composers.

Most satisfying aspect of the subject of ‘Forgotten’ Creators of “Unforgettable” Melodies is that there are still fairly large number of knowledgeable persons who keep on with their active contributions of these ‘geniuses’ on internet and do a great service of creating an unforgettable documentation of this vital aspect of Indian Cinema.

The haunting music of Hemant Kumar– i.e. haunting songs that for some reason remain etched in your mind and you keep humming or visualizing the song often. Or, when a song conveys deep emotions that are unforgettable or which leave an impact even when you are not listening to the song. Enjoy 22 of these songs on the player here.

Lata Mangeshkar Sings for Laxmikant Pyarelal -Part 1talks about Lata – LP collaboration in 60s andPart 2talks about period from 1970 till 1996.

Found: Vyjayanthimala’s Other Bharatanatyam Dance in Chittor Rani Padmini (1963, Tamil)! – Cinema Nritya Gharana had presenteda beautiful Bharatanatyam dance of Vyjayanthimala’s in the 1963 Tamil film Chittor Rani Padmini in the first post on V.S. Muthuswami Pillai, but lamented that the second dance at the end of the movie she was said to have performed for the king could not be located . [This article was covered in August 2013 edition of this Blog Carnival.] Well! The dance has now been located, at the rich treasure house of Kandasamy Sekkarakudi Subbiah Pillai’s YouTube channel, and it is fantastic!

There are two dances that feature performers who are not yet identified (but definitely would like to know more about) and there is one song for which the identity of some of the singers seems to be a subject of hot debate. So, for the first post devoted to Khazanchi (there will probably be more here), let’s delve into these… Some Mystery Singers and Dancers in Khazanchi (1941).

The Mystery of the Missing Songs- a list of the songs (I knew were) filmed and deleted for one reason or the other.

Ten of my favourite ‘classic poem’ songs’ lists ten songs that are, in whole or part, written by classic poets.

My Favourites: Ghoda-Gaadi Songs -Here are these songs, “in the memory of an animal-drawn vehicle that gave us some wonderful melodies. But with some caveats.

  • The songs can encompass any sort of horse-drawn vehicle – carriages, phaetons, Victorias, carts.
  • The whole song had to be picturised on the vehicle. (That took care of two of my favourite songs, Ye kya kar dala tune from Howrah Bridge and Sun bairi balam from Bawre Nain.)
  • It had to include the hero and  the heroine, even if only one of them were singing. (I originally titled this post Ghoda, Ghodi and Ghoda-Gaadi.) That deleted two other songs from my list: Chhoti si ye zindagani re from Aah, and Jhoome re neela ambar jhoomefrom Ek Gaaon ki Kahani.”

And as can be expected, there is at least one more of aTen of my favourite ghoda-gaadi songs “from pre-70s films that I’ve seen. Other than that, my requisites for the selected songs were:
1. That the person singing (on screen, that is) remains in the ghoda-gaadi through at least 80% of the song (which is whyAe dil hai mushkildoesn’t feature in this list).
2. Horse-drawn vehicles of all types qualify: tongas, Victorias, phaetons, even chariots. Horseback is out.
3. And, no two songs from the same film are allowed.”

SoY continues the great series on S D Burman and his songs with the leading playback singers, on the first death anniversary of Shamshad Begum with East meets West: Shamshad Begum’s songs by SD Burman.

We have some excellent material on one of most known ‘back-room’ face of Hindi Film Music – Manohari Singh.

In The Reed ManManohari Singh talks about his life and experiences, his colleagues and what it was like in the halcyon days of the Hindi film music world. [The post is penned byAshwin Panemangalore, who is primarily an electrical engineer, put in a long stint at L & T’s group of companies in software and instrumentation. After retiring in 2008 he is indulging in his passion for jazz.]

Manohari Singh – The Charming Pied Piper- Music lovers, both connoisseurs and common listeners, throng to listen to the mere sound of his instrument playing……Be it the Saxophone, Western (Key) Flute, the Clarinet or the Mandolin, there is a magical charm in the way he plays those instruments. There is unanimous agreement about the man’s extra special expressions, amazing breath control and inimitable tone of instrument playing.

Memories of Manohari Singh (1931 – 2010)is an anthological video clip capturing Manohari Singh’s work.

We also have two excellent posts presenting some important facets of legacies of two of the great (background) singers of Hindi Film Music world.

