Solo songs of Lata Mangeshkar for 1949 is a mixed bag as far as I am concerned – there are songs that we have grown with growth of my understanding and appreciating the HFM all these years and then there are songs that I have either not heard or have heard so less that it amounts to not having heard that song. The fact that songs belonged to the films that I would have seen invariably got to see in our college days.  Obviously, the films that would be screened would be the ones which had more songs that had become popular then and continued to remain popular thereafter too. Thus the gap in the current level of appreciation of the songs that I have herad often and the songs that I got to listen only now on the  internet remains quite wide.

I, therefore, have selected all those songs which I (for all practical purposes) have not heard. When selecting the songs that already were popular, I have chosen to present here the one that may not make to the final list of My Top Choice, but would certainly be my Next preferred choice.

We will run this collection through three posts. So, I have arranged the songs in the alphabetical order of the names of the films, for ease of presentation.

Aa Bhi Jaa Aanewale – Aaiye – Shaukat Dehlvi (a.k.a. Nashad) – Nakshab Jarachavi

Koi Mere Dil Mein Khushi Ban Ke Aaya – Andaz – Naushad – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Judai Ki Khabar Agar Hoti – Ansoo – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Jo Dil Mein Khushi Ban Ke Aaye – Badi Behen – Husnlal Bhagatram – Rajendra Krishna

Pardesi Musafir Kise Karta Ishare – Balam – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Jo Karake Gaye Barbad Hamein – Bansariya – Husnlal Bhagatram – Mulkraj Bhakri

Bichhade Hue Pardesi – Ek Baar To Aana Tu – Barsaat- Shanker Jaikishan – Iqbal ‘Hasrat’ Jaipuri

[Hum Dard Liye Baithe Bedard Zamana – Bidhataa (unreleased- Ram Ganguly -?

This song may take the credit of the first song that SJ used as ‘inspiration’!]

Basa Lo Apni Nigahon Mein Pyar Thoda Sa – Bazaar – Shyam Sunder – Qamar Jalalabadi

Hausle Dil Ke Mile, Pyar Ke Arman Gaye – Bhedi Bangla – P Ramakant – Ehsaan Rizvi

Dil Todanewale….. Kya Tune Kiya Hai Barbad Hamein Karke – Bholi – Govindram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

We will take up the 2nd batch of Lata Mangeshkar’s solo songs for 1949 in our next episode.