Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – May 2016

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

We begin with our regular Anniversaries section.

Forgotten Composers Unforgettable Melodies: Iqbal Qureshi –  Once you get to listen to the songs, one would simply wonder how come such a talented music director did not succeed commercially after having composed such songs. Even some of his less heard songs too are a treat to listen to, even today:

Interestingly, the same tune when used for Ek chameli ke madwe tale, do badan pyar ki aag mein jal gaye – Cha Cha Cha (1964) got huge success.

Manna Dey’s songs by Shankar-Jaikishan is a tribute to Manna Dey on his 97th birth anniversary with his songs by Shankar-Jaikishan as a part of the celebrations of SJ Year on SoY. As one would expect, the post and the discussion thereon yields a veritable treasure of SJ-Manna Dey combo.

We now take a look at posts on other subjects –

My Favourites: ‘Don’t Go’ Songs – All the songs in this list have that one thing in common – they are all songs that entreat someone not to leave. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the first phrase in the mukhda, but the entreaty has to appear in the mukhda itself. Here are a couple less heard ones –

Ten of my favourite cynical songs – Ten songs that speak of the singer’s cynicism, his or her belief that the world is not a nice place. At times the bitterness boils forth in a fierce and/or despairing rejection of the entire world; at other times, it is cloaked with satire or a sort of bitter humour. Perhaps even smiles. But the cynicism is there, if you only pay attention to the lyrics. Here is the one as an example:

Moon and Mumbai (Bollywood) – Guest Article by D P Rangan –  Film makers in Mumbai and Chennai, the first two centers of film studios, had also fallen under the influence  of Chand, the Moon and used it as scene creator ab initio, and music directors had risen to the occasion and composed immortal musical pieces for the heroes and heroines to cavort about in joyful abandon. The post and the discussion thereon presents Chand in its all shades:

Madhubala in Greece – Did you know that Madhubala was so popular in Greece in early 1960s that a song was written in Greek for her and sung by perhaps the best singer ever of the “Laika” genre Stelios Kazantidis. Here is the song with English Translation

Suraiya on the sets of Goonj (1952) – Singing star Suraiya makes friends with a horse on the sets of Kwatra Art Productions’ “Goonj”; co-workers look on interestedly.

Beauty and the beast and a host of lookers on

Beauty and the beast and a host of lookers on

Kamini Kaushal, S.D. Burman, Lata, Kishore on the sets of Chalis Baba Ek Chor (1954)

Producer Kamini Kaushal (center) has first of the eight songs in “Chalis Baba Ek Chor,” her own production recorded. With her, from left, are Director P.L. Santoshi, playbacks Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, with music-director S.D. Burman completing the group

Producer Kamini Kaushal (center) has first of the eight songs in “Chalis Baba Ek Chor,” her own production recorded. With her, from left, are Director P.L. Santoshi, playbacks Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, with music-director S.D. Burman completing the group

 

A music link – Working with a grant sanctioned in 2008, Suresh Chandvankar steered the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP)190 project that has successfully digitized gramophone records, advertisements and publicity material as well as catalogues of the Young India record label that operated in Mumbai from 1935-55. A staggering 1,427 items populate this extraordinary collection which one can now access for free (http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Young-India-record-label-collection). [Once you visit this site, you will also find 103 item collection @Music From India.]

For the present, I did not find a fresh post @ that can be taken up here. That gives a good opportunity to go back a little in time and listen to a select Geeta Dutt songs, composed by Madan Mohan @ Madan Mohan: The Composer of the Classes By Gajendra Nand Khanna.  These are the songs that have western tunes, fairly heavy orchestration and a very lively Geeta Dutt. These songs amply show that Madan Mohan was capable of doing heavily instrumented songs as well when he did such songs.:

We have commenced Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @SoY, by now a well-settled, annual review feature of visiting the songs of particular year under the subject of Best songs of year. This year we have Best songs of 1949 for the Base. We have first taken up Male Solo Songs, and have covered G M Durrani, Talat Mahmood, Surendra and ‘Other’ Male Playback Singers till now.

