Female- Female Duets present an opportunity to listen to many of the voices that we listed to in the female solo songs, with a different perspective of – in terms of the subjects as well as style of singing these types of songs.
Barring an exception, I have picked up only those FF songs for which HFGK has identified the singers.
Minaxi, Lata Mangeshkar, chorus – Janani Janmabhoomi…Tum MaaN Ho Badi MaaN Ho – Badi Maa – Datta Koregaonkar – Anjum Panipati
Unidentified female voices – Begum Janiya Ki God Bhari, Hamari Lado Rani – Bhaijaan – Shyam Sundar – Padtau Lakhnavi
Zeenat Begum Munnavar Sultana – Doriye Ki Odhani Maim Mal Mal DhouNgi – Champa – –Lachhiram
Amirbai Karanataki + Zoharabai Amabalewali – Piya Ki BasuriyaHui Kaleje Paar – Chhamia – Gyan Dutt – Pt. Indra / Qabil Amrutsari
Female- Female Duets present an opportunity to listen to many of the voices that we listened to in the female solo songs, with a different prospective of – in terms of the subjects as well as style of singing these types of songs.
Far More number of songs that we could locate on HFGK do not have YT links established till now.
Popular Female-Female Duet
Zohrabai Ambalewali, Shamshad Begum – Udan Khatole Pe Ud Jaoon, Tere Haath Na AauN – Anmol Ghadi – Naushad Ali – Tanvir Naqvi
Other Female-Female Duets
Hamida Banu, Krishna Ganguly – Ik Chand WahaN Ik Chand YahaN Jiya NA Lage Mora – Amar Raj – Feroz Nizami – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor
Amirbai Karanataki, Zohrabai Ambalewali – Meri Aai Hai Teen BhabhiyaN – Haum Ek Hain = Husnlal Bhagatram – P L Santoshi
Zeenat Begum, Hameeda Bano – Alla Duhai Hai … Ye Duniya Garibo Ki Kyun Jeene NahiN Deti – Nek Parveen – Feroz Nizami – Wahid Qureshi
Mohantara Talpade, Hameeda Bano – Oonchi Haveli Bana Do Munimji, Hawli Ko Sheeshe Laga Do Muimji – Phoolwari – Hansraj Behl – Pt. Indra
Shanta Apte, Lata Mangeshkar – Main Khili Khili Phoolwari Kya….. Chand Haath Mein Aaya – Subhadra – Vasant Desai – Moti B A
Male-Male Duet Song
I have been able to locate only one male-male duet from HFGK for the year 1946.
S D Burman, S L Puri – Baabu.. Re Dil Ko Bachan, Tere Dil Ko Bachana – Eight Dyas- S D Burman –
Except one song, all other songs are more in the genre of chorus songs this year, where no one singer plays a major role in the song.
Beenapani Mukherjee, Lalita Deulkar, Mangala Tipnis, Chorus – Apni Gori Ki Nagari Mein Jaana – Eight Days – S D Burman – Qamar Jalalabadi
Chorus – Utho Ke Hamein Waqt Ki Gardish Ne Pukara – Neecha Nagar – Pt. Ravi Shankar
Chorus – Ham Rookenge Nahin – Neecha Nagar – Pt. Ravi Shankar
Chorus – Aao SahelioN BannI Ko Mahendi Lagao – Nek Parveen – Feroz Nizami – Waid Quereshi
We will take up the concluding part of the Duet Songs of 1946 in our next episode.
Like the ‘other’ male-female duets, the female-female duets for the year 1947 too present a wide variety in terms of singer combinations as well as the range of music directors. The numbers could have been far more in the present post if
All the female-female duets listed in HFGK were available on Yout Ube, and
If more films would have identifiable recorded songs on HFGK.
Barring two or three female-female duets, I got to listen all other duets for the first time during the present Micro View. It would not be a coincidence that the duets that I have heard, and heard them often enough, are the ones composed by the music directors who have had a fairly noticeable presence in the later Golden Era. It would be redundant to state that this is the limitation of my knowledge of the pre-1950 songs.
I do seem to have a predominant bias for liking the Duets. Considering the motivation that such a bias would generate, I did try hard to look beyond the obvious choices of the duets for including them in this list. It seems the proximity that too frequent listening of some of the songs all these years across all the media playing platforms like radio, records, tapes, CDs or internet was too deeply etched to overcome the force of this motivation.
Given this bias, I present the choice of MY TOP duet songs for 1948, in no particular order:
When I sort-listed female-female duets for 1948 from HFGK, the number worked out to be reasonably large. However, I could not find digital soft version on the net for almost half of them. Therefore, the songs that I could find YT link can be taken as fairly well-known to those who have good knowledge and interest of vintage era songs. From the perspective of my limited knowledge and interest of the songs of that era, I also found listening to these songs quite interesting.
Shamshad Begum + Geeta Roy – Oh Gori Tera Banka Chhaiya Jeet Ke Aaya Jang – Actress – Shyam Sundar – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan
Shamshad Begum + Geeta Roy – Ankhon Ankhon Mein Dil Se Dil Ki Baat Kah Gaye – Actress – Shyam Sundar –
Amirbai Karanataki + Rajkumari – Basant Chhaya Charon Aur, Ho Chhaya Charon Aur – Amar Prem – Datta Thakor – Mohan Mishra, M A
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.
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.
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