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

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

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

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

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

75 Actors Who Conquered Hearts Of The Millions Since 1947

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1949 -1954 in 2017

1955 – 1957 in 2018

1958 – 1959 in 2019,

1960 -1961 in 2020, and

1962 in 2021.

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

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi that are relevant to the topics covered in the present episode, we will institute a series wherein we continue to listen to Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar’s duet with a music director for the first time in a Hindi film, every month for the rest of the 2022 –

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

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

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

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

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

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

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Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs – Volume X – September 2022 edition

Welcome to September 2022 edition of the Xth volume of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

The theme for the Xth volume of our Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs is inspired from the editorial of the January 2022 special Issue of Prabuddha Bharata (The Awakened India) – Living a Meaningful Life in a Digital World.

For our present episode, we take up the article, Nature Connectedness: An Avenue to a Meaningful Life in the Digital Age by Sravanti Thutupalli.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Cleave not the sky. Injure not the mid-space. Be in the harmony with earth.
This sharpened axe has led you to the great good fortune.
Therefore, O you divine Lord of forests, grow with your hundreds of branches.
May we also grow with thousands of branches.

(Yajurveda 5.41)

Beneath the forest floor, lies a network that connects – often called as Wood Wide Web – that connects nearly all the plants on the earth. This network, made of mycorrhizal fungi, shares resources preventing neighbouring plants from dying and other parasite resources.

This example that reminds us of inextricable links between all of life, is strongly similar to the internet of the present digital world. This natural network is repository of huge amount of data that emanates from, and controls, the exact cyclical happenings in the nature. So is our generic makeup in the form of DNA. As far as we know, DNA is the source code for all life. Like binary coding in the digital technology, DNA has four constituent digits – A, T, G and C. This digital nature of DNA code enables us to take genes from one and transfer it to another organism. This unifying language of DNA is translated into the wondrous diversity of life on earth.

However, there is an inherent interplay between the underlying digital character of nature and our experiences with its many analogue forms.  Although our experiences with the innumerable analogue manifestations of natural phenomena are being recorded as information stored and transmitted in the digital form, these cannot be always broken down into the simplifying codes.

The Panchakoshas elucidiated in the Taittriya Upanishad mediate our experiences –

    • Annamaya Kosha – expreinces of our gross body
    • Pranayama Kosha – our life energy
    • Manomaya Kosha – our mind
    • Vijnanamaya Kosha – the intellect, and
    • Anandmaya Kosha – the state of eternal bliss

Nurturing and transcending the Kosha from the grosses (Annamaya) to the subtlest (Anandmaya) provides the path towards meaningful experiences into a subtler and more pervasive substratum until all are resolved into the pure awareness.

Thus, our body and its senses, are valuable sources of knowledge of the material world and as the vehicles for action that provides the means to travel inwards more meaningful experience.

The sustained engagement with nature (gardening, family-get-togethers etc.) and digital technology (long hours of work on digital devices) require our total attention and hence lead to some degree of temporal dissonance causing us the lose the track of time.

However, there are important cognitive and neurocognitive differences between the two experiences. There are some activities during which happen with ‘smooth and accurate performance with an acute absorption in the task’ to the point of time dissociations and dissociative tendencies. Such a state is also called the ‘flow state’ and is achieved during self-fulfilling activities.

Flow experiences strongly diminish identification of Self with the body and thereby provide the means to transcend the Aannamaya Kosha.

The challenge of our present lifestyles lies in getting rid of the constant distractions (social media notifications) that require low levels of skills and challenges.

Truly identifying the unity of nature’s mycorrhizal fungal network and the digital internet can provide the route to transcending the material and physical world and nurture the pranamaya kosha.

It is this loss of nature connectedness – identification with nature – that is said to have led to the disconnect with the purpose of our life. Ecological self-theory proposed that nature connectedness and spirituality are strongly linked.  This positive link is what leads us to attain optimal psychological functioning and our true potential. The nature connectedness helps in removing our false notion of dualism – looking upon God and the world as two distinct or different things – to realise our true nature, to realize that basis of human existence is not set apart from the nature.

When the digital technology seems to intrude into every nook and corner of our lives.  It becomes imperative that we do limit ‘digitisation’ of our many experiences simply for the sake of either ease of doing something otherwise felt difficult or for the sake of storage of information.

