Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – March 2016


Welcome to March, 2016 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Sahir Ludhianvi -  The People's Poet  - Akshay ManwaniOn the poet’s 95th birth anniversary, Akshay Manwani  has narrated an account of Sahir Ludhyanavi’s  seditious youth in ‘I have lit fires with songs of rebellion’: Memories of Sahir Ludhianvi’s college years…..

Read full interview of Akshay Manwani on his book Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet :-Harper Collins Publishers India, ISBN 978-93-5029-733-9, Rs 399, 320 pages

Madhulika Liddle also has penned Book Review: Akshay Manwani’s ‘Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet’

Antara Nanda Mondal , in her tribute to Sahir Ludhyanvi,  Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par Voh Kahaan Hain: Songs of Sahir notes that his first among the four songs he wrote for ‘Aazadi Ki Raah Par (1949) –  B S Nanji, Music : G D Kapoor –  was – Badal Rahi Hai Zindagi.

More to read on Sahir Ludhianvi:

Best duets of the not-so-unloved Mahendra Kapoor – Mahendra Kapoor would always be remembered not only for his duets with Lata Mangeshakar or for Ravi or O P Nayyar duets with Asha Bhosle, but also for duets, composed by relatively lesser known music directors, with several other  contemporary singers.  Of the songs remembered here, we have picked up:

‘Chalte Chalte Yunhi Koi Mil Gaya Thha’: The Music of Ghulam Mohammad is a special tribute to Ghulam Mohammad by Peeyush Sharma on his 48th death anniversary. Even though Ghulam Mohammad started giving music in films since early forties, his noteworthy compositions got their due from 1948 onwards. His music bore the fragrance of Rajasthan’s soil and touched new heights in Hindi film music. The article does full justice to Ghulam Mohammad’s work, beyond his all popular Shama or Mirza Ghalib or Pakeezah music.We would pick up a couple songs that find mention here, but do not have a video link:

Tonga in the Tinsel WorldGuest article by DP RanganHe recently debuted as a guest author with his piece on Bollywood’s love affair with horses. Here are  some of the songs that may  not be remembered well now:

  • Ek Nazar Ek AdaRaat Ke Rahi (1959) – Mohammad Rafi – Bipin Bapul – Vishwamitra Adil
  • Matwale Saajna – Faulad (1963) – Asha Bhosle- G S Kohli – Anjaan

Hum Ko Bhula Diya To Kya – Sudhir Kapoor remembers ‘Do Music Directors direct the music?’, an article that had appeared about 72 years ago in June 1943 issue of FILMINDIA magazine…..The sum and substance of the article is that the music directors, in most cases, have no control over what is to be sung, how it is to be sung, who is to sing and where the song is to be fitted in the screenplay….. The song which I am presenting is one of those songs which remind me of the tune of a popular song. The song is “Humko Bhula Diya To Kya, Yaad Meri Bhulaao To Jaanun” from the film ‘Chanda Ki Chandni’ (1948). Geeta Dutt sings the song on the words penned by DN Madhok. The song is composed by Gyan Dutt……This song reminds  of a popular KL Saigal song “Jeene Ke Dhang Sikhaaye Jaa” from the film ‘Parwaana’ (1947) (Music: Khurshid Anwar). Incidentally, this song was also written by DN Madhok.

Pradeep Kumar Songs from 1960 to 1963 – This is a follow on post to Some good Pradeep Kumar songs from the films released in 50s.Here are some of these:

“Dil Ko Lakh Sambhala Ji” – Shakila is a very vivid retrospective of Shakila a.k.a. Badshah Jehan.  Her songs are at SHAKILA HITS.

In Ten of my favourite “Man Sings and Woman Dances’ songs the singing man is not to dance along but physically must remain present in the picturization. That has ruled out  Tu Hai Mera Prem Devata or Jaa tose nahin boloon Kanhaiyya or Jhanan-jhanan baaje bichhua

Five Excellent Dances with Krishna Kumar – Krishna was in a dancing team with his brother Surya Kumar during the Vintage era, and they both also trained other dancers and worked as choreographers. Unfortunately, Krishna Kumar’s career came to an abrupt end sometime before the completion of the film Awara (1951), when he was murdered.

