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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – July 2020

Welcome to July 2020 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We first pay our tributes to Jagdeep who passed away recently:

A still from the movie Meena Kumari Ki Amar Kahani, featuring Jagdeep and Keshto Mukherjee. (Express Archive Photo)

Jagdeep dies at 81: A pictorial tribute to ‘Soorma Bhopali’ – Jagdeep played the lead roles in five films. He was the hero in Punar Milan (1964) and has rendered Pas Baitho  Tabiyat Bahel Jayegi (Mohammad Rafi; Music: C Arjun; Lyrics: Indeevar) on the screen-

‘Bimalda Spread Happiness’ – Jagdeep on Bimal Roy – In an interview with Joy Bimal Roy and Aparajita Sinha, actor Jagdeep had recalled his experience of working with his mentor Bimal Roy, providing rare insight into the master’s personality and his creativity. Following his recent demise, Ratnottama Sengupta rewinds to the year 2005 interview.

Bimal Roy, Jagdeep, Nirupa Roy, Balraj Sahni, Master Ratan Kumar and Sunil Dutt

100 Years of Pran – Gautam Chintamni – You have to be a special kind of villain for parents to be afraid to name their children after you! And yet Pran was so much more than just a villain.

We pick up other tributes and memories:

Mehfil completes 3 years! :  Remembering Mubarak Begum – Part 1  – solos – on her 4th death anniversary. We pick up her maiden Hindi song here – Mohe Aane Lagi AngdaiAaiye (1949) / Shaukat Dehlavi – Nakshab Jarchavi and Deep Ke Sang Jaloon Main – Daaera (1953) / Jamal Sen – Majrooh Sultanpuri.

NASEEM BANU: The Maiden Venus of Bollywood – D P Ranagan – Naseem was born on 4th of July 1916, christened as Roshanara, has acted in around 22 films. We recall her song Zindagi Ka Ssaaz Bhi Kya Saaz Hai (Pukaar. 1939 –  Mir Saheb – Kamal Amrohi) from the article.

The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar: In Conversation With Author Manek Premchand – In a candid conversation with Antara Nanda Mondel, of Silhouette Magazine, renowned film historian, musicologist and author Manek Premchand talks about his latest book The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar, released July 2020. The book looks in detail at specific areas of Hemant Kumar’s work.

Aar Paar, Guru Dutt’s 1954 film that featured authentic, realistic dialogue by Abrar Alvi : Born 1st July, 1927 – Guru Dutt, Shyama, Shakila and Johnny Walker star in this noirish comedy-thriller with great tunes by O.P. Nayyar.

Akhiyon Ka Nor Hai Tu, Akhiyon Se Door Hai Tu – Sonia Sahani – Born 31-8-1946, Sonia Sahani is known more as the default heroine for “Joha in” films. Here is a song from ‘other’ film – Ajab Hai Yeh Duniya, Ajab Zindagi Hai – Bandish (1969) – Asha Bhosle – Usha Khanna – Aslam Allahabadi

Mammoth Of An Actor – Sanjeev Kumar – Despite having blessed with handsome looks he never aimed for the role of only the “”Hero””, but always gave importance to the script and character; whether it was the leading man, a character artist or a cameo.

Chaudhvin Ka Chand, Guru Dutt’s Muslim social that pioneered the bro code in Hindi films –

A love triangle at heart, the movie provides a compelling look at Muslim life & male friendship, with exquisite music & cinematography.

Madan Mohan: The Pied Piper of Bollywood in Different Moods – ‘In light vein’, ‘Poignant’ and ‘Lilting/Lifting Mood’.

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

July 2020  episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Mohammad Rafi’s First Solo Song With The Music Director -1964 – 1966.  We have selected a five-year slot each as the base review period. Starting from the year 1944, till now we have covered

We will now take up the articles on other subjects:

How song and dance made love and desire visible on screen – In an essay in tiltpauseshift: Dance Ecologies in India (Gati Dance Forum, 2016), writer and filmmaker Paromita Vohra makes a case for Bollywood dance as a unique “symbolic language” and a way to simultaneously accommodate hybrid, even transgressive, ideas of pleasure, desire and sexuality.

