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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – September 2021

Welcome to Sptember 2021 edition of IXth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We straight away move on to other tributes and memories this month.

The year 1971 was a glorious year for Indian cinema — it was the year classics such as Anand, Kati Patang and Mera Gaon, Mera Desh came out. It was also the year Guddi was released, which marked the debut of Jaya Bachchan, a coming-of-age story, and one of India’s best ‘fan films’

Asha Bhosle (1957-’58-’59) , when her career graph was in upswing.

‘If Raj Uncle Liked a Song, He Would Give Baba a Gold Coin’: Amla Shailendra Remembers Her Father ‘Kaviraj’ Shailendra – Amla Shailendra Mazumdar, the daughter of ‘Kaviraj’ Shailendra, in conversation with Antara Nanda Mondal, dives deep into his amazing repertoire of songs and a treasure chest of memories to understand the person behind the poet – a loving tribute to the legendary poet-lyricist on his birth anniversary.

Just 2 fragrant Salil Chowdhury songs were enough to make 1974’s ‘Rajnigandha’ bloomUnnati Sharma – On Salil Chowdhury’s 26th death anniversary, ThePrint revisits Basu Chatterjee’s slice-of-life film on love and relationships, starring Amol Palekar and Vidya Sinha.

Documentary on writer, poet and lyricist Gopaldas Neeraj is out on YouTube – The Films Division production, directed by Gurbir S Grewal, features an interview with Neeraj, who died in 2018.

‘Raj Kapoor told me to say Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra’: Bollywood’s iconic villain on his innings Komal RJ Panchal – As Prem Chopra turns 86 (on 23 September, 2021), the veteran actor speaks about how Raj Kapoor gave him his memorable dialogue, the way negative roles impacted his life and how the villain gradually died out of Hindi cinema.

‘Khushboo’ — how Gulzar captured a strong woman who loves but won’t be a pushoverUnnati Sharma -At a time when women did not have much say in a lot of matters, especially when it came to relationships & matrimony, ‘Khushboo’ is a story of a woman exercising her choice. Based on Bengali novelist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s — it is his 145th birth anniversary on 15 September — novel, Panditmoshai, Khushboo is set in a village.

Shabana Azmi: The most versatile actor in Hindi film industry who should be celebrated even more –  On Shabana Azmi’s 71st birthday, Sampada Sharma revisits her unique choices which balanced mainstream, as well as indie cinema perfectly.

The Greats: Rishi Kapoor is a memory call on his birthday in the form of list of some the Rishi Kapoor performances

Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:

Skateistan in Afghanistan – Films and Videos Documenting an Era Now Lost – Skateistan, is an international non-profit project that was originally started in Kabul in 2007 to encourage and teach skateboarding to children in Afghanistan, with a special concern about bringing in girls[1].….. Probably the best place to start would be a British-made documentary that won an Oscar/Academy award in 2020 –  Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)….. “Faranas’ Story” does not contain a lot of skateboard moves, but like the award-winning documentary, it does contain a lot of very moving observations (on the part of this girl) and speculation about the future that can be a bit heart-wrenching when looked at from the present moment.

In the series of articles on Sahir’s Songs of Romance, commemorating Sahir Ludhianvi’s birth centenary,  we now take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s Three Film Associations with Jaidev and Madan Mohan

September 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Shankar) Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri’s Songs Fading From the Memory: 1962. Till now we have covered

1949 -1954 in 2017

1955 – 1957 in 2018

1958 – 1959 in 2019, and

1960 -1961 in 2020

Here is a collection of some vintage photographs, posted on BollywooDirect:

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

A dramatisation of the life and works of the writer Premchand – The Films Division documentary has been directed by PC Sharma and written by him and Madan Gopal.

Q&A in songs present different types of Q&A subjects.

One Movie, Many Lyricists lists ten movies where there are four or more lyricists penning songs

Why filmmaking for Shyam Benegal is both ‘a microscope and a telescope’Nandini Ramnath  – Retirement is the last thing on the mind of the 86-year-old director, who is working on a Sheikh Mujibur Rahman biopic.

How Zohra Segal, 48-year-old mother of two, reinvented herself in LondonRitu Menon  – Edited excerpts from a biography, Zohra! A Biography in Four Acts, reveal how the actor and dancer bounced back from her husband Kameshwar Segal’s death.

Zohra Segal (right) with her sister Uzra Butt in Devon, England in 1936 | Courtesy Kiran Segal

Zeenat Aman elated over Apple phone using her ‘Dum Maro Dum’ in their international ad But …. not sure Dev Saab would have approved of what Apple has done to Dum Maro Dum. In 2011, when Rohan Sippy & Pritam made a revamped version of it, Dev Saab was so angry. “This is sheer desecration.” he had said. {Here is the Apple i13 phone ad referred to here.]

Ten of my favourite male duets which feature two men singing: two actors (at least) onscreen, two playback singers contributing their voices to the song.

Boat Songs – Part I focused on the songs that had only the couple on the boat. Now, Part II takes songs with three or more, but not more than five or six people. Excluded here are the songs sung by the boatman or if the boat carrying the singing character is part of the group of boats..

The Paper, Ink and Pen Songs are ten songs that refer to writing equipment in the mukhda. The focus of this post is not letter writing. Thus, the reference to letter writing is purely incidental in some songs. The spotlight is on the ink, the surface chosen to write, the stylus/pen and in a song or two, the scribe.

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @SoY continued with  Female Solo Songs this month too with Shamshad Begum, Sitara, Leela Chitnis ,   ,Nirmala Devi and other singers, Noor Jehan  and some more other singers.

SoY has presented Best songs of 1944: Wrap Up 3 for the wrap up on duets for 1944. The three duets jointly adjudged as Best for The Year are:

1Saawan ke baadlo unse ye ja kahoRattan – Karan Diwan, Zohrabai Ambalewali – D N Madhok – Nausahd Ali

2Kya humne bigada hai kyun humko sataate hoBhanwara – K L Saigal, Amirbai Karanataki – Kidar Sharma – Khemchand Prakash and

3. O jaanewale balamwa, laut ke aa laut ke aa – Rattan – Shyam Kumar, Amirbai Karnataki – D N Madhok – Nausahd Ali

In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi, each one of which basically has a link with the topics discussed in the present post.

Naiyya Ka Meri Tu Hi Khavaiya – Zamana (1957) – Indeevar – Salil Chowdhury

Ya Keh De Hum Insaan Nahin, Ya Man Ja Tu Bhagwan Nahi – Chhaya (1961) – Rajinder Krishna – Salil Chowdhury

Insaan Ki Zindgi Hai Dukh Sukh Ka Ek Jhoola – Jhoola (1962) Rajinder Krishna – Salil Chowdhury

Ab Jang Shuru Kal Se Ab Kal Se Hai Sangraam – Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose (1966) – Pradeep – Salil Chowdhury

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.

[1] Skateboarding in Afghanistan | Oliver Percovich – The founder of Skateistan | TEDxSydney

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Noor Jehan, Parul Ghosh and some more Other female singers

Solo songs of Noor Jehan

For the year 1944, Noor Jehan has had two films. Memorable Songs of 1944 has two solo songs of Dost – Badnam mohabbat kaun kare aur ishq ko ruswa kaun kari  and Koi prem ka de ke sandesa haye loot gaya,  two solos from Lal Haveli – Bhaiya hamaroji and Teri yaad aye sanwariya

Ab Kaun Mera, Ab Kaun Mera – Dost – Shams Lakhanvi – Sajjad Hussain

Alam Par Alam Sitam Par Sitam Ham Uthae Hue Hai – Dost – Shams Lakhanvi – Sajjad Hussain

Banati Nazar NahiN Aati Tadbir Hamari – Lal Haveli – Munshi Shams Lakhanvi – Mir Sahab

Solo songs of Parul Ghosh

Parul Ghosh’s two solos of Jwar Bhata – More aangan mein chhtki chaandni and Bhool jana chahti hun, bhool paati hi nahin – are covered in Memorable Songs of 1944.

