Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume XI – January 2023 Edition

Welcome to January 2023 edition of XIth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Mehfil Mein Meri opens the New Year with A New Beginning………., with a new subject to one’s liking.

So True….. everything is done in full flow when you do it because you like it.

Indeed, a very good thought to begin the New Year.

SoY opens the new year account with ‘Parent’-‘Adult’-‘Child’ in songs has also an implicit message that every ‘adult’ should continue to strive to keep ‘child’ within remain live throughout the life cycle.

Presently we move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

Hrishikesh Mukherjee: Master of the Middle Path By Ratnottama Sengupta – A heartfelt piece as a centenary tribute to master filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee.  – “This is one of the biggest ironies of life you know! That, as we grow in years, we grow more experienced, and richer in thought. But, the more we have to give to the world, the less equal, less capable our body gets…”

An exclusive pen and ink sketch of Hrishikesh Mukherjee by renowned artist Subrata Gangopadhyay

Pyarelal Santoshi: Jack of All Trades? – D P Ranagn pays tribute to polymath  Pyare Lal (P.L.) Santoshi

Films Are Art, Not Commerce was the motto that Khwaja Ahmed (K.A.) Abbas that remains a testament to this man’s dedication, commitment and perseverance.

Continuing the series, the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, on Lata Mangeshkar, Mehfil Mein Teri revisits favourites from the year 1956 in 1956 – Lata Mangeshkar

The Masters: Kaifi Azmi b- Born Sayyed Athar Husain Rizvi on in Mijwan (Azamgarh, Eastern Uttar Pradesh) in a zamindar family, Kaifi Azmi demonstrated his poetic skills very early on.

“Hum Ko Mann Ki Shakti Dena Mann Vijay Karein” – Lalita Kumari – Born in Peshawar on July 6, 1938, Lalita Kumari entered the world of Hindi films through Navketan’s AandhiyaN (1952).

Behind the ScenesA Patchwork Quilt is just that – a patchwork of memories – of Paranjpye’s life, travels, plays, films – and the persons and personalities she met along the way.

November 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Jaidev: Brilliant, But Underrated, Composer:  1976 – 1977. Till now,

In 2018, we listened to his songs from the most successful films phase of 1955 to 1963.

In 2019, we listened to his more remembered songs from his less remembered films for 1964 to 1970,

in 2020, we listened to highly appreciated songs from the films that did not succeed in 1971,

In 2021, we recalled the songs that have faded out because the films flopped in 1972-1973, and

In 2022, we listened to his melodies form relatively not so known films for the years 1974 and 1975

Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has not posted the memorial tribute posts for the month till the writing for the present post.:

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Contribution of Marathi Composers in Bollywood – Part I focuses on Snehal Bhatkar and  N Dutta, Part II on Dattaram, Sudhir Phadke and Vasant Desai and Part III on C Ramchandra.

Some Favorite Noor Jehan Film Songs Related to Lal Shahbaz Qalandar (and some other Qalandars too), the songs that come from the playback singing that she did in Pakistani films revolving around Lal Shahbaz Qalandar – or, in at least one or two cases, other Qalandars or saints in the Sufi tradition

Chal Ri Sajani Ab Kya Soche – Torn Between Two WorldsChal ri sajani ab kya soche is synonymous with the bidaai, the heart-breaking moment of departure when the bride steps across the threshold into an unknown world. Shirish Waghmode revisits this classic created by the SD Burman-Majrooh-Mukesh team and emoted in perfect sync by Suchitra Sen and Dev Anand along with Nasir Hussain (the father) and Achala Sachdev (the mother) for Raj Khosla’s Bombai Ka Babu.

Javed Akhtar on how cinema has changed: ‘Improved on the form though lost out on the context’ – A Book ExcerptNasreen Munni Kabir’s conversation book ‘Talking Life’ follows ‘Talking Films’ and ‘Talking Songs’.

Bhabhi Songs Part 1: With the DevarSome of the songs do not specifically have these kinship terms mentioned in the lyrics but the characters on screen play the role of the devar and bhabhi.

Ten of my favourite ‘two songs in one’, the songs where the two styles of the song alternate

The ‘Fusion Songs’ lists songs that has seamlessly interwoven two different styles of music in the song

Songs of Anger focuses on Hindi films songs with the words the words krodh (क्रोध)/ khafa (ख़फ़ा)/naaraaz (नाराज़)/gussa (ग़ुस्सा)

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

Gulzar’s Parichay is a study of a dysfunctional family, but can we accept that ours is broken? – Gulzar’s Parichay is a humble reminder that love might be the solution to all problems but to actually solve those problems, loving each other is never sufficient.

Basu Chatterjee’s Khatta Meetha is India’s version of Modern Family, but with all the problematic tropes – Khatta Meetha might seem like a harmless, innocent film that is designed to appeal to the good-heartedness of a regular middle class family. But the movie casually ignores the tropes that it introduces and turns it into plot points.

Gulzar’s Achanak is what Akshay Kumar’s Rustom would have been if it didn’t take the easy way out – In Gulzar’s 1973 film Achanak, an army officer murders his cheating wife and her lover but then we start questioning how this relationship even disintegrated.

We have moved forward with Micro View of Duets for 1943, with Female-Female Duets(+) and Triads(+) to conclude with My Top Duets.

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.

