Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – November 2015

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Welcome to November, 2015 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We will begin our present issue with a post that is so very topical.

My Favourites: Songs of Cool Breezes ushers in the early signs of winter in our part of the world. We will also enjoy the feel of the early chill by way of some of the rare songs from this excellent list:

And now we turn our sails to the tributes.

My Favourites: Salilda’s Malayalam Songs – on his 92nd birthday. ‘It may encourage folks to look up and listen to unknown gems’.

“Dekh Lo Ishq Ka Martaba Dekh Lo” – B.S.Thapa – B.S.Thapa ji who completed 92 on last 3 July may not be active in films now but his contribution to the Cinema as a teacher and a director can’t be denied with.

P.Susheela just turned 80A tribute with a list of some of her songs. Some of her Hindi films songs are here.

Please Go To My Post From Last Year to Celebrate the Birthday of the Great Sitara Devi – At this time last year, the author had posted ‘seven of her film scenes. Unfortunately, it is impossible to find an additional seven comparable clips on YouTube, especially if one tries to look for scenes from other films’. Here is one of her famous Kathak dance sequence – Thumak Chalat Ramchand.

S D Burman also gets a special mention on 40th Anniversary – on 31st October. Here are some notable tributes.

Ten best songs (solos) composed by SD Burman – The earlier saturation coverage has provided a good building block to choose one song per singer to pay the tribute to the master in this post.

Tere Mere Sapne Ab Ek Rang Hain – Eternal Melodies of SD Burman-Rafi By Peeyush Sharma – Had it not been the occasion of S D Burman’s anniversary, this post could have done full justice in this blog carnival’s special space of posts on Mohammad Rafi.

The Incomparable Music Of S D Burman Transcends Generations

My Favourites: Children’s Songs celebrates Jawaharlal Nehru’s 125h birthday on 14th November. These are not necessarily patriotic songs, but songs picturized on children, and are the ones that are sung by the children on the screen.

Some of the less heard songs:

We move over to other regular posts.

Watch 100 Years of Indian Cinema Come Alive in 200 Seconds of Sand ArtTanaya Singh pays due credit to Rahul Arya, a well-known sand artist for this 200-second action packed journey.

Posts on –

Do Chetan Anand’s best-known films stand the test of time?

Back to Boral: Looking for Satyajit Ray in the town in which he shot ‘Pather Panchali’

The brilliance of Salim-Javed lies not just in what they said, but how they said it

When Javed told Salim, ‘I was thinking that maybe we should work separately’Diptakirti Chaudhuri  · A new book speculates on why Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar split after a writing partnership that created some of the most iconic Hindi movies of the 1970s.

Saxy Desi: Check out the sounds of the saxophone in South AsiaNate Rabe  – this most romantic of jazz instruments, often purringly referred to as the sexaphone, was invented in 1841 in the lowlands of a somewhat more prosaic Belgium by Adolphe Sax to create a sound that floated somewhere between the silken tone of the clarinet and the brash flare of the trumpet :

The Braz Gonsalves 7 – Raga Rock | Joe Gomes – O Saathi Re | Unknown – Spinboldak Saxophony | Rudresh Mahantappa – Abhogi | Sahib Shihab – Om Mani Padme Om

Hai kya kya jalwa bhara hua Ghanshyaam tumhaari aankhon mein – Atul Kumar Deshmukha,, while discussing the HFM related statistics pertaining to 1932, noted that only nine songs from movies of 1932 are available. Six of these songs are already covered in the blog. Here is the seventh song of 1932 to appear in the blog : Hai kya kya jalwa bhara hua Aankh Ka Taara (1932) – Jahanara Kajjan – Motilal Naik

My Favourites: Teasing Songs are the songs, only about situations where the heroine (or in one case, the hero) is already in love with the hero, and her friends (/his friend) – as friends will – tease her about it.

Songs of Sensuality – Inspired by Conversations Over Chai’s great post on the same topic, here’s list of classic Hindi and Bengali songs that explore sensuality, physical affection, and longing.

Top Ten Songs Sung by Actors Themselves (or by Singers Appearing Onscreen) – Guest Post by Abhik Majumdar – ‘songs actually sung by (not merely lip-synched by) actors. Not singer-cum-actors, but people who were known only for their acting. First off, only one track per artiste. Secondly, there’s no point including songs by people known equally for their singing and acting. So no Kishore Kumar, no Suraiya, no Rajkumar (the Kannada actor), no Talat Mehmood even. Thirdly, the singing must conform to certain minimum standards of excellence. (A certain Mr Bachchhan stands excluded on this count.) Fourthly, in the early days of talkies when playback singing was unknown actors, even the most atrociously off-key ones, were compelled to sing their own songs. Since such examples are a penny a dozen, no point adding them …..’