Anil Biswas and Talat Mahmood – The Deeply Dulcet Combination – Though they worked together on as few as less than 20 songs, they shared such a bond that if Talat Mahmood is mentioned, Anil Biswas immediately comes to mind.- Mukh Se Na BolooN – Talat Mahmood, Lata Mangeshkar- Jallianwala Bagh Ki Jyoti (1953) – Anil Biswas – Udhdhav Kumar

‘Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro’ revisited: A timeless tale of a small-time thug dreaming of the big league – Saeed Akhtar Mirza’s 1989 film, starring Pavan Malhotra, is a rare serious examination of the marginalisation of urban Muslims. –

The Curious Case of Rahul Dev Burman – Pancham’s music which ages in reverse order. He began as a matured music composer and his music keeps getting younger as the years pass by : Ghar Aaja Ghair Aaye (Choote Nwab, 1961: Lyrics: Shailendra  – RDB’s first film ) vs. Kuchh Na Kaho (1942 – A Love Story, 1994; Lyrics: Javed Akhtar  – his last film.

Shekhar Kapur’s Masoom is as beautifully relatable as it was almost 40 years ago – Starring Naseeruddin Shah & Shabana Azmi, the movie features some of R.D. Burman and Gulzar’s finest work, & three adorable kids.

Romantic Songs of the Magical Combo – Kalyanji-Anandji and Mukesh – started with Bedard Zamana Kya Jaane (1959) – Naina Ho Jaadu Bhare -Kalyanji’s solo film and Madari (1959) – Dil Lootanewale Jadugar -one of the duo’s initial films; and continued to till Mukesh breathed his last in 1976.

Rajesh Khanna’s Safar is a melancholy meditation on life, death, love and duty – Even before the more famous Anand, the superstar had perfected the role of a dying man who wants to spread joy, but Safar is far darker and less feel-good.

Ten of my favourite ‘This is my work’ songs lists the songs that promote the services being vended by the singer. Here is one example – Kismat phati hui thhi (Ali Baba aur Chaalees Chor, 1954 – Mohammad Rafi – S N Tripathi – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan):

We have commence Micro View of Songs of 1945  with the traditional opening post of Setting the stage. SoY has presented Wrap up-I to present the best male singer for the year 1945.

We end the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi, each one of which basically has a link with the topics discussed in the present post. Sanjeev Rambhadran has conceived a series of 40 days, 40 songs, 40 music directors to commemorate 40 years of Mohammad Rafi’s passing away. His selection of the music director and the song can be ebest apprcaited by listening to his entire series only. I have picked up 5 representative songs from the first 20 songs. I plan to take other 5 in our December 2020 episode:

Wo Ham Na The Wo Tum Na The – Cha Cha Cha (1964) – Iqbal Quereshi – Neeraj

Kuchh Aisi Pyari Shakla Mere  Dilruba Ki Hai – Naya Kanoon (1965)  – Madan Mohan – Hasrat Jaipuri

Arman Machal Rahe Hai Dil-e-Bequarar Mein – NFS – Jamal Sen – Haquim Yusuf

Hum Apane Dil Ka Fasaana Suna Na Sake – Actress (1948) – Shyam Sundar – Naqshab Jarachvi

Saaqui Ki Har Nigah Pe Balkha Ke Pee Gaya – NFS – Taj Mohammad Khan – Jigar Moradabadi

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on 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.

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Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs – July 2020

Welcome to July 2020 edition of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

For the year 2020, we have chosen the core subject of Revisiting Basic Quality Concepts w.r.t. the sustained success of the organization As of now we have visited

We take up The Organizational Knowledge for the Sustained Success as our next core concept this month–

Auditing Practices Group Guidance on: Organisational Knowledge, ISO & IAF (2016) defines organizational knowledge as “Organizational Knowledge is the specific knowledge of the organization, coming either from its collective experience or from the individual experience of its persons. In an explicit or implicit way this knowledge is, or can be, used to attain the organization’s objectives.”

