S D Burman and “Other” Male Playback Singers :: 2

The previous episode of the three-part article of S D Burman and Other Male Playback Singers, we had covered the period from the beginning of his career in 1946 till 1949. This was the period when S D Burman was still striving to create his own firm space in the field of Hindi Film Music world.

Presently, we take up the second set of S D Burman’s songs of ‘Other” Male Playback Singers chronologically can be set to the period 1950 to 1955.

Our period begins with two films, Mashal and Afsar, which were to become the key thrust engines that were to provide the much needed escape velocity to S D Burman’s career to attain e respectable orbit space among the front-ranking music directors of the Golden Era of Hindi Films.

Once having attained an assured specific space, S D Burman went on to use the established male playback singers like Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar for most of the major male solo and duet songs. He also chose other front-line male singers like Manna Dey, Talat Mahmood, Hemant Kumar and Mukesh as and when so required.  So use of ‘other’ male singers is now more situation-specific, and, perhaps, to a great extent of S D Burman’s choice.

S D Burman – Arun Kumar Mukherjee

Upar Gagan Vishal’ of Mashal (1950) is considered to have really breathed a lease of new life into S D Burman’s career. It is said that SDB was so disillusioned that he was on the verge of leaving this Ashok Kumar’s Bombay Talkies banner production incomplete. He was dissuaded from doing so, and as is said the rest was history.

Jab Ham They Tumhare Aur Ham They Tumhare …Wo Thode Se Din They Kitane Pyare – Mashal (1950) – Lyrics: Pradip

Arun Kumar Mukherjee was Ashok Kumar’s cousin. Probably, that may have titled the scale in his favour for playing back to Ashok Kumar on the screen. Arun Kumar Mukherjee does not sound wanting to the demands of the situation.

Mohe Lagaa Solva Saal, Haye Main To Mar Gayi – Mashal (1950) – With Shamshad Begum – Lyrics: Pradip

The song is principally filmed on the Cuckoo, so Shamshad Begum has obviously the lion’s share of the song. Arun Kumar gets to sing just a few lines, but the lines are indeed very catchy.

S D Burman – Man Mohan Krishna

‘Afsar’ (1950) was the maiden film under Dev Anand’s home banner, Navketan Films. The film did not do that well on the box office, but Suraiya’s songs for the film certainly were quite popular. The film went on to build S D Burman’s permanent association with Navketan Films, which have given us quite a few of the very memorable songs under S D Burman’s baton.

Jat Khol De Kiwad Pat Khol De,….Badhaai Dene Ko Aaye Hai Tere Dwar – Afsar (1950) – Lyrics: Vishwamitra Adil

Sadhu Ke Ghar Chhokariyan Do, Ik Patli Ik Bhari – Afsar (1950) – Lyrics: Vishwamitra Adil

Man Mohan Krishna is typically associated with serious character roles. He has rendered quite a few numbers of very popular songs on the screen. S D Burman has sprung a surprise herein by recording quite light-mood songs in Man Mohan Krishna’s voice.

[The clip here below has both these songs clubbed together.]

S D Burman – Hridaynath Mangeshkar

Hridaynath Mangeshkar possibly chose to focus more on music direction over playback singing.  His maiden – Marathi – film as an independent music director was Akash Ganga (1955).

Lehron Ke Saath Naiya Mori Khele – Babla (1953) – Lyrics: Sahir Ludhyanavi

Hridaynath Mangeshkar was around 15 years old when S D Burman has recorded this song. The song recounts adolescent pleasure of launching the paper boats into the rain water streams in the street.  So we can expect that the song may have been performed by an adolescent protagonist on the screen. Hence, probably, the choice of Hridaynath Mangeshkar, with a suitable natural voice, for the playback.

S D Burman – Jagmohan Baxi

Jagmohan Baxi (and his music direction partner Sapan Sengupta) had started his career as chorus singer at Salil Chaudhary’s Bombay Youth Choir. And yet, the Sapan Jagmohan duo are remembered for a handful tunes for 42 films for which they had composed the music  – like, Phir Wo Bhuli Si Yaad Aati Hai (Begana, 1963);  Kho Diye Hai Sanam Kitane Janam Teri Talash Mein (Teri Talash Mein, 1968); Main To Har Mod Pe Tujhko Dunga Sadaa (Chetana, 1970) etc.

