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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – September 2022 Edition

Welcome to September 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 –

The Musical Geniuses Who Have Ruled Hindi Film Industry Since Independence – From Naushad to Arijit Singh, here’s a list of 75 melody makers who have ruled the roost in Bollywood since 1947:

75 Bollywood Actresses Who Ruled The Silver Screen With Grace, Beauty And Talent

75 Actors Who Conquered Hearts Of The Millions Since 1947

75 Years Of Indian Cinema: The Platinum Magic On The Silver Screen

While celebrating 89th birthday of Asha Bhosle here are the chosen Asha Bhosle’s ‘Overshadowed Songs’ which have been overshadowed by other popular songs of that particular movie, but the songs are excellent. Mostly the songs stand out because of Asha Bhosle’s Midas touch.

Asha Bhosle and the Seven Wonders takes us to the tour of 7 solo music directors whose repertoire is filled with Lata Mangeshkar songs and have a scattered graph of Asha numbers.

After Khayyam at the Mountain Peak (1): Songs on Pahadi, we now have  Khayyam at the Mountain Peak (2): Songs sans Pahadi as  a tribute to Khayyam (18.2.1927–19.8.2019) on his third Remembrance Day

Continuing the series, the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, on Lata Mangeshkar, Mehfil Mein Teri takes a look at her career in the year 1952

Bengali Cinema During the Freedom Struggle – Throughout the 1930s and 1940s Bengali cinema produced socially aware films, which seldom attacked the British imperialism and oppression. Silhouette editor Amitava Nag explores the trends and patterns of Bengali cinema during the struggle for independence.

Did You Know Vyjayanthimala Refused a Filmfare Award for ‘Devdas’?Khalid Mohamed – On Vyjayanthimala’s birthday, here’s a (belated) special tribute to the veteran actor.

This article is from The Quint’s archives and was first published on 13 August 2016. It is now being republished to mark Vyjayanthimala Bali’s birthday)

HT spotlight: a short piece about Hindi cinema 1977-92 –  The Hindustan Times has this good-looking package which divides the Hindi cinema of the past 75 years into five eras, with separate essays on each. Here is a piece onJaane Bhi Do YaaroN, incidentally on its anniversary of release.

September 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up (Shankar-) Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri’s Songs Fading From the Memory: 1963. After we launched the series in 2017, we have covered the years

1949 -1954 in 2017

1955 – 1957 in 2018

1958 – 1959 in 2019,

1960 -1961 in 2020, and

1962 in 2021.

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

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

After a short break,  Mehfil Mein Teri presents (Part 8) of Boat Songs

Book Review: ‘Hindi Cine Raag Encyclopaedia’ Vol. 3, 4 & 5 – Whereas volumes 1 & 2 addressed the question, i.e which are the underlying raags in a particular song, whereas Volumes 3,4 & 5 answer the reverse question: Which are the famous songs based on a particular raag, say Asavari?

Book Review: P.K.Nair’s Yesterday’s Films For Tomorrow, published in 2017 by the Film Heritage Foundation after P.K.Nair’s death, is a collection of his writings – personal diaries, detailed notes, articles, letters – deftly edited by Rajesh Devraj.

The Two Worlds of Jalte Hain Jiske Liye – When Adheer offers his first song of love to Sujata, little does he know that while he is dreaming of a world with her where love is as fragile as delicate glass, Sujata’s world is imploding. Shirish Waghmode looks at the two worlds on either side of Jalte hain jiske liye.

Songs of wishes, desires and expectations– fulfilled and unfulfilled – The words used in film songs typically are – चाह, तमन्ना, आरज़ू, माँग. Many of the songs of course are melancholic and thus speak of unfulfilled desires. There are some which also speak of fulfilment. The playlist below has songs that capture both shades.

Bollywood, Masala Movies and Family Values – As ideas of family and love change, so do the films.

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

We have inched forward to Female Solo Songs in Micro View of  1943 with Solo songs of Husn Bano, Sitara (Devi), Vatsala Kumthekar, and Rajkumari, Kaushalya, Nalini Jaywant, SoY has in the meantime presented Best songs of 1943: Wrap Up 2. After a very thorough and comprehensive summary analysis, SoY has awarded ‘The Award for the Best Female Singer of the year’ to Amirbai Karnataki.

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 –

Woh Jab Yaad Aaye Bahut Yaad Aaye – Parasmani (1963) – Asad Bhopali – Laxmikant Pyarelal

Ja Ja Jaare Tujhe Hum Jaan Gaye – Sehra (1963) – Hasrat Jaipuri – Ramlal

Agar Main Puchhun Jawab Doge – Shikari (163) – Farooq Qaiser – G S Kohli

While taking a slight detour, we take note of Dilip Dholakia’s first Mohammad Rafi- Lata Mangeshkar duet(s), from a Gujarati film:

O Naaho Liyaare…..O Roop Raseeli – Satyavan Savitri (1963) – Bhaskar Vora – Dilip Dholakia

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.

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – August 2022 Edition

Welcome to August 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We once again recall loss of Bhupinder Singh with The Multifaceted Bhupinder Singh

Presently we move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

Fifteen Years! of many changes happening in the life and hence on the blog content. But the good part is that Richard S. but is not ready to call it just quits in so far as Dances on Footpath is concerned. We too take the opportunity for the blog to continue its rich, conceitful journey for many more years…..

K.N.Singh – Bollywood Gentleman Villain With A Unique Mannerism – Rare Bollywood Nostalgia – Trivia – K N Singh acted in over 250 films in 60 years career. He was an excellent athlete as well. He had almost been selected for shot put and javelin throe for 1936 Olympics.

Aayega Aanewala – Remembering Khemchand Prakash on his 72nd death anniversary.

Khayyam at the Mountain Peak (1): Songs on Pahadi – A tribute to Khayyam (18.2.1927–19.8.2019) on his third Remembrance Day

Ek Din Hum Ko Yaad Karoge – Remembering Raja Mehdi Ali Khan on his 46th death anniversary.

