Welcome to March 2023 edition of XIth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
Songs of Yore presents the festival of colors, Holi, with Kleptomania in Bollywood.
Sampada Sharama has a pointed question: Hindi cinema can’t seem to separate Holi from harassment, is it too much to seek consent? – Hindi cinema has been trying to make its case for normalising harassment on Holi acceptable for decades, and no one’s calling them out.
Presently we move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –
Mausam Aaya Hai Rangeen – Rememberng Sulochana Kadam on her 90th birthday.
How OP Nayyar was one of the original disruptors of Hindi film music – Ajay Mankotia – ‘Almost all Hindi film songs have beat patterns which are straight and regular. But OP Nayyar had other ideas.’…. the revolution OP Nayyar wrought was bringing on board both the Western and Indian beats to songs. This dual usage gave the song a hitherto unknown texture. One example – ‘Balma Khuli Hawa Mein’ (Kashmir Ki Kali, 1964).
A millennial watches Chashme Buddoor: Farooq Sheikh’s rom-com reminds you of simpler times, but hasn’t aged well – Arushi Jain – Chashme Buddoor can be watched for its well-meaning performances, not just from Farooq and Deepti, but from every actor and well-intended script.
Continuing the series, the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, on Lata Mangeshkar, Mehfil Mein Teri revisits 1957 – Lata Mangeshkar on the occasion of festivals of Gudi Padwa | Ugadi | Pongal.
March 2023 episode of VIIIth volume of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Ghulam Mohammed and His Singers: 1953. Till now we have covered Ghulam Mohammed’s songs for the year
1943 to 1949 in 2021, and
1950-1952 in 2022.
Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has not posted the memorial tribute posts for the month till the writing for the present post.:
We now move on to posts on other subjects –
The Bewitching Artistry of Raat Bhi Hai Kuch Bheegi Bheegi -The intoxicating dance in tune with the rustic, enthralling music of Raat bhi hai kuch bheegi bheegi has a hypnotic effect on Shirish Waghmode. The song leaves you bewitched and besotted. The white-attired beauty named Waheeda glides across the mirrored floor like a swan, glamorously preening and parading her skills. The music of Jaidev is as rustic and mellifluous as a folk melody can be. Sahir plays with the words, which act like silver anklets, to add rhythm to his lyrics.
Bhabhi Songs Part 2: With the Nanad – the first part was Bhabhi songs with Devar
Ballads of Love: Ecstacy – D P Rangan comes with an objectively exhaustive article on one of the most common themes of Bollywood songs.
र and ल in Hindi Film Music – Many indigenous (or देशज) words replace the consonant ल with र. – for example: song where र has been used instead of ल:- Gaya Andhera Hua Ujala
song with lallation: Munna Bada Pyara
song with trilling र : Ek Baat Suni Hai Chachaji Batlaanewaali Hai – Naram Garam (1981)
Ten of my favourite spooky songs, duly presenting a smoke-covered a ghostly figure (invariably female), wandering about in the night and singing a signature spooky song.
My Favourites: Comic Songs are the Hindi films songs that make you smile widely, sometimes even laugh out loudand Kishore Kumar’s Comic Songs where the singer’s vocal calisthenics complement the actor’s clowning.
The Only song that… lists very unusual songs, like The only song that Geeta Dutt & Suraiyaa sang together – Preet Ka Naata Jodnewaale – Afsar (1950) – Pt.Narendra Sharma – S.D.Burman
From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:
- Jaya Bachchan’s Kora Kagaz explains why a relationship will never survive if you allow parental interference – Kora Kagaz highlights that one’s relationship will always get influenced by those around them, but it is only up to them to choose what relationships they want to save.
- This 1970s film romanticises child marriage, positions it as the best thing that could happen to the institution of marriage – Director Tarun Majumdar, who made Balika Badhu in 1976, was living in a bubble when he made a film that showed the practice of child marriage as if it was the best gift that the institution of marriage could ever receive.
- When Shashi Kapoor played a man who found movie actors talentless and frivolous, right at the cusp of his filmy stardom – In Shakespeare Wallah, Shashi Kapoor plays Sanju, a cheating lover who can’t let go of his movie star girlfriend while he is in love with an English theatre artist.
In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi, for the year, it is planned to recall the first duet Mohamad Rafi and Geeta Dutt had with a music director.
Chahe Qismat Humko Rulaaye – Neelam Pari (1952) – Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri- Music: Khursheed Anwar
Jeevan Kya Hai Dhalta Suraj – Dana Pani (1953) – Lyrics: Kaif Irfani – Music: Mohan Junior
Sun Sun Sun Sun Zaalima Pyar Humko Tumse Ho Gaya – Aar Paar (1954) – Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri – Music: O P Nayyar
Ek Ladka Ek Ladki, Ek Ladka Ghar Se Nikal Gaya – Khushboo (1954) – Lyrics: G S Nepali – Music: Shankar Lal
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