The part 1 and Part 2 of the Solo Songs of Other Female Singers for the year 1946 had captured the singers who are visible mostly in one or two films only.
The following set of solo songs is the penultimate tranche of female solo songs for the year 1946. The distribution pattern of the singers and their songs seem to follow the classic Long Tail pattern.
I have simply relied on the availability of the song on YT from among the ones or twos that could be sen scattered in the HFGK database. Barring a very few that I could take to like, documenting all other songs here appears more an exercise for the academic study, but certainly worth its while when you listen to the songs, at least once. And, if they do not sound palatable enough even then, that is the fault of our limited knowledge of the songs and the music of the vintage era.
Solo Songs of Shanta Apte
Shanta Apte was a well-known name in Marathi films. She has acted in a few Hindi films as well, where she rendered her own songs off-the-screen too.
Solah Singar Main Sajaungi – Panihari – S N Tripathi
Aaj Mori Naiya Kinare Lagi, Asha ki Bel Meri Phooli Phooli – Valmiki – Shankar Rao Vyas – Mahesh Gupta M A
Dekho Ri Sakhi PhooloN Se Phooli Dagariya – Valmiki – Shankar Rao Vyas – Mahesh Gupta, M A
Raag Dwesh Ko Chhod Ke Manwa Gyan Ki Jyoti Jaga Le – Valmiki – Shankar Rao Vyas – Mahesh Gupta, M A
O Rani….Rani Dheere Dheere Chalo Na Kamar Balkhay – – Valmiki – Shankar Rao Vyas – Mahesh Gupta, M A
Aankhon Ki Roshani Hai Dil Ki Yeh Chandani Hai – Arabian Nights – Kamal Dasgupta – Faiyaz
Jab Dard Ka Kissa Ham Duniya Ko Sunate Hai – Circus King – J Abhyankar, Nagesh Rao – M Rajiuddin
Kisi Ki Yaad Sataye Balam Kiski Yaad Satae – Saathi – Gulshan Sufi – Wali Sahab
Ab Zuban Pe Taale Na Dalo – Dharati Ke Lal = Pt. Ravi Shankar –
Kya Saath Hamara Aur Inaka, Masroor Hao Woh – Laaj – Ramchandra Pal – Sagar Nizami
YT clip mentions Shamshad Begum as the singer. However the following song does show Radharani as the singer, and as she hereself has rendered her own song for the film, it would be safe to assume that singer is Radharani.
Chhayi Hui Hai Duniya Pe Abhi Raat Hai, So Ja – – Laaj – Ramchandra Pal – Sagar Nizami
Welcome to June 2019 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
We will open the present post with the birthday celebration of SoY – Songs of Yore completes nine years by sharing some exceptional songs the author came across in the year that was. Here is the one for the quick view –
Diwana Kah Ke Logon Ne Aksar Mujhe Bulaya Hai – Majboor (1964) – Mahendra Kapoor and Lata Mangeshkar – Kalyanji-Anandji – Anand Bakhshi,
The untold story of Girish Karnad – Girish Karnad did not create a spectacle out of his death. He had scripted it that way. …This was not totally unexpected. It was in keeping with Karnad’s unsentimental public persona, and a certain rational, pragmatic pursuance of life, all through its eight decades.
Girish Karnad, the Renaissance man of Indian culture, dies at 81 – Salil Tripathi – A playwright, actor, aesthete and classicist, Karnad delved into tradition to understand and explain modernity – The characters Karnad played were progressive, not radical; some of those characters were morally flawed and compromised. Life was not about absolutes; Karnad understood that as human condition. But his commitment to integrity was absolute.
Storyteller With A Cause – Girish Karnad – While Girish Karnard’s capability as an actor is well acknowledged, he also emerged as a very impactful storyteller through his art of combining underlined message with an alluring storyline and simultaneously writing award winning books too. Kalpana Swamy recounts one such unusual work of his is 1992 multiple awards winning film Cheluvi, starring Sonali Kulkarni
Actress-singer Ruma Guha Thakurta passes away on 3rd June,2019 at age of 84. After making her silver screen debut with Hindi film Jwar Bhata in 1944, Ruma Guha Thakurta, a niece of filmmaker Satyajit Ray, went on to star in Bengali movies. Apart from acting, Ruma was a popular playback singer too.
70 years of Shankar-Jaikishnan – Rajgopal Nidamboor – Melody was S-J’s complete existence…The power of their melodies evokes a distinctive feeling, replete with that perpetual velvety touch…There is that innate sense of transcendent particle running through their compositions.