Jai Hind Ki Yeh KahaniyaN – Mansarovar (1946) – Deepak/IshwarChandra Kapoor – S N Tripathi

Sambhal Sambhal Ke Jaiyao O Banjare… Dilli Door Hai – Saajan (1947) – with Lalita Deolkar – Rammurti Chaturvedi – C Ramchandra

Phool Ko Le Baitha Khaar, Tera Kanto Se Hai Pyar – Chunariya (1948) – Mulkraj Bhakri – Hansraj Behl

Badla Hua Duniya Mein Ulfat Ka Fasana Hai – Hamari Manzil (1949) – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – December 2022 Edition

Welcome to December 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 –

Afsana Likh Rahi Hoon – Remembering Umadevi – Born in 1926, little Uma would act in Ramleela (perhaps religious plays were permitted) and listen to the radio. She was fascinated by Hindi film songs and tried remembering the names of the singers and music directors. She was selected by Ustad Allah Rakha for a film, called Wamiq Azra. The film was released in 1946. Umadevi was finally a playback singer. Here is her very sweet NFS – Naina Ban Gaye Sawan Bhado – Madhukar Rajasthani– K Murari Sharma

Sharmila Tagore, the original oomph girl who challenged India’s conservative bent: ‘When I showed 2-piece bikini to the photographer…’Sampada Sharma – Hindi cinema has seen some graceful, effortless actors in Meena Kumari, Nargis, Waheeda Rehman but it can be safely said the versatility of Sharmila Tagore remains unmatched to this day. Tagore had the rare ability to play any role with complete ease but there was one thing that remained consistent across all her roles, and that was her graceful attitude.

The Assumed ‘Curse’ Of 30: How Gendered Ageism Impacts The Careers Of Indian WomenGulbahaar Kaur – Most individuals around the country questioned the future of an actress barely past a quarter of her life. Many young actresses of the 80’s and 90’s diminished from the big screen almost overnight due to the ‘curse’ of ageing. Beyond films this phenomenon remained consistent in other fields as well. Nevertheless, the situation seems to be changing gradually….

Continuing the series, the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, on Lata Mangeshkar, Mehfil Mein Teri revisits favourites from the year 1955 in 1955 – Lata Mangeshkar

Shatrughan Sinha was the first ‘angry young man’ but Amitabh Bachchan walked away with that titleSampada Sharma –  On Shatrughan Sinha’s birthday(9th December), here’s looking back at his professional rivalry with Amitabh Bachchan.

25 years of Chachi 420: Kamal Haasan film is a lesson on how not to mock a man playing a woman, and still be funnyArushi Jain – One of the most endearing things about the film where Haasan plays a middle-aged woman is that the character is never reduced to a caricature. The laughs never comes from misogyny or a perverted gaze. Chachi 420 works as a story, not as a gimmick.

November 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Mohammad Rafi’s First Duet Song With The Music Director: 2nd Five-Year Period: Year 1949 – Part II. Our journey began with the 1st Five-Year Period of 1944 to 1948 in the year 2021. We then commenced the 2nd Five-Year Period of 1949-1953 with Part I of the year 1949 in July 2022.

Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has not posted the memorial tribute posts for the month till the writing for the present post.

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Bollywood’s Saffron-clad Sadhus Are Scheming Criminals Who Deserve Violent EndsJayasri Viswanathan – In Bollywood, Sadhu is not an ascetic who has renounced worldly attachments to attain moksha by practices guided by his guru. Onscreen, he is a scheming, lusty, political mastermind in cahoots with the tilak-dhaari antagonist.

When Kundan Shah told Saeed Mirza: ‘I hope I am not doomed to keep doing funny stuff’ – Saeed Mirza’s illustrated memoir – I Know the Psychology of Rats, Tulika Books – recounts his personal and professional bond with the ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ director.

Tempus Fugit Songs integral to the plot, that help the plot to thicken. Some songs show time passing and the attendant changes that occur with time.  The present list has songs wherein the time passes and there are attendant changes/developments that are shown.

Thinker’s Songs – thinking is so integral to mankind there are many songs that talk about thinking. Our film songs do not need to delve into philosophy or poetry, they are about problems at hand relating to love, heartbreak etc.

One Lady Sings, The Other Dances – On a few occasions, one of the characters sings while the other dances to its tune. Many songs have a male character singing and a female character dances.

Consecutive Melodies are exceptions where one song is immediately followed by another.

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

We have moved forward with Micro View of Male-Female Duets for 1943, to Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5. SoY has concluded the series with Best songs of 1943: Wrap Up 4, whereat Khemchand Prakash is adjudged the Best Music Director of 1943 for Tansen

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 had instituted a series wherein we listened to Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar’s duet with a music director for the first time in a Hindi film, every month for the year 2022.

We pay tribute to Dilip Kumar and Mohammad Rafi with some romantic- happy mood songs:

Preet Jata Ke Meet Bana Ke Bule Na Jana – Hulchal (1951) – with Lata Mangeshkar -Khumar Barabanqvi – Sajjad Hussain

Aashiq Hai Agar Hai Pyare – Insaniyat (1955) – Rajinder Krishna – C Ramchandra

Ishq Diwana Husn Bhi Ghayal Dono Taraf Ek Dard-e-Jigar Hai – Sungursh (1968) – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

Peete Peete Kabhi Kabahi Yun Jam Badalate Jaate HaiN – Bairag (1976) – Anand Bakshi – Kalyanji Anandji

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music wishes its readers a lyrically composed 2023 with happiness, health and progress in great harmony.

The episodes of January 2022 to December 2022 have been compiled as one file @ Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music, Volume X – 2022 and can be read / downloaded by clicking on the hyperlink

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – November 2022 Edition

Welcome to November 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Tabassum passes away at 78 due to cardiac arrest – Born as Kiran Bala Sachdev, in 1944, Tabassum had started off as a child artiste.

Her most iconic and popular show was Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan where she used to strike up conversations with celebrities. Tabassum knew how to probe without prying, with conversations that remain, to this day, a pleasure to watch.

