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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

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

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

We move on to other tributes and memories this month.

Mehfil Mein Meri presents Lata – Non-film songs, for the period 1975 till 1995 in Part III, after having covered 1954 till 1965 in Part 1 and for the years 1966 to 1975 in Part 2.

Shabana Azmi pens note on mother Shaukat Kaifi: ‘You left and everything went wrong’ – Shaukat Azmi has done memorable roles in critically acclaimed films like Salaam Bombay, Bazaar, Umrao Jaan, Heer Raanjha and Haqeeqat.

The Masters: Roshan (14.07.1917-16.11.1967) – Anyone who loves old Hindi film music will find that, inevitably, there will be a ‘Roshan song’ among their favourites

The out of sight genius Hansraj Behl – A tribute to the great Master Hansraj Behl (19 November 1916 – 20 May 1984) on his 105th birth anniversary

Geeta Dutt and ‘haseen sitam’ of her music: Her relationship with Guru Dutt, love of her life and reason for her downfallShaikh Ayaz – Would the world of Bollywood playback have been different if she hadn’t died relatively young at 41 in 1972?

Geeta Dutt sings for Chitragupt – a tribute eon Chitragupt’s 104th birth anniversary (16th November) and Geeta Dutt’s 91st birthday (23rd November)

We recall Sounak Gupta lyrically tracing the rise of the skylark from the banks of the Meghna, who continues to enthrall music lovers with her dulcet voice, long after dusk has settled and the river has broken its banks in Eternal Wait: The Story Of The Dark Girl By The Meghna (Geeta Dutt)

Remembering Helen on her 83rd birthday is a song Meghwa Gagan Beech Jaanke – Harishchandra Taramati (1963) – Lata Mangeshkar  – Laxmikant Pyarelal – Pradeepji

Phani Majumdar: A Journey Through Life…Ratnottama Sengupta pays a glorious tribute to the filmmaker, exploring his life and works and her own personal memories. In the second part of our 2-part Special Tribute to Phani Majumdar, Silhouette presents Ranotama Sengupra’s translation of exclusive excerpts from Eka Naukar Jatri/ Journey of a Lonesome Boat, the autobiography of Nabendu Ghosh where he fondly remembers his Phani Da.

Remembering Faruq KaiserIn his career spanning over five decades, he wrote around 390 songs for about 115 films. His first movie as a lyricist was Rooplekha (1949) and last movie was Naqab (1989). The latter was released posthumously. He died on 10th November 1987.

Sushmita Sen and Zeenat Aman: Two women, an era apart and always ahead of their time – Known for their grace and poise as well as their talent, Sushmita Sen and Zeenat Aman celebrate their birthdays today. Sushmita turns 46, while Zeenat Aman turns 70.

Remembering the lovable child artiste- Baby Naaz – Born as Salma Baig on the 20th of August, 1944, in Mumbai, she was given the screen name Naaz and as Baby Naaz she went on to become one of the most loved child artistes of the Golden era of our Hindi cinema…Tragically, at the young age of 51, on October 19th, 1995, she succumbed to liver cancer.

Amol Palekar: The relatable boy-next-door who was the antithesis of angry young manSampada Sharma – On Amol Palekar’s 77th birthday, here’s revisiting his relatable boy-next-door era in Hindi movies in films like Gol Maal, Chitchor and Chhoti Si Baat, among many others — which portrayed Amol Palekar as the antithesis of big, blustery Bollywood.

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 Five Film Association with O P Nayyar.

November 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Salil Chowdhury and Shailendra’s Songs Fading From the Memory: 1958 to 1960. Till now we have covered the years

1953-1955 in 2018,

1956 in 2019, and

1957 in 2020

Here is a vintage photograph, remembering Satyen Kappu on his 14th death anniversary (27/10) as Ramlal in the movie Sholay (1975), posted on BollywooDirect:

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

What was behind the slow decline of Indian art cinema?Rochona Majumdar – The first blow to art cinema came with the restructuring of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) at the end of the decade of ‘80s. One unlikely factor: Richard Attenborough’s ‘Gandhi’, argues a new study.  Gandhi dovetailed with other changes that were contributing to art cinema’s continuing marginalization through the 1980s. One of these was the boom of India’s televisual and video sectors and the “migration of socially relevant content to television.” It was the arrival of globalization from 1991 onward that completely transformed India’s media ecology.

Songs of women for the women by the women – Our culture has sanskars and rituals from birth till the end of life, all accompanied by women’s songs.

What was the secret of the impeccable tuning between composers Laxmikant and Pyarelal?Rajiv Vijayakar – A new biography of the Hindi film music hit-makers includes an edited account by long-time collaborator Amar Haldipur.

Songs with Laughter, where the playback singer laughs and sings. Thus, the laughter is not in the background. Sometimes the laughter is in the mukhda or antara. In some others, it is in the interlude. In a few songs there is just a trace of laughter and in others there is whole hearted laughter.

An Actor’s Actor: Book Excerpt – Here is an edited excerpt from the book, An Actor’s Actor: The Authorized Biography Of Sanjeev Kumar (Authors: Hanif Zaeri and Sumant Batra),looking at the making and release of one of Kumar’s finest films, Aandhi (1975).

Around India’s Towns in Ten Songs, songs that are filmed in places far and wide, songs that go beyond the usual tourist attractions. Songs which make you feel you were, for those brief few minutes, in another town.

The Mela Songs, some of which are shot in a mela setting and others which refer to the mela, either literally or symbolically. Songs shot in a mela setting are largely dance numbers – some of them are rather loud, which is what they would be in a rustic setting.

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

Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @SoY concluded the micro-view of the song sof 1944 with  My Top Duets and My top music directors

SoY has also presented an exhaustive analysis to arrive at ‘fairtest outome’ for adjudging the Best Music Director spot for the year 1944 in its Best songs of 1944: Final Wrap Up 4, jointly, in favour of Naushad, Khemchand Prakash and Pankaj Mullik.