Such a perspective lends itself to cooperation and harmony – both found in abundance in nature – with the nature. The conflicts of interests also do exist in the nature, but nature operates by ‘a set of rules for negotiating conflicts in a way that resolve them’.  Unfortunately, as the mankind has made more scientific progress(?!), it has led to conditioning of its Vijnanamaya kosha that demonstrates in our investment in our bodies and lower mental functions, further manifested in the self-perception that nature is for the us to exploit. It has been growing so unchecked that we have brought the nature to the point of extinction. The inventions and innovations that solve today’s problems create more complicated problems of tomorrow. If one needs any corroboration, just look the way digital technology uses rare metals and, in the end, creates mountains of most hazardous wastes.

The way human creativity is cultivated, the self is positioned in the heart of the object (the entire external reality), and yet stands outside it. However, the fact is that creativity is a thread in the very fabric of what it means to be human and a path to the subtlest of the koshas – the Anandmaya kosha. While making any new developments, we need to ask ourselves a simple question – whether we are bringing ourselves to the nature. If we put it spiritually, the question should be – our nurturing our creativity to further nurture the sheaths of Panchakoshas to ensure our progress from gross to the subtle.

The nature’s nature has so incredible, awe-inspiring experiences to offer, that we ‘stand on the shoulder of the giants.’ It is for us to find the meaning of our lives that support the giants of tomorrow on our shoulders.

Further readings:

We will now turn to our regular section -.

We now watch ASQ TV episode on –

  • Cloud Advantages And Aligning To Business Objectives – Alka Jarvis, the co-author of Successful Management of Cloud Computing and DevOps (ASQ Quality Press), sat down with ASQTV to discuss the benefits of cloud storage and how to align your cloud computing strategies with the business objectives.

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

  • Elusive Quality: Quality Doesn’t Just Happen – it’s time we got back to basic quality principles. We talk about getting to the root cause of problems. Well, we need to get to the root results of our actions by ensuring all projects include measurements to ensure quality. It’s critical to measure the level of customer satisfaction, improvement in mean time to failure (MTTF), reducing percent defective, preventing product recalls, and lowering return rates – not just focus on dollars saved, inventory turns, or process performance.

Quality just doesn’t happen; it must be nurtured every day with every action and project. The real quality objective is to achieve increasingly better products and services. As many organizations have discovered, without focusing on quality, the wrong measures can lead to negative results!

I look forward to your views / comments / inputs to further enrich the theme of Living a Meaningful Life in a Digital World.

Note: The images or video clips depicted here above are through courtesy of respective websites who have the copyrights for the respective images /videos.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More to read

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

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

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

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

Roshan in 2018,

Hemant Kumar, Ravi and Kalyanji-Anandji in 2019

S N Tripathi, Anil Biswas and C Ramchandra in 2020

Shardul Kwatra and Mukul Roy in 2021

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

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi that are relevant to the topics covered in the present episode, we will institute a series wherein we continue to listen to Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar’s duet with a music director for the first time in a Hindi film, every month for the rest of the 2022 –

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

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

And now back to the regular sequence:

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

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

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

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

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

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Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs – Volume X – August 2022 Edition

Welcome to August 2022 edition of the Xth volume of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

The theme for the Xth volume of our Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs is inspired from the editorial of the January 2022 special Issue of Prabuddha Bharata (The Awakened India) – Living a Meaningful Life in a Digital World.

For our present episode, we take up the article, When Virtual gets Real: Screening Life in Digital Era by Kanchan Gogate.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Today life moves so much at our fingertips, literally, that sans social media we feel out of touch, not only of outside world, but with us as well.  However, the penetrative and far-reaching technology has caused alarms for its impact on mind, brain, consciousness, and the overall quality of life.

The ‘actual’ problem of the technological era is not just limited to digital addition, but the understating of what it means to live in a time where life is technology-driven.

The Covid-19 pandemic pushed the school-going children as well as working class adults in the service industries to the increased use of internet for their studies and work respectively. In another parallel development, the teens and adults in all age groups also have turned to internet for the use of their leisure time through the streaming media content.

The net result was that these internet users got addicted to the screen of a digital device. On one hand the excessive usage of digital devices drove these people away from the human contact, making them vulnerable to loneliness, escapism, poor sleep quality and even depression but also to cyberbullying and at times to even addition to pornographic sites.