We end our present episode with a posts/ articles that cover Mohammed Rafi, from a wide-ranging point of views –

Bhoole Bisre by Prakash Gowda – A zero budget short film with a million dollar message, by Prakash Gowda, that narrates the story of an old man who yearns for a hearing machine, just so that he can enjoy the songs of Mohammad Rafi.

Mohammed Rafi also always used to sing a song in the native language whenever he would visit different countries. Not many people know that Mohammed Rafi visited Kabul, Afghanistan in 1975 and recorded few farsi songs in Radio Kabul. Here is such rare non-filmi farsi song of Mohammed Rafi, with Afghan female singer Zhilla. This song is composed by Hafizullah ‘Khyal’ and recorded in Radio Kabul in 1975 with Afghan musicians.
Aye Taaza Gul Tu Zeenat-e-Gulzaar-e-Keesti
(Oh fresh flower, you are beauty of which garden?)

Similarly when he visited the capital city of Suriname, Paramaribo, he sang Baharon Ful Barsao in Suriname language. Here is that clip where we can listen to his live performance in Suriname.

I look forward to receive your inputs for further enriching the contents of the posts…..

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Male Solo Songs – Surendra + ‘Other’ Male Singers

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We have covered solo songs of two of the five principal male playback singers – G M Durrani + Talat Mahmood – for the year 1949.

Today we will listen to solo songs of Surendra as well those by ‘the other’ male playback singers, before we take two really significant players for the year – Mukesh and Mohammed Rafi.

Solo Songs of Surendra

Not so predominantly as Suraiya does on the female singer side, Surendra continues to hold the flag of singing star high enough on the male side for the current year.

Main To Hun Udaas – Kamal – S D Burman – Prem Dhawan

Jhoom Jhoom Ke Naach Re Manwa – Kamal – S D Burman

Ab Raat Gai Hai Beet – Kamal – S D Burman

Kiyun Samjhe Hamein Parwana – Imtihaan – Shyam Babu Pathak – Hari Krishna ‘Premi’

Solo Songs of Other Male Singers

Even as the songs do remain isolated in numbers, the picture that emerges provides quite a varied and rich canvas.

Aankhen Kah Gayin Dil Ki Baat – Laadli – SD Batish – Anil Biswas – Dr Safdar Aah

Wohi Rota Hua Ek Dil – Lahore – Karan Dewan – Shyam Sunder – Rajendra Krishna

Duniya To Yeh Kahati Hai, Insaan Kahaan Hai – Lahore – Manna Dey – Shyam Sunder – Rajendra Krishna

Jagmag jagmag karta nikla chand poonam ka pyara – Rim Zim – Kishore Kumar – Khemchand Prakash – Bharat Vyas

Khushi Ki Aas Rahi Dil Ko Aur Khushi Na Mili – Sawan Aaya Re – Khan Mastana – Khemchand Prakash – Arzoo Lakhanavi

Chahte Ho Gar..Ankhen Ladana Chhod Do – Chitalkar – Sipahiya – C Ramchandra – Rammoorti Chaturvedi

We will take up 1949’s Solo Songs of Mukesh in our next episode.

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Male Solo Songs – G M Durrani + Talat Mahmood

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Male Solo Songs

We commence our detailed journey for the year 1949 with Male Solo Songs. I would place the full video clip for those songs that I have heard for the first time or that I do not recollect much. For the songs that are well-known even today, I plan to hyperlink to the song. Once all major songs of each of the principal singers are covered, we will take up an overall summary of the specific category to present my views on the Best of the Category.

The game of numbers does not seem to work in favour of male solo songs in comparison with female solo songs. My review of the available songs for the year 1949 present 5 major male playback singers in so far as solo songs are concerned.

We take up Solo Songs of G M Durrani first.