One of the most remembered songs of her childhood acting days is Bachpan Ke Din Bhula Na Dena (Deedar, 1953), where she is playing the role of child Nargis , along with Aprikshit Sahni (as child Dilip Kumar). She recalls her role in Bahar (1951) in this clip of her talk sjow Tabassum Talkies:

Presently we move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Ayushmann Khurrana’s choices seem inspired by filmmaker V Shantaram. Here’s whySampada Sharma – On actor-filmmaker V Shantaram’s birth anniversary, here’s looking at how the contributions of this famed filmmaker impacted Indian cinema and how traces of those films can still be seen in our movies.

Chitragupt and Lata Mangeshkar – Magicians of Melodies – Part 2 is a follow through of Part 1

Master Ghulam Haider: A Trailblazer – DP Rangan pays a tribute to Ghulam Haider on his 69th Remembrance Day (1908 – 9 November 1953

“Hai Duniya Usi Ki Zamana Usi Ka” – Bir Sakhuja – Born in 1924, Bir Sakhuja made his entry into Bollywood via Gunah (1953) and has done around 16 films.

Zeenat Aman-Dev Anand’s Hare Rama Hare Krishna looked down upon rule-breakers, gave Hindi cinema its ‘boldest’ starSampada Sharma –  On Zeenat Aman’s birthday, here’s looking back at her debut film Hare Rama Hare Krishna that was passed on by many mainstream female actors because no one wanted to play Dev Anand’s sister.

November 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Salil Chowdhury and Shailendra’s Songs Fading From the Memory: Char Diwari (1961). Till now we have covered the years

1953-1955 in 2018,

1956 in 2019, and

1957 in 2020

1958 to 1960 in 2021

Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Prithviraj Kapoor to Kiara Advani—Delhi’s Delite Cinema remains a Bollywood favouriteNUTAN MANMOHAN – While many other single screen theatres have packed up due to new market pressures, Delite Cinema continues to draw crowds from old Delhi.

Romancing other miscellaneous balmas recollects the songs that would not find the popular versions anadi balma, pardesi balma, ajnabi balma, bedardi balma and jaadugar balma.

The Worldly Songs, devoted to songs which analyse the world as it is with no reference to the maker of the world – i.e. God or duniyabananewala. There is no attempt to seek refuge at the altar of god or rhetorically invoke God in any of the songs. These are songs which suggest that the world is as we make it, e.g., Matlab Ki Is DuniyaHalla Gulla, (1954) – Mohammad. Rafi & Asha Bhosle – Saba Afghani – Nisar Bazmi.

Songs Addressed to Animals / Birds, with one animal or bird having one song each.

The ‘Not-Naachnewaali’ Gaanewaali: Ten SongsThere is the occasional naachne-gaanewaali who doesn’t dance, she only sits, or, at the most, stands up a bit and languidly moves about. e.g., Badi Mushkil Se Hum Samjhe – Shamshad Begum, Asha – Zindagi Ya Toofan (1958, Lyrics: Nakshab Zarachvi; Music: Nashad)

Part 1 of the Bicycle Saga focuses on songs with bicycles in a group.

Songs of good and ill wishes, which have blessings as well as those that are proponents of the theory of retributive action.

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

What Sooraj Barjatya wanted to do with Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, Basu Chatterjee had achieved in Chitchor – Revisiting Chitchor recently was a strong reminder of how a filmmaker like Sooraj Barjatya, who believed in going big even before it was considered a sure shot formula for success in Bollywood, made a simple story by Subodh Ghosh into an extravagant film that felt more dated than its 1970s version.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Satyakam has Dharmendra giving his most actualised performance, shows how an honest person is a danger to himself – Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1969 film Satyakam, starring Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar and Sharmila Tagore, explored the idea if living an honest and ideal life is actually worth it.

Amol Palekar-Tina Ambani’s Baton Baton Mein explains why relationships without labels aren’t always the best idea – Baton Baton Mein is set in the 1970s but the complicated nature of romantic relationships it tries to portray makes it obvious that we might have a more varied vocabulary today for explaining the status of our relationships but the status overall, is pretty much the same.

We have moved forward with Solo songs of Madhuri, Jahanara Kajjan, Ram Dulari,  Jayshree, Baby Madhuri, Vishni Lal, Vasanti, Gauhar Sultana, and Other Singers before concluding the Micro View of Female Solo Songs for 1943 with MY Top Female Solo Songs. We have now taken up Micro View of Male-Female Duets for 1943, beginning with Part 1.

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 –

Ek Daal Par Tota Bole Ek Daal Par Maina – Chor Machaye Shor (1974) – Indra Jeet Singh Tulsi – Ravindra Jain

https://youtu.be/v7-Mysg2StI

Kahun Kya Tumse Apni Dastaan – Jimmy Aur Johney (1976) – Majrooh Sultanpuri – Rajesh Roshan

Janam Janam Ka Saath Hai Hamara Tumhara – Bheegi Palkein (1982) – M G Hasmat – Jugal Kishore-Tilak Raj

Shole Shole Meri Jawani – Locket (1984) – Gauhar Kanpuri – Bappi Lahiri

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – October 2022 Edition

Welcome to October 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 –

Vidushi Zarin Daruwala Sharma – String It On – an outstanding Sarod player, she was a skilled classical musician but what set her apart from the rest of her counterparts is that she also played Sarod on the tracks of several Hindi film songs.

Vasant Desai: When Classical Music, Dance Themes and Bhajans Gained Mass Popularity – Vasant Desai created music that stayed true to the classical roots and yet gained mass popularity. Working with leading filmmakers like Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Vijay Bhatt and others, Desai created iconic songs. NS Rajan explores the oeuvre of the legendary maestro.