All the episodes of Micro View of Best Songs for 1944 @SoY can be read / downloaded from one file, by clicking on the hyper link.

In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi, which connect with the posts in the present episode, we take up a few less heard songs composed by Roshan:

Kahin Se Unchi Kahin Se Neechi Sadak Zamane Ki – Malkin (1953) – with Kishore Kumar – Rajinder Krishna

Aa Bedardi Balama Preet Ka Karein Hisaab – Chhora Chhori (1955) – with Lata Mangeshkar – Kidar Sharma

Bade Khoobsurat Bade Woh Haseen Hai Magar Kya KarooN Ke Woh Mere NahiN Hai  – Jashan (1955) – with Asha Bhosle – Rajinder Krishna

GunahoN Ka Chirag Kabhi Na Jal Sakega – Agra Road (1957) with Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Begum – Bharat Vyas

Kadki Tera Nam Hi Clerki – Aji Bas Sukriya (1958) – with Asha Bhosle, Ghulam Mohammad – Farooq Kaiser

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 – October 2021

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

We open our present episode with the 92nd birthday of Lata Mangeshkar.

A little girl who started professional singing more than 7 decades ago is still there somewhere, says Lata Mangeshkar as she recalls such a long journey of career that notched up another hit just last month.

All Mangeshkar sisters Lata, Asha, Usha & Meena together on-screen with Brother Hridaynath in the song Chala Chala Nav Bala from the film Maaze Bal – 1943, composer Datta Dawjekar

In continuation with the practice of presenting Lata Mangeshkar’s songs from a different angle, Mehfil Mein Meri presents Lata – Non-film songs, for the period 1954 in Part 1 and for the years thereafter in Part 2.

We, also, rue the loss of Veteran actor and Mehmood’s sister Minoo Mumtaz passes away  – Komal RJ Panchal – Minoo Mumtaz (26-4-1942 | 19-10-2021) – appeared in films like CID, Naya Daur, Taj Mahal, Gaban, Zameer among others. She passed away in Canada.

Minoo Mumtaz was 79 years old. (Photo: CinemaRare/Twitter)

RIP, Minoo Mumtaz – We Have Lost Another One of the Greatest (as everyone should know) – Minoo Mumtaz was a mujra queen in her own right – in addition to being a hilarious comedienne. The previous post of 2009 where Tom Daniel’s DVD compilationis referred to, describes it as A Whole (Beautiful, Crisp, Clear) DVD of Minoo Mumtaz! It is recommended to re-visit that that post most of all because it includes a list of the contents of Tom’s DVD, which is the best place to look if you want the names of the best songs that she appeared in.

Songs of Yore also had a post, In Conversation with Minoo Mumtaz, which included an interview with her as well as one with her son, Ajaz Ali.

When an era passes – Malika Begum or Malikunnisa, better known by her screen name Minoo Mumtaz, carved a unique place for herself.

Ten of my favourite Minoo Mumtaz Songs recalls songs featuring Mino Mumtaz on the screen.

We now move on to other tributes and memories this month.

Taxi Driver — one of India’s first ‘cabbie films’, which sealed Dev Anand’s romantic hero imageUnnati Sharma – On Dev Anand’s 98th birth anniversary (27th September) a revisit to a film close to his heart — a complete Anand family production, whose heroine he married.

Hans Jhakhar has come up with a series of articles on Rajendra Krishna (6 June 1919 – 23 September 1987) and his music directors on Songs of Yore to commemorate the 34th Remembrance Day of Rajendra Krishna. The first two articles are: Rajendra Krishna with the Albela Karigar C Ramchandra and Rajendra Krishna and Madan Mohan: Classic Case of Two Geniuses at Work.

The unassuming genius of Hrishikesh MukherjeeSubhash K Jha – “I confess I’m guilty of making potboilers…That’s because I had a unit and their family to maintain. I console myself with the thought that I’ve made decent films too on family values.” …… Thankfully Hrishida quit this world before people started watching his films on phones.

Eyi Path Jodi Na Shesh Hoy: The Immortal Songs of Uttam-HemantaSounak Gupta and Antara Nanda Mondal present Silhouette’s a tribute to Uttam Kumar by revisiting the iconic Uttam-Hemanta partnership and some of their evergreen hits.

Happy Birthday, Simi Garewal, who was always ahead of her time. When Indian actresses were demure dainty and shy Simi was a whiff of fresh air. There was no pretence about her personality

Forget Dil Chahta Hai, Raj Kapoor-Nargis starrer Chori Chori was the first road trip movieUnnati Sharma – On Manna Dey’s death anniversary, remembering how the song “Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi” is more popular than the film itself.

Smita Patil as remembered by her sister: ‘Funny, generous, uncaged’Anita Patil-Deshmukh pays tribute to the acclaimed actor on her 66th birth anniversary.

Smita Patil photographed by Gautam Rajadhyaksha.

In Subah, Smita Patil’s character broke glass ceiling of what ambitious women can’t doUnnati Sharma – Smita Patil plays Savitri, a woman who is capable, intelligent and ambitious, but often finds herself caught up in the complications of family life.

Vinod Khanna: The actor who gave Amitabh Bachchan a run for his moneySampada Sharma – A Stardust cover of 1978 had claimed in big bold letters ‘Vinod Khanna turns No 1’ but unbeknownst to everyone, Vinod was never a part of the rat race and it was perhaps this nonchalance that made him one of the most iconic stars of Hindi cinema.

5 unknown facts about Rekha who turns a year older on October 10Subhash K Jha – Rekha prides herself on being an accomplished singer. She sang Qayda Qayda Todke Socho Ek Din in Khubsoorat for herself.