Jigar Ke Tukde,Ye Dil Ke Tukde – Aaiye – Nashad (a.k.a. Shaukat Ali Haidari) – Nakhshab Jarachvi

Itani Si Kahani Hai Itna Mera Afsana – Aaiye – Nashad – Nakhshab Jarachvi

Nazron Se Mili Nazarein, Dil Ho Gaya Diwana – Aaiye – Nashad – Nakhshab Jarachvi

Zindgani Ka Maza Shaadi Mein Hai – Aparadhi  –  Sudhir Phadke – Amar Varma

Pi Aaye Aa Kar Chale Gaye – Bazaar – Shyam Sunder – Wali Saheb

Ye Rahen Mohabbat Katon Si Bhari Hai – Sawan Bhadon – Husnlal Bhagatram – Ravindra Dave –Duet

Solo Songs of Talat Mahmood

The songs do reveal the silken magic of Talat Mahmood, but certainly seems to await Anil Biswas’s ‘Arzoo’ touch to emerge as The Dominant Player, irrespective of numbers. It also appears to be no coincidence that music directors of two of the three films here belong to the Calcutta school.

Teri Gali Se Bahut..Dil Par Kisi Ka Teer-e-Nazar Kha Ke Rah Gaye – Rakhi – Husnlal Bhagatram – Sarshar Sailani

Jo Beet Gaya So Beet Gaya & Din Beet Chale – Swayam Siddha – Prafull Kumar Chaudhary – Bhawani Prasad Misra

Hai Ye Maine Kya Kiya – Samapti – Timir Baran ~ Pandit Bhushan

Man Ki Naina Bol Rahi Hai – Samapti – Timir Baran ~ Pandit Bhushan

In the next post we will listen to solo songs of Surendra along with the isolated solo songs of ‘the other singers’.

Fading Memories….Unforgettable Songs: May, 2016

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For the current episode most of the songs that I have presented are by and large quite new to me. However, as I was listening to these songs, the inherent charm of each song was so appealing that I have chosen to share them here.  It so happens that the plate has become full enough with songs chosen with two filters only. As a result, I propose to continue with the usual pattern of songs selection form the next episode of June, 2016.

We will first take up a few of the songs of 1940s. These songs have been forwarded by Sumantbhai (Dadu) from his great treasure trove collection.

As much as the music director and lyricist of the first song are known names, the singer and the song are as much unknown.

Aankhon Mein Aa Gaye Ho – Sasural (1941) – Brijmala – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok

The next one is twin version female-female duet.

Aaj Hans Hans Ke Do Do Baatein– Main Kya Karoon (1945) – Sauraiya, Hamida  Bano  – Neenu Majumdar – D N Madhok

Its twin version is in slow-paced rhythm

The next one is based on a traditional Baul folk music of Bengal. But that apart, one obvious reason why I have picked up this song is that it is Chitalkar singing a S D Burman composition.

Ek Nai Kali Ssasural Chali – Eight Days (1946) – Chitalkar, Meena Kapoor – S D Burman – G S Nepali

In the second batch of songs I have collected Shamshad Begum songs from music directors other than O P Nayyar, Naushad, C Ramchandra,  Husnlal Bhagatram or S D Burman. As was noted in a tribute to her on her 97th birth anniversary in  Shamshad Begum’s songs by OP Nayyar , these music directors would account for a very large proportion of her total songs. So let us see how her songs with other music directors ring different, even if these may not have tested the commercial success.

Ek Kali Naazon Ki Pali – Khazanchi (1941) – Ghulam Haider

In the history of Hindi Film music, Khazanchi is considered to be a milestone when rhythm got the prominence in a film song composition.  This song is lip-synched by a very young, ebullient, Manorama, who went on to specialise in vampish character roles in the next couple of decades. Note a very large radio, akin to what is a very modern music system of the present days, over which the song which is recorded for a live broadcast, is enjoyed and appreciated. This particular genre of songs being recorded for All India Radio continued to deliver some of the most memorable film songs till end of 1960s.

