Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: February, 2017

Some of the Talat Mahmood Duets receding from the memory

talat_other_singersAll the singing greats at the start of their careers – Talat Mahmood, Mohd Rafi, Kishore Kumar,  Mukesh, Geeta Dutt, GM Durrani, Meena Kapoor, Kamal Barot, Mubarak Begum and others

In the month of his birth anniversary (24-2-1924) as I sat down to list out Talat Mahmood’s duets that seemed to have receded from the memory, I had not expected to find enough numbers to make a full-fledged article. Nonetheless I had pre-set the conditions that not more than one song will be taken up per pairing partner and the music director. However whatever filters you set up, you can always find enough pearls from the very rich sea of duets of Talat Mahmood.  So here is my pick –

Mujhko  Apna Banaya Kisne Tune Sajania  Tune – Sampatti (1949) – Talat Mahmood,  Suprova Sarkar – Timir Burman  – Pandit Bhushan

For quite romantic banter between the two loved ones, the rhythm of the song may appear faster. But that does not impede understanding the feeling and enjoying the song.

Poochh Rahe Ve Yaar Ki Bibi Kaisi Ho – Shaadi Ki Raat(1950) -Talat Mahmood, G M Durrani, Surinder Kaur – Pt. Govindram – Sarshaar Sailani

We have a typical pre-marriage ceremony folk song from Punjab. Talat Mahmood seems to be enjoying the (musical) company of his partners.

Taqdeer Hansi Ansoo  Nikale, Ik Thes Lagi Dil Toot Gaya – Pagle (1950)  – Talat Mahmood , Rajkumari  – Snehal Bhatkar – Kabil  Amritsari

Here is a duet in which one singer is a just-settled newcomer and the other is a vintage era veteran.

Jawani Ke Zamane Mein Jo Dil Na Lagayega Pichche Pachchatayega – Madhubala (1950) -Talat Mahmood, Shamshad Begum – Lachhiram Tomar – Rajinder Krishna

Talat Mahmood easily matches the light mood of Shamshad Begum.

Tum Kaun Ho Rajkumari Ye Chanda Sa Mukhda Idhar To Karo – Rajput (1951) – Talat Mahmood, Madhubala Zaveri – Hansraj Behl –  Bharat Vyas

Technically, this is the debut film of Madhubala Zaveri. This seems to be the song of ‘swayamvar’.

Manna Dey joins Talat Mahmood and Madhubala Zaveri in this song.

Jao Jao Jao Aagayaa Bulawa Jung Ka

Damdi Damdi Paisa Paisa Jod Jod Mar Jaate Hain – Hamari Shaan (1951)  – Talat Mahmood, Kishore Kumar – Chitragupta – (?)

Talat Mahmood joins Kishore Kumar in a very unique combination. We also hear a very distinct third voice too, which may be that of Chitragupta, however this is just a guess.

Kahin Preet Se Bhara Koi Geet Gaa Raha – Paatal Bhairavi (1952) – Geeta Dutt, Talat Mahmood –  Ghantshala – Pt. Indra Chandra

This film is a remake of the Telugu film, so we see a very young NTR lip singing Talat Mamood’s playback. Geeta Dutt sings for Malathi. (Venkataeshwara Rao)Ghantshala was a highly respected music director of Telugu films.

Pyar Bhi Aata Hai Kabhi Gussa Bhi Aata Hai – Goonj (1952) – Asha Bhonsle, Talat Mahmood – Sardul Kwatra..

The song so vividly captures the small talk between the loved on matters of minor disagreements.

Chalo Chale Chalen Jamuna Ke Paar – Usha Kiran (1952) – Talat Mahmood,  Zohrabai Ambalewali, Uma Devi, Swaroop Lata – Hanuman PrasadAnjum Pilibhiti

Since we have only the audio clip, it is difficult to imagine who would be the three female actors for this song. The song certainly appears to be a group of friends singing together on some occasion, where the sole male actor sings “Aao Kar Le Karar  {Let us make an agreement)’ in response to the proposal of the female singers.