How Kader Khan became Bollywood’s go-to dialogue writer: When an impressed Manmohan Desai gifted him his TV, gold braceletSampada Sharma – On Kader Khan’s 84th birth anniversary, here’s looking at the early career of the actor as a dialogue writer and how he did some of his best work with Prakash Mehra and Manmohan Desai.

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 Four Film Association with R D Burman.

October 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up (Shankar (Jaikishan) and Shailendra’s Songs Fading From the Memory: 1955 -1956 (Part). Till now, we have covered the years

1949 – 1953 in 2018

1953 (Continued) in 2019.

1954 in 2020

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

October is the month  of festivals, or is usherer of the great Indian festival of Diwali, so “Let’s Celebrate!”: Ten festival songs.

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Songs of Age are not those where there is an observation about how man has no control over time and hence the need to make the best of the moment at hand, but are the songs where there is a mention of not just physical age but also of time passing or of an era having passed

‘Not Quite Usual’ Songs presents songs in two broad categories – Single song-one singer-two characters and Single song-two singers-one character.

Soul music: When Hindi film songs send a prayer to the AlmightyRineeta Naik explores the omnipresent clamour for divine intervention in the form of a song. Since the array of divinities is long and colourful, the songs are equally eclectic.

Sanchari – Bengal’s invaluable contribution to Hindi Film MusicSanchari (संचारी), in its very technical sense, n Hindustani classical music has to do with the Dhrupad genre. However, Bengal composers used the term Sanchari as a piece of different tune inserted between two Antaras, thereby imparting the song its unique character.

[Note: For anyone interested in the nuances of music, this post is very informative and should be read, as you listen the songs covered in the post.]

My Favourites: Devotional Songs of Hindi films have knack to move you despite yourself; that make you want to believe even if you don’t; that, either because of the vocals or the picturisation or both, make you believe in the devotion the words expressed.

Romancing through the Window and Door is an immensely explored subject in Hindi film songs of romance. The present post complements the songs on Atariya, Angana and Chhat, thus completing all the features of a house with such possibilities.

The Rendezvous Songs has emphasis more on the element of the meeting place.” … there is an element of escaping the prying eyes of the world in many a song. Some of the songs have risqué lyrics too.”

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. Presently, Part III finally presents boat songs sung by the boatman.

Was ‘Guide’ ever offered to Zaheeda?Subhash K Jha – Waheeda Rehman tells the whole story of how she agreed to do ‘Guide’, after two directors were changed

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

Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @SoY concluded the micro-view of female songs with MY Top Female Solo Songs  and took up that of duets with the duets that have been already covered in Memorable Songs / Special Songs, Male-Female Duets – Part 1 and Part 2 – and reached the end point in Female – Female Duets | Male – Male Duets | Triads (+)

In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi, I have selected duets of Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi during 1947 to 1949, based on one duet per music director:

Chalo Ho Gai Taiyaar Zara Thehro Ji – Shaadi Se Pehle (1947) – Paigankar- Karnad – Mukh Ram Sharma

Sun To Dil Ka Afasana – Andaz (1949) – Naushad – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Apni Nazar Se Door Vo Unki Nazar Se Door Hum – Bazaar (1949) – Shyam Sundar – Qamar Jalalabadi

Lambi Zoru Badi Museebat Are Din Dekhe Na Raat – Ek Thi Ladki (1949) – Vinod _ Aziz Kashmiri

Zara Tumne Dekha To Pyar Aa Gaya – Jaltarang (1949) – Husnlal Bhagatram – Kaif Irfani

Tadapake Ab Mujhe Chhod Diya – Namoona ((1949) – C Ramchandra – Gulshan Jalalabadi

Dil Le Ke Chhupne Wale Tu Hai Kahan Bata De – Paaras (1949) – Ghulam Mohammad – Shakeel Badayuni

Saajan Ki Ot Leke Haathon Mein Haath Deke – Zevraat (1949) – Hans Raj Bahal – Habeeb Sarhadi

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 – 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.

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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.

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

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

First and foremost, my most humble homage to Shri K S Bhatiaji our very active member of SoY family, who bade eternal farewell to this mortal world on 30.06.2021,

We pay our tribute to Legendary Actor Dilip Kumar Passes Away at 98 After Prolonged Illness .on 07.07.2021.

As can be expected, there was a torrent of tributes, depicting various facets of Dilip Kumar. Here are a few selected ones:

Farewell to a Titan – Farewell to the clarity of his diction, the Urdu or Hindustani dialogues flowing off his tongue so naturally, not seeming like ‘dialogue’ at all. It fit his persona. Farewell his commitment to his craft, the tiniest details that he infused his character with, never mind that the audiences may not notice, or appreciate.

Also: the songs that reflect The Many Moods of Dilip Kumar and a duets or solos wherein the character of Dilip Kumar sings Dilip Kumar in Ten Moods

Ae Mere Dil Kahin Aur Chal: Thespian Dilip Kumar Bids AdieuSundeep PahwaThe Times of India, dated March 23rd 1954, wrote about Dilip Kumar after he received the First Filmfare Trophy for Best Actor – “Extremely good looking, with dark, intense eyes and a superbly modulated speaking voice, Dilip Kumar has no equal in dramatic performance on the Indian Screen, today…A serious student of life, this dashing young Hero believes that a higher purpose should guide us in life.”

‘My professional name is Dilip Kumar’: Encounters with one of India’s greatest actorsAnwar Abbas  – On a personal level, the man was always affectionate, lovable and even adorable. He was the best ever to enter and emerge from Hindi film studios.

The one and only Dilip Kumar: The actor who shaped world’s biggest film industry –  Hindi cinema is synonymous with Dilip Kumar. The legendary actor embodied, embellished, and shaped the biggest film industry in the world.

Dilip Kumar, thespian of many parts – Dilip Kumar will not only be remembered because he was an actor par excellence, but also because he re-lived his characters. Even without uttering a single word his eyes can be seen speaking a thousand words.