Vasant Desai Part 3 (post-50s): His best songs for Lata Mangeshkar a follow-up post to Vasant Desai Part 1 and Part 2 pertaining to the vintage years (1930s and 40s),

Continuing the series, the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, on Lata Mangeshkar, Mehfil Mein Teri revisits 1953 – Lata Mangeshkar

Like Father, Like Daughter…Ashok Kumar and Bharati Jaffrey – It is indeed most befitting to describe Bharati Jaffrey as the daughter of the legendary actor Ashok Kumar. Ratnottama Sengupta pays a heartfelt tribute to her ‘Didi’, the talented actress who left her indelible mark in her underplayed film roles and in various other capacities.

October 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Shankar (Jaikishan) and Shailendra’s Songs Fading From the Memory: 1956 (Part II). Till now, we have covered the years

1949 – 1953 in 2018

1953 (Continued) in 2019.

1954 in 2020

1955 and 1956 (Part I) in 2021

Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Special Duets are the duets where the couple though not together, was within reach of each other. They could hear each other, and at times could see each other. Or at least one of them could see the other one. They might occupy two adjacent rooms as in a few of the songs on today’s list, or they were wandering in fields or jungle.

Kahaan Ja Raha Hai Tu Aye JaanewaaleShirish Waghmode revisits this powerful song from Seema.

हे भगवान्‌ ! (Hey Bhagwan!) has two opposite meanings. One is the straightforward surrender before Him, and the other is of surprise at the world of vigilantes of gods.

My Favourite ‘Quartets & More’ are the songs which has four or more than four singers,

Songs with non-musical sound effects i.e., sounds such as water filling, glass breaking, the oars striking the water creating ripples and so on. In the present list, the focus is not the sounds of improvised musical instruments but the atypical ones.

Songs with echo and reverberationEcho and reverberation are both time-based audio effects resulting from the reflection of sound on hard surfaces. The difference between reverb and echo lies in time.

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

We have moved forward to Female Solo Songs in Micro View of  1943 with Solo songs of Sardar Akhtar, Parul Ghosh, Leela Sawant; Noor Jehan, Suraiya, Khursheed; ;Shamshad Begum;  and Snehprabha Pradhn, Nirmala, Radharani. SoY has in the meantime presented Best songs of 1943: Wrap Up 3 for the best duet. After a very thorough and comprehensive summary analysis, has presented 10 Special songs and then has presented 10 best duets

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 –

I seem to inadvertently have missed:

Zaalim Teri Ada Mere Dil Mein Utar Gayi – Bombai Ki Billi (1960) – Hasrat Jaipuri – Khayyam

And now to the main track:

Tum Akele To Kabhi Baag Mein Jaaya Na Karo – Aao Pyar Karein (1964) – Rajendra Krishna – Usha Khanna

Meri Raaton Ka Mahtaab..Sun Liya Na Aana Tu Hi – Smuggler (1966) – Asad Bhopali – Ganesh

Suno Suno Ek Baat Kahun – Memsaab (1972) – Verma Mallik – Sonik Omi

https://youtu.be/EYpM6DtJ8Dc

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – September 2022 Edition

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:

75 Bollywood Actresses Who Ruled The Silver Screen With Grace, Beauty And Talent

75 Actors Who Conquered Hearts Of The Millions Since 1947

75 Years Of Indian Cinema: The Platinum Magic On The Silver Screen

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

Continuing the series, the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, on Lata Mangeshkar, Mehfil Mein Teri takes a look at her career in the year 1952

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:

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

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – August 2022 Edition

Welcome to August 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We once again recall loss of Bhupinder Singh with The Multifaceted Bhupinder Singh

Presently we move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

Fifteen Years! of many changes happening in the life and hence on the blog content. But the good part is that Richard S. but is not ready to call it just quits in so far as Dances on Footpath is concerned. We too take the opportunity for the blog to continue its rich, conceitful journey for many more years…..

K.N.Singh – Bollywood Gentleman Villain With A Unique Mannerism – Rare Bollywood Nostalgia – Trivia – K N Singh acted in over 250 films in 60 years career. He was an excellent athlete as well. He had almost been selected for shot put and javelin throe for 1936 Olympics.

Aayega Aanewala – Remembering Khemchand Prakash on his 72nd death anniversary.

Khayyam at the Mountain Peak (1): Songs on Pahadi – A tribute to Khayyam (18.2.1927–19.8.2019) on his third Remembrance Day

Ek Din Hum Ko Yaad Karoge – Remembering Raja Mehdi Ali Khan on his 46th death anniversary.

The National Museum of Indian Cinema A delight for the senses is located at the Films Division Complex, Pedder Road, Mumbai

Abhas versus Kishore — An Existential Reality: (Part 1) and (Part 2) – Abhas turned Kishore midway. Abhas is a felt intangibility, a suggestion from within – something not material.  Kishore is one who is young, energetic, exuberant, visible, impactful.  Vijay Kumar explores the phenomenon that was Kishore Kumar

More to read

Kishore Kumar The Actor: A Legend’s Journey Down the Years Part 1

Kishore Kumar, The Master of his Craft – Amit Kumar Remembers his ‘Baba’

Kishore kumar with his mother Gouri Devi and Amit Kumar (Pic: Twitter)

August 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Shailendra’s Songs Composed by Kishore Kumar. We started taking a look at Shailendra’s songs with “other” music directors form the year 2017. Till now we have covered Shailendra’s Songs with

Roshan in 2018,

Hemant Kumar, Ravi and Kalyanji-Anandji in 2019

S N Tripathi, Anil Biswas and C Ramchandra in 2020

Shardul Kwatra and Mukul Roy in 2021

Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

The poignancy and power of ‘Usne Kaha Tha’ don’t make it to the screenNirupama KotruBook versus movieUsne Kaha Tha was published in 1915, in the same year that the story is set. The screen version deviated majorly from the story in portraying its protagonists as Hindus rather than Sikhs. Somewhat contrived exploration of young love, with an eye on the box office, is the film’s undoing. The original story is a far more powerful tale of love – innocent, pure and powerful – as well as a tribute to the character, bravery and fortitude of Sikhs.

