Welcome to May 2023 edition of XIth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
Presently we move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –
LnC-Silhouette commemorates the centenary celebration of Mrinal Sen’s birth anniversary with the series Mrinal Sen@100
Bajooband Khul Khul Jaye – Remembering Mohammad Shafi on his 43rd death anniversary.
How KJ Yesudas cast a spell on Hindi film music – After Jaaneman Jaaneman, Basu Chatterji offered Yesudas another song in his next film Chitchor (1976) – what would become the iconic Gori Tera Gaon Bada Pyara. ….. Even though he made his Hindi debut in the late 1970s, by the end of the decade, Yesudas had already sung an impressive number of chart-toppers, most of which have become classics. By one estimate, Yesudas has sung at least 207 film songs in Hindi. This number does not quite do justice to the outsized impact he has had on Hindi film music.
Of Incomplete Tales: My Friendship with Guru Dutt in Parts 1 & 2 and Parts 3 & 4. – Translation & Postscript: Ratnottama Sengupta – In his autobiography Eka Naukar Jatri/ Journey of a Lonesome Boat, Nabendu Ghosh wrote about his troubled friendship with the legend Guru Dutt who valued his writing yet wasted his scripts.
Continuing the series, the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, on Lata Mangeshkar, Mehfil Mein Teri revisits 1958 – Lata Mangeshkar.
Apni Kahaani Chhod Ja: Leave a Story That Will Be Retold – Apni kahaani chhod ja — a line that personifies the masters who created such unforgettable classics as Do Bigha Zamin. Seventy years after the film was released in 1953, we enjoy and discuss this masterpiece by Bimal Roy and sing its songs, which we know by heart. Shirish Waghmode rewinds the song to explore how relevant it still is.
The Sculptors of Film Songs (4): Kishor Desai – the mandolinist, is the fourth article in the series on music arrangers and musicians. The previous ones have covered Sebastian D’ Souza and Anthony Gonsalves, and Enoch Daniels
May 2023 episode of VIIIth volume of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Manna Dey – Chale Ja Rahein Hai…. : 1957 (1). Till now, we have covered Manna Dey’s less popular, less-heard songs for the years –
1942 – 1946 in the year 2018.
1947 – 1950 in the year 2019.
1951 – 1953 in the year 2020
1954-1955 in the year 2021, and
1956 in the year 2022
We now move on to posts on other subjects –
Playback Singer’s Cameo is about a playback singer appearing as a singer on the screen.
Yatindra Mishra’s ‘Lata Mangeshkar: A Life in Music’ – Over a period of about four years, from 2010 to 2014, Lata Mangeshkar was interviewed by the biographer Yatindra Mishra, the interviews coming together in the form of a Hindi book, Lata: Sur Gatha. The biography won a National Award and was published in its English translation (Lata Mangeshkar: A Life in Music, translated by Ira Pande) earlier this year.
Birdmen of Delhi – on the lovely documentary All That Breathes – There are many ways of talking about Shaunak Sen’s Oscar-nominated documentary All That Breathes – the warm, life-affirming story of two brothers who rescue injured cheel (black kites) in north Delhi – but the moment that drew the author into the film was an early shot that played like a sight-gag from a silent-movie comedy.
Solo Songs with an unobtrusive listener – Many of us love to undertake certain activities especially singing when we are alone. That perhaps explains the popularity of bathroom singing!!. However, this post is about solo songs where the singer is unaware of the fact that there is an unobtrusive listener who is hearing the song, sung more for self- assurance/self-pity or entertainment. For example yhe part that Mohammad Rafi Sings in Tere Bin Soone Nain Hamaare (Meri Surat Teri Aankhen (1963) – Lyrics: Shailendra – Music: S.D.Burman.
After Ballads of Love: Ecstacy and Ballads of Love: Agony D P Rangan concludes the trilogy with Ballads of Love: Flippant where the love birds express their mutual love in a light-hearted manner, e.g. Unko Rupaye Mein Solah Aane Humse Nafart Hai Humko Rupaye Mein Do Rupaye Tumse Mohabbat Hai – Pyar Ki Baatein (1951 ) – G M Durrani, Asha Bhosle – Lyrics Khawar Zaman – Music: Khayyam
From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:
- Smita Patil-Naseeruddin Shah’s Bazaar explains how women are pushed into buying society’s misogynistic agenda – Sagar Sarhadi’s Bazaar, starring Smita Patil and Naseeruddin Shah, makes a larger statement by the stolen looks between characters that say much more than words ever could.
- Gulzar’s Namkeen was the Jee Le Zaraa of its time that cast three female stalwarts in one film – When Farhan Akhtar announced Jee Le Zaraa with three leading female actors, it was applauded for such films are not made very often. But 41 years ago, Gulzar made a film with three leading women that never got as much recognition.
- Smita Patil’s Bhumika is the celebrity biopic that should have been the blueprint for The Dirty Picture, Mahanati – Smita Patil starrer Bhumika is the story of a successful film actress whose nightmarish life has left her lonely. But, Shyam Benegal doesn’t tell her story via her profession, but used it only as a backdrop.
Songs of Yore has commenced Best songs of 1942 in the series Best songs of year
In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi, for the year, it is planned to recall the first duet Mohamad Rafi and Geeta Dutt had with a music director.
Zara Dekh Idhar Idhar Dekh Dekh – Badshah Salamat (1956) – Lyrics: P L Santoshi – Music: Bulo C Rani
Daudo Ji Chor Chor Bhaga Dil Churake – Chaar Minar (1956) – Lyrics: Vishwamyra Adil – Music: Shardul Kwatra
Ye Kaisa Yog Liya Sarkaar – Guru Ghantal (1956) – Lyrics: Ghaafil Harnaalvi – Music: Lachhi Ram
Ghazab Hua Ram Zulm Hua Ram – Agra Road (1957) – Lyrics: Prem Dhawan – Roshan
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