The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – Other Female Singers and Lata Mangeshkar [1]

We have so far covered the solos songs of female singers like, Suraiya, Geeta Roy, Shamshad Begum, Rajkumari, Amirbai Karnataki, Zohrabai Ambalewali, Noor Jehan, Khursheed and Kanan Devi for the year 1947. These are the singers for which we had at least one post-length numbers of solo songs. There still are quite a few more female singers who may not have solos songs in the comparable numbers. We have combined all these female singers in this post that may run into several parts. To the extent possible, we have sub-classified the collection according to a particular singer.

In her maiden year as a playback singer, Lata Mangeshkar also gets a small place in this post. But that remains to be the solitary case. From 1948 onwards, our micro-view analyses had to be run in two streams – one that of solos songs of Lata Mangeshkar and the other that of all other female singers. Lata Mangeshkar dominance was seen spreading its omnipresent shadow over the female playback scenario over each of the passin year.

Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari, like many of the actresses of that period seemed to try a hand at singing her own songs. She was so very young, that probably she did not possibly have a choice of not saying no to playback sing her own songs.

Meena Kumari, as is well-known stepped in the Hindi Films as a child artist, and did sing a few sing in that role. This is said to be the maiden song of hers:

Tore Kajra Lagaoon Mori Rani -Ssister (1941) – Beena, Baby Meena Kumari – Anil Biswas – Safdar ‘Aah’

We had had a couple of songs in the year 1948 too.

We do not have the luxury of debating whther she would have turned out to be another actress-singer of note or would have been swept aside, like Suraiya, in the subsequent Lata-tusnami, since she clearly adopted the role of an actress there after.

1947 is the year when very young Meena Kumari steps into major roles and gets to sing her screen songs.

Maa Dekh Ri Maa, Badali Hui Jawan – Duniya Ek Sarai – Hans Raj Behl – Kedar Sharma

Sawan Beet Gayo Maai Ri, Nahi Likhi Balam Ne Chithhiya – Duniya Ek Sarai – Hans Raj Behl – Kedar Sharma

Akhiyan Taras Rahi Un Bin – Piya Ghar Aaja – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra

Ek Baar Phir Kaho Jara Aankhon Ka Noor Ho – Piya Ghar Aaja – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra


These are the songs for which I have not been able to locate the YT link:

  • Na Koi Dilasa Hai, Na Koi Bahana Hai – Piya Ghar Aaja – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
  • Mili Aaj Piya Se Akhiyan – Piya Ghar Aaja – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
  • Mere Sapno Ki Duniya Basanewale– Piya Ghar Aaja – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
  • Desh Paraye Jaanewale Bhul Na Jaan Preet Nibhana – Piya Ghar Aaja – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra

Naseem Aktar

To those who have fair knowledge of the history of the vintage era of Hind Films, Naseem Akhtar was not an unknown name. I do not have sufficient knowledge about her career. However, her solo songs for 1947 are worth listening to.

Jaam Utha Le O Peenwale Jaam Utha Le – Aaj Aur Kal – Khursheed Anwar

Kaliyon Ko Masalane Aaye Hai – Aaj Aur Kal – Khursheed Anwar

Hai Jo Khizan Naseeb Mein, Aayegi Phir Bahar Kya – Bhanwar – Khan Mastana –

Bhule Se Kabhi Yad Kar Ae Bhulanewale – Ek Roz – Shyam Sundar – Sarshar Sailani

Our quest for solo songs of other Female Singers and Lata Mangeshkar for the year 1947 will continue in the next episode as well.