Welcome to January 2021 edition of IXth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
The year 2021 opened on a very unusual note for Blog World of Hindi Film Music with a post Hans Akela: A song that stood tall amid the ruins on SoY. Rahul Bhagwanrao Muli presents the songs that are only the surviving link to the memory of the film. The song is then “Hans Akela“ which is still floating freely, liberated from the mortal debris of the film.
And of course, a post on 26th January – Republic Day: Reading between the lyrics of five patriotic Hindi film songs – The better and more enduring ones of this gnre, however, make room for other sentiments – celebration with caution, pride tinged with anxiety, a love for the country that is firm but not blind.
We now move on to other tributes and memories:
Boss of Bombay Talkies: How Devika Rani fought innuendo and personal tragedy to get back on her feet – Kishwar Desai presents Edited excerpts from a biography – The Longest Kiss: The Life and Times of Devika Rani, Westland Books – of the movie star and pioneering studio owner.
Mahendra Kapoor: The playback singer who did not need a sound system – Ajay Mankotia – January 9, 2021 was the 86th birth anniversary of the singer who owned the bastion of patriotic and religious songs in Bollywood
Sajjad Husain, the ‘Unsung’ Maestro – Rajan NS – Sajjad Husain was a priceless asset to Hindi film music but could not get the recognition that was his due, despite his prodigious talent.
The Masters: Naushad Ali – After a few forays into working as an instrumentalist in films, Naushad got his first big break when music director Khemchand Prakash took him on as an assistant. It was 1940 before he got his first film as an independent composer – Prem Nagar, for which, Naushad says, he did a lot of research on the folk music of Kutch. Soon, other films followed, but it was with Rattan (1944) that Naushad first tasted success.
The Unlucky Genius N Datta: His songs for ‘other’ singers is a rounding-off article after Hans Jakhar ‘s articles on N Datta’s principal singers, Asha Bhosle and Rafi
The Masters: C Ramchandra – Ramchandra Narhar Chitalkar was born on January 12th 1918 and died on January 5th 1982. His debut in Hindi films, as an independent music director was in Jeevan (1942), on the strength of his bond with Master Bhagwan. While the film only did average business, the music was appreciated, and Ramchandra had his foot in the door in the Hindi film industry as well. Bhagwan and he would collaborate professionally on a further 15 films.
Rafi sings for Chitragupt – Part 1 is the solo songs whereas part II is his duets.
How Guru Dutt became the reluctant hero of his masterpiece ‘Pyaasa’ – Excerpted with permission from Guru Dutt – An Unfinished Story, Yasser Usman, Simon & Schuster India.
Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:
- O P Nayyar- The Creator of Timeless Classics
- Conversation Songs of Dev Anand
- Streets Named after Bollywood Celebrities
- Vijay ‘Goldie’ Anand- A Filmmaker with Unique Cine…
- Accordion in Hindi Film Songs
- Javed Akhtar- Guru Dutt was his Inspiration
- Shakti Samanta- The Maker of a Classic ‘Amar Prem’
- Anarkali was a Musical Milestone for C Ramchandra
- The Journey of Bollywood Through Film Posters
- Story Behind the Song ‘Jhooth Bole kauwa Kate’
- Qamar Jalalabadi- A Forgotten Lyricist
- Nanda- The Journey of Baby Nanda to the Leading Ac…
- IRFAN KHAN- An Acting Powerhouse
- Laxmi Chhaya- Maar Diya Jaye Ke Chhod Diya Jaye
- Jaidev- He was Initially Signed for Guide
- Mukri – A Unique Comedian of Bollywood
- Piya Tu Ab To Aja- One of the Gems of R D Burman
- Bollywood songs that celebrate New Year!
Ae Nargis e Mastana – Remembering Sadhana on her 5th anniversary on 25th December.
My favourite ‘Rafi-Suman Kalyanpur’ duets is a tribute to Suman Kalyanpur on her 84th birthday. Here is one duet that I have picked up as my choice, and the other one is at then end of this episode –
Zara Thehro Ji Abdul Gafaar – Satta Bazaar (1959) – Kalyanji Anandji – Hasrat Jaipuri
January 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Jaidev: Brilliant, But Underrated, Composer: 1972-1973 that covers Jaidev’s music in films Bhavna, Maan Jaaiye (both in 1972) and Prem Parbat (1973). We have covered, the years –
- In 2018, we listened to his songs from the most successful films phase of 1955 to 1963.
- In 2019, we listened to his more remembered songs from his less remembered films for 1964 to 1970, and
- in 2020, we listened to highly appreciated songs from the films that did not succeed in 1971
in the form of our commemorative annual series in the month of Jaidev’s death anniversary month.
We will now take up the articles on other subjects:
Film Songs Based on Classical Ragas (14) – The Melodious Trio: Bageshri, Rageshri and Malgunji – Subodh Agrawal – All three ragas are very sweet and pleasant – ideal for shringar rasa. Malgunji is perhaps the sweetest, while Rageshri has a touch of gravity.
Songs of Music (!) explores different facets of music or where music plays a very important role in the song and / or the movie. For example – Manbhaavan Sangeet Suhavan (Chandramukhi, 1960 – Manna Dey – S.N.Tripathi – Bharat Vyas) , a song based on Raag Basant Bahar, is a perfect tribute to music. It refers to the various gods and goddesses who espouse the cause of music,
Heroine introduces herself! follows up on Hero introduces himself!
In the Micro View of Songs of 1945 we have carried forward the micro view of solo songs of Female singers – now in the form of Naseem (Banu) | Naseem Akhtar | Munnavar Sultana, Other female singers – Part I and Part II and the Summing up post on Female Solo songs – My TOP female solo songs. We, then, commenced the Micro View of the Duets for the year 1945 with Duets (+) of Golden Era (Male +) Singers.
In continuation to our tradition of ending 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.
Sambhal Sambhal Kar Jaiyo O Banjare.. Dilhi Door Hai – Saajan (1947) – with Lalita Deulkar, Gereta Roy – C Ramchandra – Ram Murti Chaturvedi
Tum Ho Jaao Hamare, Hum Ho Jaaye Tumhare – Roop Lekha (1949) – with Surinder Kaur – Sajjad Hussain – Khumar Barabankvi
Chhin Ke Pher Li Aankhein Jaan Gaye Ham Jaan Gaye – Chandani Raat (1949) – with Shamsahd Begum – Naushad Ali – Shakel Badayuni
Ghata Mein Chhup Kar….Jo Dil Ki Baat Hai..Nazar Tak AAyee Jaati Hai – Baaz (1953) – with Geeta dutt – O P Nayyar – Majrooh Sultanpuri
Sambahl Ke Baitho Jhara, ChhaoN Mein BaharoN Ki,,,,Chand Hai Taare Bhi Aur Ye Tanhai Bhi – Roop Lekha (1962) – with Suman Kalyanpur – Nashad – Farooq Qaiser
I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
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