Lata Dinanath Mangeshkar Gramophone Record Museum : A National Heritage Made by Shri Suman Chaurasiya has more than 28000 records., of which records of Lata Mangeshkar’ s song number over 6000.

@ Beete Hue Din, Shishir Krishna Sharma’s article‘Tere Pyar Ka Aasra Chahta Hoon’ – Mahendra Kapoorremembers Mahendra Kapoor’s debut song,a duet ‘Kisi Ke Zulm Ki Tasweer Hai Mazdoor Ki Basti’ with Dhan Indorewala from the 1953 release movie ‘Madmast’. [ An interesting trivia – Music Director of this film – Madmast- V. Balsara and Dhan Indorewala went to marry later on.] Another song which Mahendra Kapoor sang for this movie was a qawwali with S.D.Batish, ‘Unhe Dekhein To Wo Munh Pher…Hamey Ankhein Dikhaate Hain’. …..

We also have some additional inputs by Shishir Krishna Sharma @ Mahendra Kapoor’s First Film Song He sang his first solo, “Kisko Daani Kahen … Tere Dar Ki Bhikmangi Hai Daata Duniya Saari” for Snehal Bhatkar’s Diwali Ki Raat in 1956.

The next song which he had sung was a Heer for the punjabi movie, Heer which had music by Anil Biswas. In addition to the above songs, He is also known to have recorded the following before participating in the competition:-

1. A few lines for the song “Ek Taraf Joru Ne Hai Nikaala” for composer Bulo C Rani in the movie Madhur Milan(1955). This song had been sung by Mohd Rafi, Geeta Dutt and A.R. Ojha and penned by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

2. A duet with Sabita Banerjee for composer Shanmukh Babu, “Oh Bedardi Jaane Ke Na kar Bahaane” for the movie Lalkaar(1956).

We eulogise passing away of V K Murthy, one of the most outstanding cinematographer, and Nanda, the beautiful and versatile actress of the Golden Era of Hindi Films.

The Masters : V K Murthy- Venkatrama Pandit Krishnamurthy’s journey to becoming VK Murthy, the eminent technician who was known as ‘Guru Dutt’s eyes’ is the stuff films are made of – a rags to riches story that began in the erstwhile princely state of Mysore in 1923.

Iconic beam shot by V K Murthy  for Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam
No post on VK Murthy can be complete without the story behind the fantastic beamshot, for the song Waqt ne kiya,even though it’s been repeated in every tribute that has ever been written about the director, the film, or now, the cinematographer.

Here are a few of the video clips on V K Murthy:

Ten of my favourite Nanda songs“to celebrate Nanda’s life and career—and to wish her farewell—a selection of ten of her songs that I particularly like. These are all from pre-70s films that I’ve seen, and in each song, Nanda’s character does some—if not all—of the singing…… RIP, Nanda. You will be missed. Your sunny smiles and laughing eyes, your dignity, your ability to make your characters so believable—all will be remembered.”

Here are some more tributes to Nanda from You Tube:

During the period for the present edition, our friend Bhagwan Thavrani has remembered Pyar Ki Dastan Tum Suno To Kahen – Lata Mangeshkar (Music Director: Hemant Kumar) from Farar (1965). That reminded me to look for Dil-E-Nadaan Ko Sambhalun To from the same film, which shows Lata Mangeshkar as singer in the credits, but is believed to have been rendered by Suman Kalyanpur. In any case, Hemant Kuamr was at his melodious self, in the film. Here are the rest of the songs from the film:

Songs of Yore has presented Best songs of 1951: And the winners are?- After reviewing the best songs of 1955 and 1953, which were gap years in the Filmfare Awards (Baiju Bawra,1952 was the first film to get the Filmfare Awards for the best music, but in the later years no films of 1953 and 1955 won these awards, SoY now comes to the pre-Filmfare era with 1951. 1951 seems to have more than 110 films and 1000 songs. Without any doubt, all discussions are going to be as live as any discussions on SoY or the previous 1955 and 1953 posts have been.

One of the most iconic song from the year 1951 is Thandi Hawayein Laharati Aayen – Naujawan – Lata Mangeshkar, S D Burman. In Thandi Hawayein Legacy – Charles Bayer crooned “C’est la vie” in Algiers(1938) without even realizing what a big chain of inspirations he had set for the next generation of Indian music makers.