The Fascinating Tale of  So Many Anarkalis – The first screen adaptation was produced in the silent era. Two films were released in 1928, Loves of a Mughal Prince (Seeta Devi)and Anarkali (Sulochana). She appeared in two more Anarkali  films.  One was a 1935 talkie version of earlier silent one and in the second one , a 1953 version, She was Jodhabai and Bina Rai was Anarkali in this film. In 1955 telugu version, Anjali Devi plays Anarkali. The film was dubbed in Tamil as well. The 1958 version form Pakistan had Noor Jehan plyaing Anarkali.  ‘Jaltey Hain Arman. Perhaps best among all is K Asif’s 1960 version, Mughal-e-Azam . Apart from movies, the Salim-Anarkali saga has inspired theatrical performances, portions of song sequences and spoofs, including the Tamil film Illara Jyothi (1954), Chashme Buddoor (1981), Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986), Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam (2008) and most recently, Ready (2011). The affair between the prince and the courtesan may have been doomed, but their romance lives on.

How Chand Usmani Got Film Chance?  –  In this interview, Chand Usmani states that her favorite (Indian) stars are Nargis and Geetabali and Geeta Roy(Dutt) is not only her favorite playback singer, but a friend as well.

More Geeta Dutt  has remembered :

Raj Kapoor and Nargis on the sets of Aah(1953)

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Raj Kapoor, and Director Raja Nawathe (seated on chair near window), together with other workers of the R.K. Unit, look on keenly while Nargis does a rehearsal for a sequence in Aah.

Shammi Kapoor’s Biography Makes for a Fascinating Read, is a review by Anirudha Bhattacharjee & Balaji Vittal, engineers by education and IT consultants by profession  ……overall, the book is a fascinating page-turner that can be consumed in one sitting. And unlike watching a Shammi Kapoor super hit which is a one-time watch masala film, it’s a book dense enough to be re-read, multiple times. And it has some lovely photographs too…

We end our present episode with an interesting post on Mohammad Rafi –

Mohammed Rafi - God’s Own Voice.pngRafi vs Talat vs Mukesh vs Kishore: the big rivalries of the Hindi film music world is excerpted (with permission from) Mohammed Rafi: God’s Own Voice by Dhirendra Jain and Raju Korti, (Niyogy Books_. For us, now, who played what games, and why, is certainly of no interest. It is those songs that have been mentioned that interest us, solely and wholly.

Nilay Majumadar, quite passionately states ‘that the most important effect of Rafi on me was it changed my way of listening to music. As the years passed, I understood the words more, their meaning, their correct pronunciation all became increasingly important. Above all poetry of the songs became significant….

I look forward to receive your inputs for further enriching the contents of the posts…..

Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs – March, 2016

Welcome to March 2016 edition of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

We commenced the familiarizing ourselves with the changes in the Revision of ISO 9001 (:2015) with the December, 2015 episode of our blog carnival. Then, in the January 2016 episode, we took up Process Approach in the 2015 revision of the standard, as our first topic. In February, 2016, we had taken up first part of Risk-Based Thinking that primarily addressed the concept as has been taken up in ISO 9001: 2015.

Now, in this month’s episode we will look up as to how Risk-Based Thinking is looked upon in more general perspective.

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Managing Risks: A New Framework by  Robert S. Kaplan and Anette Mikes – presents a new categorization of risk that allows executives to tell which risks can be managed through a rules-based model and which require alternative approaches.

Category I Risks – Preventable Risks – arising from within – best managed through active prevention: monitoring operational processes and guiding people’s behaviors and decisions toward desired norms.

