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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Sushila Rani + Khursheed

Solo Songs of Sushila Rani

Sushila Rani, being the lead actress for the film ‘Draupadi’ (director: Baburao Patel), had 9 of her songs, of which we can find 6 on YT. Three others – Kaun Bagiya Se Mere Phool Churane Aaya, Maa Kisne Diya Bujaaya and Suno Ab Shayam Bihari, KyoN Bigadi Meri – originally published by Sargama, are available in Apple music audio format.

Sheetal Chandani Khili, Mohe Suahani Raat Mili – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Bhaiya… Aao….. Mohan Bhaiya – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Chamkata Hai Ang Sanwale Surang Rang – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Bandh Ke Rakhungi Tohe Naino Mein Kanha – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Suhagan Kahe Ansoo Dale….. Lekh Tale Na Taale – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Gopala Meri Re Karuna KyoN Nahi Aave – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Solo Songs of Khursheed

Memorable Songs of 1944 has Khursheed’s Jo humpe guzarati hai from Mumtaz Mahal and Mohabbat mein sara jahan jal raha hai from Shahenshah Babar. I have not been able to locate Na Bhulenge Tujhko Bhula Denewale, Meri HasartoN Ko Mita Denewale from Shahnenshah Babar on the net.

Here are some more from HFGK and YT –

Dil Ki Dhadkan Bana Liya Unko – Mumtaz Mahal – Wali Sahab – Khemchand Prakash

Jali Patang To…. Isamein Qasoor Kiska Hai – Mumtaz Mahal – Wali Sahab – Khemchand Prakash

Udas Sham Ki Aahein…. Salaam Kaheti Hai – Mumtaz Mahal – Wali Sahab – Khemchand Prakash

Ulfat Ke Fasane, Bachpan Ke Jamane…..HothoN Pe Tarane, AnkhoN Mein Bahane, Na Wo Bhule Na Ham – Mumtaz Mahal – Pt. Indra – Khemchand Prakash

HFGK does not mention lyricist for the song.

Dil Lagane Mein Kuchch Majha Hi Nahi – Shahenshah Babar -Shams Lakhanvi – Khemchand Prakash

Bulbul Aa, Tu Bhi Gaa… Pyar Ke Gaane Main GauN – Shahenshah Babar – Pt. Indra – Khemchand Prakash

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Songs of 1945 @ SoY :: Female Solo Songs – Khursheed | Kanan Devi

Solo Songs of Khursheed

Khursheed was name to reckon with in the 40s as an actree-cum-singer. We have her two films in 1945. Some of the songs do not have YT links.

Ambuwa Pe Koyal Bole, Sajana Jhula Ja Hindole Haule Haule – Moorti – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra

Aye Chand Na Nazar Lagana, Mera Chand Salona Hota Hai – Moorti – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra

Dil Jala Ke Bujha Di Jawani, Meri Ansoo Bhari Hai Kahani – Moorti – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra

Madmate Balam Madmate.. O Rasiya – Prabhu Ka Ghar – Khemchand Prakash – Pt. Indra

Madhuban Mein Radha Jhule Hindole – Prabhu Ka Ghar – Khemchand Prakash – Pt. Indra

Bansiwale Shyam, Bansurita Baja Ja – Prabhu Ka Ghar – Khemchand Prakash – Pt. Indra

Nadi Kinare Saanjh Sakare, Milate Rahiyo Pardesi – Prabhu Ka Ghar – Khemchand Prakash – Pt. Indra

Solo Songs of Kanan Devi

Kanan Devi was one of the Benagli actresses of Benagl who had carved her own niche in Bombay during ‘40s. We have her two films for 1945.