The National Museum of Indian Cinema A delight for the senses is located at the Films Division Complex, Pedder Road, Mumbai

Abhas versus Kishore — An Existential Reality: (Part 1) and (Part 2) – Abhas turned Kishore midway. Abhas is a felt intangibility, a suggestion from within – something not material.  Kishore is one who is young, energetic, exuberant, visible, impactful.  Vijay Kumar explores the phenomenon that was Kishore Kumar

More to read

Kishore Kumar The Actor: A Legend’s Journey Down the Years Part 1

Kishore Kumar, The Master of his Craft – Amit Kumar Remembers his ‘Baba’

Kishore kumar with his mother Gouri Devi and Amit Kumar (Pic: Twitter)

August 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Shailendra’s Songs Composed by Kishore Kumar. We started taking a look at Shailendra’s songs with “other” music directors form the year 2017. Till now we have covered Shailendra’s Songs with

Roshan in 2018,

Hemant Kumar, Ravi and Kalyanji-Anandji in 2019

S N Tripathi, Anil Biswas and C Ramchandra in 2020

Shardul Kwatra and Mukul Roy in 2021

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

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

The poignancy and power of ‘Usne Kaha Tha’ don’t make it to the screenNirupama KotruBook versus movieUsne Kaha Tha was published in 1915, in the same year that the story is set. The screen version deviated majorly from the story in portraying its protagonists as Hindus rather than Sikhs. Somewhat contrived exploration of young love, with an eye on the box office, is the film’s undoing. The original story is a far more powerful tale of love – innocent, pure and powerful – as well as a tribute to the character, bravery and fortitude of Sikhs.

The Two Worlds of Jalte Hain Jiske Liye – When Adheer offers his first song of love to Sujata, little does he know that while he is dreaming of a world with her where love is as fragile as delicate glass, Sujata’s world is imploding. Shirish Waghmode looks at the two worlds on either side of Jalte hain jiske liye.

Songs of Youth rejoices the International Youth Day (August12).

Songs of Sarcasm – If the world only comprised narcissists at one extreme, and the most polite and courteous who profusely praise others at the other end, it would be a very boring place.

Canorous Eyesores – There are many songs which are a pleasure to not just hear but also see because they are delightfully picturized. Guru Dutt, Raj Khosla and Vijay Anand belong that club of songs picturization specialists.

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

We have inched forward to Female Solo Songs in Micro View of  1943 with Solo songs of Amirbai Karnataki

Rafi’s songs with some unrecognised composers by Sivanandam Palamadai as a tribute to Rafi on his 42nd Remembrance Day (24 December 1924 – 31 July 1980)

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 –

First a correction of the music director that was missed earlier:

Sun To Lo Mera Afsana Chahe Pyar Karo Ya Na Karo  – Raat Ki Raani (1949) – A Shah Shikar Puri – Hans Raj Bahal

And now back to the regular sequence:

Piya Kaise MiluN Tujhse Mer Paano Padi Zanzir – Saranga (1960)  – Bharat Vyas – Sardar Malik

Aaj Hua Mera Dil Matwala.. Ho Matwala – Chhote Nawab (1961) – Shailendra – R D Burman

Saaz-e-Dil Chhed De Kya Haseen Rat Hai – Passport (1961) – Farooq Kaiser – Kalyanji Anandji

Jaane Teri NazroN Ne Kya Kar Diya – Grahasthi (1963) – Shakeel Badayuni – Ravi

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.

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – July 2022 Edition

Welcome to July 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We pay our homages to the film personalities we lost this month.

‘Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar’ dancer Sheila Vaz was ’50s icon but Bollywood forgot to give credit – Tina Das – From ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ (Shree 420, 1955) upto Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye Badra from Chhote Nawab (1961) Sheila Vaz, who passed away on 29th June, knew how to charm audiences with performance. Today, YouTubers agree with it.

Sheela Vaz from Shree 420 (1955) | YouTube

Beete Hue Din pays tribute in the form of “Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar Bhar Ke Ankhon Me Khumar – Sheela Vaz, which is supplemented by a YT video Sheela Vaz aka Rama Lakhanpal

Ten of my favourite Sheila Vaz songs is a tribute in which she’s lip-synced to the song, from Hindi films

Bhupinder Singh: A limited-edition, classy artistBalaji Vittal  – Celebrated for his singing talent, he was an equally accomplished guitarist. (Ref: How Bhupinder Singh blends the ghazal with the guitarManish Gaekwad) – Bhupinder passed away on 18 July 2022 at the age of 82.

Courtesy Pavan Jha/Twitter

We now move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

Mehfil celebrates 5th Anniversary! By continuing the series, the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, on Lata Mangeshkar. Presently, covered are ‘Semi Classical songs by Lata Mangeshkar’

Dilip Kumar: How the ‘first Khan’ gracefully transitioned into his second innings, created a blueprint for star-actorsSampada Sharma – On Dilip Kumar’s death anniversary(8 July), here’s looking back at how the ‘first Khan of Bollywood’ created a blueprint for success with his second innings.

Dilip Kumar and technology: ‘What exactly is this Internet?’ –  Faisal Farooqui – An excerpt from a memoir by Faisal Farooqui, the founder of the website Mouthshut.com.

Satyadev Dubey transformed Indian theatre – but many forget his maverick film projects – Nandini Ramnath – Apart from plays, he had two short films – Aparichay ke Vindhachal (1965) and Tongue In Cheek (1968), the full-length feature ‘Shantata! Court Chaue Aahe’ and an unfinished production to his credit.

Duets (+) of Mukesh: With Male Singers are as a tribute to Mukesh on his 99th Birth Anniversary (b. July 22, 1923 – d. August 27, 1976)

Guru Dutt believed he was making ‘insubstantial’ cinema before Pyaasa, the film released him from ‘solitary confinement’Sampada Sharma  – On Guru Dutt’s 97th birth anniversary, here’s revisiting the time when Dutt felt like he had been let out of prison while making Pyaasa.

Vasant Desai Part 2 (post-1950s): His male singers is a follow-up post to Vasant Desai Part 1 pertaining to the vintage years (1930s and 40s),

Jana Pehchana Sa Ajanabee – Remembering lyricist, Asad Bhopali on his 101st Birthday on 10th July

Manoj Kumar understood the ‘soft power’ of patriotism in movies, how Bharat Kumar came into beingSampada Sharma  – On Manoj Kumar’s 85th birthday, here’s recalling how he became known as Bharat Kumar in Hindi cinema.

July 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Mohammad Rafi’s First Duet Song With The Music Director for the Second Five-Year Period: 1949 -1953. We had covered 1st Five-Year Period of 1944 to 1948 in the year 2021.

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

Stardust Memories – On the marriage anniversary of the legendary actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, Silhouette presents this beautifully penned piece by Taroon Coomar Bhaduri, Jaya Bahduri’s father. The article was published in the Illustrated Weekly of India, March 5, 1989.