Sasural Mein Tu Hogi Akeli – Mirza Sahiban (1957) – Shardul Kwatra

A typical Punjabi folk song associated with the marriage ceremonies. Bride’s friends enliven the gloom of the bride, who (traditionally) is saddened by the thought of her paternal home  …

Chali Pee Ko Milan Banthan Ke Dulhan – Ziddi (1948) – Khemchand Prakash – Prem Dhawan

Farewell to the bride was considered an integral part of the Indian marriage ceremonies. The actual scene always used to be very poignant. So, when a scene is enacted in dance song, the spectators move into those very feelings.

O Dilwaalo Ho Dil Hai Deewaana – Tikadambaz (1959) – B N Bali

A carefree court dancer enacting a playful dance in the court..

Aan Milo Balma – Hulchul (1951) – Sajjad Hussain – Kumar Barabankhvi

A village bellet… do notice very innovative orchestration…

Mere Dil Mein Aaiye – Dholak (1951) – Shyam Sundar – Aziz Kashmiri

The belle is at full charms to her (apparently) undecided love….

Paapi Duniya Se Door – Rail Ka Dibba (1953) – Ghulam Mohmmad – Shakeel Badayuni

An ebullient beginning of the morning chores..

Dil Na Lagana Dil Ka Lagana – Miss Mala (1954) – Chitragupt – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

Shamshad Begum was so comfortable in creating the scenic effect with her singing style. We do not have a supporting video for this clip, but can very visualize a viviacious dance number being enacted by Vyjaintimala.

Na Jaan Re Na Jaan Re – Biraj Bahu (1954) – Salil Choudhary – Prem Dhawan

An excellent Mujra, set in an otherwise a Bengali social milieu. Pran also seems to have got free reins to resort to his later on well-known style of throwing rings of cigarette smoke to express his subtle glee in a given situation.

Off-the-Track:

Ham Haal-e- Dil Sunayenge, Suniye Ke Na Suniye – Madhumati (1958) – Mubarak Begum – Salil Chaudhary

Even as we do get some very memorable songs, the very popularity of such songs possibly turned out to be disadvantageous to the playback singers as their getting ‘branded’ for such genres took them away from the mainstream songs. This particular song can be taken as a classic case. Such an outstanding song on its own, got chopped at the editing table.

Dhadke Rah Rah Ke Dil Bawra – Naata 1955 – With S Balbir, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi – S Mohinder – Tanveer Nakhvi

By now, Lata Mangeshkar has taken over the role of playback for the heroine…

Pyar Jata Ke Lalchaye – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai (1959) – Hemant Kumar – Shailendra

When it comes to enacting earthy Punjabi feel of the tune, Shamshad Begum was the obvious choice

Kehte Hai Jisko Ishq – Aaj Aur Kal 1963 – with Usha Mangeshkar – Ravi – Sahir Ludhyanvi

It now seems to Shamshad Begum is seen as ‘also-ran’ playback singer, even when the music director, lyricist or the film production house have a very respectable brand value. Quawalli, even as a very popular genre in the films, was generally rendered by not so well-known faces on the screen. As a result, even if the song did attain high popularity, the playback singer could not gain substantial long-term benefit.

I have been concurrently working on “Songs of 1949”. My search landed me on a Mohammed Rafi – Shiv Dayal (S D) Batish duet, composed Ghulam Haider for Kaneez (1949).

Har Aish Hai, Duniya Mein Ameeron Ko Aaram Nahin Milta

Under the curtains of a lighter toned satire, the lyricist Hazrat Lakh has taken quite targeted pot-shots at the rich strata of the society.

If you have such songs to share, you are most heartily welcome…..

The Micro View of Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Setting The Stage

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By now we eagerly wait for the curtains to go up for a review of songs for the particular year @ Songs of Yore. Having covered songs of 1955, 1953, 1951and 1950 in the previous years, SoY has now released, well-established, most popular, enlightening and engaging subject of opining and choosing the BEST for a given year by way of Best songs of 1949: And the winners are?.