Did Dilip Kumar, the holy grail of acting in Hindi cinema, facilitate the star-centricity of the industry today?Naseeruddin Shah – He was truly matchless at creating a demand for himself, sometimes at the cost of the film he was in — a legacy that weighs heavier on the Hindi film fraternity than his nuanced performances.

Life lessons from Dilip Kumar for a ’90s kid –  SUDHAKAR JAGDISH – …. “our father always had a Dilip Kumar scene for us to emulate, even in our revolts. As Salim, played by Dilip Kumar, confronts his father Akbar the Great, played by the legendary Prithiviraj Kapoor, for the love of his life, he doesn’t move, his hands motionless, but his voice remains firm… elevating the scene o something of a textbook on familial maryada”.

The Serious Actor and the Matinee Idol – a tribute to Dilip Kumar – Beneath the hurt lover withdrawing into himself, there was also one of the most dazzling smiles in our cinema. And there was a showman too, a man with style, panache, star quality. … In the best work of this actor, the two poles of Realism and Stylization blended into one.

ताजिंदगी विभाजन की लकीर को पाटते रहे Dilip Kumar – Ravish Kumar – He was Dilip Kumar too and Yusuf Khan too. He was so easily able to cross the line of division created in 1947.

Dilip Kumar on how the studio system made way for independent directorsNasreen Munni Kabir – The ’50s was the beginning of the erosion of authority a picture maker had on the marketing of his product. During the ’40s and up to the ’50s, the director was the principal man, over and above the stars, but after the ’50s, his position was gradually undermined, and the distributor and the financier became the top people. Whereas on one side there was boom, and on the other side, there was decline in the inner health of cinema.

Maybe July Is Now the Worst Month for Great Performers from the Golden Age

Note: Here is a link to the four-part article I had posted after I had read Dilip Kumar’s autobiography Dilip Kumar: The Substance and The Shadow – An Autobiography – as narrated to Udayatara Nayar.

We now move on to other tributes and memories:

Mehfil completes 4 years! by posting the songs ‘one composer singing for another composer’

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan: Lyricist Par Excellence is a tribute to a rare combination of poet, writer and lyricist on his 55th remembrance day.

On Guru Dutt’s 96th birth anniversary: Why the Master of Gloom fascinates us even todayShaikh Ayaz – The maker of iconic Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool died when he was only 39. Though he made few films and according to many accounts, led a depressed life he continues to intrigue decades after his death.

Nostalgia post: on a Prakash Mehra-Bachchan audiocassette (and listening to films before watching them) – The tape was a collection of songs and dialogues from the films the two men did together, starting with the 1973 Zanjeer and continuing till the 1982 Namak Halaal.

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

To commemorate the birth centenary of Sahir Ludhianvi, a series of articles on

Sahir’s Songs of Romance is launched. The first article is about Sahir Ludhianvi’s  One Film Association(s) with eleven different music directors.

Laagi Chhute Na Ab To Sanam – Remembering Chandrashekhar is a tribute to the versatile actor who passed away last month.

July 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Mohammad Rafi’s First Duet Song With The Music Director: 1944-1946 to commence the series Mohammad Rafi’s First Duet with a Music Director. This is a follow-on to the series Mohammad Rafi’s first solo song with a music director.

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Charulata & Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: Satyajit Ray & Guru Dutt’s Contrasting WorldsAlpana Chowdhury – Ray’s film is an outward-looking one, literally and metaphorically. Unlike the closed, confining chambers in which Choti Bahu pines for her husband, the Dutta household is bright and airy, with windows opening out, on to the world outside.

Pyarelal, Mehmood, Laxmikant, Jeetendra, Mukesh, Kishore Kumar — a rare photograph.

The Jal Tarang Songs – Musical Ripples present ten songs where the instrument has been used in a manner in which its tinkling is distinct

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

Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @SoY took up  Setting the Stage and then have taken up My Top Male Solo Songs and then continued with Female Solo Songs with 1st part of solo songs Amirbai Karnataki. In its review of Male Solo songs. SoY has conferred KL Siagal as the Best Male Singer and jointly selectedAe qatib-e-taqdeer mujhe itana bata de; Do naia matware tihare hum par zulm karein, andChhupo na chhupo na chhupo na (My Sister: Music Pankaj Mullick ) as best Male Solo Songs for the year 1944 in Wrap Up 1 .

SoY has also presented Best songs of 1944: Wrap UP 2, conferring the Best Female Singer trophy to Amirbai Karanataki fo the song Chanda Desh Piya Ke Ja (Bhartruhari, Lyrics: Pt. Indra- Music: Khemchand Prakash)

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.

Woh Apni Yaad Dila Ne Ko Ek Ishq Ki Duniya Chood Gaye – Jugnu (1947) – M G Adeeb / Asgar Sarhadi, B.A. – Firoz Nizami

Wah Re Zamane Kya Rang Dikhaye, … Pal Mein Hasaye, Pal Mein Rulaye…  – Ghar Ki Izzat (1948) – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor – Gobinda Ram

Watan Ki Raah Mein Watan Ke Naujawan Shaheed Ho – Shaheed (1948) –  with Khan Mastana and chorus – Raja Mehandi Ali Khan – Ghulam Haider

Dil Ko Hua Tumse Pyar, Ah Hai Tumhein Ikhtiyar……… Takara Gaya Tumse Di Hi To Hai – Aan (1952) – Shakil Badayuni – Naushad

Nayi Zindagi Se Pyar Kar Ke Dekh, Is Ke Rup Ka Singar  Kar Ke Dekh  – Shikast (1953) – with Lata Mangeshkar and chorus –  Shailendra – Shankar Jaikishan

Asha Ke Jab Dep Bujhe To Man Ka Deep Jala, Jag Ka Rasta Chhod Musafir Teri Rah Chala, Apni Chhaya Mein Bhagwan Bitha De Mujhe.. Main HuN Tera Tu Apana Bana Le Mujhe – Insaniyat (1955) – Rajinder Krishna – C Ramchandra

Dil Leke Daga Denge … Yaar Hai Matlab Ke – Naya Daur (1957) – Sahir ludhianvi – O P Nayyar

Toote Hue KhwaboN Hum Ko Yeh Shikhaya Hai – Madhumati (1958) – Shailendra – Salil Chaudhuri

Sukh Ke Sab Sathi, Dukh Mein Na Koy – Gopi (1970) – Rajinder Krishna – Kalyanji Anandji

Na Tu ZameeN Ke Liye Na AsmaaN Ke Liye.. Tera Wajood Hai.. Ab Sirf Dastan Ke Liye -Dastan (1972) – Sahir Ludhianvi – Laxmikant Pyarelal

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 – June 2021

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

We pay our tribute to Chandrashekhar who left for heavenly abode on 16.06.2021.