Also to read: Jaya Bachchan: A Slot-less Act

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Deepti Naval on her memoir: ‘It’s like watching a movie, where you’re with me’Nandini Ramnath – The acclaimed actor returns to her first love, writing, with ‘A Country Called Childhood’. In her memoir, A Country Called Childhood – A Memoir, Deepti Naval, Aleph Book Company, the acclaimed actor retraces her earliest film-watching experiences.

I’ll become a nun’— Balraj Sahni’s autograph made Deepti Naval want to be an actor

In ‘A Country Called Childhood’, Deepti Naval talks about her interest in cinema, and experiences that pushed her to be an actress.

Balraj Sahni Autograph| A Country Called Childhood

Vintage era music relived in films to chronicle those movies/songs in which the songs of the vintage era are remembered sometimes as a tribute and sometimes are very craftily woven into the situation of the film as a parody.

‘The best student of our school’: KA Abbas on casting Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Saat Hindustani’K A Abbas – An excerpt from ‘Sone Chandi Ke Buth: Writings on Cinema’, by KA Abbas. Translated from the Urdu and edited by Syeda Hameed and Sukhpreet Kahlon.

In praise of a woman’s beauty is a sort of mirror image of Songs of Narcissists

Recent Musical Excursions Into Pakistan: Coke Studio; Sindhi and Punjabi Divas; Fascinating Fusion – Here is a stunning Zeb and Haniya video for the song “Dadra,”

The Mindful Songs are the songs where मन figures more in the sense of the mind.

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

We have inched forward to Male Solo Songs [2] in Micro View of  1943 to conclude with MY TOP Male Songs..

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 –

O Gori Aankhon Mein Kajra,. Kahan Chali Kahan Chali – Kichak Vadha (1959) – Bharat Vyas – Master Krishna Rao

Teri AankhoN Ka Rang Nirala Hai – Barood (1960) –  Hasrat Jaipuri – Khayyam

Khwab Mein Kahan Miloge …. Kis Liye Ji – Bindiya (1960_ Rajinder Krishna – Iqbal Quereshi

Mera To Dil Dil Ghabraaye – Kala Aadmi (196) – Hasrat Jaipuri- Dattaram

Jhun Jhun Paayal Jhanke O Raja More Man Ke – Maya Machhindra (1960) – Keshab – Ramlal Heera Panna

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.

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – June 2022 edition

Welcome to June 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

As Songs of Yore completes twelve years, I take up the opportunity to acknowledge that it was SoY that took me to take up blog as  a serious source of reading and then active blogging on my own as the major activity of my second innings .

We now move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

Sunil Dutt fell in love with Nargis as she took care of his ill sister: ‘I knew she was the one’Sampada Sharma – On Nargis’ birth anniversary, here’s looking back at the noble woman who had empathy for everyone and it was this quality of hers that had Sunil Dutt fall in love with her.

Radio Ceylon — the Sri Lankan channel India turned to when AIR banned film music in 1952Raghav Bikhchandani – In its heydays, Radio Ceylon had managed to capture all of India’s major vernacular markets, by dividing the day’s programming schedule into Hindi, Tamil and Telugu segments.

Remembering a Genius….Sajjad Hussain on his birthday 15th June. He was fond of lengthening a certain alphabet of a word in the song so that the next word had to be offbeat, adding a certain complexity to the song.

Nabendu Ghosh’s Dadamoni: The Life and Times of Ashok Kumar – How this reluctant actor, jittery and inept at first, and with a thin voice that is almost jarring—ended up as one of Hindi cinema’s most popular and biggest stars, is the subject of Nabendu Ghosh’s Dadamoni: The Life and Times of Ashok Kumar (Speaking Tiger Books, 2022).

While continuing the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, the 1951 – Lata Mangeshkar had around 225 songs for 49 films to consider in total. It included around 155+ solos and 60+ duets.

On her 86th birth anniversary The Many Moods of Nutan, presents Nutan in her myriad moods

O Nigahen Mastana – Remembering Nutan on her birthday (4th June) with some of her iconic B&W film songs

Asad Bhopali – The Unsung Ghalib presents 10 songs, each of a different mood,  penned by Asad Bhopali

June 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Dattaram – Dekhi Teri Duniyaa Arre Dekhe Tere Kaam, remembering the songs composed in the years 1968 and 1969. Till now we have covered, Dattaram’s compositions from the films during

1957 to 1959 in 2018,

1960 and 1961 in 2019, and

1962 and 1963 in 2020

1965 in 2021

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

How Satyajit Ray achieved historical accuracy in his first Hindi film ‘Shatranj ke Khilari’Sarbajit Mitra – The search for the appropriate visual references took Ray to different archives and repositories, including the India Office Library in London.

Also read:

Why Lata Mangeshkar’s Dil Jo Na Keh Saka lost to Mohammad Rafi’s versionAJAY MANKOTIA – Probably the main reasons for the twin song genre was expediency — when you have a good product, why not have more than one singer sing it. The institution of twin songs began to lose its lustre from the ’80s onwards. But a marked change was taking place even with these few songs.

The Sea Side Songs, while focussing on songs on the beach, restricts the choice to the songs where entire song is sung on the sea shore.

Haunting, Charming Humming Songs – Humming means any melody sung without the lyrics – this can include a melody sung with an open mouth like ‘aaa’ or ‘ooo’. The humming part normally comes before the actual song, like an Alaap in classical music. However, there are also songs where the humming sequence comes in the middle of the song or at the very end.

Songs of Narcissists are the songs that indulge in abashed self-praise.

Ten of my favourite bicycle songs, on the World Bicycle Day (3rd June), wherein each song is ‘sung’ by someone on a bicycle through at least three-fourths of the song

My Favourites: Train Songs with a condition that the person singing the song had to present on the train (or on top of the train) for the entirety of the song

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

We have inched forward with Male Solo Songs [1] in Micro View of  1943. As can be expected, 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.

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,

Ja To Se Naahin BoluN Ghunghat NahiN KholuN – Samrat Chandragupta (1958) – Bharat Vyas – Kalyanji Virji Shah

Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyaliyan – Suvarna Sundari (1958) – Bharat Vyas – Adi Narayan Rao

Koi Ikrar Kare Ya Koi Inkarar Kare …… Tum HasiN Ho Tumhein Sab Dil Mein Jagah Dete Hai … Main Tumhi Se Poochti Hoon – Black Cat (1959) – Jan Nissar Akhtar – N Dutta

Is Zindgi Ki Daud Mein Kaante Bikher Gaya………Maine Peena Seekh Liya – Goonj Uthi Shahnai (1959) – Bharat Vyas – Vasant Desai

Un Par Kaun Kare Ji Viswas – Kavi Kalidas (1959) – Bharat Vyas – S N Tripathi

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.

