S D Burman and “Other” Male Playback Singers :: 1

SD Burman’s compositions with (the so-called ‘mainstream’) male playback singers like Kishore Kumar, Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Talat Mahmood, Hemant Kumar or Manna Dey or songs in his own voice seem to have been discussed well on different blogs . The discussions have been observed to spread over different contexts like songs composed for heros – for Dev Anand as well as for ‘other’ heroes, composed on comedians like Jhonny Walker or Mehmood, Kishore Kumar or Mohammad Rafi’s duets with either Geeta Dutt or Asha Bhosle or Lata Mangeshkar and many other variants and sub-variants .

The statistics also reflect a similar picture.  The songs that S D Burman has composed for Kishore Kumar (115 songs) and those for Mohammad Rafi (90 songs) constitute around 60% of the total around 342 male (solos, duets etc.) songs. If we add S D Burman’s songs for other mainstream singers like, Mukesh, Talat Mehmood, Hemant Kumar and Manna Dey, we would cover around 83 % of SD Burman’s male songs  His songs in his own voice would add further add up to 4%.

This 87% songs account for (2+4+1) 7 singers.  If we call this a classic 80+% ‘Head’ of a rank-frequency power law curve, the 34 songs spanning 18 ‘other’ male singers, a good  13 % of S D Burman’s male songs,  would make a perfect ‘Long Tail’ that does not seem to have been discussed as much.

For the purpose of our discussion of S D Burman’s songs for ‘other’ male singers, we will slice SDB’ career in three period slots such that  each one has had a very definitive set of external factors that seem to reflect his selection of ‘other’ male singers.

As we will see in a short while, each of these three phases has its own distinct pattern in so far as SBD’s use of ‘other’ male singers. It would also be not out of order to note that, barring a few cases, most of these singers have appeared only in song(s) for only one S D Burman-composed film.

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1946-1949

For our present post, we have taken S D Burman’s songs of ‘Other’ Male singers for the first phase of his career. That phase commences from the beginning of SBD’s Hindi Film career in 1946 and would end in1949, leaving out ‘Mashal’ for the next phase.

S D Burman had composed music for 8 films in this period. We have covered 5 films in our post. The 3 films we have not covered are:

  • Chittorvijay (1947) songs do not seem to have a trace of the digital version on net. The film had had Raj Kapoor, Madhubala, Surendra etc. in the lead. The lyrics of the first line of the songs would lead us to believe that the songs were in female voices. But the trail goes cold beyond that.
  • Vidya (1948) had Dev Anand and Suraiya in the lead. The male songs, filmed on Dev Anand, have been rendered by Mukesh.
  • Shabnam (1949) had Dilip Kumar and Kamini Kaushal in the lead. Here too, the male songs are rendered by Mukesh.

This period has one more Raj Kapoor film for which S D Burman has composed the music. Raj Kapoor sings his own songs for that film. 1n 1950, SDB-RK had one more film – Pyas. The male songs, filmed on Raj Kapoor for that film, have gone on to Kishore Kumar.

With these major indicators, the scenario for S D Burman’s career’s first phase can best be summarised as:

This period of 1946-1949 is the period when The Trio of Hindi Films – Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor – were still the budding, struggling, young actors. Their star-image blazing films were to appear only in 1949 or thereafter. Since they were not stars themselves, they seem to have gone on with any playback singer who was the then flavour of the day. S D Burman himself was still not on the firm footing. That was to happen in Mashaal (1949), His branding association with Navketan was to happen in 1950 with Navketan’s maiden venture Afsar. Moreover, Male playback singing  is yet to become the oligopolic turf of ’50-60’s singers Mukesh, Talat, Rafi or Manna Dey. The actors on the screen were still expected to playback their own songs.

We open the curtains for the day with this rather long prelude –

S D Burman – S L Puri

S L Puri seems to have played minor to major roles in several films between 1934 and 1957. Not very definitive documentation on him seems to be available on net.

Babu Re Babu Re Dil Ko Bachana – 8 Days (1946) – with S D Burman – Lyrics: Qamar Jalalabadi / G S Nepali (?)

What we have is an audio clip, so we assume that S L Puri would have sung for himself, However for who did  S D Burman played back is not known.  These details apart, S D Burman singing a very light song is novel, and a pleasurable, experience!