Ten of my favourite ‘Aaja’ songs i.e. Hindi film songs that begin with the word “Aaja” The post has all the songs that would immediately reverberate in our mind when we read the title. Here are some of the less heard songs, picked up from the discussions by the readers:

Sapnon ke gaaon mein taaron ki chhaaon mein – K Satish Shenoy remembers that this song used to be played invariably in the same session on Radio Ceylon with another song ‘Kahan le chale ho,…’ from Durgesh Nandini.

In photos: Bollywood cinema is life and life is a movie – Photojournalist Fawzan Husain captures the making of Hindi movies as well as their impact on the world beyond the sets.

A tailor in Kamatipura in Mumbai works under the watchful eye of Hindi cinema’s leading ladies from the black-and-white era

A tailor in Kamatipura in Mumbai works under the watchful eye of Hindi cinema’s leading ladies from the black-and-white era

Best songs of 1950: Wrap Up 4 which is about the best duets of 1950 in continuation of the Overview post, Wrap Up 1 (best male solos), Wrap Up 2 (best ‘other’ female solos) and Wrap Up 3 (best songs of Lata Mangeshkar).

Best songs of 1950: Final Wrap Up 5 lives up to the expectations of distillation post on a subject that always had a wide range of discussions.

We have moved the songs remembered by our friends to a separate, full-fledged post w.e.f. this month. These posts will be titled as “Fading Memories….Unforgettable Songs” and would be published on second Sunday every month.

We would therefore revert to posts on Mohammad Rafi to end each of the episode of our blog carnival.

Jaao Mere Siva Tum Kahan Jaaoge – Remembering Rafi through Rahul Dev Songs By Peeyush Sharma

Here are some not so known songs:

Ten Songs of Mohd. Rafi We Could Not Include in ‘Gaata Rahe Mera Dil’ – By Balaji VittalWe can read the excerpts of The book co-authored by Aniridha Bhattacharjee, published by Harper.

We continue our pursuit of the golden period of Hindi Film Music ……

The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Triads and Triads +


Having covered Male – Female duets of Mukesh, Mohammad Rafi, Talat Mahmood, GM Durrani, Chitalkar and others, Male-Male / Female-Female duets, we continue with a very interesting variation in the form of Triads and Triads+, as part of our journey through the Best songs of 1950: And the winners are?

Songs with more than two singers is also a fairly tested form in so far as Hindi Film songs go. We have quite a varied fare this year.

Mohammad Rafi + Geeta Roy + Paro + ChorusKabhi Ye Saath Na Choote YeKisi Ki Yaad Mein

Mohammad Rafi + Shamshad Begum + Talat Mahmood + Chorus – Nadiya mein utha hai shorBabul – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

Mohammad Rafi + G M Durrani + Mukesh + ChorusKhabar Kisi Ko Nahin Woh Kidhar Dekhate HainBeqasoor – Ehsan Rizvi – Anil Biswas

Mohammad Rafi, Amirbai Karnataki, Geeta Dutt and (?)Jab nain se nain mile umangein naach uthi man mein Veer Babhruvaaha – Anjum Jaipuri – Chitragupta

Mukesh, Zohrabai Ambalevali and Geeta RoyEk Taraf Jal Raha DeepakPreet ka Geet – Premi – Shyam Babu Pathak

Mukesh, Mohammad Rafi + Shamshad BegumHo kaale kaale baadal chhaye piyaApni Chhaya – P L Santoshi – Hanuman Prasad

Mukesh + S D Batish, Shamshad Begum + ChorusJaao Sidharo He Raadha Ke ShyamArzoo – Jan Nissar Akhtar – Anil Biswas

Talat Mahmood + Surinder Kaur + G M Durrani(?) + ChorusPuchch Rahe Ve Yaar Bibi Kaisi Hoti Hai Shaadi Ki Raat – Sarshar Sailani – S Mohinder

GM Durrani, Suriaya, Ojha & othrs – Teri zaalim nigahon ne humko ghayal kiyaNili – Surjit Sethi – S Mohinder

Khan Mstana, Mukesh and GM DurraniYah aaj ke Laila aur Majnu yun milkarPagle – Anjum Rehmani – BG Bhatkar (Snehal)

Khan Mastana, Talat Mahmood and MukeshKyun shikwa karein kyun aah bhareinPagle – Anjum Rehmani – BG Bhatkar (Snehal)

Surinder Kaur, Premlata, Asha BhosleAmbua ke ped suhaane kya kahein moseSabak DN Madhok – AR Qureshi


The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male – Male And Female – Female Duets


We continue with very interesting variations of Duets, as part of our journey through the ‘Best songs of 1950: And the winners are?

We have had a quite an extensive Tet-e-tat with Male-Female Duets of 1950. This is the year wherein we have quite a rich fare of Male-Male and Female-Female Duets.

