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

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

This month we had a flurry of article on anniversary of a different kind – the 40th year of Sholay. From the deluge of articles, we have picked illustrative few here:

‘Sholay’ is 40 – but so are a bunch of other classic Hindi movies – Apart from the classic Ramesh Sippy entertainer, ‘Nishant’, ‘Deewar’, ‘Chupke Chupke’, ‘Choti Si Baat’, Rafoo Chakkar/Khel Khel Mein and Mausam are also four decades old.

Shatrughan Sinha as Jai, Pran as Thakur and Danny as Gabbar? What ‘Sholay’ could have beenAnupama Chopra – Ahead of the 40th anniversary of the release of Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Sholay’, a behind-the-scenes look at how the script and cast came together. Excerpted with permission from Sholay : The Making of a Classic, Anupama Chopra, Penguin Books India, Published : 2000.

‘Jai Santoshi Ma’: Also marking its 40th anniversary with ‘Sholay’ is the mother of all moviesParomita Vohra revisits Vijay Sharma’s devotional ‘Jai Santoshi Ma’, one of the year’s biggest hits alongside ‘Sholay’ and ‘Deewar’.

We also have few more articles on anniversaries of films artists:

Happy Birthday, Vyjayantimala ji – On her 83rd birthday, here are 10 … solo songs picturised on this dancer and actress par excellence.

Naushad’s Long-distance Duets of Separation has presented Naushad’s Long Distance Duets of Separation, as a tribute to him in this year being celebrated as Year of Naushad on SoY.

The Master of Masters Khemchand Prakash is a tribute on his 65th death anniversary (12 December 1907 – 10 August 1950).

C Ramchandra-Naushad comparison and contrast with Rafi, a tribute to Mohammad Rafi on his 35th death anniversary, in a way also can well be placed in our regular section of Special Songs (/articles)……… Rafi started with Naushad in 1944 with Pahle Aap, and with CR two years later with Safar. Yet if you count their songs till 1949, Rafi had about 20 songs with CR, as compared to about 15 with Naushad. Each composed 10 songs for Rafi (in 1949), but Naushad takes a huge leap in terms of quality and impact…1950 onwards or more precisely 1951 (Deedar) onwards, Naushad zooms off in a different orbit with his Rafi songs…CR plods on, composing about 65 songs for Rafi (not a small number), compared to about 150 by Naushad.

Akhiyon Ke Jharokhon Ke Se is a tribute to Hemlata on her 61st birth anniversary on 16th August, 2015.

We now turn to our other regular posts:

Tahir Faridi Qawwal and Aminah Chishti – covering some of our favorite classics, definitely break new ground as well. Here are these songs:

From the review of Roop ki Rani Choron ko Raja (1961), we pick up Chaand Gaya taare gaye…Jaaona Sata na rasiya and an extended semi-classical performance to Shiv Sagar, set to the tune that S-J used later in this song from Rangoli (1962)!

Ten of My Favorite Jeep Songs is a follow up post to the earlier one on car songs. Here are some of the rarely heard songs from this collection:

From MUSINGS , we pick up Men in Her Life and the related articles. Men in Her Life sets to explore the men in Nutan’s screen life, excluding Rajnish and Mohnish (Bahl). There had been as many as 45 men with whom she had affair. From the statistical overview, the second follow-up article’s Romancing statistics shows 47 movies and 50 exchanges of hearts with 23 men. Next is on scandalous relationships – Jocasta? . If Jocasta was taking the relationship links vertically, then Awan (sister /wife of Cain) scorches the horizontal wanderings. Having already talked about son, husband brother and all other things left out is the progenitor Daddy’s Girl.

We had missed Short Notes : The Beautiful Shiva, which ought to have been presented in our June 2015 issue. The visuals presented here are  (an) humble tribute to those great creators of art. (We) would like the creations do the talking, hence no accompanying commentary to the selections.

Now we move over songs remembered by our friends in this month –

Bhagvan Thavrani

[MANOHAR has also given music in films like Raees (1948 ) , Passing show ( 1956 ) , Usha Kiran ( 1952 ) and Dr Z ( 1959)]. There is another very interesting number form Chingari: Jiyunga Jab Talak Tere Fasane Yaad Aayenge – Talat Mahmood

In the exchange of mails in this connection Naresh Mankad called up Nainon se nain huye char – Lata- Aurat (1953) – Shanker Jaikishan.

Sumant (Dadu) Vashi form Chicago (U S A) had sent in these songs

In the last episode of our carnival, we had talked about the very widely discussed and participated exercise of annual review 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. One last piece in the Male Solo Songs pack

§  The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male Solo Songs – Several Playback Singers For Raj Kapoor

Our onwards journey has these posts on the next phase – Male Female Duets during the present month:

§  The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male Female Duets : Mukesh with other female singers

§  The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male Female Duets : Mohammad Rafi with other female singers

§  The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male Female Duets : Talat Mahmood with other female singers

§  The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male Female Duets : G M Durrani with other female singers

§  The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male Female Duets : Chitalkar and Other Male Singers with other female singers

We will conclude the series in the next month.…

Whilst not directly within the scope of our blog carnival, it would be interesting to digress a bit and take note of – Age cannot wither them (or can it?) – thoughts on actors “playing” old. The post picks up the thread from Amitabh Bachchan enacting Bhaskor Banerjee in Piku to him pretend to be old in 1980s films like Mahaan or Aakhree Raasta. The author goes on remember Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer in Danny Collins. We also have the benefit of a pairing article To Rome with Love and Death: thoughts on aging stars

In the end, we have (our customary) very special songs of Mohammad Rafi taken out from the songs Samir Dholakia has referred.

In Dil Ki Baazi Jeet Ke Bhi Haare Sudhir states that he heard this song for for the first time and then listened to it several times over. Here is the song – Dil Ki Baazi Jeet Ke Bhi Haare – Madan Manjari (1961) – Sardar Malik.

Samir also remembers songs having similar tune:

Samir also has remembered Bina Tumhare Maza Kya Hai Aise Jine Mein – Mohammed Rafi – Street Singer – Suraj (said to be pseudonym of Shanker of Shanker Jaikishan). That pushed me to call up some more of songs from this combination:

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

This article is actually posted on 2-9-2015, since my internet facility was forced down as result of the regulatory orders.

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – February, 2015 edition

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

As has become a set pattern, we begin with articles form or regular blogs, commemorating anniversaries:

Kavi Pradeep: The singer of Message Songs  – As tribute on the centenary of Kavi Pradeep (6 February 1915 – 11 December 1998) –  the article goes on to present some songs sung by him, because he is in the class of singers who could not sing anything which was less than captivating.

