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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – April 2015

Welcome to April, 2015 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Come 1st April and rest assured that SoY will come up with something brilliant. For the present, Some thoughts on taxonomic-mathematical analysis of Hindi films and songs has a fairly lashing tongue in the cheek, but that would not take away the merits of three core ideas – viz. Duet Balance Index (DBI) – ‘Duets that are really solos’, Popularity-Quality Index (PQI) – Popularity versus quality and Mathematical Analysis of Bollywood Triangles and Other Films presented therein.

We turn our sails to our regular fair –

Shamshad Begum songs by Naushad – SoY’s tribute to Shamshad Begum on her 96th birth anniversary (14 April 1919 – 23 April 2013). Shamshad Begum’s entry is credited to Ghulam Haider. Nonetheless she sang with same élan with most of the music directors of the vintage era. When Naushad used her voice first time in Shahjehan (1946) , Shamshad Begum was already at her peak. As she went on to sing a wide range of moods and scales in around 60 songs with Naushad, her portfolio was concurrently getting richer with other music directors like C Ramchandra, S D Burman, Ghulam Mohammad and others. She blazed a scorching trail with O P Nayyar. It remains a very typical irony of the vagaries of Hindi Film Music that she was quite easily replaced with Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle by Naushad and O P Nayyar respectively in course of 50s.

SoY has picked up Shamshad Begum songs of C Ramchandra in Shamshad Begum songs by C Ramchandra as a tribute on the 2nd death anniversary of the legendary singer.” During a brief period in the late 1940s, before Lata Mangeshkar happened in a big way to C Ramchandra, Shamshad Begum was his most important singer, and he was at his creative best. The combination gave some everlasting songs, which are an important part of our musical legacy.”

We recall our April 2013 episode of our blog carnival, wherein we carried a few more articles and a downpour of obituaries on her passing away. We add a few more here:

Naushad on Shamshad Begum in an interview on BBC, shared by Raza Ali Abidi on his youtube channel.

Shamshad Begum Interview, Part 1 of 2 and 2 of 2

By selecting a range of songs form films of different time scale, Asha Parekh-A charming and talented actress provides a fan’s insight to Asha Parekh’s career graph. To this we supplement Unknown Facts About Asha Parekh.

Words by Anna Morcom on Pakeezah (with accompanying videos from Tommydan) – looks back at (main) songs as interestingly seen in the book, Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance on 43rd anniversary of Meena Kumari’s death.

We pick up two songs from My favourite Meena Kumari songs:

Uff Ye Beqaraar Dil Kahan Luta Na Poochhiye is a tribute to (Smt.) Bela Bose Sengupta on her 74th birthday on 18th April, 2015. We pick up a few of the songs listed out at the end of the article:

The Lost Films of Helen – This video slideshow shines a light on some Helen films that haven’t been seen since they were originally released many years ago. They are presumed to be lost forever.

Tune, Composer, Language – It’s All the Same attempts at highlighting some examples where a wide arrange of music directors have re-use their tunes within the same language, within the same period of 1940s -1950s.

Double delight with FusionFusion in this post is to mean something totally different from a mere fusion of instrumental music – a mix of two different singing styles in the vocals in the same song. 12 of these ‘Fusion’ songs (from 1950s to 2010) are placed in the player.

Now we move over to Samir Dholakia ‘s choice for the month –

Naresh Mankad has remembered Budhdham Sharanam Gachchami – Angulimaal (1960) – Anil Biswas – Manna Dey, Meena Kapoor, and Chorus. This is indeed a more known song. But it has a very different version (predecessor, in terms of timeline) in Anjali (1957), sung by Mohammad Rafi, and composed by Jaidev.

In the end we take up (our customary) very special songs / articles on Mohammad Rafi –

We will end April month’s episode with a very typical Shanker-Jaikishan – Mohammad Rafi songs of 1960s – from (of course) the film ‘April Fool’ – a song which has one of the longest prelude, studded with a huge ensemble of violins, wherein Rafi has taken flights to all the scales –

Aa Gale Lag Jaa, Mere Sapane, Mere Apne, Mere Paas Aa…….