Category II: Strategy risks -A company voluntarily accepts some risk in order to generate superior returns from its strategy…A strategy with high expected returns generally requires the company to take on significant risks, and managing those risks is a key driver in capturing the potential gains.,, Strategy risks cannot be managed through a rules-based control model. Instead, you need a risk-management system designed to reduce the probability that the assumed risks actually materialize and to improve the company’s ability to manage or contain the risk events should they occur.

Category III: External risks – Some risks arise from events outside the company and are beyond its influence or control. Sources of these risks include natural and political disasters and major macroeconomic shifts. External risks require yet another approach. Because companies cannot prevent such events from occurring, their management must focus on identification (they tend to be obvious in hindsight) and mitigation of their impact.

The Changing Role of Risk Manager takes the sense of 10 senior risk experts across Europe to understand the role of risk manager and explore what skills and behaviours tomorrow’s generation of risk managers will need.

Risk Based Thinking Handbook – William A. Levinson has done an excellent job of explaining the role of waste (from the LEAN perspective) and how it can increase risk to organizations who fail to “see and think” that the many forms of waste are a source of operational risk to the organization. Among this book’s most important takeaways is that a risk or opportunity can hide in plain view unless our workforce knows how to identify it….Another of this book’s key missions is to equip the reader to “grok” ISO 9001 as a synergistic framework that helps an organization achieve its goals. “Grok” is originally from Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, and it means to understand and internalize something completely.

What is Risk-Based Thinking?…. In order to successfully implement the concept of risk-based thinking, be sure to follow these tips:

  • Analyze risks and prioritize them.What risks are acceptable no matter the outcome, and what risks should be avoided?
  • Have plans for addressing risk.Can any risks be avoided and how? How can risks be minimized?
  • Check effectiveness.Once plans have been called into action, reassess the situation, several times of needed, to understand how effective it has been.
  • Learn from experience and push to improve.No matter the outcome of risk assessment and mitigation, use all the information possible for creating improvements.

How People Can Get Better At Risk-Based Thinking and Improve Their Organization’s RBM – Ben Locwin takes the process of buying lotteries, evaluating risk of use swimming pools by the toddlers and similar examples to emphasize the fact that most of us tend to take the past behaviour as an indicator of the future. That can be classified as a classic understatement.

Q9C Quality Consulting’s blog tag Risk Management has several more articles of interest on this subject.

We take a look at some video clips:

Risk Management 101: What is Risk Management?

Introduction to Risk Management

A New Look at Risk Management is an ASQ video.

Understanding ISO 9001:2015: Risk and Opportunities

This is the first year of implementing ISO 9001: 2015, Certainly, in the days to come, the concepts like Risk-Based Thinking will evolve and attain higher level of maturity, We, therefore, will continue to look at the developments over next couple of years.

We will now turn to our regular sections:

ASQ CEO, Bill Troy in his ASQ’s Influential Voice blog-column, has presented a roundtable discussion on Careers in Quality.

We now watch the latest ASQ TV  episodes:

  • Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Quality – In this episode we dig deeper into transforming the organizational culture into a culture of quality and a simple communications tool that can help create a culture of quality.
  • Quality and FDA – Quality plays an important role in industries regulated by government bodies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A representative from the FDA talks to ASQ about this role, as well as an upcoming regulation that will affect consumers. The quality tool flowcharting is also explained and demonstrated.

In Jim L. Smith’s Jim’s Gems for the month of February, 2016, we have –

Jim's Gems

I look forward to your active participation in enriching the blog carnival as we pursue our journey in exploring the happenings across quality management blogs…………

More Than Bollywood: Studies in Indian Popular Music

–Guest Article by  Tadatmya Vaishnav#

More Than Bollywood - Studies in Popular MusicI recently had opportunity to read through most of the book titled “More than Bollywood: Studies in Indian Popular Music “. It is a collection of essays on popular, film and non-film, Indian music. The book is edited by musicologists Gregory D. Booth and Bradley Shope. The essays are in a scholarly style and were meant to be a formal study of Indian film music as well as certain non-film music genres, such as pop, rap and rock.