Dekho Maane Nahi Roothi Hui Haseena Kya Baat Hai – Taxi Driver (1954) – with Asha Bhosle – Lyrics: Sahir Ludhyanvi

S D Burman has used Talat Mahmood and Kishore Kumar too for playback of Dev Anand in this film. Apart from these singers, S D Burman, as well most of the music directors who have composed Dev Anand songs, have tried several voices of regular playback singers like Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey, Hemant Kumar as well. Additionally, Salil Chudhary has experimented with Dwijen Mukherjee, Anil Biswas with Shankar Dasgupta and C Ramchandra with his own voice for Dev Anand.

S D Burman – Thakur (Pran)

Pran would hardly be remembered to have acted in lead roles in films like Khandan (1942) during the first phase of career between 1940 -1947. He is most remembered for his roles as villain in his most illustrious second innings and then equally respected for his character roles in the 3rd phase of his career.  Many of his fans will immediately recollect some of the iconic songs that he enacted on the screen when acting as character actor.  But to imagine him in the tick of a very very light-hearted song  and that too trying to sing a few lines too, when cast in the role of a villain,  is something that nobody would ever imagine. S D Burman has so cleverly croaked voice of Thakur (Pran) to create a very unique song.

Dil KI Umange Hai Jawan,….Rang Mein Dooba Hai Sama – Munimji (1955) – With Hemant Kumar and Geeta Dutt – Lyrics: Sahir Ludhyanvi

The song will not go down in the record books only for the use of voice of Pran to add to the mockery in the mood of the song, but also possibly for Hemant Kumar being able to match the leg-pulling teasing tone of Geeta Dutt in this song.

S D Burman – S Balbir

Balbir got typed into an accompanying playback singer, but most of the connoisseurs of HFM recognize and appreciate his contribution in that song.

Nigaho Ke Tere Jalwe Ki Aas Raheti Hai, Ha Tere Bagair Tabiyat Udas Raheti Hai, Aa Bhi Ja Ke Tera Intezar Kab Se Hai –Society (1955) – with Mohammad Rafi – Lyrics: Sahir Ludhyanavi

Can you guess whose arrival or appearance is so keenly awaited?

The first half of the period of 1950-1960 was the beginning of the picking up in so far as S D Burman’s career is considered. As a result, we have seen a very different pattern in the types of ‘other’ playback singers which he has used, the corresponding situations in the film, and hence on the composition of the song.

In our next episode, we will take up the concluding phase of  S D Burman’s career and revisit S D Burman’s use of ‘other’ male playback singers in that period.


The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – Amirbai Karnataki [1]

Amirbai Karanataki is one of the stalwarts of post-playback singing period of the vintage era, who also acted in the films. This is strongly validated in the present year in terms of the number of solo songs that she has rendered. Her songs of C Ramchandra or of Naushad – she is the lead singer for Elaan – indicate that she had quite successfully transitioned to the new style of singing which was being ushered in the by the younger crop of music directors.

It is said that the rising graph of career post-1943 film ‘Kismet’ had peaked in 1947. We also have split her solo songs of 1947 into two posts, so as to do justice to the fairly large numbers of her solo songs this year.

Tumhari Yaad Ko Dil Se Bhulake Aayee Hun – Beete Din – A Dinkar Rao –

So Ja…So Gaee Man Ki Aas Re – Beete Din – M A Rauf –

Agar Tum Na Milate Agar Tum Na Aate – Beete Din – M A Rauf –

Mere Dil Ki Tarah Hai Sitar Tar Tar – Beete Din – A Dinkar Rao

Ghanghor Ghata Ghanghor Ghata Phir Chhaayi Hai – Beete Din – A Dinkar Rao

Din Kabhi Aise Bhi Aayenge Kise Maloom Tha – Diwani –  Gyan Dutt – Shams Azimabadi

Kat Rahi Hai Beqai Mein Har Ghadi Tere Bagair – Diwani – Gyan Dutt – Shams Azimabadi

Allah Nigahban Tera Allah Nigahbaan – Elan – Naushad Ali – Ziya Sarhadi

Ayi Ye Azal Zindagi, Gam Ka Zamana Tal Gaya – Elan – Naushad Ali – Ziya Sarhadi

Kuchch Aur Sitam Honge…Rote Hue Aayen Hai, Rote Hue Jaayenge – Elan – Naushad Ali – Ziya Sarhadi

Insaan Ki Tahzib Pe Ehasan Hamara– Elan – Naushad Ali – Ziya Sarhadi

Teer Laga Teer Haye Kya Karun Loot Gayee Taqdeer Haye Kya Karoon – Kismat Ka Sitara – Alla Rakhkhaa Quraishi – Roopbani