Old Is Gold has presented two part interview with Ghalib Khan , son of famous Hindi Film lyricist Asad Bhopali. Thefirst part of the interviewends with an outstanding song from Film Afasana (1951)’s Kismat Bigdi Duniya Badli – Mukesh (Husnalal Bhagatram).

Thesecond part of the interviewtakes us to our usual section on Mohammad Rafi with Miss Bombay (1949) song – Zindagi Bhar Gham Judaai Ka Hamen Tadpaayega First Version and Second Version (Hansraj Behl) and “Ek Naari Do Roop” song Dil Ka Soona Saaz Tarana Dhoondhega(Ganesh).

Here are three posts on Mohammad Rafi for the present edition of this Blog Carnival:

I am sure you will enjoy the present edition of our Blog Carnival and look forward to additions / inputs to enrich it further…….

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 – 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 – 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.

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

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

We open current month’s Carnival by the articles on the songs rendered by Mohammad Rafi –

Vijay Bavdekar has presented Rafi ki Bhakti ras dhara (in Hindi)

In continuation of its unique traditions on Atul’s Song A Day, ‘nahm’ presents Aa jaa aa jaa o jaane waale (Sabak)(1950), Lyrics-D N Madhok, Music Director -A R Qureshi. This is the only Rafi solo song in the film. It is special song in an unassuming way.

Inde Bollywood et cie’ has picked up Jo Dil Ki Baat Hoti Hai  – Song Baaz (1953 – O P Nayyar.  Baaz was the First film of Guru Dutt as an actor and director, Baaz is an adventure at sea off the coast of Malabar under Portuguese domination in XVI century.

Sharad Desai has come up with one more unique style for collecting the songs of Mohammad Rafi, in Mohammed Rafi 25 A to Z letters songs actors movies. The article lists 25 different songs, with different letters, with different actors, and different movies, and seeks help to enlist a song starting with letter ‘X’.

Let’s talk about Bollywood’ has presented quite a painstaking piece of research in the article, Nutan film posters , in the form cover posters of  records of films featuring Nutan.

We have another brilliantly conceived post, a maiden entry on the Blog Carnival, from Maitri Manthan मैत्री मंथन – RAJ KUMAR, which has portrayed   five actors, who started their acting career in the 1950s, with the screen-name Raj Kumar.

And to make up hat trick of maiden entries on this Carnival, we have picked up  HINDI FILM SINGER – WINE PAIRINGS, An Oenophile’s Primer, which as the title pre-empts pairs classic wines with our playback singers. Even if you have not tasted that wine or have not heard that playback singer, the article provides enough arsenals to whip up the appetite for both.

And it is simply a wonderful celestial coincidence that one of our base team blog, Songs of Yore completes three years. SoY has not only sketched up its journey down the memory lane in this article, it has added thrown in a bonus of a triad of songs, you guessed right, each one rendered by three singers!

The Multiple Versions Songs series contuse to chart its frontiers across multiple languages – Anuradha Warrier whom we know through Conversations Over Chai has penned, in her easy-paced, but highly informative the article, Multiple Version Songs (11): Similar songs in Hindi and Malayalam, and  Arunkumar Deshmukh has, as always with the loads of background information in the backdrop,  presents . Multiple Version Songs (12): Similar songs in Hindi and Kannada.

June was onset of the monsoon in India. Conversations Over Chai is all geared up with umbrellas and raincoats to take a plunge in  My Favourites: Rain Songs and, then followed up that with a huge jump in the time machine to present My Favourites: Rain Songs-2. And whilst on the subject of Rains, it is certainly worth its while to re-visit the article Ten of my favourite monsoon songs by Dusted Off.

We have some excellent articles relating to “individual” player on the Hindi Film Industry scene.

We take up The Legends: Manna Dey first, since the article was written as a sort of get-well message to the one of the last living legends of Golden Era, who was recuperating in the hospital. Till writing of this piece too, all the prayers for his long life seem to have born results.

We have two articles on birthday celebrations – Ten of my favourite Shyama songs by Dusted Of and Happy Birthday, Padmini! by Dances on the Footpath., where you also find another link to a YT channel, Padmini162 aka Dancing Queen Padmini

We end this month’s Blog Carnival edition by taking a note of some great information added on the “comments” to the Dance On The Footpath-article, Azurie which we had covered in our last month’s edition -    viz. Songs Of Yores on Azurie , Anandaswarup Gadde.

Looking forward to meet you through the comments on this edition and /or suggestions for further enriching this series, and most certainly at the next edition…..

