The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Female Solo Songs– Other Singers – Suraiya

Till now we have covered Memorable Songs of Lata Mangeshkar  (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) during our micro-revisit of the  Best songs of 1950: And the winners are?.

We now take up songs by Other Leading Female Playback Singers.

1950 truly reflects the transformation that was taking place in the Hindi Film Music in so far as Female Playback singers are concerned. Lata Mangeshakar has attained fairly large share of songs as compared to any other individual singer. Music Directors like Madan Mohan (Aankhen), Roshan (Bawre Nain) , S D Burman (Pyar) who went on to create some of the greatest ever songs for the film industry, in Lata Mangeshakar’s voice, just a few years down the line, had films that had not one Lata song this year. This year also has recorded a very large number of songs in the voice of other female singers, like Sulochana Kadam, or Jayshree (in Dahej) who may not have been called front-line singers. Asha Bhosle is certainly seen, but has not made her presence felt. And when we try to draw up a list most favourite songs for the year, one easily lines up several songs from each of these ‘other leading’ female singers, which were iconic in that year and have remained so ever since.

In this post, we will take up some of the memorable songs of Suraiya.

Suraiya seems to have an excellent year, having acted in films in one year. She has performed quite credibly with Other Than Frontline music directors. However, her Afsar ( S D Burman) and Dastan (Naushad) topped not only cash counter charts but also critics’ ratings.

1. Man mor hua matwalaAfsar – S D Burman

2. Nain deewane ik nahi maaneAfsar – S D Burman

3. Pardesi re aate jaate jiya mora liye jaao Afsar – S D Burman

4. Aaya mere dil mein tuDastan – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

5. Ye mausam aur ye tanhaai Dastan – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

6. Ae shamma tu bata tera parwana kaun hai Dastan – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

7. Nainon mein preet hai hothon pe geet hai Dastan – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

8. Mohabbat badha kar juda ho gaye Dastan – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

9. Naam tera hai zabaan par yaad teri dil mein hai Dastan – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

10. Koi dil mein samaaya chupke chupkeKamal Ke Phool – Rajendra Krishna – Shyam Sundar

11. Sazaa mili hai kisi se yah dil lagaane kiKamal Ke Phool – Rajendra Krishna – Shyam Sundar

12. Haaye ye judaai ki chot buri haiNili – Surjit Sethi – S. Mohinder

13. Majboor hun main nashad hun mainShaan – Rajendra Krishna – Hansraj Behl




In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging! One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems. So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation. At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships. I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator. And yet, The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

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