1949

At the very outset, I will very candidly admit that apart from some of the very well-known songs, the songs for 1949 are quite an uncharted area for me. Some of the films that are listed up in this year, we have had occasion to see them in theaters only during our college days during 1966-1971. There were a few of theaters in Ahmedabad in those days – Central or Pratap or Kalpana – that specialized in screening such films only. We would go for these films, more for their songs, and very rarely for the story or any other cinematic aspects. As such, now in the days of easier availability (on DVDs or on net) of these films and songs, the window opened by these posts is a great opportunity to specifically look for the songs and listen to them. Barring those few then and now popular songs, most of the songs I would get to listen for the first time.

The post under consideration – Best songs of 1949: And the winners are?   – has presented quite an  encompassing overview –

Musical landmarks like Shankar Jaikishan debut film Barsat, or Naushad’s Andaz, Chandani Raat, Dillagi, Dulari or Husnlal Bhagatram’s Badi Bahen, Khemchand Prakash’s Mahal or C Ramchandra’s Patanga retain the freshness of their songs even today.

Other important musical compositions are no less noteworthy nor have lost their charm. We will enlist them here –

Khemchand Prakash:

Shyam Sundar:

Hansraj Bahl :

Vinod:

Gyan Dutt:

Ghulam Mohammad:

Debut

Roshan with Kidar Sharma’s Neki Aur Badi , Shanker Jaikishan, Hasrat Jaipuri , Shailendra, Nimmi (a.k.a. Nawab Banu), Ramanand Sagar with RK’s Barsaat , Khayyam, as Sharmaji in Parda, Sudha Malhotra in Chal raha swaraj ka jhagda in Aakhri Paigam (The Last Message) are the noteworthy debut in this year.

Mubarak begum, acted and sang first song Mohe Aane Lagi Angadayii in Aiye

Lyricists Asad Bhopali with Duniya, SH Bihari with Laadli and Anjum Jaipuri with Shaukeen also began their careers in 1949.

Fact file and Trivia have some interesting topics.

List Of Memorable Songs is a fairly representative list of films (out of a total 156 films – Source: HFGK) , music directors and known as well as less-known songs that were released in the year. I have re-compiled this list, under the title Best Songs of 1949, by adding the relevant link to YT file.

For the year under review, Special songs also cover the songs which would not fit in any conventional best list, yet they are unique in many respects, and they need to be specially remembered. In this case too, I have brought these songs on the same page with List of Memorable Songs @ Best Songs of 1949.

The stage is now set to commence our journey into the Songs of 1949. As the List of Memorable Songs and Special Songs have covered most of the well-known songs for the year, we will restrict our micro-view to in-depth listening of not-so-well-known songs. We will then combine our impressions of these songs with that we already have for the well-known ones to present our point of view in so far as

Best male playback singer
Best ‘other’ female playback singer
Best songs of Lata Mangeshkar
Best duets
Best music director

are concerned for the year 1949.

All the posts that will appear on this subject here have been tagged as Songs of 1949 @SoY.

Fading Memories….Unforgettable Songs: April, 2016

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Holi has still left its imprint on this page, by way of some quite rare songs remembered by our friends on this occasion.

Sumantbhai (Dadu) has sent in two songs –

A 1939 song – Phagun Ki Rut Aayee Re – Sitara Devi and Amrit Lal –  from ‘Holi’, composed by Khemchand Prakash

And a 1944 song Holi Mai Khelungi Un Sang – Miss Manju (Gaali, Pt.Hanuman Prasad).

Samir Dholakia  has remembered  Sadanand Kamath’s post Jab Phaagun Rang Jhamakte Hon wherein Sadanand Kamath reminisces the Nazms of Nazeer Akbarabadi (1740-1830; real name Shaikh Wali Mohammed). The Holi song – Jab Pahagun Rang Jhamakte Ho – that he has remembered in particular, is sung by Chhaaya Ganguli in a concert ‘Husn-e-Jaana’ held in New Delhi sometime in 2001. Later, it was included in the music album ‘Husn-e-Jaana’ (2001).

