Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – August, 2019

Welcome to August 2019 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We commence our post with the two sides of the 15th August connection – the present one and the historic one.

Film and television actor Vidya Sinha passed away on 15th August. She was 71.

Ten Songs That Force Us to Think About the True Meaning of Azadi, to make Indians think hard about what freedom and independence really ought to mean—an end to  injustice and exploitation, communal divisions, the oppression of women, wars brought upon the people by corrupt or inept leaders—and which celebrate the ideals of solidarity.

We also very solemnly and sadly take note of Veteran music composer Khayyam passes away at 92 on 19th August.

Shri Harish Raguvanshi has forwarded this WikiBio of Khayyam along with this memorable photograph

From left Harish Raghuwanshi /Rajnikumar Pandya, Urvish Kothari, Chandrashekhar Vaidya, Khayyam, Salil Dalal (Hasmukh Thakkar)

Monica Kar, in her tribute @ Khayyam: The Gentle Giant rues an entire musical era passing into the ages,

 We pick up tributes and memories:

Happy birthday Kishore Kumar: Lose yourself with this playlist of his 10 best songs, one for every mood

Celebrities share special messages on Kishore Kumar’s 90th birth anniversary – Amitabh Bachchan, Baba Sehgal and Mamata Banerjee had something special to say.

Kishore Kumar The Actor: A Legend’s Journey Down the Years = In Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4,  Peeyush Sharma remembers journey of Kishore Kumar as an actor.

”Tum mujhe yun bhula na paoge…”: Melodious memories of Rafi  – Vikas Datta – Some voices can never fade from memories!

Rafi’s best songs by Ravi and Ravi’s best duets for Rafi is in memory of 39th death anniversary of Mohammad Rafi.

Before Karan Johar & Simi Garewal, Tabassum’s show brought celebrities into our living rooms   – Himani Chandna – Tabassum’s Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan ran for a staggering 21 years on Doordarshan.

KA Abbas, the filmmaker who said, ‘Whatever I own belongs to everyone else’Anwar Abbas, Sahapedia remembers his austere lifestyle.

The Mystical Mujra of Lekin: Joothe Naina Bole – Debasish Bhattacharya revisits this gem of a mujra as a special on Gulzar Sahab’s birthday.

Teesri Manzil will remain Shammi Kapoor’s, and Bollywood’s, shining glory – As a flashback to Shammi Kapoor’s death anniversary (14th August), Madhavi Pothukuchi recalls Shammi Kapoor’s most memorable musical thriller, Teesri Manzil, which reels one in with a mystery that’s built up well, and the love story between Shammi Kapoor & Asha Parekh keeps audience invested.

The audience as a piano: the strange case of Alfred HitchcockSandipan Deb In memory of the most famous director in cinema history on his 120th birth anniversary.

Gauhar Jaan – Great Singing Pioneer and Tragic Prototype – But there are many things that Gauhar Jaan could never have predicted, including the fact that her voice would be heard via technology that far surpassed the once seemingly miraculous sound recordings in which she had played the part of India’s greatest singing pioneer.

Sridevi – The Ever-shining Superstar – Aditi Thakur notes that Sridevi has performed exceptionally well in songs like Surmayee akhiyon mein from Sadma

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

August, 2019 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up Shailendra with Hemant Kumar, Ravi and Kalyanji (Anandji). This is in continuation to the series, Shailendra’s songs with other music directors, wherein  we have previously covered  Shailendra and “Other” Music Directors and Shailendra and Roshan.

And, now commence the posts on other subjects.

The Songs of Optimism has purposefully uploaded audio files of the songs to help focus on the lyrics.

Why a typical Bollywood hero is Gandhian on the streets, but sings lustfully in the sheetsSanjay Suri – In every Bollywood film, songs express the desires that the heroes sacrifice or reject in the actual story. In a properly conservative society, ‘one doesn’t say these things’ that express desire. And so, they get said, and shown, in song. The hero is Gandhian when he speaks, flirtatious when he sings. Casting a romantic Gandhi would, of course, need extraordinary measures – an excerpt from ‘A Gandhian Affair: India’s curious portrayal of love in cinema’ by Sanjay Suri

Moon Songs, Part 1: Ten songs addressed to the moon is now followed up with Part 2: Adjectives for the Moon and  Part 3: Comparisons to the moon by the singer

Through the Lens of Bollywood: Kashmir as an Image, Kashmir as a PlaceDebashree Mukherjee – Dominant images of Kashmir in popular cinema present only one facet of the kaleidoscope of histories and memories, signs and signification, actions and emotions. Yet they can have a powerful effect on the way we relate to a land and its peoples, its views and its women.