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – May 2022 edition

Welcome to May 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We straight away move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

Dadasaheb Phalke birth anniversary: The man who brought movie magic to India, captured in Harishchandrachi FactorySampada Sharma  – On Father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke’s 152nd birth anniversary, here’s revisiting Harishchandrachi Factory. The film chronicles Phalke’s journey of making the first motion picture in India.

How Ashok Kumar learned to ‘open his heart through his eyes’Nabendu Ghosh – A reissued biography – Dadamoni – The Life and Times of Ashok Kumar, Speaking Tiger- reveals Ashok Kumar’s early years as a reluctant actor in Hindi films produced by the Bombay Talkies studio.

Sunil Dutt, the Bollywood godfather to Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Sanjay Dutt: His career as a serial talent-spotterShaikh Ayaz – A closer peek into Sunil Dutt’s extraordinary life and times on his remembrance day – 25th May.

The Search for ‘Alam Ara’, India’s First Talking Film  – Soutik Biswas – Earlier this month, a group of archivists in Mumbai recovered what now appears to be the only surviving link – a vintage machine which had been used to make prints of Alam Ara (Ornament of the World), the 1931 film that has disappeared – with the first Indian talking film.

While continuing the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career,  the 1950 – Lata Mangeshkar details out emergence of Lata Mangeshkar into her high=pedestal position of 50s.

Vasant Desai Part 1: A Multifaceted Talent presentsg some songs of Vasant Desai as a singer and music director from the Vintage Era.

Murmurs of a Different Dream: Progressive Writers and Their Contribution to Indian CinemaThis is the fifth article in a series on the history of the Indian film industry. Also read: Part I Part II | Part III | Part IV

Progressive Writers in Bombay, 1946: Sultana Jafri, Ismat Chugtai, Vishwamitra Adil, Ali Sardar Jafri, Krishan Chander, Mahendranath, Mumtaz Hussain, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Sahir Ludhianvi and Habib Tanvir. Picture courtesy: India-Pak Heritage group

Shabana Azmi on Shaukat Kaifi: An honest mother, a committed professional, a great hostess – An excerpt from an anthology of essays – The Oldest Love Story – A Motherhood Anthology, edited by Rinki Roy Bhattacharya and Maithili Rao, Om Books International- on motherhood.

Happy Birthday Mac Mohan: Remembering Sholay’s Forgotten VillainKhalid Mohamed – if the Karachi-born Makijany Mohan, aka Mac Mohan – frequently called Mac in his film roles – had survived a lung tumour, he would have been a year older today (24 April).

Nathli se toota moti re: Manna Dey’s Non-film Hindi Gems is a tribute t0 Manna Dey on his 103rd birth anniversary (1 May 1919 – 24 October 2013)

Yogesh Kale recollects Marathi Melodies by Manna Dey

May 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Manna Dey – Chale Ja Rahein Hai…. – 1956 . Till now, we have covered Manna Dey’s less popular, less-heard songs for the years

1942 – 1946 in the year 2018.

1947 – 1950 in the year 2019.

1951 – 1953 in the year 2020, and

1954-1955 in the year 2021

BollywooDirect recollects the reception given to music directors Kalyanji Anandji, who won the National Award for best music direction for Saraswatichandra, on 10–2–1970 at Bhulabai Desai Auditorium, Mumbai.

From left to right: Vijay Bhatt, Kalyanji, Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vasantrao Naik, Mrs.Naik, Anandji, and Minister Madhusudan Vairale.

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Pikoo, a Little-Known Satyajit Ray Film That Is Largely Ignored by His AdmirersAnjan BasuPikoo (1980), a 26-minute short Satyajit Ray made for French television, remains one of Ray’s least watched films in India. He had adapted the film his own short story Pikoor Diary (‘Pikoo’s Diary’),

तेरा नाम लिया……are really very few songs from Hindi films, when someone calls the other character by his/her name in a song.

Ten of my favourite ‘secondary romantic couple’ songs, Most of these are duets, but some are not.

Same Mukhda, Two Different Songs are the five pairs of songs which have at least the first four words of the mukhda in common.

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

Sharmila Tagore’s Aradhana encapsulates the phony formula of damsels in distress disguised as strong women – Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna starrer Aradhana started the 15 film hit streak for Rajesh Khanna, as Tagore got a rather tough job of playing a damsel in distress who was supposedly strong.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Chupke Chupke was the subtle antidote to the ‘angry young man’ era; a balance we have forgotten today – The 1970s were the era of the ‘angry young man’ but it was also the era where every ‘larger than life’ hero film was balanced with a subtle, almost relatable film. For every Deewar, there was a Chupke Chupke.

As per established practice, we have commenced follow-on of Best songs of 1943: And the winners are? in Micro View of  1943, with  Setting the stage

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,

Aag Lagi Ghar Mein..Jiski Laagi Lagan Bhagwaan – Patit Paawan (1956) – Bharat Vyas Jamal Sen

Ladi Ankh Se Ankh Mohabbat Ho Gayi – Pocketmaar (1956) – Rajendra Krishna – Madan Mohan

Tere Nainon Ne Jaadu Daala – Taangewali (1956) – Prem Dhawan – Salil Chowdhury

Jaare Jaare O Maakhan Chor Chalegi Na Ye Chori Teri Ye Jora Jori – Champakali – Rajendra Krishna  – Hemant Kumar

Kali Ek Tumse Punchhu Baat Ki Jab Hoti Hai Aadhi Raat – Sakshi Gopal – Bharat Vyas – Chitragupta

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.

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – April 2022 Edition

Welcome to April 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We straight away move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

When three-time National Award winner Surekha Sikri was insecure about her looks: ‘Used to upset her a lot…’ – On Surekha Sikri’s birth anniversary, we revisit the time when her former co-star Rajit Kapur revealed that the National Award winner had at one point suffered from insecurities about her looks, but eventually overcame it.

Veteran television producer, Gol Maal actor Manju Singh passes away – Manju Singh, was seen in Hrishikesh Mukerji’s Gol Maal, and hasproduced television shows like Show Time, Ek Kahaani, Adhikar, Swaraj.