S D Burman – Chitalkar

How would SDB and CR have teamed as music director-singer combination remains a matter of conjecture – may be C Ramchandra was still not established as music director in his own rights, so he would have been accepting the stand-alone singing assignments or was his availability on Filmistan rolls the catalyst for this combination ? We know not.

Ik Nayi Kali Dubli Si Dulhan Ban Ke.. – 8 Days (1946) – with Meena Kapoor – Lyrics:  G S Nepali

The song appears to be a wedding-occasion song, but cast in a lighter tone.

S D Burman – Chitalkar music director-singer duo has one more song on the records. The song is from a film which dates a good six years after their maiden combined venture. However, we have included that song here to bring all the songs of SDB-CR combination on the same page.

Teriya Teriya Teri Yaad Sataye Teri Yaad – Chalis Baba Ek Chor (1954)- with Lata Mangeshkar – Lyrics: P L Santoshi

The way Teri Yaad has been played up as Teriya Teriya, the mood, and the composition of the song would lead to believe that song would have been composed by C Ramchandra !.  Moreso, when film belongs to the phase of S D Burman’s career where he, and for that matter most of the then other established music directors,  had well settled with using only the main stream male singers for his songs.

Is that P L Santoshi’s influence, since he was the director of the film as well?

S D Burman – Ashok Kumar

This is the first year of S D Burman in Hindi Film Industry. Ashok Kumar is already the default lead actor for Filmistan banner at that time. Ashok Kumar also used to sing his own songs in that period. So, the combination would not cause many surprises.

Their next association was in Mashaal (1950), by which time Ashok Kumar probably had decided to focus more on his acting. So it is also not surprising that S D Burman has used different singers for Ashok Kumar after this one film.

In the subsequent instance of such a situation, in Meri Surat Teri Aankhen (1963), S D Burman has even used two different singers – Manna Dey and Mohammad Rafi – as he used to do for Dev Anand too, by that time.

Dol Rahi Hai Naiya – Shikari (1946) – with Chorus – Lyrics : G S Nepali

 Dol Rahi Hai Naiya – Shikari (1946) – with Paro Devi – Lyrics : G S Nepali

This is the twin of the foregoing song.

Har Din Hai Naya – Shikari (1946) – with Amirbai Karnataki  – Lyrics : G S Nepali

S D Burman – Shyam Sundar

That this Shyam Sundar is not the then famous actor Shyam is not difficult to know.  It seems there was another Shyam Sundar who as primarily a music director.  Making any statement beyond that is simply outside the domain of my limited knowledge of the pre-1950 Hindi Film Music world.

Loot Liya Dil Chitchor Ne – Dil Ki Rani (1947) – Shyam Sundar – Lyrics: Y N Joshi

Hero’s sidekick friend has landed upon photograph of the beau who has stolen way his heart. So who would miss the occasion of the pulling the leg and get away with?

Muhobbat Ki Na Khana Mithai Na Khana Muhobbat Ki Mithai  – Dil Ki Rani (1947) – Shyam Sundar – Lyrics: (?)

HFGK is silent about the singer or the lyricist. When we llot the video and listen to the song, it is not difficult to surmise that singer is none other but Shyam Sundar.

Sar Phod Phod Ke Mar Jaana Kisi Se Dil Na Lagana – Dil Ki Rani (1947) – Shyam Sundar – Lyrics: Y N Joshi

It seems that now the well-wisher friend of the hero has taken up on himself to get the hero’s lady love to nod in favour of his friend.

S D Burman- Raj Kapoor

Dil Ki Rani (1947) is the second instance when S D Burman and Raj Kapoor have teamed up. In those years, that cannot be the news. The news is Raj Kapoor singing for his own song – whether on his own volition or on the direction of the music director S D Burman, is obviously not known. The fact remains that this is only one such incidence of the kind.

O Duniya Ke Rahanewalo Kahan Gaya Chitchor Bolo Kahan Gaya Chitchor – Dil Ki Rani (1947) – Lyrics: Y N Joshi

Hero is an upcoming singer. Here he is recording his song for radio.

O Duniya Ke Rahanewalo Kahan Gaya Chitchor Bolo Kahan Gaya Chitchor – Dil Ki Rani (1947) – With Geeta Roy – Lyrics: Y N Joshi

The song has become so famous that people from all walks of lives keep singing the song. Technically, this can be termed as Raj Kapoor’s playback song for other actor(s).

