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

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

We have a quite a range of subjects, and equally wide range of songs this month, which also sets in motion remembrances of birthdays and a special day.

First let us take birthdays, and the posts that have given us some great songs in the bargain:

Talat Mahmood – 24th February:

SoY presented an excellent variation, in the form of (some of) “his best duets with Asha Bhosle” @ Best duets of Talat Mahmood and Asha Bhosle. “Another significant point about Talat’s duets with Asha Bhosle is that some of these came at a time when Talat was at the top of his career, but Asha Bhosle was still in the shadows of her big sister. If at all, she would be seen as a potential successor to Geeta Dutt tradition. With all this handicap, the fact that these are among some of the best duets ever is not only due to Talat, but also to a great deal due to the unique voice of Asha Bhosle.”

Shri Shrikant Gautam, in his regular weekly column ‘Raag Rang’ in Gujarati newspaper “JanmabhoomiPravasi” chose to present a rare combination of Talat Mahmood singing for Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand respectively. For the benefit of the readers here, I place here below the link to the video clip of the songs mentioned in these articles:

Raj-Talat Synchronization:

Anhonee (1952) – Roshan

Main Dil Hoon Armaan Bhara – [The clip has a wonderful piece (@4.14 onwards) in (unusually) high key rendition @ 4.26.]

Mere Dil Ki Dhadkan Kya Bole – with Lata Mangeshkar –

Sama Ke Dil Se Hamare – with Lata Mangeshkar –

Ashiana (152) – Madan Mohan

Main Pagal Mera Manwa Pagal –

Mera Quarar Le Ja – and its twin song by Lata  Mangeshkar – [This clip has an excellent alaap piece by Talat Mahmood, preceding the main song.]

Bewafa (1952) – A R Quereshi

Dil Matwaala Lakh Sambhala – and its twin by Lata Mangeshkar –

Tumko Furshat Ho To Meri Jaan Idhar Dekh Bhi Lo –

Tu Aaye Na Aaye Teri Khushi –

Dil Mila Hai.. Kaam Hathon Kaa Hai –

The only RK film for which Talat Mahmood did sing a song – Chali Kaun Se  Desh, Gujariyan Tu Saj Dhaj Ke – a duet with Asha Bhosle ––  was Boot Pollish (Music Shanker Jaikishan). Incidentally, Raj Kapoor did not act in this film. Another trivia of this song is that male protagonist on the screen is Shailendra.

The original article, in Gujarati, is available as – રંગ રાગ અને સલામ બોમ્બે_20130303_Page_8.pdf.

Dev and Talat’s melodious company:

Patita (1953) – Shanker Jaikishan

Hai Sabse MAdhur Wo Geet, Jinhe Hum Dard Ke Sur Men Gaate Hain –

Andhe Jahan Ke Andhe Raaste, Jaae To Jaae Kanhan –

Tujhe Apne Paas Bulati Hai Apni Duniya –

Pocketmaar (1956) Madan Mohan

Yeh Nai Nai Preet Hai –

Taxi Driver (1954) – S  D Burman

Jaae To Jaae Kahan, Samajega Kaun Yahan –; which also has a twin song by Lata Mangeshkar –

Kinare Kinare (1963) – Jaidev

Dekh Li Teri Khudai –

The original article, in Gujarati, is available as રંગ રાગ અને સલામ બોમ્બે_20130310_Page_8.pdf.

‘Dusted Off’ pays fond remembrance to Shashi Kapoor on his 75th birthday on 18th March, by reviewing Sharmeelee (1971). The songs that get specific mention are:

Khilte hain gul yahaan – Kishore Kumer (which also has a twin Lata Mangeshkar song)

Megha chhaaye aadhi raat – Lata Mangeshkar

Kaise kahen hum pyaar ne humko, – Kishore Kumar,

“and a lesser known, but a good cabaret number, by Asha Bhosle” – Reshmi ujaala hai makhmali andhera.

‘Dances on the Footpath’ remembers birthday of Khwaja Khurshid Anwar, a music director who could bring out the best in many of the best singers from British India, India, and Pakistan @ Ten Of My Favorite Khawaja Khurshid Anwar Songs Sung By Noor Jehan (Happy 101st Birthday, Khawaja Khurshid Anwar!).