Bhabhi Roothe Bhai Manae…. Tu Roothe To Bol Diwani – Insaan – Pt. Indra – Gyan Dutt

HFGK does not mention singer for the song

Jara Bansi Baja O Girdhari Krishna Murari – Raunaq – Iswar Chandra Kaporr- C Ramchandra

HFGK mentions Shrimati Ghosh as the singer

Solo Songs of Kusum Mantri

Phir Aayee Hai Diwali, Khushi Se Naach Rahi Hai Naian – Badi Baat – with chorus – Swami Ramanad Saraswati – Firoz Nizami

Solo Songs of Kaushalya

MaaN, Pyari MaaN, God Mein Teri Khela Bachpan Mera – Aina – Pt. Fani – Fateh Ali Khan

Kuchh Bol Bol Panchhi, O Par Khol Khol Panchhi – Aina – Pt. Fani – Fateh Ali Khan / Gulshan Sufi

Solo songs of Taaraa

Aankhein Ye Kah Rahi Hai Ki……Ram Kare KahiN Naiana Na Uljhe – Char Aankhen – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Solo songs of Leela Sawant

Leela Sawant has three solo songs in Kaliyan, but only one seems to be available on YT.

Le Aate BaharoN Ko, Raja Loot Liya, – Kaliyan – Kidar Sharma – G A Chisti

Other than these female solo songs for the year 1944, Kadambari has 6 solos and 2 chorus songs of Shanta Apte, but only one song seems to be available on YT. That one – Mere janam maran ke saathi chalo chita par so jaye – is covered in Memorable Songs of 1944, and one solo of Utapala SenJal Jane Do Is Duniya Ko – and  Main In PhooloN Ke Sang DoluN Re  by Vimla in Meri Bahen, too, are covered in Memorable Songs of 1944.

It is quite likely that, because of hardly knowledge of the Songs of 1944, during my search, I may have missed a few more solo songs of female singers. Recognizing this short coming, I conclude the present Micro View of (Best) Solo Songs of Female Singers for the year 1944 @SoY.

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Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs

Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs – September 2021

Welcome to September 2021 edition of the IXth volume of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

We recapitulate that the 2021 theme for the IXth volume of our Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs is Future of… as the basis for Creating and Maintaining Sustained Success.

Our topic for the discussion for the month is – The Future of Work.

How the World of Work is Changing – The workplace of today looks dramatically different to the workplace of yesteryear. Besides obvious technological changes – computers replacing typewriters and machines replacing people – social change has ushered more women into what used to be predominantly a man’s world.

To review the full study please visit – https://www.nextgeneration.ie/blog/2016/04/how-the-world-of-work-is-changing and also view the infographic presented there.

The 5 Trends Shaping the Future of Work – Jacob Morgan – Everything we know about the future of work is being shaped by five trends: globalization, technology, changing demographics, new behaviors, and mobility. For the first time these five trends are coming together to force organizations to change the way they think about how work gets done.

The big debate about the future of work, explains why economists and futurists disagree about the future of the labor market.

The future of work: is your job safe? | The Economist – This is the workforce of the future. Technology is transforming the world of work beyond all recognition creating groundbreaking opportunities. But it’s also eroding the rights of workers. Some even fear a dystopian jobless future. But are these anxieties overblown? How we react to this brave new world of work today will shape societies for generations to come. What are the forces shaping how people live and work and how power is wielded in the modern age? NOW AND NEXT reveals the pressures, the plans and the likely tipping points for enduring global change.

The Future of Work – A CQI Quality Futures Report talks about the effects of digitalisation in the workplace, helping every working person and the organisation to proactively address these issues in the relevant management strategies.

The downloadable copy of this report is available @ https://www.quality.org/future-of-work

Transitioning to the future of work and the workplace – A Deloitte survey (sponsored by Facebook) asked C-suite executives for their perspectives on the future of work. Their responses reveal six themes about the future workplace—and six lessons to help leaders ease the transition.

1: Pay attention to culture; help ensure leaders actively participate in its development and dissemination.

2: Companies should be proactive in creating greater transparency in communications and new systems, and policies and reinterpreting their corporate culture around digital in the workplace, or they risk losing employees, productivity, and, potentially, customers.

3: To keep Millennials, companies should place greater emphasis on nurturing and developing their people, creating interesting and purposeful work, and building an environment with career flexibility and tools that enable employees to collaborate and exchange ideas transparently.

4: Business benefits are real—this is about getting things done

5: Start the shift to new collaboration tools but help ensure workplace practices and employee expectations are aligned with the new capabilities that are available.

6: Leaders can often underestimate the benefits of social tools at work8 and need to be educated in how to use collaboration and business social tools for improved communication, collaboration, and connectivity.

The downloadable copy of the report is available @ https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/HumanCapital/gx-hc-us-cons-transitioning-to-the-future-of-work-and-the-workplace.pdf

Some more videos: for further study:

We now watch ASQ TV, wherein we refresh our viewpoints about–

  • Readying Yourself for Digital Transformation Initiatives – Richard Uphoff, Manager & Registered Principal Responsible (RPR), Vanguard, discusses skills needed for digital transformation, lessons learned from 25 years of challenging initiatives, and the need to learn how to learn.

We have taken up one article from Jim L. Smith’s Jim’s Gems this month

  • Enhancing Effectiveness – If you do not feel very effective or productive while at work, it can lead to a downward spiral. Chances are you can work far more effectively than you are now and put yourself into an upward trend.

One way is to take control of your time and manage it as well as possible. Try keeping a log for a week or two and track every minute of your day at work, then analyze it. Next, develop strategies for eliminating time traps and time wasters that are pulling you away from achieving your goals

Another good opportunity is to stay current with the technical innovations in your business or industry by reading latest books, periodicals, etc.

A third suggestion is to expand the network of people who can stimulate and support you.

‘From the Editor’ (of Quality Magazine) – by Darryl Sealand, we have-

  • Answers & Questions – We’ve all seen movies where the leader inspires his or her team with a moving speech and a call to action. But one characteristic is usually absent.

“Have you ever seen them ask any questions? They just know what to do,”

And that is important for all involved—leaders, followers, associates, suppliers, stakeholders. Asking questions and searching for feedback provides the confidence of knowing everyone is on the same page.

I look forward to your views / comments / inputs to further enrich the theme of Future of… as the basis for Creating and Maintaining Sustained Success.

Note: The images depicted here above are through courtesy of respective websites who have the copyrights for the respective images.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Nirmala Devi and Other female singers

Solo Songs of Nirmala Devi

‘Gaali’ has two solo songs credited to Nirmala (we presume it is Nirmala Devi), but YT does not have these songs. ‘Geet’ has four solo songs of which – Main akeli raja aa ja aa ja re  – is included in Memorable Songs of 1944.  One solo song – Hua Savera Preetam Mera, Yaad Teri Ne Gher – is not available on YT. Here are the other ones, as available on YT –

Main To Piya Ki Joganiya HuN – Geet – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Chaand Khila Taare Muskae, Meri Hansi Udae – Geet – Mahar-Ul-Kadri – Naushad Ali

Jaao Ji Jaao Dekhenge KahaN Jaoge – Geet – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

AkhiyaN Mila Ke Bhagna Na – Jeewan – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Aae Ho Abhi Baitho To Sahi Do Pyar Ki Baatein Ho Jaein – Jeewan – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Solo Songs of Naseem Akhtar

Of the two songs listed, for the film Bhai, to Naseem Akhtar’s credit in HFGK, one – Kuchh Yaad Dilati Hai Hamein Biti Hui Baatein – does not seem to be available on net.