Today we will first take up Male – Male Duets :

The first two are quite unique combinations, whereas Chitalkar pairs with Rafi to present very peppy numbers.

Mukesh + GM Durrani –

Aise Mein Koi Chham Se Jo Aa JaeHanste Ansoo – Shevan Rizvi – Ghulam Mohammad

Mohammad Rafi + Raja Gul –

Ek Chakkar Paon Mein Hai, Ek Chakkar Sar Mein HaiShadi Ki Rat – Sarshar Sailani – Pt. Gobind Ram

Chitalkar + Mohammad Rafi –

Kahnewale sach kah gaye hainNirala– PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra

Are Kismat Ka Sitara Chamka ….Sab Kuchh Deta Chhappar Fad Ke DetaSangeeta – P L Santoshi –  C Ramchandra

We then turn over to another very frequently used variation of the duets – Female- Female Duets

Lata Mangeshkar + Shamshad Begum –

Kas ke kamar ho jaa tayyaarSangram – P L Santoshi – C.Ramchandra

Trivia: (Boy) Shashi Kapoor and (Baby) Tabassum playfully grace the song.

Lata mangeshkar + Uma devi –

Na Jaane Kyon Ghabara Rahi Ho, Nazar Kuchch BahakiMaang – Prakash – Ghuam Mohammad

Lata Mangeshkar and Geeta Roy + Chorus

Panghat pe na jaiyo gori ghunghat utaar keRaj Mukut – Bharat Vyas – Govind Ram

Lata Mangeshkar and Amirbai Karnataki

Gore gore O baanke choreSamadhi – Rajendra Krishna – C Ramchandra

Lata Mangeshkar and Sarswati Rane

Jab dil ko sataye gham tu chhed sakhi sargamSargam – PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra

Tinak tin tani do din ki zindaganiSargam – PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra

Lata Mangeshkar + Raj Kumari –

Ham Aah Bhi Karate Hai …. Nazar Ne Loot LiyaWafa – Hasrat Jaipuri – Vinod

Geeta Roy + Meena Kapoor –

Maine Balam SeAadhi Raat – Rajendra Krishna – Hansraj Behl

Meena Kapoor sings the main song whereas Geeta Roy leads the chorus.

Geeta Roy + Suraiya

Preet ka nata jodnewaleAfsar – Narendra Sharma – S D Burman

Geeta Roy + Asha Bhosle –

Mausam Hai Namkeen Sanwariya , Aa Jaa ReBewee – Nazim Panipatti – Aziz Hindi

Geeta Roy + Zohrabai Ambalewali

Ek Taraf Jal Raha DeepakPreet Ka Gee – Shyam Babu Pathak

Mubarak Begum + Sulochana Kadam –

Sham Hui Aur deep Jale…..Aakash Pe Taare NaachengeBasera – Sardar Ilham – M A Rauf

(Combination of Mubarak Begum and Sulochana Kadam is one of the rarest ones. We could not find video / audio clip of this song. We trust by bringing up here, we will get the song also on internet platform someday.)

Raj Kumari + Lalita Deulkar –

Mora Bhola Sa Balma Re, Naahin Samajhe Hamare IshareKhamosh Sipahi – D N Madhok – Hansraj Behl


The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male Female Duets : Chitalkar and Other Male Singers with other female singers


We continue with the micro-review of Male Female Duets, as part of our journey through the Best songs of 1950: And the winners are?

Having already covered duets of Mukesh, Mohammad Rafi, Talat Mahamood and G M Durrani, today we will first take up Duets of Chitalkar with

                                                                                  Shamshad Begum

Dil mein kisi ke rahna ho to kiski ijaazat chaahiyeNirala – PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra

Next we take up some of the duet songs of other male singers

Madan Mohan + Shamshad Begum

Humse na dil ko lagana musafirAankhen – Bharat Vyas – Madan Mohan

Bahadur Shorabji Nanji (B S Nanji) + Mubarak Begum

Dekhoji Baat SunoBasera – M A Rauf

Khan Mastana + Sulochana Kadam

Ambuva Pe Koyal Kali Shor Machaye ReDushmani – Kuldeep Talwar – V Ramnath


The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male Female Duets : G M Durrani with other female singers


We continue with the micro-review of Male Female Duets, as part of our journey through the Best songs of 1950: And the winners are?

As of now we have already covered duets of Mukesh, Mohammad Rafi and Talat Mahmood.