Happy Birthday, Waheeda ji, from where we have picked up these two songs:

Jaane kya tune kahi (Pyaasa, 1957, Geeta Dutt, S DBurman) so as to bring up its original Bengali version Mono Dilo Na Bandhu sung and composed by S D Burman

Haaye gazab kahin taara toota (Teesri Kasam, 1966. Asha Bhosle, Shankar-Jaikishen). We will add Mubarak Begum’s piece Hai Muhobbat Bahutto this list. Just as a bonus, here is her dance number (Yaeru pooti poovaye from Kaalam Maari Poochu (remade into Telugu as Rojulu Marayi). This tune was adapted to in Hindi for the film Bambai Ka Babu, as Dekhane Mein Bhola Hai, some years down the line.

My Favourite Geeta Bali songsJanuary 21, 2015  was the 50th anniversary. Our pick of the songs is : Yeh Din Hai Khushi KeJab Se Tumhen Dekha Hai (1963) – Manna Dey and Suman Kalyanpur

My favourite songs of Madhubala , from which we have picked up – Aye bhola bhala man (Jhumroo, 1961, Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar, Kishore Kumar)

The Masters: Khayyam spans the career that spanned more than six decades, with long stretches in between where Khayyam did not compose for films at all. In all, he composed for 54 films (and 17 other unreleased ones) and totalled up 626 songs (including those for TV serials and other non-film albums including those for Begum Akhtar and Mohammed Rafi).

And now onto some of the other – regular- offerings:

UttarMegh and Dekh Kabira Roya is also the inspired by the Meghadutam, which has been a source of inspiration of many an artist.  ‘While PurvaMegh describes the scenic beauty that the cloud messenger would pass by on his way to Alaka nagari, as narrated by a certain Yaksha who is separated from his wife on account of negligence of duty and hence cursed by Kubera to be exiled for a year, UttarMegh is full of virah-bhava. ..The great painter Nana Joshi has created nine visualisations of the verses of UttarMegh…. That UttarMegh was a possible inspiration for the great lyricist Rajinder Krishan when he penned the lyrics for Dekh Kabira Roya – Meri Veena Tum Bin Roye  and  Ashqon se teri hamne [It is also interesting to note that the two songs are back to back in the movie] as well as Bairan Ho Gyai Raina –  or even Amiya Chakraborty, the director of the movie, is what this post sets out to explore.

Some Favorite (Relatively) Contemporary Versions of Classic Hindi Film Songs is the result of the urge to throw together some of my favorite contemporary versions of old Hindi film songs. The songs included here – Hai Apna Dil To Awara, Chin Chin Choo, Piya Tu Ab To Aaja– also come from a slightly wider range than the area that the blog usually focuses on these days, stretching in one case all the way into the early 1970s. But all of these songs were composed by music directors who produced many classics during the Golden Age, and all of them were originally sung by artists who became prominent during the Golden Age or the Vintage Era.

Different versions of ‘Tum Bhulaye Na Gaye’ by  Feroza Begam… This is one of the loveliest songs that one cannot get tired of listening it again and again. There is something special about it. Firoza Begum in her unique and beautiful voice has infused agony and angst into this engrossing composition of Kamal Dasgupta…. original version , subsequent version   and the one when she was almost 70 .

A few random musings:

Salil Chaudhury – A narrative documentary movie on Salil Chowdhury directed by Jagadish Banerjee and produced by Films Division…..

Cinema Cinema – Director Shah Krishna compiled this compelling documentary of Indian cinema after spending two years searching through film archives from all over the world. Included are films from the turn of the 20th century through the 1970s to illustrate various schools of filmmaking and the historical progression of the art form.

Our friends Samir Dholakia and Bhgawan Thavrani have remembered

Naresh Mankad also chips in with

Whilst on Pankaj Mullik, we also recall that Samir Dholakia has sent

 Tu Dhundhata hai jisako – Yatrik by Anulekha Gupta Mullick, the daughter of Pankaj Mullik. Here is the original song.

And now over to exclusive articles on Mohammad Rafi…

Mohammad Rafi Timeline showcases his endless collections.

Mohammed Rafi: An Antique voice of showman Raj KapoorAn Accolade to Raj Kapoor and Mohammed Rafi on their 90th Birthday Raj Kapoor - Google DoodleBy Biman Baruah – Mohammad Rafi has sung second highest songs for Raj Kapoor, after Mukesh, in films like Barsaat (1949), Andaz (1949), Dastan (1950), Sargam (1950), Amber (1952), Paapi (1953), Do Ustad (1959), Chhalia (1960), Nazrana (1961), Ek Dil Sau Afsane (1963) and Mera Naam Joker (1970).

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

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

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

We have a discovery to report this month. It is a discovery on two counts – first one being that fact that I landed upon this blog only this month, though ought to have done so a little earlier, and the second one is because the blog itself is Back after a long hiatus!.

So, we will devote our beginning to posts on Songs, Stories, Books and More… Random Musings. However, we would pick up posts for the normal period of this edition and would find opportunities to delve into (relatively) older posts in the future editions of our carnival.

We have two posts on one subject, wherein both the posts have approached the subject from totally different angle. The subject is Lata Mangeshkar’s birthday (on 28th September). The First one is Happy Birthday, Lata ji,… despite loving Asha Bhosle to the core, there are many Lata songs that I am very fond of…The volume and quality of work she has behind her is unmatched and unparalleled. And this is an Asha fan saying this.. And the Second Post is: The Swar-Saamraagyi and the the Sangeet-Maartand: Best of Lata Mangeshkar by Anil Biswas, as can be expected on any SoY post, doing full justice the selection of the songs from 123 songs that Anil Biswas – LataMangeshkar combination has provided from 30 films.

October sets in… oh yes, Happy Birthday Asha Parekh… has chosen to present songs from Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon. Lakhon Hai Nigah Main, Zindagi Ki Raah Mein obviously draws a parallel with Jawaniyan Yeh Mast Mast Bin Piye  [Tumsa Nahin Dekha]. “Both songs are favourites though (I) prefer to watch the Tumsa Nahin Dekha song and listen to Lakhon Hai Nigah Mein!”

Gungunaoonga Yehi Geet Main Tere Liye – Remembering Sachin Dev Burman and Majrooh Sultanpuri is in memory of 108th and 95th birth anniversaries respectively. “Mohd Rafi .. happens to be.. favourite singer and I remember reading somewhere that Dada Burman wanted him to sing this song. He wasn’t in favour of Talat saab because of that tremble in his voice. But luckily for us, Jaidev (his assistant then) convinced Dada Burman to give Talat saab this song. Thank god for that. However much, I adore Rafi, no one could have sung this song better than Talat saab.”

We have a pair of very interesting posts on Asha Bhosle and Geeta Dutt on “Songs…and More”.

The recent one Chali Re Chali Re Main toh Des Parayee (Saranga, 1961) presents a haunting, plaintive number from film Saranga, one of the films that did make a very special space for Sardar Malik as quite an accomplished music director. The second one is w.r.t. Asha Bhosle’s birthday – Thank you for the music and memories, Asha ji! – which has picked up quite a melodious piece of Humming in Kashmir Ki Kali (1964), among other songs.