The two important features that emerge from this definition are:

Firstly, ‘knowledge’ is an important resource.

Secondly,  ‘Organizational Knowledge‘ is an asset that we cannot quantify

The two basic ways to classify the organizational knowledge are –

Tacit knowledge: This knowledge is often referred to as the ‘know-how’ that exists in an organisation.

Examples of tacit knowledge include skills acquired through tradition, common knowledge or understanding, etc.

Explicit knowledge – Explicit knowledge is the ‘know-what’ knowledge that has been formalized, articulated and most often documented.

Examples of explicit knowledge include databases, memos, notes, documents, etc.

Some more classifications are also applied:

  • Implicit knowledge is ‘knowledge’ that can be articulated but has not yet been articulated.
  • Procedural knowledge is ‘knowledge’ that manifests itself through an activity.
  • Declarative knowledge is ‘knowledge’ that consists of descriptions of facts and things or methods and procedures.
  • Strategic knowledge is the ‘knowledge’ of when to do something and why to do it.[1]

In general, the following are the Sources of Knowledge:

Knowledge can be found almost anywhere in your organization and comes in many tangible and intangible forms. For example:

  • Individual—These are good sources of tacit knowledge.
  • Group/Community— These are good sources of explicit, implicit, and tacit knowledge.
  • Structural—These are sources of implicit knowledge.
  • Organizational memory—These are good sources for a combination of tacit and explicit knowledge.

The knowledge is generally captured in the following Repositories of Knowledge

  • Documentation of any kind
  • Internal knowledge bases
  • Customer-facing knowledge bases
  • FAQs
  • Intranets
  • Onboarding materials
  • Training materials
  • Webinars
  • Case studies

Other repositories can include:

  • Databases
  • Internal collaboration tools
  • Ticketing systems
  • Wikis/communities/forums[2]

Knowledge Model is represented as:

Knowledge Transfer is visualized as:[3]

The benefits of knowledge sharing are numerous[4]:

  • Knowledge overcomes fear
  • Knowledge breaks down barriers & facilitates communication
  • Seeing the “Big Picture” reinforces that we’re all in this together.
  • Knowledge reveals the reasons behind the actions
  • Knowledge leads to intelligent decisions.
  • Knowledge is motivating and empowering
  • Knowledge encourages involvement & breeds a feeling of ownership –
  • Knowledge creates opportunities –

Three key reasons why actively managing knowledge is important to a company’s success are[5]:

  • Facilitates decision-making capabilities,
  • Builds learning organizations by making learning routine, and,
  • Stimulates cultural change and innovation.

While most business leaders appreciate the strategic value of knowledge and the need to manage their knowledge assets, many of them seem unable to derive real benefits from their efforts. There are several reasons for this, including their persistence in viewing knowledge management (KM) as a supply-side issue, namely their belief that the acquisition of the right knowledge automatically produces benefits. Other reasons that benefits don’t materialize include a lack of focus on KM initiatives; a staggering over reliance on technology to provide both the solution and the benefit; structures that are inappropriate for capitalizing on an organization’s knowledge assets; and lastly, a lack of proper ownership[6].

An effective knowledge management strategy enables an organization to create, apply, and share information, breaking down silos and increasing usage of valuable data. The right strategy sustains organizational objectives as technologies evolve, keeps companies on the bleeding edge of industry trends, and pushing one step ahead of the competition at all times.[7]

Suggested Additional Reading:

The detailed note on The Organizational Knowledge for the Sustained Success can by clicking on the hyperlink.