Today we will take up Duets of G M Durrani with

                                                                                                   Geeta Roy

1. Humane Khai Hai Muhabbat Mein Jawani KasamDilruba – Shamshul Huda Bihari – Gyan Dutt

2. Nai Ek Duniya Basayenge HamJalte Deep – M A Taj – Sardul Kwatra

                                                                                                  Pramodini Desai

3. Chiraiya Udi Jaye Re ….. Dodo Dodo BabuDilruba – – Gyan Dutt

Shmshad Begum

4. Ham To Tere Dil Ke Bangle Mein Aana MangtaMagroor – Raja Menhadi Ali Khan – Bulo C Rani

                                                                                                Lata Mangeshkar

5. Aao Baitho Baat Soono, Kuchch Pyar Karen, Kuchc Ikraar KarenMaang – Sageer Usmani –  Ghulam Mohammad

                                                                                                Meena Kapoor

6. Meri Teri Teri Meri, Lad Gayee NazariyaShadi Ki Rat – Nazim Panipati – Pt. Gobind Ram


The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male Female Duets : Talat Mahmood with other female singers


We continue with the micro-review of Male Female Duets, as part of our journey through the In the previous episodes, we have covered duets of Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi.

Today we will take up Duets of Talat Mahmood with

                                                                                             Lata Mangeshkar

1. Shikwa tera main gaaunAnmol Ratan – DN Madhok – Vinod

2. Yaad aanewale phir yaad aa rahe hainAnmol Ratan – DN Madhok- Vinod

                                                                                           Shamshad Begum

3. Milte hi aankhen dil hua deewana kisi kaBabul – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

4. Duniya badal gayi meri duniya badal gayiBabul – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad

5. Jawani Ke Jamane Mein Jo Dil Na LagayegaMadhubala – Rajendra Krishna – Lachchiram


6. Taqdeer hansi aansoo nikalePagle – Music BG Bhatkar (Snehal)


The Micro View of The Best Songs of 1950 @ Songs of Yore – Male Female Duets : Mohammad Rafi with other female singers


We continue with the micro-review of Male Female Duets, as part of our journey through the Best songs of 1950: And the winners are?

We have enjoyed duets of Mukesh.

Today we will take up Duets of Mohammad Rafi with

                                                                                              Lata Mangeshkar

1. Hamen Duniya Ko Dil Ke Zakhma Dilkalaana Nahin AataAadhi Raat – Asad Bhopali – Husnlal Bhagatram

2. Chhota sa fasana hai tere mere pyar kaBirha Ki Raat – Sarshar Sailani – Husnlal-Bhagatram

3. Ankhiyan mila ke zara baat karo jiPardes – Shakeel Badayuni – Ghulam Mohammad

4. Mahi O dupata mora de deMeena Bazaar – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal-Bhaatram

                                                                                      Shamshad Begum

5. Mere Dil Ko Jalaya Na KaroGauna – Quamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

6. Hua Tera Mera Pyar FatafatPardes – Shakeel Badayuni – Ghulam Mohammad

7. Le Lo…. Ji Maharaj , Dupatta Mera Saat Rang KaMeena Bazar – Qamar Jalalabadi

(HFGK lists these three songs as three part song.)

8. Duniya Hai Barbad Dil KiMeena Bazar – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

( HFGK lists these as part 2 of three parts of the song, hence even as this is Rafi + Lata duet, we have placed the song here).

9. Gori baahon mein chudiyan kaali saja lo raniMeena Bazaar – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal-Bhaatram

(HFGK lists this one as third of the three part song. The first two parts are listed immediately hereabove.)

The clip is of poor quality

                                                                                   Geeta Roy

10. Dil Zakhmon Se ChoorAadhi Raat – Rajendra Krishna – Husnlal Bhagatram

11. Shama Jalti Hai To Parwane Chale Aate HainBaawra – Gafil Harnalavi – Krishna Dayal

12. Jhoom Jhoom Kar Badal Aaye, Kudarat Ka Sandesha LaeKhamosh Sipahi – D N Madok – Hansraj Behl


13. Ham Bhi Akele Tum Bhi AkeleShaan – Rajendra Krishna – Hansraj Behl

14. Ye Pyar Ki Manzil Se Kisane Saza DiKhiladi – Rajendra Krishna – Hansraj Behl

We have covered Taarai Aarari Taarari …Ye Sawan Rut Tum Aur Hum, Dhadak Dhadak Dil Dhadake and Dil Ko Hae Dil Ko ..Teri Tasveer Se Bahalae Hue Hain (Taraana – Shakeel Badayuni – Naushad) @ Several Playback Singers for For Raj Kapoor.

                                                                                        Surinder Kaur

15. Hum dil ki dhadkan ki laya par furqat ke gaane gaate hainKhamosh Sipahi – DN Madhok – Hansraj Behl

16. Kah do humein na beqaraar kareinSabak – DN Madhok – AR Qureshi

                                                                                 Zohrabai Ambalawali + Chorus

17. Jawani Chand Salona, Chamake Aur Chhup JaeSaudaminee – S N Tripathi

                                                                                  Asha Bhosle

18. Muhabbat Ke Maaron Ka Haal Ye Duniya Mein Hota HaiBaware Nain – Kedar Sharma – Roshan



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