Panchhi Bawra – Remembering Khursheed Bano , with my choice focussing Koyaliya Kahe Bole RiNurse (1943) / Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok

Music and lyrics: For Anand Bakshi, his life was his museGanesh Vancheeswaran – nothing or nobody – not even life, in spite of many attempts – could dislodge him from the path to his dream. I have selected a song from his first film C.I.D. Girl(1959) :

Badi Buland Meri Bhabhi Ki Pasand – Mohamamd Rafi, Asha Bhosle – Music – Roshan

Manoj Kumar has plotted a four-part series on the history of the Indian film industry, viz. Part I Part II | Part III and Part IV.

Illustration: Pariplab Chakraborty

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

In the series of articles on Sahir’s Songs of Romance, commemorating Sahir Ludhianvi’s birth centenary,  we end the series with take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s 19-films association with Ravi.

All the episodes of Sahir Ludhianvi’s sogs of romance with different music directors can be accessed /downloaded as one file by clicking @ Sahir’s songs of romance – Sahir Ludhianvi Centenary.

April 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Hasrat Jaipuri – Beyond Shankar Jaikishan : 1960. In 2017, we have commenced the annual series of Hasrat Jaipuri’s songs with Music Directors Other Than SJ. Till now, we have covered –

The songs from 1950 to 1953 in 2017,

The songs from 1953 to 1955. In 2018

The songs from 1956 -1957 in 2019,

 The songs from 1958 in 2020, and

 The songs from 1959 in 2021.

Dustedoff also writes Ten of my favourite Hasrat Jaipuri Songs. A transcription of these songs, along with a translation, is available here

A Birth Anniversary Tribute to Nazia Hassan (and a few words about singers from Sindh) is a bouquet of seven songs of Nazia Hassan of which I have selected Kabhi Zindagani Jaisa,“ which has a more Calypso kind of flavor.

As BollywooDirectdid not have a recent posting of a memorable photograph, I dug into the archives of the blog and have selected Tribute to the legendary Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi of the famous Shankar Jaikishan duo and one of the emperors of Hindi film music world, on his death anniversary (26/04),  which was posted in 2020.

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

“The Unforgettable Music of HEMANT KUMAR” is a review of the book authored by Manek Premchand, with study of his Bengali repertoire by Antara Nanda Mondal and Sounak Gupta

The लेन – देन (give and take) Songs in the context human relationships which are not commercial but still talk of getting something in return or even returning something when relations are embittered

Five Classics I would Like to Rewrite is the first of a two-part post, that discusses five great films and why, despite strong women characters in them, the all-pervasive male gaze made their endings problematic, if not a complete cop-out. [For  companion post on Dustedoff.com, click  Ten Hindi films You Mustn’t Watch.] Five More Films – Five More Revisions is second post  in the series. If the films on that first list were all good films, here, most of these were successful films, not necessarily good ones.

Lata Mangeshkar: Ten Solos, Ten Composers – Part 3 do not overlap with the ones on the very first ‘Lata in Ten Moods’ song list.

Songs of EducationThere are diverse views on education in film songs – underlining its importance, sneering at the sheer uselessness of learning historical facts, mocking the lack of logic in grammar, criticizing the educational system for not imparting vocational education, and last but not the least, redefining education. The words to look out for are – पढ़ाई लिखाई and degree.

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

SoY has thrown open its annual extravaganza of Best songs of year with quite an interesting overview Best songs of 1943: And the winners are?

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,

Lagi Hai Aag Dil Mein, Qismat Ke Sitare Doob Gaye – Hulcal (1951) – Khumar Barabankvi – Mohammad Shafi Niyazi

Aisa Kya Qasoor Kiya Dil Jo Choor Choor Kiya – Nadaan (1951) – P L Santoshi – Chic Chokalte

Mohabbat Ki Bas Itni Dastan Hai – Baradari (1955) – Khumar Baranakvi – Nashaad

Aa Bedardi Baalma, Aa Preet Ka Kare Hisaab – Chhora Chhori (1955) – Kedar Sharma _ Roshan

Kab Tak Uthayein Aur Ye Gham Intezaar Ka – Naqaab (1955) – Prem Dhawan – Pt. Govindram

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.

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – March 2022 edition

Welcome to March 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

March is the month when North India celebrates the festival of colours, the Holi. SoY celebrates the mood with Impossible Songs, the songs whose physical visualization seems impossible.

We now move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

Bhuvan Shome: When Mrinal Sen started Indian cinema’s New Wave with Amitabh Bachchan, paid him just Rs 300, who eventually became a poster boy for everything that mainstream cinema stood for, made his first income from the movies in a rather non-commercial film, recalls Sampadaa Sharma from Mrinal Sen’s book Always Being Born – A Memoir

Shashi Kapoor: The humble artist who once refused a National Award because he felt his ‘performance was not competent enough’  Sampadaa Sharma

Shashi Kapoor starrer Dharmputra won a National Film Award for the Best Feature Film in Hindi. (Photo: Express Archives)

Samaj Gaya Main Samaj Gaya – Dev Kishan, the role that he played so tellingly in Bees Saal Baad

While working on ‘Mujib – the Making of Nation, Shyam Benegal reveals his mantras while making biopics and documentaries:  Shyam Benegal, a rare filmmaker who has successfully walked the fiction and non-fiction tracks in cinema, said it is never difficult for filmmakers to tell the story they want to.

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

In the series of articles on Sahir’s Songs of Romance, commemorating Sahir Ludhianvi’s birth centenary,  we now take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s Eighteen-films association with N Datta.

February 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Ghulam Mohammed and His Singers : 1950-1952 to commemorate the death anniversary month of Ghulam Mohammed. Previously, in 2021, we have covered Ghulam Mohamamed’s songs with different singers for the years 1943 to 1949.

Here is Remembering I.S.Johar, one of Hindi cinema’s greatest comedians through a scene in Shrimanji (1968) with Shahida and Kishore Kumar on BollywooDirect

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

What brothel set design tells us about films that explore sex workNandini Ramnath – The better-considered Hindi movies about sex work pay close attention to the design and dynamics of the brothel.

हेतुहेतुमद्भूत songs are the songs that depict the one of the six forms of past tense in Hindi, and is used to describe situations of ‘insight in hindsight’.

Kucch aur zamana kehta hai: the freedom to not conform are a few songs from Bollywood movies that beautifully express the thoughts of a woman’s mind while pondering life dilemmas or decision making, or bring to life the hopes and desires, and the joy of freedom, beyond just the waiting for a knight-in-shining-armor.