We will now turn to our regular sections:

In the series the Organizational Culture, we have taken up Building The Organizational Culture

We now watch ASQ TV, wherein we look at a few relevant videos from the archive:

We do not have relevant article from Jim L. Smith’s Jim’s Gems this month.So we move on to  –

The Unfolding Course of Events – Looking to the past provides some perspective.by Michelle Bangert . “It is not given to human beings—happily for them, for otherwise life would be intolerable—to foresee or to predict to any large extent the unfolding course of events.” – Winston Churchill from his eulogy for Neville Chamberlain, November 12, 1940. – is a quote from the Erik Larson’s book The Splendid and the Vile, wherein the author has presented in the cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.”

I look forward to your views / comments / inputs to further enrich the subjects of Basics of Quality and Organizational Culture and their role in Creating and Maintaining Sustained Success.

Note: The images depicted here above are through courtesy of respective websites who have the copyrights for the respective images.

[1] What is Organisational Knowledge and why is it so important?

[2] What Is Organizational Knowledge, and Where Can I Find It? – Emil Hajric

[3] A MODEL FRAMEWORK FOR MEASURING ORGANIZATIONAL INTANGIBLE ASSETSSudhir Warier

[4] 7 reasons – Organizational Knowledge is powerDonna Coppock

[5] Why Knowledge Management Is Important To The Success Of Your CompanyLisa Quast

[6] KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AS A SUSTAINED COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGEPeter Murray

[7] The Competitive Advantage of the Right Knowledge Management Solution

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Organizational culture

Building The Organizational Culture

An organization’s culture is shaped as the organization faces external and internal challenges and learns how to deal with them. When the organization’s way of doing business provides a successful adaptation to environmental challenges and ensures success, those values are retained. These values and ways of doing business are taught to new members as the way to do business (Schein, 1992).

The factors that are most important in the creation of an organization’s culture include Leadership (founders’) values, preferences, and industry demands.[1]

Most of the organizations that have been able to build strong structures, would testify to these truths:

  1. Creating culture requires an intentional plan
  2. People do what they see
  3. Systems are critical – Systems create habits and habits create behaviors and behaviors create culture. [2]

A winning culture has two defining characteristics:

  • A unique personality and soul based on shared values and heritage.
  • Cultural norms and behaviors that translate the organization’s unique personality and soul into customer-focused actions and bottom-line results.[3]

When you are defining the culture for your new organization, or the team, you set a culture that defines the performance and happiness of you and your colleagues…. This means that as a leader your company culture is you; the good and bad of how you behave and handle situations will be how your team handles the situation…. Next time you look at your team and see something in your culture you don’t like, the first thing you should do is look at yourself.

  • Search for your blind spots.
  • Lead by example
  • Show humility and accountability
  • Set, maintain, and improve the standards

Think about the changes you want to see and then take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask yourself how you can be part of the solution through your actions.[4]

One should be able to lay hands on a wide variety of literature relating ‘How to build a (winning) culture?’. It would be advisable to browse through the ones that seem more relevant to your context and needs. Here is one such model: Building Company Culture The Right Way –  Kate Heinz, Use this exposure to provide you a broad theoretical framework. In the end, you will work your won, your very own, method.

Suggested additional readings- Illustrative:

[1] How Are Cultures Created?

[2] How can you create the culture you want?

[3] Creating and Sustaining a Winning Culture – Paul Meehan, Darrell Rigby, and Paul Rogers

[4] The One Key to Building and Keeping a Great Company Culture

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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: July 2020

Mohammad Rafi’s First Solo Song With The Music Director -1964 – 1966

Since 2016, we have taken up a series of articles that specifically remembers Mohammad Rafi’s First Solo Song with a Music Director as token of our appreciation of Mohammad Rafi’s songs as we commemorate his birth (24th December 1924) and death (31 July 1980) anniversaries. This exercise has given an excellent opportunity to revisit many of Mahammad Rafi’s songs remembered today, some of the songs that required a refreshing and some more that we got to listen first time. In the process, we have come more than 110 music directors.