S D Burman – G M Durrani

The film is Do Bhai (1947). By now, S D Burman seems to have settled with choosing Geeta Roy for female playbacks.  Incidentally, Mera Sundar Sapna Bit Gaya is the first major evergreen, all-time hit song under S D Burman’s baton.

Aji Preet Ka Nata Toot Gaya – Do Bhai (1947) – with Geeta Roy – Lyrics: Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

G M Durrani was a well-established singer then.

S D Burman – K S Ragi

KS Ragi is one more unknown name to me.  So I search for more information on him on some more versed blogs on the film songs. I do not have to search a great deal, since I land upon a post guest written by Shri Arunkumar Desmukh, wherein he has provided this basic information about K S Ragi:

“Kewal Singh Ragi was born and brought up in Hanamkonda, Warangal in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh (now it comes in Telangana).. When he was in his teens, he ran away to Bombay.. and as luck would have it, managed to get entry into All India Radio and started singing there. He was in Bombay for 12 years. He not only got a chance to sing in films,but he composed music too as well as acted in some films,like Daag-52 and Patita-53 etc….He sang in films from 1940 to 1952 and sang songs with Geeta Roy, Shamshad Begum, Uma Devi, Kishori (supposedly, his own sister), Zebunnisa, Khursheed, Roshan ara Begum, Razia Begum etc.…. Some of the films he sang in were, Do Bhai-47, Namumkin-46, Hamari qismet-49, Siskiyan-58, Bulbul-51, Humraz-40, Azamaish-52 etc. He gave music to Bulbul-51 and Siskiyan-58 (unreleased).”

Yaad Rakhana Mujhe Yaad Rakhana, Preet Ki Duniya Meri Abaad Rakhana – Do Bhai (1947) – with Geeta Roy – Lyrics: Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

A close look at the video clip shows that the present song as well as the previous song has been sung by the same actor – Ulhas – on the screen, but S D Burman has chosen to use different playback singers.  This practice of choosing different singers for the same actor in one film – most particularly in the case of Dev Anand – based on the demands of his tune was to become a major differentiator, in the years to come, that separated S D Burman form his peers .

S D Burman – Surendra

The film is Kamal (1949). Surendra was already an established actor-singer by this time. However, S D Burman has very deftly handled the actor as a singer.

Main To Hun Udaas, Woh Bhi Hai Saukh Jafar Gham, Unke Bhi Dil Mein Dard Hai, Ae Dil-e-Udaas Kyun – Kamal (1949) – Lyrics: Prem Dhawan

Is the use of Ae dil-e-Udaas Kyun, which were closely rhymes similar to K L Saigal’s Ae Dil-e-Bequarar Kyun do we see a subtle attempt to encash Surendra’s fame as ‘Bombay K L Saigal’!

Ab Raat Gayi Beet Re – Kamal (1949) – Lyrics: G S Nepali

Here is the song that presents both Surendra and S D Burman the way we have always known.

Jhoom Jhoom Ke Naache Manwa Gaye Ja Gaye Ja – Kamal (1949) – Lyrics: Prem Dhawan

To me, it appears tune is more akin to S D Burman’s style of singing!

Kahane Ko Hai Taiyar Magar Kaise Kahe Hum – Kamal (1949) – with Geeta Roy – Lyrics: G S Nepali

Surendra joins in only the last stanza.

S D Burman – Motilal

S D Burman once again explores the vocal chords of someone who is known as an actor …

Pyara Pyar Hai Sama My Dear Come to Me – Kamal (1949) – with Meena Kapoor – Lyrics: Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

Most of us would not be able associate either Motilal or Raja Mahendi Ali Khan in such a light mood!

Thus ends the period when it is said that S D Burman was highly dissatisfied with the fruits of his labor at Bombay and was very actively considering going back to Calcutta.

At this point his career is delicately poised at To Be or Not To Be.

We also take a pause at this point and will resume S D Burman’s career journey through the vehicle of his songs for ‘Other’ Male Singers in the next part of this post.

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – January, 2018

Welcome to January, 2018 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We recall film Samrat (1954) song Sabko Mubarak Naya Saal to open our January, 2018 account of the 6th year of our Film Song Blog Festival.

SoY has also presented It’s prose, It’s recitation, It’s a song to mark the New Year. The post has very simply presented dialogues delivered in a sing-song style, which was a characteristic of the Parsi theatre in which there was no clear distinction between dialogue-recitation-song. For example:

Tu Dil Ka Khuda Rooh Ka Kirdagaar by Mohammad Rafi (?) from Parda (1949) – Lyrics: Tanveer Naqvi, Music: Sharmaji – which HFGK lists it as a ‘song’.