We continue our pursuit of the golden period of Hindi Film Music …….

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – December 2014

Welcome to December, 2014 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We begin our journey with anniversary tributes.

One of the finest actors, Deven Varma, passed away on 2nd December, 2014

Tribute to Great Actor Deven Verma and Tribute to Deven Verma are the clips from the TV programmes .

Remembering Deven Varma, intimately describes him as “one of Hindi cinema’s finest and most atypical funny men in the 1970s and 1980s, most memorably in the work of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterji and Gulzar – films where Varma provided a counterpoint to the louder comedy elsewhere in the industry.It’s telling to look at the function Deven so often performed in those films: sutradhaar, vidushak, naatak-rachita rolled into one.

In an article in (gujarati) Divya Bhaskar, Dipak Soliya remembers Deven Varma’s contribution to subtlety that he introduced to the comedy in films. Of the three Filmfare awards that he got, even as two – Chor Ke Ghar Chor and Chori Mera Kaam– were for the traditional loud roles, his third award for Angoor established his subtle style at a very high pedestal.

Among many songs that Deven Verma had enacted on the screen, we pick up Baa Adab Baa Mulahisa Hoshiyar (Aaj Aur Kal – 1963- Ravi) epitomizing his style.

Happy Birthday, Sharmila Tagore and Dharmendra!, marks the 70th birthday of the lovely Sharmila Tagore and the 79th birthday of the hunky Dharmendra, and Ten of my favourite Dharmendra songs has pre-70s film songs that the author has seen. To make this challenge a little tougher, only solos (No duets) in which Dharmendra’s character does the singing are included..

Ten of my favourite Geeta Dutt  solos and its follow up article Ten of my favourite Geeta Dutt duets have pairing articles The Unforgettable Geeta Dutt and Unforgettable Geeta Dutt – Part 2 respectively. Among very memorable songs presented in these articles, we pick up Yaaron Kisi Se Na Kehna, Chhabili (1960), Snehal Bhatkar, with Nutan as a co-singer for a special mention.

Happy Birthday, Dilip Saab remembers his 92nd birthday on 11th December.

The joker and his disguises – Raj Kapoor as innocent and masochist presents a very fine analysis of persona of Raj Kapoor. The article also chooses the occasion to present author’s favorite the “Yeh Mera Prem Patra” sequence, including a two-minute prelude before the song itself starts, as one of the finest presentation of declaration of love on the silver screen.

Jiyo Toh Aise Jiyo (Bahu Beti, 1965) has led to remembering My favourite Shailendra songs

We had also remembered some very informative articles on Shailendra’s songs in our issue of December 2013.

Now we move onto other articles.

SoY has concluded its series of articles on Best Songs of 1951.

The penultimate article seeks to choose the best duet for 1951, from among 38 duets (which include songs having both male, both female, and more than two singers) in the list of 144 memorable songs of the year in Best songs of 1951: Wrap-Up 4. The article has first shortlisted the duets which are immensely popular till today, or which can be indisputably regarded as all-time great songs, regardless of their popularity. It may be observed that the duets of 1951 would easily figure among all-time great songs. The final choice crowns Seene mein sulagate hain armaan – Tarana – Talat Mahmood /Lata Mangeshkar jointly with Dum bhar jo udhar munh phere – Awara – Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar.

The concluding article, Best songs of 1951: Final Wrap-Up 5, has very aptly presented the analysis, with the help of analytical tools, in continuation of the summing up of views by SoY’s very knowledgeable readers. The active multifaceted, discussions make the series quite engrossing and interesting. The final choice has rested with Anil Biswas, as The Music Director for the year 1951.

Item songs leads to Special issue ‘item’ of Motherland Magazine with several articles linking film item songs to older traditions.

12 must-have Hindi songs for your travel playlist! is a motley mix of old and new that should be in every traveller’s playlist.

Ten memorable prayer songs from Hindi films is a consensus-based selection, iterated through several criteria.

