We now take up the third leg of the Micro View of Songs for the Year 1944 – The Duets. The over view article, Best songs of 1943: And the winners are? notes that ff the 547 songs for which singers are identified, 172 are the duets
We have followed the order in which the films have been listed in HFGK, except that, for the sake of ease of documentation, wherever possible, all the duets of same male singer have been grouped together.
As has been the practice over this series, we take up Male-Female Duets first.
Nazeer (Ahmed), Sitara – Pune Se Laai Paan Re , Le Le Paan Re – Aabroo – ? – Pt. Govind Ram
Since Nazeer seems to be joining in for reciting a few dialogues only, I had included this song in Solo Songs of Sitara as well
Amritlal, Leela Pawar – Ho Mat Piyo… Mat Piyo Mere Chhaila Tambakudi – Age Kadam – ? – Master Madhav Lal, Ramchandra Pal (?)
Amritlal, Leela Pawar – Mere Chasme Wale Sarkar, Chale School, Chale School – Age Kadam – ? – Master Madhav Lal, Ramchandra Pal (?)
Motilal – Shamshad Begum – Aap KyuN KyuN Aap Kyun Aae The – Taqdeer – Maichal Kadari – Rafiq Ghazanvi B A
One very distinct characteristic, of the duets for the year 1944, that come to our mind is the presence several music directors and a lyricist, and even an actor (Gope), normally not associated with film songs singing. To someone, like me, not at all versed with the film song arena of those years, that raises several questions – Was the paucity of male actors-singers was so sever that the music director (or lyricist) had to step in? And then, why that presence is for the duets only?
Well, some day we may have answer to such questions. Till, then we take the second, and last for the time being, batch of male-female duets for the year 1944.
Leela Sawant, V Bhatkar – Sajan Paas Bula Lo….., Nayanan Bich Basa Lo – Kaliyan – Kedar Sharma – G A Chisti
GM Durrani, Jhohrabai Ambalewali – Bhanwara Na ….. Jab Tak Hansana Na Rem Jab Tak KaliyaN Hans De –Lakar – Pt. Madhur – C ramchandra
Pahadi Sanyal, Snehprabha – Aaj Na Phool Sajao Sakhi, Lat Sundar Lage – Mahakavi Kalidas – Rammurti – Palsekar
Malaka Amir Jan, Gulshan Sufi –Meri Uthati Jawani Ki Dekho Dekho Bahar – Mauji Jeewan – Baba Pagal – Gulshan Sufi
Hamida Bano, Gulshan Safi – New Fashion Ka….Aao Prem Rachaye– – Mauji Jeewan – Baba Pagal – Gulshan Sufi
HFGK mentions Hamida Banu as the sole singer.
G M Durrani, Rajkumari – Chale Prem Ke Desh Pujari – Maya Nagri -? – Veer Sinh
G M Durrani, Rajkumari – Khole Re Kaun…. Mere Man Ke Dwar – Maya Nagri -? – Veer Sinh
Anima Sengupta, Unidentified male singer – Bhatake Hue MusafiroN, Age Badho – Subaha Sham – Faiyyaz Hashmi – Subal Dasgupta
HFGK does not identify singers. HFGK also notes a second part of the song ‘Bahati Nahi Hai Khoon Ki Nadi WahaN Kabhi’
Rajkumari + Unindentified male voice –Sab Haal Bata Denge Jo Hum Pe Gujarati Hai – Panna – Wali Sahab – Amir Ali
Balwant Singh, Kaushalya – Aae Din Pyar Ke Sajana, Pichhali Baatein Bhula – Parakh – Gaafil Harayanvi – Khursheed Anwar
We now take up the Micro View of male female duets for the Year 1944, not covered in Memorable Songs of 1944 list, The list here I slimited to only those MF duets that have singers identified in HFGK and have a valid YT link.
Khan Mastana, Amirbai – Bagiya Kare Singaar, Aa Ja Sajan Main DaluN Gale Mein Haar – Badi Baat – Roopbani – Firoz Nizami
Jeenat Begum, Gulam Haider – Sajan Aa Jaa, Rajan Aa Ja, Khelein Dil Ke Khel – Bhai – Khan Shatir Gazanvi – Gulam Haider
Amirbai, Arun Kumar – Man Ki Baji Haar Chuka Hai, Preet Ki Baaji Jeet – Bhanwara – Kedar Sharma – Khemchandra Prakash
In our previous Micro View for the years 1948,1947 and 1946 – the so-called last few years of vintage era – we had had food many of duet songs tat could be classified in terms of the respective male singers. However, even as the overall numbers of duet songs for the year appear to be relatively less, it also appears that it may not make much sense to try to segregate these duet songs w.r.t. a male singer. Therefore, what follows is a collection of duets that has been listed in the alphabetical order of name of the film, and if required sub-grouping songs w.r.t. a male singer.