‘More than Bollywood’ includes many of the leading scholars currently working on Indian popular music and culture. The volume offers a wide perspective on contemporary and historical popular music in India, and confronts the inescapable importance of the Indian film song; but it also offers the largest collection to date of research on “non-film” popular music in India. It can be treated as one of the most comprehensive single volume on a subject that is of growing interest to scholars and students in music, ethnomusicology, film studies, popular music studies, and South Asian studies. It is intended to stand on its own as a work of scholarship, but it is also simultaneously intended as a fundamental resource for courses on popular music and music in India.

All the chapters were not, in fact, interesting, as far as I am concerned. So, I take up the three chapters that I did find interesting.

Chapter 1 – A Moment of Historical Conjuncture in Mumbai

In this chapter, Gregory Booth presents an interesting case of how the Hindi film song, as we knew it until 1990 or so, was shaped substantially in the five year period of 1948-52, immediately after Independence. He treats the 1931 – 1947 period as a period of aesthetic and professional transition. Among major changes, he identifies growing sophistication in cinematography of song sequences and a change in the sound of the female voice in film songs. During this period, the film song also got to occupy the role of the most important form of popular song. He has taken a set of three representative music directors – Naushad Ali, Shanker Jaikishan and C Ramchandra- and two arrangers – Antonio Vaz and Sebastian D’Souza and only one full-time playback singer (Lata!) as having played a major complementary role in shaping the Hindi film song. Collectively, they effected sophistication of film song orchestration, explicit engagement with classical Indian and foreign popular music and redefinition of the sound of female playback singing, among others. Destiny seemed to have chosen them as ‘right person in the right place at right time.’

The musical and professional patterns that were established during 1948 and 1952 remained almost unchanged till at least until 1970. For a further 20 years, the rise of a new generation of musicians took over major roles. The shift in the basic structural composition of the film music is seen by examining the proportion of composers who composed more than one film in a year. Only a few, generally two or three, music directors dominated the year in terms of those soundtracks that were ‘most heard’. By 1952, the percentage of music directors with multiple releases had increased to 62%. For the next ten years this figure hovered around 50%, declining back to 30% in in 1967. The corresponding figure for 1932-1947 was seen in the range of 60%. Of the 60 highest net grossing films during 1947 to 1957, 32 % were during 1948-1952. Of these, Naushad, SJ and C Ramchandra had 68% share.

The rise of an oligarchy in the world of playback singers was also equally pronounced. Among male singers it was Mohammad Rafi who ruled the roost before Kishore Kumar took over in 1969. Nevertheless, the number of important male singers was greater as compared to that of female singers. In the case of female singers, the shift was far more dramatic and extreme. 1952 was the year that virtually brought an end to the richly textured and individually timbred voices of the earlier era. Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Geeta Dutt collectively recorded slightly over one-third of the songs recorded in 1951. With the fading away of Geeta Dutt, by end of 1950s, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle shared between them more than one-third of all songs. Having given a quantitative background, the author has taken up the examination of more interactive musical, aesthetic and industrial practices in this chapter.

One may disagree, as I did, with some of the conclusions – that it was Naushad who “tightened” the concept of a ‘film song’, as distinct from ‘singing in the film’, by way instrumental interludes, tempo, orchestral size, recording techniques and professionalization of the singers. Or, that the style of the male voice in Hindi film songs followed mainly from Saigal’s style while the style of the female voice changed radically with Lata (I agree only with the latter part).

The statistics quoted at various places are useful and some of the points do note important conclusions. The last point about the technology that enabled separation of on-screen voice and playback voice and the emergence of the playback singer as a distinct role, is well-made and pivotal to Hindi film music.

Chapter 2 : Global Masala – Digital Identities and Aesthetic Trajectories in Post-Liberalization Indian Film Music is written by Natalie Sarrazin.

It is a very well-written account of how globalization, as well as new technologies, has influenced the creation of popular music, mainly film music, in India since the 1990s.