Chanda Tale Mushkurayen Jawaniya….Hothon Pe Aa Gayi Dil Ki Kahaniyan – Chandi Rani (1953) – Talat Mahmood , P Bhanumathi – C R Subrmanian, M Vishwanathan – Vishwamitra Adil

This film was made in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. NTR is the hero and P Banumathi is the heroin. The additional noteworthy point for this film is that P Bahnumathi was also the director and (one of the) producer.

Here is the Telugu version of the song

Tu Ud Ja Panchhi Bawaare  Ja Dess Begane Jaa –  Aag Ka Dariya (1953) –  Talat Mahmood, Sulochana Kadam – Vinod  – Aziz Kashmiri

The song is set to a rather difficult rhythm, but still retained the melody.

Ek Dil… Do Hain Talabgaar Badi Mushkil Hai, Kashmakasha Mein Hai Mera Pyar Badi Mushkil Hai  – Darwaza (1954) – Talat Mahmood, Suman Kalyanpur – Shaukat Dehlvi ‘Nashad’ – Khumar Barabankvi

This is debut duet that Suman Kalyanpur recorded for Hindi films, when she was Suman Hemmady, a budding artist from AIR stable. In an interview, this is what she said about this song: “I was thrilled to sing with a singer, who was blessed with the best of aesthetics and melody. Talat Mehmood gave a divine effect to the song with his silk voice and I tried my best to match him. He was very pleased with my rendering..”

Aankhen Bhari Hui Hai Aur Dil Bhara Hua Hai – Majboori (1954) – Talat Mahmood, Meena Kapoor Robin Chatterjee – D  N Madhok

The song is set in soft tone in consonance with the words of the song. That has given full expression to Talat Mahmood’s velvety voice. Meena Kapoor matches every note.

Tera Bachpan Ek Kahani – Sangam (1954) – Talat Mahmood, Mubarak Begum – Ram Ganguli –S H Bihari

This is second of the three films that were named Sangam. This song definitely shows that Ram Ganguli was very much beyond Aag (1948).

Door Hote Nahin Jo Dil Mein Raha Karte Hai – Waris (1954) – Talat Mahood, Suraiya – Anil Biswas – Majrooh Sultanpuri

 Talat Mahmood – Suriya’s duet – Dil-e-Naadan Tujhe – from Mirza Ghalib or Raahi Matwale from this film itself have attained so high popularity that some of the other duets, like the present one, have been overshadowed.

Thandi Hawaon Mein Taaron Ki Chhaon  Mein Aaj Balam Mora Dole Jiya  – Bahu (1955) – Geeta Dutt, Talat Mahmood – Hemant Kumar – S H Bihari

In so far as I am concerned, the song has not at all receded from the memory. But A very unique combination of Hemant Kumar, Geeta Dutt and Talat Mahmood ought to yield such a sweet result!

Nazar Aa Nigahon Se Chhup Jane Wale – Piya (Unreleased film of 1950s) – Talat Mahmood, Nirmala – S Banerjee – Majnoon Lucknowi

The lady singer is none other than famous singer Nirmala Devi. The younger generation would like to know her as mother of 90’s dashing actor Govinda.

Main Padh Rahi Hoon Tumko, Mery Kitab Tum ho – Captain India (1960) -Talat Mahmood, Sudha Malhotra – Hemant Kedar – Rajaram Saki

Quite an out-of-box way of explain the fact that both the loved ones are trying to understand each other by really trying to read each other.

Jay Jay Bharat Desh – Matlabi Duniya (1961) – Talat Mahmood, Ameerbai Karnatki, Chorus – Shushant Banerjee – Jayanti Joshi

We have made one exception to our original filter because this is the only duet of  Talat Mahmood and Amirbai Karnataki together.