Geeta Dutt’s song Rut Phire Par Din Hamare was not there Pyasa.(1957), but has found its place here on account of “Thou shalt write a long post on at least one Sahir Ludhianvi song per week” policy. Rut Phire Par din Hamare Phire Na (Pyaasa, 1957) recollects the topic of this song in Nasreen Munni Kabir’s book (Conversations with Waheeda Rehman). According tConversations with Waheeda Rehmano Waheeda, this song had been filmed with her rowing in a boat and everyone had appreciated the picturisation. However Waheeda Rehman differed with the view and she apparently pointed out that having that song slows the pace of the story and is just boring. Guru Dutt had heard her criticism and after the first screening, had agreed with her observation (seeing people walk out for a bathroom or coffee break), had taken it off. Excerpts from this bok can be glanced at Excerpt | Conversations With Waheeda Rehman. The other one is Na Main Dhan Chahun Na Ratan Chahun (Kala Bazaar, 1960), This duet, by Geeta Dutt and Sudha Malhotra is said to have ben (actually) composed by Jaidev, the then assistant to S D Burman. This seems quite logical since “Jaidev’s bhajans from Hum Dono (1961) are remembered to the day – Allah Tero Naam, and Prabhu Tero Naam.”

Guru Dutt’s 50th death anniversary brings in San San San Woh Chali Hawa – Kaagaz Ke Phool, 1959 ‘to remember Guru Dutt not as the melancholic, unhappy genius film maker but in happier times with a happy number! He was after all only 39 when he died.’

We have several other anniversary posts in the present episode of the carnival.

Happy 88th Birthday, Madam Noor Jehan! has clips of the entire ‘90s interview on BBC plus all of Noor Jehan birthday posts going back to 2009. A veritable treasure in on Noor Jehan, in one place !

On Begum Akhtar’s birth centenary, a musical tribute at her grave…..One hundred years after she was born, Begum Akhtar is being remembered and celebrated at the place where she was laid to rest.

clip_image002How Begum Akhtar changed my life: a tribute on the singer’s 100th birth anniversaryTisha Srivastav

“Now as a woman in my 40s, having lived life a little, the Begum is back in my life, as a modern-day primer to soothe me into understanding the subtext of experiences. Of love, shocks, surprises, loneliness, romancing life itself and laughing at one’s obsessions.”

The Lonely Ghazal Queen: Begum Akhtar , a legend in her lifetime, who achieved enormous fame at a very young age, and gave joy to millions of listeners of many generations, including doyens like Mehdi Hasan, Talat Mahmood, Madan Mohan, Pt. Jasraj and Pt. Ravi Shankar, Begum Akhtar’s own life seems to be full of sorrow, pain, abusive relationships, betrayal by people she loved and a deep melancholy.

Unfathomable greatnessSaleem Kidwai

The way [Begum Akhtar] would split words or combine them into musical phrases shows how comfortable she was with Urdu’s poetic idiom. This musical comfort level with the language also marked out some of her younger contemporaries like Mehdi Hasan, Iqbal Bano and Farida Khanum, and is sadly missing from most other singers.

Kishore Kumar’s duets by SD Burman : “With 115 songs, he gave Kishore Kumar more songs than any other (male) singer. Surjit Singh’s site indicates that out of this only 53 were solos, and 51 were Male –Female duets, 8 Male duets and 3 other songs. “.. and even die-hard opinionated person like me would very happily concede that quite a few of these pre-Aradhana duets did creditable justice to S D Burman’s marked preference to Kishore Kumar.

Geet Gaya Paththaron Ne – Rajakamal Studio is very passionate retrospective of films that have created a very respectable distinctive position for V. Shantaram. The post also carries link to a song each from Rajakamal Studio’s films from Shakuntala (1943) to Pinjra (1973).

My Favourites: Songs of Yearning – This ‘someone’ is a very hazy concept. We don’t usually know who, or how or when or where we will meet this particular person; we don’t even know that we will meet that special someone. And we do, perhaps – through choice, through circumstance, through fate. Or the someone we find becomes special. But in the meanwhile, we have our own hopes, dreams and expectations of finding that glorious love

Ten of my favourite string instrument songs, where it’s not an orchestra (Ted Lyons and His Cubs, anyone? Or The Monkees?), but a hero or heroine, not a professional musician, being the one ‘playing’ an instrument?

Radio Playback India has presented Raag Hansdhwani by Hariprasad Chaurasia.. I have especial fascination for Raag Hansdhwani, primarily because of Jaa To Se Nahin Bolun Kanhaiya , A Lata Mangeshakar – Manna Dey Duet from film Parivar(1956) , and then because of this song I landed upon this very famous Taranaa by Pandit Amir Khan Saheb Incidentally one of initial blog post is a compilation [Part I, Part II and Part III] of all that I could gather at that time on internet on Hansdhwani.

In our now a regular visit to Suresh Chandvankar’s articles, we have a topical article – When Bollywood maestros collaborated to put a Gandhi prayer to melody. The film musician Vasant Desai cut a disc of Gandhiji’s poem, sung by Manna Dey and Chorus. Gandhiji is credited as the lyricist .

How a goatherd and Mozart inspired the score for Bimal Roy’s ‘Madhumati’, is an excerpt, from Bimal Roy’s Madhumati: Untold Stories from Behind the Scenes by Rinki Roy Bhattacharya published by Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd..

Tamilnadus’ (ex)CM J. Jayalalitha was in the news recently. But we recall hereFour dance sequences from classic Jayalalithaa movies, of which one is from Hindi film Izzat (1967) – Jaagi Badan Men Jwala, Saiyan Tune Kya Kar Dala.

MANMOHAN KRISHNA SINGS FOR OP NAYYAR is one more post where we have very unique songs. Of the two non-film songs, both penned by Saroj Mohini Nayyar, the first one is Buje Diye Hua Andhera and the second one is Diya To Jala Sab Raat Re Balam. The latter song was also recorded in film Dhake Ki Malamal by C H Atma .

We round off this carnival edition with a post from Songs..Books and More – Sabhi Kuch Lutakar (Singer – Mohd Rafi, Movie Indrani, 1958) is a “wonderful romantic Hindi number was from an old Bengali film It is picturised on an unknown face. This man (a vagabond?) is strumming a guitar and singing this song. He is watched by Kumar and Sen – a just married couple – standing outside in the veranda of their house. Interspersed with Bengali dialogues, the mood of the song is indeed very romantic.”

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

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

The entire August 2014 edition of our blog carnival was dedicated to the memories of Mohammad Rafi. As result, we had not been able to visit any of the other published post in that episode. We will make good those inadvertent omissions in the present episode.

We begin out tour of our regular blogs:

Hemant Kumar’s songs by SD Burman

Besides his own compositions, Hemant Kumar freely sang under other composers. SD Burman was one of the most important for him, making him the voice of Dev Anand – one of the big three – in many films. Continuing the series on SD Burman for various singers, SoY presents songs for Hemant Kumar as a tribute to the latter on his 25th death anniversary.(b. 16 June 1920; d. 26 September 1989).