Is Dil Ki Haalat Kya Kahiye – Bhai – Khan Shatir Gazanvi- Ghulam Haider

Solo Songs of Manju

Memorable Songs of 1944 has Manju’s one song Do dilon ko ye duniya milne hi nahin deti from ‘Chand’, Holi main khelungi un sang dat ke and  Pardesi ho ab humse rakhiya bandhao  from Gaali and Angadai teri hai bahana and Jhoothe hai sab sapne suhane from Rattan. ‘Gaali’ has 3 more songs, for neither YT or other audio links are available on the internet

Here is one more –

Aayi…Musibat Aai, Musafir Bhag Chalo.. – Chand – Qamar Jalalbadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

Solo Songs of Kalyani

Badmash (Music: Khan Mastana / Datta Korgaonkar has two solo songs of Kalyani., but these do not seem to be available on YT.

Misal-e-Khayal Aye The – Aina- Pt. Fani = Gulshan Sufi

HFGK also mentions second version of the song in the voice of Shama, but YT does not have this version.

Solo Songs of Husn Banu

Khushi Ke Tarane Sunata Chala Ja – Aina – Tanvir Naqvi – Gulshan Sufi

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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs : September 2021

(Shankar) Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri’s Songs Fading From the Memory: 1962

Hasrat Jaipuri (a.k.a. Iqbal Hussain) – B: 15-4-1922 | D: 17-9-1999 – was versatile poet and lyricist. He wrote a poetry that was accessible to the common man. Critics may not put him in the same roll of honor as Sahir Ludhianvi or Kaifi Azmi or even his long-time associate Shailendra. But his simple lyrics appealed the commos listener. His poetry was simple but the message it contained used to be quite deep. Many of his pure romantic songs carried most intimate and intense feelings. Hasrat Jaipuri also has written screenplay for ‘Hulchul (1951). His career spanned for the first film ‘Barsat’ in 1949 till his last, Hatya: The Murder (2004).

Jaikishan (a.k.a. Jaikishan Dahyabhai Panchal) – B: 4 November 1929 | D: 12 September 1971] is sometimes not equated with the music qualities of life-long partner Shankar. But his innate sense of melody lent a totally different dimension to the style of orchestration that made Shankar Jaikishan songs stand out quite distinctively. They led the trend of creating orchestrion style which as easily recognized as unique signature style of the music director.

The primary division of of who will compose which song would be worked out at very initial stage between Shankar and Jaikishan, based on the demands of the situation and their own inherent inclinations. Then, Shankar was considered to generally compose Shailendra’s songs and Jaikishan that of Hasrat Jaipur. And yet, the four were very close as friends in personal lives as well. Hasrat Jaipuri wrote ‘Geeton Ka Kanhaiya Chala Gaya when Jaikishan passed away in 1971.

In this month of Jaikishan’s birth and Hasrat Jaipuri’s death, we have commenced remembering (Shankar) Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri’s Songs Fading From the Memory on this platform since 2017.Till now we have covered

1949 -1954 in 2017

1955 – 1957 in 2018

1958 – 1959 in 2019, and

1960 -1961 in 2020

Presently we take up Hasrat Jaipuri’s songs, composed by (Shankar)Jaikishan during the years 1962. We have selected relatively less remembered songs from among all the available songs. The order of presentation of the film is set to the first, English, alphabetical letter of that film’s title.

1962

1962 had 6 films of Shankar Jaikishan. Hasrat Jaipuri’s share of songs was 21 songs. Each of the song was well received then and many remain still well-known.

Nashili Raat Hai, Saare Charag Gul Kar Do, Khushi Ki Raat Mein Kya Kaam Hai JalanewaloN Ka…….Lo Aayi Milan Ki Raat Sahaani Raat… NainoN Se Kisi Se Ke Nain Mile HaathoN Mein Kisi Ka Haath – Aashiq (1962) – Lata Mangeshkar

The song opens with prelude of sharp strains of violin ensemble, followed by a sakhi (couplet) and then the mukhada presents us the situation.

This one song epitomizes all that SJ-HJ combination has been offering in abundance- sensitive, rich orchestration, Hasrat Jaipuri’s signature sakhi and simple word that deliver profound message. The song apparently describes the happy situation of marriage but the deeper meaning of each lyric and every note of orchestration, as well Lata Mangeshkar’s subdued delivery, in fact, conveys the pathos of the protagonist (Padmini). (Shankar) Jaikishan’s signature touch is reflected in Lata Mangeshkar hitting high pitch at those lyrics of pain…

Pyar Ka Saaz Bhi Hai Dil Ki Awaz Bhi Hai, Mere GeetoN Mein Tum Hi Tum Ho, Mujhe Naaz Hai ……Chheda Mere Dil Ne Tarana Tere Pyar Ka, Jisne Suna Kho Gaya, Pura Nasha Ho Gaya – Asli Naqli (1962) – Mohammad Rafi

Here is another typical example of SJ-HJ combination – an easy, pleasing song with no complicated lyrics or orchestration and yet catchy enough.

Asli Naqli had 7 songs of which 5 songs are penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and 2 by Shailendra. Hasrat Jaipuri’s Tujhe Jivan Ki Dor Se Bandh Liya Hai (Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar) was quintessential romantic duet, Gori Jara Has De Has De Tu Has De Jara (Mohammad Rafi) was a simple, lilting children song and Lakh Chhupao Chuup Na Sakega Raaz Ho Kitana Gehra.(Lata Mangeshkar) is a title song. We, thus, get to see full panorama of Hasrat Jaipuri’s versatility and how imaginative treatment (Shankar) Jaikishan has given to each composition.

Let us take one more song in detail:

Ek But Banaunga Tera Aur Pooja Karunga, Arre Mar Jaunga Pyar Agar Main Duja Karunga – Asli Naqli (1962) – Mohammad Rafi

Use of the word ‘But” which has two meanings, a statue and a beloved one, is a typical master stroke of Hasrat Jaipuri in a song which essentially is about the hero trying to please his beloved and assure her she has neither anyone else in mind nor will ever have one.

Once the mukhada gets free form this difficult word for the meter and melody, the song moves into an easy-paced song even though the subject of all through remains the statue. (Shankar)Jaikishan too have smartly chosen to repeat the line ‘Arre Mar Jaunga Pyar Agar Main Duja Karumga’. The song opens with a very melodious violin ensemble that seems to bring the thoughts from the deep imagination of the mind to the lips.

Even if the song did not become as popular as other songs of the film, perhaps because SJ and HJ moving along an experimental track, it retains all the charm of SJ-HJ combination..

Najhar Bachakar Chale Gaye Woh, Varana Ghayal Kar Deta, Dil Se Dil Takra Jata To Dil Mein Agni Bhar Deta  – Dil Tera Deewana (1962) – Mohammad Rafi

I like very unusual opening note of the prelude of the song in an otherwise a quint essential, very pleasing to listen to, SJ-HJ-Rafi songs tailor made for Shammi Kapoor.

