Welcome to December, 2018 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
We will take up posts dedicated to commemorate 112th birthdate of Prthviraj Kapoor.as THE topic for December, 2018.
इस एक्टर को कहा जाता है बॉलीवुड का भीष्म पितामह, एक ही फिल्म में दिखा दी थी 3 पीढ़ी – He acted in a supporting role in India’s first talkie-film Alam Ara in 1931
In an video interview, Sanjana Kapoor on Prithviraj Kapoor and his Theatre Legacy
Remembering Prithviraj Kapoor on his 111th birth anniversary – was an excellent photo memor by Indian Express
We now move on to other birthday/ death anniversary posts for the month:
It is but expected that Mohammad Rafi is remembered so fondly in the month of his birthday.-
Mohammad Rafi – A God-gifted voice.
Rafi’s best duets by Madan Mohan
Shakeel-Naushad: Classy Confluence, Seamless Flow – 1 – Shakeel Badayuni is considered to be one of the finest romantic poets of the previous century. And Naushad among the monarchs of Hindi film music. When they teamed up, the result was classic! Vijay Kumar pays a tribute to this inimitable confluence with an exploration of the music and poetry they created together.
Remembering my father and the legend Madan Mohan – In response to SoY invitation, Sangeeta Gupta, the eldest daughter of Madan Mohan, joins in contributing a guest article on Madan Mohan’s songs ‘with other singers’ as a touching finale to the tandem series on Roshan and Madan Mohan on SoY.
Happy Birthd Usha Mangeshkar! And Usha Mangeshkar – II are the posts in tribute to her 83rd birthday. The former lists her Hindi and Marathi solo songs whereas the latter lists her duets.
Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:
- Ameen Sayani` – The grand old man of radio
- Om Prakash- Widely Remembered for his Versatile R…
- 50 years of the release of SUNGHARSH
- Raj Kapoor- The fascination of seeing his heroine…
- It was Devika Rani who gave Kohinoor to Bollywood
- Shatrughan Sinha- The Chhainu of Mere Apne
- Sharmila Tagore-The 60s stunner turns 74 today
- Dharmendra -More than just a fine-looking man
- 50 Years of Padosan (1968)
- Let’s look into the Philosphy of Dev Anand
Singer Mohammed Aziz No More , born 2nd July, 1954, Mohammad Aziz’s maiden Hindi Film song was Mard Tangewaala main hoon
Songs ‘sung’ by people with disabilities: my favourites, lists some superb songs ‘sung’ by people with disabilities to observe the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
December, 2018 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs is dedicated to Mohammad Rafi’s First Song with a Music Director’s 3rd Five Year period’s year 1956.. The corresponding post for years 1954 and 1955 was published on 8 July, 2018, and for the solo songs of tears 1957 and 1958 is published on 24 December, 2018. All the three separately posted posts of Mohammad Rafi’s First Solo Song With The Music Director: 1954 -1958 can be accessed at / downloaded by clicking on the hyperlink.
And, now the posts on other subjects:
The ‘Radio Songs’ from Hindi films are the songs that have radio to a major extent. The song can be the one which is being played on radio and is also seen being recorded too.
Chariots of Verse – The older generations rues the Axial Age of our cinema, mainly the middle 1940s to the late 1960s, when cinema and music reached heights of excellence that seem unachievable today. That age was exemplified not just by a wide range of words used, but by the high use of imagery too…Sometimes, songwriters of that time used different words or sentence structures to express essentially the same idea, like he lyrics-writer Anjaan said Teri aankh mein wo kamaal hai (Rafi/Mr India, 1961).. There are many thoughts—more or less of the same kind—that have been offered differently in 3 or more songs, even if it’s sometimes the same poet in two songs. The post engages with such poetic chariots of 3 poems with similar attributes:
The Great Horse Beat Songs of Bollywood resonates in our memories even today thanks to some of the great songs composed on that rhythm.
Musically Yours, 1963: Part 3 – This is Part 3, following up Part 1 and Part 2 in a 4-part series of essays, exploring the Hindi film music of 1963, the year of birth of the writer Monica Kar. In a personal tribute to composers who gave music that makes its presence felt even after 55 years, Monica Kar explores the enduring magic of three composer-duos – Shankar Jaikishan, Kalyanji-Anandji and Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Ten of my favourite Bharat Vyas songs lists the songs of Bharat Vyas to pay tribute in the centenary year of his birth.
If it’s a Harp, This Could be a Woman – there is a musical instrument that is mostly associated with women, and it’s an ancient instrument too, so for observation’s sake, its history can be studied in some detail. The instrument is called the harp, whose early shape was inspired by the curve of the hunting bow. It now comes in many shapes, but in all of them, it has a charming appearance. The post lists songs featured on women with harp.
Mann Kyun Behka – Utsav – Midnight Musings Aditi and Vasantsena in Utsav (1985) bonding over their love for Charudutta share their feelings in this duet..
Two of a kind lists humkhayaal thoughts from different minds, which make a subject for a fascinating study, for example:
Jab bhi jee chaahe nayi duniya basa lete hain log
Ek chehre pe kayi chehre laga lete hain log – Lata Mangeshkar – Daag, 1973) – Laxmikant Pyarelal
And, across the border in Pakistan, the wonderfully-voiced Mehdi Hassan had rendered something similar in Saza (1969), to the poetry of Qateel Shifai:
Jab bhi chaahen ik nayi surat bana lete hain log
Ek chehre pe kayi chehre saja lete hain log
Jogi Jab Se Tu Aaya – Bandini – Under The Spell is the song that Love makes its presence felt and before you know it, you are under the spell.
SoY concluded Best songs of 1947: And the winners are? With the concluding piece Best songs of 1947: Final Wrap Up 4 adjudging Naushad and C Ramchandra as joint winners.
Micro View of Best songs of 1947: And the winners are? with the Duets of 1947, All the episodes of The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 can be read / downloaded from one file, by clicking on the hyper link.
In our tradition of ending our post with article on Mohammad Rafi or a topical song of his, I have picked up a few songs, each one of which basically has a link with the topics discussed in the present post.
Woh Hum Na The Woh Tum Na The – Cha Cha Cha (1964) – Iqbal Qureshi – Neeraj
Maya Ka Aanchal Jale – Kinare Kinare (1964)– With Usha Mangeshkar, – Jaidev – Nyay Sharma
Baman Ho Ya Jaat – Karigar (1958) – C Ramchandra -Bharat Vyas
Pihu Pihu Karat Papiha – Baiju Bawra 1952) – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni
Ankhon Pe Bharosa Mat Kar Duniya Jadoo Ka Khel Hai – Detective (1958) – With Sudha Malhotra – Mukul Roy – Shailendra
I wish that 2019 remains resonant with chimes of success and happiness for you and your family.
P.S. : All episodes of our blog carnival of articles and posts on Hindi film Songs for the year 2018 can be accessed at / downloaded from in single file by clicking Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – 2018.