Welcome to January 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
We celebrated 73rd Republic Day this month.
- The story of India, told by its cinema: How the hopeful 1950s were braver than the shrill 2020s – Samapada Sharma – The 1950s, in many ways, were braver times and the 2020s are still gathering the courage to make cinema that can represent us to future generations.
- During the Beating The Retreat 2022 ceremony, Abide With Me has been replaced by Kavi Pradeep’s seminal piece Aye Mere Watan Ke LogoN, which was written in the wake of the Sino-Indian War, and went on to become a tableau of Indian nationalism.
We now move on to the other tributes and celebrations for the month –
SoY celebrates the New Year with Romancing the Rogue or Songs of Beiman Balma
Main Kya Janoo Kya Jadoo Hai – Remembering K L Saigal – “आप सुन रहे है कार्यक्रम, पुरानी फिल्मों के गीत। पेश है आज का आख़री गीत के एल सैगल की आवाज में।” – The announcer on Radio Ceylon would announce it at around 07.57 am daily. It’s been a custom for more than 50 years, to end the program with a song sung by Saigal. Many people consider it as a real start of the day.
Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar was first Indian film to win at Cannes 75 years ago but we bet you have never seen it – Sampada Sharma – On the filmmaker’s birth anniversary, here’s revisiting the film.
Diya Jalakar Aap Bujhaya – Remembering K Datta, born as Datta Korgaonkar alias D P Korgaonkar (as he was credited for Marathi films) was a popular composer of the late 30s and early 40s.
Dev Anand-Vyjanthimala’s Jewel Thief remains one of Hindi cinema’s tautest thrillers, even 55 years after it was made — Sampada Sharma – On Vijay Anand’s birth anniversary, revisiting the 1967 film Jewel Thief, which is often overshadowed by his more successful film Guide.
Happy Brithday, Roshan Kumari! – She turned 84 on 24th December. Here is g=her dance scene in Mirza Ghalib that feels a little like a small dress rehearsal
Bhoola Nahi Dena Jee – Remembering Nashad – He started as Shaukat Dehlavi. At times he called himself Shaukat Haideri. He also composed under the names Shaukat Ali, Shaukat Hussein to finally settle for the name, Nashad.
‘Mard hoti toh collector hoti’ — Basu Chatterjee’s Apne Paraye is a study in family dynamics – On Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 84th death anniversary, Unnati Sharma revisits Basu Chatterjee’s 1980 movie ‘Apne Paraye’ based on the novel ‘Nishkriti’.
सुमनताईंची मराठी गाणी is quick 5-songs list, expected to be taken up more exhaustively during the next year.
Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:
In the series of articles on Sahir’s Songs of Romance, commemorating Sahir Ludhianvi’s birth centenary, we now take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s Eight-film association with Roshan.
January 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Jaidev: Brilliant, But Underrated, Composer: Songs from ‘parallel cinema’ films 1974 – 1975. Till now, 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,
in 2020, we listened to highly appreciated songs from the films that did not succeed in 1971, and
In 2021, we recalled the songs that have faded out because the films flopped in 1972-1973
Here is a photograph of Dr. Shimram Lagoo on his birth anniversary (17th December) posted on BollywooDirect:
We now move on to posts on other subjects –
Songs of Gratitude – the words used generally to express the gratitude are shukriya (शुक्रिया) and meherbani (मेहरबानी).
Double Role films of Dharmendra – He has played double roles in fourteen films- thirteen Hindi films and one Punjabi film and one triple role as well.
Umad Ghumad Kar Aayi Re Ghata – Euphoric Celebration of Rains – Shirish Waghmode deconstructs this beautiful song written by Pt Bharat Vyas.
Ten of my favourite devotional songs, which are very specifically about a devotee addressing a deity or a higher power in a spirit of devotion, but consists of spewing anger.. Included here are all forms of devotion. Excluded are the songs which use the Radha-and-Krishna theme where the devotion is tempered by romantic love
Enakshi Rama Rau and Mohan Bhavnani were partners in life and work – Anu Kumar – Their lives were intertwined with the early years of documentary and cinema in India.
Also read: Restored classic ‘Shiraz’ is as timeless as the Taj Mahal monument that inspired it
Romancing the Jaadugar Balma having met with anaari, pardesi, ajanabi, and beimaan balmas
Yash Chopra tackled Partition and Hindu fundamentalism in Dharmputra, long before Garm Hava – Unnati Sharma – Romantic heartthrob Shashi Kapoor and King of Romance Yash Chopra’s first collaboration in 1961 sensitively handled Hindu-Muslim differences and religious bigotry.
Gulzar on Bimal Roy, the director who ‘lived and breathed films’ – An excerpt from Actually … I Met Them: A Memoir by Gulzar translated from the Bengali by Maharghya Chakraborty- Penguin Random House India
Book Review: “Majrooh Sultanpuri: The Poet For All Reasons”
Here is the interview that Manek Premchand had with Silhouette Magazine’s Antara Nanda Mondal on the book Majrooh Sultanpuri: The Poet For All Reasons — ‘I Would Rate It As My Best Work,’ Says Manek Premchand
Raj Kapoor, passionate filmmaker and obsessive foodie – Elaborate meals, whatever the time of the day, went hand-in-hand with the creation of cinema.
Songs Praising Male Beauty – the solos and duets sung only by female playback singers
From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:
- Before Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar was the original ‘angry young man’ in Gunga Jumna – Gunga Jumna had Dilip Kumar playing a man who gets turned towards the path of crime because of the unjust system that favours the rich.
- If Raj Kapoor’s Sangam was made in 2022, he would be the villain, not the hero. Here’s why – Watching Raj Kapoor-Vyjanthimala’s Sangam in 2022, it is evident that this is over three hours of male privilege being shoved down the audience’s throat.
In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi that are relevant to the topics covered in the present episode, we will listen to his iconic patriotic songs from films:
Vatan Ki Raah Mein Vatan Ke Naujwan Shaheed Ho – Shaheed (1948) – duet version with Khan Mastana and a solo version – Lyrics: Raja Mahendi Ali Khan – Music: Ghulam Haider
Ab Koi Gulshan Na Ujade Ab Vatan Aazad Hai – Mujhe Jeene Do (1964) – Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi – Music: Jaidev
JahaN Daal Daal Pe Sone Ki ChidiyaN Karati Ho Basra – Sikandar-e-Azam (1965) – Lyrics: Rajendra Krishna – Musc: Hansraj Behl
Ae Watan Ae Watan Hum Ko Teri Qasam – Shaheed (1965) Lyrics and Music: Prem Dhawan
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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