Dil Tera Diwana had 7 songs – 4 by Shailendra and 3 by Hasrat Jaipuri. Dhadakane Lagata Hai Mera Dil Tere Naam Pe (Mohamma d Rafi) seems to turn on a Mehmood song on the screen but

Masoom Chehara Ye Qatil Nigahein Ke Bemaut Mare Gaye Hum Bichare – Dil Tera Diwana (1962) – Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar

Unfortunately got hidden the razzle dazzle glare of the two other duets – Dil Tera Diwana Hai Sanam and Mujhe Kitana Pyar Hai Tumse (incidentally Shailendra songs) – but is the one that would remain more etched in the minds to a discerning SJ fan with Lata Matching higher scale notes to Rafi’s natural high-note style – for which Lata Mangeshkar always had a (sweet) complaint against Jaikishan..

Kho Gaya Hai Mera Pyaar….Dundhata Hun Main Mera Pyar – Hariyali Aur Raasta (1962) – Mahendra Kapoor

In line with the trend of those times, Shankar Jaikishan’s most of the songs would have been either filmed on the main character(s) or any other character which has major role in the film. The present song is not only an exception to that norm, but also one of the rare Shankar Jaikishan – Mahendra Kapoor song.

Hasrat Jaipuri’s lyrics amply express the message in the boatmen’s songs to the hero and Shankar Jaikishan has set the song to a very fast, relatively hitch pitched scale to reflect the heightened turmoil of thoughts and emotions in the mind of hero.

Hasrat Jaipuri has a rather minority quantitative share of 4 songs out of a staggering 11 songs in the film, Hariyali Aur Rasta, but having a title song Bol Meri Taqdeer Mein Kya Hai (Lata Mangeshkar, in happy and sad versions) and a song starting with an exceptionally heavy Urdu phrase Ibtida-e-Ishq Mein Ham Saari Raat Jaage hitting the top of the charts qualitative more than made for the quantitative share.

Ye Umar Hai Kya Rangeeli, Ye Najhar Hai Kya Nashili, Pyar Mein Khoye Khoye Nain, Hamara Rom Rom Bechain, Hamara Bhi Jamana Tha – Professor (1962) – Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar

In an otherwise truly light-mood, foot-tapping song, Hasrat Jaipuri comes up with a profound message when he writes

jiwan kya hai haste rahna, man maujoN mein bahte rahna
chupke baitho mane na hum
chupke baitho mane na hum batein wo purani
ye umar hai kya rangili

Aye Gulbadan…PhuloN Ki Mahak, KaatoN Ki Chubhan, Tujhe Dekh Ke Kaheta Hai Mera Man, KahiiN Aaj Kisi Se Mohabbat Na Ho Jaye – Professor (1962) – Mohammad Rafi

With so romantic lyrics, so easy yet very rich musical composition and Mohammad Rafi at his full care-free flow, it was no wonder that this had caught the minds of the youth of those days. However, the beauty of the effect of entire composition is that one would like to listen to the complete song every time one gets to listen the song, even now.

Aawaz Deke Hamein Tum Bulao, Muhobbat Mein Hamko Na Itana Saataao – Professor (1962) – Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar

The third song from Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri combination – set to Rag Shivranjani, in which Shankar Jaikishan have composed some of their best ever songs –  yields a totally different outcome, that one may be tempted to attributing to Shankar (Jaikishan)- Shailendra combination.

Chau Chau Bombaiyana Ishq Hai Marz Purana, Dil Ki Dafli Se Sabhi Gaate Hai Yeh Gaana – Rungoli (1962)  – Manna Dey, chorus

Hasrat Jaipuri takes up the opportunity to put in the ‘right’ message(s) in an apparently a comedy song that is meant to spell out the worries and gloom –

humne jahaN bhi dekha mile haiN diloN ke rogi
apna hi raag alape shayad mohabbat hogi
tere mere dil ka juda hai afsana

duniya mein jab tak rahna
gham ko na aane dena
ban jana mast kalander
jeena ho hans ke jeena
badi badi ankhiyoN mein aansu nahiN lana

On this note of philosophical light mood, we bring curtains to the present episode, to continue our journey of Shankar (Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri’s songs fading from the memory.

We will continue remembering Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month next year too……..

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Centenary Celebrations

Sahir’s Songs of Romance – Three Film Associations

Sahir Ludhianvi was one lyricist who would not hesitate to take up cudgel with  anyone when the matter was the pride of lyrics. He firmly believed in, and even demanded for, the primacy of lyrics, in comparison with a music composition of the song or the delivery of the song by way of singing by a singer. He was the only lyricist in those time, who demanded, and got, royalty for his lyrics. His fight for accepting royalty almost equal to Lata Mangeshkar is already a story laced with several colours in the annals of Hindi film music history. Many of his relationships broke down over this issue – the cases of those with Jaidev or S D Burman are the more known ones. It also remains an almost accepted fact that his association with a production banner or the music director turned out to be the most bankable instrument, as can be seen in the cases of Jaidev or N Dutta, whose careers could never reach the full potentials after their association with Sahir had ended.

Jaidev (B: 3-8-1918 | D: 6-1-1987) and Sahir Ludhianvi, both, had a common period  of their youth spent in Ludhiana. So, when they got together in Joru Ka Bhai (1955) it was expected to a reunion which would be very fruitful. But, the prides of both the talented artists created the situation where the relationship remained soured from the first stage. Fate gave them another chance in Hum Dono (1961). Their work together in this film revived the hopes. But the egos clashed again in the next outing, Mujhe Jeene Do (1963), and the paths separated out. Fate intervened once again in Laila Majnu (1976) when Jaidev took up the unfinished work of Madan Mohan. But that was too late to fill up the chasm of the separation of minds.

Surmai Raat Hai Sitare Hai, Aaj Dono Jahaan Hamare Hai, Subah Ka Intezaar Kaun Kare – Joru Ka Bhai (1955) – Lata Mangeshkar – Music: Jaidev

phir yah rut yah samaaN mile na mile
aarzu kaa chaman khile na khile
vaqt kaa aitabaar kaun kare

le bhi lo ham ko apani baahoN mein
ruh bechain hai nigaaho mein
iltejaa baar baar kaun kare

nayi raat dhalati jaati hai
ruh gam se pighalati jaati hai
teri zulfoN se pyaar kaun kare

Surmai Raat Dhalati Jaati Hai, Ruh Gam Se Pighalati Jaati Hai, Teri ZulfoN Se Payar Kaun Kare, Ab Tera Intezar Kaun Kare – Joru Ka Bhai (1955) – Talat Mahmood – Music: Jaidev

tumko apna bana ke dekh liya
ek baar aazma ke dekh liyaa
baar baar aitbaar kaun kare

ae dil e zaar saugwar na ho
unki chaahat mein beqaraar na ho
badnaseeboN se pyaar kaun kare

Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar Ke Dil Abhi Bhara NahiN – Hum Dono (1961) – Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle – Music: Jaidev

abhi abhi to aai ho, bahaar banake chhaai ho
havaa zara mahak to le, nazar zara bahak to le
ye shaam dhal to le zara, ye dil sambhal to le zara
maiN thodi der ji to lun, nashe ke ghunt pee to luN
nashe ke ghunt pee to luN
abhi to kuchh kaha nahiN, abhi to kuchh suna nahNi

sitare jhilamilaa uthe,
charaag jagamagaa uthe
bas ab na mujhako tokanaa …..
na badhake raah rokna
agar maiN ruk gayi abhi to jaa na paaungi kabhi
yahi kahoge tum sadaa ke dil abhi nahiN bharaa
jo khatm ho kisi jagah ye aisa silsilaa nahiN

adhuri aas, adhuri pyaas chhod ke, adhuri pyaas chhod ke
jo roz yunhi jaaogi to kis tarah nibhaaogi
ki zindagi ki raah mein, javaaN dilo ki chaah mein
kai mukaam aayenge jo ham ko aajmayenge
buraa na maano baat kaa ye pyaar hai gila nahiN

haaN, yahi kahoge tum sadaa ke dil abhi nahiN bharaa

haaN, dil abhi bharaa nahiN nahiN nahNi nahiN nahiN

Maang Mein Bhar Le Rang Sakhi …Anchal Bhar Le Taare Ke Milan Ritu Aa Gayi….Jaegi Tu Un Sang Jo Tohe Lage Pyare, Milan Ritu Aa Gayi – Mujhe Jeene Do (1963) – Asha Bhosle, Chorus – Music: Jaidev

koi chandi ke rath mein aya hai
mere babul, mere babul ki rajadhani mein
maiN use dekhati huN chhup chhup kar
ek halachal si hai jawani mein
tadake ek ek ang sakhi re
aaj khushi ke mare, milan ritu aa gayi

surkh chudaa hai meri baaho me
surkh jodaa mere badan par hai
sab ki nazarein hai mere chahare par
aur meri nazar sajan par hai
machali jaye umang sakhi ri
dhadakan kare ishaare, milan ritu aa gayi

meri doli saja rahe hai kahar
phul bikhare hue hai raahoN mein
phul bikhare hue hai raahoN mein
jinki baho ki arazu thi mujhe
jaa rahi huN maiN unaki bahoN mein
angna lage tag sakhi ri
piya jab banh pasare, milan ritu aa gayi

Raat Bhi Hai Kuchh Bhigi Bhigi, Chand Bhi Hai Kuchh Madhdham Madhdham, Tum Aao To Aankhein Khole Soyi Hui Payal Ki Chham Chham – Mujhe Jeene Do (1963) – Lata Mangeshkar – Music: Jaidev

kisko bataaeN kaise bataaeN
aaj ajab hai dil kaa aalam
chain bhi hai kuchh halkaa halkaa
dard bhi hai kuchh maddham maddham

tapte dil par yu girati hai
teri nazar se pyaar ki shabanam
teri nazar se pyaar ki shabanam
jalate hue jangal par jaise
barakhaa barase ruk-ruk tham-tham

hosh mein thodi behoshi hai
….   ……  ……..   ……. …..
behoshi mein hosh hai kam kam
….   ……  ……..   ……. …..
tujhko paane ki koshish mein
….   ……  ……..   ……. …..
dono jahaaN se kho gae ham
….   ……  ……..   ……. …..

chham-chham, chham-chham

Madan Mohan (B: 25—6-1924 | D: 14-7-1975) was another music director who did justice to the poetry of Sahir Ludhianvi, as can be seen in just one example of radiff[1] kise pesh karuN in the set of three ghazals in the same film, Ghazal (1964), viz.

Nagma-o-sher Ki Saugat Kise Pesh KaruN – Lata Mangeshkar

Ishq Ki Garmi- e-jaazbat Kise Pesh KaruN – Mohammad Rafi, and

Rang Aur Noor Ki Baraat Kise Pesh KaruN – Mohammad Rafi

Each one is as exquisitely penned by Sahir as is composed Madan Mohan.

Chand Madhdham Hai AasmaN Chup Hai, NeeNd Ki God Mein JahaaN Chup Hai – Railway Platform (1955) – Lata Mangeshkar – Music: Madan Mohan

door vaadi mein doodhiyaa baadal
jhuk ke parbat ko pyaar karte hain
dil mein naakaam hasratein lekar
ham teraa intazaar karte hain

in bahaaroN ke saaye mein aajaa
phir mohabbat javaaN rahe na rahe
zindagi tere naamuraadoN par
kal talak meharbaaN rahe na rahe

roz ki tarah aaj bhi taare
subah ki gard mein na kho jaayein
aa tere gham mein jaagti aankhein
kam-se-kam ek raat so jaayein

Jiya Kho Gaya Ho Tera Ho Gaya, Main KahuN To Kaise KahuN, Jiya Kho Gaya – Railway Platform (1955) – Lata Mangeshkar – Music: Madan Mohan

gair hai phir bhii tu mujhko apna lage
terii har baat chahat ka sapna lage

uthate uthate jhukuN, jhukte jhukte uthuN
aur takra gai do nigahein
phul se khil gaye dil se dil mil gaye
jaise milti hai manzil se rahein

mujhko apne pe bhii laaj aane lagii
main akele mein chhup chhup ke gane lagi

Mujhe Ye Phool Na De Tujhko Dilbari Ki Qasam, Ye Kuchh Nahi….Tere HothoN Ki Tajhagi Ki Qasam –  Ghazal (1964) – Mohammad Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur – Music: Madan Mohan

najhar hasiN ho to jalve hasiN lagte hai
main kuch nahiN huN mujhe husn ki qasam

tu ek saaz hai chheda nahi kisi ne jise
tere badan mein chhupi narm ragini ki qasam

ye ragani tere dil mein hai mere tan mein nahi
parkhne wale mujhe teri sadgi ki qasam

gazal ka lauch hai tu najam ka shabab hai tu
yakin kar mujhe meri hi shayri ki qasam

Unse Nazarein Mili Aur Hijhab Aa Gaya, Zinagai Mein HasiN Inquilab Aa Gaya – Ghazal (1964) – Lata Mangeshkar, Minoo Purushottam – Music: Madan Mohan

bekhabar the umar ke taqaazoN se ham
hamko maalum na tha aise bhi din aayege
aayina dekhe to aap apne se sharamaayege
…..    ……  ……   …… ……
bekhabar the umar ke taqaazo se ham
aaj jaana ki sach much shabaab aa gaya

aankh jhukati hai kyoN saans rukati hai kyoN
in savaalo ka khud se javaab aa gaya

dil ke aane ko ham kis tarah rokate
jispe aana tha khaana kharaab aa gaya

Is Reshami Pazeb Ki Zankar Ke Sadquay … Jisne Yeh Pehnai Hai Us Dildar Ke Sadquay – Laila Majnu (1976) – Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar – Music Madan Mohan

us jhulf ke qurbaN lab-o-rukhsar ke sadquay
har jalwa tha ik shola husn-e-yar ke sadquay

jawani mangati thi yeh hasin jhankar barsoN se
tamanna bun rahi thi dhadakno ke tar barsoN se
…..   ……    ……  …… 
chhup-chhup ke aanewale tere pyar ke sadquay

jawani so rahi thi husn ki rangin panaho mein
chura laye ham unke najani jalwe nigaho mein
….. ……   ……    …… ……….
kismat se jo huwa hai us didar ke sadquay
…       …..          …….  ……        ……..

us jhulf ke qurban lab-o-ruksar ke sadquay

najhar lahra rahi hai jism pe masti si chhayi hai
dubara dekhne ki shauk ne halchal machai hai
…..   ……   …….    ……….  ……
dil ko jo lag gaya hai us ajhar ke sadquay

Ye Diwane Ki Zid Hai…Apne Diwane Ki Khatir Aa – Laila Majnu (1976) – Mohammad Rafi – Music: Jaidev

jahaN mein quais jhinda hai
to laila mar nahiN sakati

ye da’awaa aaj
duniya bhar se
manwane ke liye aa

….  ….. ….. .   ….. …..    ……

tere dar se main khali laut jauN
kya qayamat hai
tu meri ruh ka kaa’aba
meri jaan-e- ibaadat hai

jhabeen-e-shauq ke
sajdon ko apnaane
ki khaatir aa

Sahir’s lyrics also spans over two decades with the common link of 1976 film Laila Majnu However, the subject of the film, Laila Majnu, and support of music of two music directors – Jaidev and Madan Mohan  – who could  truly lend music to his poetry, provide ample opportunity to Sahir Ludhiyanvi to maintain his elements in his lyrics even after the quite transformed period of HFM in the second half of ‘70s.