Main Janati Hun Tum Na Aaoge Kabhi Piya – Leela – C Ramchandra – G S Nepali

O Preetam Pyare Chhod Chali Gharbar – Leela – C Ramchandra – G S Nepali

The list of songs for which I have not been able to locate the digital links is also very large:

  • Aj Meri Kismat Ka Sitara Chamaka – Diwani – Gyan Dutt – Shams  Azimabadi
  • Hansati Jaa Bal Khati Jaa Dard Kisi Ka – Diwani – Gyan Dutt – Shams  Azimabadi
  • Dekho Dekho Ji Jawani Udi Jaye Nazar Lalachaye – Hatimtai – A Kumar –
  • Nazar Mithi Mithi Ada Pyari Pyari – Hatimtai – A Kumar –
  • In Paimano Mein Aali Kya Chiz Chhalakati Raheti Hai – Kaun Pardesi – Ali Hussain Muradabadi – Muzatar Bahzadi
  • Din Khushi Ke Yaad Aa Kar Rah Gaye, Hum Phakta Aansoo Baha Kar Rah Gaye – Kaun Pardesi – Ali Hussain Muradabadi – Muzatar Bahzadi
  • Chain Paoge Na Aaram Kahi Paoge, Yaad Rakhana Mujhe Tum Bhul Ke Pachhtaoge – Kaun Pardesi – Ali Hussain Muradabadi – Muzatar Bahzadi

In our next episode, we will take 2nd, concluding, part of Amirbai Karnatali’s Solo Songs for 1947.

Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs : July, 2018

Mohammad Rafi’s Solo Song From The FIRST Film With The Music Director: 1954 -1955

To commemorate Mohammad Rafi’s anniversaries, [Born: 24 December, 1924// Death: 31 July, 1980] we commenced a series of articles on Mohammad Rafi that essentially tried to bring the solo song of Mohammad Rafi from the first film with the music director.  Beginning 2016, we have planned to take up one five-year slot every year, in the chronological order, starting from 1944, the year in which Mohammad Rafi sang his maiden solo song in Hindi Films.

Till now we have covered the first slot of 1944 – 1948 in Part I and Part II in December, 2016,  the second five-year-slot of 1949 – 1953 in our July,201710th December, 2017 and 17th December, 2017 articles.

Presently, we will take up the years 1954 and 1955 of the third five-year-slot of 1954-1958.

[For the sake for structured documentation, I will be following the alphabetical sequence of Film names in the post.]


The year 1954 has 44 Hindi solo songs of Mohammad Rafi.  There are many repeat-music directors like  SN Tripathi, Salil Chaudhary, Naushad, Hansraj Behl, Shanker Jaikishan, Chitragupt, Ghulam Mohammad, Madan Mohan, Nissar Bazmi etc, wo composed music for one or more than one film in the year. The films ranged from successful to obscure films.

As a result, with every passing year, we now observe less number of songs that would meet the criteria for our present series, since most of the music directors have had used Mohammad Rafi for a solo song in the years reviewed till now.

Year 1954 is to yield 7 music directors who had a maiden solo song composed for Mohammad Rafi.

Roshan had made his debut in Hindi Films in 1949 with Neki Aur Badi. His first ever use of Mohammad Rafi, wasa Rafi Asha duet Mohabbat Ke Maaron Ka, in Baware Nain (1950).. Then he has used Rafi in a Rafi- Kishore Kumar-Ram Kamlani triad and a Rafi-Kishore Kumar duet, materialized only in Malkin (1953). The first solo comes up now, in 1954. Since then, Roshan’s association with Mohammad Rafi has gone on to become stronger and richer.

Zameen Bhi Vahi Hai Vahi Aasma, Magar Ab Wo Dilli Ki Galiyan Kahan  – Chandni Chowk – Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

This is a background song. The only male solo – Hamein Aye Dil Kahin Le Chal – filmed on the lead male actor has Mukesh for playback.

Datta Davjekar has had one solo – Main Teri Tu Mera – with Mohammad Rafi in 1947 for Aap Ki Sewa Mein. Incidentally, Lata Mangeshkar had had her first solo playback song – Paa Lagun Kar Jori Re, Sham Mose Na Khelo Hori Re – too in this film. However, we now have a film in which Datta Dvajekar and Jagganath share the credits as music directors, hence our present song.

