We now take up the third leg – The Duets – of ‘Best songs of 1947: And the winners are?’. As per our Micro View Practice, we will cover this leg of the Micro View journey in three stages – Male-Female Duets, Male- Male Duets and Female-Female Duets.
The Male Female Duets
The male female duets have been accorded almost equal respect as that accorded to male or female solo songs. Many of the male female duets have been accepted as the benchmark milestones as are some male or female solo songs have been accepted as the benchmark milestones in the Hindi Film Music.
My back of the envelope notes quickly separated duets of Mukesh, and to some extent those of Mohammad Rafi, from the other male-female duets – first, in terms of numbers, and then, in terms of my familiarity of these duets.
Duets of Mukesh
Mukesh has an overwhelmingly share in the Male-Female Duet space for 1947. The quality of spread, in terms of music directors, as well as co-singers, is equally overwhelming. As a result, we can hear different shades of Mukesh’s inherent tonal range.
Mukesh, Hamida Bano – Door Kahi Door Kahi Is Jag Se Duniya Ham Tum Nayi Basaye – But Tarash – Gulam Haidar – Amin Gilani
Mukesh, Shamshad Begum – Moti Chugane Gayi Re Hansi, Man Sarovar Teer – Chhin Le Azadi – Hansraj Behl – Pandit Indra
Mukesh, Suraiya – Jab Badal Ghir Ghir Aaenge, Kaho Ji Kit Jaenge – Dak Bangla – Naresh Bjattachary – D N Madhok
Mukesh, Rajkumari – Hamare Saiya Daaru Pee Ke Aaye, Aa ke Hamein Bulaye – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok
Mukesh, Suraiya – Maati Ka But Bha Gaya, Dil Hi To Hai Aa Gaya – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok
Mukesh, Suraiya – Kagaz Ki Meri Nav Aur Doot Kinara Hai – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok
Mukesh, Hamida Bano – Dekh Hamein Muskaraye Kyon Balamawa Sajanwa – Duniya Ek sarai – Hans Raj Behl – Kedar Sharma
Mukesh, Geeta Roy, Chorus – Watan Ki Maati Haath Mein Le Kar, Mathe Tilak Laga Le – Gaon – Khemchand Prakash – D N Madhok
Mukesh, Johrabai – Patthar Se Tum Dudh Bahao Aag Se Phool Khilao – Neel Kamal – B Vasudev – Kedar Sharma
Mukesh, Johrabai – Pyar Se Ham Ko Kaleje Se Janno Tum Na Lagao To Kaun Lagaye – Neel Kamal – B Vasudev – Kedar Sharma
Mukesh, Hameeda Bano –Sochata Kya Hai Sudarshan Ke Chalanewale – Neel Kamal – B Vasudev – Kedar Sharma
Mukesh, Hameeda Bano – Jeene Ki Surat Ho Gai Aur Teri Badaulat Ho Gayi – Tohfa – M A Rauf – Nazir Hyderabadi
Mukesh, Hameeda Bano – Mohabbat Kar.. Jawani Hai Jawani Hai – Tohfa – M A Rauf – Nazir Hyderabadi
We will Micro View Duets of Mohammad Rafi and those of G M Durrani in our next episode.