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.