Saheedo Amar Hai Tumhari Kahani, Watan Par Luta Di Jinhone Jawani – Golkonda Ke Qaidi – Lyrics: Anjaan

The film has had three music directors – Datta Davjekar, Jagganath and Kundan Lal – and three lyricists. HFGK records Datta Davjekar’s statement that all songs for the film were in fact composed by him.

There is one more Rafi solo in the film – Uthake Sar Chalo Jawani Shaan Se

Hemant Kumar probably brought in Mohammad Rafi for this song because it is was possibly Rafi only who could effortlessly scale vertically up while delivering ‘Uttho Chhalang Mar Ke Aaksh Ko Chhoo Lo’ and then in the very next line ‘Tum Gaad Do Gagan Mein Tiranga Uchaal Ke’ come back to the normal scale.

Hum Laaye Hai Tufan Se Kashti Nikal Ke Is Desh Ko Rakhana Mere Bachchon Sambhal Ke – Jagriti – Hemant Kumar – Pradeep

In a very rare Hemant Kumar – Mohammad Rafi combination, Mohammad Rafi does full justice to the confidence invested in him.

Shailesh Mukherji, is one of those Bengali music directors who could not comfortably last longer in the Hindi Film world.

Kismat Ka Likha Na Tale Na Koi Bas Chale, Yah Kya Hai Zindagi Haye Yah Kya Hai Zindagi – Parichay – Lyrics: Keshav Trivedi

We have Mohammad Rafi singing a background song in what is now established his signature style.

Sudhir Phadke has used Mohammad Rafi very selectively. In fact, he has used Kishore Kumar also very selectively, but for the film under discussion, Pahli Taarikh, he has created one of the most iconic KK song – Khush Hai Jamana Aaj Pahli Taarikh Hai….

Kahun Kya Ki Kaun Hoon Kya Hoon Main, Kisi Raste Ka Chirag Hoon, Mujhe Jisne Chaha Jala Diya…Gareebon Ki Duniya Mita Denewale  – Paheli Tareekh –  Lyrics : Qamar Jalalabadi

This also seems to be a background song.

Lachchiram (Tamar), composed music for around 20 films.  For most of the Hindi Film fans, the name of this music director would itself, perhaps, be a forgotten name. But his songs – Dhalati Jaaye Raat, Karale Dil Ki Baat (Razia Sultan, 1961), Gori Tere Nain Nainva Kajar Bina Kare, Sab Jawan Sab Haseen Koi Tumsa Nahin, and solo and duet versions of Tu Shokh Kali Main Mast Pawan (all from, Main Suhagan Hun, 1964) – would easily be recognized.

Akaash Ke Aanchal Mein Sitara Rahega – Shaheed E Azam Bhagat Singh – Lyrics: Shauquat Pardesi

Mohammad Rafi exudes nationalistic fervor in every word that he sings in this rally song.

Hafiz Khan is credited as the music director who created a qawwali – Aanhein Na Bhari Shiquaw Na Kiye  (Zeenat, 1945; Noorjehan, Zohrabai, Kalyani) which has the distinction of being the oldest among all the well-known qawwaalis of Hindi movies.  

Apne Diwano Se Daaman Na Chhuda, Bekhabar Hosh Mein Aa – Watan – Lyrics: Shevan Rizvi

We have one more background song…


The year 1955 had 76 songs solo songs of Mohammad Rafi, of which we have 2 solo songs each of B S Kalla and N Dutta and one solo of Bipin Babul from one film each from their respective maiden association with Mohamamd Rafi.

B(alkrishna) S Kalla is quite an unknown name. From various records, we observe that prior to 1955, he has also jointly composed for films like Mangala (1950), Mr. Sampat (1952),  Bahut Din Huye (1954), which were all produced by the then known Tamil banners. Do Dulhe is his solo music direction film.

Naam Hai Mere Baap Ka Soda, Uski Surat Dekh Ke Aata Mujhko Bukhaar – Do Dulhe – Lyrics: Pt. Indra

The present song is a very good comedy genre song. The song is filmed on mentally challenged persons, and had parodied a couple of known songs. Mohammad Rafi has another solo song – Hal Na Kar Paaye Jise Tu Kaun Si Mushkil Hai Wo – which appears to be background song, one duet with Geeta Dutt and a triad with Geeta Dutt and Sarla Devi.

N Datta (a.k.a. Dattaram Baburao Naik) commenced his career as an assistant to S D Burman in films like Bahar, Sazaa and Ek Nazar (1951), Jaal (1952), Jeevan Jyoti (1953) and Angarey (1954), before his got his maiden assignment in Milaap (1954), which was also maiden directorial venture of Raj Khosla.