Koi Hamein Bata De, Kya Qasoor Tha Dil Ka – Ban Phool – Dhiren Mitra – Pt. Madhur

Chaman Mein Kaun Aya.Kaun Aya – Ban Phool – Dhiren Mitra – Pt. Madhur

Tu Sun Le Kahani….Aye Meri Munni… – Ban Phool – Dhiren Mitra – Pt. Madhur

Sawan Ki Badli Sab Ko Ek Rang Kar Dala – with chorus – Ban Phool – Dhiren Mitra – Pt. Madhur

Ab Chand Na Sharamaye, Mukhade Pe Chand Na Sharmae – Raj Laxmi – Dhiren Mitra – Suresh Chaudhari

MaiN Sharmayi Kyun Sharmayi Jab Paas The Wah Main Door Rahi – Raj Laxmi – Dhiren Mitra – Suresh Chaudhari

In the next episode, we will Micro View solo songs of Naseem Akhtar, Naseem Banu and Parul Ghosh for the year 1945.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1946 @ SoY – Female Solo Songs – Khursheed, Kanan Devi

Solo Songs of Khursheed

Khursheed’s presence is in only one film in 1946, but that still provides enough evidence of her versatility.  Ram Ganguly’s composition present a mix of typical vitage era styles of orchestarion and singing, which suits Khursheed’s vocal cords.

Ban Mein Kali Koyal Boli Mere Man Ki Duniya Doli – Maharana Pratap – Ram Ganguli – Swami Ramanand

Hamari Gali Aana, Hamse AnkhiyaN Milana – Maharana Pratap – Ram Ganguli – Swami Ramanand

Achha Nahi Bhagwan GariboN Ka Satana – Maharana Pratap – Ram Ganguli – Swami Ramanand

Aayi Diwali DeeoNwali Gayein SakhiyaN O Pardesi – Maharana Pratap – Ram Ganguli – Swami Ramanand

Pagle Man Tu Ro Ro Kise Sunae – Maharana Pratap – Ram Ganguli – Swami Ramanand

Solo Songs of Kanan Devi

Kanan Devi appears in two quite opposite themed films, with Kamal Dasgupta as the common music director. As a result, we get to listen Kana Devi a=in a variety of tones.

Aaj Hui Hai Bhor Suhani Pahali Baar – Arabian Nights – Kamal Dasgupta – Faiyyaz Hashmi

HFGK does not mention singer for this song.

Koi Chale Kanto Pey – Arabian Nights – Kamal Dasgupta – Faiyyaz Hashmi

HFGK does not mention this song.

Kali Kisi Ki Muhabbat Mein Muskarati Hai – Arabian Nights – Kamal Dasgupta – Faiyyaz Hashmi

HFGK does not mention singer for this song.

Mujhe Sapane Se Kaun Jagaye – Arabian Nights – Kamal Dasgupta – Faiyyaz Hashmi

Main Dilwalo Ki Zindagi Hoon – Arabian Nights – Kamal Dasgupta – Faiyyaz Hashmi

HFGK does not mention singer for this song.

Amrut Ke Barsaiya More – Krishna Leela – Kamal Dasgupta –

Chanda Door Gagan Mein Bulaye  Aur Chakori Na PahuNch Paaye – Krishna Leela – Kamal Dasgupta

More Janam Janam Ke Saathi Tum Ho Apane – Krishna Leela – Kamal Dasgupta  – Faiyyaz Hashmi

Sawan Ki Rani Ayi Zulan Mein Liye Khushiyan – Krishna Leela – Kamal Dasgupta   Faiyyaz Hashmi

Tera Ghar Man Mera – Krishna Leela – Kamal Dasgupta

We will take up Micro View of Solo Songs of Naseem Akhtar and Paro Devi for the year 1946 in our next episode.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – Khursheed, Noor Jehan, Kanan Devi

This is the last possible year when we can have Hindi (Bollywood) solos songs of these three classic vintage era female singer icons in a year, simply because Noor Jehan was to then migrate to Pakistan. Also, it was this year that Lata Mangeshkar has debuted as a playback singers for Hindi films. Lata went on to totally dominate the female playback singing scene by the turn of the decade, and has almost single-handedly scripted the history of Hindi film music. When all these characters have now been consigned to ‘have been’s, we are left with only question to continue to ponder over: What would have been the character of Hindi film songs had Noor Jehan not migrated to Pakistan?