In the next episode, we will take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s romantic songs composed by R D Burman for four films they did together.

[1] Radiff (Arabic: رديف) is a rule in Persian, Turkic, and Urdu poetry which states that, in the form of poetry known as a Ghazal, the second line of all the couplets (bayts or Shers) must end with the same word/s. This repeating of common words is the “Radfif” of the Ghazal. (Source: Wikipedia)

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The Eponymous Principles of Management

The Eponymous Principles of Management – The Dunning-Kruger Effect

People with less skill have less meta cognitive ability, which is necessary to induce awareness about their incompetence. Moreover, without certain minimum expertise, it is hard to perform well. Also, it is hard to know that you are under-performing unless you have the expertise. This double curse of being unskilled and unaware makes the less competent overestimate their competency,

This is known as Dunning Kruger Effect, named after the researchers David Dunning and Justin Kruger in their 1999 study “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments”.

Graphically it can be described as

The complete article from Britannica is reproduced here below for a comprehensive discussion of the subject[1]:

“Dunning-Kruger effect, in psychology, is a cognitive bias whereby people with limited knowledge or competence in a given intellectual or social domain greatly overestimate their own knowledge or competence in that domain relative to objective criteria or to the performance of their peers or of people in general. According to the researchers for whom it is named, psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger, the effect is explained by the fact that the metacognitive ability to recognize deficiencies in one’s own knowledge or competence requires that one possess at least a minimum level of the same kind of knowledge or competence, which those who exhibit the effect have not attained. Because they are unaware of their deficiencies, such people generally assume that they are not deficient, in keeping with the tendency of most people to “choose what they think is the most reasonable and optimal option.” Although not scientifically explored until the late 20th century, the phenomenon is familiar from ordinary life, and it has long been attested in common sayings—e.g., “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing”—and in observations by writers and wits through the ages—e.g., “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge” (Charles Darwin).

“In the studies reported on in their paper “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments” (1999), Dunning and Kruger tested the abilities of four groups of young adults in three domains: humour, logic (reasoning), and grammar. The results supported their predictions that, as compared with their more competent peers, “incompetent individuals…will dramatically overestimate their ability and performance relative to objective criteria”; that they “will be less able…to recognize competence when they see it” (whether their own or someone else’s); that they “will be less able…to gain insight into their true level of performance” by comparing their own performance with that of others; and, paradoxically, that they can improve their ability to recognize their own incompetence by becoming more competent, “thus providing them[selves] the metacognitive skills necessary to be able to realize that they have performed poorly.”

“Dunning and Kruger emphasized that the effect they had identified does not imply that people always overestimate their own knowledge or competence. Whether they do so depends in part on the domain in which they evaluate themselves (most golfers do not believe that they are better at golf than Tiger Woods) and whether they possess “a minimal threshold of knowledge, theory, or experience” that, given the effect, would lead them to the false belief that they are knowledgeable or competent. Nor does the effect imply that motivational biases and other factors do not also play a role in producing inflated self-assessments among incompetent people.

“Later investigations of the Dunning-Kruger effect explored its influence in a variety of other domains, including business, medicine, and politics. For example, a study published in 2018 indicated that Americans who know relatively little about politics and government are more likely than other Americans to overestimate their knowledge of those topics. Moreover, according to the study, that tendency seems to be more pronounced in partisan contexts in which people consciously think of themselves as supporters of one or the other (Republican or Democratic) major political party.”

Knowing how our skills stack up against others is useful in many ways. But psychological research suggests that we’re not very good at evaluating ourselves accurately. In fact, we frequently overestimate our own abilities. David Dunning describes the Dunning-Kruger effect @ Why incompetent people think they’re amazing?

To learn how this comes about and what one can do to avoid it from happening to you, please watch The Dunning Kruger Effect

The opposite of the Dunning-Kruger Effect is the Impostor Syndrome. This is a cognitive bias where someone is unable to acknowledge his or her own competence. In spite of numerous instances of success, they are unable to attribute this success to internal factors. Instead, they externalize the reasons for their competence and attribute it to luck, timing or even deceit.

The perceived fraudulence could involve several aspects like inauthentic ideation, depressive tendencies, social anxiety and high self-monitoring skills. It is unlikely that the Impostor Syndrome has its cause in low self-esteem. People with the Impostor Syndrome are highly critical though. This often results in a strong pressure to excel (Kolligian Jr & Sternberg, 1991). This could also attribute to the fact that the Impostor Syndrome often occurs in academics or highly successful people.

The False-Consensus Effect could also be seen as an opposite of the Dunning-Kruger Effect. This is a cognitive bias wherein people believe their own behavior and choices are relatively common in comparison to others. They tend to overestimate the prevalence of the behavior in other people, as well as other people’s abilities in comparison to theirs. You could call it unknowingly modest.

Dunning and Kruger also have acknowledged this aspect during the course of their original 1999 study. They mentioned that “across the four sets of studies, participants in the top quartile tended to underestimate their ability and test performance relative to their peers.”

Put simply, incompetence results in overconfidence and extreme competence results in overly modest behaviour. Luckily there is a way around these biases, and it is called meta-cognition, what psychologists call “the knowledge about your own thought processes and the ability to understand your own cognition.” This refers to the ability to think about your own thinking. It is one of the skills that make the human a dominant race, since we can reflect on thoughts and change them consequently.

The typical approach to overcome these biases is contained in the following simple steps:

  • Improve the meta-cognition – The amount of meta-cognition increases when our ability of a certain task increases. We are then able to reflect on our overconfidence and adjust it to a more realistic thought.
  • Seek feedback – Honest and true feedback not only shows where improvements are required, but also gives inputs on how to improve.
  • Question yourself – to look at the subject from a different perspective.
  • Practice makes perfection – Experiencing the Dunning -Kruger effect or opposite syndromes and falling for it several times helps you realize when it could happen again. When a similar situation occurs, think about your response calmly and always consider biases might be involved.[2]

Note: You Tube has several videos on Impostor Syndrome: Here are a few representative ones that may help to understand the effect and also tell us how to overcome it.

We suffer – needlessly – from The Impostor Syndrome.

Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama …. urged girls to resist the “imposter syndrome” she had felt on the way up and fight men for power….

Impostor syndrome, or “impostor phenomenon,” is a term that was first used in 1978 by psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes to describe why many high-achieving people felt like impostors in their respective fields.

One thing no one told you about the imposter syndrome | Christina Whittaker | TEDxAlpharettaWomen

Do you have Impostor Syndrome … too? | Phil McKinney | TEDxBoulder

How you can use impostor syndrome to your benefit | Mike Cannon-Brookes

The Imposter Syndrome Banishing Spell | Dona Sarkar | TEDxUIUC

The Surprising Solution to the Imposter Syndrome | Lou Solomon | TEDxCharlotte

[1] https://www.britannica.com/science/Dunning-Kruger-effect

[2] What is the Dunning-Kruger effect, and how to overcome it? by Maarten Bosten

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I Liked Music from films

The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Shamshad Begum + Sitara + Leela Chitnis

Solo Songs of Shamshad Begum

For the year 1944, Shamshad Begum’s quantitative presence apparaently seems limited to two films, if we do not consider the songs from Panna, which HFGK notes Rajkumari clarifying that the songs were rendered by Shamshad Begum in the film but were recorded in her voice.