The tributes in January, 2018:

Tum Kya Jaano Tumhari Yaad Mein: Lingering Melodies of the Versatile C RamchandraPeeyush Sharma pays tribute on 12th January 1918 being the 100th birth anniversary of the affable genius CR….Albela (1951) has a double role by Bhagwan, in which one of the roles was of an established singing theatre artist who inspires our hero Bhagwan to become a singing star. In the smaller role of the theatre artist it was Rafi lending his voice while Chitalkar was the voice of the hero when he hits stardom. This idea was borrowed by director, H.S. Rawail in Shararat, 1959 where he had two Kishore Kumars. Having one Kishore sing in his own voice (Hum matwale naujawan), he got the second Kishore sing, Ajab hai dastan teri ae zindagi, in Rafi’s voice……

Contrary to popular belief, Mohammed Rafi registered his first all India hit under CR’s music direction in Safar, 1946…. The song was Keh ke bhi na aaye tum, ab chhipne lage tareCR had the conviction to give Rafi two solos in the film and they worked well (other one was Ab wo hamare ho gaye, ikeraar karen ya na karen). Rafi’s next major hit too came from CR, next year in Saajan, in which the main attraction was the Rafi song, Humko tumhara hi aasra, tum hamare ho na ho. The song had already gained a hit status. It also had a duet version by Rafi with Lalita Dewoolkar.

Chitalkar Ramachandra Sings: Ten Songs – Unlike SD Burman’s instantly recognizable voice, Chitalkar’s was a little more elusive—to the average listener, he can be recognized at times, but more often than not, he sounds like someone else altogether…

The Greats: Geeta Bali – She was also the love of Shammi Kapoor’s life (you can listen to him talking about her here) – they met while acting in films like Miss Coca Cola and Coffee House, and fell in love with each other during the shooting of Rangeen Raatein.

Rahen Na Rahen Hum, Mehka Karenge . . . is a tribute to Suchitra Sen who was always in a league of her own and will remain so in the history of Indian cinema.

Poet and lyricist Neeraj: ‘Poetry has kept me intoxicated throughout my life’Aditya Sharma – Gopaldas Saxena ‘Neeraj’, who imparted his distinctive flavour to Hindi film songs in the late 1960s and early ’70s, turned 93 on January 4.

Neeraj (far right) at a recording with SD Burman (far left). Courtesy Milan Prabhat Gunjan.

Vijay Anand – A Committed Filmmaker – who knew the language of making of the film song and presented it in the form of very visual poetry:

N Dutta’s film tunes are not heard as widely but they should not be forgottenRudradeep Bhattacharjee – Amongst his earliest songs, Ab Woh Karam Karen Ki Sitam (Marine Drive); Yeh Baharaon Ka Sama (Milap) and Maine Chand Aur Sitaron Ki Tamanna Ki Thi (Chandrakanta, 1956) stand out…Remember the classic Tu Hindu Banega Na Musalman Banega ?. The same melody had been used by the composer earlier for Kya Kya Na Sitam Tujh Pe Huye (also sung by Rafi) in the lesser-known Nirupa Roy tear-jerker Mohini (1957).

Dattaram Naik with Mohammed Rafi. Courtesy : Roop Naik
N Datta with Asha Bhosle and the violinists

N Datta – A Tribute – N Datta was at home with classical based songs (though less in number) as well as club songs, where he used all the forms from Rock N Roll to Waltz. We have picked up a couple of representative songs in the end of our post. He has also composed patriotic songs, ‘Sare Jahan Se Achha‘ from Bhai Behen is one of the examples,

Talat Mahmood Was the First Voice of Shammi Kapoor not Mohd Rafi !!! in his movies like “Thokar”, “Memsahib”, “Naquaab”, “Sipah Salar”, “Mehbooba”, “Chor Bazaar”,”Laila Majnu” and “Mohar”

Lata sings for Chitragupt in what can be termed as an endless list of some of the sweetest songs. Here is one example:

Diwane Hum, Diwane Tum, Kise Khabar – Bezubaan (1962) – Lyrics: Prem Dhawan

The Great Biopics Of Bollywwod is a read on some of the greatest biographical movies made of time.

January, 2018 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs is dedicated to : Jaidev: Brilliant, But Underrated, Composer: Journey from 1955 to 1963.