Best Songs of 1951: Wrap Up 2

This is the part Two of the Wrap Up round on Best songs of 1951: And the winners are? . Part 1 has addressed wide ranging discussions on Male Playback Singers for the Year 1951. The ‘other’ female playback singers bring immense variety and several of them had their landmark songs in the year. As a result, this year SoY has taken up a separate post for ‘other’ (than Lata Mangeshakar) Female Playback Singers. .

Aao bachcho tumhein dikhayen jhanki….ki

Jagriti (1954), has a more or less mirror image on the other side as Bedari. Actor Ratan Kumar (Nazir Rizvi) was the common link, where he played the same role of a differently-abled nice boy, who reforms the wayward boy

Multiple Version Songs (18): Hindi-Telugu exchange [Guest article by Arunkumar Deshmukh]

His first guest article in the series on Multiple Version Songs was on Hindi-Marathi, naturally.  Arunji surprised everyone by an equally erudite article on Hindi – Kannada versions. The Hindi- Telugu exchange is equally rich and interesting.

Ten of my favourite ‘male pianist’ songs’ is a veritable collection of songs picturised on men sitting at pianos, a worthy sequel to women pianists .

That also gives us cause to recall an archived article – My favorite piano-songs, from the 50s and 60s that have at least one character “playing” the piano throughout the song. Even as some songs would get repeated in these three articles, the presentations offer a varied fare that whets our appetite of different perspectives.

August being the month of festivals, it was high time a post on Festival Songs that would collate songs relating to various festivals was eagerly awaited.

My Favourites: Letters in Verse resurrects the now forgotten art and passion of writing letters.

August 27 is the death anniversary of Mukesh. ‘Made for each other: Mukesh and Kalyanji-Anandji’ pays tribute to Mukesh, by exploring one of the very special associations he had had with some of the leading music directors of his era.

Coincidentally we also have an exclusive post – Kalyanji-Anandji, the immortal duo detailing their notable films, songs, achievements and key recognitions that highlight their versatile talent. The post also discusses their distinctive composing style and more importantly, highlight their personal nature and why they are immortal.

We now stray beyond our oft-tracked path and take a look at occasional marvels that one lands up in such journeys:

First Ghalib ghazal to be used in a film was ‘Aah ko chahiye ek umr asar hone tak’ was the first Mirza Ghalib ghazal to be used in a movie (Masoom – 1941).

Whilst on Cutting The Chai, we also join the (still continuing) celebration of 100 years of Indian Cinema @ 100 Years of Indian Cinema: India Post’s 50 commemorative stamps.

This is also a diamond jubilee year of 1964 film Dosti, which is rightly commemorated @ Dukh To Apana Saathi Hai – Sushil Kumar.

And as coincidences would have, we landed upon The spirituality in Hindi Film songs, which also talks about immortal songs, of this 1964 movie, Dosti’, penned by inimitable Majrooh Sultanpuri and sung in the angelic voice of Mohammed Rafi”.

We have been a given an excellent lead for very unusual wealth of information in terms of several articles @ Scroll.in . Here is one example A reminder for the Scots: India has a thriving bagpipe tradition too – Folk troupes in the country’s Garhwal region, especially those that play for weddings, often include a bagpiper. – by Mridula Chari.

Similarly Suresh Chandvankar, the Honorary Secretary of Society of Indian Record Collectors and the Editor of The Record News, the annual journal of the Society has contributed Marathi and English articles on the 78 rpm era to various periodicals, newspapers and websites. We take up one of the several articles for this edition, and will take up at least one article in each our subsequent editions.

Mimicry and comic songs from the dawn of the recording era in India – European recording companies scoured India looking for interesting sounds and songs, between 1902 to 1908.

We have a very interesting fare from our friend Bhagwan Thavrani :

In our regular ending of the carnival, we have “3-G: Great Lyrics, Grand Music and Golden Voice in Indian Cinema by Sri Biman Baruah , information shared by Sri Binu Nair, Founder, Rafi Foundation, Mumbai listing Mohammed Rafi solos written by Hasrat Jaipuri and filmed on different Actors:

Year Film Song Music Actor
1961 Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai Teri Zulfon Se Judaee Tu Nahin Mangi Thi Shankar Jaikishan Dev Anand
1962 Asli Naqli Chheda Mera Dil Ne Tarana Tere Pyar Ka Shankar Jaikishan Dev Anand
1963 Tere Ghar Ke Samne Dil Ka Bhanwar Kare Pukar, Pyar Ke Raag Suno Re S.D. Burman Dev Anand
1968 Duniya Falsafa Pyar Ka Tum Kya Jano, Tumne Kabhi Pyar Na Kiya Shankar Jaikishan Dev Anand
1964 Aayee Milan Ki Bela Tum Kamsin Ho, Nadaan Ho Shankar Jaikishan Rajendra Kumar
1965 Arzoo Aye Phoolon Ki Raani Baharoon Ki Malka Shankar Jaikishan Rajendra Kumar
1966 Suraj Chehere Pe Giri Zulfen Kehdo Tu Utha Do Main Shankar Jaikishan Rajendra Kumar
1968 Jhuk Gaya Aasman Kaun Hai Jo Sapnon Mein Aaya Shankar Jaikishan Rajendra Kumar
1961 Junglee Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujh Par Shankar Jaikishan Shammi Kapoor
1962 Professor Aye Gul Badan Aye Gulbadan Shankar Jaikishan Shammi Kapoor
1964 Rajkumar Is Rang Badalti Duniya Mein Insaan Ki Niyaat Thik Nahin Hai Shankar Jaikishan Shammi Kapoor
1969 Tumse Accha Kaun Hai Janam Janam Ke Saath Nibhane Ko Shankar Jaikishan Shammi Kapoor
1966 Gaban Ehshan Mere Dil Pe Tuhmare Hain Dostoon, Yeh Dil Tuhmare Pyar Ka Shankar Jaikishan Sunil Dutt
1970 Bhai-Bhai Mere Mehbbob Tere Dam Se Bahar Aaye Shankar Jaikishan Sunil Dutt
1965 Gumnaam Ek Ladki Hai Jisne Jina Muskil Kar Diya Shankar Jaikishan Manoj Kumar
1964 Ziddi Teri Surat Se Nahin Milti Kisi Ki Surat S. D. Burman Joy Mukherjee
1966 Love In Tokyo Aaja Re Aa Jara Lehrake Aa Jara Shankar Jaikishan Joy Mukherjee
1964 April Fool Meri Mohabbat Paak Mohabbat Aur Jahan Ki Shankar Jaikishan Biswajeet
1972 Shararat Dil Ne Pyar Kiya Hai Ek Bewafa Se Ganesh Biswajeet
1968 Mere Huzoor Rukh Se Zara Naqab Utha Do Mere Huzoor Shankar Jaikishan Jeetendra
1969 Pyar Hi Pyar Main Kahin Kavi Na Ban Jaoon Shankar Jaikishan Dharmendra
1973 Naina Hum Ko Tu Jaan Se Pyaari Shankar Jaikishan Shashi  Kapoor

This is certainly not an exhaustive list. We will try to make good the misses in due course of time.