Tum Pe Quarban Dil…Shukria Aap Ke Pyar Ka – Sakhi Lutera (1969)  – Talat Mahmood, Usha Balsaver – B N Bali – Aziz Ghazi

The female singer and the music director are quite unknown names. The song is set to a brisk dance tune.

Mohabbat Ki Kahaniyan Sunane Lagi Hai Jawaniyan – Talat Mahmood, Lata Mangeshkar – Woh Din Yaad Karo (1971) – Laxmikant Pyarela – Anand Bakshi

Except Talat Mahmood and Lata Mangeshkar singing in a duet, we have quite a rare set of combinations in this song. If Laxmikant Pyarelal using voice of Talat Mahmood and that too at almost the fag end of his career, for Sanjay Kumar on the screen is not enough of such rare combinations, Sanjay Khan and Nada pairing as lead actors gets added to.  The song is quite different from LP signature compositions, except the orchestration of the second interlude. Of course, all other male songs of the film are in Mohammad Rafi’s voice.

Here is the full song, in audio format-

We will end our present Talat Mahmood episode with two instances of his Mohammad Rafi associations –

Ek Nazar Mein Dil Le Jaaye..Surat Ho To Aisi Ho – Baarish (1957) – Talat Mahmood, Mohammad Rafi, Franciz Vaz, Chitalkar – C Ramchandra – Rajendra Krishna

Today, this song would have been the cause of nation-wide agitations by the feminists – not one but four, clearly rogue-looking youths of the locality, serially, teasing the girl who has come to fill up her pots at the public tap.

love-and-god

The famous recording of K.Asif’s magnum opus “LOVE AND GOD”, in which Naushad got the top 7 playback singers of the film Industry to agree to sing as a chorus for one song  – TALAT MAHMOOD, MOHD. RAFI, MANNA DEY, HEMANT KUMAR, SUMAN KALYANPUR, KHAN MASTANA, and BALBIR photographed during the rehearsals of the recording! (www.talatmahmood.net)

Rahega Jahan Mein Tera Naam  – Love & God (1986) – Mohammad Rafi, Talat Mahmood, Manna Dey & Balbir –  Naushad Ali – Khumar Barabankvi

The film had got mired in several glitches and took a very long time in making. By the time film got released, two of its heroes, Guru Dutt and then his replacement, Sanjeev Kumar and K Asif, the director, had passed away.

These songs represent only a one of the many shades of Talat Mahmood’s duets. So, when we get the next opportunity, we will look at other shades of Talat duets.

We will continue our search for Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month……..

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The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – MY Top Duet Songs

I always have had a special inclination towards the duet songs. 1949 is the year which had a fairly large catch of the duets to listen to and quite a few have been in the all time favorites of not only my choice but probably of all listeners in general as well. As a result, I have moved along and have generously presented My Top choice duets.

Male – Female Duets

It is no surprise that Male Female duets dominate the overall choice among variants of the duets. However, the domination of duets of Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh is my limitation of taste and choice. In other words, these are the songs that I have been listening to far more frequently than the others. So my choice does reflect that bias.

Other Duets

The Female – Female duets and the solitary triad + song are more or less automatic choices, at least by application of their overall populariover all these years.

The choice of selecting The Best from these has worked out to be more difficult than I had imagined. So I propose a work around solution. I have picked up one duet each from those of Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh and from the others.

We will conclude The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY in our next episode.

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Duets – Male-Male Duet Songs AND Triads & Triads+

Male-Male Duet Songs

While remaining an essential variant of the duets, male-male duets has neither been a popular format nor been an easy one to compose. In that respect 1949 has perhaps a very unique distinction of having a male-male and a female-female duet version in the same film.

Duniya Walo Mujhe Batao Kya Hai Sachcha Pyar – Balam 1949 – Mohammad Rafi with S D Batish – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi

We have already taken note of the Female- Female Duet version of Lata Mangeshkar and Suraiya

Quite unusually, we have one more duet of Mohammad Rafi and S D Batish this year.