At the cost of making the post a little linger, we have covered solo songs of these singers in one post, thereby according them a very special status.

Khursheed

Main Khoj Khoj Kar Haari, Prabhuji Aai Sharan Tihari – Aage Badho – Sudheer Phadake – Amar Varma

O Jhoom Jhoom Raha Hai Mera Man Dekho Jhoom Raha – Aage Badho – Sudheer Phadake – Amar Varma

Yah Duniya Pyari Pyari Re Wah Nai Nirali Duniya – Aage Badho – Sudheer Phadake – Amar Varma

Rut Basant Ki Aai – Angoorbala – Ram Gopal – Mr. Shyam

Jis Ke Milane Ki Tamanna Thi Wo Pyar Mil Gaya – Manjhdhar – Ghulam Haider – Shams Lakhanavi

Aaj Mohe Sajan Ghar Jaana, Balam Ghar Jaana – Manjhdhar – Ghulam Haider – Shams Lakhanavi

Thi Aaj Tak Mujhse Ye Haqeeqat Chuupi Hui – Manjhdhar – Ghulam Haider – Shams Lakhanavi

Naache Hai Man Mauj Magan Mein, Jyun Naache Hai Mor Chaman Mein – Manjhdhar – Ghulam Haider – Shams Lakhanavi

Duniya Char Dino Ka Mela, Mat Is Mein Kho Jaan Re – Mitti – Laal Muhammad + Paigankar – Nazim Panipati

Thokrein Khaayee Muhabbat Mein Pareshani Hui – Mitti – Laal Muhammad + Paigankar – Mahrool Qadari

Chhaai Kaali Ghata More Balam Akele Mat Jaiyo – Mitti – Laal Muhammad + Paigankar

These are the songs for which I have not been able to locate the YT link:

  • Taqdeer Mein Likha Hai Meri Thokare Khana – Aage Badho – Sudheer Phadake – Amar Varma
  • Jo Dil Mein Aae Kar Bande – Mitti – Laal Muhammad + Paigankar
  • Bharat Ke Rahanewale Hai, Darate Nahi Kisi Se – Mitti – Laal Muhammad + Paigankar

Noorjahan

Popular solo songs

Aa Ja Tujhe Afsana Judai Ka Sunaein – Mirza Sahiban – Pt. Amarnath + Husnalal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Other solo songs

Hamein To Sham-e-Gam Mein Katani Hai Jindagi Apni – Jugnu – Phiroze Nizami B A – Asgar Sarhadi

Aaj Ki Raat Saaz-e-Dil Purdard Na Chhed – Jugnu – Phiroze Nizami B A – Asgar Sarhadi

Tum Bhi Bhula Do Main Bhi Bhula Dun, Pyar Purane Gujare Zamane – Jugnu – Phiroze Nizami B A – Asgar Sarhadi

Umange Dil Ki Machali Muskarai Zindagi Apani – Jugnu – Phiroze Nizami B A – Asgar Sarhadi

Kya Yahi Tera Pyar Tha Mujhko To Inzaar Tha – Mirza Sahiban – Pt. Amarnath + Husnalal Bhagatram  – Qamar Jalalabadi

Kanan Devi

Panghat Pe Madhu Barsaye Gayo Re – Faisla – Anupam Ghatak

Asha Deep Jalayo Sajan – Tum Aur Main – Robin Chatterjee – Zakir Hussain

Awaz Di Hai Kisane Yeh Kaisi Pukar Aai – Tum Aur Main – Robin Chatterjee – Zakir Hussain

These are the songs for which I have not been able to locate the YT link:

  • Hum Tum Jo Gaate Hai Geet Suhana – Tum Aur Main – Robin Chatterjee – Zakir Hussain
  • Ae Mere Premi Ye To Kaho – Tum Aur Main – Robin Chatterjee – Zakir Hussain

In the next episode we shall take up Solo Songs of Other Female Singers and Lata Mangeshkar

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The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – Female Solo Songs – Other Female Singers

We have so far covered Suraiya, Geeta Roy, Shamshad Begum, Raajkumari and Surinder Kaur in our Micro-View of Female Solo Songs of 1948. These are the female playback singers who had fairly extended tenure during the (so-called) Golden Era of the HFM – the period from’50s till ’60s (or some cover even mid’70s.).

We have observed that even as these singers had quite a remarkable quantitative share of the songs, the songs which did remain well-known even in the Golden Period were really very few.

With this disclaimer of my personal bias, I decided to curtail songs of other female playback singers into one post. Hence, I have chosen one song of these ‘other’ female singer each. Even the, the list is fairly large. Most of these singers have had three to more than 10 songs in their account of 1948. So collectively they form what statisticians would call a very dominant tail of normal distribution curve.

Ameerbaii Karnataki – Taqdeer Ne Hansa Ke Hamein Phir Ruladiya – Shehnaz – Ameerbai Karnataki – Dukhi Premnagari

Dilshad Begum Jawani Pukare Jivan Ke Sathi – Birhan – Lachchhi Ram –

Hameeda Bano Koochch Bhi Na Kaha Ho.. Aur Keh Bhi Gaye – Parai Aag – Ghulam Mohammad – Tanveer Naqvi

Husn Bano Pee Ansoo Pee, Aahein Bhar Ji – Pardesi Mehman – Hansraj Behl – Pandit Indra

Johrabai Ambalewali – Bus Mein Kar Ke Wo Bas Kar Gaye – Padmini – Ghulam Haider – Tanveer Naqvi

KhursheedPacchataynge Jo Hamein Barbad Karenge – Aap Biti – Hari Bhai – Hasrat Lakhanavi

Lalita Deulkar Jai Bolo Mahatma Gandhi Ki – Khidki – C Ramchandra – P L Santoshi

Meena Kapoor Boot Polish Karwa Le Babu Boot Ploish Karwa Le – Ghar Ki Izzat – Pt. Govindram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

Meena KumariAata Hai Dil Mein Pyar Kyon Chhede Hai Bar Bar Kyon – Bichchade Balam – Bulo C Rani – Narendra Sharma

Munnavar SultanaMera Nanha Balam Na Bole – Patjhad – Ghulam Haider – D N Madhok

Parvez KapadiaHum To Motor Khareed Ke Le Aayenge – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai – H P Das + Manna Dey – G S Nepali

Sulochana KadamJahan Koi Na Ho Wahan Chalenge Hum – Lal Dupatta – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok

Sitara (Kanpuri)Dil Ki Jaban Par Aaye To Kya Karoon – Pugree – Ghulam Mohammad – Shakeel Badayuni

Uma DeviKahi Jiya Dole Ho Ho Kaha Nahi Jaaye – Anokhi Ada – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

Mrs. Vishnilal Kisi Tarah Dil Hi Na Jab Chain Paaye – Anjuman – Bulo C Rani – Majrooh Sultanpuri

It may also please be noted that I have not included those female singers who, to the best of my knowledge, did sing some songs in 1948, but that was in the capacity of an actress in the respective film.

In the next episodes(s) we will take up solo songs of Lata Mangeshkar for Micro-View of Songs of 1948

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – November 2014

Welcome to November, 2014 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We begin our journey with anniversary tributes.

Manna Dey – First Death Anniversary

The post lists Manna Dey’s five most iconic songs:

§ Dil Ka Haal Sune Dilwala – Shree 420 (1955) | Shanker Jaikishan

§ Tu Pyar Ka Saagar Hai – Seema (1955) | Shanker Jaikishan

§ Kaun Aaya Mere Man Ke Dwaare – Delkh Kabira Roya (1957) | Madan Mohan

§ Ae Meri Zohara Zabeen – Waqt (1965) | Ravi

§ Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli Haae – Anand (1970) | Salil Chaudhary

Also lists author’s choices 10 Manna Dey songs.