The author goes into a very detailed, second-by-second, analysis of the prelude music of the title song of Roja, in order to show how digital recording techniques can marry the audio to the video much more effectively than in the past.

Another good section is the one titled “Aesthetic Decisions”. It shows how the role of the music director has changed and how the sound engineer may be the most influential person behind the final finished song. This change may be revolutionary, but like many revolutions, the outcome may not be anything to be proud of. The author seems to take this major change in her stride, perhaps because she is a Westerner and does not have emotional ties to old music.

In her concluding remarks, the author notes that ‘Hindi film must project carefully crafted identities and desires onto the world stage, embodying Indian values in musical idioms palatable to an international music market and appealing to interesting non-Diaspora audiences. India’s active embrace of and enactment upon the promise of globalization require new Indian sonic agents, ones that portray India’s current energy, as well as image as a suitable global economic partner. Such music, to be successful, must create space for dreams and desires of Resident Indians and NRIs, while offering up musical fantasy escapism to the rest of the world.’

In Chapter 10: Latin American Music in Moving Pictures and Jazzy Cabarets in Mumbai, 1930-1950 Bradley Shope explores the period between mid-1930s and early 1950s when Latin American music in Hollywood films influenced jazzy cabarets that some of the Indian communities like Goans, Anglo – Indians and Parsis. The first half of the chapter traces the popularity of a native Brazilian dance, the Carioca – introduced to the world in the 1933 release Flying Down the Rio[i] in Mumbai and explores the relationship between this film and development of Hindi film songs containing Latin American sounds and images. The second half of the article uncovers the relationship between live cabarets in Mumbai and the development of Hindi films songs containing Latin American sounds and images.

The film Flying Down to Rio (1933) was successfully screened in urban India in 1934. The carioca dance shown in this films attracted vast audiences in Mumbai in nightclubs, restaurants, hotel ballrooms, social clubs and cabarets. Audiences learned the dance by watching the film or through lessons at local dance schools. By the 1940s, many jazz orchestras understood that learning Latin American repertoire could help secure jobs in a larger scope of avenues. It was no coincidence that when C Ramchandra composed Gore Gore O Banke Chhore (Lata Mangeshkar, Amirbai Karnataki, Samadhi, 1949),

he heavily borrowed from Chico Chico from Puerto Rico (Doll Face, 1945).

Latin characteristics were heard as early as in Naushad’s score for 1943 film Kanoon in the song Ek Tu Ho, Ek Main Hoon (Suraiya). The staged cabaret sequence Deewana Yeh Parwana from 1951 film Albela showcased great fusion of the chief arranger of ‘His Music Makers’, Chic Chocolate, and C Ramchandra. Chic Chocolate and his orchestra are dressed in stylized Latin American costumes in this song.

Carmen Miranda’s song sequence of ‘Week-End in Havana’ from 1941 film of the same name bears noticeable similarities to this song. And that includes not only the music, sounds or dance, but even Geeta Bali’s costumes as well.

One can find a similar beat of three+two clave (Dil Dhadake Nazar Sharamaye) or a music sound of rolling piano (Mere Dil Ki Ghadi Kare Tick Tick) in some other song sequences of ‘Albela’. Since the audiences of Hindi films were not typically exposed to these Latin American films or songs. That helped in creating that tantalizing element of fantasy in the Hindi film songs which brought up the entire effect far above real-life limitations of mundane restriction in the Indian society.

To be sure, other thematic, such as Hawaiian, Island, Spanish, Arab, French and the like, also suitably found way into Hindi films songs. Barring a few cases, the credit should also be given to director or music director that these adaptations were seen as highly innovative depictions that completely fused into the Indian cultural environment.

To illustrate each chapter author’s points, and to make available music not easily accessible in North America, the book is ably and vividly supported by Oxford web music companion website of audio and video tracks.