(The virtual reality of) internet technology came up a solution to constraints of location and time, but lack of poise also seems to be creating it into (a reality of) a problematic solution.

Another side effect is what is now known as Google Syndrome, wherein patients google the syndromes and also conclude not only the disease but the treatment well before the official diagnosis. In turn, they also have started distrusting the official diagnosis of a proper doctor.

This can still be termed as tip of the iceberg, with AI, VR technologies increasing digitization and automation coverage of homes, personal and social entertainment and work. Even though AI technologies can be superior and competent to a human brain on several parameters, it does not have the capability of the brain to evoke that consciousness which takes the mind beyond the material process.[1]

How can we understand our true self if we are disconnected even from our functional reality.

The solution lies in the practice of tapas / discipline to recognise that however intelligent or qualified, Time is the only resource that we can never get back once its is lost. The pertinent question that we need to ask ourselves is – is our use of digital technology improving the (real) quality of our life?

We also need to question ourselves – what is the change you want to make in this world?

The way we answer these questions will guide us towards (self)discipline/ swadharma and a meaningful life of contribution – towards the self-first, and then to the society.

Some more readings:

    • THE BRAIN WITH DR. DAVID EAGLEMAN (w.t.), six one-hour episodes that tell the story of the inner workings of the brain and take viewers on a visually spectacular journey into why they feel and think the things they do.
  • @ TEDxAlamo 10/29/09, Dr. Eagleman gave compelling examples of how reality is a matter of individual perception and how Nature’s adaptions function as “plug ins” for the brain.

  • David Eagleman, in conversation with Sadguru as they discuss a variety of subjects, ranging from different parts of the mind, the concept of time, quantum mechanics, religion, and meditation.

  • Mind the Gap Between Perception and Reality | Sean Tiffee | TEDxLSCTomball

We will now turn to our regular section -.

We now watch ASQ TV episode on –

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

Tips for success (Part 1 and Part 2) – focus on important actions:

  • Focus on end goals.
  • Make crisis an ally
  • Solicit input
  • Do not trust non-statistical metrics
  • Focus on vital metrics
  • Cost of Poor Quality (CoPQ) must be known
  • Improvement does not always centre on hard assets
  • Enhance employee worth
  • Take action

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

  • Focus More or Less – In science, Focal Point is the point at which rays of light, heat, or sound meet after being reflected. In geology, it is the place inside the Earth’s crust where an earthquake originates. … When applied to the human brain, focus is defined as a centre of activity, attraction, or attention, or a point of concentration. … However, the same amount of fanfare surrounds a somewhat diametrically opposed idea, that of multi-tasking – the opposite of hyper-focus. … A rather famous experiment – called The Invisible Gorilla – attempts to address some aspects of hyper-concentration versus multi-tasking by revealing the numerous ways that our intuitions can deceive us.[2] The authors, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons, concluded that the experiment reveals two things, “that we are missing a lot of what goes on around us, and that we have no idea that we are missing so much.” … Some recent studies… suggest that our brains don’t really have the ability to concentrate on many things at once, but some of us are better at turning our concentration quickly from one task to the next and are simply better at organizing the thoughts and attention to be able to “bounce” from one task to another and back again with seemingly more ease than others.

Further Reading:

    • Seeing the world as it isn’t | Daniel Simons | TEDxUIUC

    • TEDxUIUC – Daniel Simons – Counter-Intuition

I look forward to your views / comments / inputs to further enrich the theme of Living a Meaningful Life in a Digital World.

Note: The images or video clips depicted here above are through courtesy of respective websites who have the copyrights for the respective images /videos.


[1] Swami Sarvapriyananda | Consciousness — The Ultimate Reality | Talks at Google

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

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

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

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

Sheela Vaz from Shree 420 (1955) | YouTube

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

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

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

Courtesy Pavan Jha/Twitter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

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

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

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

Balraj Sahni Autograph| A Country Called Childhood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi that are relevant to the topics covered in the present episode, we will institute a series wherein we continue to listen to Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar’s duet with a music director for the first time in a Hindi film, every month for the rest of the 2022 –

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

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

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

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

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

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

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Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs – Volume X – July 2022 Edition

Welcome to July 2022 edition of the Xth volume of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

The theme for the Xth volume of our Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs is inspired from the editorial of the January 2022 special Issue of Prabuddha Bharata (The Awakened India) – Living a Meaningful Life in a Digital World.