In Ode to the Great Indian Family, Songs of Yore had reminded us that Holi also was the festival that brought back the diaspora populations back to their native places to congregate with the, typically larger, Indian Family. In the technological age of very high connectivity, this tradition may still not have lost its value. But the increasing miniaturization and fragmentation of the families have certainly led to fading out of quite a few relations that the Indian larger family has fostered. Add the impact of now prevalent practice of calling these relations by the generic English nomenclature, and one may see over some years from now that some of these distinct terms will, quite likely, be fossilized. We have picked up such relations here, well supported by equally colorfully vivid songs, so as to help retain the longevity of these relations.  In order to focus on the songs while embedding the memory of the relation, I have stayed away from mentioning the underlying relationship explicitly —

Kaka Abba Bade Khiladi – Padosi (1941) – Gopal, Balkram and Balwant Singh – Master Krishna Rao  – Pt.Sudarshan

Baanke Nainon Se Kar Ke Ishaare Haye Mora Chhota Sa Devar Pukaare – Tadbeer (1945) – Naseem Akhtar – Lal Mohammad – Swami Ramanand Saraswati

Meri Ayi Hai Teen Bhabhiyan – Hum Ek Hain (1946) -Zohra Ambalewali and Rajkumari – Husnlal-Bhagatram – PL Santoshi,

Naana Se Kehti Thhi Naani Hamaari – Renuka (1947) – Baby Shaila, Uncredited Male Voice – Sardar Malik – Qamar Jalaalabaadi

Tune Jahan Banake Ehasan Kiya Hai – Maa Ka Pyar (1949) – Lata Mangeshkar – Pt. Govindram – I C Kapoor

We have had several more songs still in our stock on this account. So we will venture into the Indian family relations from this post through the songs of 1950s in our next episode.

Now let us move over to songs that our other friends have remembered, for the present episode.

From the festivities of color, we now join Harish Raghuvanshi who has recalled two of the   K L Saigal songs.  KL Saigal songs indeed have an eternal life!

Suno Suno He Krishan Kala is one of the bhajan genre songs that Saigal had so successfully experimented with.

Panchchi Kahe Hot Udas (My Sister) Songs composed by Pankaj Mullik and rendered by Saigal is that classic treasure that has no expiry date…

We venture into our search for songs of the 1950s that seem to have faded through our memories through Peeyush Sharma’s post – The Magic of the Melodies of Roshan and Chitragupt.  As can be expected, the post has quite a few songs of these two great, but relatively unsung music directors, which are still as fresh in our memories. But there are some which call for an effort to refresh. Of these, we have picked up songs of Chitragupt only for the present episode. After struggling for around 4-5 years, it was Sindbad The Sailor (1952) that brought huge fame and credit for Chitragupt. ‘The Sailor who was dancing and singing in 1952 had a grown up son and a daughter by 1958. The father and son films were directed by Nanabhai Bhatt. Chitragupt held the hierarchy rights and gave music for both Daughter of Sindbad and Son of Sindbad.’

We have picked up one song form each of these films –

Tera Mera Mera Tera – Sindbad The Sailor (1952) – Kishore Kumar, Shamshad Begum

Suniye Suniye Hamara Fasana – Daughter of Sinbad (1958) – Geeta Dutt, Mohammad Rafi

Chhedo Ji Aaj Koi Pyar Ka Tarana – Son of Sindbad (1958) – Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar

Avo Kabhi Milne Ko Meri Gali  and Zamane Ke Darr Se Na Daman Chhudana are Dolly Katrak (Kwatra)’s Obscure songs from an unreleased film – Teer (1958). The music is composed by equally obscure music director Suleman  Dafrani.  Of course, the songs are quite a treat to listen to.

Naresh Mankad is fascinated by that ring in the young voice of Manna Dey in Suraj Zara Aa Paas Aa, Aj Sapno Ki Roti Pakayenge Hum (Ujala – 1959 – Shanker Jaikishan – Shailendra).  The menu that the song offers also is quite a strong attraction:

aaloo tamaatar ka saag
imli ki chutney bane(sssssssssss)
roti karaari sikein
ghee uspe asli lage!:)

Hats off to Shailendra for weaving such a complex egalitarian philosophy in so simple manner that song comes off quite comfortably as children song!