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

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

This month many of our regular blogs that we visit seem to have turned on to film reviews. Well, that provides us a good opportunity to test wider oceans.

Husnlal-Bhagatram – The ‘First’ Composer Duo – pens the narrative of the origin and rise of Husnlal – Bhagatram…. The duo is fond of fast pace, actualized mainly through dholak and employment of atonal drums such as matka or idiophones such as ghunghroo, etc.” …Another aspect of their composing style .. is that “they make a musical statement which consists of successive song-lines with a descending and repetitive tonal contours”, which “appears to resolve the melody into completeness and it seems easier to remember” and “very few notes are used in those lines”. …..

One style feature that makes many of Husnlal-Bhagatram’s fast-paced songs catchy and instantly likeable is their tendency to punctuate the melody lines with very short and catchy orchestral phrases as a trigger for repetition of words or line, or by inserting short pauses at the end of a mukhda or antara before the rhythm moves forward. There are many examples to illustrate this point but… here are two songs that .. can be easily identified as Husnlal-Bhagatram creations.

The first example is Suraiya’s popular ‘tere nainon ne chori kiya’ from ‘Pyar Ki Jeet (1948). The pause after ‘tere nainon ne’ is filled with a brief flute piece that becomes such an integral part of the tune that if you try humming the tune, that flute piece would instantly play in your mind. …………The other example is Lata’s ‘tum dil ko tod doge’ from ‘Farmaaish’ (1953). The prelude itself is enough for one to identify it as their creation, but look at the rest of the composition. The first line is broken right at the middle and filled with a music piece, then at the end of the line comes another music piece before the line is repeated in exactly the same manner. In the antaras, a similar approach is followed, although the musical punctuation is used at the end of each line and a lovely pause is introduced at the end of the cross-line.”

We have A lovely Mohammed Rafi – Suraiya duet from Sanam (1951), composed by Husnlal Bhagatram, Mohammed Rafi singing for Dev Anand and Suraiya singing for herself.

KHURSHEED BANO … Barso re .. Tansen.. A Forgotten songKursheed and Suraiya were the two singing actresses of Mumbai Film-world who have shared the honours with the renowned singer K.L. Saigal. This talented and famous actress/singer of the thirties and the forty’s, Khurshid Bano rested in peace on 18th April 2001 in Karachi, at the age of 87 years and thus an era of talent in terms of acting/singing in the film industry finally came to an end.

In Melody Makers of Yesteryears (Unforgettable melodies) – part 1, usha manohartakes up “Chitragupt, Sardar Mallik and Narayan Dutta who were not often approached by any of the top movie makers like Bimal Roy, Nasir Hussain, Guru Dutt , Raj Kapoor or Mehboob Khan, but nonetheless they did make an impact, and once in a while did get a chance to work with some top film makers. Whenever they composed music for any film, they came out with some of the most melodious and meaningful compositions .

In Part 2she takes up Dattaram, G S Kohli and Sapan Jagamohan.

In Part 3, Ajit Merchant, Iqbal Quereshi and Bipin Babul have been covered in details.

Fascinating True Story Of A Lata Mangeshkar Song Born in A Los Angeles Music Shop narrates a very interesting story of a song which later in the same year (1958) Salil Chwdury composed – a classical Bengali song in Raag Khamaj (Carnatic-Hari Kambhoji) using the lovely Sur Bahar Sitar, David Bernard (of that LA music shop) gifted him in Los Angeles.. Sitar is the only musical instrument that is predominantly heard in the orchestration of this entire private song.. Perhaps this is also the only song in the Indian music history today wherein only Sitar is heard throughout a song..This Bengali song, is “..Naa jeo naa rajani ekhono baki..aaro kichhu dite baki.. bole raatjaaga pakhi..” was sung by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar..and its Hindi version “O Sajana barkhaa bahaar aayee..Ras ki phuhaar laayi.. Akhiyon mein pyar laayi..” (Parakh-1959).

Funny Hindi Songs – 20 Best Old Hindi Comedy Songs – “The other day I was watching the weekend show on Times Now which featured some of the best old Hindi comedy songs of yesteryear. Thus was the birth of this hub. They showed around 9 -11 songs as for the time constraint which every program on TV has. Here on the net, we don’t have any such time constraint, so I went ahead to compile a list of best 20 funny Hindi songs…..All these songs are excellently written and in one form or the other will give you a happy feeling. If the lyrics don’t evoke the laughing gases in you then do watch the video and shake a leg with it.”

We take a pause here in our charting of new waters.

Sickle Songs? Has listed three songs:

Aai Sawan Rut Ai – Mela (9148) – Mukesh, Shamshad Begum – Naushad

Naache Re Dharati Ke PyaareHeera Moti (1959) – Lata Mangeshkar, Hemant Kumar – Salil Chudhary [This is the only song composed by Salil Chaudhary, all others were composed by Roshan)

Aaj Meri Man Men Sakhi – Aan (1952) – Lata Mangeshkar and Chorus – Naushad

Does anyone have any more of the songs to add on to this subject?

Multiple Version Songs (16): Rabindra Sangeet and Pankaj Mullickis a very tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Thakur (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) and Pankaj Mullick (10 May 1905 – 19 February 1978) by guest author N Venkataraman.

SoY has also released one more of Multiple Version Songs post — Multiple Versions Songs (17): Haunting Melodies in Different Moods And Settings — guest written by yours truly.

We have a very interesting two part article by Shrikant Guatam, in his regular weekly (Gujarati) column “RangRaag” in ‘Madhuvan’   supplement of Janmabhoomi Pravasi. The article has listed Exceptional Partnerships – that of a music director and a lyricist – in the world of Hindi Film Music and have provided songs such partnerships have germinated. Since recording each of the song in the article here would entail copying the whole article, I have listed here the Partnership and the film(s) in which they have collaborated:

Hemant Kumar Sahir Ludhianvi Girl Friend 1960
Majrooh Sultanpuri Ek Hi Rasta 1956
Gulzar Khamoshi 1969
S D Burman Gulzar Bandini 1963
[just one song – Mora Gora Ang Lai Le – Lata Mangeshkar; beginning the long innings that Gulzar played donning lyricist cap, among several others]
Madan Mohan Gulzar Mausam 1975
Sahir Ludhianvi Railway Platform 1955
Ghazal 1964
(jointly with Jai Dev) Laila Majnu 1976
Majrooh Sultanpuri Aakhari Dao 1958
Naushad Majrooh Sultanpuri Shajahan 1946
Andaz 1949
Saathi 1968
Roshan Neeraj Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasl 1965
Laxmikant Pyarelal Hasrat Jaipuri Chhaila Babu 1967
Kalyanji Anandji Sahir Ludhianvi Nanha Farishta 1969
Gulzar Purnima 1965
Majrooh Sultanpuri Ishara 1964
Hasrat Jaipuri Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani 1970

Both parts of the article, in Gujarati, can be read here and here.