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

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

We begin our journey by visiting quite unique tributes /events this month –

SoY has so vividly and even more creatively, weaved in 94th birthday of Shamshad Begum in through one of the most iconic song ever – Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon – in the article ‘Mere piya gaye Rangoon’ and some more Indo-Burmese links . This in turn isso vividly linked to the memory of the pitiable last days of confinement of The Last Moghul Emperor (!) Bahadur Shah Zafar, his poignant ghazals “he wrote in captivity – Lagta nahi hai jee mera ujade dayar mein and Na kisi ki aankh ka noor hun”.   and very pensive renderings of these ghazals by Habib Wali Mohammad , from among several versions. And then going in for, one more link down the chain to MANDALAY, its historical inks with our freedom movement, is nothing sort of a masterstroke of connecting it with the memories of the exile of the last Burmese Emperor to that place, till the present day cultural connections of Myanmar.

The irony of the fate is that Shamshad Begum passed away on 24th April 2013. Long live Shamshad Begum, though the memories of her immortal songs, still alive the hearts of her fans..

Here are a few selected obituaries, from among a flurry of such articles that poured in:

Sangeet ke liye shukriya, Shamshad! By Likhavat

#RIP- Shamshad Begum: A song in her hear –  Written by: Gitanjali Roy @ kracktivist    
Shamshad Begum Passes Away at 94 –  Shamshad Begum: The Original Nightingale
Shamshad Begum: A tribute to a voice long gone By Ankush Arora @ India Insight

Jhumka gira re Bareli ke baazaar meinAtul’s Bollywood Song A Day – with full lyrics . The site has presented several ‘gems’ a day earlier.

Farewell, Shamshad Begum, which refers to a post –  ten favorite Shamshad Begum songs – carried on 14th April 2011,  to commemorate her birthday @ Dances On the Footpath

Dusted Off presents “Ten Shamshad Begum songs, which are actually, in the majority of the cases, not from Hindi cinema”.

Shri Shrikant Gautam, in his regular column (in Gujarati), “Raag Rang” in Janmabhoomi Pravasi pens ‘lighter’ dimension of the multi-faceted histrionic virtuosity of Pran, on his being belatedly feted with Phalke Award for 2013 in the article (in the translated ) titled “Hillarious Laughs of a Villain”:

Here are the ‘lighter’ songs that Shri Guatam has picked up when Pran was in the thick of a ‘villainous’ role in the film:

Aake Sidhi Lagi Dil Pe Jaise Katariya – Film: Half Ticket (1962), Music Director: Salil Chaudhary, Playback: Kishore Kumar, in male and female voices.

Subhan Allah Haseen Chehra – Film: Kashmir Ki Kali (1964) – Music Director: O P Nayyar,  Playback: Mohammad Rafi

Dil Ki Umange Hai Jawan – Film: Munimji (1955) – Music Director: S D Burman – One Mr. Thakur has caricatured the portion of the song filmed on Pran.

One more side of that virtuosity is Qawwali of Adikhhar (1971) – Jina Hai Usika Jisne  Yeh Raaz Jaana –  filmed on Pran on the screen – Composed by R D Burman, and sung by Mohammad Rafi. The song is a birth day song, and to that extent can be treated as new experiment of use of quawaali form for such events.

Our knowledgeable and prolific co-reader of the blogs normally covered by these Carnivals, Shri Arun Kumar Deshmukha scored a century of posts on ‘Atul’s Bollywood Song A Day – with full lyrics. The article, “Aa ri sakhi main tohe preet sikha doon’  “which has Historical Importance in Hindi Film Industry of Bombay. MAHAGEET-1937 was THE film for which the FIRST Playback song was recorded and filmed at Bombay”.

We also have two very distinctive sets of songs of Mohammad Rafi –

The first one is, Rare Gems of Mohammad Rafi, by Vijay Bavdekar, has listed 20 songs, the songs that are seemingly gradually fading from the memory, but gems in their own right. I have picked up (with great difficulty) SIX of the songs here:

Us Paar Is Deewwarke Jo Baithe Hai Koi Unse Jake Kahde Hum Jo Kehte Hai – Film: Saiyan (1951)– Music Director: Sajjad

Mohabbat Mein Khudaya –Film: Shahnaz (1948)–Music Director: Ameerbai

Hum To hai Tum Par Dilse Fida Yaar Dedo Hame Kasm-e-Khuda–Film: Bewaqoof (1960)–Music Director: S D Burman

Dilne Pyaar Kiya Hai Ek Bewafase–Film: Shararat (1972)–Music Director: Ganesh

Shaam-e-bahara subah-e-chaman tu mere khwabonki pyaari dulhan –Film Aaja Sanam (1975)–M D Usha Khanna

Ye Kiski Aankhonka Noor Ho Tum Ye Kiska Dilka Quraar Ho Tum-Film: Pakeezah-Music Director:  Gulam Mohammad. This song was not included in the film.

