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.