Our best stories are the ones that provoke: Shekhar Kapur – “We’re not storytellers. We provoke. We never tell stories. Our best stories are the ones that provoke everybody in the room or anybody to imagine their own story and that’s the best story,”

When Madan Mohan and Majrooh Sultanpuri created magic in ‘Dastak’ – Nirupama Kotru – The spare soundtrack has four tunes – each of them a gem viz. Baiyyan na dharo, o balma; Mayee Ree Main Kaase Kahoon Pir Apne Jiya Ki; Tumse Kahoon Ik Baat Paron Se Salki, Raat Meri Hai Chhanv Tumhare Hi Aanchal Ki and Hum hain mata-e-koocha-o-bazaar ki tarah

Metaphors for the Lover in Songs, where both the lady and the gentleman use metaphors. Even if the song is a solo, metaphors have been used to describe both of them. Some common metaphors such as bhawra-phul (भवँरा-फूल), shama-parwana (शमा – परवाना), chaand – chaandni (चाँद चाँदनी) establish complementarity and an organic holism

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

Arushi Jain, a millennial’s views:

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,

Hans Ke Na Teer Chalana Dil Khud Hi Banega Nishaana – Beqasoor (1950_ Ehsan Rizvi – Anil Biswas

Dil Awaaz Mein.. Ankhiyan Mila Ke Zara Baat Karoji – Pardes (1950) – Shakeel Badaayuni – Ghulam Mohammed

Mehfil Mein Meri Kaun Ye Diwana – Albela (1950) – Rajinder Krishna – C Ramchandra

Pativrata Sitamai..Zulm Sahe Bhaari Janak Dulari – Aawara (1951) – Sahilendra – Shaker Jaikishan

Yaad Aane Lagi Dil Dukhane Lagi – Daaman (1951) – Ehsan Rizvi – K Datta

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.

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – February 2022 edition

Welcome to February 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Lata Mangeshkar (1929-2022): Nightingale has fallen silent – India has lost one of its most prolific and significant artists – the last of her kind. She leaves behind not just her vast oeuvre, but a legacy of a voice that could bridge differences and bring together people with its sublimity.

Till the end, Lata Mangeshkar remained her own personMrinal Pande – Her long and distinguished career is not a tragic tale of continuing to shoulder the burden of someone else’s idea of how a woman should sing. She was a genuinely many-voiced singer who considered it an asset to be able to sing for over three generations of stars…..Still it would be wrong to pin her down to a single identity, of a grand dowager queen of music, all white sarees, and an isolation of fervent religiosity and meditational silences. …. But she was very much her own person.

Lata Mangeshkar was India’s inner voicePratap Bhanu Mehta – If Lata Mangeshkar became representative of India, it was because the lyrics she sang, and the forms in which she expressed them, contained all of India in them: All of its languages, cultural registers, even its conflicts. It was not benchmarking India to a single measure; it was rather connecting its superabundance.

How Lata Mangeshkar learnt to read and write (despite having gone to school for only a day) – In the edited excerpts from a Nasreen Munni Kabir’s conversation book, Lata Mangeshkar: In Her Own Voice, the acclaimed singer remembers her formative years.

‘Close to the sublime’: Why no book on Hindi film music is complete without Lata MangeshkarGanesh Anantharaman presents excerpts from his book, Bollywood Melodies.

During the support commentary that Harish Bhimani was providing during the live broadcast of Lata Mangeshkar’s funeral procession, he recalled that on one occasion he had asked her about her one song that spontaneously comes to her mind. This was the song that Lat Mangeshkar recalled:

Bairan Neend Na Aaye – (Chacha Zindabad -1959) – Lyrics: Rajinder Krishna – Music: Madan Mohan

On being asked the same question to him by Lata Mangeshkar, Harish Bhimani recalled

Man Mohana Bade Jhoothe ..- Seema (1955) – Lyrics: Shailendra – Music Shankar Jaikishan

If I apply the same test to me, the two Gujarati songs that pop up are:

Have Sakhi NahiN BoluN NahiN BoluN Re – Lyrics: Dayaram – Music: Purushuttom Updhyay

Rk RajkaN Suraj Thavane ShamaNe UgamaNe JaI UDe – Music: Harindra Dave – Music: Dilip Dholakia

As can be expected, homages have been showered by almost every newspaper, journal and other social (digital) media. We will confine ourselves to homages from our regular blogs for our present episode.

We also lost Sandhya Mukherjee this month.

Though He Actually Never Met Her… – Gulzar voices his “deepest regard” for Sandhya Mukherjee, the Geetasri who never needed any Padma to become the voice of romance for generations. Ratnottama Sengupta explores how Gulzar connected with the iconic actor-singer foursome of Bengali cinema – Uttam Kumar, Suchitra Sen, Hemant Kumar and also Sandhya Mukherjee.

We also sadly bid farewell to Bappi Lahiri who passed away on 15th February 2022

We now move on to the other tributes and celebrations for the month –

Remembering Zohrabai Ambalewali, for her full-throated voice, which had cast its own spell furing’40s.

When ‘villain of the millennium’ Pran shocked the audience as he played a noble soul in Manoj Kumar’s Upkar – Pran, despite of several outstanding path-breaking roles he played there after, is still remembered as the quintessential villain of Hindi cinema,

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

From Rangeela to Pinjar, Urmila Matondkar’s effortless evolution on screen whilst also pulling off the complexities of Rangeela’s Mili and Pinjar’s Puro

In the series of articles on Sahir’s Songs of Romance, commemorating Sahir Ludhianvi’s birth centenary,  we now take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s Eighteen-films association with S D Burman.

February 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Talat Mahmood: Duets with Shamshad Begum.  To commemorate the memory of Talat Mahmood in the month of his birth by taking up the theme of his rare duets, till now, we have explored –

In 2017, an overview of Talat Mahmood’s duets receding from the memory.

In 2018, Talat Mahmood’s duets with rare co-singers,

In 2019, Talat Mahmood’s duets with Mubarak Begum and with Madhubala Jhaveri,

In 2020, Talat Mahmood’s duets with Geeta Dutt, essentially from 1950 to 1952, and

In 2021, Talat Mahmood: Duets with Geeta Dutt, from  1954 to 1957, with one duet even in 1972.