We have selected a five-year slot each as the base review period. Starting from the year 1944, till now we have covered

The present series commenced from the year 1944 when Mohammad Rafi set his feet in the Hindi Film World for the first time. From then till 1950, can be considered as the years wherein he gradually established his firm foothold on the male playback singing scene in the Hindi cinema. The decade of 50s saw his ascendancy to the numero uno position among the male playback singers. ‘60s was the period where his popular songs saw a quantum jump in the number of popular songs. ‘The ‘Aradhana’ phenomenon in 1969 jacked up Kishore Kumar to the No. 1 position almost overnight. Therefore, we had planned to limit our present exercise to the year 1969. Mohammad Rafi did remain active till 1980. He had several songs that were as good as his few among the best. There must have been some more music directors who were associated first time with Mohammad Rafi in this post-1969 period. But, this is a period which requires a point of view which should be different then what we have taken during 40s , 50s and then 60s. We will take up the post-1969 period separately in the future.

As such, we would now take up the last leg of our journey of Mohammad Rafi’s First Solo Song with a Music Director. This will be the period of 6 years, from 1964 to 1969.

Presently we take up the first half of the period 1964-19689, viz. years 1964 to 1966 so as to  focus our attention to the core subject – Mohammad Rafi’s first solo Song with a Music Director – in our present post.

1964

1964 has 143 solo songs of Mohammad Rafi.

We have four music directors who have had their first solo song by Mohammad Rafi

Robin Banerjee

Robin Banerjee composed music for his very first film ‘Insaaf Kahaan Hai” in 1958. He went to compose music for another 20 odd films, all of B and C grade ones. He is best remembered for his Tum Jo Aao To Pyar Aa Jaye (Sakhi Robin, 1962; Manna Dey, Suman Kalyanpur)

Ek Taraf Hai Maa Ki Chhaya Ek Taraf Hai Taaj – Aandhi Aur Toofan – Lyrics: Farooq Kaiser

Here we have a classic background song.

 

V Nagayya

S Nagayya [a.k.a Chittoor V. Nagaiah (born Vuppaladadiyam Nagaiah Sarma)] was a multilingual Indian film actor, composer, director, producer, writer and playback singer

Dil Ko Hamare Chain Nahi Hai – Bhakt Randasu

The film was a remake Telugu film of the same name. V Nagiah had acted in the Telugu version in the role of 17th-century saint Kancharla Gopanna.

Mohammad Rafi is as his silken best as he begins this pleasure and has a high scale ending to the song as well.

Gandharva Ghantshala

I have not been able to locate much information about this music director.

Parbat Dera Pyar Bhara Tha, Maine Dekhi Thi Ek Doli – Jhanda Uncha Rahe Hamara – Lyrics: Shrinivas

This also is a remake of Telugu film. Mohammad Rafi renders a recital-style song here.

Shanti Kumar Desai

Shanti Kumar Desai is documented to be active from 1934 to 1964. As it appears that Tere Dwar Khada Bhagwan was his last film. I have no means to check whether he has composed a Mohammad Rafi solo earlier than this.

Dil Todanewale Aaja Re Sang Chhodanewale Aaja Re – Tere Dwar Khada Bhagwan – Lyrics: Pt. Madhur

The songs is set to a typical bhajan style, but has allowed full freedom to Mohammad Rafi to explore low to high to low scale variations.

We will also take note of another Mohammad Rafi song in this film

Teri Yaad Ki Gaau Saragam Sargam – – Tere Dwar Khada Bhagwan – Lyrics: Pt. Madhur

The song reflects the sheer joy of the protagonist as he seems to be on the move for exploring his search for his God.

1965

1965 has 128 solo songs of Mohammad Rafi.

1965 to has 4 new music directors. These music directors, too, had, extremely limited active career span. However, the songs that we get to listen comes back to our memory no sooner the songs starts playing.

P D Sharma

Not much is known about P D Sharma. It seems that he has composed music for just this one film.