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 Youth rejoices the International Youth Day (August12).

Songs of Sarcasm – If the world only comprised narcissists at one extreme, and the most polite and courteous who profusely praise others at the other end, it would be a very boring place.

Canorous Eyesores – There are many songs which are a pleasure to not just hear but also see because they are delightfully picturized. Guru Dutt, Raj Khosla and Vijay Anand belong that club of songs picturization specialists.

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

We have inched forward to Female Solo Songs in Micro View of  1943 with Solo songs of Amirbai Karnataki

Rafi’s songs with some unrecognised composers by Sivanandam Palamadai as a tribute to Rafi on his 42nd Remembrance Day (24 December 1924 – 31 July 1980)

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 –

First a correction of the music director that was missed earlier:

Sun To Lo Mera Afsana Chahe Pyar Karo Ya Na Karo  – Raat Ki Raani (1949) – A Shah Shikar Puri – Hans Raj Bahal

And now back to the regular sequence:

Piya Kaise MiluN Tujhse Mer Paano Padi Zanzir – Saranga (1960)  – Bharat Vyas – Sardar Malik

Aaj Hua Mera Dil Matwala.. Ho Matwala – Chhote Nawab (1961) – Shailendra – R D Burman

Saaz-e-Dil Chhed De Kya Haseen Rat Hai – Passport (1961) – Farooq Kaiser – Kalyanji Anandji

Jaane Teri NazroN Ne Kya Kar Diya – Grahasthi (1963) – Shakeel Badayuni – Ravi

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – July 2022 Edition

Welcome to July 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We pay our homages to the film personalities we lost this month.

‘Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar’ dancer Sheila Vaz was ’50s icon but Bollywood forgot to give credit – Tina Das – From ‘Ramaiya Vastavaiya’ (Shree 420, 1955) upto Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye Badra from Chhote Nawab (1961) Sheila Vaz, who passed away on 29th June, knew how to charm audiences with performance. Today, YouTubers agree with it.

Sheela Vaz from Shree 420 (1955) | YouTube

Beete Hue Din pays tribute in the form of “Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar Bhar Ke Ankhon Me Khumar – Sheela Vaz, which is supplemented by a YT video Sheela Vaz aka Rama Lakhanpal

Ten of my favourite Sheila Vaz songs is a tribute in which she’s lip-synced to the song, from Hindi films

Bhupinder Singh: A limited-edition, classy artistBalaji Vittal  – Celebrated for his singing talent, he was an equally accomplished guitarist. (Ref: How Bhupinder Singh blends the ghazal with the guitarManish Gaekwad) – Bhupinder passed away on 18 July 2022 at the age of 82.

Courtesy Pavan Jha/Twitter

We now move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

Mehfil celebrates 5th Anniversary! By continuing the series, the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, on Lata Mangeshkar. Presently, covered are ‘Semi Classical songs by Lata Mangeshkar’

Dilip Kumar: How the ‘first Khan’ gracefully transitioned into his second innings, created a blueprint for star-actorsSampada Sharma – On Dilip Kumar’s death anniversary(8 July), here’s looking back at how the ‘first Khan of Bollywood’ created a blueprint for success with his second innings.

Dilip Kumar and technology: ‘What exactly is this Internet?’ –  Faisal Farooqui – An excerpt from a memoir by Faisal Farooqui, the founder of the website Mouthshut.com.

Satyadev Dubey transformed Indian theatre – but many forget his maverick film projects – Nandini Ramnath – Apart from plays, he had two short films – Aparichay ke Vindhachal (1965) and Tongue In Cheek (1968), the full-length feature ‘Shantata! Court Chaue Aahe’ and an unfinished production to his credit.

Duets (+) of Mukesh: With Male Singers are as a tribute to Mukesh on his 99th Birth Anniversary (b. July 22, 1923 – d. August 27, 1976)

Guru Dutt believed he was making ‘insubstantial’ cinema before Pyaasa, the film released him from ‘solitary confinement’Sampada Sharma  – On Guru Dutt’s 97th birth anniversary, here’s revisiting the time when Dutt felt like he had been let out of prison while making Pyaasa.

Vasant Desai Part 2 (post-1950s): His male singers is a follow-up post to Vasant Desai Part 1 pertaining to the vintage years (1930s and 40s),

Jana Pehchana Sa Ajanabee – Remembering lyricist, Asad Bhopali on his 101st Birthday on 10th July

Manoj Kumar understood the ‘soft power’ of patriotism in movies, how Bharat Kumar came into beingSampada Sharma  – On Manoj Kumar’s 85th birthday, here’s recalling how he became known as Bharat Kumar in Hindi cinema.

July 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Mohammad Rafi’s First Duet Song With The Music Director for the Second Five-Year Period: 1949 -1953. We had covered 1st Five-Year Period of 1944 to 1948 in the year 2021.

Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:

Stardust Memories – On the marriage anniversary of the legendary actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, Silhouette presents this beautifully penned piece by Taroon Coomar Bhaduri, Jaya Bahduri’s father. The article was published in the Illustrated Weekly of India, March 5, 1989.

Also to read: Jaya Bachchan: A Slot-less Act

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Deepti Naval on her memoir: ‘It’s like watching a movie, where you’re with me’Nandini Ramnath – The acclaimed actor returns to her first love, writing, with ‘A Country Called Childhood’. In her memoir, A Country Called Childhood – A Memoir, Deepti Naval, Aleph Book Company, the acclaimed actor retraces her earliest film-watching experiences.

