It has taken me some time to present this summing up as the mandatory step of the micro-view of the songs of 1948, the base being ‘Best songs of 1948: And the winners are? ‘ . Outwardly I would justify the procrastination on some other (so-called) pressing engagements. However, from the inner most recesses of my heart I know that my choices have already been made even before I ventured into the full scale micro-view of the Male Solo Songs.
I did listen to the songs of G M Durrani, Surendra and ‘other’ male singers a few times. However, the truth remains that I could not connect with those songs. And that is MY limitation – having been brought up listening to mostly the post-’50 songs on the radio in my formative years.
With that bias accepted, here is MY choice of the Male solo Songs for 1948:
- Sab Kuchch Luataya Humne Aa Kar Teri Gali Mein – Chunariya – Mohammad Rafi – Hans Raj Behl – Mulk Raj Bhakhari
- Ye Zindagi Ke Mele Duniya Mein Kam Na Hoge Afsos Hum Na Hoge – Mela – Mohammad Rafi – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni
- Ek Dil Ke Tukde Hazar Hue Koi Yahan Gira Koi Wahan Gira – Pyar Ki Jeet – Mohammad Rafi – Husnlal Bhagat Ram – Qamar Jalalabadi
- Zinda Hun Is Tarah Ke Gam-e-Jindagi Nahin – Aag – Mukesh – Ram Ganguly – Behzad Lakhanavi
- Jeevan Sapana Toot Gaya – Anokha Pyar – Mukesh – Anil Biswas – Jiya Sarhadi
- Gaaye Ja Geet Milan Ke Tu Apni Lagan Ke – Mela – Mukesh – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni
- Bahe Na Kabhi Nain Se Neer – Vidya – Mukesh – S D Burman – Y N Joshi
- Marane Ki Dua Kyon Maangu, Jene Ki Tamanna Kaun Kare – Ziddi – Kishore Kumar – Khmechand Prakash – Prem Dhawan
Of these, the one I like the most is Bahe Na Kabhi Nain Se Neer.
We take up the next stage of Female Songs of 1948 from the next episode – with Solo Songs of Suraiya.