For our present episode, we take up the article, Living in the Digital Age – Enslaved or Free by Anju Murari-Narula.

Here is abridged version of the article:

The ubiquity of digital information and the connectivity made life bearable during the Covid-enforced lock-down. We could not get out in the world; but the world could come to us. During that period, we shifted our lives from physical world to virtual world.

Grandmothers read to the grandchildren online, musicians discovered apps to play and connect to other musicians across the globe. Online libraries of movies, music and books were a click away, accessible 24×7.

However, the western concept of digital connectivity did not mention our third -inner- world – the source of sustenance.

Cezanne’s ‘Bathers’ enjoying free time Photograph: Corbis – Source: Are we liberated by tech – or does it enslave us? – Jenny Judge

Despite the positive and enriching experiences, the undercurrent of longing for the human connect remains strong.

The question is not about digital or real world-connectivity. It is about how best we use the connections in both worlds to further our inner world. In William Wordsworth’s words, ‘The external (world) is to much with us; late and soon. Getting and spending, we lay waste of our powers.’

At some point of time, a deafening roar grows from within, ‘to manifest our divinity within’. Only a Vivekanand can explain, with deep humanity, the cry of the soul –

Oh! I am sick of this unending force;
these shows they please no more.
This never running, never reaching,
Nor e’en a distant glimpse of shore.

All the knowledge we glean from the real world is but the first step, Shravana. For Manana and Nididhyasana [1] to follow, s deep dive into the inner world becomes imperative – becoming and experiencing are the real goals and a lifelong struggle.

Any amount of access to the digital information and knowledge is just a primer for the hard work waits for getting immersed in the work, that you like doing yourself or has to be done to discharge your duties, waits you in the solitary confinement with your own self.

Let us use the WORLD freely, but ready to shelve, store and even walk away when the actual practice begins.  For in the unambiguous words of God Himself (in Bhagwadgita Karma Sanyāsa Yoga, 5.2.4)

He who’s happiness within, whose rejoicing is within and whose light is within
That yogi, established in Brahman, attains mergence in Brahman

In effect, this means that Renunciation of Action (सांख्य–सन्यास- योग) and Yoga of Action (कर्म योग), both lead to the highest bliss. But of these two, Yoga of Action is superior to the renunciation.

Some additional readings:

We will now turn to our regular section -.

We now watch ASQ TV episode on –

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

  1. Treat Employees As External Customers. In Tom Peters’ book, “Thriving on Chaos,” he stressed that it is impossible to get people’s best effort if they aren’t treated with respect, honesty, and trust.
  2. Select And Train Frontline Employees Carefully. Frontline personnel need to be selected from key behavioural characteristics, trained, and retrained, and the frontline level should be involved in the training effort.
  3. Defuse The Situation, and let cooler heads prevail to resolve the situation.
  4. Measure Your Words Carefully.  Avoid saying anything that sounds like a command or contradiction.
  5. Strive For A Partnership. Make your challenge the customer’s challenge.
  6. Get Personal, create a personal affiliation, support a partnership relationship, and can help defuse the situation.

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

  • Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – Technology asks, is there really?Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing is a song by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell from 1968. The lyrics describe looking at a picture and reading a letter and that these things, while comforting, are no substitute for looking upon someone in real life or hearing their voice speaking the words, hence the title of the song. The sentiment of the song, further begs the question, when did we start substituting for the real thing, and why?  …. There have been things purists would say there is simply no substitute for—hands-on learning. Managing Editor (Quality Mag) Michelle Bangert writes, in the article ‘Future of Quality – How will you use Quality 4.0 ideas at your location?’,  Quality 4.0 technology is only one element in a broader quality transformation. It is transformational, it takes people – “It’s about telling stories with the data and solving problems.”

I look forward to your views / comments / inputs to further enrich the theme of Living a Meaningful Life in a Digital World.

Note: The images or video clips depicted here above are through courtesy of respective websites who have the copyrights for the respective images /videos.