Mandatory Sahir Post of the week! – on his 34th death anniversary on 25th October

We select two songs form the post here;

  • Laage Tose Nain (Chandi Ki Deewar, 1964, N.Dutta) – Talat Mahmood , Asha Bhosle

Sahir Ludhyanwi also has a range of devotional songs to his credit – Allah Tero Naam (Hum Dono), and then that brilliant Asha song from Kaajal, Tora Man Darpan Kehlaye and that fervent Rafi prayer from Naya Daur, Aana Hai Toh Aah Raah Mein

A tribute to S.D. Burman – 39th Death Anniversary on 31 October

Author writes – SDB is one of favorite music directors. O.P. Nayyar is another music director I have a special fondness for.

Remembering Rehman… An extremely talented but highly underrated actor with a powerful screen presence

We pick up these songs form the post:

Remembering Sanjeev Kumar

Our pick is:

The Unforgettable Geeta Dutt .. (so) ironical that her first super hit song was to be eventually prophetic about her short, tragic life – Mera Sundar Sapna Beet Gaya, Main Prem Mein Sab Kuch Haar Gayi, Bedard Zamaana Jeet Gaya!

Our Picjk is:

Salil Chaudhary – versatile, experimenting, melodious

Happy Birthday, Sitara Devi!

..seven scenes represent a pretty nice range…Some of these are very lively and energetic dances, because she was extremely energetic (as Saadat Hasan Manto pointed out when he called her a typhoon). …also included are a couple of slower and less frenetic scenes that highlight her individual humor and unique expressions, because these have been an important aspect of her performances, too.

The Doyenne of Vintage Era: Khursheed

….. such a prominent singer of the Vintage Era.. Endowed with a full-throated, open and powerful voice… Vintage Era refers to not only a period of time, i.e. the 1930s through 40s, but also, and more importantly, a different style of singing, which became extinct with the arrival of Lata Mangeshkar….. No singer represented this contrast better than Khursheed

Anil Biswas’s songs for Bombay Saigal: Surendra

…because of contractual difficulties inherent in the Studio Era, Anil Biswas could not compose for KL Saigal, even though their careers overlapped for over a decade, half of which was in Bombay itself where Saigal shifted from Calcutta in the early 40s. But, when Saigal was becoming a national sensation with the New Theatres in Calcutta, especially after Devdas (1935), Bombay was looking for its own Saigal, and its prayers were soon answered in Surendra – a tall, handsome young man, with a melodious voice, from Lahore.

Musical Shammi Kapoor

…When you speak of Shammi Kapoor, music cannot be far behind. All his films had that in common – melodious songs that were loud and energetic, joyous and boisterous, soft and romantic… the songs chosen (here) had him playing one instrument or another, or even multiple instruments in the same song…

We now take up visits to different sites which have several articles for our view:

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§ Remembering the Jewish refugee who composed the All India Radio caller tune

All India Radio’s caller tune has been heard by hundreds of millions of people since it was composed in 1936. Somewhat improbably, the melody, based on raga Shivaranjini, was composed by the Czech man.. Walter Kaufmann. He was the director of music at AIR and was one of the many Jewish refugees who found a haven in India from the Nazis.

Here’s a clip of one of his tunes, titled Meditation

§ Rediscover the virtuosity of Hindustani vocalist Amir Khan … a bandish ki thumri in raag Khamaj that he sang for the Bengali film Kshudhita Pashan. The music for this film was composed by sarod maestro Ali Akbar Khan.

§ ‘Sun Mere Bandhu Re’: The double notes of S.D. Burman’s life – The thing about great stories is that there are a million way to say them and this is what makes reading Sathya Saran’s Sun Mere Bandhu Re ‒The Musical World of S. D. Burman a pleasure unlike any recent biography.