For 1960s, we have  Meri Zindagi Ke Chirag Ko Teri Berukhi Ne Bujha Diya ( Jaal – 1967 – Lata Mangeshkar  – Laxmikant Pyarelal)  for which Samir Dholakia has noted the very striking Madan Mohan style.

To conclude our present episode, we have two Mohammad Rafi songs. The first one is an Anil Biswas composition from a 1957 film, ‘Abhiman’,. Saraswati Kumar ‘Deepak’ has penned the lyrics.

Chali Jawaani Thokar Khaane, Duniya Ke Bazaar Mein – With Asha Bhosle  –

For the second one, we go over to two more decades. This one is composed by Jaidev for a 1974, rather obscure, film, ‘Alingan’. The song is filmed on Romesh Sharma and Zahira and penned by Jan Nissar Akhtar.

Iss Tarah Jaao Nahin

We will meet again on 2nd Sunday of the next month… with more unforgettable songs that have started slipping out of our memory….

If you have such songs to share, you are most heartily welcome…..

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – March 2016

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

Sahir Ludhianvi -  The People's Poet  - Akshay ManwaniOn the poet’s 95th birth anniversary, Akshay Manwani  has narrated an account of Sahir Ludhyanavi’s  seditious youth in ‘I have lit fires with songs of rebellion’: Memories of Sahir Ludhianvi’s college years…..

Read full interview of Akshay Manwani on his book Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet :-Harper Collins Publishers India, ISBN 978-93-5029-733-9, Rs 399, 320 pages

Madhulika Liddle also has penned Book Review: Akshay Manwani’s ‘Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet’

Antara Nanda Mondal , in her tribute to Sahir Ludhyanvi,  Jinhe Naaz Hai Hind Par Voh Kahaan Hain: Songs of Sahir notes that his first among the four songs he wrote for ‘Aazadi Ki Raah Par (1949) –  B S Nanji, Music : G D Kapoor –  was – Badal Rahi Hai Zindagi.

More to read on Sahir Ludhianvi:

Best duets of the not-so-unloved Mahendra Kapoor – Mahendra Kapoor would always be remembered not only for his duets with Lata Mangeshakar or for Ravi or O P Nayyar duets with Asha Bhosle, but also for duets, composed by relatively lesser known music directors, with several other  contemporary singers.  Of the songs remembered here, we have picked up:

‘Chalte Chalte Yunhi Koi Mil Gaya Thha’: The Music of Ghulam Mohammad is a special tribute to Ghulam Mohammad by Peeyush Sharma on his 48th death anniversary. Even though Ghulam Mohammad started giving music in films since early forties, his noteworthy compositions got their due from 1948 onwards. His music bore the fragrance of Rajasthan’s soil and touched new heights in Hindi film music. The article does full justice to Ghulam Mohammad’s work, beyond his all popular Shama or Mirza Ghalib or Pakeezah music.We would pick up a couple songs that find mention here, but do not have a video link:

Tonga in the Tinsel WorldGuest article by DP RanganHe recently debuted as a guest author with his piece on Bollywood’s love affair with horses. Here are  some of the songs that may  not be remembered well now:

  • Ek Nazar Ek AdaRaat Ke Rahi (1959) – Mohammad Rafi – Bipin Bapul – Vishwamitra Adil
  • Matwale Saajna – Faulad (1963) – Asha Bhosle- G S Kohli – Anjaan

Hum Ko Bhula Diya To Kya – Sudhir Kapoor remembers ‘Do Music Directors direct the music?’, an article that had appeared about 72 years ago in June 1943 issue of FILMINDIA magazine…..The sum and substance of the article is that the music directors, in most cases, have no control over what is to be sung, how it is to be sung, who is to sing and where the song is to be fitted in the screenplay….. The song which I am presenting is one of those songs which remind me of the tune of a popular song. The song is “Humko Bhula Diya To Kya, Yaad Meri Bhulaao To Jaanun” from the film ‘Chanda Ki Chandni’ (1948). Geeta Dutt sings the song on the words penned by DN Madhok. The song is composed by Gyan Dutt……This song reminds  of a popular KL Saigal song “Jeene Ke Dhang Sikhaaye Jaa” from the film ‘Parwaana’ (1947) (Music: Khurshid Anwar). Incidentally, this song was also written by DN Madhok.

