The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – MY Top Female Solo Songs

When I look back at all the female solo songs for 1947 that we have micro viwed here, of more than 270 songs there are a very few that I had heard (often enough). I have tried quite hard to listen to all others that I have heard for the first time. When all is said and done, the fact remains that my best efforts are still not enough to understand the style of song composition as well style of singing that can match my years of conditioning to the the corresponding styles of the later- (so called) Golden –years.  I have been able to choose at least one song for each of the female singer that I liked the most from among all of her solos for the year.

So, here is one song each for each of the female singer that have more than one song in the present microview, that I nliked the most:

SuraiyaMere Mundere Na Bol Ja Kaga Kaga Ja – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Geeta RoyYaad Karoge Yaad Karoge Ik Din Ham Ko Yaad Karoge – Do Bhai – S D Burman – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

Shamshad BegumAnagana Bole Kaag Re Ujjada Man Ka Baag Re– Doli- Ghulam Muhammad – Nazim Panipati

RajkumariSharam Se Naina. More Naina Zuk Zuk Jaaein – Dehati – Premnath – Rammurti Chaturvedi

Amirbai KarnatakiHumein Kya Pata Tha …Maar Katari Mar Jaana – Shehnai – C Ramchandra – P L Santoshi

Zohrabai Ambalewali Lo Phir Raat Chanadani Aayee, Dil Mera Deve Tujhe Duhai – Gaon – Khemchand Prakash – D N Madhok

KhursheedNaache Hai Man Mauj Magan Mein, Jyun Naache Hai Mor Chaman Mein – Manjhdhar – Ghulam Haider – Shams Lakhanavi

Noor Jehan  – Aa Ja Tujhe Afsana Judai Ka Sunaein – Mirza Sahiban – Pt. Amarnath + Husnalal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Kanan DeviAsha Deep Jalayo Sajan – Tum Aur Main – Robin Chatterjee – Zakir Hussain

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

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

Zeenat BegumPade Ishq Mein Jaan Ke Ham Ko Lale – Aaj Aur Kal – Khursheed Anwar

Paro DeviMain Hoon Baag Ki Koyal Raja Ho – Heera – Husnlal Bhagatram- Munshi Shams Lakhanavi

Lalita Deulkar  – Chor Aa Gaye Nagariya Hamar, Nanad Jara Jaagana – Saajan – C Ramchandra – Rammurti Chaturvedi

MohantaraMain Parbat Khadi Pukarun, Balamwa Aa Re – Woh Zamana – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra

Hamida BanoHamara Master Khuda Kare Beemar Ho Jae – Dekhojee – Sabir Hussain – Wali Sahab

Beenapani MukherjeeNaian Jal Bhar Aaye – Samrat Ashok – Gyan Dutt – Shams Lakhanavi

SitaraSoz–e-Gam Deke Mujhe Usne Ye Irshad Kiya – Shahzadi – S K

Lata Mangeshkar – Pa Lagu Kar Jori Re – Aap Ki Sewa Mein – Datta Davjekar – Mahipal

1947 had two films on the subject of Meera.

One was a remake of Tamil version.  Young M S Suubulakshmi has rendered all songs in both versions. Obviously, one may pick any one, or in all probabilities all, of the songs that she would render. I have just selected one here:

M S SubbulakshmiPag Gungaru Re – Meera – S.V.Venkatraman, G.Ramanathan & Naresh Bhattacharya

The other one had all songs rendered by Sitara Kanpuri. Again, we do want avoid any obvious comparison between the two. So, here is one for the records:

Sitara KanpuriJo Tum Chhodo PIya – Meera – S K Pal

In the summing up article, Best songs of 1947: Wrap Up 2, SoY has quite usefully presented Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘first’ songs. The wrap –up analysis has adjudged Suraiya as the Best Playback Singer for 1947.

We will take up Duets for the year 1947 in our next Micro-View.


P.S. All the episodes of The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs can be read  / downloaded from one file by clicking on the hyper link.


In July 2011, I opted to retire from my active career as a practicing management professional. In the 38 years that I pursued this career, I had opportunity to work in diverse capacities, in small-to-medium-to-large engineering companies. Whether I was setting up Greenfield projects or Brownfield projects, nurturing the new start-ups or accelerating the stabilized unit to a next phase growth, I had many more occasions to take the paths uncharted. The life then was so challenging! One of the biggest casualty in that phase was my disregards towards my hobbies - Be with The Family, Enjoy Music form Films of 1940s to mid-1970s period, write on whatever I liked to read, pursue amateur photography and indulge in solving the chess problems. So I commenced my Second Innings to focus on this area of my life as the primary occupation. At the end of four years, I am now quite a regular blogger. I have been able to build a few very strong pen-relationships. I maintain contact with 38-years of my First Innings as freelance trainer and process facilitator. And yet, The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.

3 thoughts on “The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – MY Top Female Solo Songs”

  1. Ashokji,
    You seem to have consciously gone away from the familiar and looked for unheard songs. One song for each singer also tilts in the favour of unknown.

    But you have been able to ferret out some excellent songs. Zeenat Begum’s ‘Pade ishq mein’ is a very nice song that I had missed. Do you also find its interludes similar to ‘Afsana likh rahi hun’?

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