Welcome to April, 2018 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
We begin our April, 2018 episode with two very different posts on the common subject of Baisaakhi..
Celebrating Baisaakhi Bollywood Style.. Kedar Sharma (probably) used this situation for the first time in 1946 film Duniya Ek Sarai
Doing Something Different This Baisakhi is a tribute to some of the Shikhs who did a god deal of work in cinema, regardless of whether they faced the camera, wrote the song, composed it, sang it, or filmed it.
And, now, we take up the tributes in April, 2018:
BALRAJ SAHNI -A Journey from Shanti Niketan To Bollywood that ended on 13 April, 1973, about a month before his birthday, and immediately after completing the dubbing of his last epochal film, Garm Hawa.
Ace animator and filmmaker Bhimsain dies at 81 – The filmmaker died on 17-4-2018 night in Mumbai. – In 1970, Bhimsain made his first animated film, The Climb, which won the Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. A series of films followed that embraced a range of styles and concerns, including Na, Ek-Do, Munni, Freedom is a Thin Line, Mehmaan, Kahani Har Zamne Ki and Business is People. The best-known and the best-loved among them is the National Film Award-winning Ek Anek Aur Ekta (1974), meant for children and the children within all of us. After Gharonda (1976), he also directed Dooriyan (1979). Bhimsain also directed live action and animated shows for television in the 1980s and ’90s, such as the children’s comedy Choti Badi Baatein, Vartmaan, and the first Indian computer-generated animation series Lok Gatha (1992).
B R CHOPRA – One Of The Architect of Golden Era Of bollywood. His first ever production was flop, before he went on direct Afsana (1951) and then founded his own banner B R Films in 1955.
Black Sounds Beautiful is a tribute to Benny Goodman, perhaps the greatest jazz clarinetist ever, who was a great inspiration to musicians’ abroad, like our C Ramchandra and his arranger Johnny Gomes, who played the clarinet as well.[A few nuggets as exmaples]… Wo Humse Chup Hain Hum Unse Chup Hain (Sargam, 1950) ǁ Tum Kya Jaano Tumhaari Yaad Mein (Shin Shinaki Bubla Boo, 1952)….The post goes on narrate very interesting aspects of clarinet. So, Is the post a tribute to clarinet? Indeed, that is what the title is all about.
Shakeel Badayuni – The Creator of Immortal Love,Romance and Dejection Songs resisting all temptation to write about social causes.
G S Nepali-The Forgotten Lyricist whose association with Bollywood spanned around two decades, beginning in 1944 and ended with his death in 1963
April, 2018 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs is dedicated to Hasrat Jaipuri – Beyond Shanker Jaikishan: 1953 – 1955, in continuation with April, 2017 episode of Hasrat Jaipuri’s songs for ‘other’ music directors for 1950-1953.
We also have more excellent articles on Hasrat Jaipuri :
And, now the posts on other subjects:
Songs that tell a story – The purest form of this genre is when a character simply tells a story to a group of children without any allegorical meaning. But the more common form is when a protagonist uses this device to narrate his (or her) feelings which he/she was hesitant to tell directly.
Ten of my favourite Swimming Pool songs – was a favorite location for Hindi Films, as that provided the maximum possible liberty to show the beauties in as natural conditions as can be decently done. Placing a song along with further justified the swimming pools.
My Favourites: Bathroom Songs are not the song that a novice singer sings in the privacy of the bathroom so as to avoid the ridicule in public. These are the songs that magnify the ‘bathing (female as well as male beauty’ (within the bounds of what Censor Board of India would permit).
Amitabh Bachchan isn’t the only one who is unhappy about the 60-year cap on copyright –Archana Nathan – Film families and producers too believe that their inheritance should be their right.
Mirror Mirror on the Wall – “Vanity and her junior partner pride are often used interchangeably, and they do mean somewhat the same thing. The post goes on to list articulations of vanity through songs in Hindi cinema. The vain actor is listed, and the lyricist too. Relevant words are mentioned where found necessary.. To cite an example from our films, there is a Lata Mangeshkar song in Samrat Chandragupta (1958), which goes thus: “Mujhe dekh chaand sharmaaye, ghata tham jaaye, Main nikloon to kahe haaye—zamaana kahe haaye!” (“The moon blushes when he sees me, the cloud misses a heartbeat, and the world goes wow when I step out”). Do note that this is not praise from others. These are examples of people admiring themselves.”
Barsat Ki Raat Part 2: The Qawwali Duels – Monica Kar, with additional inputs from Peeyush Sharma, revisits the classic musical Barsat Ki Raat 1960, exploring the evergreen memorable songs and scenes of this delightful romantic story. While Part 1 dealt with the romance that began on a rainy night, Part 2 explores the multi-hued nuances of the three stunning qawwalis in the film, easily among the best musical duels the world of Hindi film music has ever seen.
Praised to the Skies is about a very high romantic flattery of uncommon kind, that would make the recipients go red with the blush.
Songs Picturised in a Recording Studio – Such songs actually are meant to underline the circumstances in the movie or the emotions, a character is going through at that point! Or the songs appear as a part of the movie, where the character is a singer. [I, of course, immediately recollect Tum Jo Hamare Meet Na Hote from Aashiq in this category.]
Never on a Sunday is a collection of songs filmed while (usually) the heroin waters Tulsi (Holy Basil) plant….Apart from this, the article needs for reading the use of two altogether different situations that is no..no on a Sunday…!!!!!!
We may never watch it but a new book lets us read the script of Satyajit Ray’s unmade sci-fi film – In 1967, Satyajit Ray wrote the script for ‘Alien’, a film that was to be produced by Columbia Pictures in Hollywood. But the ill-fated movie was never made.
Jaane Kya Dhoondti Rehti Hai: Of a World Where Love Is Incinerated – Among the most introspective nazms in Hindi films, Jaane kya dhoondti rehti hai from Shola Aur Shabnam (1961) rises high above the apparent, inflicting a stinging comment on the rich-poor divide in society. Anand Desai and Antara Nanda Mondal explore the finer nuances of this smoldering song of catharsis, written by Kaifi Azmi, composed by Khayyam and sung by Mohd Rafi.
The ‘Bedardi’ Songs , the songs in sad and happy situations …
The Tragedy Queen and the “Nautch Queen of New Jersey” (thoughts after reading two very informative articles) – which are The Truth Behind Pakeezah Unveiled and Nautch Queen of New Jersey respectively.
SoY has presented Best songs of 1947: And the winners are? in the series. We will commence our Micro View soon enough.
In our tradition of ending our post with article on Mohammad Rafi or a topical song of his, I have picked up songs that basically have link with the topics discussed in the present post.
Main Kho Gaya Yahin Kahin -12 o’clock (1958) / OP Nayyar / Majrooh Sultanpuri
Aji Ham Se Bach Kar Kahan Jaiyega – Aarzoo (1966) – Shankar Jaikishan- Hasrat Jaipuri
Aa Bedardi Balma – Chhora Chhori (1955) – With Lata Mangeshkar – Roshan – Kedar Sharma
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