This spurred me to re-look at an article on Shailendra’s filmography. Shailendra’s is a classic 80-20 Pareto Principle case – his great bulk of the work is with Shaker Jaikishan, followed by work with S D Burman and Salil Chaudhary and to fair extent with Roshan. Interestingly he has an equally impressive list of ‘exceptional partnerships’. Here are these gems:

Basant Prakash Badnaam 1952
Sapan Jagmohan Begana 1963
Ninu Majumdar Bhai Saaheb 1954
Robin Banerjee Massom 1960
Shailesh Mukherjee Savera 1958
Shivram Narayan Naya Kadam 1958
Chitragupta Kal Hamara Hai 1959
R D Burman Chhote Nawab 1961
Manohar Chingari 1955
Sudhir Kar Kaanch Ki Gudiya 1961
Shardul Kwatra Piple Saheb 1954
Tees Maar Khaan 1955
Kalyanji Anandji Satta Bazar 1959
Kishore Kumar Door Gagan Ki Chhaon Men 1964
Hum Do Daku 1967
Door Ka Raahi 1971
Anil Biswas Sautela Bhai 1962
Chhoti Chhoti Baaten 1965
C. Ramchandra Chhatrapati Shivaji 1952
Anarkali 1953
Ravi Dilli Ka Thug 1958
Jawani Ki Hawa 1959
Nai Raahen 1959
Mukul Roy Shailab 1956
Detective 1958
Pandit Ravi Shankar Anuradha 1960

Our friend Bhagwan Thavrani remembers: Tum Na Aaye Sanam Shama Jalti Rahi – Bhootnath (1963) – Vedpal – Lata mangeshkar – wherein he especially takes note of “Meri Awaz Ko Jaane Kyaa Ho Gaya, Main Baharon Men Gaati Rahi Jogiya.

We now take up regular take on Mohammad Rafi :

  • Mohammad Rafi- A short film on his life and songs – Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3 of film on the songs and life of legendary singer Mohammad Rafi, with inputs of Vinod Viplav, who has written his first biography-Meri Awaz Suno. This short film was produced and aired by CNBC News and Entertainment TV Channel.
  • Meri Awaaz Suno – Part 1 – Memories of Madan Mohan through his timeless melodies sung by Mohammad Rafi – Features introduction by Madanji, new nostalgic comments by Madanji and tributes by Mala Sinha, Khayyam and Jagjit Singh. It also features snippets of songs from Aakhari Dao (1958), Ghazal (1964), Suhagan (1964), Sharabi (1964), Haqueequat (1964) and Mera Saaya (1966).

Meri Awaaz Suno – Part 2 – Memories of Madan Mohan through his timeless melodies sung by Mohammad Rafi – Features tributes by Lataji, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, Jaidev, Majrooh Sultanpuri and Jatin-Lalit. It also features snippets of songs from Aap Ki Parchhaiyan (1964), Dulhan Ek Raat Ki (1966), Heer Ranjha (1970), Naunihal (1967), Chirag (1969), Hanste Zakhm (1973), Laila Majnu (1976) and Tere Bagair (2009).

Each of our episodes is able to scratch the surface of all the great work done by a vast number of fans, lovers and knowledgeable people on the web, i.e. leaving out even a greater amount of documentation done on the print media. Let us salute these great work and join in bring up more and more of such work in our reach…….

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

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

Welcome, spring!with a few songs for the spring.

Forgotten Composers Unforgettable Melodies (9): Lachhiram -A very awkward and unfamiliar name, and not among the mainstream composers, it is so great a coincidence that even as this Blog Carnival’s March 2014 edition was on net, SoY had published this post. Lachchiram Tomar appears to have given music for around 20 films, but even in these hyper-active internet days, one does not find pre-1950 songs on internet!

Arunkumar Deshmukh, in his comment @ 13states: Aye Dil Machal Machal Ke Yoon, Rota Hai Zaar Zaar Kya “ solo of Lata from film Main Suhagan Hoon is the ONLY song of Lata, Lachhiram ever composed. He was the ‘one film-one song’ composer of Lata.” This aspect was also strongly mentioned in Shri Ashok Dave’s post on Main Suhagan Hoon, wherein it is categorically stated that Lachhiram had rather a strong preference for Asha Bhosle. Obviously, the reasons for such a pattern are not evidenced.

We have one more post relating to Forgotten composers – Celebrating the Uncelebrated: Ten of my favourite songs by lesser-known composers.

Most satisfying aspect of the subject of ‘Forgotten’ Creators of “Unforgettable” Melodies is that there are still fairly large number of knowledgeable persons who keep on with their active contributions of these ‘geniuses’ on internet and do a great service of creating an unforgettable documentation of this vital aspect of Indian Cinema.

The haunting music of Hemant Kumar– i.e. haunting songs that for some reason remain etched in your mind and you keep humming or visualizing the song often. Or, when a song conveys deep emotions that are unforgettable or which leave an impact even when you are not listening to the song. Enjoy 22 of these songs on the player here.

Lata Mangeshkar Sings for Laxmikant Pyarelal –Part 1talks about Lata – LP collaboration in 60s andPart 2talks about period from 1970 till 1996.

Found: Vyjayanthimala’s Other Bharatanatyam Dance in Chittor Rani Padmini (1963, Tamil)! – Cinema Nritya Gharana had presenteda beautiful Bharatanatyam dance of Vyjayanthimala’s in the 1963 Tamil film Chittor Rani Padmini in the first post on V.S. Muthuswami Pillai, but lamented that the second dance at the end of the movie she was said to have performed for the king could not be located . [This article was covered in August 2013 edition of this Blog Carnival.] Well! The dance has now been located, at the rich treasure house of Kandasamy Sekkarakudi Subbiah Pillai’s YouTube channel, and it is fantastic!

There are two dances that feature performers who are not yet identified (but definitely would like to know more about) and there is one song for which the identity of some of the singers seems to be a subject of hot debate. So, for the first post devoted to Khazanchi (there will probably be more here), let’s delve into these… Some Mystery Singers and Dancers in Khazanchi (1941).

The Mystery of the Missing Songs– a list of the songs (I knew were) filmed and deleted for one reason or the other.

Ten of my favourite ‘classic poem’ songs’ lists ten songs that are, in whole or part, written by classic poets.

My Favourites: Ghoda-Gaadi SongsHere are these songs, “in the memory of an animal-drawn vehicle that gave us some wonderful melodies. But with some caveats.