And, now the posts on other subjects:

‘Toone Zindagi Me Ek Baar Pi’ – Bahadur Sohrabji Nanji has had a duet ‘Dekhoji Baat Suno Humse Tum Aan Milo’ with Mubarak Begum for M A Rauf composed movie Basera (1950)…. He played the Harmonium for Shankar Jaikishan for Seema (1955)’s song ‘Humen Bhi De Do Sahara Ki Besahare Hain’ and Dil Ek Mandir (1963)’s song ‘Yaad Na Jaaye Beete Dinon Ki’. He also played the piano for Seema’s song ‘Suno Chhoti Si Gudiya Ki Lambi Kahani’ and Organ for ‘Kahaan Jaa Raha Hai Tu Ae Jaane Waale’ …. He also worked with Roshan as assistant and arranger for 16 movies

Baar Baar Din Ye Aaye, Tum Jiyo Hazaaron Saal … is a list of some of the good birthday songs.

Of Whiners and Doormats – the predominant emotion here is either an exultation of their martyrdom or a deep mourning of their fates, to fit the twin (complementary) themes of self-abnegation and self-pity, like in a song:  Mujhko sahara denewale – Isi Ka Naam Duniya Hai (1962) – Asha Bhosle – Ravi – SH Bihari

Music Has No Boundaries: 7 Indian Songs That Became Huge International HitsSanchari Pal  – Jimikki Kammal isn’t the first song from India to become a global hit. These 7 Indian songs went viral across the globe before ‘going viral’ was a thing!

Returning To: Padmini’s Navarasa, Classical Dancing to Sia, and Bollywood Raag Yaman (plus) – The teacher in this video, Anuja Kamat, gives a detailed explanation about what makes these songs Raag Yaman, what notes and sequences Raag Yaman contains, and the variation called Raag Yaman Kalyan

Nuptials in Bollywood is an outstanding collection of songs of different hues the marriages in Hindi Films.

Looking for romance and finding RD Burman in ‘Jaane Ja’ from ‘Jawani Diwani’Nandini Ramnath says the song is a singing lesson from Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle.”As Vijay sings about hunting high and low for his beloved, Kumar’s voice climbs several octaves while Bhosle occupies the lower depths. Bhosle has barely any lines, but this is no Kishore Kumar solo. The singers are perfectly matched, proving Burman’s unmatched ability to orchestrate magic out of differently pitched voices, complex arrangements and wide-ranging musical instruments.”

In our series Micro View of Best Songs 1948 @SoY of Best songs of 1948: And the winners are? , during the month we have viewed  Male-Female Duets of Other Singers in Part I and II, Female-Female Duets and Male- Male Duets & Triads, Triads+

In our tradition of ending our post with article or topical song, I have picked up N Datta’s songs that manifest his virtuosity over western tunes:

Laal Gaal Jaan Ke Lagu, Chor Chor Bhag Pardesi Babu – Mr X (1957) – Majrooh Sultanpuri

One Two Three Four Dil Ka Tu Hai Chor – Black Cat (1959) – with Suman Kalyanpur – Jan Nissar Akhtar

I earnestly seek your suggestions / inputs / criticisms so as to make our Film Blog Festival more interesting and live.

The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – Male Solo Songs – Other Male Singers

Apart from the four male playback singers that we have covered till now, we can find fairly noticeable presence of other male singers like Ninu Mazumdar, Chitalkar, Manna Dey or Vidyanath Seth in the year 1948. In some cases, their work is more on the side of duets or in some case even when we list the songs from HFGK, these are not yet posted on net.

I have clubbed songs of any one singer here under the respective name. In all other cases, I have mentioned the name of the singer along with the song itself.

On the whole, in the retrospect, this list does present quite a kaleidoscopic picture.

Kare Badar Baras Barasa Kar Jao Bar Bar – Gopinath – Singer: Ninu Mazumdar – Ninu Mazumdar – Ram Murthy

The song seems to have a version in which Kaumudi Munshi joins in and lends a very different style to the song.