‘I got more praise than the hero’ – Movie veteran Chandrashekhar (Vaidya), best known for films like Cha Cha Cha, Surangand Street Singer and playing the role of Arya Sumant on the television serial Ramayan, passed into the ages.

We now move on to other tributes and memories:

Songs of Yore completes eleven years

When Dimple Kapadia refused to badmouth Rajesh Khanna: ‘Don’t you dare try to extract any nasty statements’ – a throwback on Dimple Kapadia’s 64th birthday on June 8.

Remembering Razak Khan on his 5th death anniversary (01/06).

How the Kamat Foto Flash agency became as iconic as the movies it was hired to snapNandini Ramnath – A staple of the credits of Hindi films since the 1940s, the photography studio is now focusing on its vast archive.

Damodar Kamat | Courtesy Kamat Foto Flash

Remembering Nargis Dutt, one of the most dignified and respected actresses of our country, on her birth anniversary (01/06).

Mani Ratnam at 65: Made in Madras, his superb songs enthral all of urban IndiaShaikh Ayaz – The Mani Ratnam-Ilaiyaraaja-AR Rahman combo has created a gold-standard repertoire of Tamil-Hindi film soundtracks. As realistic as Ratnam’s films are, his songs are the absolute opposite — illogical, grand and dream-like.

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

June 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Dattaram – Mere AansuoN Pe Na Muskuraa. Till now we have covered, Dattaram’s compositions from the films during

1957 to 1959 in In 2018,

1960 and 1961 in 2019, and

1962 and 1963 in 2020

Dattaram Part 1: Under the shadow of big banyan tree with songs of Mukesh and Manna Dey is followed up with Dattaram Part 2: Breaking out of the Banyan Tree with ‘Other’ Singers

We now move on to songs on other subjects –

Mehfil announces the month of ‘Train Songs’ – Trains, the train tracks, Railway station platforms and farewell or welcomes at the station have been an important part of our Hindi cinema. Part I has songs with train rhythm from B&W films and Part II has songs from colour Hindi films. And of course, there are Train songs without the Train Rhythm

लफ़्ज़ों में फेर बदल – कुछ फ़िल्मी गीतों पर मेरा अभिप्राय is a very candidly presented point of view with regard to some specific lyric in otherwise good songs.

‘Hindi Cine Raag Encyclopaedia’ by KL Pandey: Book Review – KL Pandey’s ‘Hindi Cine Raag Encyclopaedia’, the raag analysis of about 20,000 Hindi film songs from 1931 to September 2020, is a monumental work of enormous significance for music lovers, academics and researchers.

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

We have commenced  Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @SoY with Setting the Stage and then have taken up Male Solo Songs.

Songs of (skewed!?) Work-Life Balance ends with a sharp repartee to the workaholics –

Badal jaaye agar maali,

chaman hota nahin khali,

bahaarein phir bhi aati hain,

bahaaren phir bhi aayengi!  

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.

Ye Dilqashi Na Hogi Mahtab Ki Kiran Mein…Sheeshe Ka Ho Ya Paththar Ka Dil Mohabbat Karo Dhadkane Lagega – Baat Ek Raat Ki (1962) – with Asha Bhosle – S D Burman – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Ye Gora Gora Mukhada Ye Kala Kala Til – Gangu (1962) – with Geeta Dutt – Kalyanji Anandji – Prem Dhawan

Jaam Chalne Ko Hai, Sab Ahle Nazar Baithe Hai…Saqia Aisi Pila De Hum Ko Diwana Bana De – Mall Road (1962) – Sudarshan – Viren Dablish

Chand Jaisa Badan Phool Sa Peharan – Rustom-e-Baghdad (1963) – N Dutta – Asad Bhopali

Tum Se Maano Na Maano Mujhe Tumse,… Pyar Ho Gaya Hai – Cha Cha Cha (1964)- with Asha Bhosle – Iqbal Qureshi – Bharat Vyas

Kaha Suraj Kaha Main Ek Jala,Sitaro Se Liye Ja Raha Hun.. Jigar Ka Dard Badhata Ja Raha Hai – Street Singer (1966) – with Sharda – Suraj (nee Shankar) – Hasrat Jaipuri

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 – May 2021

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

We pay our tribute to Vanraj Bhatia who left for heavenly abode on 07.05.2021.

(Photo: Rajya Sabha TV/YouTube)

Vanraj Bhatia dies at 93, He was best known for the music of films such as Ankur, 36 Chowringhee Lane and TV show Tamas, has passed away at the age of 93. The veteran music composer was battling poor health and financial constraints.

‘An Indian film without songs is meaningless’ – Jyoti Punwani draws memories from her interviews with the legendary composer Vanraj Bhatia himself explained what made his music so unique…. “The first duty of music is to express the film’s texture, and the second is to be able to stand on its own feet. It must be absolutely perfect,” he said…. “When I compose, I make the music matter in the film, even if the director pushes it into the background. Like my teacher would say, you must speak the same language as everybody else, but infinitely better.”

