The Micro View of Songs of 1943 – MY Top Male Solo Songs

To someone like me who has been brought up in the environment of post’50s/’6os composition styles, one or two hearings of these songs appear to be not enough to appreciate the vintage era style.

Barring songs from films like Tansen, almost all the songs that I get to listen for the year 1943 are my first exposure to these songs. As such, from the year 1946 backwards, I have been following the practice of choosing the song(s) that appeals me in these limited number of hearings. I do that for each singer and then present here one song for each singer from among the ones that did appeal me. Where there is only one song, since I have no means of this intra-copmparision, I straightaway include such songs in this list.

In the case of solo songs of K L Saigal, for the film, I have purposefully not considered the songs that have remained very popular even now, and therefore I have had occasions to listen to them many times.

So here is list of the songs that I liked for a given singer, presented in the alphabetical sequence of the name of the film.

Yakub – Inhin Logon Ne Chhina Hai Dupatta Mera – Abroo – Traditional – Pt. Govindram

Pandeji (Vasant Desai) – Bhai Bhaj Le Shri Bhagwan – Aankh Ki Sharam – Pt. Indra – Vasant Desai

G M Durrani – Pee Kahan .. Gaaye Ja Baanware… – Chhed Chhad – Tanveer – Mustaq Hussain

Asit Baran – Ham Chale Watan Ki Or – Kashinath – Pt. Bushan – Pankaj Mullick

K C Dey – Chandani Raat Hai Chandani Raat – Manchali – ? – H P Das

Vishnupant Pagnis – Jagat Mein Khili Prem Phulwari – Mahatama Vidur – Narottam Vyas – Harishchandra Bali

Khan Mastana – Fasle Bahar Aa Gai, HaNsane Lagi Kali-Kali – Mohabbat Ki Jeet – Ehsan Rizvi – Vasant Kumar

Ashok Kumar – Kya Muhabbat Ka Yahi Anjam Hai– Najma – Anjum Pilibhiti – Rafiq Ghazanavi, B A

S N Tripathi – Panghat Pe GhayaloN Ka Hai Hai Thikana – Panghat – Ramesh Gupta / Pt. Indra(?) – S N Tripathi

Manna Dey – Ajab Hai Vidhi Ka Lekh Kis Se Padha Na Jaye – Ramrajya –  ? – Sahnkar Rao Vyas

Noor Mohammad Charlie – Kis Taraf Hai Dhyan Hai Tera – Sanjog – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Shyam Kumar – Jaan Bachi To Lakho Paaye – Sanjog – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

K L Saigal – Bina Pankh Ka Panchhi Hun Main – Tansen – D N Madhok / Pt. Indra )?) – Khemchand Prakash

Surendra – Musafir Hansi Khushi Ho Paar – Vishwas – Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’ – Firoz Nizami B A

Ishwarlal – Piya Desh Hai Jaana …. – Zuban – Mahrul Kadari – C Ramchandra

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.

MY Top Male Singer for the year 1943 is GM Durrani, for the sheer number of solos that he has got this year, that also includes a variety of moods, singing styles  and even wide range of his singing. tones.



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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