Ab Woh Karam Kare Ya Sitam Main Nashe Mein Hun – Marine dive – Lyrics: Sahir Ludhyanavi

His early association with Sahir when N Datta was an assistant to S D Burman seems to be continuing and continuing well. In the present song N Dutta comes out in the true elements of his abilities – very soft orchestration, a smooth composition which has some typical twists.

The film had two Mohammad Rafi – Asha Bhosle duet songs, one of which is what is known as Beggar Song genre song in Hindi films – Bata Ae Aasmanwale Tere Bande Kidhar Jaye and another one is a romantic duet – Muhabbat Yun Bhi Hoti Hai.

Bipin (Dutt) and Babul Started their career as assistants to Madan Mohan, Thiers is one more case of a capable music director who did not ring success to the cash box. They have composed two highly respected Rafi songs – Tum Poochhate Ho Ishq Bhala Hai Ke Nahin Hai and Chheda Jo Dil Ka Fasana Hansa Zor Se Kyon Zamana in Naqli Nawab, 1962.

Rukh Se Parda To Hata Zara Nazrein To Mila – Shahi Mehmaan – Lyrics: Anjum Jaipuri

The composition of the song is more on the Sufi style.

While ending the present episode, I am not able to resist the temptation of presenting one of my most favorite Mohammad Rafi songs (for 1954), even at the cost of repeating a music director.

Hai Baski Har Ek Unke Ishare Me Nishan Aur, Karate Hai Muhabbat To Guzarata Hai Guman Aur – Mirza Ghalib (1954) – Ghulam Mohammad

We will take up the years 1956 to 1958 of the third five-year-slot of 1954-1958 in the month of December, 2018

The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – Rajkumari

We now take up the solo songs of female singers whose main body of work falls into the vintage era.

Among the vintage era female singers Rajkumari stands out because of a very distinct melody in her that era’s signature metallic-heavy-bass-oriented-female voices.

Obviously, none of the song I had heard earlier. So I have no means to categorise these songs into the ‘popular’ tag. However, I find many songs very appealing only after a couple of hearings during this project.

Aye Chand Tu Ab Bata De Mera Chand Kahan Hai – Bhakta Ke Bhagwan  – Chhanalal Thakur – Kavi Mansavi Prantijwala

Sajani Chhoti Si Hai Baat Dekho Bhul Na Jana – Bhakta Ke Bhagwan – Chhanalal Thakur – Kavi Mansavi Prantijwala

Sharam Se Naina. More Naina Zuk Zuk Jaaein – Dehati – Premnath – Rammurti Chaturvedi

Dekho Ji Aayee Suhani Raat ….Ghataen Chhai Hai Ghanghor – Doosri Shaadi – Govind Ram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

More Rote Nain Ro Ro Marenge Tum To Chale Ho – Gaon – Khemchand Prakash – D N Madhok

Shokh Nazaron Ke Machalane Ka Zamana Aa Gaya – Hatimtai – A Kumar

Kal Jamuna Tat Par Aaoge Murzai Kali Hamare Man Ki – Neel Kamal – B Vasudev- Kedar Sharma

Bhool Jate Hai Bhool Jaya Karen Azamate Hai Azamaya Karein – Neel Kamal – B Vasudev- Kedar Sharma

Saiyan Ne Ungli Marodi Re, Rama Qasam Sharma Gayi Main  – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Zalim Tera Khayal Satae To Kya Karun – Sajani – L Amar / Afzal Lahauri – Razi Banarasi

The songs for which I could not locate the digital link:

  • Bhakt Ke Bhagwan Tera Hi Naam Smaran Tera Hi Gun Gaan – Bhakta Ke Bhagwan  – Chhanalal Thakur – Kavi Mansavi Prantijwala
  • Aaya Mausam Naya Rut Badalane Lagi – Chalate Chalate – Khemchand Prakash – Lal Chand “Bismil’ Peshawari
  • Tumane Jaga Di Meri Jawani Mujhko Suna Ke Prem Kahani – Diwani – Gyan Dutt – Shams Azimabadi
  • Kahe Do Kaali Ghatayen Daraye Na – Gaon – Khemchand Prakash – D N Madhok

We will take up Micro View of Amirbai Karnataki’s solo songs for 1947 in our next episode.