Har Aish Hai Duniya Mein Ameeron Ki – Kaneez – Mohammad Rafi, S D Batish – Ghulam Haider – Hasrat Lakhanavi

1949 has another distinction too in that it has two duets of Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh in the same year.

Jale Jalanewale Humko Jaise Mombatti – Chilman – Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh – Hanuman Prasad – P L Santoshi

Baat To Kuchch Bhi Nahin, Dil Hai Ke Bhar Aaya – Thes – Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh – Snehal (V G Bhatkar) – Kidar Sharma

Here are two more male-male duet songs for which the internet has not been to establish a digital link.

Dil Ki Basti Ajib Basti Hai – Bhool Bhulaiya – A R Ojha, Bhola – Bulo C Rani – Pandit Indra

Teri Juruva Lagegi Bholi,Ho Raja – Shoharat – Mohammad Rafi, Khan Mastana – Aziz (Hindavi) – Gulshan Jaman

Triads, Triads+

1949 has quite a large selection of triads or triad+ songs. It is generally seen that at least one of such songs also turns out to be a chart-buster. 1949 is no exception in this aspect.

Chhala De Teri Nishani Teri Maherbani– Bazaar – Mohammad Rafi, Satish Batra, Shamshad Begum – Shyam Sundar – Qamar Jalalabadi

Sharmane Haseeno Ko Aaya Hai Shabab Unka – Bholi – S D Batish, Chandu Shivdasani, Shamshad Begum – Govind Ram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

(Soft link to the song has not been able to link it to the audio file.)

Haseeno Ki Adaye Bhi.. Yah Bhloi Suratwale – Char Din – Mohammad Rafi, S  D Batsih, Rajkumari – Shyam Sundar – Shakeel Badayuni

This song has another version too.

Haseeno Ki Adaye Bhi .. Yah Bholi Suratwale – Char Din – Iqbal, Johrabai Ambalewali, Lata Mangeshkar – Shyam Sundar – Shakeel Badayuni

Lara Lappa Lara Lappa Lai Rakhava- Ek Thi Ladki – Mohammad Rafi, G M Durrani, Lata Mangeshkar – Vinod – Aziz Kashmiri

Hum Chale Door, Hum Chale Door, Dil Hua Choor.. Haiya Ho – Ek Thi Ladki – Mohammad Rafi, Satish Batra, Lata Mangeshkar, one unidentified singer – Vinod – Aziz Kashmiri

Namasteji (2) Hamara Tumara Jeevan Beete Hansate Hansate Ji – Naach – Mohammad Rafi, Johrabai Ambalewali, Shamshad Begum – Husnalal Bhagatram – Nazim Panipati

Lab Pe Fariyaad Hai, Dil Barbaad Hai – Naach – Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Roy, Lata Mangeshkar – Husnlal Bhagatram – Mulkraj Bhakari

Kyun Karata Maan Jawani Ka, Tu Ek Bulbula – Naach – Mohammad Rafi, Geeta Roy, Lata Mangeshkar – Husnlal Bhagatram – Mulkraj Bhakari

Namamste (4) Pahale To Ho Gai Namaste – Patanga- Chitalkar, Mohammad Rafi, Mohantara, Shamshad Begum – C Ramchandra – Rajendra Krishna

Mere Ghar Aage Hai Do Do Galiya – Rimjhim –Kishore Kumar, Shamshad Begum – Khemchand Prakash – P L Santoshi

Mere Paas Aao Mere Bhole Sajanji – Roshni – Chitalkar, Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Shamshad Begum – C Ramchandra – P L Santoshi

Kaliyon Mein Jawani Aayee Kaliyan Lagi Phoolane,Chikbam, Chikbam, Chikbam – Roshni – Mohammad Rafi, Chitalkar, Sshamshad Begum – C Ramchandra – P L Santoshi

Hum Mast Dilon Ko Lekar Chali Masti Mein Chali Motor – Sunehare Din – Khan Mastana, GM Durrani, Shamshad Begum, Kalayani – Gyan Dutt – Shekhar M A

In the next episodes we will conclude the duets with My Top Choices.