[1] The three of the four stages of practice:

  • Samanyasa or Sampattis, the “fourfold discipline” (sādhana-chatustaya), cultivating the following four qualities
    • Nityānitya vastu viveka(नित्यानित्य वस्तु विवेकम्) — The ability (viveka) to correctly discriminate between the eternal (nitya) substance (Brahman) and the substance that is transitory existence (anitya).
    • Ihāmutrārtha phala bhoga virāga(इहाऽमुत्रार्थ फल भोगविरागम्) — The renunciation (virāga) of enjoyments of objects (artha phala bhoga) in this world (iha) and the other worlds (amutra) like heaven etc.
    • Śamādi ṣatka sampatti(शमादि षट्क सम्पत्ति) — the sixfold qualities,
  • Śama(control of the antahkaraṇa).
  • Dama(the control of external sense organs).
  • Uparati(the cessation of these external organs so restrained, from the pursuit of objects other than that, or it may mean the abandonment of the prescribed works according to scriptural injunctions).
  • Titikṣa(the tolerating of – adhyatmik, adhibhautik and adhidaivik – tāpatraya).
  • Śraddhā(the faith in Guru and Vedas).
  • Samādhāna(the concentrating of the mind on God and Guru).
    • Mumukṣutva(मुमुक्षुत्वम्) — The firm conviction that the nature of the world is misery and the intense longing for moksha (release from the cycle of births and deaths).
  • Sravanalistening to the teachings of the sages on the Upanishadsand Advaita Vedanta, and studying the Vedantic texts, such as the Brahma Sutras. In this stage the student learns about the reality of Brahman and the identity of atman.
  • Manana, the stage of reflection on the teachings.
  • Nididhyāsana, (निदिध्यासन) the stage of meditation on the truth “that art Thou”

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nididhy%C4%81sana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1957 to 1959 in 2018,

1960 and 1961 in 2019, and

1962 and 1963 in 2020

1965 in 2021

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

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

Also read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We have inched forward with Male Solo Songs [1] in Micro View of  1943. As can be expected, after a very lucid analysis – Best songs of 1943: Wrap Up 1  –  the SOY Award for the Best Male Playback Singer of 1943 goes to KL Saigal for his songs in Tansen.

In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi that are relevant to the topics covered in the present episode, we will institute a series wherein we continue to listen to Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar’s duet with a music director for the first time in a Hindi film, every month for the rest of the 2022,

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

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

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

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

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

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

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Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs – Volume X – June 2022 Edition

Welcome to June 2022 edition of the Xth volume of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

The theme for the Xth volume of our Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs is inspired from the editorial of the January 2022 special Issue of Prabuddha Bharata (The Awakened India) – Living a Meaningful Life in a Digital World.

For our present episode, we take up the article, Hybrid Intelligence by Dr. Alan Hunter.

Before we take up the article proper, a word about Hybrid Intelligence from the current technological literature would be in order:

The basic rational of hybrid intelligence is combining the complementary strengths of heterogeneous intelligences (i.e., human and artificial agents) into a socio-technological ensemble. … We call this Hybrid Intelligence, which is defined as “the ability to accomplish complex goals by combining human and artificial intelligence to collectively achieve superior results and continuously improve by learning from each other.” –  Dellermann et al. (2019)[1])

In light of the recent deep learning driven success of AI in both corporate and social life there has been a growing fear of human displacement and a related call to develop IA (intelligence augmentation) rather than pure AI. In reality, most current AI applications have a significant human-in-the-loop (HITL) component and is therefore arguably more IA than AI already. From here, there are currently two trends in the field. In one, increasing machine autonomy is pursued, first by placing the human-on-the-loop (to verify the result of the machine computation) and then by hoping to take the human completely out of the loop (as in the pursuit of artificial general intelligence). Two main challenges of this approach are a) the value-alignment problem (how do we ensure that the machine satisfies human preferences when we often cannot even express or agree on these ourselves) and b) the extensive human deskilling that often accompanies algorithmic advances. The talk will discuss how these two challenges may potentially be overcome by the second trend: the pursuit of human-machine hybrid intelligence (HI), in which the two interact synergistically and continually learn from each other. [2]

The article under discussion opens up a very different perspective. Here is the excerpt from the article:

Breathing seems to be individual personal activity. Walking in a forest or hillside provides the experience in wider perspective, as we notice that virtually all existence is breathing.

Equally, the water flow in the human body is barely a drop in the hydrological cycle that flows through every living being.

Thus, even as we know that breath and water have a universal vastness, most of the time we feel that intelligence and awareness are restricted to ourselves and the people we admire.  Perhaps, we have just become blind to the vast expanses of the ocean of consciousness.

