Welcome to June 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
As Songs of Yore completes twelve years, I take up the opportunity to acknowledge that it was SoY that took me to take up blog as a serious source of reading and then active blogging on my own as the major activity of my second innings .
We now move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –
Sunil Dutt fell in love with Nargis as she took care of his ill sister: ‘I knew she was the one’ – Sampada Sharma – On Nargis’ birth anniversary, here’s looking back at the noble woman who had empathy for everyone and it was this quality of hers that had Sunil Dutt fall in love with her.
Radio Ceylon — the Sri Lankan channel India turned to when AIR banned film music in 1952 – Raghav Bikhchandani – In its heydays, Radio Ceylon had managed to capture all of India’s major vernacular markets, by dividing the day’s programming schedule into Hindi, Tamil and Telugu segments.
Remembering a Genius….Sajjad Hussain on his birthday 15th June. He was fond of lengthening a certain alphabet of a word in the song so that the next word had to be offbeat, adding a certain complexity to the song.
Nabendu Ghosh’s Dadamoni: The Life and Times of Ashok Kumar – How this reluctant actor, jittery and inept at first, and with a thin voice that is almost jarring—ended up as one of Hindi cinema’s most popular and biggest stars, is the subject of Nabendu Ghosh’s Dadamoni: The Life and Times of Ashok Kumar (Speaking Tiger Books, 2022).
On her 86th birth anniversary The Many Moods of Nutan, presents Nutan in her myriad moods
O Nigahen Mastana – Remembering Nutan on her birthday (4th June) with some of her iconic B&W film songs
Asad Bhopali – The Unsung Ghalib presents 10 songs, each of a different mood, penned by Asad Bhopali
June 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Dattaram – Dekhi Teri Duniyaa Arre Dekhe Tere Kaam, remembering the songs composed in the years 1968 and 1969. Till now we have covered, Dattaram’s compositions from the films during
1957 to 1959 in 2018,
1960 and 1961 in 2019, and
1962 and 1963 in 2020
1965 in 2021
We now move on to posts on other subjects –
How Satyajit Ray achieved historical accuracy in his first Hindi film ‘Shatranj ke Khilari’ – Sarbajit Mitra – The search for the appropriate visual references took Ray to different archives and repositories, including the India Office Library in London.
- The ‘magical mystery tour’ that was Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khilari’
- ‘Is this man for real?’ Notes from the sets of Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khilari’
Why Lata Mangeshkar’s Dil Jo Na Keh Saka lost to Mohammad Rafi’s version – AJAY MANKOTIA – Probably the main reasons for the twin song genre was expediency — when you have a good product, why not have more than one singer sing it. The institution of twin songs began to lose its lustre from the ’80s onwards. But a marked change was taking place even with these few songs.
The Sea Side Songs, while focussing on songs on the beach, restricts the choice to the songs where entire song is sung on the sea shore.
Haunting, Charming Humming Songs – Humming means any melody sung without the lyrics – this can include a melody sung with an open mouth like ‘aaa’ or ‘ooo’. The humming part normally comes before the actual song, like an Alaap in classical music. However, there are also songs where the humming sequence comes in the middle of the song or at the very end.
Songs of Narcissists are the songs that indulge in abashed self-praise.
Ten of my favourite bicycle songs, on the World Bicycle Day (3rd June), wherein each song is ‘sung’ by someone on a bicycle through at least three-fourths of the song
My Favourites: Train Songs with a condition that the person singing the song had to present on the train (or on top of the train) for the entirety of the song
From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:
- Sharmila Tagore’s Safar has a woman suffering because the men in her life can’t stop being attention seekers– Safar does not defend its entitled, manipulative men, but it also does not defend its faultless woman. It punishes Sharmila Tagore’s Neela, for loving her work, and accepts that the only way she could prosper was by letting go of the men in her life.
- When Amitabh Bachchan played a horrible husband to Nutan in 1973’s Saudagar – Nutan and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Saudagar examines gender imbalance in marriage, where women are treated like free labour and men hold all the cards.
- Why Rajesh Khanna-Sharmila Tagore’s Avishkaar is the antithesis of Bollywood romcoms – Hindi cinema has made rom-coms by the dozen, but inspecting the ugly reality of a close relationship has always made us extremely uncomfortable. Basu Bhattacharya’s 1974 film Avishkaar does this in a delicate way.
- Sanjeev Kumar-Rehana Sultan’s National Award-winning film Dastak examines loneliness in Bombay through the prism of morality – Rajinder Singh Bedi’s Dastak examines the idea of urban isolation for a woman who is not allowed to work and is jailed inside her apartment.
We have inched forward with Male Solo Songs  in Micro View of 1943. As can be expected, after a very lucid analysis – Best songs of 1943: Wrap Up 1 – the SOY Award for the Best Male Playback Singer of 1943 goes to KL Saigal for his songs in Tansen.
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 institute a series wherein we continue to listen to Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar’s duet with a music director for the first time in a Hindi film, every month for the rest of the 2022,
Ja To Se Naahin BoluN Ghunghat NahiN KholuN – Samrat Chandragupta (1958) – Bharat Vyas – Kalyanji Virji Shah
Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyaliyan – Suvarna Sundari (1958) – Bharat Vyas – Adi Narayan Rao
Koi Ikrar Kare Ya Koi Inkarar Kare …… Tum HasiN Ho Tumhein Sab Dil Mein Jagah Dete Hai … Main Tumhi Se Poochti Hoon – Black Cat (1959) – Jan Nissar Akhtar – N Dutta
Is Zindgi Ki Daud Mein Kaante Bikher Gaya………Maine Peena Seekh Liya – Goonj Uthi Shahnai (1959) – Bharat Vyas – Vasant Desai
Un Par Kaun Kare Ji Viswas – Kavi Kalidas (1959) – Bharat Vyas – S N Tripathi
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.