The journey of Best Songs for TheYear @ SoY started rolling backwards from the initial phase of the Golden Era and has now reached well into the beginning of the end of Vintage Era. The journey has had milestones @ 1955, 1953, 1951, 1950, 1949 and 1948. We now move on the next milestone ‘Best songs of 1947: And the winners are?’
The overview article notes the year that was the best of the years and the worst of the years- in so far as an event in the history of our nation. The article further goes on to note that (in so far as Hndi Film Music is concerned) , “many Muslim music directors and actors chose to go to the other side or would move shortly – Ghulam Haider, Rafiq Ghazanavi, Firoz Nizami, Khursheed Anwar, Noorjehan etc. It was a sad year for another final departure – the greatest actor-singer ever KL Saigal passed away on 18 January 1947 at a young age of 43. But the year also saw the debut of Lata Mangeshkar as a ‘playback’ singer in Aap Ki Sewa Mein.”
At the stage of beginning of the Micro View of the Best Songs of 1947 @SoY, I have a mixed feeling. The first reaction is that this is a year where I am likely to come up with many more songs that I have never heard. On the other hand, when I read through the SoY overview article, I find many songs that are quite well-known too. Moreover, it would remain to be seen how many songs I can list form HFGK and how many of these songs would be available on YT.
With, this prologue, we begin our journey of Micro View of the Best Songs of 1947 @SoY, with excerpts from SoY over article::
- C Ramchandra’s Ana Meri Jaan Sunday Ke Sunday sets the bos office rining, even now.
- Naushad continues his success run with Dard, Elaan and Natak.
- M S Subbulaxmi incarnates Meera on celluloid
- Kursheed Anwar creates some of the career-best songs of K L Saigal and Suraiya in K L Siagal’s last film Parwana
Other important musical compositions are no less noteworthy nor have lost their charm. We will enlist them here –
Pt. Amarnath, Husnlal, Bhagatram
Mirza Sahiban – The only film in which these three brothers composed music together.
Aa Ja Tujhe Afsana Judai Ka Sunaayein – Noorjehan
Saamne Gali Mein Mera Ghar Hai – Zohrabai Ambalewali
O Roothe Huye Bhagwan Tumko Kaise Manaaun – Amirbai Karnataki
Yahan Badla Wafa Ka Bewafai Ke Siwa Kya Hai – Mohammad Rafi & Noorjehan
S D Burman
Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya – Geeta Roy
Debut, fact file and trivia
Lata Mangeshkar – in Aap Ki Sewa Mein, as playback singer – Paa Lagun Kar Jori Re, Sham Mose Na Khelo Hori Re
M S Subulaxmi – in Meera
Meerabai was also released in the same year, in which Sitara Kanpuri was the playback singer.
Shakeel Badayuni and Naushad, as lyricist-music director team, in Dard
Uma Devi – Afsana Likh Rahi Hun
Rajendra Krishna – as a as lyricist – Gori Ghunghat Ke Pat Khol Do – Janata; He also debuted as a screenplay writer to oin this year.
Ghulam Mohammad – as an independent music director – in Tiger Queen and Doli
Ram Prasad Sharma – father of Pyarelal of LP duo – in Nayi Baat
Snehal Bhatkar – in Neelakamal under pseudonym of B Vasudev
Sulocana Kadam and Krishna Goyal – as singers – in Krishna Sudama
Mohammad Rafi – in a cameo appearance in Wo Apni Yaad Dilane Ko – in Jugnu
Mohammad Raf- Lata Mangeshkar – maiden duet – Chalo Ho Gayi Taiyaar – in Shhadi Se Pehle
Raj Kapoor – sings his own song – O Duniya Ke Rahanewalo Bolo Kahn Gay Chitchor – Dil Ki Awaz – under S D Burman’s baton, and
Piya Milne Naveli Jaye Re in Jai Yatra, iunder the baton of Neenu Mazumdar
Meena Kumari – sings 6 solos and 2 duets – in Piya Ghar Aa Ja
Man Mohan Krishna – sings Tujhe Aap Bitana Hai Apna Jivan – in Andhon Ki Duniya, under Vasant Desai’s baton.
Anil Biswas uses Shamshad Begum for the first time in Bhookh
List Of Memorable Songs is a fairly representative list of films, music directors and known as well as less-known songs that were released in the year. I have re-compiled this list, under the title Memorable Songs of 1947, by adding the relevant link to YT file.
For the year under review, Special songs also cover the songs which open a path of discovery on their own well as they have their own personality. In this case too, I have brought these songs on the same page with List of Memorable Songs of 1947.
The stage is now set to commence our journey into the Micro View of the Songs of 1948. As the List of Memorable Songs and Special Songs have covered most of the well-known songs for the year, we will restrict our micro-view to in-depth listening of not-so-well-known songs. We will then combine our impressions of these songs with that we already have for the well-known ones to present our point of view in so far as
Best male playback singer
Best female playback singer
Best music director
are concerned for the year 1947.
All the posts that will appear on this subject here have been tagged as Songs of 1947 @ SoY.
We will take Solo Songs of Male Playback Singers in our next episode.