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 mein – Atul’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…………….