‘Dusted Off’ also had a special post lined up for International Woman Day (8th March), by way of “Ten of my favourite female duets” –  “A post on saheli songs has already been done in the past. So, to differentiate this post from that one, I decided this list of duets will feature only songs where the women in question are not sahelis—they may be colleagues, relatives, and strangers to each other, whatever. But not sahelis (they may be friends, of course, but there must be another relationship too).”

The subject of female duets is also covered by ‘Harveypam’s Blog’, to commemorate this very day, last year, under the post – The Sister Act – presenting therein 10 of the favourite Lata Mangeshakr – Asha Bhosle duets. Harveypam Blog also had done an interesting post on Hindi Film songs by ‘blind heroines’.

We now turn to posts which have appeared on various sites/ blogs, in the ‘usual’ course of their respective journey into the Golden Years of Hindi Film Music.

We first look at the songs listed out for Gyarah Hazar Ladkiyan @ our maiden visit to Ashok Dave’s Blog [The reviews are in Gujarati]. Composed by N Dutta, the film had some catchy and a couple of evergreen scores by Mohammad Rafi:

  1. Kaam Ki Dhun men Hain Ravaan – Mahendra Kapoor and Chorus
  2. Sablok Idhar Jidhar Who Hai, Udhar Dekh Rahen Hai – Asha Bhosle
  3. Pahechano Hum Wohi Hai, Dekho To Aamkhen Mal Ke – Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus –
  4. Dil Ki Tamanaa Thi Masti Men, Manzil Se Bhi Door Nikalate – A Happy version – by Asha Bhosle & Mohammad Rafi –  – and a sad version by Mohammad Rafi –
  5. Gam Gaya To Gam Na Kar, Gam Naya Jaga Le – Asha Bhosle –
  6. Mere Maheboob Mere Saath Hi Chalana Hai Tujhe – Mohammad Rafi –

Also enjoy a beautiful Mexican dance tune, as a bonus –

Of course, once we visit this site, we find reviews of two other films and the lists of the songs thereto, during the period of review covered by this edition of the Carnival. Since both the films and their songs are equally interesting, we may as well list them out:

Ziddi (1948) – Khemchand Prakash

[The review has a startling revelation – the titles of the film, glaringly has carried Anil Biswas as music director, in place of the actual Khemchand Prakash.]

  1. Ek Baat Kahun Tumse, Bura To Na Manoge – “Singer not known” – [I could not find any audio or video link of this song.]
  2. Jadoo Kar Gaye Kisi Ke Naina Ki Man Mere Bas Men Nahin – Lata Mangeshkar –
  3. Ye Kaun Aaya Ye Solah Singar – Kishore Kumar – Lata Mangeshkar-
  4. Rooth Gaye Mose Shyam Sakhi- The original article states that the other singer in this song ‘is not known’. However, as we listen and watch this clip, we may observe that at a point of time (@2.22) Dev Anand sees dancer’s face morphed into that of Kamini Kaushal. From that point of Lata Mangeshkar also takes over the playback from Raaj Kumari (or is it Shamshad Begum as mentioned by the uploader of the clip). – However here is another clip(an audio) where singers are mentioned as  Lata Mangeshkar and Rajkumari. [That should settle the issue of who the other singer is!]  –
  5. Chanda Re Jaa Re Jaa Re – Lata Mangeshkar –
  6. Tujhe O Bewafa Hum Zindagi Ka Asara Samaje – Lata Mangeshkar –
  7. Chali Pi Ko Milan – Shamshad Begum –
  8. Ab Kaun Sahara Hai, Jab Tera Sahar Choot Gaya Hai –  Lata Mangeshkar-
  9. Marane Ki Duaen Kyun Maangun – Kishore Kumar –

Shriman Satyawadi (1960) – Datta Ram – Known as the solid backbone of Shanker Jaikishan’s orchestration, but highly underrated as an independent music director – has Mukesh’s some of the most lilting songs in this film:

  1. Rut Albeli Mast Sama, Saath Hasin Aur Raat Jawan – Mukesh –
  2. Ek Baat Kahun Vallah, Yeh Husn Subhanallah – Mahendra Kapoor, Suman Kalyanpur, Mukesh –
  3. Ae Dil Dekhe Hain Hamane Bade Bade Sang Dil – Mukesh –
  4. Bhigi Hawaon Men, Teri Adaon Men – Suman Kalyanpur, Manna Dey
  5. Rang Rangeeli Bottle Ka Dekh Lo Jaadu – Mohammad Rafi
  6. Kyon Udaa Jaata Hai Aanchal, Kun Nazar Sharma Rahi Hai – Suman Kalyanpur –
  7. Haal-e-Dil Hamara, Jaane Na Bewafa, Ye Jaman – Mukesh –

We have two posts this month, similar in subject, but very different in content, on songs that have more than one versions. SoY has yours truly’s guest post, Multiple Versions Songs (6) – Both versions by female playback singer(s) (1) – Abhi To Main Jawan Hun, continuing the series on the subject, whereas ‘Harveypam Blog’ has Shri Arunkumar Deshmukh’s guest post  Inspire!. This post very vividly presents Ek Tune Do Gaane – two songs, one being inspired from another song, generally of another music director.

‘Harveypam Blog’ has two more posts for the current edition of the carnival:

Look, who’s here! presents songs that melodiously describe the emotions when one observes yeh kaun aayaa – someone comes in – either expectedly or unexpectedly- but certainly creating a wave of melodious elation by that coming in.  

SoY also presents 6th guest article by Shri Subodh Agrawal, “after some gap, with an outstanding article”, Film Songs Based on Classical Ragas (6) – Desh and Tilak Kamod, in the series Songs based on classical ragas. Shri Subodh Agrawalalso includes the concluding portion of Tagore’s dance drama ‘Shyama’, which is one of the most poignant and beautiful compositions in Desh you can find anywhere. The classical pieces he has included are recognized landmarks in these Ragas. He combines his great taste in music with a precision in writing he has acquired from his training in Physics and Mathematics in IIT.”

And each of the articles has very lively, informative, and engaging discussions, which also bring in a wealth of songs on the respective subject. Please do not miss them!

Do let me know whether you enjoyed this journey to the Hindi Film Music’s Golden Period?

Do you have any more sites on this insatiable subject which can be included in this blog?

Mansoor Ali Khan – Nawab of Pataudi – (the) Tiger – Person and Personality

I just completed translating the inaugural MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture, delivered by Sunil Gavaskar at Chennai on 16th February, 2013.
While searching for a similar lecture delivered by Imran Khan, I landed upon some more interesting video clips of interviews of him, or about him.
Here they are:
Imran Khan – Delivering The Inagural Tiger Pataudi Memorial Lecture

Never knew how to address Pataudi: Gavaskar

Former Indian cricket captain and the last Nawab of Pataudi, Mansur Ali Khan, in “FaceToFace” with Karan Thapar, broadcast on BBC on 12 July, 2000.

Devil’s Advocate :: ” Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi” :: Don’t Adore Cricketers So Quickly
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Writer Jeffrey Archer on Tiger Pataudi’s charisma –

Nawab of Pataudi – Documentary:

Carnival of Quality Management and Articles Blog Festival – March 2013

Welcome to March 2013 edition of Carnival of Quality Management and Articles Blog Festival.

We will experiment with a different format of presentation for the current edition -the hyperlinked title of the article under the broad subject category, followed by the brief synopsis , in the words picked up from the article itself.

A Macro view of the external environment

The America that works
“Regulation, innovation, infrastructure, education: each of these is crucial to competitiveness. Put together the small things happening in the states, and they become something rather big…. That is the essence of the America that works.”

Being “Good” Pays Off Big: 21st Century Values are a Winning Strategy in Business and Personal Life By Peter Georgescu – use this DOWNLOAD  link –

The first dozen years in the 21st Century demonstrated just how much harder business has become. Chances are that business will get even tougher and more competitive in the years ahead. So we’ve all got to man up for the brutally competitive world out there. Don’t we?
Well, no. To find a winning strategy for the 21st Century business world you’ll need to grasp why the world of commerce has changed so dramatically in recent decades.”


Manufacturing at the Speed of Change’ A Whitepaper with a download link therein –

In today’s challenging global economy, manufacturers must embrace change, strive for a flexible working environment, and be agile enough to respond to new opportunities and customer needs. Adapting the advanced technologies of next-generation ERP solutions is one of the most critical actions a forward-thinking manufacturer, like you, can take; one that will lead to a responsive mindset and turn speed into a powerful competitive weapon.