Bibliographic Information:

Print publication date: 2013 ǁ 380 pages ǁ Print ISBN-13: 9780199928835

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

Paperback edition: Published: 12 December 2013 | 384 Pages | ISBN: 9780199928859

Other books:

Behind the curtain: making music in Mumbai’s film studios – Gregory Booth

American Popular Music in Britain’s Raj – Bradley G Shope

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Fading Memories….Unforgettable Songs: March, 2016

March also happens to be the month which has Holi, a festival of colors, which so popularly, particularly in North India, symbolizes the advent of spring.

Bhagwan Thavrani had recalled a Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey duet from Biradari (1966) – Tum Jo Ho So Khuda To Nahin Ho.

That reminded me another of Chitragupt – Mohammad Rafi gem from the film – Abhi Na Phero Nazar Ke Zindagi Sanwar To Le

With this preamble, we come back to the opening line of our present post and listen to one of the most popular Holi songs – A..Ra.Ra. Rang Do Sabhi Ko Ek Rang Mein. This Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey, Suman Kalyanpur triad chorus would remain in the folds of fading memory, if it was not the ensuing Holi festival.

From the festivities of color, we now join Harish Raghuvanshi, to retrospect into the vintage era melody with the help of playlist – Very Old Songs of ‘30s and 40’s

Samir Dholakia has sent in several posts from Atul’s Song A Day, which, as always, provide not only the lyrics and some very interesting information relating to the song, but also help us to refresh our memories of some of the Unforgettable Songs that have been Fading out from our Memories..

Mujhe dard toone ye kyaa diyaa (by Atul) – is a Basant Prakash solo composed for Lata Mangeshkar for Saloni (1952).

Phir milne ke zamaana aa gaya re saanwariya (by Atul) is a rare Shamshad Begum, Asha Bhosle duet composed by Aziz Hindi for Danka (1954).

Tu maane ya na maane balam anjaane (by Atul) is a Lata Mangeshkar solo, from Kismat Ka Khel (1956), composed by Shanker Jaikishan and penned by Shailendra.

Bezubaan Dil Shor Na Machaa (by Sudhir Kapoor) is also a Shanker Jaikishan – Suman Kalyanpur solo which Shnaker has probably composed well after the painful passing away of Jaikishan and Shailendra for Door Nahin Manzil (1973)

Naresh Mankad has remembered S D Burman’s trademark beautiful composition that combines the sweetness of Lata Mangeshkar’s vocal chords with the accompaniment of sitar in playful ‘harkat’ of deftly executed ‘meend’, with flute chipping in the support in creating the ambience for Dr. Vidya (1962)’s Khanke Kangana Beendiya Hanse

Three of Lata Mangeshkar songs, which are comparatively forgotten kept coming to Bhagwan Thavrani’s mind again and again . All of them has that intense feeling of longing for the beloved…

Here they are:

  1. We all remember N. Dutta film BLACK CAT (1959)for the playful Lata number ( strictly speaking, a duet as the song begins with a Sakhi of Rafi ) ‘ Main Tumhin Se Poochhti Hun Mujhe Tum Se Pyaar Kyun Hai ‘ but many of us have forgotten that the movie had a haunting Lata solo ‘Sitare Raah Takate Hain, Chale Aao Aao ( सितारे राह तकते हैं चले आओ चले आओ ‘ . The song is based on BHIMPALASI and is penned by Jaa Nissar Akhtar. It is filmed on Minoo Mumtaaz, a rare choice for heroines role. The repetition of the words ‘ चले आओ ‘ in different tones and modulations by Lata is incomparable!
  1. Ravi’s favourite female singer was always Asha and he made no qualms for it. It was always obvious and there for all to be seen. He however has a few solos sung by Lata and all are memorable. (Lo aa gai unki yaad, Woh dil kahaan se laaun, Badle badle mere sarkar nazar aate hain, Ai mere dil-e-naadaan ) . But to me, this one takes the cake. It is from EK SAAL (1957) which had a dual version solo song Sab Kuchh Loota Ke Hosh Mein Aaye To Kya Hua, rendered by Talat Mahamood and Lata Mangeshkar. The song’s mukhda is Chale Bhi Aao Chale Bhi Aao, Tumhen Kasam Hai Chale Bhi Aao. The song is written by Prem Dhavan and is based in Pahadi . Here it is :