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Female Female Duets of Lata Mangeshkar

We have covered duets of Mohammad Rafi   – with Lata Mangeshkarwith Suraiya and with Shamshad Begum, with Geeta Roy and with other female singers, Duets of Mukesh and then an omnibus Other Male Female duets for 1949 in the previous posts.

Today, we will cover Female Female duets for 1949.

Lata Mangeshkar +

Ahaha, Ahaha, Ao Chale Chale Wahan, Bolo Chale Chalen Kahan– Aaiye – with Mubarak Begum – Shaukat Haidari – Nakhshab Jarachavi

Dar Na Mohabbat Kar Le – Andaz – with Shamshad Begum – Naushad – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Chup Chup Khade Ho Zaroor Koi Baat Hai – Badi Behan – With Premlata – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Duniyawalo Mujhe Batao Kya Hai Sachcha Pyar – Balam – With Suraiya – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalbadi

Interestingly, this song also has a Male-Male Version : Mohammad Rafi and S D Batish

Jara Sun Lo Hum Apne Pyar Ka Afsana Kahate Hai – Bazar – with Rajkumari – Shyam Sundar – Qamar Jalalabadi

Agre Ko Ghagharo Mangva De Raja – Laadli – with Ashalata- Anil Biswas – Nazeem Panipati

Chhota Sa Mandir Banaun Jay Jay Jay Prem Devata – Laadli – with Meena Kapoor – Anil Biswas – Chandrasekhar Pandey

Hum Jaani Re Jaani Re Hum Jaani Re – Sanwaria – with Geeta Dutt – C Ramchandra – P L Santoshi

Chalo Ghunghat Mein Guiyan Chhupake Gajab Tore Naina – Sipahiya – with Geeta Roy – C Ramchandra – Rammurti Chaturvedi

We will take up other Female Female Duets in our next episode.

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – (Male Female) Duets – Mohammad Rafi + Lata Mangeshkar

We have travelled through the three important paths – Male Solo songs, Female Solo Songs- those of singers other than Lata Manageshkar and those of Lata Mangeshkar – on our Micro View journey of Best songs of 1949: And the winners are?. We will now explore Duets. To begin with we will take up the most popular form – the Male Female Duets.

We will list such duets w.r.t. the male playback singer. Also, when I have two songs to choose from a film, if I do choose both, then one which is more popular even today is taken up as MY Top Choice selection song.

Duets of Mohammad Rafi

+ Lata Mangeshkar

Yun To Aapas Mein Bigadate Hain, Khafa Hote Hain – Andaz – Naushad – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Sun Lo Dil Ka Afasana – Andaz (Not released song) – Naushad – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Apni Nazar Se Door Woh, Unki Nazar Se Door Hum – Bazar – Shyam Sunder – Qamar Jalalabadi

Mil Mil Ke Gayenge Ho Ho Dil Yahan – Dulari – Naushad – Sakeel Badayuni

Lambi Zoru Badi Musibat, Na Din Dekhe Na Raat – Ek Thi Ladki – Vinod – Aziz Kashmiri

Jara Tumne Dekha To Pyaar Aa Gaya – Jaltarag – Husnlal Bhagatram – Kaif Irfani

Tadpa Ke Mujhe Ab Chhod Diya – Namoona – C Ramchandra – Gulshan Jalalabadi

Humne Tera Pyar Pa Liya – Lacchi – Hansraj Behl – Mulkraj Bhakari

Dil Le Ke Chhupanewale – Paras – Ghulam Mohammad – Shakeel Badayuni

Sun To Lo Mera Afsana – Raat Ki Raani – Hansraj Behl – Darbari Lal Shamim

Sada Rahe Din Yahi Hamare, Sada Rahe Yahi Raatein – Sawan Bhadon – Husnlal Bhagatram – Mulk Rak Bhakari

Sajan Ki Oat Le Ke, Hathon Mein Hath De Ke – Zevrat – Hansraj Behl – Habib Sarhadi

In the next episode we will take up Mohammad Rafi’s duets with Suraiya and with Shamshad Begum.

Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: August, 2016

Welcome to our August, 2016 episode of ‘Fading Memories. Unforgettable Songs’.

We will dedicate our present episode to Mohammad Rafi (24 December 1924 – 31 July 1980), as our tribute on his 36th death anniversary.

Sudhir Kapoor, in his post – Jaane Meri Akhiyon Ne Dekha Hai Kya  – so rightly states that voice – the magic, the magnetism, the feeling of surreal contentment that descends into the being, and ensconces it with a joyous delight…The most remarkable trait of Rafi Sb’s singing is his ability to project performance through sound. The song under the discussion here is:

Jaane Meri Akhiyon Ne Dekha Hai Kya  – Pyaar Ki Jeet (1962) – Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle,– Sudhir Phadke – Qamar Jalalabaadi

SoY has dedicated My favourite Rafi songs by Shankar-Jaikshan – A tribute to Rafi.: Lakshmikant Pyarelal (389); Shankar-Jaikishan (374); Chitragupta (261) and OP Nayyar (216) are four music directors who have composed maximum songs of Mohammad Rafi. The generally regarded three ‘Best’, Naushad, SD Burman and Roshan’s songs are far less than the above numbers. The post and the discussion thereon picks up some not so well-membered songs from SJ-Rafi combine. We will pick up one from Archana (1974) – enacted by Sanjeev Kumar – for our present episode:

Jaane Kis Roop Ki Jaadubhari Parchhai Ho, Log To Log Rahe Apne Se Sharmati Ho

On our part, we will listen to duets of Mohammad Rafi & Suman Kalyanpur today. The songs that we have picked up are the ones that certainly need brushing up of the memories. I have selected the songs without any specific common theme in the mind.. just to see how does the random pick up of Rafi- SK duets of different music directors sound today…..We have selected only one song of a given music director.

So here we go, in the descending chronological order:

O Chhokari Tu Hai Ras Bhare Phooln Ki TokriBhai Behan (1959) – N Datta – Sahir Ludhianvi

Sahir can also play so easily with playful lyrics….

Zara Thehro Ji Abdul Gaffar- Satta Baazaar(1959 – Kalyanji Anandji – Hasrat Jaipuri

Arun Kumar Deshmukh in his post on this song feels that Naushad seems to have been inspired from this song when composing Mere Pairon Mein Ghunghroo Bandha De from Sanghursh (1968). May be, but the song certainly is set to a typical Garba (gujarati folk dance) tune. KA has used this tune in Saraswati Chandra (Main To Bhool Chali Babul Ka Desh)

Aurato Ke Dabbe Mein – Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh (1960) – Hansraj Behl – Prem Dhawan

Bharat Bhushan is not only pitted in real difficult position of being in Women Only coach, since the song calls for quite a different acting prowess than his usual roles. And he does seem to have lived up to the exception…

Collection of Couplets – Saranga (1960) – with Hemant Kumar as well – Sardar Mallik

We get to listen to quite a different Mohammad Rafi, and so too Suman Kalyanpur, in these couplets

Muskuraaye Khet Pyaase Tarse Tarse  – Love in Simla (1960) -Iqbal Qureshi – Rajinder Krishan

Enacting an Indian farm on a stage show……..with a Dutch-designed wind mill in the background

Mujhe Jag Di Bana De Malika -Dark  Street (1961) – Dattaram – Gulshan ‘Bawra’

Dattaram has deftly handled a pure Punjabi folk tune

Chhail Chhabeela Chhokra Maine Le Gayo Nadiya PaarHamaari Yaad Aayegi (1961) –  Snehal Bhatkar – -Kidar Sharma

Here is a song that is set to a Rajasthani folk tune..