May be our restricted, heavily individualised, view of the nature of intelligence contributes to the causing the myriads of problems the human race face presently and failing to resolve them (as well).

However, the digital age has multiplied the human capacity to send-receive electromagnetic waves. That now seems to make it not impossible to communicate with entities beyond the solar system. Such contact may lead to a thorough revision of our most fundamental ideas and capabilities.

However, irrespective of ET communication, humans are now in position to enhance their intelligence and decision-making. This enhancement may arise in part through greater individual intelligence, or the emergence of religious or spiritual genius.

Beyond that we may also be able to benefit from hybrid forms intelligence – human-machine; human-plants; human-subatomic waves/particles and many other possibilities. Co-operation with machines is already increasing the use of OY – Non-biological intelligence -to control different types of human-computer interfaces.

People with interest in philosophy and spirituality may also consider if AI can play role in cognition of universal truths.

Humans have generally taken an instrumental view of plants and fungi. However there is growing awareness that the plant life of this planet may have its own ‘intelligence’. The study of plants from a cultural perspective, ethnobotany, reveals that traditional Indian culture is exceptionally rich in this respect, for example the pipal, banyan, Ashoka, tulsi, bilva and coconut.

Ancient cultures had tremendous respect for the spiritual components of animal intelligence, for example some birds deploy innate GPS far in advance of any human.

In short, plants and animals are totally integrated, complementary and balanced in the greater harmony of biosphere.

It is probable that in near future, there will be stronger links between plant intelligence and AI-assisted investigations. However, we do not have to wait for the results. The natural cosmos is all around, all the time.

Highly reputable scientists and philosophers strongly reject the idea that intelligent consciousness is somehow tied to and emanates from the human brain. They believe that this – known as scientism or physicalism – is out-dated and all that derives from it is pseudo-scientific.

One alternative perspective is that intelligent consciousness is inherent in and fundamental to the cosmos. This suggests that the term ‘hybrid intelligence’ should also convey the sense that, while its manifestations are hybrid, intelligence itself is fundamental and unitary. Human consciousness is unimaginably tiny component of highly integrated, intelligent, responsive cosmos does not exclude plants, animals, rivers, mountains, stars and galaxies and certainly does not prioritize one species over other.

The modern growth of human civilization is also leading the loss of biodiversity. Among all the losses that this entails, one is the loss of communication, or communion, with realities greater than our species. The digital technology has increased this pace of destruction, without fundamentally challenging it. Perhaps the fundamental mode of conventional computer transistors – on or off – is a good metaphor for black and white thinking, even of species that sees itself intelligence in itself and nowhere else.

More advanced Quantum technology may make it easier to explore a notion of hybrid intelligence, positioning human consciousness as a derivative fraction of an intelligent and creative cosmos. In other words, to create a meaningful era – whether digital or post-digital – we need a wise cosmovision, shared and personal.

After I wrote this, I realised that the whole argument is better made in two words of Ramana Maharshi: Arunchala Shiva.[3]

We will now turn to our regular section -.

We now watch ASQ TV episode on –

  • The Importance of the ‘We’ Culture – Luciana Paulise, the author of The We Culture, spoke to ASQTV about changing cultures and recent conditions that have forced companies to back away from a top-down culture of results and emphasize a team culture instead.

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

  • Failure is a Myth – Don’t let failure inhibit creativity – Aristotle considered creativity a gift from the gods.  .. However, where does creativity originate? In one moment, there’s a blank page; in the next, an idea…. When the time comes to do something with a new idea, fear of failure sets in… Nobody wants to fail…. But failure can be a key attribute to success…. The whole concept of failure is a myth. There is no such thing as failure. If we deconstruct the situation, ask big questions, squeeze every ounce of wisdom out of the experience, failure simply becomes the feedback.

I look forward to your views / comments / inputs to further enrich the theme of Living a Meaningful Life in a Digital World.

Note: The images or video clips depicted here above are through courtesy of respective websites who have the copyrights for the respective images /videos.

[1] http://hybrid-intelligence.com/

[2] Hybrid Intelligence: First Rate Humans, Not Second-Class Robots • Jacob Sherson

[3] Arunachala (hill of wisdom) Shiva (Atma, the spirit)

This refers not only to the sanctity of Arunachala itself but also to the pre-eminence of the doctrine of Advaita and the path of Self-enquiry of which Arunachala is the center. – ref: Arunachala Hill.