Remembering a Forgotten Singer! – Lalita Deulkar – Her voice had the typical tone of vintage era and it was eloquent. Her Hindi pronunciation was also good, if we consider her pure Marathi background and that she had not taken much formal training in music. Her voice could express any emotion very easily and very effectively. If she had continued her singing career, we would have got more opportunities to listen to her songs of different genres.
Hemant Kumar’s duets with ‘other’ singers is a tribute to mark 99th birth anniversary of the music director -singer – While Lata Mangeshkar personified melody and sweetness with Hemant Kumar, the ‘other’ singers brought their own unique verve and joy, and combining with his deep melodious voice created a different kind of charming effect. Illustrative songs from this list:
Ye Mast Nazar Shokh Ada Kiske Liye Hai – Bandi (1957) – with Geeta Dutt – Hemant Kumar – Prem Dhawan
Ye Pyar Bhara Dil Hai Mohabbat Ka Khazana – Yahudi Ki Beti (1956) – with Asha Bhosle – Kamal Mitra – Kaifi Azmi
The Super Hits and the Forgotten Gems: 50 Years of Bappi Lahiri – One tends to overlook the many achievements of the composer Bappi Lahiri, overshadowed as they have been by his ‘Tathaiyya, tathaiyya’ brand of cacophony, his infamous penchant for gold jewellery and his heavily accented Bengali voice. Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri revisits the top 5 bona fide hits (of the many of Bappi Lahiri’s illustrious career) and 5 of the best songs that people have forgotten he had composed.
“Mai Jaan Gayi Tujhe Saiyan”- Kammo, whose first name is Kamarjehan . She got her first chance as solo dancer in Sindabd The Sailor (1952) song Jis Roz Se Hamne Tera Deedar Kiya (Music: Chitragupta- Lyrics: Shyam Hindi). She went on to work for over 60 films in her two decades long career.
The Navketan Ladies – If Dev Anand portrayed characters were mostly those on the fringes of urban society, intrinsically decent, but flawed, morally grey, human, the leading ladies of Navketan were fully fleshed-out characters; they might be the keepers of his characters’ conscience or the beacon of hope, but they got to live finely nuanced lives on screen. Nearly all the heroines in his films were strong, independent women.
The Classical Music Giants contribute to Hindi Cinema – Part I deals with the composers, who originally were related to classical music as a popular instrumentalists or classical vocalist and Part II looks at the contribution of classical vocalists to Hindi films, as a playback singer.
Ten of my favourite tree songs lists the songs with two primary conditions – the tree should be named in the first two lines, and, one song from one species of the tree only. Here are a couple of illustrative songs:
We had covered first and second part of the three-part dissertation Chorus Songs in the Hindi Films of Yore. The third part concludes the three-part thesis on chorus songs with the Golden Decade of the 1950s.
why you should watch Basu Chatterjee’s Sara Akash – Because it helped bring in a New Wave. And shows a glimpse of what the “Middle Cinema” could have looked like, for bringing formal inventiveness to a story that could have been made into a sweet little tele-drama, because it’s an adaptation of an important Hindi novel – and for a look at the inner life of a young man who has no idea what he wants, for Mani Kaul as an actor – playing almost a dialogue-less role of the elder brother.
Bicycles and Bollywood Songs – Part 1 and Part 2 – Aditi Thakur relives the delights of bicycle rides in Hindi film songs, like, Kaise Bheege Bheege – Apna Ghar (1960) – Mohammad Rafi, Suman Kalyanpur – Ravi – Prem Dhawan
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:.
More Raja Ho.. Le Chal Nadiya Ke Par – Nadiya Ke Par (1948) – C Ramchandra –
Masoom Chehra Ye Qatil Adayein Ke Bemot Mare Gaye Ham Bechare – Dil Tera Diwane (1962) – With Lata Mangeshkar -Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri
Mere Junglee Kabutar – Ek Kali Muskayi (1968) Madan Mohan – Rajendra Krishna
Iss Vishal Dharati Par Chahe Rahein Kahin Ham Sathi – Love in Canada (1979) – with Hemant Kumar – Hemant Kumar – Yogesh
Congress Ko Vote Do – NFS – Shankar Jaikishan – Kazi Saleem
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.
Lalita Deulkar (1925-2010) did enter Hindi Film World as an actress, but will be certainly remembered as a major female plyabck singer of the vintage era. She has provided playback for the songs in over 60 Hindi Films.
Mandir Suna Deep Bin, Naiya Bin Patwar – Bhakta Druva – Shankar Rao Vyas – Pt. Indra / Moti B A (?)
Gao Badhai Ri, Suhagan Aangan Aai – Bhakta Druva – Shankar Rao Vyas – Pt. Indra / Moti B A (?)