The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – Shamshad Begum

The solo songs of Shamshad Begum also have fairly large foot print in 1947. Here again, I have heard a very few songs earlier. Shamshad Begum solo songs that I listened here for the the first time are likeable enough. However, to a person who is initiated to the Hindi Film Music in ‘60s, these would need more repetitive hearing to appreciate the nuances of the songs.

The basis of classifying a song as ‘popular’ mainly rests on the fact of that I did listen to these songs on the radio in ‘60s – which was my sole contact with Hindi Film Songs in those days. The classification of ‘popular’ and ‘other’ (solo songs) categories, thus, necessarily reflect this limitation of my personal imbalanced knowledge.  ‘Jumka Gira Re’ finds the place under ‘popular’ category because I have heard the song several times in the recent started-to-listening- on-net years, as the song invariably comes for any discussion when the relative recent Mera Saya version comes up for any discussion. Both versions relate to the periods of totally different song composition styles, and hence not within the bounds of comparison on any count.

The songs for which I have not been able to locate the YT or digital liks also works out to so many that if YT links were indeed available, we would need to have split the solo songs of Shamshad Begum over two posts.

Popular solo songs

Ham Dard Ka Afasana Duniya Ko Suna Denge – Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Ye Afsana Nahi Zalim Mere Dil Ki Haqeeqat Hai – Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Jhumka Gira Re Baraili Ke Bazar Mein – Dekhojee – Tufail Faruqee – Wali Sahab

Other Solo Songs

Ga Kuchch Bawari Ga – But Tarash – Ghulam Haider –

Ay Falak Tu Hai Satane Ke Liye – But Tarash – Ghulam Haider –

Ay Falak Kab Tak Satata Jaega – But Tarash – Ghulam Haider –

Jisne Jalaya Ashiyaan Usko Salam Ho – Chheen Le Azadi – Hansraj Bahl – Pt Indra

Na Sata Na Sata Bairi Sapne Na Sata – Chheen Le Azadi – Hansraj Bahl – Pt Indra

Baalam Mohe La De Saajan Mohe La De Chunariya Hari – Dekhojee – Tufail Faruqee – Wali Sahab

Bansuriya Haye Toot Gayi Man Ki Wo Jo Geet Nahi Haye The Maine – Dekhojee- Tufail Faruqee – Wali Sahab

O Rasiya Tune Kahe Ko Nain Milaye – Dekhojee- Sabir Hussain – Wali Sahab

Anagana Bole Kaag Re Ujjada Man Ka Baag Re– Doli- Ghulam Muhammad –  Nazim Panipati

Tera Man Kahe Dole Main Jaan Gayee – Doli- Ghulam Muhammad –  Majrooh Sultanpuri

Kisi Deepak Ki Dhun Mein Bechara Jalata Hai Patanga Pyara – Doli- Ghulam Muhammad –  Majrooh Sultanpuri

Man Bhooli Kathayen Yad Na Kar, Phir Sawan  Ke Din Aayenge – Doosri Shadi – Govind Ram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

Ghat Par Ik Matka Ik Matki Dono Pyase Jaate Hai – Duniya Ek Sarai – Hans Raj Behl – Kedar Sharma

Chanda Ki Chandani Na Suhae To Kya Karein – Duniya Ek Sarai – Hans Raj Behl – Kedar Sharma

Panchhi Bhool Gaya Wo Gaana Bhhool Gaya Azad Hawaein – Ek Kadam – Prakash Nath Sharma – Avtar Visharad

O Raja Re Mohe Apni Bana Le Re – Leela – C Ramchandra – Qamar Jalalabadi

[Note: I had included this song under Solo Songs of Geeta Roy as well, because some references credit the song to her. However, HFGK has credited the song to Shamshad Begum.]

Zule Hiya Nache Naiya….Aaye Piya Ho Aaye Piya – Naiya – Anil Biswas

Hamein Jinse Pyar Unse Main Kya Kahun, Kya Kahun – Pahela Pyar – Premnath – Balam

Haye Re Ghir Ke Badal Aaye Jiya Ghabaraye – Pahela Pyar – Premnath – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35ld31NsOHg

Yeh Duniya Muhabbat Nibahana Na Jaane – Pati Seva – Gulshan Sufi – Wahid Quraishi

Do Nayano Ke Oat Mein More Pritam Ka Dera – Shikarpuri – Muhamad Shafi- A Shah Aziz

The songs for which I have not been able to locate the soft links:

  • Chhail Chhabili Masat Hawaein – Bhanwar – Khan Mastana –
  • Dukh Dard Ki Maari Hun – Bhanwar – Khan Mastana –
  • Mithi Mithi Loriya – Bhanwar – Khan Mastana –
  • Banka Chhaila Motorwa Uday Liye Jaay, Jiya Dol Raha – Bhookh – Anil Biswas – Dr. Safdar Aah
  • Balam Pardesiya Sajan Pardesiya – Dekhojee – Sabir Hussain – Wali Sahab
  • Ab Phir Se Phir Phir Se Yaad Aaye Kyun – Ek Kadam – Prakash Nath Sharma
  • Ek Kadam Aur Ek Kadam – Ek Kadam – Prakash Nath Sharma
  • Khelo Ji, Khelo Khelo Khelo Babu Ji O Raja – Intezar Ke Baad – Khan Aziz – Gafil Harnalvi
  • Nazariyon Se Dil Bhar Doongi Chhoone Nahin Dongi Shareer – Pahela Pyar – Premnath –
  • Balam
  • Maine Likh Likh Chiththhiyan  Dali Sajan Ko Han Han Balam Ko – Pati Seva – Gulshan Sufi – Wahid Quraishi
  • Beech Bhanwar Mori Naiya …Chhod Balam Pardes Ab Ghar Aa Jaa – Shikarpuri – Muhammad Shafi – A Shah ‘Aziz’
  • Tere Bagair Phir Koi Baat Meri Bani Nahi – Shikarpuri – Muhammad Shafi – A Shah ‘Aziz’

We will take up Micro View of Solo Songs of Rajkumari for the year 1947 in our next episode.

The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – Geeta Roy

Barring a few well-known song, personally for me, the songs that I heard here, during this micro review, are the ones that I had heard for the first time. This simply means that most of songs that I had heard were of Geeta Dutt, and not those of Geeta Roy. And I always believed I have had many Geeta Roy/Dutt songs!

The number of Geeta Roy’s solo songs for 1947 too add up to our hypothesis that the year is an open-field for transition-vintage era singers,  Many of the songs presented here have not been credited to Geeta Roy in HFGK, but the knowledgeable up-loaders have credited them to Geeta Roy. And as we listen to the songs, we would concur too, save the song appearing at the end of this post.

The numbers also merit spanning our micro-analysis over two posts, but I have accommodated them in one post only, risking the lengthier than normal post..

Popular solo songs

Yaad Karoge Yaad Karoge Ik Din Ham Ko Yaad Karoge – Do Bhai – S D Burman – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya Main Prem Mein Sab Kuchch Haar Gayi – Do Bhai – S D Burman – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

Other Solo Songs

Aankh Mein Kyon Ashq, Lab Pe Rahe Haye Kyon – Bhookh – Anil Biswas – Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’

Is Jag Mein Garibon Ka Nahi Koi Thikana – Bhookh – Anil Biswas – Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’

Bigadi Hui Taqdeer Meri Aa Ke Bana De – Dil Ki Rani – S D Burman – ?

Kyun Balam Ham Se Rooth Gaye Kyun Lage Naina Chhooda Gaye – Dil Ki Rani – S D Burman – Y N Joshi

Aayenge Aayenge Aayenge Mere Man Ke Basaiya Ayenge Re – Dil Ki Rani – S D Burman

Mere Piya To Gaye Pardes Re Haye Vasant Ritu Kyon Aayee – Do Bhai – S D Burman – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

Hamein Chhod Piya Kis Desh Gaye, Piya Laut Ke Aana Bhool Gaye – Do Bhai – S D Burman – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

Gulshan Mein Aayee Bahar, Ho Rasiya Loot Sake  To Loot – Kaun Pardesi – Ali Hussain Muradabadi – Muztar Bahzadi

Daman Ko Haath Se Chooda Kar Chale Gaye – Qasam – Sajjad Hussain – Anjum Pilibhiti

Aye Dil Bata Kisko Karoon Pyar – Qasam – Sajjad Hussain – Anjum Pilibhiti

Ya Rab Hamari Aah Mein Itana Asar Nahi – Qasam – Sajjad Hussain – Hameed Hyderabadi

Woh Jisko Meeta Baithe Woh Unki Hi Duniya Thi – Qasam – Sajjad Hussain – Hameed Hyderabadi

Suna Ja Koi Geet Aye Dil Suna Ja – Qasam – Sajjad Hussain – Hameed Hyderabadi

O Shyam Meera Ke Girdhari Ab To Darshan Do – Mere Bhagwan – with Chorus  – Sajjad Hussain – Shewan Rizvi

