Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – July 2019

Welcome to July 2019 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

This month we have multiple posts  / articles celebrating 50 years of maiden human landing on the moon.

    • Moon Songs, Part 1: Ten songs addressed to the moon is celebration of the 50 years of first human landing on the moon, with a stipulation that each song must be explicitly addressed to the moon, and that that ‘naming’ must happen in the first two lines of the song.
    • Google Doogle in celebration

In the doodle video, Michael Collins, 88, describes the first sight of the Moon up close as “a magnificent spectacle.”

And now we pick up tributes and memories:

Anil Biswas – The Patriarch Of Hindi Film Music – Compared to fellow composer-singers like Pankaj Mullick, S.D.Burman and Hemant Kumar, Anil Biswas remains less celebrated in this category too. The present tribade to Anil Biswas on his birthday on 7th July celebrates the singer of his composer-singer music persona.

[N.B. We recall a SoY article Remembering Anil Biswas, The Singer.]

Bharat Vyas: Lyricist Extraordinaire in Hindi comprehensively span the career of Bharat Vyas.

A Poet of the People: The Life of Legendary Lyricist Anand BakshiKhalid Mohamed remembers a man not quite acknowledged as legend in his life time.

When Music Connects – Tera Mujhse Hai – Aa Gale Lag Jaa is tribute to R D Burman on his birthday on 27th June.

My Favourites: RD Burman is a post on a man whose talent far outstripped his due.

The German who changed Hindi cinemaUday Bhatia –  An exhibition held at Chennai from 19th July pays tribute to Bombay Talkies cinematographer Josef Wirsching… His work on ‘Mahal’ and ‘Pakeezah’ influenced a generation of cinematographers.

(from left) Kamal Amrohi, Josef Wirsching, Meena Kumari and assistant cameramen while shooting in Kashmir for Kamal Pictures’ production ‘Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai’ (1959).

You can also see the photographs online, on the Wirsching Archive website, The Wirsching Archive “The most extensive and well maintained private photographic collection depicting the birth of Indian Cinema”.

Devika Rani and others in a publicity still for the Bombay Talkies production ‘Jawani Ki Hawa’ (1935).

Here are a few more related articles:


Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:

Mehfil celebrates 2nd Anniversary! by selecting song son the theme of songs that celebrate family relations.

July, 2019 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Mohammad Rafi’s First Solo Song With The Music Director: 1959 -1960. This in continuation to the series wherein  we have covered 1st Five-Year Period: (1944 -1948) , 2nd Five-Year Period: 1949-1953 and 3rd Five-Year period of 1954 – 1958.

And, now commence the posts on other subjects.

The cosmopolitism of Indian CinemaKalyani Sethuraman – Indian cinema represents India’s cosmopolitan and cultural mores. At the same time, it connects us to the wider world.

The ‘Intezar’ Songs, which must have word ‘intezar’ in the first 10 words of the song.

Ek bangala bane nyara is a post that recollects songs about a family’s eternal quest for THE home.

Part III concludes the series, The Classical Music Giants contribute to Hindi Cinema – with post-‘7os film songs rendered by classical singers.

Which is the Highest Grossing Indian Film of All Time?Suparana Thombare

(Photo: The Quint)

Following the overview article, Best songs of 1946: And the winners are?. , we had taken up micro view of Female Solo Songs for 1946 with Suraiya and Shamshad Begum, Part 1. Last month. We have covered Part II  of solo songs of Shamshad Begum and also those of  Amirbai Karanataki, Zohrabai Ambalewali, Mohantara Talpade and Rahkumari.

To end the present post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi, each one of which basically has a link with the topics discussed in the present post, we have picked up:.

Kab Tak Uthaye Ye Gam Intezar Ka– Naquab (1955) – with Lata Mangeshkar – Pt. Govindram – Prem Dhawan

Soyi Hamare Sapno Ki Rani – Aadhi Raat (1957) – with Geeta Dutt – Avinash Vyas – Bharat Vyas

Ham Pe Dil Aaya To Bolo Kya Karoge – Do Ustaad (1959) – with Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum – O P Nayyar – Qamar Jalalabadi

Thod Thodi Gori Hai Thodi Thodi Kaali Hai – Superman (1960) – with Geeta Dutt – Sardar Malik – Prem Dhawan

Bottle Se Ek Baat Chali Hai – Ghar (1978) – With Asha Bhosle – R D Burman – Gulzar

I earnestly solicit your inputs for further broad-basing our cache for the content for our carnival of blogs on the Golden Era of Hindi film music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.


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.

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