When Vanraj Bhatia asked me to mail his opera DVD and resume to the world’s major opera housesLuis Dias – In an interview in early 2013, the great music composer professed to me his love affair with opera and shared his earnest hopes.

Night Music for Solo Flute (Rachel Woolf) by Vanraj Bhatia

Legacy Of The Enigmatic Vanraj BhatiaSunil Sampat – On the occasion of a felicitation of Bhatia at the NCPA in March 2017, Zakir Hussain said, “Vanraj Bhatia is India’s greatest ever composer. Period.” 

Young Vanraj with his family

Vanraj Bhatia’s extraordinary, multi-faceted oeuvreRanjit Hoskote – The composer’s transcultural experiments were always intense and persuasive.

I have always liked Vanraj Bhatia’s interview with Irfan, of Rajya Sabha TV – Guftagoo with Vanraj Bhatia for his candid views. The song that Vanraj Bhatia refers to @22.48 is Barse Ghan Saari Raat – Tarang (1984) – Lata Mangeshkar – Vanraj Bhatia – Raghuvir Sahay

It’s a long narrative number describing a deserted wife’s desolation. About the song, Lataji recalls, “It was one of the most difficult and complex songs of my career. [Ref: Vanraj Bhatia’s CHALLENGE for Lata MangeshkarSUBHASH K JHA]. The story that is connected with the song is also narrated by Harish Bhimani in In Search of Lata Mangeshkar’ (1955, Harper-Collins, ISBN 81-7223-183-0) – excerpted as hereunder, as a footnote on page 102 – “Composer Vanraj Bhatia rushed in excitedly….exclaiming, “(Lata) Bai stayed back yesterday to listen to my recording !”……”….The intent of this passage is that Lata Mangeshkar, who never waited to check back on her recording, was keen to know how the song was recorded.

We now move on to other tributes and memories:

The Masters: Majrooh Sultanpuri – Majrooh’s simple turns of phrase expressed the most profound emotions. With more than 6,000 songs in over 300 films to his credit, Majrooh’s poetry traversed the gamut from the soulfully romantic to philosophical, cynical and devotional.

Remembering Bulo C Rani who debuted as independent music director in Pagli Duniya (1944).

Remembering Naushad: The music director beyond compareAjay Mankotia – Naushad passed away on May 5, 2006 – 15 years ago. But old masters never die. The music lovers and connoisseurs still adore him.

India’s DeMille: Remembering Mehboob Khan on his 57th death anniversaryShaikh Ayaz   – We know him as the ambitious maker behind Bollywood’s greatest ode to Indian womanhood (1957’s Mother India) and perhaps as the founder of Mumbai’s iconic Mehboob Studio. But Mehboob Khan was more than that.

‘Teesri Kasam’ was the perfect meeting of minds between Phanishwarnath Renu and Shailendra – Phaniswarnath Renu had named his youngest daughter Waheeda Rehman, after the actor who played the lead in Teesri Kasam.

Dattaram Part 1: Under the shadow of big banyan tree with songs of Mukesh and Manna Dey – Even as several of Dattaram;s songs with Mukesh and Manna Dey have had large following, Dattaram was not limited Mukesh And Manna Dey.

Kaif Irfani – A Forgotten name – Here is his very popular, romantic song Dil Tujhe Diya Tha Rakhane KoMalhar (1951) Mukesh / Music – Roshan

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

Laxmikant-Pyarelal’s story is as much about friendship as it is about their tunesGanesh Vancheeswaran – The 1963 B grade film, Parasmani set the tone for an unprecedented 35-year-long run for Laxmikant-Pyarelal, in which they offered 3,000-odd songs they composed in about 500 films.

Pyarelal (left) and Laxmikant. Courtesy Rajeshwari Laxmikant.

Ban Mein Bahar Aa Gayee, Man Mein Umang Chaa Gayi – Balwant Singh was born in 1918.He got his break aas a singer, for Bomaby Talkies’ film Jeevan Prabhat (1937).. Here is his duet with Devika Rani from the film – Tum Meri Tum Mere Saajan (Music – Saraswati Devi = Lyrics: J S Kashyap).

Digging (Into) the ’60s and early ’70s Songs of Usha Uthup/Iyer – Usha Uthup has a very special voice as far as Indian film singers go, a bit lower and thicker even than many western female singers’, and it often has a certain unusually appealing hoarseness too. before she sang in Hare Rama Hare Krishna for R.D. Burman, she got a role singing as part of a Shankar-Jaikishan soundtracks in Bombay Talkie (1971) – Hari Om Tat Sat and Good Times and Bad Times..

May 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Manna Dey – Chale Ja Rahein Hai…. 1954 – 1955. Till now we have covered his songs for the year(s)  

1942 – 1946 in our 2018 issue,

1947-1950 in the 2019 episode, and

1951 – 1953 in the 2020 episode.

When Rafi sang for Hanuman, Manna for Ravan… – On the legendary Manna Dey’s 102nd birth anniversary, Subhash K Jha traced an interview he had done with Mannada way back in 1997.

We now move on to songs on other subjects –

Romantic Songs with a Third Person – These are songs where apart from the couple in love, there is someone else in the frame – either obtrusively or unobtrusively

Here’s A Vintage Pic Of Raj Kapoor And Wife Krishna

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

  • Sharada: Of love that is beyond labels – Starring Meena Kumari and Raj Kapoor, LV Prasad’s Sharada is the kind of romance that makes you question your understanding of love, and how meaningful relationships can exist, even with the strangest labels.
  • Awara: Of nature vs nurture – Starring Raj Kapoor, Nargis and Prithviraj, Awara is set in an era where climbing out of the vicious cycle of poverty was near impossible, and strangely enough, times haven’t changed much in the last 70 years.

The Catch-22 Songs which juxtapose options and thus, present dilemmas. Some are frivolous whereas the others are weighty.