  • The songs can encompass any sort of horse-drawn vehicle – carriages, phaetons, Victorias, carts.
  • The whole song had to be picturised on the vehicle. (That took care of two of my favourite songs, Ye kya kar dala tune from Howrah Bridge and Sun bairi balam from Bawre Nain.)
  • It had to include the hero and  the heroine, even if only one of them were singing. (I originally titled this post Ghoda, Ghodi and Ghoda-Gaadi.) That deleted two other songs from my list: Chhoti si ye zindagani re from Aah, and Jhoome re neela ambar jhoomefrom Ek Gaaon ki Kahani.”

And as can be expected, there is at least one more of aTen of my favourite ghoda-gaadi songs “from pre-70s films that I’ve seen. Other than that, my requisites for the selected songs were:
1. That the person singing (on screen, that is) remains in the ghoda-gaadi through at least 80% of the song (which is whyAe dil hai mushkildoesn’t feature in this list).
2. Horse-drawn vehicles of all types qualify: tongas, Victorias, phaetons, even chariots. Horseback is out.
3. And, no two songs from the same film are allowed.”

SoY continues the great series on S D Burman and his songs with the leading playback singers, on the first death anniversary of Shamshad Begum with East meets West: Shamshad Begum’s songs by SD Burman.

We have some excellent material on one of most known ‘back-room’ face of Hindi Film Music – Manohari Singh.

In The Reed ManManohari Singh talks about his life and experiences, his colleagues and what it was like in the halcyon days of the Hindi film music world. [The post is penned byAshwin Panemangalore, who is primarily an electrical engineer, put in a long stint at L & T’s group of companies in software and instrumentation. After retiring in 2008 he is indulging in his passion for jazz.]

Manohari Singh – The Charming Pied Piper– Music lovers, both connoisseurs and common listeners, throng to listen to the mere sound of his instrument playing……Be it the Saxophone, Western (Key) Flute, the Clarinet or the Mandolin, there is a magical charm in the way he plays those instruments. There is unanimous agreement about the man’s extra special expressions, amazing breath control and inimitable tone of instrument playing.

Memories of Manohari Singh (1931 – 2010)is an anthological video clip capturing Manohari Singh’s work.

We also have two excellent posts presenting some important facets of legacies of two of the great (background) singers of Hindi Film Music world.

Lata Dinanath Mangeshkar Gramophone Record Museum : A National Heritage Made by Shri Suman Chaurasiya has more than 28000 records., of which records of Lata Mangeshkar’ s song number over 6000.

@ Beete Hue Din, Shishir Krishna Sharma’s article‘Tere Pyar Ka Aasra Chahta Hoon’ – Mahendra Kapoorremembers Mahendra Kapoor’s debut song,a duet ‘Kisi Ke Zulm Ki Tasweer Hai Mazdoor Ki Basti’ with Dhan Indorewala from the 1953 release movie ‘Madmast’. [ An interesting trivia – Music Director of this film – Madmast- V. Balsara and Dhan Indorewala went to marry later on.] Another song which Mahendra Kapoor sang for this movie was a qawwali with S.D.Batish, ‘Unhe Dekhein To Wo Munh Pher…Hamey Ankhein Dikhaate Hain’. …..

We also have some additional inputs by Shishir Krishna Sharma @ Mahendra Kapoor’s First Film Song He sang his first solo, “Kisko Daani Kahen … Tere Dar Ki Bhikmangi Hai Daata Duniya Saari” for Snehal Bhatkar’s Diwali Ki Raat in 1956.

The next song which he had sung was a Heer for the punjabi movie, Heer which had music by Anil Biswas. In addition to the above songs, He is also known to have recorded the following before participating in the competition:-

1. A few lines for the song “Ek Taraf Joru Ne Hai Nikaala” for composer Bulo C Rani in the movie Madhur Milan(1955). This song had been sung by Mohd Rafi, Geeta Dutt and A.R. Ojha and penned by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

2. A duet with Sabita Banerjee for composer Shanmukh Babu, “Oh Bedardi Jaane Ke Na kar Bahaane” for the movie Lalkaar(1956).

We eulogise passing away of V K Murthy, one of the most outstanding cinematographer, and Nanda, the beautiful and versatile actress of the Golden Era of Hindi Films.

The Masters : V K Murthy– Venkatrama Pandit Krishnamurthy’s journey to becoming VK Murthy, the eminent technician who was known as ‘Guru Dutt’s eyes’ is the stuff films are made of – a rags to riches story that began in the erstwhile princely state of Mysore in 1923.

Iconic beam shot by V K Murthy  for Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam
No post on VK Murthy can be complete without the story behind the fantastic beamshot, for the song Waqt ne kiya,even though it’s been repeated in every tribute that has ever been written about the director, the film, or now, the cinematographer.

Here are a few of the video clips on V K Murthy:

Ten of my favourite Nanda songs“to celebrate Nanda’s life and career—and to wish her farewell—a selection of ten of her songs that I particularly like. These are all from pre-70s films that I’ve seen, and in each song, Nanda’s character does some—if not all—of the singing…… RIP, Nanda. You will be missed. Your sunny smiles and laughing eyes, your dignity, your ability to make your characters so believable—all will be remembered.”

Here are some more tributes to Nanda from You Tube:

During the period for the present edition, our friend Bhagwan Thavrani has remembered Pyar Ki Dastan Tum Suno To Kahen – Lata Mangeshkar (Music Director: Hemant Kumar) from Farar (1965). That reminded me to look for Dil-E-Nadaan Ko Sambhalun To from the same film, which shows Lata Mangeshkar as singer in the credits, but is believed to have been rendered by Suman Kalyanpur. In any case, Hemant Kuamr was at his melodious self, in the film. Here are the rest of the songs from the film:

Songs of Yore has presented Best songs of 1951: And the winners are?– After reviewing the best songs of 1955 and 1953, which were gap years in the Filmfare Awards (Baiju Bawra,1952 was the first film to get the Filmfare Awards for the best music, but in the later years no films of 1953 and 1955 won these awards, SoY now comes to the pre-Filmfare era with 1951. 1951 seems to have more than 110 films and 1000 songs. Without any doubt, all discussions are going to be as live as any discussions on SoY or the previous 1955 and 1953 posts have been.

One of the most iconic song from the year 1951 is Thandi Hawayein Laharati Aayen – Naujawan – Lata Mangeshkar, S D Burman. In Thandi Hawayein Legacy – Charles Bayer crooned “C’est la vie” in Algiers(1938) without even realizing what a big chain of inspirations he had set for the next generation of Indian music makers.

Old Is Gold has presented two part interview with Ghalib Khan , son of famous Hindi Film lyricist Asad Bhopali. Thefirst part of the interviewends with an outstanding song from Film Afasana (1951)’s Kismat Bigdi Duniya Badli – Mukesh (Husnalal Bhagatram).

