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:
Suraiya – Mere Mundere Na Bol Ja Kaga Kaga Ja – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok
Geeta Roy – Yaad Karoge Yaad Karoge Ik Din Ham Ko Yaad Karoge – Do Bhai – S D Burman – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan
Shamshad Begum – Anagana Bole Kaag Re Ujjada Man Ka Baag Re– Doli- Ghulam Muhammad – Nazim Panipati
Rajkumari – Sharam Se Naina. More Naina Zuk Zuk Jaaein – Dehati – Premnath – Rammurti Chaturvedi
Amirbai Karnataki – Humein 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
Khursheed – Naache 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 Devi – Asha Deep Jalayo Sajan – Tum Aur Main – Robin Chatterjee – Zakir Hussain
Meena Kumari – Akhiyan Taras Rahi Un Bin – Piya Ghar Aaja – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
Naseem Akhtar – Bhule Se Kabhi Yad Kar Ae Bhulanewale – Ek Roz – Shyam Sundar – Sarshar Sailani
Zeenat Begum – Pade Ishq Mein Jaan Ke Ham Ko Lale – Aaj Aur Kal – Khursheed Anwar
Paro Devi – Main 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
Mohantara – Main Parbat Khadi Pukarun, Balamwa Aa Re – Woh Zamana – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
Hamida Bano – Hamara Master Khuda Kare Beemar Ho Jae – Dekhojee – Sabir Hussain – Wali Sahab
Beenapani Mukherjee – Naian Jal Bhar Aaye – Samrat Ashok – Gyan Dutt – Shams Lakhanavi
Sitara – Soz–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 Subbulakshmi – Pag 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 Kanpuri – Jo 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.
3 thoughts on “The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – MY Top Female Solo Songs”
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’?
You are so right about my unintended bias in the selection of the songs here.
Your observations about Zeenat Begum’s ‘Pade ishq mein’ are on the dot.