Welcome to September 2022 edition of Xth 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 –
The Musical Geniuses Who Have Ruled Hindi Film Industry Since Independence – From Naushad to Arijit Singh, here’s a list of 75 melody makers who have ruled the roost in Bollywood since 1947:
While celebrating 89th birthday of Asha Bhosle here are the chosen Asha Bhosle’s ‘Overshadowed Songs’ which have been overshadowed by other popular songs of that particular movie, but the songs are excellent. Mostly the songs stand out because of Asha Bhosle’s Midas touch.
Asha Bhosle and the Seven Wonders takes us to the tour of 7 solo music directors whose repertoire is filled with Lata Mangeshkar songs and have a scattered graph of Asha numbers.
After Khayyam at the Mountain Peak (1): Songs on Pahadi, we now have Khayyam at the Mountain Peak (2): Songs sans Pahadi as a tribute to Khayyam (18.2.1927–19.8.2019) on his third Remembrance Day
Bengali Cinema During the Freedom Struggle – Throughout the 1930s and 1940s Bengali cinema produced socially aware films, which seldom attacked the British imperialism and oppression. Silhouette editor Amitava Nag explores the trends and patterns of Bengali cinema during the struggle for independence.
Did You Know Vyjayanthimala Refused a Filmfare Award for ‘Devdas’? – Khalid Mohamed – On Vyjayanthimala’s birthday, here’s a (belated) special tribute to the veteran actor.
This article is from The Quint’s archives and was first published on 13 August 2016. It is now being republished to mark Vyjayanthimala Bali’s birthday)
HT spotlight: a short piece about Hindi cinema 1977-92 – The Hindustan Times has this good-looking package which divides the Hindi cinema of the past 75 years into five eras, with separate essays on each. Here is a piece onJaane Bhi Do YaaroN, incidentally on its anniversary of release.
September 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up (Shankar-) Jaikishan and Hasrat Jaipuri’s Songs Fading From the Memory: 1963. After we launched the series in 2017, we have covered the years
1949 -1954 in 2017
1955 – 1957 in 2018
1958 – 1959 in 2019,
1960 -1961 in 2020, and
1962 in 2021.
Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:
We now move on to posts on other subjects –
After a short break, Mehfil Mein Teri presents (Part 8) of Boat Songs
Book Review: ‘Hindi Cine Raag Encyclopaedia’ Vol. 3, 4 & 5 – Whereas volumes 1 & 2 addressed the question, i.e which are the underlying raags in a particular song, whereas Volumes 3,4 & 5 answer the reverse question: Which are the famous songs based on a particular raag, say Asavari?
Book Review: P.K.Nair’s Yesterday’s Films For Tomorrow, published in 2017 by the Film Heritage Foundation after P.K.Nair’s death, is a collection of his writings – personal diaries, detailed notes, articles, letters – deftly edited by Rajesh Devraj.
The Two Worlds of Jalte Hain Jiske Liye – When Adheer offers his first song of love to Sujata, little does he know that while he is dreaming of a world with her where love is as fragile as delicate glass, Sujata’s world is imploding. Shirish Waghmode looks at the two worlds on either side of Jalte hain jiske liye.
Songs of wishes, desires and expectations– fulfilled and unfulfilled – The words used in film songs typically are – चाह, तमन्ना, आरज़ू, माँग. Many of the songs of course are melancholic and thus speak of unfulfilled desires. There are some which also speak of fulfilment. The playlist below has songs that capture both shades.
Bollywood, Masala Movies and Family Values – As ideas of family and love change, so do the films.
From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:
- Rajesh Khanna passed the baton to Amitabh Bachchan with Namak Haraam: ‘I knew my time was up’ – Namak Haraam signifies that transitional moment where Amitabh Bachchan announced that his time had begun, and even Rajesh Khanna took note.
- Way before Ranbir Kapoor’s coming-of-age movies, Jaya Bachchan truly embodied the carpe diem spirit in Uphaar – Ranbir Kapoor’s movies like Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Tamasha had him playing the man who breaks the norm and does what he wants and in Jaya Bachchan’s Uphaar, we are given a similar message, but with a caveat.
- Gulzar’s Mere Apne talks about the epidemic of loneliness that swallows people of all ages – n the last five decades, a lot of discourse around Mere Apne has discussed the film’s political stance. But the film also spoke about the epidemic that has swallowed our society and everyone living in it — loneliness.
- Amol Palekar-Zarina Wahab’s Gharaonda explains why love doesn’t always win against money – Amol Palekar and Zarina Wahab starrer Gharaonda closely examines the endurance of a romantic relationship in the face of the biggest real-world problem – money.
We have inched forward to Female Solo Songs in Micro View of 1943 with Solo songs of Husn Bano, Sitara (Devi), Vatsala Kumthekar, and Rajkumari, Kaushalya, Nalini Jaywant, SoY has in the meantime presented Best songs of 1943: Wrap Up 2. After a very thorough and comprehensive summary analysis, SoY has awarded ‘The Award for the Best Female Singer of the year’ to Amirbai Karnataki.
In continuation to our tradition of ending the post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi that are relevant to the topics covered in the present episode, we will institute a series wherein we continue to listen to Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar’s duet with a music director for the first time in a Hindi film, every month for the rest of the 2022 –
Woh Jab Yaad Aaye Bahut Yaad Aaye – Parasmani (1963) – Asad Bhopali – Laxmikant Pyarelal
Ja Ja Jaare Tujhe Hum Jaan Gaye – Sehra (1963) – Hasrat Jaipuri – Ramlal
Agar Main Puchhun Jawab Doge – Shikari (163) – Farooq Qaiser – G S Kohli
While taking a slight detour, we take note of Dilip Dholakia’s first Mohammad Rafi- Lata Mangeshkar duet(s), from a Gujarati film:
O Naaho Liyaare…..O Roop Raseeli – Satyavan Savitri (1963) – Bhaskar Vora – Dilip Dholakia
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