Song is picturized on The Eternal Beauty (no need to name her, she’s there in all our hearts! ) . Note the words. Here ‘ chale BHI aao ‘ instead of ‘ chale aao ‘ adds a sort of intensity as a sense of pleading is there as if saying ” Do come, please do come, life is no more life without you ! “

  1. And lastly, a truely divine song !  (My favorite songs are divided into 4 categories. Very good , excellent , par – excellent and DIVINE , where the least number is in the last category and naturally so! ) . The painful words are by the Maestro Sahir and music by the MASTER Shyam Sunder (of LAHORE fame) . The film is ALIF LAILA (1953). The mukhda is Bahar Aai Khili Kaliyan, Hanse Taare Chale Aao, Hamen Jine Nahin Dete Ye Nazarr, Chale Aao Here it is :

It is filmed on Nimmi and is based on my favorite SHIVRANJINI . The words depict the intensity of INTEZAR and when Lata sings ” जुबां पर आह बन-बन के तुम्हारा नाम आता है , मुहब्बत में तुम्हीं जीते हमीं हारे चले आओ “, heavens just fall on me ! This is the height of love and longing when one of the two raises his hands in desperation and says “ok, I admit defeat. But do come”

This song incidentally, is the oldest of the 3 and has that teenage tenderness in Lata’s voice which was adapted from Noorjehan which disappeared with the course of time (whether for good or otherwise is for you connoisseurs to decide! )

Sumantbhai (Dadu) has remembered a Lata Mangeshkar song in an altogether new mood, from Daman(1951) – Tiru Lilla Tiru Lilla Tiru Lilla La, Gaye Lata Gaye Lata Gaye Lata Ga Haule Haule Re. Hindi Geetmala has provided the full lyrics of the song. The song is composed by K Datta and penned by Raja Mehndi Ali Khan.

As has been settled, we shall conclude our present episode with Mohammad Rafi songs.

Ek Dil Ne Kaha Ek Dil Ne Suna – Parda (1949) – Sharmaji – Sawami Ramanand. The song was remembered by Samir Dholakia and incidentally has strong influence of Husnlal Bhagatram’s style.

For more of such rare songs of Mohammad Rafi, we will cast net in the films that have been covered in this episode:

Khamosh Kyon Ho Taaro – with Lata Mangeshkar – Alif Laila (1953) – Shyam Sunder – This film had the lead male solos in the voice of Talat Mahmood.

Ajeeb Zindagi Hai Yeh – Door Nahin Manzil (1973) is filmed on Sanjeev Kumar. Sanjeev Kumar appears younger that may lead us to believe that film may have been released later.

We have been listening to the songs that carry immense pathos. So let us switch over to a couple of light songs.

Dil To Kisi Ke Denge – Ek Saal (1957) – Ravi. A signature song lip-synched by Jhonny Walker. This film had another Mohammad Rafi song which appears, in background, three times in the film – Kis Ke Liye Ruka Hai Kis Ke Liye Rukega, Karana Hai Jo Bhi Kar Le Ye Waqt Ja Raha Hai . Mohammad Rafi was considered a specialist plyabck singer for songs of this genre.

Similarly, Black Cat (1959) had a signature Jhonny Walker song – Kaun Tujhe Roke Kaun Tujhe Toke.

We will meet again on 2nd Sunday of the next month… with more unforgettable songs that have started slipping out of our memory….

If you have such songs to share, you are most heartily welcome…..

Super Economies: America and India – Where Do We Go From Here?

