Welcome to July 2016 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
Hindi Film Music world lost its two more talented, but not corresponding recognized personalities – Mubarak Begum and Omi (of Sonic-Omi duo). Mubarak Begum made her debut in 1949 and thus saw the transformation of the HFM from vintage era to golden era. Omi (Omprakash Sonic) of Sonic-Omi music director (Uncle, Manoharlal Sonic and his nephew Omi) duo, who did enter the HFM world at the last phase of the golden era and thus saw the transition for the golden era to the present day HFM world.
Here are the tributes to Mubarak Begum:
Ae Dil Bata Hum Kahan Aa Gaye – Khooni Khazana (1965) – S Kishan – Khawar Zaman
Chaah Karani Thi Chaahkar Baithe – Punarmilan (1964) – C Arjun – Raja Mahedi Ali Khan
Itne Kareeb Aa Ke Bhi – with Talat Mahmood – Shagoon (1964) – Khayyam – Sahir Ludhianvi
Mere Aansuon Pe Na muskara – Morey Man Mitwa (1965) – Dattaram –Priyadarshi
Hum Haal-e-Dil Sunayenge – Madhumati (1958) – Ssalil Chowdhary – Shailendra
Mujhhko Apne Gale Laga Lo – with Mohammad Rafi – Humrahi (1963) – Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
Bemurrawat Bewafa – Sushila (1966) – C Arjun – Jan Nissar Akhtar
- Radio Ceylon 19-07-2016~Tuesday Morning~01 Film Sangeet – Mubarak Begum
- Mubarak begum- Documentary by Films Division
- Radio Ceylon 04-06-2016~Saturday Morning~01 Ek Aur Anek – Mubarak Begum with various singers , which presents a quite wide fare of her duet songs :
Hamrahi (1963) – Mubarak Begum & Rafi – Mujh Ko Apnay Galay Lagaa Lo, Ae Meray Hamraahi – Shankar Jaikishan (Hasrat Jaipuri)
Gogola (1966) – Mubarak Begum & Talat – Zara Keh Do Fizaayo.n Se Aame.n Itnaa Sataye Na – Roy & Frank (Baalkavi Bairagi)
Phoolon Ke Haar (1951) – Mubarak Begum & Devendar Goel – Jhoom Jhoom Kar Door Gagan Pe Badal Kare.n Ishaaray – Hans Raj Bahal (Varma Malik)
Basera (1950) – Mubarak begum & BS Nanji – Dekho Ji Baat Suno, Tum Mujhse Aan Milo– MA Rauf (Sardar Ilham)
Awara Shehzadi (1956) – Mubarak Begum & Shashikant – Karlo Ji Pyaar Karlo Ji Pyaar Dil waalo Pyaar Kar Lo – Nashad (Sartaj)
Patit Paawan (1955) – Mubarak Begum & Sudha Malhotra – Jeevan Ka Tu Ujiyaara Hai, Rakhwaara Bansi Waara Hai – Jamal Sen (Bharat Vyas)
Haar Jeet (1954) – Mubarak Begum & Geeta Dutt – Bechain Hai Betaab Hai Is Dil Ka Fasaanaa Sun Le – SD Batish (Kaif Irfani)
Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare (1966) – Mubarak Begum & Asha – Saaqiyaa.n Ek Jaam Vo Bhi To De – Madan Mohan (Rajendar Krishan)
SoY also had posted An evening with Mubarak Begum on January 5, 2013. I have selected these two songs from this post:
- Hume Dum Daike Sautan GharJana – Ye Dil Kisko Dun (1963) – with Asha Bhosle – Iqbal Qureshi – Qamar Jalalabadi
- Hai Mohabbat Bahut Hi Tumse Mujhe – Teesri Qasam (1966) – with (?) – Shanker Jaikishan
And the tributes to Omprakash Sonic:
We now take up posts that remember the Anniversaries:
Sanjeev Kumar – The Actor Who Rose Above The ‘Hero’ – From among his several costars, ranging from Hema Malini to Sharmila Tagore, from Raakhee to Vidya Sinha, Suchitra Sen to Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar experimented the most with his female lead and bosom pal Jaya Bhaduri (Bachchan). These two superbly talented actors played out all kinds of relationships on screen – husband-and-wife (Koshish), father-in-law and daughter-in-law (Sholay), lovers (Anamika), father-daughter (Parichay), the multifarious 9-character role in Naya Din Nayi Raat, ending up as the doctor and patient who hesitatingly comfort each other on finding that their respective spouses are having an affair (Silsila).