Memorable Songs of 1944 has two Shamashad Begum solos Main Jogan Ban Jaungi….Mere Devta Lo Meri Aarti (Chal Chal Re Nujawan) and Jao Sajan Mere Harjai , Balam mohe sajan more chhedo na (Daasi, Music: Pandit Amarnath).

Here are some more songs to relish –

Laaye … Balamva Mere Liye PhooloN Ke Haar – Chal Chal Re Naujwan – Pradeep – Ghulam Haider

Ho Gori Pyar Bhara Dil, Preet Ke Naina, Koi Chhupaye….Apne Balam Se Apne Sajan Se Mil Ke Aayi Ho  – Chal Chal Re Naujwan – Pradeep – Ghulam Haider

So Ja Meri Ladli So Jaa – Chal Chal Re Naujwan – Pradeep – Ghulam Haider

Solo Songs of Sitara

Memorable Songs of 1944 has one solo song of Sitara – Mere dilruba aa ja mere dilruba (Chand). Since this ias a dance number, one would conclude that singer is Sitara Devi.

Chupake Chupake Mere Dil Mein Aaye Hai Murari – Chand – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

HFGK has has five songs of Man Ki Jeet credited to Sitara, but it is not clear if she is Sitara Devi, the dancer or Sitara Kanpuri, the playback singer. Two of these five – Nagri meri kab tak yun hi barbaad rahegi and Pardesi kyun yaad aata hai –  are also found in Memorable Songs of 1944.  From all other indications one would conclude that she is Sitara Kanapuri. With that disclaimer, the other songs available on YT are included here.

Man Kahe Gabaraye…– Man Ki Jeet – Josh Malihabadi – S K Pal

Aye Chand Na Itarana, Aate Hai Mere Sajan -Man Ki Jeet – Bharat Vyas – S K Pal

Aye Chand UmmidoN Ko Meri Shama Dikha De – Man Ki Jeet – Josh Malihabadi – S K Pal

HFGK records Nagri Meri Kab Tak YuN Hi Barbad Rahegi as a different version of the song. The YT link here covers both version –

Solo Songs of Leela Chitnis

Most of our generation has seen Leela Chitnis as a (grief-stricken) mother on the screen. Here we get see her in her vintage era version of a youthful actress-singer heroine.

Hamein Yaad Aa Rahi Hai Unaki, Bah Rahi Hawa Fagun Ki – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Do Aise Vardan Prabhu, Mere Sapne Sach Ho Jaye – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Main RouN Tu Rulae Jaa, Jo Chahe Jhulm Dhaye Ja – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Hum KyoN Bataye Kisaka Hamein Intazaar Hai – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

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Memoire

LDCE71M Batch Celebrates Golden Jubilee of the Graduation

It was about a year and half, or two years ago that I received an e-mail to join a WhatsApp group of L.D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad, 1971 batch of Mechanical Engineering (LDCE71M) batch friends. That e-mail was from my LDCE friend, Ashok Thakkar, the only one of the 120 batchmates of LDCE71M batch, with who I had a modicum of e-mail relationship of exchanging New Year Greetings. The batch strength of LDCEM was 120 students. Out of which a half a dozen of us were quite close – to easily visit each other’s homes and enjoy the unscheduled snacks during each such visit – in those five years. And then, a dozen and a half were one ‘group’, of the several close-knit groups of the batchmates, who had easy sharing arrangements – of books, notes journals, tips to survive through the viva tests etc. But it was good fifty years that I had had absolutely no contact with anyone.

Naturally, the idea of getting connected with friends of that ‘golden’ phase of life was quite exciting. Soon, a couple of the more energetic and active friends took up the initiative to gather additional. basic, contact information of the group and put it in a very utilitarian spreadsheet. With that the mere phone numbers of WhatsApp group members now had names on my cell phone=book and my e-mail had an e-mail contact group. That spread sheet also presented us with recent photographs against each name. That helped to me recollect faces from the recesses of my memory and superimpose them with present faces visible in the spreadsheet.

Soon thereafter a couple of video call meetings were organized that further helped to connect the memory of voice to the name and photograph. It was one of those video call meetings that put the idea of collecting information of the 50-year journey of each one’s life and document it in the form of a memoir book to commemorate the reaching of a milestone of half a century of the graduation.

Once the formal idea was circulated in the WhatsApp / e-mails of around (the then) 32 members, a dozen responses came up in no time. That “small” number brought up the force of inertia of half-a-century’s distance and relative inactive life that each one now lived at this age came up with full glaring realization. But the spontaneity and vigour that was spilling out of those dozen responses helped us to resolve us to tighten up our belts and gear up for one-to-one follow-up phone calls to the other ones. A couple of months of joint efforts resulted in getting six more responses.

18 out of 38 presently connected members plus 7 who had left for the eternal journey was perhaps not a very great number to really celebrate the memory of golden jubilee of graduation of a batch of 120 students. However, the intimateness with which each of these eighteen members had put in their journey of 50 years was cause enough to push us to fructify that idea into a reality.

So, finally we, now, have a collection of life stories of (eighteen) batchmates of the class of Mechanical Engineering, 1971, of L.D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad in the form of a book , which I proudly and happily share here @

_Selected Life Stories-LDCE Class of 1971-Mechanical.

Over and above the outcome it was the process of implementation that had its own moments of pleasures – pleasures of getting to talk the friends after a good 50+ years and finding that the informal warmth of friendship is as live now as it was then!

The proverbial Oliver Twist in me ‘wants some more’ – the process of going through the conceiving and implementing this project has germinated one more idea in my mind – to enliven the memories of those five years of 1966 to 1971 and share the joy of those memories of youthful foolhardiness, unspoiled fun and dreams that had started shaping in our totally inexperienced minds.

Some day soon I, or in all possibilities, we, may hit those lanes of fading memories and live them one again………

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – August 2021

Welcome to August 2021 edition of IXth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

August is the month of India’s Independence, which is remembered by different articles form different angles –

Play It As It WasShubhra Gupta makes a movie map of 75 films across seven decades – that celebrates the journey of the world’s largest democracy.

Upkar — film born of churn in newly-Independent India gave Bollywood a hit formula  – Unnati Sharma – Upkar, released in 1967, represents the issues India faced at the time. It celebrates rural India and depicts the temptations that may trigger greed.

In Shyam Benegal’s ‘Mammo’, the lingering effects of Partition come vividly aliveNandini Ramnath – The highly opinionated and often brutally frank Mahmooda Begum (a.k.a. Mammo) might have had something to say about the Union government’s plan to mark August 14 as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day”.

Hindi Cinema lost Jagjit Kaur too on 15 August, 20201.

Veteran singer and wife of composer Khayyam, Jagjit Kaur, dies at 93 on 15th August – Veteran singer Jagjit Kaur started her career in the early 50s, singing songs in films like Posti (a Punjabi film), Gumasta (1951), Khoj (1953) and Dil-e-Nadan (1953) – starring Talat Mehmood and Shyama – which gave her fame as playback singer. She got married to Khayyam in 1954.

Photo: Express Archive

The blogging community also joins to mourn the loss –

‘Tum Apna Ranj o Gham – Remembering Jagjit Kaur’ presents the journey of Jagjit Kaur’s career path.