Management Commitment And Entrepreneurial Spirit

9 Entrepreneurs chime in on their daily struggles

Time, focus, team building and emotion are the just the tip of the iceberg – figure out what you struggle with the most and then work on optimizing processes to make your life easier.

Lean Quote: Leaders Don’t Invent Motivation In Their Followers, They Unlock It

Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we cannot improve.

Leaders don’t invent motivation in their followers, they unlock it.” — John W. Gardner

In my experience there are three things you need to learn about motivation:

  1. First, you can’t motivate anybody to do anything they don’t want to do. Motivation is an internal thing, not an external thing.
  2. The second thing is that all people are motivated. The person that stays in bed in the morning rather than getting up and going to work is more motivated to stay in bed than to work. They might be negatively motivated, but they are nonetheless motivated.
  3. The third thing is that people do things for their reasons and not for yours. The trick is to find out what their reasons are.

Motivated, committed, engaged employees care about what they do and why they do it. They get up and come to work every day because they care about it. It’s not a short-term energy surge; it’s a way of life.

Motivation comes from within. Individuals have the capacity to motivate themselves…or demotivate themselves. Help them see the way by creating and sustaining the kinds of conditions that help them bring their best selves to work every day. Respect, proactive and honest communications, capable and engaged leadership –these are the ingredients that add up to an engaged, energized workplace.

To Create Innovation, Learn How To See A Fourth Option – By Kaihan Krippendorff

When life throws an obstacle in your path you may respond in one of four ways:

  1. One option: you see yourself as a victim, forced to accept the situation.
  2. Two options: you have a binary choice, to accept the situation or give up and run away.
  3. Three options: you believe you have a full set of options to choose from, because thinking through all three takes time and effort.
  4. Four options: you think beyond the three “usual” options and see a new way, a new path.

The ability to think beyond the three options and see a fourth is the source of all competitive advantage.

Management Commitment: The Key to Getting Procedures Used

Spending little or no time focusing on an organization’s internal processes (where procedures fit in), then where do you think the members of the organization will focus?
The great mystery of how to get procedures used is revealed. We know that it is important to write procedure so that they are clear and accessible. It is important to conduct training to create awareness and buy-in. Auditing is a key follow-up activity that re-enforces the importance of following procedures. What makes all of these things happen, however, is a commitment from management.

 The Spirit of the Process – At Professional as well as Personal Levlel

Overcoming Improvement Barriers

Almost all organizational weaknesses are systems based and must, therefore, be addressed by top management.

And its related articleBarriers to Quality Improvement

Data? What is it good for? Absolutely … something

It is fashionable these days to either like big data or just malign big data. Regardless of what your personal feelings are, the question has always been and will always be – what is data good for.
With more network end-points and more digitization, it goes without saying that the amount of data in our lives and at work is only going to increase. But the size of the data isn’t the issue; instead, it’s “what you do with the data” that will be the key to the success in the emerging future economy.

Let me tell you three personal stories that will illustrate my point……………

The Problem With Opportunities   – the real risk of calling problems “opportunities.”

Karen Martin explains, in an interview with Karin Hurt, that “when a problem is labelled as an “opportunity”, the “urgency is lost.” It feels safer, like something good we are moving toward… not something bad we need to overcome as soon as possible.

Leaders in great organizations do both… they create a safe environment for surfacing today’s problems, as well identify opportunities that are likely to surface as they move toward their desired future.”

Lessons from the Road: Eliminate Waste with PurposeJamie Flinchbaugh

“Do more” are what’s core to lean: more value for the customer, more capacity to deliver that value and more capability in the organization. It’s not about less fat; it’s about more muscle.

That’s how you build an organization capable of controlling its own destiny. …

Waste elimination is not the heart of lean, but it can be powerfully effective. Just be sure that you’re eliminating waste with a purpose.

Why You Should Let Bad Ideas Fail

If you are in a stressful situation and afraid that you are digging yourself into a whole you can’t get out of ask yourself.

  • Am I Happy With My Direction In Life
  •  Where Will I End Up If I Keep Doing What I Am Doing
  • Is My Lifestyle Sustainable
  • Can I See My Life Improving If I Keep The Pattern Going

Take a step back and ask yourself these questions. If you like the answers, great you are on the right track. If you don’t like the answers it is probably time to figure out what you can change in your life to improve it.