Nothing but melody presents a playlist of songs from the 50s and 60s that do not have any percussion instrument at all

The Classical Music Giants contribute to Hindi Cinema – IV adds some more classical music artists in this series of the previous three articles – Part 1, Part2, Part 3.

Following the overview article, Best songs of 1946: And the winners are?, we had taken up micro view of Female Solo Songs for 1946  and have covered Suraiya , Shamshad Begum, Part 1 and  Part II, Amirbai Karanataki, Zohrabai Ambalewali, Mohantara Talpade and Rahkumari till now. For the present, we have covered solo songs of Hamida Banu, Zeenat Begum, Noor Jehan Khursheed and Kanan Devi, Naseem Akhtar and Paro Devi  .

To end the present post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi, each one of which basically has a link with the topics discussed in the present post, we have picked up:.

Seedhe Saade Insaano Ka Is Duniya Mein Kaam Nahi – Tu Nahi Aur Sahi (1960) Ravi – Asad Bhopali

Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mein Hai – Shaheed Bhagat Singh (1963) – Husnlal Bhagatram –

Nain Mila Ke Pyar Jata Ke Aag Laga Di – Mera Bhai Mera Dushman (1967) – With Jagjit Kaur – Khayyam – Kaifi Azmi

Apni Aadat Hai Sab Ko Salaam Karana – Pyar Deewana (1972) – Lala Sattar – Asad Bhopali

Simti Hui Ye Ghadiyan, Phir Se Na Bikhar Jaaye – Chambal Ki Kasam (1979) –  with Lata Mangeshkar – Khayyam – Sahir Ludhyanvi

I earnestly solicit your inputs for further broad-basing our cache for the content for our carnival of blogs on the 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 – November 2016

Welcome to November, 2016 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

For the present episode we continue with posts from Silhouette magazine, on the memories of S D Burman on his birthday on 1st October (1906) –

Moti Lalwani chronicles some of the outstanding experiments SD Burman had tried out with remarkable success, drawing out references from his extensive research and in-depth interviews – Part I and Part II – of his article Pioneering Experiments Which Became Trends: S D Burman and His Music

The Mesmerizing Moods of Jaane Kya Tune Kahi (Pyaasa) – The iconic Jaane kya tune kahi in Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa (1957) is a masterpiece in the world of music and cinematic technique. Anand Desai and Antara Nanda Mondal dig into the finer nuances of this classic song, unspooling its various artistic and creative layers – composition, rendition, camera work, performances, orchestration and more. Here is its Bengali version – Mono Dilo Na Bandhu

The Incomparable Music Of S D Burman Transcends GenerationsWhat makes Burman Dada’s music stand the test of time? What gives it that everlasting appeal? What makes music lovers turn back to him wanting more? What gives his music a signature that is unmistakably his?  Antara Nanda Mondal  seeks possible answers. Here is just one example, from her search across a cross section of people who are in the know.

Aankh Jhukakar Baithnewaale (Funtoosh, 1956) SD Burman / Sahir Ludhianvi / Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle)

10 Most Loved Duets of Geeta Dutt – As a tribute to the Queen of Bhaav Gayaki, Antara Nanda Mondal revisits some of her most favourite duets of Geeta Dutt that create a charming world of evergreen music. She put her heart and soul into each and every song she sang, What stood out was a unique style, rendition, gayaki and that added edge that made these songs reach a new level altogether.

More to read on Geeta Dutt

mala-sinha-810x574We have an excellent career-sketch of Mala Sinha, profiled by Karan Bali  in this episode.  Well into her 30s, a dreaded age period for Hindi film heroines, she continued with leading roles into the 1970s pairing with the younger lot of heroes – Premendra (Holi Aayee Re (1970), Sanjeev Kumar (Kangan (1971)), Rajesh Khanna (Maryada (1971)) and Amitabh Bachchan (Sanjog (1971).

Baat Niklegi Toh Phir: The Unforgettable Voice and His Musical Journey – In remembrance of Jagjit Singh, Antara Nanda Mondal  for Learning and Creativity-Silhouette Magazine presents a review of journalist-editor-biographer Sathya Saran’s eloquent and engrossing chronicle Baat Niklegi Toh Phir The Life and Music of Jagjit Singh, peppered with anecdotes, instances, stories and nuggets of information, traces the life, works and music of India’s most popular ghazal singer.