We will recall her two solos and a triad from Dil-e- Naadan (1953)

Khamosh Zindagi Ko Ek Bahaana Mil Gaya – Dil-e-Naadan (1953) – Shakeel Badayuni- Ghulam Mohammad

Chanda Gaaye Raagni Chham Chham Barse Chandani – Dil-e-Naadan (1953)  – Shakeel Badayuni- Ghulam Mohammad

Muhabbat Ki Dhun BeqararoN Se Puchho – Dil-e-Naadan (1953) – with Talat Mahmood, Sudha Malhotra  – Shakeel Badayuni- Ghulam Mohammad

We now move on to other tributes and memories:

5 songs to remember Shakeel Badayuni, Hindi cinema’s romantic poetUnnati Sharma – Ahead of Shakeel Badayuni’s 105th birth anniversary on 3 August, we look back on his remarkable career and his unabashedly romantic soul.

Mukesh’s Non-film Hindi Geets and Ghazals is a bouquet of geets and ghazals, selected form 78 NFSes that Mukesh has rendered in his active career, as a tribute on his 45th remembrance day.

The Legendary Leena Daru: Dressing up Indian Cinema’s DivasAlpana Chowdhury – She was part of the reigning troika of costume designers for actors of her time, the other two being the formidable Bhanu Athaiya and Mani J .Rabadi (elder sister of Shammi, a.k.a. Nargis Rabadi)

Revisiting Chandni that established Sridevi’s mystery and myth – Revisiting Chandni: On Sridevi’s 58th birth anniversary, here’s revisiting the film that changed the way Bollywood saw its women, and the impact of that can still be seen in Hindi films to this day.

Kumkum: The Danseuse Butterfly of Bollywood – DP Rangan pays tribute to Kumkum (22 April 1934 – 28 July 2020) on her first death anniversary.

Death is everywhere in Bollywood, but why is grief so rare?Bijal Vachharajani  – When it comes to the matter of being grief-stricken because of death, Bollywood falls upon tried and tested tropes.

5 songs and 5 moods to remember Khayyam, Bollywood’s versatile music composerUnnati Sharma – The musical maestro did merely 57 films but his output was stellar and versatile.

Forgotten Composers Unforgettable Melodies: Bipin-Babul/Babul – In spite of the some of the most remembered songs, the duo, or Babul , as the sole music director, remain more unknown than the music directors in the series Forgotten Composers: Unforgettable Melodies.

Lata Mangeshkar chooses her own favourite songs on her 90th birthday, talking to Subhash Jha about why she loves those songs.

Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:

Poet-composer Padma Sachdev, ‘mother of modern Dogri’, passes away at 81 in MumbaiUnnati Sharma – Padma Sachdev had good command over Hindi and Sanskrit as well. She had composed lyrics for Prem Paravat (1973, Ye Neer Kahan Se Barse Hai,,, Ye Badri Kahan Se Aayi Hai – Lata Mangeshkar – Music Jaidev)  – and Aankahin Dekhi (1978, Sona re, tujhe kaise miloo” – Mohammad Rafi and Sulakshana Pandit Music: J P Kaushik)

(Note:  Incidentally, this blog had occasion to recall these songs in the article Jaidev: Brilliant, But Underrated, Composer:  1972-1973

Rafi sings with Geeta Dutt is on Mohammad Rafi’s death anniversary/

Remembering Jagdish Raaj: The quintessential policeman of BollywoodAjay Mankotia   @ajaymankotia    – On his death anniversary we recall Jagdish Raaj — an actor who epitomised the role of police inspector in Bollywood.

In the series of articles on Sahir’s Songs of Romance, commemorating Sahir Ludhianvi’s birth centenary,  Sahir Ludhianvi’s Two film associations with Usha Khanna, Rashid Are, Chitragupt, Kalyanji Anandji and Sapan Chakravarty are taken up..

Pyar Kiye Jaa, classic comedy that got Mehmood his first Filmfare as comedian  – Unnati Sharma – In this ensemble 1966 romantic comedy, a remake of Tamil film Kadhalikka Neramillai, Mehmood is hilarious as a wannabe filmmaker.

August 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Shailendra’s Songs with Sardul Kwatra and Mukul Roy. Beginning the series in 2017 with Shailendra’s songs with “other” music directors, till now we have covered

In 2018, songs with Roshan

In 2019, songs with Hemant Kumar, Ravi and KalyanjiAnandji

In 2020, songs with SN Tripathi, Anil BIswas and C Ramchandra

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Dilip-Dev-Raj or Salman-Aamir-SRK?Monojit Lahiri – Each generation brings its own challenges and opportunities, so comparisons, while forever tempting to engage in – is bound to be unfair, inaccurate and irrelevant

Madhubala: Ageless Beauty, Timeless IconSMM Ausaja – In a short-lived career, Madhubala rose to the status of a superstar on the dint of her talent and magnetic screen presence. Humble beginnings, a meteoric rise to fame, dangerous liaisons, unrequited love, and dying young made the enchantingly beautiful Madhubala a legend of Hindi cinema history.

Of Waheeda Rehman’s luminous beauty, and film that changed Guru Dutt’s fortunes: Revisiting Chaudhvin Ka Chand  – Sampada Sharma –  Starring Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman and Johnny Walker, M Sadiq’s 1960 film Chaudhvin Ka Chand is the story of a romance where women get the short end of the stick.

Writing cinema: Shama Zaidi on a major problem with Hindi films and the importance of theatreAnubha Yadav – In edited excerpts from a book of conversations with female screenwriters, Scripting Bollywood – Candid Conversations with Women Who Write Hindi Cinema, Anubha Yadav, Women Unlimited. – Zaidi talks about ‘Garm Hava’ and ‘Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda’.

Dance Songs in Old Hindi Cinema – by (guest writer) Arjun who has always been interested in dance and music even as a wee tot.

My Favourites: Flirtatious Songs that the “Never accept a ‘no’ until she says a ‘yes’ ” hero manages to turn the until-then independent minded heroine into a simpering mess merely by irritating the hell out of her.

Boat Songs – Part I focuses on the songs that has only the couple on the boat.

The Gravitas of Sitar in Songs either in a classical raga-based song, or in a song full of pathos.

Songs of the Sun very vividly enlist 10 songs on that refere to the sun, at least in the mukhada. As such, songs songs where the sun is referred to indirectly or obliquely or songs which refer to both the sun and the moon at least in the mukhda are not included here.

Ten of my favourite ‘Impossible Duets’ sung perfectly in tandem—the tune the same, one verse completely responding to the previous one, even the voices sometimes blending together? —when the two people supposedly singing the song are nowhere close to each other?

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @SoY took up  Female Solo Songs with 2ndt part of solo songs Amirbai Karnataki, and those of Zohraibai Ambalewali, Hamida Bano, Zeenat Begum, Rajkumari, Sushila Rani and Khursheed.

In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi, each one of which basically has a link with the topics discussed in the present post.

Suno Suno Ae Duniyawalo Bapu Ki Amar Kahani – Rajinder Krishna – Husnlal Bhagatram

Awaz Do Hum Ek Hai – Jan Nissar Akhtar – Khayyam

Watan Ki Aabroo Khatare Mein Hai Taiyar Ho Jaao – Sahir Ludhiyanvi – Khayyam

Is Waste Pandrah August Hai Hamein Pyara – Lyrics: Ramesh Gupta

Pandrah August Se Hamien Kyon Itani Preet Hai

Bharatwalo Bhul Na Jana, Amar Shaheedo Ka Afasana – Rajinder Krishna

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.