Meri Nao Padi Mazdhar, Paar Karo Na Karo – Bhakta Druva – Shankar Rao Vyas – Pt. Indra / Moti B A (?)
Bhajan Ke Din Do Char Re Janam Maran Tu Sudhar Re – Bhakta Druva – Shankar Rao Vyas – Pt. Indra / Moti B A (?)
Mera Deepak Jug Jug Jale, Jug Jale, Prakash Failae – Bhakta Druva – Shankar Rao Vyas – Pt. Indra / Moti B A (?)
Chor Aa Gaye Nagariya Hamar, Nanad Jara Jaagana – Saajan – C Ramchandra – Rammurti Chaturvedi
Tum Raja Ho, Tum Raja Ho, Hargiz Kisi Se Na Darna – Bhakta Dhruv – Shankar Rao Vyas – Pt. Indra, Moti B A (?)
Prabhu Apani Zalak Dikhao, Mohe Adbhut Roop Dikhao – Bhakta Dhruv – Shankar Rao Vyas – Pt. Indra, Moti B A (?)
Tum Mein Bhi Woh, Ham Mein Bhi Woh, Tum Tum Nahim Ham Ham Nahi – Bhakta Dhruv – Shankar Rao Vyas – Pt. Indra, Moti B A (?)
Main Parbat Khadi Pukarun, Balamwa Aa Re – Woh Zamana – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
Jeevan Ka Mol Hua Anmol, Jai Swadesh – Woh Zamana – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
N.B. We have not included songs fro which audio /video digital links could not be established.
We will conclude the Micro View of Solo Songs of Other Female Singers and Lata Mangeshkar for 1947 in our next episode.
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
Johrabai Ambalewali – Bus Mein Kar Ke Wo Bas Kar Gaye – Padmini – Ghulam Haider – Tanveer Naqvi
Khursheed – Pacchataynge 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 Kumari – Aata Hai Dil Mein Pyar Kyon Chhede Hai Bar Bar Kyon – Bichchade Balam – Bulo C Rani – Narendra Sharma
Munnavar Sultana – Mera Nanha Balam Na Bole – Patjhad – Ghulam Haider – D N Madhok
Parvez Kapadia – Hum To Motor Khareed Ke Le Aayenge – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai – H P Das + Manna Dey – G S Nepali
Sulochana Kadam – Jahan 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 Devi – Kahi 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
Substantive share of Lata Mangeshkar+ songs in the Female Female duets category for the year 1949 also can be taken as one more indicator of her emergence as THE playback singer. Of course, she does share space with all other major (so-called) competing players in this category, which seems to have weighed in her favor.
So let us listen to the female female duets of singers other than Lata Mangeshkar.
Shamshad Begum +
Aa Javo Phir Meri Bigadi Ko Banane – Dada – with Surinder Kaur – Shaukat Haidari – Majrooh Sultanpuri
Meri Pyari Patang Chali Badal Ke Sang – Dillagi – with Uma Devi – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni
Chhak Chhak Chali Hamari Rail, Ye Hai Aage Ye Paani Ka Mail – Naach – with Geeta Roy – Husnlal Bhagatram – Mulkraj Bhakri
Pyar Ke Jahan Ki Nirali Sarkar Hai – Patanga – With Lata Mangeshkar – C Ramchandra – Rajendra Krishna
Geeta Roy +
Hasrat Bhari Nazar Ko….O Pardesiya, O Rasiya – Dil Ki Basti – with Zohra Jaan – Ghulam Mohammad – Khumar Barabankvi
Badal Gir Aaye – Karwat – with Asha Bhosle – Hans Raj Behl – V N Madhok
Kheloge Kaun Sa Khel Mere Lal – Tara – with Premlata – Vinod – Aziz Kashmiri
Mithai ki Dukan Dilli Ke Bazar – Tara – with Gandhari – Vinod – Aziz Kashmiri
Johrabai Ambalewali +
Hai Kahani Preet Ki Itwaar Se ItwaarTak – Daulat – with Lalita Deulkar – Hanuman Prasad –Qamar Jalalabadi
Chhoon Chhoon Ghunghariya Baje, Ye Raat Phir Na Aayegi, Jawani Beet Jayegi – Mahal – with Rajkumari – Khemchand Prakash – Nakshab Jarachavi
Aye Dard-e-Mohabbat Tune Mujhe Badnam Kara Ke Chhoda – Singar – with Surinder Kaur – Khursheed Anwar– D N Madhok
Aavo Sakhi Hum Gaye Tarana– Zevrat – with Shanta Kunwar – Hans Raj Behl – Habeeb Sarhadi
Here are a few songs for which soft links do not seem to be have been set up, as yet.