Composers sing for themselves: Ten songs are the songs where a composer actually recorded—and it was included in the film in question—a song in his/her own voice

Anand Bakshi on his legacy as a film lyricist: ‘My songs will beat just as our heart beats’ – An excerpt from a biography, Nagme, Kisse, Baatein, Yaadein – The Life & Lyrics of Anand Bakshi, Rakesh Anand Bakshi, Penguin Random House India, of the songwriter whose career in Hindi cinema spanned six decades.

Rabindra Sangeet in Films: 10 Songs Sankhayan Ghosh presents a range of songs, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious to the innovative.

Regional Star, Hindi Also-Ran: Ten Actors, Ten Songs –who, for some reason or the other, never could make it big in Hindi cinema.

‘क्या भूलूँ क्या याद करूँ’ – a journey into what one wants to forget and what to remember.

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.

Tum Hase To Gam Sharmaya – Dana Pani (1953) – with Shamshad Begum – Mohan Junior – Kaif Irfani

Aate Jaate Aankh Bachana ..Haye Re Tera Jawaab Nahin – Mehbooba (1954) – with Shamshad Begum – OP Nayyar – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Mujhe Jag Ki Bana De Malika, Phir Malik Ban Mere Man Ka – Dark Street (1961) – with Suman Kalyanpur  – Dattaram – Gulshan Bawra

Shokhiyan Nazar Mein Hain – Aasra (1966) – Laxmikant Pyarelal – Annad Bakshi

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 – April 2021

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

We pay our tribute to Shashikala (Javalkar) who left for heavenly abode on 04.04.2021.

Kyon Muje Itani Khushi De Di – Shashikala – Beete Hue Din – Shishir Krishna Sharma – is a comprehensive life sketch of Shashikala, published seven years back.

The Greats: Shashikala remembers various roles she has played on the screen.

Ten of my favourite Shashikala songs in which Shashikala lip-syncs to the song. These could be solos or duets.

Whilst on the subject, in our Fading Memory, Unforgettable Songs episode of March 2021, we had noted a very young Shashikala in Masti Bhari Bahar Ne Masatana Kar Diya (Pugree (1948) – Shamashad Begum – Ghulam Mohammad – Shakeel Badayuni)

We now move on to other tributes and memories:

8 songs that prove Anand Bakshi was Hindi cinema’s lyricist for the common manUnnati Sharma and Shreyas Sharma – While some of his contemporaries and seniors like Sahir, Majrooh and Gulzar are considered more ‘poetic’, Anand Bakshi kept it simple and read the pulse of the masses.

A Daughter’s TributeRatnottama Sengupta – A Films Division festival ‘A Daughter’s Tribute’, screened three documentaries made by daughters as tribute to their celebrated parent. Nargis by Priya Dutt, And They Made Classics…. by Ratnottama Sengupta and The Last Adieu by Shabnam Sukhdev, were screened at Nandan in Kolkata. Ratnottama Sengupta, the curator of the festival writes about the concept and the experience of the festival.

The young Nargis – a still from the documentary Nargis

Book Review: Vinod Mehta’s ‘Meena Kumari: The Classic Biography’ – Instead of discussing Meena Kumari’s cinema (which, normally would be the main reason anyone would want to read this book), Mehta focuses on Meena Kumari’s personal life, and how that personal life affected her professional life.

‘Kohinoor’, the 1960s gem that had Bollywood’s tragedy king & queen at their comical bestUnnati Sharma – Starring Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari, the 1960 film directed by S.U. Sunny broke the shackles of tragedy and provided audiences wholesome entertainment.

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

·  Bollywood Songs for Expecting Mother or Parents

·  The Songs written by Hasrat Jaipuri for Other Musi…

·  Shamshad Begum – The Highest Paid Female Playback .

April 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Hasrat Jaipuri – Beyond Shankar Jaikishan: 1959, continuing 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, and

The songs from 1958 in 2020

We now move on to songs on other subjects -.

Jogi, Bhogi or Dhongi  brings the gay, colourful mood Holi.

Hindi songs with Tonga (Ghoda Gadi) beats lists only one song per composer. Here is one that is a gem for ever – O Matware Sajna Chala Gaya Mera Pyar, Dil Dhadke Main Kya KarooN, Hua Ye Paheli Baar  – Faulad (1963) Asha Bhosle – G S Kohli – Faruq Kaiser

Songs with a Regional Twist lists the Hindi film songs that have a phrase or two or even an entire line which is from a different Indian language; but, the rest of the song is in Hindi.

Triad of Singers lists songs where three (or more as the case may be) playback singers sing for a single actor or actress in a single movie – for example.

Geeta Dutt (Aaja Bedardi Baalma), Lalita Deulkar (Bachpan Ki Yaad Dheere Dheere Pyar Ban Gai) & Surinder Kaur (Badnaam Na Ho Jaaye, Mohabbat Ka Fasana)  – Film – Shaheed (1948)| Actress – Kamini Kaushal| Composer – Ghulam Haider

How vicarious songs came to the aid of bashful actors in Hindi filmsAjay Mankotia @ajaymankotia – How should the budding romance between the protagonists be depicted on screen, when the script forbids them from directly doing so? Enter buskers and vicarious music to aid.

The ‘College’ Songs is a list of songs picturised in a college campus or mostly in the college building.

Best songs of 1944: And the winners are? – SoY continues with year-wise reviews of the best songs of the year.

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.

Dil Ko Chedti Hai Tamanna Tumhi To Ho – Lachak (1951) – with Asha Bhosle – Moti Ram – Hasrat Jaipuri

Mere Dilber Mujhpar Khafa Na Ho – Dharmputra (1961) – N Dutta – Sahir Ludyanvi

Aji Aisi Nazar Ko Kya Kahiye Jo Yaar Na Apna Pahechane – Johar Mehmood In Goa (1965) – Kalyanji Anandji – Farooq Qaiser

Haye Kya Ye Shararat, Kya Ada Hai, Tauaba Re Ye Shararat Kurban Is Ada Ke – Jung Aur Aman (1968) – G S Kohli – Anjaan

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 – March 2021

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

We pay our special tribute to Sahir Ludhyanvi on his birth centenary:

Sahir Ludhianvi at 100: Why the poet and film lyricist was the original ‘Angry Young Man’Akshay Manwani – With his incisive poetry and plainspokenness, Ludhianvi consistently raised uncomfortable questions and expressed bitter truths.

