We have listened to solo songs of Suraiya, Geeta Roy, Shamshad Begum, Raajkumari, Asha Bhosle and Surinder Kaur, Uma Devi & Meena Kapoor and Lalita Deulkar, Ameerbai Karnataki, Hameeda Bano, Zeenat Begum, Pushpa Hans in our Micro Analysis. In the ultimate analysis, the range of songs from even this universe of solo songs of female singers other than Lata Mangeshkar is quite diverse and substantive.
The development of my understanding and liking of the Hindi Film Songs over all these years has been shaped at different stages of availability sources like Radio (only), audio cassettes, EP/LP records, audio / video CDs/ DVDs and then the internet. The songs that I continued to get to listen across each of this medium do remain a fairly large number. But, there is no denying that internet has filled a big void in my known unknowns as well as unknown unknowns in so far as HFM is concerned.
In order to be fair to the songs that I have listened only of late on the internet, I have decided to choose at least one song from the songs that I so listened in the present exercise of The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949, over and above one from already well-established, known known and liked songs.
With that caveat, here is My Choice of the TOP Solo Songs of the Other Female Singers for 1949:
- Suraiya – Woh Pas Rahe Ya Door Rahein, Nazron Mein Samaye Rahate Hain – Badi Behan – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qmar Jalalabadi
- Suraiya –Tera Khayal Dil Se Bhulaya Na Jayega. – Dillagi – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni
- Geeta Roy – Ek Yaad Teri Jeene Ka Sahara – Tara – Vinod – Aziz Kashmiri
- Shamshad Begum – Na Bol More Angana Pi Pi Panchhi Ja Re Ja – Dulari – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni
- Shamshad Begum – Nahin Fariyad Karate Hum, Tumhein Bas Yaad Karate Hai – Sawan Aaya Re – Khemchand Prakash – Bharat Vyas
- Raajkumari – Ghabra Ke Jo Ham Sar Ko Takaraye To Achcha Ho – Mahal – Khem Chand Prakash – Nakhshab Jarachavi
- Raajkumari – He Chandravadan, Chanda Ki Kiran, Tum Kiska Chitra Banati Ho – Ram Vivah – Shankar Rao Vyas – Moti
- Asha Bhosle – Hai Mauj Mein Apne Begane, Do Chaar Idhar Do Char Udhar – Raat Ki Raani – Hans Raj Behl – Arzoo Lakhanavi
- Suirnder Kaur – Kya Tum Na Aaoge, Umeedon Pe Udasi Chhayi Hui Hai – Kaneez – Ghulam Haider – Harishchandra Akhtar
- Uma Devi – Dil Deke Pachhata Gaye Hum – Ek Teri Nishani – Sardul Kwatra – Sarshaar Shailani
- Meena Kapoor – Meri Yaad Tu Apne Dil Se Bhoola – Roomal – Aziz Khan – Nazim Panipati
- Lalita Deulkar – Mere Dil Ko Khilona Na Samaj Na Sajan – Sanwariya – C Ramchandra – P L Santoshi
- Ameerbai Karnataki – Pahne Peela Rang Ki Saari – Sawan Aya Re – Khemchand Prakash – Bharat Vyas
- Hamida Bano – Ghadi Ghadi Teri Yaad Sataye – – Janampatri – Gulshan Sufi – Aziz Kashmiri
- Zeenat Begum – Ghat Kari Matwari Ghir Ayee – Ek Thi Ladki – Vinod – Aziz Kashmiri
- Pushpa Hans – Dil-e-Naadan Hua Kya Hai – Apna Desh – Purushottam – Mirza Ghalib
I have three singers – three songs for the final bet on the BEST Other Singer – Song category:
- Suraiya – Woh Pas Rahe Ya Door Rahein, Nazron Mein Samaye Rahate Hain (Badi Behan – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qmar Jalalabadi)
- Shamshad Begum – Na Bol More Angana Pi Pi Panchhi Ja Re Ja ( Dulari – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni)
- Raajkumari – Ghabra Ke Jo Ham Sar Ko Takaraye To Achcha Ho (Mahal – Khem Chand Prakash – Nakhshab Jarachavi)
The choice of the BEST among these will rest on where the wheel of roulette will stop.
For me any one will be a jackpot……
SoY has also released Best songs of 1949: Wrap Up 2. After a very meticulous, balanced and fair analysis, wherein the choice of the best ‘other’ female playback singer was Shamshad Begum, followed by Suraiya.