Zinda Hai Zinda Hai Hamse Wafa Ka Naam – Ramu Dada (1961) – Chitragupta- -Majrooh Sultanpuri

And now we have a quawwali too

Ho Maine Kaha Ho Suno ZaraGypsy Girl (1961) -Sardul Kwatra – Anjum Jaipuri

A very light, lilting tune…. One can almost correlate it with a typical Jhonny Walker song.. However, as we do not have the vide in this clip let us not speculate anymore..

Is Gulshan Ko Aag Lagaa DoZarak Khan (1963) – S Mohinder – -Anand Bakshi

On a standalone basis, it is slightly difficult to judge what the song has to covey…

Kisne Mujhe Pukaara Kisne Mujhe Sada DiSaaz Aur Aawaaz (1966) – Naushad – Khumar Barabankwi

The song is possibly first duet that has an element of a typical suspense film formula – image of the heroine shrouded in the ‘clouds of smoke’ and hero chasing the voice that sings the song…

The song has another version as well, one with a subtle variation in tempo and scale..

Aa Hum Ahd-e-wafa Kar Le – Do Bhai (1969) – Laxmikant Pyarelal

LP also using Suman Kalyanpur in a duet with Mohammad Rafi – possible the dictates of the times…one can find many other such songs in ‘67 to ‘69 period on YT – quite  a few of them had become popular too at that time.

Mere Yaar Ki Yaari Dekh KeInsaaniyat (1974) – Shankar Jaikishan -Hasrat Jaipuri

Post-Jaikishan period Shanker has attempted using Rafi’s theatrics to present the formula playboy mood of the song.. Suman Kalyanpur matches note to Rafi’s note

Well, that should be enough for the day….

If you have songs to share, you are most heartily welcome…..

The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Summing Up – II: Duet Songs and The Best Music Director

We now conclude our micro-view of songs of a particular year – Best songs of 1950: And the winners are?. We have covered up documentation of the further micro-review of the songs C Ramchandra, Husnlal Bhagatram and Ghulam Mohammad, Anil Biswas and other Music directors’ Lata Mangeshakar’s songs, as well as those of Suraiya and Shamshad Begum in June 2015 and Rajkumari, Geeta Roy and Other female Singers in July 2015.. We had then continued to explore Male Solo Songs of Mukesh, Talat Mahamood, Mohammad Rafi, G M Durrani and Chitalkar, Manna Dey, Arun Kumar, Manmohan Krishna and Others too in July 2015. During August 2015, we had Other playback singers for Raj Kapoor and Male-Female duets of Mukesh, Mohammad Rafi, Talat Mahmood, G M Durani and Those of Chitalkar and Other Male Singers for our micro-review. In the concluding month of September, we completed micro-review of Triads / Triads+ too.

Having covered all the facets – Female Solos, Male Solos, Male-Female / Male-Male/Female-Female Duets and Triads /Triads + – in individual details from micro-view of ‘Best songs of 1950: And the winners are?, I presented MY choice of the TOP 10 songs in Female Solos as well those in Male Solos in the previous episode.

Summing Up – Duets

The last category in the songs section was Duets. We had extensively covered the most happening category of Male-Female Duet Songs as well relatively very selectively used category of Female-Female Duets and Male-Male Duets.

In the Male-Female Duets we had listened to 52 songs in all. These can be viewed wither from Male-Female duets angle or from Female-Male Duets angle. From the Male-Female angle, the duets of Mohammad Rafi (21), Mukesh (13), Talat Mahmood (7) and G M Durrani (6) total 37 songs. In the mirror, from Female-Male duets angle, this works out to 13 duets of Shamshad Begum, 11 of Lata Mangeshkar, 9 Geeta Roy, 5 of Suraiya and 3 each of Raj Kumari and Zohrabai Ambalewali – 44.