Here is a photograph of Madhubala on the 53rd anniversary of her death (23rd February) posted on BollywooDirect:

Madhubala’s films opposite Bharat Bhushan – Madhubala has done four films with Bharat Bhushan – Gateway of India was a one-woman show with the story revolving around the character of Madhubala and the other actors forming the supporting cast, Kal Hamara Hai saw her play the lone double role of her career, Phagun had her in a triple role and Barsaat ki Raat is one of the greatest musicals ever to have been made in our film industry.

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

The Other Songs of Kavi Pradeep, a.k.a. Ramchandra Narayanji Dwivedi (06/02/1915 – 11/12/1998) – the songs essentially which are neither patriotic nor inspirational.

Manna Dey: A Story of Amazing Versatility – In a career spanning 60 years, Manna Dey excelled across a variety of genres – film songs, ghazals, bhajans, classical and pop – he regaled generations of listeners with his romantic ballads, zany rock and roll numbers, playful qawwalis and intricate raga-based songs. In Part 1, Bipin Parekh presents a detailed study of Manna Dey’s musical life and discography to understand and appreciate his massive repertoire and career graph. Part 2 presents analysis of Manna Dey’s association with 195 music directors and his output of 1363 Hindi songs spread over 932 films.

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

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 where in we wiil 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,:

Chalo Ho Gai Taiyaar Zara Thehro Ji – Shaadi Se Pahle (1947) – Lyrics: Mukhram Shaarma – Music: Paigaonkar-Karnad

YuN To Aapas Mein Jhagadate Hai Khafa Hote Hai – Andaz (1949) – Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri – Music: Naushad Ali

Apni Nazar Se Door Voh, Unki Nazar Se Door Ham – Bazaar (1949) – Lyrics: Qamar Jalalabadi – Music: Shyam Sundar

Ab Haal-e-Dl Ya Haal-e-Jigar Kuchh Na Puchhiye – Ek Thi Ladki (1949) – Lyrics: Azeez Kashmiri – Music:Vinod

Zara Tumne Dekha To Pyar Aa Gaya – Jal Tarang (1949) – Lyrics: Kaif Irfani – Music: Husnlal Bhagatram

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.

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music : Volume X – January 2022 edition

Welcome to January 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We celebrated 73rd Republic Day this month.

We now move on to the other tributes and celebrations for the month –

SoY celebrates the New Year with Romancing the Rogue or Songs of Beiman Balma

Main Kya Janoo Kya Jadoo Hai – Remembering K L Saigalआप सुन रहे है कार्यक्रम, पुरानी फिल्मों के गीत। पेश है आज का आख़री गीत के एल सैगल की आवाज में।” The announcer on Radio Ceylon would announce it at around 07.57 am daily. It’s been a custom for more than 50 years, to end the program with a song sung by Saigal. Many people consider it as a real start of the day.

Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar was first Indian film to win at Cannes 75 years ago but we bet you have never seen it – Sampada Sharma – On the filmmaker’s birth anniversary, here’s revisiting the film.

Diya Jalakar Aap Bujhaya – Remembering K Datta, born as Datta Korgaonkar alias D P Korgaonkar (as he was credited for Marathi films) was a popular composer of the late 30s and early 40s.

Dev Anand-Vyjanthimala’s Jewel Thief remains one of Hindi cinema’s tautest thrillers, even 55 years after it was madeSampada Sharma – On Vijay Anand’s birth anniversary, revisiting the 1967 film Jewel Thief, which is often overshadowed by his more successful film Guide.

Happy Brithday, Roshan Kumari! – She turned 84 on 24th December. Here is g=her dance scene in Mirza Ghalib that feels a little like a small dress rehearsal

Bhoola Nahi Dena Jee – Remembering Nashad – He started as Shaukat Dehlavi. At times he called himself Shaukat Haideri. He also composed under the names Shaukat Ali, Shaukat Hussein to finally settle for the name, Nashad.

‘Mard hoti toh collector hoti’ — Basu Chatterjee’s Apne Paraye is a study in family dynamics – On Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s 84th death anniversary, Unnati Sharma revisits Basu Chatterjee’s 1980 movie ‘Apne Paraye’ based on the novel ‘Nishkriti’.

सुमनताईंची मराठी गाणी is quick 5-songs list, expected to be taken up more exhaustively during the next year.

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

In the series of articles on Sahir’s Songs of Romance, commemorating Sahir Ludhianvi’s birth centenary,  we now take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s Eight-film association with Roshan.

January 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Jaidev: Brilliant, But Underrated, Composer: Songs from  ‘parallel cinema’ films 1974 – 1975. Till now, we have covered, the years

In 2018, we listened to his songs from the most successful films phase of 1955 to 1963.

In 2019, we listened to his more remembered songs from his less remembered films for 1964 to 1970,

in 2020, we listened to highly appreciated songs from the films that did not succeed in 1971, and

In 2021, we recalled the songs that have faded out because the films flopped in 1972-1973

Here is a photograph of Dr. Shimram Lagoo on his  birth anniversary (17th December) posted on BollywooDirect:

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Songs of Gratitude – the words used generally to express the gratitude are shukriya (शुक्रिया) and meherbani (मेहरबानी).

Double Role films of Dharmendra – He has played double roles in fourteen films- thirteen Hindi films and one Punjabi film and one triple role as well.

Umad Ghumad Kar Aayi Re Ghata – Euphoric Celebration of Rains – Shirish Waghmode deconstructs this beautiful song written by Pt Bharat Vyas.

Ten of my favourite devotional songs, which are very specifically about a devotee addressing a deity or a higher power in a spirit of devotion, but consists of spewing anger.. Included here are all forms of devotion. Excluded are the songs which use the Radha-and-Krishna theme where the devotion is tempered by romantic love

Enakshi Rama Rau and Mohan Bhavnani were partners in life and workAnu Kumar – Their lives were intertwined with the early years of documentary and cinema in India.

Enakshi and Mohan Bhavnani after their wedding on February 6, 1931. Courtesy Bhavnani Family Archives.

Also read: Restored classic ‘Shiraz’ is as timeless as the Taj Mahal monument that inspired it

Romancing the Jaadugar Balma having met with anaari, pardesi, ajanabi, and beimaan balmas

Yash Chopra tackled Partition and Hindu fundamentalism in Dharmputra, long before Garm HavaUnnati Sharma – Romantic heartthrob Shashi Kapoor and King of Romance Yash Chopra’s first collaboration in 1961 sensitively handled Hindu-Muslim differences and religious bigotry.