I’ll become a nun’— Balraj Sahni’s autograph made Deepti Naval want to be an actor

In ‘A Country Called Childhood’, Deepti Naval talks about her interest in cinema, and experiences that pushed her to be an actress.

Balraj Sahni Autograph| A Country Called Childhood

Vintage era music relived in films to chronicle those movies/songs in which the songs of the vintage era are remembered sometimes as a tribute and sometimes are very craftily woven into the situation of the film as a parody.

‘The best student of our school’: KA Abbas on casting Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Saat Hindustani’K A Abbas – An excerpt from ‘Sone Chandi Ke Buth: Writings on Cinema’, by KA Abbas. Translated from the Urdu and edited by Syeda Hameed and Sukhpreet Kahlon.

In praise of a woman’s beauty is a sort of mirror image of Songs of Narcissists

Recent Musical Excursions Into Pakistan: Coke Studio; Sindhi and Punjabi Divas; Fascinating Fusion – Here is a stunning Zeb and Haniya video for the song “Dadra,”

The Mindful Songs are the songs where मन figures more in the sense of the mind.

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

We have inched forward to Male Solo Songs [2] in Micro View of  1943 to conclude with MY TOP Male Songs..

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 –

O Gori Aankhon Mein Kajra,. Kahan Chali Kahan Chali – Kichak Vadha (1959) – Bharat Vyas – Master Krishna Rao

Teri AankhoN Ka Rang Nirala Hai – Barood (1960) –  Hasrat Jaipuri – Khayyam

Khwab Mein Kahan Miloge …. Kis Liye Ji – Bindiya (1960_ Rajinder Krishna – Iqbal Quereshi

Mera To Dil Dil Ghabraaye – Kala Aadmi (196) – Hasrat Jaipuri- Dattaram

Jhun Jhun Paayal Jhanke O Raja More Man Ke – Maya Machhindra (1960) – Keshab – Ramlal Heera Panna

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – June 2022 edition

Welcome to June 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

As Songs of Yore completes twelve years, I take up the opportunity to acknowledge that it was SoY that took me to take up blog as  a serious source of reading and then active blogging on my own as the major activity of my second innings .

We now move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

Sunil Dutt fell in love with Nargis as she took care of his ill sister: ‘I knew she was the one’Sampada Sharma – On Nargis’ birth anniversary, here’s looking back at the noble woman who had empathy for everyone and it was this quality of hers that had Sunil Dutt fall in love with her.

Radio Ceylon — the Sri Lankan channel India turned to when AIR banned film music in 1952Raghav Bikhchandani – In its heydays, Radio Ceylon had managed to capture all of India’s major vernacular markets, by dividing the day’s programming schedule into Hindi, Tamil and Telugu segments.

Remembering a Genius….Sajjad Hussain on his birthday 15th June. He was fond of lengthening a certain alphabet of a word in the song so that the next word had to be offbeat, adding a certain complexity to the song.

Nabendu Ghosh’s Dadamoni: The Life and Times of Ashok Kumar – How this reluctant actor, jittery and inept at first, and with a thin voice that is almost jarring—ended up as one of Hindi cinema’s most popular and biggest stars, is the subject of Nabendu Ghosh’s Dadamoni: The Life and Times of Ashok Kumar (Speaking Tiger Books, 2022).

While continuing the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career, the 1951 – Lata Mangeshkar had around 225 songs for 49 films to consider in total. It included around 155+ solos and 60+ duets.

On her 86th birth anniversary The Many Moods of Nutan, presents Nutan in her myriad moods

O Nigahen Mastana – Remembering Nutan on her birthday (4th June) with some of her iconic B&W film songs

Asad Bhopali – The Unsung Ghalib presents 10 songs, each of a different mood,  penned by Asad Bhopali

June 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Dattaram – Dekhi Teri Duniyaa Arre Dekhe Tere Kaam, remembering the songs composed in the years 1968 and 1969. Till now we have covered, Dattaram’s compositions from the films during

1957 to 1959 in 2018,

1960 and 1961 in 2019, and

1962 and 1963 in 2020

1965 in 2021

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

How Satyajit Ray achieved historical accuracy in his first Hindi film ‘Shatranj ke Khilari’Sarbajit Mitra – The search for the appropriate visual references took Ray to different archives and repositories, including the India Office Library in London.

Also read:

Why Lata Mangeshkar’s Dil Jo Na Keh Saka lost to Mohammad Rafi’s versionAJAY MANKOTIA – Probably the main reasons for the twin song genre was expediency — when you have a good product, why not have more than one singer sing it. The institution of twin songs began to lose its lustre from the ’80s onwards. But a marked change was taking place even with these few songs.

The Sea Side Songs, while focussing on songs on the beach, restricts the choice to the songs where entire song is sung on the sea shore.

Haunting, Charming Humming Songs – Humming means any melody sung without the lyrics – this can include a melody sung with an open mouth like ‘aaa’ or ‘ooo’. The humming part normally comes before the actual song, like an Alaap in classical music. However, there are also songs where the humming sequence comes in the middle of the song or at the very end.

Songs of Narcissists are the songs that indulge in abashed self-praise.

Ten of my favourite bicycle songs, on the World Bicycle Day (3rd June), wherein each song is ‘sung’ by someone on a bicycle through at least three-fourths of the song

My Favourites: Train Songs with a condition that the person singing the song had to present on the train (or on top of the train) for the entirety of the song

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

We have inched forward with Male Solo Songs [1] in Micro View of  1943. As can be expected, after a very lucid analysis – Best songs of 1943: Wrap Up 1  –  the SOY Award for the Best Male Playback Singer of 1943 goes to KL Saigal for his songs in Tansen.