Arunachal Chant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yogesh Kale recollects Marathi Melodies by Manna Dey

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

1942 – 1946 in the year 2018.

1947 – 1950 in the year 2019.

1951 – 1953 in the year 2020, and

1954-1955 in the year 2021

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

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

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi that are relevant to the topics covered in the present episode, we will institute a series wherein we continue to listen to Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar’s duet with a music director for the first time in a Hindi film, every month for the rest of the 2022,

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

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

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

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

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

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

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Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs – Volume X – May 2022 Edition

Welcome to May 2022 edition of the Xth volume of Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs.

The theme for the Xth volume of our Carnival of Quality Management Articles and Blogs is inspired from the editorial of the January 2022 special Issue of Prabuddha Bharata (The Awakened India) – Living a Meaningful Life in a Digital World.

For our present episode, we take up the article, Digital Gods and Spiritual ®evolution by Swami Jnanishananda.

Here is the excerpt from the article:

AI can enhance our experience of physical world, by –

      1. pushing the biological limits to perform the task we are less equipped to handle, making us more effective and valuable in other areas of our lives.
      2. manipulating the minds positively (and even negatively too)
      3. providing the level playing field to the differently-abled and marginalized sections of the society
      4. better connectivity that overcomes physical limitations and reducing the barriers separating humans from each other and the physical universe.
      5. increased access to online (information) resource
      6. with advanced machine learning techniques, recording exponential improvements in the analytical and logical capabilities of AI to educated itself, we should see more aspects of human intelligence brought into scrutinising the human excellence in every field. Wisdom should finally take predominance over intellect.

However, the fundamental question we need to ask is whether AI has any moral obligation towards preserving humanity or not. AI has no moral foundation. It also has potential to manipulate the very goals that society would strive towards. However, in general, danger is not so much from AI or digital world itself than from a person’s natural propensity to look outside of oneself for fulfillment.

Use of intelligence in the term AI fits the dictionary meaning of intelligence – the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills – limits the objective descriptions of what a human being is capable of. However, the definitions set for by the ancient Vedic civilization limits these descriptions to into only a single aspect – intellect (buddhi)- of the intelligence.[1] Thus, Artificial Intellect would be a more accurate term to represent this technology.

If we explore knowledge, we find that lowest instrument of knowledge is instinct. Then comes reasoning. Even reason cannot take us beyond the question beyond our existence and that of universe. Logic becomes, to quote Swami Vivekananda, an ‘argument in circle.’ The instrument that can take us beyond this circle is inspiration. The realm of inspiration, lying beyond the intellect, is the true intelligence.

The body and mind should receive inspiration from the super-conscious realm leading to the goal of self-realization. Therefore, the AI and other digital ‘gods’ should be used to save our two precious resources, time and energy, so as to enable us to race through our journey from reason to inspiration., consciousness to super consciousness…….

We will now turn to our regular section -.

We now watch ASQ TV episode on –

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

  • Quality Professionals Must Lead – Communicate the economic case for quality – The technical questions in the cases of implementation of newer techniques by quality professionals conceal a deeper problem in their organization. Generally, that problems is that the senior management has a responsibility to question anything and everything that adds activities, time, cost, or transaction to their business. … Quality professionals would do well to lead the discussion by asking these questions first. In other words, the quality professionals need to follow the teachings of Dr. Armand Feigenbaum and Philip B Crosby, who told us that the language of management is quantified in monetary terms and related directly to the needs of the business. More so, in the current business climate….

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

  • Sixty Years in the Making – Imagining the future, technology, and automation – The stories that stand the test of time afford us a unique opportunity—to match the vision to reality…. Probably the most prolific examples of imaginary technology coming to fruition comes from a cartoon called The Jetsons, which premiered in 1962. Sixty years later, many of the “make-believe,” futuristic items used by this fictional family are a reality…for the most part. The family had a dog treadmill, talking alarm clocks, flat-screen TVs, watches that received phone calls, video chat, drones, robot vacuum cleaners, and digital newspapers. Unheard of in 1962, a reality in 2022…..While we may not have the ability, or the time, to fully predict the future, we can keep abreast of the technology and processes that can help us shape that future.

I look forward to your views / comments / inputs to further enrich the theme of Living a Meaningful Life in a Digital World.

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[1] Intelligence and Intellect: What’s The Difference – Shekhar Kapur with Sadhguru