Manna Dey

Chal Tu Preet Nagariya, Preet Nagar Ke Koyal Kooke – Veena – Anil Biswas – Prem Dahelvi

Ham Tere Hai Ham Ko Na Thukarana – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai – Manna Dey, H P Das – G S Nepali

Koi Mujh Se Bhi Bole – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai – Manna Dey, H P Das – G S Nepali

Ghar Ghar Ke Diye Buzakar Bane Hai Dhanwan –Hum Bhi Insaan Hai – Manna Dey, H P Das – G S Nepali

Jay Shivshankar, Gaurishwar, Jay Rameshwar – Jay Hanuman – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra

Jab Se Dekha Hai Tumhein – Gopinath – Singer Not Known – Ninu Majumdar

Do Ghadi Beet Gayi, Taine Surat Nahi Dkhayee – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai – Parvez Kapadia – Manna Dey, D C Dutt, G S Nepali

(Technically speaking, this may have to be placed in female solos category. However, the song is performed by a male (adolescent) actor on the screen, so I have placed it in this list.]

Koi Sham Rang Gori – Veena – Singer: Chitalkar – C Ramchandra –  Narendra Sharma

Sansar Ke Adhaar Dayaa Hampe – Anjangarh –Singer: Pankaj Mallik– R C Boral –

Tu Dar Na Jara Bhi – Anjangarh –Singer: Pankaj Mallik– R C Boral –Pt. Bhushan

Ek Bholi Bholi Gori Ne Aay Hay Dil Pe Jadoo Liya – Andho Ka Sanasar – Singer: Dost Mohammad– Sridhar Parsekar – Kesarinath Vaidya

Shankar Das Gupta

Ab Kis Nagari Jaun Re Ab Jaane Se Jaa Na Shakunga – Anajaana – D C Dutt – Vishwamitra Adil

Kisi Ka Deepak Jalta Hai, Kisi Ka Deep Bujhata Hai – Didi – Mukund Maurekar – Saraswati  Kumar  Deepak

Sajan Ke Ghar Jana Pagle Sajan Ke Ghar Jana – Sajan Ke Ghar –– K S Sagar – Saraswati Kumar Deepak

Suhagan Kahe Ko Tu Ansoo Bahae Karam Lekha Na Tale – Bichhade Balam – Singer: Mohammad Farooqui – Bulo C Rani – Pt Indar

Bane Hai Ham To Ghar Jawai –  Ghar Ki Izzat – Singer: Ram Kamlani – Pt. Govind Ram –

Vidyanath Seth

Aaj Geet Ke Bol Bol Mein Umada Hai Tufan – Roop Rekha –– Pt. Amarnath – Harikrishna Premi

O Gori Kahe Preet Kare – Roop Rekha –Pt. Amarnath – Harikrishna Premi

Marane Ki Dua Kyon Maangu, Jene Ki Tamanna Kaun Kare – Ziddi – Singer: Kishore Kumar – Khmechand Prakash – Prem Dhawan

We will sum up Male Solo Songs for 1948 in the next episode.

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Male Female Duets – Geeta Roy, Lata Mangeshkar, Suraiya with other male singers

For the year 1949, Male female duets with both the singers being equally prominent in the year has quite a comparative share with Male Female Duets in which one singer is dominant, but other does not have that comparable numerical prominence.  In this very unique category we have listened to the duets of Shamshad Begum with other male singers.

We now move over to some other sets of such Male-Female duets…

Geeta Roy + Other Male Singers

The pairing of Geeta Roy with other male singers undergoes as many shades as the respective music director of the film.

Kadam Hai Rah-e-Ulfat Mein Najhuk Dil Hai Dil Ki Basti– Dil Ki Basti – with G M Durrani – Ghulam Mohammad – Shakeel Badayuni

Kam Karo, Kam Karo Bhai Kam, Jag Mein Apna Naam Karo – Jeet – with Vinod – Shyam Babu Pathak – Prem Dhawan

Kahane Ko Hai Taiyar, Magar Kaise Kahe Hum – Kamal – with Surendra – S D Burman – G S Nepali

Main Angoor Ke Bell Piya More – Karwat – with S D Batish – Hans Raj Behl – Said-Ud-Din ‘Saif’

Jindagi Hai Dillagi Dillagi Hai Jindagi – Nanand Bhojai – with A R Ojha – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra

And Gujarati version, composed by Avinash Vyas, on a totally different style

Jandagi Chhe Dillagi

Mere Man Mein Dol Ankhon Mein Dol Matwari Sajanaiya – Nazare – with G M Durrani –  Bulo C Rani

Dhanya Hai Dhanya Hai Avadhpuri, Dhanya Wahan Ki Phulwari – Ram Vivah – with Manna Dey – Shankar Rao Vyas – Moti, B A