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,

Ja To Se Naahin BoluN Ghunghat NahiN KholuN – Samrat Chandragupta (1958) – Bharat Vyas – Kalyanji Virji Shah

Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyaliyan – Suvarna Sundari (1958) – Bharat Vyas – Adi Narayan Rao

Koi Ikrar Kare Ya Koi Inkarar Kare …… Tum HasiN Ho Tumhein Sab Dil Mein Jagah Dete Hai … Main Tumhi Se Poochti Hoon – Black Cat (1959) – Jan Nissar Akhtar – N Dutta

Is Zindgi Ki Daud Mein Kaante Bikher Gaya………Maine Peena Seekh Liya – Goonj Uthi Shahnai (1959) – Bharat Vyas – Vasant Desai

Un Par Kaun Kare Ji Viswas – Kavi Kalidas (1959) – Bharat Vyas – S N Tripathi

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – May 2022 edition

Welcome to May 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We straight away move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

Dadasaheb Phalke birth anniversary: The man who brought movie magic to India, captured in Harishchandrachi FactorySampada Sharma  – On Father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke’s 152nd birth anniversary, here’s revisiting Harishchandrachi Factory. The film chronicles Phalke’s journey of making the first motion picture in India.

How Ashok Kumar learned to ‘open his heart through his eyes’Nabendu Ghosh – A reissued biography – Dadamoni – The Life and Times of Ashok Kumar, Speaking Tiger- reveals Ashok Kumar’s early years as a reluctant actor in Hindi films produced by the Bombay Talkies studio.

Sunil Dutt, the Bollywood godfather to Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Sanjay Dutt: His career as a serial talent-spotterShaikh Ayaz – A closer peek into Sunil Dutt’s extraordinary life and times on his remembrance day – 25th May.

The Search for ‘Alam Ara’, India’s First Talking Film  – Soutik Biswas – Earlier this month, a group of archivists in Mumbai recovered what now appears to be the only surviving link – a vintage machine which had been used to make prints of Alam Ara (Ornament of the World), the 1931 film that has disappeared – with the first Indian talking film.

While continuing the year-wise review of Lata Mangeshkar’s career,  the 1950 – Lata Mangeshkar details out emergence of Lata Mangeshkar into her high=pedestal position of 50s.

Vasant Desai Part 1: A Multifaceted Talent presentsg some songs of Vasant Desai as a singer and music director from the Vintage Era.

Murmurs of a Different Dream: Progressive Writers and Their Contribution to Indian CinemaThis is the fifth article in a series on the history of the Indian film industry. Also read: Part I Part II | Part III | Part IV

Progressive Writers in Bombay, 1946: Sultana Jafri, Ismat Chugtai, Vishwamitra Adil, Ali Sardar Jafri, Krishan Chander, Mahendranath, Mumtaz Hussain, Rajinder Singh Bedi, Sahir Ludhianvi and Habib Tanvir. Picture courtesy: India-Pak Heritage group

Shabana Azmi on Shaukat Kaifi: An honest mother, a committed professional, a great hostess – An excerpt from an anthology of essays – The Oldest Love Story – A Motherhood Anthology, edited by Rinki Roy Bhattacharya and Maithili Rao, Om Books International- on motherhood.

Happy Birthday Mac Mohan: Remembering Sholay’s Forgotten VillainKhalid Mohamed – if the Karachi-born Makijany Mohan, aka Mac Mohan – frequently called Mac in his film roles – had survived a lung tumour, he would have been a year older today (24 April).

Nathli se toota moti re: Manna Dey’s Non-film Hindi Gems is a tribute t0 Manna Dey on his 103rd birth anniversary (1 May 1919 – 24 October 2013)

Yogesh Kale recollects Marathi Melodies by Manna Dey

May 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Manna Dey – Chale Ja Rahein Hai…. – 1956 . 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, and

1954-1955 in the year 2021

BollywooDirect recollects the reception given to music directors Kalyanji Anandji, who won the National Award for best music direction for Saraswatichandra, on 10–2–1970 at Bhulabai Desai Auditorium, Mumbai.

From left to right: Vijay Bhatt, Kalyanji, Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vasantrao Naik, Mrs.Naik, Anandji, and Minister Madhusudan Vairale.

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

Pikoo, a Little-Known Satyajit Ray Film That Is Largely Ignored by His AdmirersAnjan BasuPikoo (1980), a 26-minute short Satyajit Ray made for French television, remains one of Ray’s least watched films in India. He had adapted the film his own short story Pikoor Diary (‘Pikoo’s Diary’),

तेरा नाम लिया……are really very few songs from Hindi films, when someone calls the other character by his/her name in a song.

Ten of my favourite ‘secondary romantic couple’ songs, Most of these are duets, but some are not.

Same Mukhda, Two Different Songs are the five pairs of songs which have at least the first four words of the mukhda in common.

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

Sharmila Tagore’s Aradhana encapsulates the phony formula of damsels in distress disguised as strong women – Sharmila Tagore and Rajesh Khanna starrer Aradhana started the 15 film hit streak for Rajesh Khanna, as Tagore got a rather tough job of playing a damsel in distress who was supposedly strong.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Chupke Chupke was the subtle antidote to the ‘angry young man’ era; a balance we have forgotten today – The 1970s were the era of the ‘angry young man’ but it was also the era where every ‘larger than life’ hero film was balanced with a subtle, almost relatable film. For every Deewar, there was a Chupke Chupke.