Shankar-Jaikishan’s songs for Mukesh – Continuing the series on Shankar-Jaikishan, SoY presents the songs composed by them for Mukesh as a tribute to the singer on his 93rd birth anniversary (22 July 1923 – 27 August 1976). All the songs that are posted present a good panorama of their association. I have added a few on my art here. Except for ‘Apne Hue Paraye’ song, these songs that immediately popped up, but had remained dormant till the memory was jolted out by this post….
- Woh Zindagi – Sapno Ka Saudagar 1968
- Gunahon Ka Devta – Title Song
- Koyi Bulaye Aur Koyi Aaaye – Apne Hue Paraye 1964
- Apni Bhi Kya Zindagi Hai – Aas Ka Panchhi (1961)
- Yeh Shehar Bada Albela, Yahan Har Taraf HaseenoN Ka Mela – Singapore 
‘Tu Jahan Jahan Chalega, Mera Saya Saath Hoga’ – The Everlasting Songs of Raja Mehdi Ali Khan – From patriotic to sentimental, from humorous to romantic, Raja Mehdi Ali Khan penned a wide range of songs that were simple yet sublime. In a tribute, we revisit some of those everlasting songs on the extreme end of the spectrum:
- Watan ki raah mein watan ke naujawan shaheed ho –Shaheed, 1948 – Ghulam Haider / Raja Mehdi Ali Khan / Mohd Rafi, Khan Mastana
- Is duniya mein sabse achchhi cheez hai paisa – Mehlon Ke Khwab, 1960 – SS Mohinder / Raja Mehdi Ali Khan / Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhosle
The Music Makers of the Golden Era – Roshan, Anil Biswas, Hemant Humar, Mohd. Shafi, Naushad, Jaikishan, C. Ramchandra and Madan Mohan
‘Rehearsals were Never Easy, Music Sittings were Always Fun’ – Remembering Madan Mohan – Madan Mohan, the creator of immortal melodies and film ghazals, had a fun-loving, outgoing personal side as a gracious cook and host, a wrestling and racing enthusiast, a car freak among other energetic interests – his eldest daughter Sangeeta Gupta in a conversation with Peeyush Sharma.
Orthodox RD Burman – an extremely talented and creative composer with a solid foundation in the orthodox style of composition., a style of composition where there is an emphasis on melody and melodic content in the vocals of the song. We can listen to 30 handpicked songs in his orthodox style in a playlist by clicking LINK TO R D BURMAN PLAYLIST
Tumko Piya Dil Diya Kitne Naaz Se – GS Kohli, the Unsung Music Composer – We have picked up only one song here to simply illustrate the versatility of GS Kohli.
- Pyaar ki raah dikha duniya ko, roke jo nafrat ki aandhi (Lambe Haath, 1960) G S Kohli / Anjaan/ Rafi
We now take a look at posts on other subjects –
My Favourites: Songs of Strangers – in honour of those long-gone days, when pardesis seemed to make frequent trips to far flung villages and find the love of their lives in those unsullied vales, here are some of my favourite pardesi songs.