Thesecond part of the interviewtakes us to our usual section on Mohammad Rafi with Miss Bombay (1949) song – Zindagi Bhar Gham Judaai Ka Hamen Tadpaayega First Version and Second Version (Hansraj Behl) and “Ek Naari Do Roop” song Dil Ka Soona Saaz Tarana Dhoondhega(Ganesh).

Here are three posts on Mohammad Rafi for the present edition of this Blog Carnival:

I am sure you will enjoy the present edition of our Blog Carnival and look forward to additions / inputs to enrich it further…….

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

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

For the period under review, we have two excellent compilations w.r.t. Talat Mahamood birth anniversary on 24th February, 2014, from none other than Songs Of Yore.

  • The first of the articles – The Mentor and the Protégé: Talat Mahmood songs by Anil Biswas – commemorates Talat Mahamood’s 90th birth day. While Anil Biswas was not the most prolific  with Talat Mahmood as compared to C Ramchandra, Ghulam Mohammad and Madan Mohan, he remains the most important composer for him, so much so that you mention Talat Mahmood and Anil Biswas comes to mind.
  • The article that follows on SoY, is also about an equally rare combination of Talat Mahmmod’s Hindi Songs career – with S D Burman : Talat Mahmood’s songs by SD Burman. Talat Mahmood had only about 15 songs with S D Burman, a fraction of the songs SDB has with Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar. But his impact was way beyond his numbers, and SD Burman created several immortal songs with him, as he did with Mukesh with about the same number of songs, as can be seen in this article and comments thereto.

These two articles lead us to search for a retrospective on similar articles on Talat Mahmood. Surprisingly, during the searches, one comes up either to vanilla Talat Mahamood songs catalogues or vanilla playlists, but not very incisive analyses that looks at Talat Mahmood’s career with different music directors at different phases / periods of the Golden Era of the Hindi Film Music.

The first one is a post written 4 years before, on Talat Mahmood’s 86th birthday – Ten of my favourite Talat Mahmood songs.

The second one is a review of Nakli Nawab(1962), in terms of an observation that films’s music Director, Babul, has used three playback singers for the hero – Manoj Kumar – in the film.

Talat Mahmood, in a duet with Asha Bhosle – Mast Aankhen Hai Ke Paimaane

Mukesh in Phoolon Se Rangeen Zameen Hai

And two of Mohammad Rafi classics – Tum Poochhati Ho Ishq Bhala Hai Nahin and Chheda Jo Dil Ka Fasana

Well, now that we have jumped over to Mohammad Rafi track, let us continue our present journey on that track and fathom what we have in store this month in so far as Mohammad Rafi is concerned.

Jabberwock returns to an infrequent series about old song sequences (some earlier entries Aashirwad, “Rail Gaadi” and the vitality of the well-done song sequence; the pleasures of “Saaf Karo Insaaf Karo and Cold water for Devdas – song sequences in Biwi aur Makaan) with thoughts on “Tere Mere Sapne” from Guide , in the article “Tere Mere Sapne”, a visual treat.

“Hindi cinema has a long history of the song sequence as a declaration of love or commitment, but rarely has it been done as well as it is here. This sequence lasts more than four minutes, but it is made up of only three shots, which increase progressively in length – in other words, there are only two cuts in the whole scene. While the song in itself is one of the loveliest we have ever had, the visualisation shows Vijay Anand’s talent for using the long, unbroken take to add dramatic intensity and continuity to a given situation.”

Shri Ashok Dave has presented one more of a rare combination of Mohammad Rafi with a music director who did not get due that his talent deserved – Lachhiram (Tamar) , through songs of Main Suhagan Hoon (1964) :

Two duets with Asha Bosle

Interestingly in such a Mohammad Rafi dominated film we have a Talat Mahmood solo – Ye Kis Manzil Pe Le Aayee Meri Badkismati Mujhko.

And of course, the film has a very pleasant Lata Mangeshkar number – Aye Dil Machal Machal Ke Yoon, Rota Hai Zaar Zaar Kya.

From now on, we will also document here songs that our friend, Bhagwan Thavraniforwards via his emails or SMSes. This month we have:

  • Chandrama Ja Unse Keh Do – Bharat Milap – Lata Mangeshkar, Mahender Kapoor
  •  Tumhi Ne Dil Mera – Air Mail (1960) – Mohammad Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur – Music Director – Sardul Quatra.
  •  Interestingly here too, we have a Mohammad Rafi solo Jo Aaj Tak Hua Na – Gule Bakawali 1963 – Music Director – Hansraj Behl, as well as a Talat Mahmood solo JIYUNGA JAB TALAK– CHINGARI(1955) – Music Director Manohar

We now go back to our regular track of playlists featuring Hindi Films songs with a focused subject.

  • My Favourites: Songs in Disguise –“would have only disguised heroes, not heroines (who could be disguised or not, if they were part of the duets), and b) the hero had to be singing, not just remain a spectator. And, oh, just for me, because I like making things difficult for myself – only one song per hero.”
  • Ten of my favourite wind songs – “There have been songs addressed to the wind, songs about the wind. Here are ten of my favourites, in no particular order. The only restrictions I’ve imposed on myself are: (a) As always, the song should be from a film I’ve seen, from before the 1970s And (b) the song should have a word synonymous with wind (hawa, saba, pawan, etc) in the first line of the song.”
  • SoY had done a very interesting article Suman Kalyanpur outshines Lata Mangeshkar on October 4, 2010. The purpose of recalling this article is one of the recent comments by Rakesh Srivastava as well as discussions linked to that comment. These discussions provide us a wealth of Suman Kalayanpur songs. The comment by AM has meticulously listed Suman Kalyanpur’s songs composed by Shanker Jaikishan.
  • In Magic of Raj Kapoor and Shanker Jaikishen, rsbaab has presented an interesting analysis, certainly predominant in RK-SJ films, but nonetheless went on become hallmark of SJ’s style elsewhere too. SJ’s extensive use of preludes, blend of harmony + tempo in the orchestration, descending notes of mukhda line in the higher notes and gradually make each line of the mukhda end on a lower note , very heart tugging lyrics, use of rich and full-bodied tone instrumentsand appealing (folk) dances .
  • Bollyviewer @ Old Is Gold has now moved to a new address – Masala Punch. We take that opportunity to visit an earlier post My favorite piano-songs, where in at least one character is actually playing the piano.

March is the month of Holi- which is not only the festival of colours by also of spoofs- somewhat alike what West does on 1st of April.

SoY has taken the opportunity to sprinkle a dash of A ‘serious’ review of Sangam (1964) in its Golden Jubilee Year and seriously analyses how ‘Raj Kapoor overturns Bollywood triangle to convey profound social messages’.

Dances on Footpath has added two wonderful images to celebrate the spirit of Holi.

Holi 1Holi 2

We sign off the current edition of the blog carnival while Dusted Off explores some known advantages of blogging before diving deep into The funny side of blogging.

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