As per established practice, we have commenced follow-on of Best songs of 1943: And the winners are? in Micro View of  1943, with  Setting the stage

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,

Aag Lagi Ghar Mein..Jiski Laagi Lagan Bhagwaan – Patit Paawan (1956) – Bharat Vyas Jamal Sen

Ladi Ankh Se Ankh Mohabbat Ho Gayi – Pocketmaar (1956) – Rajendra Krishna – Madan Mohan

Tere Nainon Ne Jaadu Daala – Taangewali (1956) – Prem Dhawan – Salil Chowdhury

Jaare Jaare O Maakhan Chor Chalegi Na Ye Chori Teri Ye Jora Jori – Champakali – Rajendra Krishna  – Hemant Kumar

Kali Ek Tumse Punchhu Baat Ki Jab Hoti Hai Aadhi Raat – Sakshi Gopal – Bharat Vyas – Chitragupta

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – Volume X – April 2022 Edition

Welcome to April 2022 edition of Xth Volume of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We straight away move on to our section on tributes and celebrations for the month –

When three-time National Award winner Surekha Sikri was insecure about her looks: ‘Used to upset her a lot…’ – On Surekha Sikri’s birth anniversary, we revisit the time when her former co-star Rajit Kapur revealed that the National Award winner had at one point suffered from insecurities about her looks, but eventually overcame it.

Veteran television producer, Gol Maal actor Manju Singh passes away – Manju Singh, was seen in Hrishikesh Mukerji’s Gol Maal, and hasproduced television shows like Show Time, Ek Kahaani, Adhikar, Swaraj.

Panchhi Bawra – Remembering Khursheed Bano , with my choice focussing Koyaliya Kahe Bole RiNurse (1943) / Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok

Music and lyrics: For Anand Bakshi, his life was his museGanesh Vancheeswaran – nothing or nobody – not even life, in spite of many attempts – could dislodge him from the path to his dream. I have selected a song from his first film C.I.D. Girl(1959) :

Badi Buland Meri Bhabhi Ki Pasand – Mohamamd Rafi, Asha Bhosle – Music – Roshan

Manoj Kumar has plotted a four-part series on the history of the Indian film industry, viz. Part I Part II | Part III and Part IV.

Illustration: Pariplab Chakraborty

Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:

In the series of articles on Sahir’s Songs of Romance, commemorating Sahir Ludhianvi’s birth centenary,  we end the series with take up Sahir Ludhianvi’s 19-films association with Ravi.

All the episodes of Sahir Ludhianvi’s sogs of romance with different music directors can be accessed /downloaded as one file by clicking @ Sahir’s songs of romance – Sahir Ludhianvi Centenary.

April 2022 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Hasrat Jaipuri – Beyond Shankar Jaikishan : 1960. In 2017, we have commenced the annual series of Hasrat Jaipuri’s songs with Music Directors Other Than SJ. Till now, we have covered –

The songs from 1950 to 1953 in 2017,

The songs from 1953 to 1955. In 2018

The songs from 1956 -1957 in 2019,

 The songs from 1958 in 2020, and

 The songs from 1959 in 2021.

Dustedoff also writes Ten of my favourite Hasrat Jaipuri Songs. A transcription of these songs, along with a translation, is available here

A Birth Anniversary Tribute to Nazia Hassan (and a few words about singers from Sindh) is a bouquet of seven songs of Nazia Hassan of which I have selected Kabhi Zindagani Jaisa,“ which has a more Calypso kind of flavor.

As BollywooDirectdid not have a recent posting of a memorable photograph, I dug into the archives of the blog and have selected Tribute to the legendary Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi of the famous Shankar Jaikishan duo and one of the emperors of Hindi film music world, on his death anniversary (26/04),  which was posted in 2020.

We now move on to posts on other subjects –

“The Unforgettable Music of HEMANT KUMAR” is a review of the book authored by Manek Premchand, with study of his Bengali repertoire by Antara Nanda Mondal and Sounak Gupta

The लेन – देन (give and take) Songs in the context human relationships which are not commercial but still talk of getting something in return or even returning something when relations are embittered

Five Classics I would Like to Rewrite is the first of a two-part post, that discusses five great films and why, despite strong women characters in them, the all-pervasive male gaze made their endings problematic, if not a complete cop-out. [For  companion post on Dustedoff.com, click  Ten Hindi films You Mustn’t Watch.] Five More Films – Five More Revisions is second post  in the series. If the films on that first list were all good films, here, most of these were successful films, not necessarily good ones.

Lata Mangeshkar: Ten Solos, Ten Composers – Part 3 do not overlap with the ones on the very first ‘Lata in Ten Moods’ song list.

Songs of EducationThere are diverse views on education in film songs – underlining its importance, sneering at the sheer uselessness of learning historical facts, mocking the lack of logic in grammar, criticizing the educational system for not imparting vocational education, and last but not the least, redefining education. The words to look out for are – पढ़ाई लिखाई and degree.

From Bollywood Rewind – Sampada Sharma – Indian Express’s weekly column:

SoY has thrown open its annual extravaganza of Best songs of year with quite an interesting overview Best songs of 1943: And the winners are?

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,

Lagi Hai Aag Dil Mein, Qismat Ke Sitare Doob Gaye – Hulcal (1951) – Khumar Barabankvi – Mohammad Shafi Niyazi

Aisa Kya Qasoor Kiya Dil Jo Choor Choor Kiya – Nadaan (1951) – P L Santoshi – Chic Chokalte

Mohabbat Ki Bas Itni Dastan Hai – Baradari (1955) – Khumar Baranakvi – Nashaad

Aa Bedardi Baalma, Aa Preet Ka Kare Hisaab – Chhora Chhori (1955) – Kedar Sharma _ Roshan

Kab Tak Uthayein Aur Ye Gham Intezaar Ka – Naqaab (1955) – Prem Dhawan – Pt. Govindram

I look forward to your inputs to enrich the contents of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

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