The Micro View of Best Songs of 1946 @ SoY – Male Solo Songs – Solo Songs of Golden Era Male Singers

For the year it would be interesting enough to classify the male solo songs under three broad categories

      • Solo Songs of Golden Era Male Singers – the singers who are easily associated with the Golden Era of HFM
      • Solo Songs of Vintage Era Male Singers – the singers who are primarily associated with Vintage Era of HFM, and
      • Solo Songs of K L Saigal, who is a class in himself.

We will first listen to –

Solo Songs of Golden Era Male Singers.

1946 is the year whereat most of the Golden Era male singers were still considered new enough. As a result, one would not expect very strong presence to their share.

Solo Songs of Mohammed Rafi

We have a good mix here, in terms of the songs quite well-known and songs not-so-well-known.

Mohammed Rafi’s Popular Songs

As may be expected of a post-’60 HFM follower like me, the song appearing herein are composed by the music directors who had fairly strong presence in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

Tera Khilona Toota Balak Ter Khilona Toota – Anmol Ghadi – Naushad – Tanvir Naqvi

Ab Wo Hamare Ho Gaye, Iqrara Karin Ya Na Karein – Safar – C Ramchandra – G S Nepali

Kah Ke Bhi Na Aaye Tum, Ab Chuupane Lage Taare – Safar – C Ramchandra – G S Nepali

Mohammed Rafi’s other songs,

These are the songs which could not measure up on the same level of popularity.

It is a good opportunity to revisit these songs after almost two and half years and refresh the memories of the first ever segment of years 1944-1946 of the series Mohammad Rafi’s Solo Song(s) From The FIRST Film With The Music Director.

Todo Todo Todo Dil Ke Taar Tootein To Sangeet Lutaein – Amar Raj – Feroze Nizami – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

Pran Tyag Kar Tune Diwani, Jag Mein Bana Di Amar – Amar Raj – Feroze Nizami – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

Rahe To Kaise Rahe Dil Pe Ikhtiyaar Mujhe – Roon No. 9 – Rasheed Are – Nakhshab Jarachavi

Data Ji Tera Bhed Na Paya – Sona Chandi – Tufail Farooqui – Shamim

Solo Songs of Mukesh

We have been able to locate only two solos here. I have listened to both the songs for the first time. Mukesh sound raw enough, but not under KL Saigal influence in both the songs.

Kiyo Na Pyar…Na Himmat Haar, Kabhi Inkar Kabhi Iqarar – Rajputani – Bulo C Rani- Pandit Indra

O..Prani Kya Soche Kya Ho Gaya – Chehra – M A Mukhtar – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

Solo Songs of Manna Dey

Quantitatively, Manna Dey has the strongest presence. However, he remains a niche player in the films where his songs have an appearance, which is going to type cast in the years to come.

Allah Khata Kya Hai Garibon Ki Bata De – Dil – recorded as P. Dey – Jafar Khursheed

Dil Churane Ke Liye Koi AA Raha Hai– Door Chalein – recorded as P Dey – K C Dey

Nayano Ke Baadal Baras Rahe, Ham Tumhare Daras Ko Taras Rahe – Insaaf – H P Das – D N Madhok

Ye Jagat Hai Matlab Ka Dera Kyon Kaheta Hai Mera Mera – Rupa – Govind Ram

Ram Naam Se Sabake Man Ke Ho Jata Hai Shudhdha Vichar – Valimiki – Shankar Rao Vyas – Mahesh Gupta, M A

The songs for which I have not been able to locate the soft links:

    • O Dharati, Kyon Rooth Gai Maan Dharati – Dharati – Bulo C Rani – Pandit Indra
    • Gaon Se Chal Doo O Bharat Ka Sanwariya – Shravan Kuamar – Bulo C Rani – Wali Saheb

Solo Songs of Other Male Singers of Golden Era

Ummid Bhara Panchhi, Ya Khoj Raha Sajani – Eigt Days – S D Burman – S D burman – G S Nepali

  • We will listen to solo songs of G M Durrani and Ashok Kumar within the category of Male Songs of Vintage Era Singers.


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.

4 thoughts on “The Micro View of Best Songs of 1946 @ SoY – Male Solo Songs – Solo Songs of Golden Era Male Singers”

  1. Ashokji,
    Nice three-way classification. Interesting to hear Manna Dey’s first two songs. If you are not hold it would be impossible to guess the singer is him. Not only the style is completely New Theatres’, I would have thought it was sung by Pankaj Mullick.

  2. The classification was more a necessity than an improvisation.

    Manna Dey, like all other singers of Golden Era, is obviously under the influence of the then singing style. As we can see in the parallel article on his songs in 1947 to 1950, the effect lasted for quite a log.
    It was only when he started singing more for the new gen music directors that he would have evolved his own style.

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