Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – June 2021

Welcome to June 2021 edition of IXth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We pay our tribute to Chandrashekhar who left for heavenly abode on 16.06.2021.

‘I got more praise than the hero’ – Movie veteran Chandrashekhar (Vaidya), best known for films like Cha Cha Cha, Surangand Street Singer and playing the role of Arya Sumant on the television serial Ramayan, passed into the ages.

We now move on to other tributes and memories:

Songs of Yore completes eleven years

When Dimple Kapadia refused to badmouth Rajesh Khanna: ‘Don’t you dare try to extract any nasty statements’ – a throwback on Dimple Kapadia’s 64th birthday on June 8.

Remembering Razak Khan on his 5th death anniversary (01/06).

How the Kamat Foto Flash agency became as iconic as the movies it was hired to snapNandini Ramnath – A staple of the credits of Hindi films since the 1940s, the photography studio is now focusing on its vast archive.

Damodar Kamat | Courtesy Kamat Foto Flash

Remembering Nargis Dutt, one of the most dignified and respected actresses of our country, on her birth anniversary (01/06).

Mani Ratnam at 65: Made in Madras, his superb songs enthral all of urban IndiaShaikh Ayaz – The Mani Ratnam-Ilaiyaraaja-AR Rahman combo has created a gold-standard repertoire of Tamil-Hindi film soundtracks. As realistic as Ratnam’s films are, his songs are the absolute opposite — illogical, grand and dream-like.

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

June 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Dattaram – Mere AansuoN Pe Na Muskuraa. Till now we have covered, Dattaram’s compositions from the films during

1957 to 1959 in In 2018,

1960 and 1961 in 2019, and

1962 and 1963 in 2020

Dattaram Part 1: Under the shadow of big banyan tree with songs of Mukesh and Manna Dey is followed up with Dattaram Part 2: Breaking out of the Banyan Tree with ‘Other’ Singers

We now move on to songs on other subjects –

Mehfil announces the month of ‘Train Songs’ – Trains, the train tracks, Railway station platforms and farewell or welcomes at the station have been an important part of our Hindi cinema. Part I has songs with train rhythm from B&W films and Part II has songs from colour Hindi films. And of course, there are Train songs without the Train Rhythm

लफ़्ज़ों में फेर बदल – कुछ फ़िल्मी गीतों पर मेरा अभिप्राय is a very candidly presented point of view with regard to some specific lyric in otherwise good songs.

‘Hindi Cine Raag Encyclopaedia’ by KL Pandey: Book Review – KL Pandey’s ‘Hindi Cine Raag Encyclopaedia’, the raag analysis of about 20,000 Hindi film songs from 1931 to September 2020, is a monumental work of enormous significance for music lovers, academics and researchers.

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

We have commenced  Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @SoY with Setting the Stage and then have taken up Male Solo Songs.

Songs of (skewed!?) Work-Life Balance ends with a sharp repartee to the workaholics –

Badal jaaye agar maali,

chaman hota nahin khali,

bahaarein phir bhi aati hain,

bahaaren phir bhi aayengi!  

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.

Ye Dilqashi Na Hogi Mahtab Ki Kiran Mein…Sheeshe Ka Ho Ya Paththar Ka Dil Mohabbat Karo Dhadkane Lagega – Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962) – with Asha Bhosle – S D Burman – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Ye Gora Gora Mukhada Ye Kala Kala Til – Gangu (1962) – with Geeta Dutt – Kalyanji Anandji – Prem Dhawan

Jaam Chalne Ko Hai, Sab Ahle Nazar Baithe Hai…Saqia Aisi Pila De Hum Ko Diwana Bana De – Mall Road (1962) – Sudarshan – Viren Dablish

Chand Jaisa Badan Phool Sa Peharan – Rustom-e-Baghdad (1963) – N Dutta – Asad Bhopali

Tum Se Maano Na Maano Mujhe Tumse,… Pyar Ho Gaya Hai – Cha Cha Cha (1964)- with Asha Bhosle – Iqbal Qureshi – Bharat Vyas

Kaha Suraj Kaha Main Ek Jala,Sitaro Se Liye Ja Raha Hun.. Jigar Ka Dard Badhata Ja Raha Hai – Street Singer (1966) – with Sharda – Suraj (nee Shankar) – Hasrat Jaipuri

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.


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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