Pehan Chunariya Kali Jhilmil Jhilmil Deeyowali – Roshni – with Chitalkar – C Ramchandra – P L Santoshi

Lata Mangeshkar + Other Male Singers

Haye Chhore Ki Baat Badi Bewafa, Bewafa Se Koi Dil Lagaye Na – Chandani Raat – with G M Durrani – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Tum Soch Rahi Ho – Girls School – with Shankar Dasgupta – Anil Bishwas – Pradeep

Suno Saajan Meri Baat – Lahore – with Karan Diwan – Shyam Sundar – Aziz Kashmiri

Suraiya + Other Male Singers

Jalim Jamane Mujhko Tum Se Chhuda Raha Hai – Dillagi – with Shyam – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

Chahe Kitani Kathin Dagar Ho, Hum Kadam Badhayenge Jaayenge – Jeet – with Shankar Dasgupta – Anil Biswas – Prem Dhawan

We still have some more of Male Female Duets in the present category………

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Other Male-Female Duet Songs : Shamshad Begum + Other Male Singers

We have heard duets of Mohammad Rafi with Lata Mangeshkar, with Suraiya, Shamshad Begum, with Geeta Roy and others as well as Duets of Mukesh.

We will now take up other Male-Female Duets Songs, for which we will group the songs around the female singer. The first stage selection of such songs from HFGK has yielded a bountiful numbers that would stand up to the numbers of duets that have been rendered by both prominent partners.

Shamshad Begum + Other Male Singers

In the first cut, selecting the songs from HFGK, I had a fairly large number of Shamshad Begum’s duets with other male singers. However, I have not been able to link up all songs with the soft YT link.

Nainon Se Nain Mila Ke Nain Churana Na – Anmol Moti – with Shailesh – Ram Ganguli – Ramesh Gupta

Dard Besumar Hai, Kab Se Intzaar Hai – Bhool Bhulaiya – with S D Batish – Bulo C Rani – B R Sharma

Kyon Dil Ki Kali Muskarayee – Bhool Bhulaiya – with A R Ojha – Bulo C Rani – B R Sharma

Dil Diya Jaa (3) .. Chal Chal Chameli Baag Mein Guddiyan Udaayenge – Dada – with G M Durrani – Shaukat Dehlvi – Shevan Rizvi

O Sahar Ke Banke Babu Jara Dil Pe Rakhana Kabu – Girls School – with Chitalkar – C Ramchnadra – Pradeep

Babuji Jaldi Jaagiyo, Haumein Office Jaana Hai – Hamari Manzil – with S D Batish – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Tum Kya Jaano Mere Mathe Ki Bindiya Ka Mol – Kaneez – with G M Durrani – Ghulam Haider– Shahir Ghazanavi

Mohe Lahenga Manga De Makhmal Ka – Maa Ka Pyaar – with Ram Kamlani – Pt. Govindram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

O Dilwalo Dil Ka Lagana Achcha Hai Par Kabhi Kabhi – Patanga – with Chitalkar – C Ramchandra – Rajendra Krishna

Mohe La De Reshmi Lahenga – Rakhi – with Ram Kamlani – Husnlal Bhagatram – Sarshar Shailani

We will continue with Other Male Female Duets in our subsequent episodes.

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Male Solo Songs – Surendra + ‘Other’ Male Singers

We have covered solo songs of two of the five principal male playback singers – G M Durrani + Talat Mahmood – for the year 1949.

Today we will listen to solo songs of Surendra as well those by ‘the other’ male playback singers, before we take two really significant players for the year – Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi.

Solo Songs of Surendra

Not so predominantly as Suraiya does on the female singer side, Surendra continues to hold the flag of singing star high enough on the male side for the current year.

Main To Hun Udaas – Kamal – S D Burman – Prem Dhawan

Jhoom Jhoom Ke Naach Re Manwa – Kamal – S D Burman

Ab Raat Gai Hai Beet – Kamal – S D Burman

Kiyun Samjhe Hamein Parwana – Imtihaan – Shyam Babu Pathak – Hari Krishna ‘Premi’

Solo Songs of Other Male Singers

Even as the songs do remain isolated in numbers, the picture that emerges provides quite a varied and rich canvas.