Shrinath Tripath + Geeta Roy (?) – Aayee Beloonwali, Aayee Re, Koi Na Lena Mose Udhar – Aadhaar – Shrinath Tripati – M A Razi
HFGK records this song as solo by Shehzadi
Shrinath Tripath + Geeta Roy (?) – O Mere Man Ke Meet, Aa Gaein Suhane Geet – Aadhaar – Shrinath Tripati – M A Razi
HFGK records this song as duet by Abdul and Usha
Dhirendra Kumar Mitra + Kanan Devi – Malan Bata De Kiske Liye Har Banaya – Ban Phool – Dhiren Mittar – Pt. Madhur
Dhirendra Kumar Mitra + Kanan Devi – Ye Dil Hai Tumhein Pukare, Jis Din Tumse Milan Hoga – Ban Phool – Dhiren Mittar – Pt. Madhur
Khan Mastana + Nirmala – Motor Gadi Chalane Wale O Balama – Chalis Karod – Pt. Govind Ram – Pt. Indra
Khan Mastana + Johrabai + Chorus – Jago Jago Savadhan Ho, Navyug Hamein Banana Hai – Chalis Karod – Pt. Govind Ram – Pt. Indra
Gulraj + Zeenat Begum – O SaiyaN Re SaiyaN Re… Man Achchha Ke Nain Sajana – Champa – Anupam Ghatak
HFGK does not have singer identified for this song.
K C Dey + Putul Chatrerjee – Tota Bola Mera Kanaha Kahalate Manmohan – Devdasi – Krishna Chandra Dey – Pt Narottam Vyas
K C Dey + Shrimati Ghosh – Ko Tum, Ko Tum Bolo Moy Man Mein Jaag Rahyo – Devdasi – Krishna Chandra Dey – Pt Narottam Vyas
Dhaniram, Munnawar Sultana – Apne Kothe Mein Main Khadi, Khili Chandani Rat – Dhamki – Pt. Amarnath – D N Madhok
We will take up the Micro View of rest of the Duets (+) of Vintage Era (Male+) Singers for the year 1945 in our next episode.
The trend at Memorable Songs of 1945 had indicate that number of duets for the year 1945 should be limited as far as number of songs are concerned. As such, we have grouped grouped Micro View of Duets for the year 1945 in three categories, rather then following our heretofore classification of MF Duets, MM. FF Duets and Triads, Triads+
Duets (+) of Golden Era (Male+) Singers
Duets (+) of Vintage Era (male+ ) Singers, and
Female- Female Duets (+)
Duets (+) of Golden Era (Male +) Singers
The songs covered here have a Golden Era Male Playback Singer as one of the singers- the other singer(s) can be either vintage era female singers – since all Golden Era Female Playback Singers have entered the arena post-1947) only- or Male-Female singers in a Triad, Triad+. Included herein are also MM duets Nd Duet +, i.e, Triads and Triads + songs.
For the sake of convenience of documentation, the Male Singer name is credited first. Also, the songs have been grouped male singer-wise.
Mohammad Rafi, Mohanatara – Dil Diye Chal, Dil Liye Chal, Ham Jiye Aise – Begum –H P Das – G S Nepali
Mohamamd Rafi, G M Durrani – Aji Dil Ho Kaabu Mein – Village Girl – Shyam Sundar – Wali Sahab
Mohammad Rafi, Zohrabai, Shamshad Begum – Chhoti Si Ek Banayenge Naiya – Hamara Sansar – Pt. Govind Ram – Ramesh Gupta
Mohammad Rafi, Amirbai Karanataki – Topiwale Babu Ne Dil Chheena Re, Mora Man Chheena– Kul Kalank – Alla Rakha – Roopbani
Manna Dey, Amirbai Karanataki – Ye Rang Birangi Dor Hai… – Mazdoor – H P Das – G S Nepali
Manna Dey, Rajkumari – Hai Gagan Mein Badal Thahare Hue – Vikramiditya – Shanar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta
Mukesh, Khursheed, Hamida Bano – Badariya Baras Gayi Us Paar, Liye Khadi Hai Preet Gagariya – Moorti – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
Mukesh, Naseem Akhtar – Paheli Nazar Ka Teer Re Laga, ….- Paheli Nazar – Anil Biswas – Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’
Mukesh, Naseem Akhtar – Jawani Ye Bharpoor Dilkash Adayein, BataoON TumhI Kaise Dil Ko BachayeIn – Paheli Nazar – Anil Biswas – Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’
Mukesh, Mohantara Talpade – Pardesi Dhola, Kahe Ko Jagai Saari Raat Re – Prabhu Ka Ghar – Khemchand Prakash / Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
We will take up Duets (+) of Vintage Era (male+) Singers for the year 1945 in our next episode.