Welcome to October 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
Presently we move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –
Vidushi Zarin Daruwala Sharma – String It On – an outstanding Sarod player, she was a skilled classical musician but what set her apart from the rest of her counterparts is that she also played Sarod on the tracks of several Hindi film songs.
Vasant Desai: When Classical Music, Dance Themes and Bhajans Gained Mass Popularity – Vasant Desai created music that stayed true to the classical roots and yet gained mass popularity. Working with leading filmmakers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Vijay Bhatt and others, Desai created iconic songs. NS Rajan explores the oeuvre of the legendary maestro.
Vasant Desai Part 3 (post-50s): His best songs for Lata Mangeshkar a follow-up post to Vasant Desai Part 1 and Part 2 pertaining to the vintage years (1930s and 40s),
Continuing the series, the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, on Lata Mangeshkar, Mehfil Mein Teri revisits 1953 – Lata Mangeshkar
Like Father, Like Daughter…Ashok Kumar and Bharati Jaffrey – It is indeed most befitting to describe Bharati Jaffrey as the daughter of the legendary actor Ashok Kumar. Ratnottama Sengupta pays a heartfelt tribute to her ‘Didi’, the talented actress who left her indelible mark in her underplayed film roles and in various other capacities.
October 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Shankar (Jaikishan) and Shailendra’s Songs Fading From the Memory: 1956 (Part II). Till now, we have covered the years
1949 – 1953 in 2018
1953 (Continued) in 2019.
1954 in 2020
1955 and 1956 (Part I) in 2021
Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:
We now move on to posts on other subjects –
Special Duets are the duets where the couple though not together, was within reach of each other. They could hear each other, and at times could see each other. Or at least one of them could see the other one. They might occupy two adjacent rooms as in a few of the songs on today’s list, or they were wandering in fields or jungle.
Kahaan Ja Raha Hai Tu Aye Jaanewaale – Shirish Waghmode revisits this powerful song from Seema.
हे भगवान् ! (Hey Bhagwan!) has two opposite meanings. One is the straightforward surrender before Him, and the other is of surprise at the world of vigilantes of gods.
My Favourite ‘Quartets & More’ are the songs which has four or more than four singers,
Songs with non-musical sound effects i.e., sounds such as water filling, glass breaking, the oars striking the water creating ripples and so on. In the present list, the focus is not the sounds of improvised musical instruments but the atypical ones.
Songs with echo and reverberation – Echo and reverberation are both time-based audio effects resulting from the reflection of sound on hard surfaces. The difference between reverb and echo lies in time.
From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:
- Raj Kapoor’s Satyam Shivam Sundaram pretends to question society’s beauty standards while it uses its leading woman to titillate the audience – Satyam Shivam Sundaram tries to pretend that it is the story of a woman who is perceived as ‘not-so-beautiful’ by the society due to an accident that scarred her face, while it constantly sexualises the same woman. The gaze of the filmmaker comes across as extremely disingenuous as the camera uncomfortably lingers on Zeenat’s body.
- Rajesh Khanna’s Anand and Jaya Bachchan’s Mili are exactly the same movie. Here’s how – The ethos and the style of a Hrishikesh Mukherjee film is pretty distinct but in the case of Anand and Mili, the plots are very similar too.
- Rekha and Umrao Jaan: The story of women who learn to live with broken hearts Watching Umrao Jaan with the knowledge of whatever was being written about Rekha during those years presents her character in an almost semi-biographical light.
We have moved forward to Female Solo Songs in Micro View of 1943 with Solo songs of Sardar Akhtar, Parul Ghosh, Leela Sawant; Noor Jehan, Suraiya, Khursheed; ;Shamshad Begum; and Snehprabha Pradhn, Nirmala, Radharani. SoY has in the meantime presented Best songs of 1943: Wrap Up 3 for the best duet. After a very thorough and comprehensive summary analysis, has presented 10 Special songs and then has presented 10 best duets
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 –
I seem to inadvertently have missed:
Zaalim Teri Ada Mere Dil Mein Utar Gayi – Bombai Ki Billi (1960) – Hasrat Jaipuri – Khayyam
And now to the main track:
Tum Akele To Kabhi Baag Mein Jaaya Na Karo – Aao Pyar Karein (1964) – Rajendra Krishna – Usha Khanna
Meri Raaton Ka Mahtaab..Sun Liya Na Aana Tu Hi – Smuggler (1966) – Asad Bhopali – Ganesh
Suno Suno Ek Baat Kahun – Memsaab (1972) – Verma Mallik – Sonik Omi
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.