Aayee Hai, Woh Aayee Hai, Dekha Badariya Kali – Bholi – Shamshad Begum with Meena Kapoor – Pt. Govind Ram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor
Sun O Jaanewale Rahi… In Mitti Ke Khilone Ka – Maa Ka Pyar – with Meena Kapoor – Pt. Govindram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor
Yahan Naino Mein Pyar Dil Ko Qarar Kiya Lage Piya – Char Din – Shamshad Begum with Premlata – Shyam Sundar – Shakeel Badayuni
If anyone who has the song(s) may please either post it in the comments or upload the soft copy to me by e-mail.
In the next episode we will take up Male-Male Duets as well as Triads & Triads+ songs.
The development of my understanding and liking of the Hindi Film Songs over all these years has been shaped at different stages of availability sources like Radio (only), audio cassettes, EP/LP records, audio / video CDs/ DVDs and then the internet. The songs that I continued to get to listen across each of this medium do remain a fairly large number. But, there is no denying that internet has filled a big void in my known unknowns as well as unknown unknowns in so far as HFM is concerned.
In order to be fair to the songs that I have listened only of late on the internet, I have decided to choose at least one song from the songs that I so listened in the present exercise of The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949, over and above one from already well-established, known known and liked songs.
With that caveat, here is My Choice of the TOP Solo Songs of the Other Female Singers for 1949:
The choice of the BEST among these will rest on where the wheel of roulette will stop.
For me any one will be a jackpot……
SoY has also released Best songs of 1949: Wrap Up 2. After a very meticulous, balanced and fair analysis, wherein the choice of the best ‘other’ female playback singer was Shamshad Begum, followed by Suraiya.
After having covered solo songs of significant ‘other’ female singers, like Suraiya, Geeta Roy, Shamshad Begum, Raajkumari, Asha Bhosle and Surinder Kaur, and Umda Devi & Meena Kapoor, I thought I would be able to put the remaining ‘others’ of other in one post, but little did I realize that most of these ‘others’ would individually have significant number of songs. And the songs were quite prominent in the storyline of the respective films, too. That I had not heard these songs certainly does not take away the fact these were big names in the vintage era that was coming to a close, and they had had created their own niche.
So each of the singer indeed (at least) deserves a separate identification – both in the title and the in the main body of the content.
Solo Songs of Lalita Deulkar
Kya Sach Hai Kasam Wo Bhulane Lage – Bedard – Ramprasad – Badal
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 Jae – Hanste Ansoo – Shevan Rizvi – Ghulam Mohammad
Mohammad Rafi + Raja Gul –
Ek Chakkar Paon Mein Hai, Ek Chakkar Sar Mein Hai – Shadi Ki Rat – Sarshar Sailani – Pt. Gobind Ram
Chitalkar + Mohammad Rafi –
Kahnewale sach kah gaye hain – Nirala– PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra
Are Kismat Ka Sitara Chamka ….Sab Kuchh Deta Chhappar Fad Ke Deta – Sangeeta – 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 tayyaar – Sangram – 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 Bahaki – Maang – Prakash – Ghuam Mohammad
Lata Mangeshkar and Geeta Roy + Chorus –
Panghat pe na jaiyo gori ghunghat utaar ke – Raj Mukut – Bharat Vyas – Govind Ram
Lata Mangeshkar and Amirbai Karnataki –
Gore gore O baanke chore – Samadhi – Rajendra Krishna – C Ramchandra
Lata Mangeshkar and Sarswati Rane –
Jab dil ko sataye gham tu chhed sakhi sargam – Sargam – PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra
Tinak tin tani do din ki zindagani – Sargam – PL Santoshi – C Ramchandra
Lata Mangeshkar + Raj Kumari –
Ham Aah Bhi Karate Hai …. Nazar Ne Loot Liya – Wafa – Hasrat Jaipuri – Vinod
Geeta Roy + Meena Kapoor –
Maine Balam Se – Aadhi Raat – Rajendra Krishna – Hansraj Behl
Meena Kapoor sings the main song whereas Geeta Roy leads the chorus.
Geeta Roy + Suraiya –
Preet ka nata jodnewale – Afsar – Narendra Sharma – S D Burman
Geeta Roy + Asha Bhosle –
Mausam Hai Namkeen Sanwariya , Aa Jaa Re – Bewee – Nazim Panipatti – Aziz Hindi
Geeta Roy + Zohrabai Ambalewali –
Ek Taraf Jal Raha Deepak – Preet Ka Gee – Shyam Babu Pathak
Mubarak Begum + Sulochana Kadam –
Sham Hui Aur deep Jale…..Aakash Pe Taare Naachenge – Basera – 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 Ishare – Khamosh Sipahi – D N Madhok – Hansraj Behl