§ Before movie trailers, Indian producers used song booklets to publicise films – Ever since the release of India’s first talkie, Alam Ara, in 1931, songs have had the power of making or breaking a movie. Some releases scored big at the box-office only because of their repeat-value soundtracks. For music fans, the song booklet outlived the movie and became a record of who wrote the lyrics and who appeared in the production.

§ What’s Lata doing in a Britney Spears song? Western tunes with unlikely Bollywood samples – It’s not only Indian artists who get inspired by music from elsewhere. American music producers, with their penchant for overproduction and constant search for new, exotic sounds, have been sampling Bollywood music for years now. And it’s turned up in the most unlikely of places.

Songs, Stories, Books and More…

Before we switch over to our customary Mohammad Rafi ending of the carnival, we have a few more posts to visit –

  • My Favourites: Songs of First Love – What happens when you find that special someone? When Cupid’s arrows strike your heart, when one smile, one glance is enough to make your heart beat faster? How does it feel like to be in love? For that very first time?…..There is a special place in our poems and literature for pehla pyar. Perhaps it is the implication of innocence….the first realisation that someone else has become so important to your happiness….the hopes that he or she feels the same way about you….the dreams of living together forever…the expectation of happiness. … As always, Hindi films celebrate that first flush of love with songs. Seek, and ye shall find a cornucopia of songs that soak in this emotion…these songs that express many different shades of the same emotion.
  • Leke Pahela Pahela Pyar – Two other artists with Dev Anad and Shakeela were Sheela Vaz and Shyam Kappor, an assistant to Guru Dutt… the article narrates Shyam Kapoor’s fond memories of Gurudutt films, while updating on the present life of Shyam Kapoor.

Our friend Bhagwan Thavrani writes in to send the video clip – Woh dekho udhar chaand – Roop Kumari (1956) – Geeta Dutt , Manna Dey , because SN Tripathi has made exact replica later in 1961 as Nigahon mein tum ho – Jadoo Nagri. – Lata Mangeshkar

And now over to exclusive articles on Mohammad Rafi…

  • Combination of LP and Rafi in the films of Dharmendra and Jeetendra in the 1960s – By Dr. Souvik Chatterji – During 60s LP composed music for 71 films, which had pivotal songs of Mohammad Rafi.
  • HEADY WINE : Rafi-Dada Burman By K.V.Ramesh – Like many of his contemporaries SD Burman started out with his scores dominated by female voices. Shamshad Begum and Geeta Roy / Dutt were the two earlier voices usually associated with Dada Burman. The trend for male voices was seemingly straight forward – to replace Saigal Rafi sang his first song for S.D.Burman in ‘Do Bhai’(1947). Raja Mahendi Ali Khan’s ‘Duniya mein meri aaj andhera hi andhera’ is very Saigal inspired in so far as singing style goes.. In a movie dominated by two Geeta Roy killers – ‘Yaad karoge’ and ‘Mera sundar sapna beet gaya’ (both sung and emoted with exquisite pain) – it was but natural that this song probably sank without a trace and it’s not present in public consciousness.
  • Rafi’s Pancham note By Anuj Sharma – The combination of Rafi and Pancham produced around 110 songs and barring 4 – 5 songs each and every song of this combination was a gem….Even before Chhote Nawab happened in 1961, RD had already chosen Rafi for his first independent assignment under Guru Dutt Productions’ Raaz in around 1957. An eighteen year old Pancham had selected Rafi, Geeta Dutt and Hemant Kumar as his first set of singers for his first film….R.D’s third film ‘Teesra Kaun’ released in 1965 carried one solo by Rafi- ‘Meri jaan tu khafa hai to kya huwa’….. Do you hear SJ tune in the song????

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P.S. – Even before the post was published, Sitara Devi put the curtain down on her LIVE performances on 25-11-2014.