Aankhen Kah Gayin Dil Ki Baat – Laadli – SD Batish – Anil Biswas – Dr Safdar Aah

Wohi Rota Hua Ek Dil – Lahore – Karan Dewan – Shyam Sunder – Rajendra Krishna

Duniya To Yeh Kahati Hai, Insaan Kahaan Hai – Lahore – Manna Dey – Shyam Sunder – Rajendra Krishna

Jagmag jagmag karta nikla chand poonam ka pyara – Rim Zim – Kishore Kumar – Khemchand Prakash – Bharat Vyas

Khushi Ki Aas Rahi Dil Ko Aur Khushi Na Mili – Sawan Aaya Re – Khan Mastana – Khemchand Prakash – Arzoo Lakhanavi

Chahte Ho Gar..Ankhen Ladana Chhod Do – Chitalkar – Sipahiya – C Ramchandra – Rammoorti Chaturvedi

We will take up 1949’s Solo Songs of Mukesh in our next episode.

The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male – Male And Female – Female Duets

We continue with very interesting variations of Duets, as part of our journey through the ‘Best songs of 1950: And the winners are?

We have had a quite an extensive Tet-e-tat with Male-Female Duets of 1950. This is the year wherein we have quite a rich fare of Male-Male and Female-Female Duets.

Today we will first take up Male – Male Duets :

The first two are quite unique combinations, whereas Chitalkar pairs with Rafi to present very peppy numbers.

Mukesh + GM Durrani –

Aise Mein Koi Chham Se Jo Aa JaeHanste Ansoo – Shevan Rizvi – Ghulam Mohammad

Mohammad Rafi + Raja Gul –

Ek Chakkar Paon Mein Hai, Ek Chakkar Sar Mein HaiShadi Ki Rat – Sarshar Sailani – Pt. Gobind Ram

Chitalkar + Mohammad Rafi –

Kahnewale sach kah gaye hainNirala– PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra

Are Kismat Ka Sitara Chamka ….Sab Kuchh Deta Chhappar Fad Ke DetaSangeeta – P L Santoshi –  C Ramchandra

We then turn over to another very frequently used variation of the duets – Female- Female Duets

Lata Mangeshkar + Shamshad Begum –

Kas ke kamar ho jaa tayyaarSangram – P L Santoshi – C.Ramchandra

Trivia: (Boy) Shashi Kapoor and (Baby) Tabassum playfully grace the song.

Lata mangeshkar + Uma devi –

Na Jaane Kyon Ghabara Rahi Ho, Nazar Kuchch BahakiMaang – Prakash – Ghuam Mohammad

Lata Mangeshkar and Geeta Roy + Chorus

Panghat pe na jaiyo gori ghunghat utaar keRaj Mukut – Bharat Vyas – Govind Ram

Lata Mangeshkar and Amirbai Karnataki

Gore gore O baanke choreSamadhi – Rajendra Krishna – C Ramchandra

Lata Mangeshkar and Sarswati Rane

Jab dil ko sataye gham tu chhed sakhi sargamSargam – PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra

Tinak tin tani do din ki zindaganiSargam – PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra

Lata Mangeshkar + Raj Kumari –

Ham Aah Bhi Karate Hai …. Nazar Ne Loot LiyaWafa – Hasrat Jaipuri – Vinod

Geeta Roy + Meena Kapoor –

Maine Balam SeAadhi Raat – Rajendra Krishna – Hansraj Behl

Meena Kapoor sings the main song whereas Geeta Roy leads the chorus.

Geeta Roy + Suraiya

Preet ka nata jodnewaleAfsar – Narendra Sharma – S D Burman

Geeta Roy + Asha Bhosle –

Mausam Hai Namkeen Sanwariya , Aa Jaa ReBewee – Nazim Panipatti – Aziz Hindi

Geeta Roy + Zohrabai Ambalewali

Ek Taraf Jal Raha DeepakPreet Ka Gee – Shyam Babu Pathak

Mubarak Begum + Sulochana Kadam –

Sham Hui Aur deep Jale…..Aakash Pe Taare NaachengeBasera – Sardar Ilham – M A Rauf

(Combination of Mubarak Begum and Sulochana Kadam is one of the rarest ones. We could not find video / audio clip of this song. We trust by bringing up here, we will get the song also on internet platform someday.)

Raj Kumari + Lalita Deulkar –

Mora Bhola Sa Balma Re, Naahin Samajhe Hamare IshareKhamosh Sipahi – D N Madhok – Hansraj Behl

Continued….