Welcome to February 2014 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
We commence the present edition with three consecutive posts on Mukesh @ Conversations Over Chai –
- The Legends: Mukesh – presents author’s favourite Mukesh solos that he sang for many others (than Raj Kapoor), and successfully, at that.
- The Legends: Mukesh – Part 2 – the duets that the author likes “just at present”.
- My Favourites: Mukesh Sings For Raj Kapoor – author’s “favourite Mukesh melodies picturised on Raj Kapoor. Actor and singer. Face and voice. Body and soul.”
These articles also prod us to take a retrospective look at article son Mukesh on the blogs tha we regularly visit on these pages:
- Dusted Off explores Ten of my favourite Mukesh songs.
- Cineplot’s Mukesh remembers the first song, a ghazal, composed by Ashok Ghosh for the film Nirdosh where he co-starred with Nalini Jaywant- Dil bujha to phasl-e-bahaar kya.
- @ Songs of Yore:
My favourite happy songs of Mukesh – songs that differ from Mukesh stereotyped image of THE singer of sad songs.
Mukesh’s best happy duets – “ a peppy song becomes peppier in a duet, especially if the male singer is one whose natural instinct favours soulful, slow emotional songs” as can be heard in these Mukesh duets.
Mukesh and his romance with ‘Dil’ – There was something special about Mukesh and ‘dil’, not only his romantic heart but his romancing the heart- dil songs of incredible beauty.
Songs of Yore continues to blaze the 2014 trail with:
Door Papiha Bola: Suraiya by Anil Biswas – presents Suaraiya’s songs under the baton of Anil Bisaws, reaffirming an otherwise what is considered as an underrated bond of the two legends, in comparison to Suraiya’s songs under other music directors like Naushad, Hushnalal Bhagatram , Ghulam Mohammad or Anil Biswas’s songs with other playback singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Meena Kapoor.
Songs of Atariya – With a tribute to Begum Akhtar in her Centenary Year – watch atariya in these settings to realize the intrinsic beauty in the lore associated with this word.
We also take a retrospective tour to some other articles on Suraiya:
- Nivedita Ramakrishnan wrote One day I discovered Suraiya – when Suraiya passed away, for India Abroad, March 12, 2004. The article was reproduced @ Cinema Corridor on the occasion of her ninth death anniversary.
- Cineplot’s Suraiya (1929-2004) is a short archived brief.
- Anmol Fankar’s Suraiya on LP Records also brings the days of chronicler of this carnival where vinyl records used to be his major source of access to the songs of Golden Era of HFM. These records still continue to reminisce those moments when we used to listen these records from his erstwhile painstakingly built collection.
Dances on Footpath presents third Cuckoo’s birthday post – Happy Birthday, Cuckoo Moray!. The one was an equally substantial post in 2011, and the second was a small one, with her song from Mirza Sahiban, posted in 2013.
Conversations Over Chai presents “One of my favourite actresses of the period, as much for beauty and screen presence as for her acting skills, here are my pick of what I think are her [Ten] best roles” in The Divas: Sadhana.
The article on the Suraiya – Anil Biswas combination @ Songs of Yore has an interesting participant in the discussions – Lavnaya Shah, daughter of a noted HFM lyricist and poet Pandit Narendra Sharma. She also has written Daughter remembers: ‘ Jyoti ~ Kalash’ – the daughter’s tribute to the poem (and one of the most iconic songs) Jyoti Kalash Chhalake . The discussions also provides us link to an abridged version of Life and Career of Pandit Narendra Sharma.
Valentine’s Day has given us two posts – both seem to be grudging contributions to the spirit of romance.
Dusted Off has presented Songs of romantic love – in ten moods – “with a twist: not necessarily a serenade to a loved one, and not necessarily two lovers billing and cooing to each other. Instead, romantic love in its different forms and shapes and tones and hues. All of these songs are about romantic love (not maternal/fraternal/patriotic/devotional or other forms of the sentiment), and they’re all from pre-70s films that I’ve seen. And they’re each in a distinct mood that shows some aspect of romantic love.”
Conversations over Chai has presented “some beautiful songs that make you feel that romance is still alive, that if ‘love’ exists, this is how it should be/feel like, songs that make you feel all mushy for a while” in My Favourites : Love Songs.
For this edition’s Mohammad Rafi articles we have:
- Javed Akhtar’s Classic Legends : For U Rafi Sahab :
- Amitabh Bachchan : Mohhamed Rafi was a rare singer : “Rafi sang great songs without technological support”
- Meri Awaz Suno (www.mohdrafi.com) has Dr. Souvik Chaterjee’s Rafi and Madanmohan combination created artistic songs, fondly recounts some of the finest ghazals that this combination has presented.
Till we meet again next month…. I look forward to your inputs for enriching the carnival…