Another very defining list of songs by Mohammad Rafi is Mohammad Rafi and Joy Mukherjee combination had only gave everlasting hits. I have selected FIVE songs from the ones presented in the article for this edition of carnival:

Ae Baby Idhar Aao – Film: Love in Simla (1960) – Music Director: Iqbal Quereshi –  a duet  with Asha Bhosle

Phir Tere Shahr Main  Mitne Ko Chala Aya Hun –Film: Ek Musafir Ek Haseena  (1962)- Music Director:  O P Nayyar  -

Pyar Ki Manzil  Mast Haseen – Film: Ziddi (1964) – Music Director: S D Burman –

Dil Ke Aine Men Tasveer Teri  – Film: Aao Pyar Karen  -Music Director:  Usha Khanna –

Kisne Mujhe Sada Di – Film: Saaz Aur Awaaz –  Music Director: Naushad – a duet with Suman Kalyanpur

The archive of Conversations over Chai also provides us a take on Joy Mukherjeee in Remembering Joy Mukherjee.

And the third one, a standalone song,  is from the ‘messages’ category, Songs movies , on Inde Bollywood and Cie has a range of around 271 songs, as of writing this piece.  We may give quite some them a miss, because they fall beyond the bounds of the scope of the time period that we take up in the carnival. A recent post – Song Sasural (1961) of course has the signature song – Teri Pyari Pyari Surat Ko Nazar Na Lage – from the film, but also has a shot of the Filmfare Title Page of the film. The song clip has the third stanza that is normally seen on the film track only.

We have more sets of articles with a very definite classification:

The songs linked with dancing

Conversations Over Chai presents a refreshing perspective in My Favourites: Stage Performances . We also have another one from the archives – My Favourites: The Courtesan’s Song.

Harvey Pam’s Blog presents 10 of favourites featuring Waheeda Rehman in Dancing Grace, which, as can be expected, have some of the great dance songs.

And that leads us to more links to Whaeeda Rehaman songs -

10 of my Favorite Waheeda Rehman Songs @ Sunahariyaaden – This is a maiden visit to this blog from this carnival platform.

Ten of my favourite Waheeda Rehman songs @Dusted Off

In addition to these, we have some excellent articles on Waheeda Rehman in our February 2013 edition.

Shishir Kuamr Shrama takes up vintage moments, people from the Hindi Films on Beete Hue Din. As of now, it has two articles (in April 2013) – Mera Sunder Sapana Beet Gaya – Kamini Kaushal, which has listed the links to some of the songs that can be treated as high points of Kamini Kaushal’s histrionic career – and “A Crystalline Eyed Bad Man – Kamal Kapoor, that takes us through the actor’s career.

I did find an article on ‘sad songs’ on “Raat Akeli Hai”. However the site seems more focused on film reviews. I would be visiting them often and see if we can catch up something that can be discussed in detail here.

The series ‘Multiple Versions of Songs’ also continues its journey through Multiple Versions Songs (7) – Both Versions By Female Playback Singers (2) – A Happy And A Sad Version.

As I was closing up this carnival, Conversations Over Chai posted an interesting (!) article – My Favourites: Songs of Cynicism, which ought to not ‘merely philosophical’, but ‘cynical’ lyrics as well.

Similarly SoY has presented  us a ‘chance-caused-relation-induced’ 71st birthday greetings and a mine of information  In Conversation with Minoo Mumtaz

To sum up the present edition of the blog carnival, we have Songs for all times:  Celebrating 100 years of Hindi film music from Dusted Off. This is an article prepared for the April-June 2013 issue of ForbesLife India on ‘100 years of Indian cinema’, and documenting the YT channel – The Best of Hindi Movies and TV Shows.

Our pursuit of adding more variety to the articles and /or blogs continues on its pleasant journey…

I do look forward to suggestions, inputs…………….

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