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?


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