In the first part, we looked at the preamble that Raghav Bahl builds for his case for India’s potential case in the coveted SuperEconomy club. In the second part, we then looked at the Raghav Bahl’s separate chapter-wise exploration of the past events of the international stage, wherein the involvement US, China and India, translated into the future case of ‘Shall it or shall it not ?’ for India’s Super Economy status. In the third and penultimate part, we looked at how Raghav Bahl views the points of common heritage, common systems of governance, a critical mass of Indian Americans and examines whether these two great parallels will ever, if at all, converge.

Raghav Bahl thus completes his panoramic analysis of the factors that brings India at the present critical junction of its future journey to the SuperEconomy status. In the concluding part, we join Raghav Bahl to see Where Do We Go From Here?

Super economies 4Geopolitics seemed to be the driving force in the 20th century. That dramatically underwent a change in 1989 with the fall of Berlin Wall. By the end of the century, Japan was failing to deliver on the great post-WWII promises expected of it.EU, established in 1993, was not ticking as economic powerhouse as was anticipated. The reforms undertook in China, as well as in India, had seemed to bring in a flurry of development, and hope.

9/11 attack, at the dawn of 21st Century, changed all that…Almost imperceptibly; the forces of globalization began to change the nature of geopolitical power, once primarily exercised through the State’s military might. The sphere of influence was getting increasingly leveraged by citizens, businesses and non-governmental agencies through economic, cultural and humanitarian channels.

While the SuperPower era was characterized by a cold war of estrangement and impassivity, The Age of SuperEconomies engenders a much ‘warmer’ kind of interaction during the moments of conflicts. In citizen-to-citizen interactions too, the Age of SuperEconomies is unrecognizable from those of SuperPower era.

It is this extraordinary level of integration that distinguishes the Age of SuperEconomies from the SuperPower era….And yet, today’s world mirrors the Superpower Era in one crucial way : The one-party states like Soviet Union or China have continued to flourish under rigid government controls.

What Europe was to 20th Century, Asia will be for the 21st Century : the core theatre of global commerce and conflicts, where aspirations and political ideologies collide. For the first time in 500 years, the bulk of global power resides not in Europe or America but in Asia.

Globalization has precluded of a ‘cold war’; countries are economically so interdependent that no trading partner can be ignored, isolated or quashed without wrecking the entire global order in one or more major ways.

Just as no one could envision the Age of SuperEconomies arising from the remnants of Cold War, we probably have no way of knowing how the geopolitical landscape will unfold going forward. Of all the possible developments that would transform the world by mid-21st Century, these five seem most likely to happen:

  1. The birth of NATO and NAFTA for Pacific will help stabilize Asia. The economic Integration among Asia’s democracies will counterbalance China’s hegemony.
  2. Robust growth of India, combined with America’s success in the recovery of its own economy will help the combined growth of the two economies dwarf that of China.
  3. China will reclaim Taiwan and strengthen its foothold in the South China Sea.
  4. America, China and India will unite to forestall Islamic terrorism.
  5. China will become ‘near-democracy’, thereby becoming a more open society.

Most of the considered reviews that were published when the book was released had, more or less, painted Raghav Bahl’s version of Indian Turtle vs. Chinese Hare race as the one painted by having put on Rose coloured glasses. But, like him, every one of us knows pretty well what is wrong with the way have been approaching our destined economic, and thereby social, pre-eminence. In more than the two years that the book was published, the economic and political landscapes in the three principal theatres of USA, China and India have scripted quite different, unexpected and certainly the unintended ways.

For India it is no more question of whether it will be able to size the opportunities available at this most interesting phase of its journey. The question that every Indian must ask and answer is what everyone should do to enable India leapfrog the economic growth and thereby, social and humanitarian challenges that will come up on this journey. India has to clearly identify forces that can help it to remain the game and sustain its staying power over the long haul. The plot that is being etched is quite tantalizing. But it is a once-in-a-lifetime, Do or Die situation for India. Every Indian should do every thing that he or she should to realize this, if not for themselves, if not for becoming a Super economy, at least for its generation that will come in the future.  That is the cross of responsibility that the present generation carries on its shoulders.