Ek Ek Tinke Par Kab Tak Insaano Ka Lahu Bahega  – Baaghi Haseena – Lyrics:

The composition of the song seems quite competent one for someone who is so obscure as a music director.

Roy Frank

Again, I do not have much information about Roy Frank. However, his song Zara Keh Do FizaoN Se Hamein Itana Sataye Na (Talat Mahmood, Mubarak Begum; Gogol;a, 1966) can be his best introduction!

Puchho Na Humse Ki Hum Hain Kis Haal Mein – – Chor Darwaja – Lyrics: Qafil Azar

The feeling of regret for not being able to realize what one has intended is so beautifully set to a Gujarati folk Graba Tune.

Tum Jahan Jaaoge Mujh Ko Bhi Wahin Paaoge – Chor Darwaja – Lyrics: Qafil Azar

Mohammad Rafi fans should easily be able to recollect this song.

Lala Asar Sattar

Lala (Gangwane), Asar and Sattar Khan were ace musicians who worked with the leading music directors of their time. They teamed up as independent music directors, created a few dazzling stars, broke up, leaving Lala and Sattar to carry the baton, ultimately to be cosigned to oblivion. Hindi Film Music archive is grave to a score of such musicians.

Yug Yug Se Gaate Aaye Hain Dharti Aur Aasmaan – Jahan Sati WahaN Bhagwan – Lyrics: ?

The song has all the elements of a background, title, song, each one fully justified by Mohammad Rafi, by his soft yet strong tone that signifies deep and firm, and still, very humble, feelings for the omnipresence of the God.

We have one more film in the same year, where Lala Asad Sattar have created one of the most memorable Mohammad Rafi song.

Main To Tere Haseen Khayalon Mein Kho Gaya – Sangram – Lyrics: Aish Kanwal

One of the most blessed side of a typical B or C grade Hind film was its excellent music score. Most of the music directors who have scored music for such films were at the stage of their initial days of struggle. That may be one reason why almost every song they composed for such songs had their best, and highly creative, scores. Many of the films benefited at the box office by these excellent songs . However, Lady Luck chose to favor Laxmikant Pyarelal only from the lot.

Vedpal Verma

Vedpal Verma worked as a story writer and lyricist before becoming a music director.

Ab To Bata De Avgun Mere Paanv Pada Hu Shyam  – Sant Tukaram = Lyrics: Madhukar Rajasthani

The song is an emotional prayer to the God, wherein the protagonists seeks to his weaknesses. As can expected, the song moves along with variations in the emotions, duly matched by Mohammad Rafi’s throw of words.

In the database of Mohammad Rafi, for the year 1965 there is a reference to one Shyam Sharma, who has composed music for a Bhojpuri film, Hamara Sansar, in this year.

Atul’s Song A Day has listed one Mohammad Rafi NFS created by Shyam SharmaPaagal Naina Sagri Raina Teri Baat Nihaare.

The song is a hidden gem.

1966

The year 1966 has 105 solo songs of Mohammad Rafi.

The year 1966 has three new music directors.

Ganesh

Ganesh (Sharma) was the younger brother of Pyarelal (of Laxmikant Pyarelal duo.). His most known song is from the same year, Hum Tere Bin Jee Na Sakenge Sanam (Thakur Jarnail Singh, Asha Bhosle)

Jinki Tasveer Nigahon Mein Liye Phirta Hun – Husn Aur Ishq – Lyrics: Noor Devasi

The orchestration is set to Arabic style composition.

Harbans

One more music director for which hardly any information is available.

Girdhaari O Girdhaari Laut Bhi Aao O Girdhaari Radha Neer Bahae– Nagin Aur Sapera – Lyrics: Satyapal Sharma

We have a mature composition from this music director.

Babu Singh

From the available information, it seems that Babu Singh has only one Hindi film and one Bhojpuri films to his credit.

Unhe Manzil Nahi Milti Jo Kismat Ke Sahare Hai – Vidyaarthi – Lyrics: Madhukar Bihari

One more example of a mature composition from what seems to be one-film music director.