Mujhe Bawari Bawari Log Kahe Main Geet Piya Ke Gaati Hun – Mere Bhagwan – Sajjad Hussain – Shewan Rizvi

Main Hun Phoolon Ki Raani, Kanton Mein Rahanewali – Paheli Pahechan – Bulo C Rani – Pandit Indra

Nai Baharein Aayee Tum Hi Naa Aaye – Rasta – Zafar Khursheed –

Aayi Nazar Andhere Mein Roshani Mujhe – Raasta – Zafar Khursheed – Arsh Haidari

Dukhiyon Pe Hai Dukh Dard Ka – Sagar Tarang – Piyami – Pandit Indra

Woh Dil Gaya Woh Dil Ke Sahare Gaye – Tohfa – M A Rauf (Usmania) – Rafiq Gazanavi

The song for which I could not find the YT / soft link:

Hans Hans Ke …. – Utho Jago – Aziz Khan, Ibrahim – ?

Special Note:

O Raja Re Mohe Apni Bana Le Re – Leela – C Ramchandra – Qamar Jalalabadi

[HFGK credits this song to Shamshad Begum, however many of the internet references credit the song to Geeta Roy(!¡). Whatever may the truth, the voice does sound more like Geeta Roy to me. So what can be the correct status?]

We will take up Micro-Analysis of solo songs of Shamshad Begum for the year 1947 in our next episode.

The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – Suraiya

Having completed the Male Solo Songs section of Songs of 1947 of the Best songs of 1947: And the winners are?, we now move over to the Female Solo Songs.

One pattern that emerges quite apparently is that most of the leading playback singers have solos songs that quantitatively would need at least two posts each. But that would make the total number of posts on Female Solo Songs run a couple of months. That would make the coverage period for female solo songs a bit too long., So, in many cases we may have bear longer post with higher than normal number of songs per post.

Apart from this mundane issue, the year would present to us a real feel of vintage era music composition and song rendition styles. There can not be better manifestation of this than the presence of three vintage era ‘greats’ – Noor Jehan, Khursheed and Kanan Devi – in the female solo songs this year.

Also, my back-of-the-envelop rough work of compling the list, with the help of HFGK, shows that I have previously heard a miniscule share of the all the songs that may be available on YT.

Solo Songs of Suraiya

For the year 1947, Suraiya has 19 solo songs, spread over 5 films and 4 music directors.

Popular solo songs

Jab Tumhi Nahin Apne Duniya Begani Hai – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Paapi Papiha Re Pi Pi Ma Bol Bairi Pi Pi Na Bol – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Mere Mundere Na Bol Ja Kaga Kaga Ja – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Kale Kale Aaye Badarwa, Aao Sajan Mere Aao – Natak – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Other solo songs

Aison Se Na Jee Lagae Koi, Ret Ke Ghar Na Banae Koi – Dak Bangala – Naresh Bhattacharya – D N Madhok

Jiya Bhar Aaya More Nain Bhar Aaye – Dak Bangala – Naresh Bhattacharya – D N Madhok

Ho Ho Chandani Raat Hai, Aise Mein Aa Jao– Dak Bangala – Naresh Bhattacharya – D N Madhok

Dil Dhadake Aankh Mori Phadake, Chale Jana Na Jee Bichhad Ke – Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Bahar Khatm Hui…Chale Dil Ki Duniya Barbad Karke – Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Ham The Tumhare Tum The Hamare Hae Wo Bhi Jamana Yaad Karo  – Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Bich Bhanwar Mein Aan Phasa Hai, Dil Ka Safinaa Shah-e-Madina– Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Din Din Joban Dhalata Jaye, Din Din Dhale Jawani – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Chanda Ki Chandani Mein Hae Rama, Jiya Mora Dol Gaya– Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Phir Nain Baware Bhar Bhar Aaye Hae Bhar Bhar Aaye – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Phir Hamaein Koi Yaad Aaye Phir Lab Pe Hai Haye Haye – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Dil Le Ke Chale To Nahin Jaoge Rajaji O Rajaji – Natak – Naushad Ali – Khumar Barabankavi

Jab Se Chale Gaye Hai Woh Zindagi Zindagi Nahi – Natak – Naushad Ali – Khumar Barabankavi

Apna Jinhe Banaya Thukara Ke Woh Sidhare– Natak – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Taaron Bhari Raat O Sajan Taaron Bhari Raat – Natak – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Aaja Balama Rain Andheri Dar Lage, Dukhiya Jiya Pukare – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

We will take up Solo Songs of Geeta Roy for 1947 in  our next episode.