Helen of the dance floor, in 10 songs – Born on November 21, 1938, and dazzling viewers all the way to eternity, Cha Cha Cha (1964) offered Helen a rare chance to be a heroine, while offering maximum exposure to her dancing prowess:

The instrumental title track from Cha Cha Cha

Cha Cha Cha*Cha Cha Cha(1964) Dance Competition

15 films about children to mark Chacha Nehru’s birthday : Children’s Day is the perfect excuse to visit the most enduring cinematic explorations of the world of the little ones.

SP Balasubrahmanyam’s staggering achievement: 40,000 tracks, 50 years later, numerous languages : With his unparalleled talent to emote, SP Balasubrahmanyam has lifted compositions to sublime levels.

The November, 2016 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs was dedicated to Surinder Kaur.

Here are posts on other subjects as well:

When Lata & Noor Jehan Sang The Same TuneKaran Bali in his study of Lata – Noorjehan parallels landed upon Nayanawa Chalaye Ban, in Norrjehan’s voice for Anjuman a 1970 Pakistani film. The very same tune had been used in a Hindi film called Kar Bhala (1956), recorded in Lata Mangeshkar’s voice by Nisar Bazmi as Balamji Bade Nadan.

Some great songs of Lata Mangeshkar by Shankar-Jaikishan goes onto chart one more color of SoY’s Lata Mangeshkar spectrum, supplementing her association with other music directors Chitragupta, C Ramchandra, Roshan, SD Burman, Anil Biswas and Naushad. Previously, Lata Mangeshkar’s dance songs by SJ and S-J’s female dance duets have already added different shades to the Shanker – Jaikishan:-Lata Mangeshkar color on SoY.

My Favourites: Nigahein Songs is in line with different categories of Naina and glance, gaze – Nazar – songs that in Hind films invariably leads to romance song. All these come from Aankhen.

A Few Words About the NYPL Library for the Performing Arts and Reviews of A Few Books That I Got There even in those rushed visits.

The debt that Indian cinema owes to Wilkie Collins and his ‘The Woman in White’Karan Bali According to Nasreen Munni Kabir’s seminal book Guru Dutt: A Life In Cinema, Raaz was based on The Woman in White… Although Guru Dutt had abandoned Raaz, the movie was destined to be made. His former assistant Raj Khosla, got permission to use the unfinished film’s story. Khosla reworked Raaz with writer Dhruva Chatterjee as the well-crafted suspense drama Woh Kaun Thi? (1964)… Woh Kaun Thi is the first in a trilogy of mystery films that Sadhana did with Khosla, the others being Mera Saaya (1966) and Anita (1967)… The success of Woh Kaun Thi? inspired remakes, Yaar Nee? (1966), in Tamil and Aame Evaru? (1966) in Telugu, both starring the up and coming J Jayalalithaa. The Woman in White also travelled across the border. Acclaimed music director Khwaja Khurshid Anwar’s Humraz (1967) stars Pakistani star Shamim Ara in the double role of the sisters.

‘Gulzar in Conversation with Tagore’ is a love letter from one poet to anotherManish Gaekwad :  Composer Shantanu Moitra tunes Gulzar’s lyrics to Rabindra Sangeet in a stunning non-film album Gulzar in Conversation with Tagore featuring seven songs based on Hindi translations of poems by Tagore.

Gulzar’s ‘Lekin’ is a mystery in an enigma wrapped in raag MaandRineeta Naik:  The combination of Gulzar’s lyrics and Hridaynath Mangeshkar’s music is adequately ghostly.

In Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @SoY, having covered Male Solo Songs, Other Than Lata Mangeshkar Female Solo Songs, and Solo Songs of Lata Mangeshkar, the series went to  take a look at Male-Male Duets and Triads & Triads+ as the last leg of the journey. The journey has ended with My Top Duets and My Top Music Directors as my concluding pieces. SoY’s  Best songs of 1949: Wrap Up 4  of dueta fondly notes that male-female as well female-female duets of singers other than Lata Mangeshakr create a kaleidoscope of colors.

We end today’s episode with a couple post / songs on Mohammad Rafi’:

When Big B lost out to Sanjay Khan  in ‘Duniya Ka Mela’ – Here is the original song from the film pictured on Bachchan and Rekha….Asha Bhosle accompanies Mohammad Rafi in this duet.

Very Rare Songs Clips (1 & 2) by Great Mohammad Rafi Sahab

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