The film has two more Mohammad Rafi solos: Bankar Ke Insan banaye Tumko Ham Bhagwan and Suno Sunate Aaj Tumhe Hum Nehru Ji Ki Amar Kahani. Both the compositions are also equally mature ones. In fact, I remember having heard the second one, a story of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, on radio on Nehruji’s anniversaries in late 60s.

We will conclude our series on Mohammad Rafi’s First Solo Song with a Music Director in our December 2020 episode.

We will continue remembering Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month……..

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1945 @ SoY :: Setting The Stage

The backward journey of Best Songs for TheYear @ SoY has now reached the 10th milepost. The journey commenced from the known territory of first five (actually , four) years of  what is known as the golden era, paased through transition years of golden era nd vintage era and has now reached in the tick of the vintage era. We have been able to add much more to our radio-listening music knowledge at each of these milestones – @ 1955, 1953, 1951, 1950, 1949  1948,  1947 and 1946. We now move on the next milestone ‘Best songs of 1945: And the winners are?

We first recapitulate the key points of the SoY overview article:

Musical landmarks:

Noorjehan starrers BadiMa, Village Girl and Zeenat; K L Saigal’s Kurukshera and Tadbeer (even when composed by relatively unknown today composers, Ganpat Rao and Lal Mohammad, respectively)  hardly require much efforts to recall for the generation that has grown up listening to radio only.

Other important musical compositions

Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De – Pahli Nazar – Mukesh – Anil Biswas

Debut, fact file and trivia

     Lata Mangeshkar – as an actor and singer, in Badi Ma.     

     Mohammad Rafi – on screen, in Tera Jalwa Jisne Dekha (Laila Majnu)

Talat Mahmmood – first Hindi film song – Jago Musafir Jago (Raj Laxmi).His first film as actor on Hindi screen.

As directors, Bimal Roy – Hamrahi, K Asif – Phool

As lyricist, Moti B.A.- Kaise Kahun

The first all-feamle quawwaliAhe Na Bhari Sikawe Na Kiye (Zeenat)

1945 had 74 films, and around 670 songs. Of these songs, singers for more than 300 songs remain unidentified.  Of these, List Of Memorable Songs has 60 songs. When more than 300 songs have unidentified in a year, form a total of around 670 song, this number commands respect. Of the songs listed here, around 30% songs belong to Male Solo songs, of which roughly one third are the solo songs of (so-called) vintage era male singers. Around 40 % songs belong to Female Solo Songs category. Barring a couple of exceptions, all songs belong to only vintage era singers. Rest of the songs are duets, of which duets where at least on singer – which under the present circumstances would a male singer only – is only a third of the duets. These songs have been separated listed as Memorable Songs of 1945, with corresponding YT link to the song.

Many songs in the list may not refresh into memory by only reading the initial lyrics but listening to these songs during our Micro View should an interesting affair. It should also be certainly interesting to explore songs listed on HFGK on YT during Micro View. We should also be seeing if Micro view does make any significant change in the distribution pattern narrated here above..

For the year under review, Special songs are expected to be expanded as we discover more such songs on the detailed listening of songs in other categories. . In this case too, I have brought these songs on the same page with Memorable Songs of 1945.

It should also interesting to see if we can find any songs on YT that have not been tagged to any specific singers (in HFGK records). If so found, we will list them as separate category during the Micro Review.

The stage is now set to commence our journey into the Micro View of the Songs of 1945. For the year, we will list all available songs on YT for the singers already identified. I propose to add a section of the songs for which singers are not identified, but on the condition that the first listening of the song induces you to repeat listening. We will then combine our impressions of these songs with that we already have for the well-known ones to present our point of view in so far as

MY TOP Male Solo Songs

MY TOP Female Solo Songs

MY TOP Duets

MY TOP Songs of Unknown Singers

MY TOP music director

                               are concerned for the year 1945.

All the posts that will appear on this subject here have been tagged as Songs of 1945.