Remembering Sahir Ludhianvi: Privileged to have sung his lyrics, says museBella Jaisinghani – “Do you know, it was Geeta Dutt and I who originally sang ‘Kabhi Kabhi mere dil mein’ for a Chetan Anand film in 1959-60. It got shelved and I don’t even have a recording. Khayyam Sahab’s tune was nearly the same as the one that was released later’ says Sudha Malhotra.

No other poet expressed separation in the same manner as Sahirsaab: Gulzar – I remember that he was never allowed to leave the stage without reciting his famous poem on the Taj Mahal — ‘Meri mehboob kahi aur mila kar mujhse’ — it was very, very popular with the people.

Sahir Ka Khayal Aaya: Sahir’s Anti-War Poem in a Unique PlayAntara Nanda Mondal – To commemorate legendary poet-lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi’s 100th Birth Anniversary, Delhi-based theatre group Pierrot’s Troupe’s premiered its unique monologue play Sahir Ka Khayal Aaya on March 7 at LTG Auditorium, New Delhi.

Sahir at 100: The ‘pal do pal ka shayar’ who doesn’t fade even 41 years after his deathUnnati Sharma and Shreyas Sharma – his lyrics and poetry still resonate for their philosophical tinge, symbolism & social consciousness.

We now move on to other tributes and memories:

Remembering Indeevar – Part I and Part II pay the tribute to The lyricist on the occasion of his 24th death anniversary.

50 years of Anand: a tribute – Everyone who loves Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand agrees that it is one of the warmest, most life-affirming of Hindi films. As it turns fifty, the dominant memory is of the terminally ill hero, played by Rajesh Khanna, spreading cheer and inspiration, determined to live a badi zindagi (big life) even if he isn’t fated for a lambi (long) one.

50 years of Anand — Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s timeless classic is an ode to lifeUnnati Sharma – If director Hrishikesh Mukherjee had had his way, his 1971 classic Anand would have looked a lot different. One of Bollywood’s first superstars Raj Kapoor would have played the title character, and Bengali star Saumitra Chatterjee would have been Dr Bhaskar Banerjee.

Remembering Ninu Mazumdar – the composer and the singer is a tribute to Ninu Mazumdar on his 21st death anniversary (9 September 1915 – 3 March 2000)

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

March 2021 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Ghulam Mohammed and His Singers: 1943 – 1949. In the month of his death anniversary, we commence an annual series that relives his known and less known songs.

Ghulam Mohammad – A Tribute lists popular songs of Ghulam Mohammed, as a follow-up to Ghulam Mohammad’s rarely heard songs.

On Basu Bhattacharya’s Anubhav: Middle Cinema, meet avant-garde, the first film in Bhattacharya’s ‘marriage trilogy’, the other two being Avishkaar and Griha Pravesh

We will now take up the articles on other subjects:

Amitabh Bachchan and India’s battle to preserve its film heritageSoutik Biswas – Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, an award-winning filmmaker, archivist and restorer, of the Film Heritage Foundation has been at the forefront of restoring and preserving Indian films efforts.


A still from the 1958 Bollywood drama Night Club, now preserved in the archive

The Perils of Alcohol: Hindi Films’ Moral Lessons and Tips for Women is a list of ‘drunken women songs’, with following caveats:

  • Caveat 1: The woman must be the heroine, not the vamp. That knocked Hoon abhi main jawaan out of the running.
  • Caveat 2: She must truly be drinking, not pretend drinking. (That took care of a host of ‘sharabi’ songs..)
  • Caveat 3: It has to be alcohol, no other forms of intoxication allowed. NoDum maaro dum or Ye aankhen uff yumma.
  • Caveal 4: All songs had to be from pre-80s’ films.

Pick of the list is Aaj ye meri zindagi– Yeh Raaste Hai Pyar Ke (1963) – Asha Bhosle- Ravi- Shakeel Badayuni.

Romancing with ‘Zindagi’ confines the list to the songs in which ‘Zindagi’ is the main subject

Songs that Shun Love – for example Jis Pyaar Mein Yeh Haal Ho – Phir Subah Hogi, 1958 – Md.Rafi and Mukesh – Khayyam; Sahir Ludhianvi

Once Upon A TimeYe Un Dinon ki Baat Hai is divided into three sections – Pen Portraits, Reminiscences and Perspectives.

On Shadow Craft, a book about the aesthetics of black-and-white Hindi cinema – For anyone who loves black-and-white cinema – and likes the idea of a creative work being encountered in its original form rather than disfigured to meet contemporary tastes – the computer-colourisation of old films is cause for teeth-gnashing.

Songs of the Unsure/Insecure Lover – for example – Main Tumhi Se Poochti HunBlack Cat, 1959 – Md. Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar – N.Datta – Jan Nisar Akhtar.

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.

Beta Dar Mat….Aahein Bhar Mat… – Bahi Behan (1959) – N Dutta – Sahir Ludhyanvi

Log Kahte Hain Ke Hum Tum Se Kinara Kar Lein – Bahu Begum (1967) – Roshan – Sahir Ludhyanvi

Qaza Zaalim Sahi..Ye Daawa Aaj Duniya Bhar Se – Laila Majnu (1976) – Jaidev – Sahir Ludhyanvi

Hum Mein Hai Kya Ke Humen Koi Haseena – Nawab Saheb (1978) – C Arjun – Sahir Ludhyanvi

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.