Pradeep Kumar Songs from 1960 to 1963 – This is a follow on post to Some good Pradeep Kumar songs from the films released in 50s.Here are some of these:

“Dil Ko Lakh Sambhala Ji” – Shakila is a very vivid retrospective of Shakila a.k.a. Badshah Jehan.  Her songs are at SHAKILA HITS.

In Ten of my favourite “Man Sings and Woman Dances’ songs the singing man is not to dance along but physically must remain present in the picturization. That has ruled out  Tu Hai Mera Prem Devata or Jaa tose nahin boloon Kanhaiyya or Jhanan-jhanan baaje bichhua

Five Excellent Dances with Krishna Kumar – Krishna was in a dancing team with his brother Surya Kumar during the Vintage era, and they both also trained other dancers and worked as choreographers. Unfortunately, Krishna Kumar’s career came to an abrupt end sometime before the completion of the film Awara (1951), when he was murdered.

The Fascinating Tale of  So Many Anarkalis – The first screen adaptation was produced in the silent era. Two films were released in 1928, Loves of a Mughal Prince (Seeta Devi)and Anarkali (Sulochana). She appeared in two more Anarkali  films.  One was a 1935 talkie version of earlier silent one and in the second one , a 1953 version, She was Jodhabai and Bina Rai was Anarkali in this film. In 1955 telugu version, Anjali Devi plays Anarkali. The film was dubbed in Tamil as well. The 1958 version form Pakistan had Noor Jehan plyaing Anarkali.  ‘Jaltey Hain Arman. Perhaps best among all is K Asif’s 1960 version, Mughal-e-Azam . Apart from movies, the Salim-Anarkali saga has inspired theatrical performances, portions of song sequences and spoofs, including the Tamil film Illara Jyothi (1954), Chashme Buddoor (1981), Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986), Maan Gaye Mughal-e-Azam (2008) and most recently, Ready (2011). The affair between the prince and the courtesan may have been doomed, but their romance lives on.

How Chand Usmani Got Film Chance?  –  In this interview, Chand Usmani states that her favorite (Indian) stars are Nargis and Geetabali and Geeta Roy(Dutt) is not only her favorite playback singer, but a friend as well.

More Geeta Dutt  has remembered :

Raj Kapoor and Nargis on the sets of Aah(1953)

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Raj Kapoor, and Director Raja Nawathe (seated on chair near window), together with other workers of the R.K. Unit, look on keenly while Nargis does a rehearsal for a sequence in Aah.

Shammi Kapoor’s Biography Makes for a Fascinating Read, is a review by Anirudha Bhattacharjee & Balaji Vittal, engineers by education and IT consultants by profession  ……overall, the book is a fascinating page-turner that can be consumed in one sitting. And unlike watching a Shammi Kapoor super hit which is a one-time watch masala film, it’s a book dense enough to be re-read, multiple times. And it has some lovely photographs too…

We end our present episode with an interesting post on Mohammad Rafi –

Mohammed Rafi - God’s Own Voice.pngRafi vs Talat vs Mukesh vs Kishore: the big rivalries of the Hindi film music world is excerpted (with permission from) Mohammed Rafi: God’s Own Voice by Dhirendra Jain and Raju Korti, (Niyogy Books_. For us, now, who played what games, and why, is certainly of no interest. It is those songs that have been mentioned that interest us, solely and wholly.

Nilay Majumadar, quite passionately states ‘that the most important effect of Rafi on me was it changed my way of listening to music. As the years passed, I understood the words more, their meaning, their correct pronunciation all became increasingly important. Above all poetry of the songs became significant….

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