Gulzar on Bimal Roy, the director who ‘lived and breathed films’ – An excerpt from Actually … I Met Them: A Memoir by Gulzar translated from the Bengali by Maharghya Chakraborty- Penguin Random House India

Book Review: “Majrooh Sultanpuri: The Poet For All Reasons”

Majrooh Sultanpuri: The Poet For All Reasons By Manek Premchand

Here is the interview that Manek Premchand had with Silhouette Magazine’s Antara Nanda Mondal on the book Majrooh Sultanpuri: The Poet For All Reasons — ‘I Would Rate It As My Best Work,’ Says Manek Premchand

Raj Kapoor, passionate filmmaker and obsessive foodie – Elaborate meals, whatever the time of the day, went hand-in-hand with the creation of cinema.

Songs Praising Male Beauty – the solos and duets sung only by female playback singers

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

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 listen to his  iconic patriotic songs from films:

Vatan Ki Raah Mein Vatan Ke Naujwan Shaheed Ho – Shaheed (1948) – duet version with Khan Mastana and a solo version – Lyrics: Raja Mahendi Ali Khan – Music: Ghulam Haider

Ab Koi Gulshan Na Ujade Ab Vatan Aazad Hai – Mujhe Jeene Do (1964) – Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi – Music: Jaidev

JahaN Daal Daal Pe Sone Ki ChidiyaN Karati Ho Basra – Sikandar-e-Azam (1965) – Lyrics: Rajendra Krishna – Musc: Hansraj Behl

Ae Watan Ae Watan Hum Ko Teri Qasam – Shaheed (1965) Lyrics and Music: Prem Dhawan

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.

 

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

Welcome to December 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.

Mehfil Mein Meri continues with Lata – Non-film songs with  Part 4, covering period of late 90s,after having presented songs from 1954 till 1965 in Part 1, for the years 1966 to 1975 in Part 2 and those for 1975 till 1995 in Part III

Awara, Shree 420: The films that made Raj Kapoor the ‘showman of Indian cinema’Sampada Sharma – On Raj Kapoor’s 97th birth anniversary, looking back at the decade that established him as the ‘showman of Indian cinema’.

Raj Kapoor and Nargis in Awara. (Photo: Express Archives)

Way before OTTs, Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Musafir starring Dilip Kumar was the gold standard of anthologiesSampada Sharma  – The three stories in Musafir are centred around these themes and are all set inside one house. As each family comes to live in this house, they bring in their sorrows and leave with joy as they end up crediting the house for taking their pain away.

Dilip Kumar: A look at his initial years from 1944-1948 – Sharda Iyer takes looks back at the nine films that Dilip Kumar had acted during 1944-1948 period.

Rajendra Krishna with Chitragupta and Ravi: Reaching for the skies – in continuation to his in-depth study of Rajendra Krishna’s career as lyricist, after C Ramchandra and Madan Mohan, Hans Jakhar delves into the musical relationships of Rajendra Krishna with Chitragupta and Ravi.

Shaayar-e-Aazam : S.H.Bihari (a.k.a Shamshul Huda Bihari) born in 1922 wrote around 400 songs for 90 films. The present article covers his songs with 10 music directors, other than O P Nayyar.

In documentary on Mumbai film critic Rashid Irani, fond nostalgia and creeping lossNandini Ramnath –  If Memory Serves Me Right is a 56-minute documentary about a 74-year-old film critic, for the Times of India and Hindustan Times, Rashid Irani, who died on July 30th , for whom cinema was a 24×7 obsession. Rafeeq Ellias’s film explores Irani’s lifelong Cinemania, his relationship with his neighbourhood in downtown Mumbai, and the loneliness and anxieties that gripped him during the coronavirus-induced lockdowns.

Also Watch: Critic Rashid Irani (1947-2021) speaks on his lifelong passion for cinema

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

In the series of articles on Sahir’s Songs of Romance, commemorating Sahir Ludhianvi’s birth centenary,  we now take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s Seven-film associations with Laxmikant Pyarelal and Khayyam.

December 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Mohammad Rafi’s First Duet Song With The Music Director: 1947-1948, the second part of his career’s First Five-Year Period of 1944 to 1948.

SoY has also published yours faithfully’s tribute to Mohammad Rafi on his 97th birthday, in the form of Mohammad Rafi’s Non-film Hindi Geets and Ghazals

Here is a vintage photograph, Producer-Director Sriramulu Naidu actor Raj Mehra, Om Prakash, Dilip Kumar, Badri Prasad, Meena Kumari, Shammi, and Achla Sachdev on the sets of Azaad (1955) posted on BollywooDirect:

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Why movie villains are as interesting as the heroes is an excerpt from Balaji Vitta’s book Pure Evil – The Bad Men of Bollywood, publisher: HarperCollins India.

It’s Time To Clap! are the songs with clapping as a key element.

Kathak and Tap Dance: Similarities, Connections in Classic Films, and – Finally – Duets and Quartets! –  The article may appear  to be technical to a lay reader, but as always, by the choice of video clips that Richard puts in the article, the article remains an interesting read.

Book review: ‘Yesterday’s Melodies Today’s Memories’ – Manek Premchand’s book is “essentially about the many creative individuals whose genius produced unforgettable Hindi film songs from 1931 to 1970, and specifically between the years 1947 and 1970”.

Boat songs, part IV lists songs that have boats in a group.

Film Memorabilia Transitions from a Collector’s Passion to an Investor’s EyeSMM Ausaja takes a look at this new emerging market of as the memorabilia craze gets ready to move into NFTs- The Non Fungible Tokens.

Similar Tune, Two Different Songs picks five pairs of the songs where one Hindi film song appears to have been inspired by another from a different movie.

Book Review: Conversations With Waheeda RehmanRanjan Das crisply reviews Nasreen Munni Kabir’s interview-based book – Conversations With Waheeda Rehman, published in 2015 by Penguin.

Ten of my favourite Hindi film double roles, some of these are people portraying twins; some have other ties of blood (parent and child, for instance). Some aren’t related at all but are uncannily alike anyway.

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

In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad we take a slight detour to take up Vinod Dua, a noted TV journalist, who passed away on 5-12-2021, talking about Mohammad Rafi:

Radio Ceylon also has paid tribute on 24-12-2021 in their prgram ‘Purani Filmon Ka Sangeet – In memory of Rafi Sahab’


 

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.


Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music wishes all a melodiously happy and rhythmically fruitful 2022.

 


The episodes of January 2021 to December 2021 have been compiled as one file @ Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music, 2021 and can be read / downloaded by clicking on the hyperlink