Here are My Favorite Male-Female Duets, in no particular order.:

Mukesh + Lata MangeshkarZamaane ka dastoor hai yeh puranaLajwaab – Prem Dhawan- Anil Biswas

Mukesh + Geeta RoyKhayalon Men Kisi Ke Is Tarah Aaya Nahin KarteBaware Nayan – Kedar Sharma – Roshan

Mukesh + Raj KumariMujhe Sach Sach BataBaware Nayan – Kedar Sharma – Roshan

Mohammad Rafi + Lata MangeshkarMahi O dupata mora de deMeena Bazaar – Qamar Jalalabadi – Music Husnlal-Bhaatram

Mohammad Rafi + Suraiya – Dil Ko Hae Dil Ko ..Teri Tasveer Se Bahalae Hue Hain – Dastaan – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

Talat Mahmood + Lata MangeshkarYaad aanewale phir yaad aa rahe hainAnmol Ratan – DN Madhok- Vinod

Talat Mahmood + Shamshad Begum – Milte hi aankhen dil hua deewana kisi kaBabul – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

G M Durrani + Pramodini Desai – Chiraiya Udi Jaye Re ….. Dodo Dodo BabuDilruba – – Gyan Dutt

Madan Mohan + Shmamshad BegumHumse na dil ko lagana musafirAankhen – Bharat Vyas – Madan Mohan

And the icing on the cake is:

Hemant Kumar and Roma Devi (?) –Milte hi ankhen dil hua – cover version

Male-male duets were good to listen to after these many years. But the real evergreen duets do belong to Female – Female duets category..

Here are my favorites:

Shamshad Begum + Lata MangeshkarKisi ke dil mein rahna thaBabul – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

Geeta Roy + SuraiyaPreet ka nata jodnewaleAfsar – Narendra Sharma – S D Burman

Lata Mangeshkar and Amirbai KarnatakiGore gore O baanke choreSamadhi – Rajendra Krishna – C Ramchandra

Lata Mangeshkar and Sarswati RaneJab dil ko sataye gham tu chhed sakhi sargamSargam – PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra

Lata Mangeshkar and Saraswati RaneTinak tin tani do din ki zindaganiSargam – PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra

1950 would certainly go as a very special year in the history of HFM in so far as the specific variety of Triads and Triads + goes. There would be very few, if any, years which may have so varied a crop of triads and triads + songs.

Here are My Favorite Triads and Triads

Mohammad Rafi + Shamshad Begum + Talat Mahmood + Chorus – Nadiya mein utha hai shorBabul – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad –

Mukesh + S D Batish, Shamshad Begum + ChorusJaao Sidharo He Raadha Ke ShyamArzoo – Jan Nissar Akhtar – Anil Biswas

Best Music Director

The year 1950 has presented a very interesting picture in so far as music directors are concerned.

There are MANY music directors at the very Bottom of the Pyramid who have hardly made any impact by their creations. Then a level above, are A FEW music directors, like Husnlal Bhagatram, Hansraj Behl, Ghulam Mohammad, Vasant Desai, Vinod, Madan Mohan, Snehal Bhatkar, who have had from one to several films, a song here or a song there that did attract fair amount of public and critic attention.

A rung above them are music directors like Roshan (Bawre Nain), S D Burman (Afsar), Anil Biswas (Arzoo, Beqasoor) who did not have many films in the year but did have at least one film that not only attained Great Success in those days, but went on to become ever-green as well.

At the top are C Ramchandra (Nirala, Samadhi, Sangeeta, Saragam, Sangram),  Naushad (Dastan, Babul) and Bulo C Rani (Jogan). Each of their films was a great musical success, several of the songs form each film went on to write their own records of commercial success as well as wen on to become evergreens as well.

So one may choose, as per own individual preference, either Baware Nain or Afsana or Dastan or Babul or Arzoo as the Film that had Best Music, but the C Ramachandra is MY CHOICE as the Best Music Director for the year. He has successfully crafted the music, as much for the class as that for the mass, in all the films, even when the films were primarily meant for the mass.

 

Concluded….

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