Progress Needs Beautiful (Absurd) IdeasMax McKeown

A potentially beautiful idea may still be unpopular, viewed as ugly, pointless, unworkable, unacceptable, or plain crazy. It was Einstein who said to a colleague that if an idea wasn’t absurd there was no hope for it, and Niels Bohr, an equally brilliant physicist from Denmark who remarked that many ideas are insufficiently crazy to be true.

— To improve a situation, one that is already good or one that is unhappy and in danger of collapse, requires imagination that goes beyond the obvious. —

Progress demands non-obvious answers to obvious questions, and so instead of resisting, misunderstanding or ignoring them, the truly wise among us will embrace, or at least entertain, unacceptable wisdom so that together we may create a more beautiful future.

Performance – An Eternally discussed and debated topic

Assessing Employee Performance vs. Potential – by Beth Miller

As a leader it is your job to influence your team’s performance. If your team is not a high performing team you might implement some incentive programs to bring improve performance. However as far as a specific team member’s potential goes, you cannot do much to influence potential. As a leader it is your job to coach your team members to realize their own potential.

So once you have coached, what do you do after they recognize their opportunities and potential?

  • Allow every team member access to the 9 Box (the matrix author has discussed in this article)
  • Influence as little as possible
  • It is their own potential that they have to live up to, not the perceived one that you have for them.

Allow the Performance and Potential Matrix to help you out as much as possible, but at the same time realize that each individual reaches their potential different ways. I never want to see someone become the next big me, I tell them I want to see you become the first great you.

Are Metrics Misguided?  – by Eva  –

Some say that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. However, the danger lies in believing that the measure is the sole determinant of success.

Do KRA’s and Rewards Help in Quality?

Three C’s of quality: choice, collaboration and content.

  •  Choice means workers should participate in making decisions about what they do.
  • Collaboration means they should be able to work together in effective teams.
  • Content refers to the job’s tasks. To do a good job, people need a good job to do.


When is an Innovation an Innovation?

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a feature series “Does Innovation Need a Purpose?” Click here ]

Greg Satell and I have been talking about whether or not innovation needs a purpose. While we agree on many points, we can see two differing views on the question. I will argue that within an organisation, innovation does need a purpose.

It’s not true that you’re not innovating if it doesn’t create a new product, it is true that you need to create value with your innovations so that you can generate some sort of return.

One way to address this is to manage your innovation activities as a portfolio using a 70/20/10 split in your innovation effort. 70% goes to improving your core business with incremental innovations, so that you can continue to stay in business. 20% goes to finding adjacent markets that you can extend into. And 10% goes to blue sky ideas that might change the world, but we just don’t quite know how yet.

Core “Quality” Issues

What is Business Process Management?

Why is business process management so hard? What you need are some leading indicators of success like new customer formation, repeat business (which leads to lifetime customer value), or sales cycle closing time.

And a related article – Process Approach to Business Process Management

Add SIPOC + PDCA to make a complete set that reminds us of all of the elements that are needed to demonstrate that business processes are managed. The process approach to BPM is all about creating controlled processes using PDCA and SIPOC to define, measure, monitor and control. That is business process management in action.

Outward Signs of Unstable Process FlowLonnie Wilson

Most facilities that fail in lean implementations have weak quality systems. More specifically, they have failed to create stable process flow.

And its related article – Continuous Improvement — It’s All About FlowRalph Keller

The flow of both information and materials is critical to reducing the time elapsed in the cash-to-cash cycle.

And the monthly treat from other carnivals

Do enjoy and cherish, every day, a different one-sentence take on the world of quality, brought in by the Knowledge Center – @ Quality Quotes

I end this edition with a quote:

Vision is the art of seeing things invisibles – Jonathan Swift

Do let me know your views on the style adopted for this edition as well as for new /improved content.

Vintage Photos of Hindi Films and Film stars

This is to present a collection of vintage photographs form Covers of Filmfare.

I landed upon these through the Old Indian Photos, which featured the series from Inde, Bollywood & Cie

I have collected the photographs into a presentation file @  Film Stars on Vintage Covers 

So, photographs can be enjoyed either on that presentation or more details can be pursued at the sites referred to above.