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

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

We open our account with a very unique and befitting tribute to Mehrun nisha of Hussainabad in Bihar, popularly known as Kumkum, a trained Kathak dancer by Chitrapatasangeet. The post – Kumkum – Tribute to a great dancer – has presented several classical dance pieces, as well as a few non-classical pieces filmed on her, highlighting the nuances of Abhianaya in each song, of which I would like to present Rang Rangeela by Khayaam, from film Barood as very special treat. The author recommends Ham hain tumhaare tum ho hamaare – This song is sung by Rafi and Asha Bhonsle. The song is picturised on Subbiraj and Kumkum as a teasing song. The expressions of Kumkum are lovely to watch in this picturisation.  ‘Dusted Off’ and ‘Memsaab Story’ have rich tags on Kumkum @ http://dustedoff.wordpress.com/tag/kumkum/ and   http://memsaabstory.com/tag/kum-kum/ respectively.

Incidentally, we have more resources on heroines, this month.

Shri Shrikant Guatam penned two part article [રંગ રાગ અને સલામ બોમ્બે_20130203 and રંગ રાગ અને સલામ બોમ્બે_20130210] on Waheeda Rehman’s “other woman roles, in Janmabhoomi Pravasi (in Gujarati). I present one song that typically expresses that “other woman character” , as discussed in the article:

Pyaasaa – as Gulabo – Jaane Kya Tune Kahi – S D Burman – Geeta Dutt – http://youtu.be/mLGCAGHNTJU

Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam – as Jeba –  Bhanwar Bada Naadan – Hemant Kumar – Asha Bhosle – http://youtu.be/DHyRikMZXqw

Kagaz Ke Phool – as Shanti – Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam – S D Burman – Lata Mangeshkar – http://youtu.be/MZ3S4-bm70s

Kohraa – a lawfully wedded wife, but is compelled to live under the shadow of the spirit of the husband’s first wife – O Beqaraar Dil – Hemant Kumar – Lata Mangeskarhttp://youtu.be/M8vn6PNkoog

Guide –as Rozy – Aaj Phir Zeene Ki Tamanna Hai – S D Burman – Lata Mangeshkar – http://youtu.be/f8PZY9pMOvo

Khamoshi, as Radha – Hamne Dekhi Hai UnAankho Ki Mehakati Kushboo – Hemant Kumar- Lata Mangeshkar – http://youtu.be/LkPEtKO5ARM

Phagun – as Mother, whose married daughter ‘sees’ other woman in her – Sandhya Jo Aaye – S D Burman – Lata Mangeshkar – http://youtu.be/palL1ifDlBA

In a rendezvous tat-e-tat with Simi Garewal, we get to listen to Waheeda Rehman, also, taking about some of these films [Part 1 http://youtu.be/JdSBd4301U4  and Part 2 http://youtu.be/ADhp_f6npqI].

Simi Garewal’s own site has a full page on her own songs.

Conversations Over Chai also had done a beautiful article on Waheeda Rehman in the series The Greats

Continuing the visit of the present carnival with songs on, essentially, feminist themes, ‘Dusted Off’ has presented “ten of my favorite ‘woman pianist’ songs”, songs where a woman is the one actually playing the piano. Apart from the ten of author’s favorites, there are 40+ songs presented by the readers in the “comments”!

“Dances On Footpath” continues feminist flair, by celebrating Happy Birthday, Suman Kalyanpur! and A slightly belated happy birthday to Cuckoo, topping up listings for the month by  Songs from the Pakistani Choo Mantar, Starring Noor Jehan.

“Conversations Over Chai” presents a Word Play: Piya, containing songs listing a ‘favourite’ word. “Piya’” is used as having only ONE meaning – the beloved one, not the as ‘drinking’ also! This post also has deluge of 40+ additional songs in the ever lively “comments”. Such a fabulous with a filter of ‘Piya’ being the first or second word of the mukhda!

And we have a stunning photograph of Rehana Sultan for Dastak @ Tum se kahoon ek baat paron se halki. In a comment which puts the song as   “probably the most sensuous picturisation of a Hindi song ever” the host of the blog “At The Edge”, Vianayak Razdan brings to the records “some great editing by Hrishikesh Mukherjee”.

Switching over to the general mood, “Hareypam’s Blog” also has an innovatively crafted post on This Singing Business, a guest article by ‘pacifist, a melodious tribute the enterprising spirit of Indian SMEs. [Also, posted on this playlist.], which has additionally wide-ranging 30+ songs, by no means a ‘small’ preference for depicting the true colors of India in the films, in the “comments”.

On the other side of the table, our attention is drawn by the song Log Kehte Hai Tu Sachch Hi Kehete Honge, from 1963 film Yeh Dil Kisko Dun (Music director – Iqbal Qureshi) – http://youtu.be/Y-hCvbTjcvQ @ Rafi harmonic for charming Shashi Kapoor for a quite an uncanny similarity, in my personal view, with a ‘Jab Jab Phool  Khile’ song  Hum Ko Tum Se Pyaar Aayahttp://youtu.be/lwKgAdAmSfo.

Songs Of Yore (SoY) carries forward the series of Multiple Version Songs through – Multiple Version Songs (3): Both versions by male playback singers – Different Moods, which is an extension of last month’s  ‘Both Versions by Male Singers 0 A Happy and A Sad Song’;  Multiple Version songs (4): Hindi and Marathi, a brilliant treatise by Shri Arunkumar Deshmukh, and  Multiple Version Songs (5): Hindi and Tamil film songs (1) – ‘Inspired and adopted’ songs, a meticulously crafted piece by Shri N Venkataraman.

This month’s new find, Dr.Mandar V. Bichu presents 5 Songs that define Hindi Film Music , songs that have encapsulated “the entire evolution of Hindi film music, right from the time it began way back in the 1930s to its current status in the post-Millennium era”:

  1. Jab dil hi toot gaya – Film: Shahjehan, Year: 1946, Singer: Kundan Lal Saigal, Composer: Naushad – http://youtu.be/nQQPV-DtY3s
  2. Barsaat mein humse mile tum – Film: Barsaat, Year: 1949, Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Composers: Shankar-Jaikishan – http://youtu.be/y_J2ApEIrbs
  3. Aaja aaja main hoon pyar tera – Film: Teesri Manzil, Year: 1966, Singers: Mohd. Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Composer: Rahul Dev Burman – http://youtu.be/x8ZrN_pizyQ
  4. Roop tera mastana– Film: Aradhana, Year: 1969, Singer: Kishore Kumar, Composer: S.D. Burman – http://youtu.be/ppFmipV6KZc
  5. Jai ho – Film: Slumdog Millionaire, Year: 2009, Singer-Composer: A.R. Rahman –  http://youtu.be/UxLSZoFK8EM

So, did you find the journey through this edition of the carnival a bit too long? Well, it does contain large number of songs to listen to. But, is each one not a gem?

Till we meet next month, I look forward to your inputs and comments on this edition.