- Maane na maane na haay balam pardesiya – Jagir (1959) – Lata Mangeshkar – Madan Mohan – Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
- Mohe apna bana ke gaya bhool re pardesi balam – Laxmi (1957) – ? – Avinash Vyas – Qamar Jalalabadi
- Pardesi Ho, Hum Se Rakhiyaa Bandhaa – Gaali (1944) – Manju – Hanuman Prasad, Pt Indra
My Favourites: ‘Where Are You?’ Songs – I have picked up two of the less heard songs from this list to give us the idea about what the subject is about –
- Kahan ho kahan ho mere jeevan sahaare – Sangdil (1952) – Talat Mehmood – Sajjad Hussain – Rajinder Krishan
- Main doondhti hoon kahan ho sanam – Shrimati 420 (1956) – Asha Bhosle, Mohammed Rafi – OP Nayyar – Majrooh Sultanpuri
D P Ranagan, in one more of his highly innovatively informative article, Star showers in Bollywood, has presented Hindi Films songs that have featured the stars
In her biography of Hindi cinema’s ‘original stunt queen’, German film-maker and curator for the Berlin International Film Festival, Dorothee Wenner sets out to explore the life and times of this fascinating actress. Fearless Nadia: The True Story of Bollywood’s Original Stunt Queen (Translated by Rebecca Morrison; ISBN: 0-14-303270-4; Penguin Books; 248 pages; Rs 295)
Ten of my favourite Dupatta/Chunri/Chunariya songs – a salwar-kurta (or churidar–kurta) or a sharaara, or even a ghaagra, the dupatta served to drape the upper part of the body: the bosom, at least, but in some cases, even the head. It thus became a symbol of modesty—and, in some instances, an extension of the heart, the feelings of the wearer. More than the saree or any other garment, the dupatta became the theme for songs. (It even gave its name to one really lovely Pakistani film starring Noorjehan). However, this post is really a response-in-kind of “absolutely lovely dupatta” that friend, fellow blogger and soul sister Anu’s gift to the author.
- Gora rang chunariya kaali motiyon waali (Howrah Bridge, 1958)
- Dupatta mera malmal ka rang saleti halka (Adalat, 1958)
- Main toh odhoon gulaabi chundariya aaj re (Humayun, 1945)
- Dupatte ki gireh mein baandh lijiye –(Apne Hue Paraye (1964)
Three Queens of the Indian Drums focuses on some great contemporary female players of Indian drums.
Pakistani Stars endorsing Lux Soap – The first Pakistani actress to endorse Lux Soap was Meena Shorey in 1956
Guru Dutt with his family (1957)
Back row: Guru Dutt with his father, mother and Geeta Dutt. Front row: Guru Dutt’s brother Atma, his wife, sister Lalita and her husband. The children are those of Guru and Atma Dutt.
Biswajeet – Memories – as told to Santosh Sud in1990 – throws light on some very interesting facets of him.
In Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @SoY, having covered G M Durrani, Talat Mahmood, Surendra and ‘Other’ Male Playback Singers , Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi’s ever green solo songs, first and second part of Other Noteworthy Solo songs in the Male Solo Songs category till now, I also declared MY Top Male Solo Songs, choosing Mohammad Rafi as the Best Male Singer for 1949 and his Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki (Dulari, Naushad) as the Best Song. SoY also has released Best songs of 1949: Wrap Up 1, choosing Mukesh as the Best Male Singer and Tu kahe agar as the Best Male Solo.
On Mohammad Rafi’s anniversary we end our present episode with a few of Sonic-Omi’s Mohammed Rafi songs that did not gain ‘high’ popularity:
Haseen JulfoN Ka Rang De Do – Beti (1969) – Shakeel Badayuni
Mere Mehboob Tu Mujhko – Beti (1969) – Shakeel Badayuni
Yeh Dil Nahin Hai – Aabroo (1968) – GS Rawal.
We will take up an exclusive article on Mohammad Rafi in our next Fading Memories.. Unforgettable Songs episode…..
I look forward to receive your inputs for further enriching the contents of the posts…..