Discussion, Info and Great Pics Related to the Earliest Appearances of Cuckooo (thanks to Mel!) provides the link that Mel supplied for a very comprehensive post that he wrote about Cuckoo in French…… this post is worth a look just for the pics, clips, and extremely extensive filmography.The post also pose an exploratory question as to whether the little girl in the following picture, from 1943 film Prithvi Vallabh, is Cuckoo?

Is this CuckooWhilst on Prithvi Vallabh, here is one of its iconic song – Tailap Ki Nagri Gaana Nahin Bajana Nahin.

We also have some interesting posts from some new searches or from some of the friends who have not been regularly contributing articles on the subject of our blog carnival”

Captain NarendraPhanse has, in his usual poetic style, remembered some forgotten gems by Lata Mangeshkar, with an icing on the cake with a Juthika Roy and Suraiya songs each. Since the article is in Gujarati, I have listed out these songs here:

Sapana Bin Sajan Aayen – Shokhiyan (1951) – Jamal Sen

Tum Kya Jaano Tumhari Yaad Mein Hum Kitna Roye – Shin Shina Ki Boobalaa Boo (1952) – C Ramchandra

Mai Ri main kaase Kahoon – Madan Mohan , second version Lata Mangeshkar – Dastak 1970 – Madan Mohan

Aye Dil-e-Nadaan – Razia Sultan (1983) Khayyam

Tumhare Bulane Ko Ji Chahata hai – Ladli 1949 – Anil Biswas

Unko Ye Shikayat Hai Ke Hum Koochh nahin Kahate – Adalat 1958 Madan Mohan

Man Mohana Bade Joothe – Seema (1955) Shanker Jaikishan

• And a few Non-Lata Mangeshkar gems-

Meri Veena Ro Rahi Hai – Juthika Roy – Kamal Dasgupta

Man Mor Hua Matwala,- Afsar(1950) – Suraiya – S D Burman

• Kaun Bujaye Tapat More Man Ki – First version – Padma Devi, second version K L Saigal Amar Saigal

Old Hindi Songs Collection – from 50’s to 90’s era. On a blog dedicated to golden age of hindi music industry.

Shrikant Talageri has painstakingly collected Songs not included in the film Pakeezah, or perhaps intended for a sequel? These songs seem to be in a different style from the official Pakeezah songs.

Our friend Bhagwan Thavrani writes in to send the video clip – Tum Meri Jindagi Mein Kuchh [Unreleased Version] | Bombay To Goa – this tune was originally recorded in Hement Kumar-Geeta Dutt voice for GURU DUTT’s unreleased film RAAZ, later used by RDBurman in BOMBAY TO GOA, again not included in the film. See the similarity with KUCHH NA KAHO, KUCHH BHI NA KAHO (by Kumar Sanu) of ” 1942 – A Love Story. The song has a twin too, sung by Lata Mangeshakar.

And now over to exclusive articles on Mohammad Rafi…

Mohammed Rafi and Super Star Rajesh Khanna has critically laid up the songs under all the music directors and does make a very fascinating study by Moahammed Rafi fans.

In the telephonic interview, referred to in the article Royalty was the not main cause of Rafi-Lata Dispute: Usha Timothy, the readers share the fond experiences of singing with the top singers of India like Mohd. Rafi, Mukesh, Mahendra Kapoor (Dhol Baja Dhol Jania Film Vishwas), Kishore Kumar (Rafta Rafta Dekho Aankh Meri Larri Hai’ Film Kismat), , Shamshad Begum, Asha Bhonsle, Suman Kalyanpur, Hemlata, Krishna Kalle in a very short duration.  But Ms. Usha Timothy tells proudly that she always tried to copy like Mohd. Rafi sahib, not like Lata ji or Asha ji. Among many songs listed therein, we would take note of Usha Timothy’s maiden song (of course with Mohammaed Rafi) – Tu Raat Kharhi Thi Chhat Pe… Himalay Ki God Mein (1965) – Kalyanji Anandji.

We wish that New Year  2015 yield all the fruits of joy, happiness, usher in best of health and wealth and make happen the most memorable moments… to You and Your Family….