We had been covering separately those unforgettable songs of the golden period of Hindi Cinema, which has receded back deep into our memories in our monthly edition of the Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music. I had been toying with idea of culling out these songs into a full-fledged post from 2016. But, I had a video clip of Mohammad Rafi’s songs on 78 RPM records that need to be documented by listing each of the songs in that anthology clip. That would have made the November, 2015 issue quite a lengthy one. Hence, this decision, to advance the launch of a separate monthly post which is dedicated exclusively to such songs.

We will publish post in this series every second Sunday of the month.

When we were being tuned in to listen to the film music, during 1960s and the very early ‘70s, radio was the most universally accessible medium where one would get to listen to the gems of songs that the lady (commercial) luck seemed to ignore. So, one would not get to listen to those songs very frequently. As a result, those Unforgettable songs easily faded from the memory.

With the rise of internet, the access to these songs has become handy enough. Our friends have been very kindly forwarding us such songs. We propose to document these unforgettable songs that have been relegated in the deep crevices of the memory. We will also add the results of our own surfing finds of such songs.

We take this opportunity to acknowledge the invaluable role of the great army of uploaders of the videos on YouTube-like-sites in making the songs easily accessible.

Harish Raghuvanshi remembers:

Hai kya kya jalwa bhara hua – Aankh Ka Taara(1932) – Indubala Devi (Image: Jahanara Kajjan) – Motilal Naik

Hum Chale Watan ki Aur – Kashinath (1943) – Asit Baran – Pankaj Mullick – Pandit Bhushan

The rhythm and orchestration so tellingly create the motion of a moving train, that visual support would have been redundant!

हम चले वतन की और,

खिंच रहा है कोई हमको
डाल के प्रेम की डो…र – हम चले०

फूल खिलें हैं नए नए

और नयी कोंपलें आई;
मस्त हवाएँ चली..
डालीयाँ झूम झूम लहेराए;
नाच रहा है डाल डाल पर
मस्ताना मनमो…र – हम०

आश किसीकी पूरी होगी,
हसेंगें आज किसीके नैना
रस टपकायेंगें कानों में किसीके
मनभर मीठे बैना…
आ…..आ….
आज किसीके सुख-सोहाग का
रहेगा और न छोर !

हम चले वतन की,

चले वतन की,
चले वतन की औ..र – हम०

Bhagwan Thavrani has remembered some S N Tripathi gems

Pyaar Ke Pal Chhin Beete Hue Din Ham To Na Bhoole Tum Bhool Gaye – Kunwari (1966) – Lata Mangeshkar – S N Tripathi – Shailendra

This one has a twin version too – Talat Mahmood –

Taaron Bhari Raat Hai – Pakshiraj (1959) – Lata Mangeshkar – S N Tripathi – B D Mishra

Nigahon mein tum ho – Jadunagri (1961) – Lata Mangeshkar – S N Tripathi

Chaand Dhalne Laga Dil Machalne Laga~ Amrit Manthan~1961~Lata Mangeshkar~S. N. Tripathi~B. D. Mishra

We also have songs from other music directors too:

Looti Zindagi Aur Gham Muskuraye – Parvarish (1958) – Lata Mangeshkar – Dattaram – Hasrat Jaipuri

Khoya Hua Dil Mil Gaya– Daku Mansoor(1961) – Asha Bhosale- Krishna Kamak – Psandit Gaafil

While looking for the video link of this song on YouTube, we also landed upon

Aji Eji Yaad Rakhana Sanam – Mumbarak Begum – Daku Mansoor(1961)

Ye Din Din Hai Khushi Ke, Aaja Re Aaja Saathi mere Zindagi Ke – Jab Se Tumhen Dekha Ha (1963) – Manna Dey, Suman Kalyanpur – Dattaram –

Thavrani states : A small musical piece that plays immediately in the interlude after mukhda @t 2.12 seconds and again after second Antara in the interlude @ 4.28 seconds is quite fascination one.

It’s a very small piece of may be just 10 seconds where group violins play a very small piece, which is repeated by flute and again repeated by mandolin which is immediately followed by Manna day in the first part and Suman in the last part. Please do note it carefully since it just passes within no time ! Group violins play a small note ; move away ; flute play ; move away ; mandolin play ; move away immediately ( as if respectfully ) making way for the singers ! It reminds one the drama of life where everyone has to play his small but MUST withdraw immediately (despite temptation to go on and on …) to make way for others to play their parts…

And we again have a very fascinating clip from Dattaram – Mubarak Begum combo-

Mere Aansooe Pe Na Muskara – Mere Man Mitwa (1965) – Mubarak Begum – Dattaram

That Mubarak begum song reminds of another voice…Kamal Barot.
Even in films, she sang very few solos. Most of her songs (and there are not many) are duets and dance- mujra songs with other singers.
Here are great favourites…for her metallic voice and the pain in the poetry.

Ye Haseen Taare Teri Yaad Dilaa Detey Hain – Kamal Barot – non – film song

Hum Tumhen To Kabhi Na Bhoolenge

On the birthday of Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Naresh Mankad has remembered a moving prayer, full of feelings

Tum Asha Vishwas Hamare – Subah (1982) – Lata Mangeshkar

To those who love good classical dance that does not look like artless aerobics He also reminds light-footed smooth dance, performed on screen by the ever graceful classical dancer, Waheeda Rehman with a romantic song of Mukesh sung by Raj Kapoor.

Suno Ji Suno Hamari Bhi Suno – Ek Dil Sau Afsane (1963) – Shanker Jaikishan

The bonus is Raj Kapoor displaying some really good, graceful dance actions.

Samir Dholakia remembers songs from equally forgotten music directors

Jal Ke Dil Khak Hua Ankho Se Roya Na Gaya – Parichay (1954) – Lata Mangeshkar – Shailesh and Vedpal

Sapnon ke Gaaon Mein Taaron Ki Chhaaon Mein – Raj Pratigya (1958) – Lata Mangeshkar -Sanmukh Babu Upadhyay – Lyrics-Bharat Vyas

We shall end each of our monthly episodes with songs of Mohammad Rafi.

For the present, we have

Samir Dholakia’s recommendation: Kismat Ka Likha Na Tale – Parichay (1954) –

Naresh Mankad’s recommendation: Nigahen Na Phero Chal Jaayenge Hum – Black Prince (1960)- N Dutta

Twin versions of Mohammad Rafi and Suman Kalyanpur have been combined up in this one clip.

Rare 78s of Mohammad Rafi

Since this an anthology clip, we have placed here each song separately too:

We will meet again on 2nd Sunday of the next month with more unforgettable songs that have stated slipping out of our memory….If you have such songs to share, you are most welcome…..