When I look back at all the female solo songs for 1946, what I note is that all most each of the major female singers has at least one song that has almost chose itself for inclusion in this list. In the same manner as I had cosen for the Male Solo Songs, I have confined my choice to the songs that I have rarely (in most case, for the first time) heard. I did not have any choice either, unlike the situation in the Male Solo Songs.
So, here are the songs that would call for TOP slot for the female solo songs for 1946, in the orderin which the singer has appeared in the detailed Micro View earlier.:
Suraiya – Man Leta Hai Angadai Jivan Pe Javani Chhai – Anmol Ghadi – Naushad – Tanvir Naqvi
This is the only ‘popular’ song that has gatecrashed the filter of confining the choice from among the least heard songs for the present list..
Shamshad Begum – Aankh Mein Aansoo Lab Par Aahein, Dil Mein Dard Basaya Hai – Rangbhoomi – Premnath –
The songs that have been sorted out by me belong to happiness mood. Shamshad Begum easily comes up as an exception.
Amirbai Karnataki – Piya Milane Ko Jaanewali Samhal Samhal Ke Chal – Dev Kanya – Shyam Sundar
We have fast-paced spaced composition that matches the mood of expectation of the protagonist with that just that shade of pleasure resurrected by Amirbai Karanataki
Zohrabai Ambalewali – Naihar Mein Nathni Gir Gayi, Kaise JauN Sasural – Gwalan -Hansraj Behl – Pandit Indra
Zohrabai renders the unusual élan of the protagonist with full fidelity.
Mohantara Talpade – Aai Piya Milan Ki Bahar, KaruN PhooloN Se Apna Singaar – Kuldeep – Sushant Banerjee – Nawa Naqvi
Mohanatara sounds so endearingly romantic in the mood of anticipation of soon-to-arrive beloved.
Rajkumari – Nainan Mein Koi Chhaye KyoN, Baras Rahe Dono – Insaaf – H P Das – D N Madhok
The song is set to a very soft rhythm and orchestration support. Rajkumari blends smoothly with her soft vocal rendering.
Hameeda Banu – Mor Bole Ho Oonche Mewadi Paravat Par Koi Mor Bole – Rajputani – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
YT credits this song to Amirbai Karnataki. Be that as it may be, the song succeeds in creating the mood wherein we also look out for the sound of the peacock.
Zeenat Begum – Apano Se Shikayat Hai Na GairoN Se Gila Hai – Paraye Bas Mein – Vinod
Even as the song is set to a difficult-to-render rhythm, the song does not lose on melody.
Noorjehan – Raaz Khulata Nazar Nahi Aata – Hamjoli – Hafeez Khan – Anjum Pilibhiti
We get to listen a very different Noor Jehan here.
Khursheed – Hamari Gali Aana, Hamse AnkhiyaN Milana – Maharana Pratap – Ram Ganguli – Swami Ramanand
The composition is typical vintage era style.
Kanan Devi – Aaj Hui Hai Bhor Suhani Pahali Baar – Arabian Nights – Kamal Dasgupta – Faiyyaz Hashmi
Kanan Devi is at her usual charm in this song.
Naseem Akhtar – Man Pagle Swapna Dikhaye, Man Jhoothe Dip Jalaye – Keemat – Naushad Ali – Majrooh Sultanpuri
For a very high-pitched vocal cord call of the composition, the song retains melody.
Paro Devi – Tere Gam Se Mil Raha Hai, Mujhe Har Tarag Sahara – Dhanwan – Shanti Kumar – Behjad Lakhnavi
I have selected this song as it is quite a differently styled composition in a vintage era setting
Dilshad Begum – Bhar Layi Hun Jawani Saaagar Mein, Jannat Se Chal Kar Aayee Hun – Rehana – Qadir Faridi – Tufail Hoshiyarpuri
A very pleasant violin dominated prelude that sets the tone for the pleasant mood of the song.
Kalyani Das – Nazarein Bata Rahi Hai Tum Door Jaa Rahe Ho – Zamin Asmaan – Kamal Dasgupta – Faiyaz Hashmi
A typical vintage era style composition. Kalayni Das remains melodious even if sounding slightly nasal in the delivery of the lyrics.
Meena Kapoor –Kisi Se Meri Preet Lagi, Ab Kya Karoon – Aath Din – S D Burman – G S Nepali
The song rightly sets the high expectation from both, S D Burman and Meena Kapoor.
Neena (Sitara Kanpuri) – Kya Jaane Man Kya Kaheta Hai – Prithviraj-Samyukta – S K Pal – Josh Malihabadi
A difficult composition that sound very melodious.
Beenapani Mukherjee – Main To Karoon Pyar, Piya Door Se Bharmae – Safar – C Ramchandra – G S Nepali
C Ramchandra has composed a fast-paced song that Benapani Mukherjee negotiates comfortably with her heavy voice.
Jayshree – Chit Dole, Nit Dole, Subaho Sham Prabhuji – Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani – Vasant Desai – Diwan Sharar
Jayshree quite smoothly negotiates the difficult variations that the composition demands. Vasant Desai has come up with very unlike-Vintage-era orchestration.
Parul Ghosh – Gun Gun…Bole Bhanwarawa, Hamari Bagiya Mein – Milan – Anil Biswas – P L Santoshi
The song has signature Anil Biswas touch, faithfully reproduced by Parul Ghosh.
Shanta Apte – Aaj Mori Naiya Kinare Lagi, Asha ki Bel Meri Phooli Phooli – Valmiki – Shankar Rao Vyas – Mahesh Gupta M A
For a vintage era style song, the soft rendering by Shanta Apte, that too with minimal music support, creates avery special charm while listening to the song.
Iqbal Bano (Begum?) – Ummeedo Par Jawani Aaj Laharai – Rehana – Qadir Faridi –
We feel the emotions of the elation that the song is meant to convey.
Geeta Roy – Chhin Mein Bajegi Bansuriya Preet Bhari – Milan – Anil Biswas – P L Santoshi
Lata Mangeshkar – Saawariya Oy Bansuriya Oy Bajay Gayo re – Subhadra – Vasant Desai – Pt. Indra
If I had to choose one song my very strong bias would lead my finger to Suraiya’s Man Leta Hai Angadai Jivan Pe Javani Chhai (Anmol Ghadi – Naushad – Tanvir Naqvi), for the obvious reason that it is has been one of my favourite Suaraiya song even before I ventured into this Micro View of Songs of 1946. And I have decided not do so when I started sorting out my choices for Male Solo Songs. So I will pass the choice of selecting my MY TOP female Solo Song for the year 1946.
We will move to The Micro View of Best Songs of 1946 @ SoY – Duet Songs in our next episode…
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