Welcome to September, 2016 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
As always, we first take up posts that focus on memories –
The Many Moods of Meena Kumari – with the exception of sadness – and indeed the listing in the post and in the discussion thereon present Meena Kuamri in so different moods that it now appears she was known more as ‘tragedy queen’.
SoY has already presented OP Nayyar’s songs for Rafi, Mahendra Kapoor and Shamshad Begum. Best songs of Asha Bhosle by OP Nayyar – on her 83rd birth anniversary (b. 8 September 1933) – now, does succeed in bridging the obvious gap while deftly handling the difficult task of presenting a representative set of songs from 300+ to choose from.
For Noor Jehan’s 90th Birthday, Here’s a Lovely Performance by Her from 40 Years Ago listing of songs (and other things), along with the times in the video when they appear:
0:00 Awaaz De Kahan Hai
2. 5:06 Talk and Interview
3. 9:17 Sanu Nehar Waley Pul Te Bulake
4. 13:59 Mujhse Pehli Si Mohabbat
5. 20:04 Chithi Zara Saiyaanji
6. 24:30 Bhoolnewale Se Koi Keh De
Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye – Mukesh’s Hit Songs for Heroes – Peeyush Sharma takes up on a journey through some of Mukesh’s hit songs, which he sang for the reigning heroes or stars of his time, presented in the alphabetical order in the article, in a tribute to the Golden Voice Mukesh. V. Balsara, the music director settled in Calcutta, had (once) commented that one Mukesh song in the film assured that at least one song would be a hit. The article has a special mention of Saath Ho Tum Aur Raat Jawan (Kanch Ki Gudiya, 1961, Suhrid Kar / Shailendra / Asha Bhosle and Mukesh, picturized on Manoj Kumar and Sayeeda Khan) on Public Demand.
Lucknow’s Great Son: Naushad Ali recollects the LP record (Odeon – 3AEX 5015) ’The Genius of Naushad” that has a collection of some of his greatest hits sung by voices as diverse as Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Suraiya and Shamshad Begum.
Music by Naushad, lyrics by Shakeel Badayuni: The great partnership in Hindi film music history is an excerpt of Ganesh Anantharaman’s book Bollywood Melodies A History of the Hindi Film Song, published by Penguin Random House India.
We now take a look at posts on other subjects –
My Favourites: Picnic Songs – Picnics in Hindi films today seem to have gone the way of the dodo, but they were a staple, indeed, integral part of the narrative in the 60s and 70s. Picnics were the perfect occasion to include a song; mostly, it was there so the hero and heroine could a) tease each other b) make fun of the other c) fall in love with each other.
Dekho Dosto Chhed Ka Maza! – Guest article by Shalan Lal – The Chhed chhad songs or the sketches are sub-division of a general term called Comedy. The post and as is always the case, the discussion thereon , are quite scholarly penned presentations of songs and views thereon.
My Favourites: Zulfein – History, mythology and fairy tales are replete with hairy tales……But. Hindi films knew how to celebrate hair. Especially women’s hair, because ‘zulfein’ seemed to refer only to women’s hair. So here are some …‘zulf’ songs, songs that are romantic, sensuous, playful… and extremely lovely plus a bonus song. This has nothing to do with romance, or passion –
- Zulf ke phande phans gayi jaan – Mujrim (1958) – Mohammed Rafi – OP Nayyar – Majrooh Sultanpuri
Ten of my favourite Aankhen songs is again a very meticulously curated list that includes
- Aankh khulte hi tum chhup gaye ho kahaan (Munimji, 1955): For a change, a song that isn’t about praising the eyes of the beloved. Instead, our distressed heroine sings about her own eyes.
- Do pal jo teri aankhon se peene ko mile (Bahaaron ke Sapne, 1967) – Eyes so intoxicating that one who is fortunate enough to ‘sip’, even if only momentarily, from them—to partake of the love those eyes offer—will have lived a hundred years in those moments.
‘Mother India’ at the Oscars: ‘The audience laughed with the characters and cried with them’ – Bunny Reuben – Here’s what Sylvia Norris wrote (“Filmfare:” June 6, 1958): The day Mehboob Khan met Cecil B. DeMille in Hollywood; he was referred to as ‘The DeMille of India’. This is a title he richly deserves; not only for his latest spectacle, Mother India, but for the thirty years of devotion he has given the Indian film industry.
Here is one batch of articles from the recent past editions of Scroll.in last month-
The debt owed by Gulzar’s lyrics to Mirza Ghalib – Manish Gaekwad recounts how the lyricist isn’t shy to admit, in the series of conversations with Nasreen Munni Kabir’s book ‘In the Company of a Poet’, that the song ‘Dil Dhoondta Hai’ from the film ‘Mausam’ was inspired from Ghalib’s couplet.
In Missing silent film ‘Bilwamangal’ finally returns to India, Scroll Staff narrates the story of a digital version of 20-minute duration that arrived at the National Film Archive of India from Cinematheque Francaise in Paris.
Akshay Manwani in a Film flashback: To understand Hindi cinema of the 1960s, start with 1957 hat-tips a great year in which apart from ‘Pyasa’ and ‘Mother India’, several other films also shaped the future of Hindi cinema on various fronts, showing early signs of the frothy ’60s.
The ‘Prabhat touch’: How the legendary studio became a respectable workplace for actresses – Zinnia Ray Chaudhuri presents the essay, titled Teen Deviyan: The Prabhat Star Triad and the Discourse of ‘Respectability’ – available on the free online encyclopedia Sahapedia, – in which film historian Sarah Niazi reflects on the circumstances at the film production company that boosted the presence of women in various capacities.
In Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @SoY, having covered Male Solo Songs, Other Than Lata Mangeshkar Female Solo Songs, we continued the journey now with Solo songs of Lata Mangeshkar. After part 1 and 2 we covered of part 3 and the review – Summing Up: MY Top Lata Mangeshkar Solo Songs and have moved on to Male-Female Duets category. We have covered duets of Mohammad Rafi with Lata Mangeshkar, Suriya and Shamshad Begum and Geeta Roy and other female playback singers..
We end today’s episode with a post on Mohammad Rafi’:
Bringing Generations Together – Rafi Sahab’s Magic – Achal Rangaswamy discusses with son whether Mohammad Rafi would have been able to sing the songs being “dished out” and how.
I look forward to receive your inputs for further enriching the contents of the posts…..