The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – Male Solo Songs – Mukesh

Numerically, Mukesh has highest number of solos among all male playback singers in 1948.

The songs that we have selected here fall in two broad categories.

The first one is the songs that were, and still have been exceedingly popular. These are:

Mukesh’s Popular Songs

Zinda Hun Is Tarah Ke Gam-e-Jindagi Nahin – Aag – Ram Ganguly – Behzad Lakhanavi

Jeevan Sapan Toot Gaya – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Jiya Sarhadi

This song has an equally popular female version too, in Lata Mangeshkar’s voice.

Ye Pyar Ki Baatein Ye Safar Bhool Na Jana – Anokhi Ada – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Gaaye Ja Geet Milan Ke Tu Apni Lagan Ke – Mela – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

Woh Teekhi Nazron Se Mere Dil Pe Kuchch Aisi Bijali – Veena – Anil Biswas –

Gokul Ki Ek Naar Chhabili Jamuna Tat Par Aayee Re – Veena – Anil Biswas – Swami Haridas

Bahe Na Kabhi Nain Se Neer – Vidya – S D Burman – Y N Joshi

Mukesh’s Noteworthy Songs

The other category is the songs that have been noteworthy, but could not attain the sustained popularity.

Woh Teer Kaleje Par Ik Shuakh Ne Mara Hai – Anjuman – Bulo C Rani – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Jalanewale Tujhe Kya Unko Khabar Ho Na Ho – Gunjan – Ashok Ghosh – S R Saaz

Koi Din Jindagi Ke Gungunakar Geeta Gata Hai – Gunjan – Ashok Ghosh – Deepak

Aye Duniya Bata De Bhagwan Kahan Hai – Jeene Do – Shaukat Hussain (Dehlvi) – Shewan Rizvi

Hoshiyar Naujwan Jag Aye Naujawan Jal Raha Hai Makan – Padeshi Mehman – Hans Raj Behl – Pandit Indra

He Khag He Mrig He Madhukar Tum Bin Suna Jeevan – Rambhakt Hanuman – S N Tripathi – B D Mishra

Beet Chali Barakha Ritu Site, Sudh Na Mili Tumhari – Rambhakt Hanuman – S N Tripathi – B D Mishra

Lakhi Bulbul Mere Kahe Ko Dinhi Videsh – Suhaag Raat – Snehal Bhatkar – Amir Khushro

Mere Sapno Ki Raani Re – Veena – Anil Biswas – Narendra Sharma

We will take up Solo Songs of G M Durrani and Surendra in our next episode of Male Solo Songs of 1948.

The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – Male Solo Songs – Mohammad Rafi

We commence our detailed journey for the year 1948 with Male Solo Songs.

It is simply stating the obvious that there are far more songs that I have heard for the first time in this exercise. So, I would wait for the recap of each of the section to draw any of the personal conclusions.

Solo Songs of Mohammad Rafi

If we recall the year of 1949, we had observed that Mohammad Rafi had a fairly large number of solo songs, both in terms of number of films or number of music directors who chose Mohammad Rafi.  Apperently, this can be considered as the effect of songs that Rafi had rendered in 1948 (and before that).

Like what we did for 1949, we will split the songs in two categories – one in which were popular then and are even now and the other which do merit note but fall short on the comparative yardstick of popularity.

Mohammad Rafi’s Popular Songs

Hum Apne Dil Ka Afsana Unhe Suma Na Sake – Actress- Shyam Sundar – Nakhshab Jharachavi

Aye Dil Meri Aahon Mein Itna To Asar Aaye – Actress – Shyam Sundar – Nakshab Jharachavi

Sab Kuchch Luataya Humne Aa Kar Teri Gali Mein – Chunariya – Hans Raj Behl – Mulk Raj Bhakhari

Ye Zindagi Ke Mele Duniya Mein Kam Na Hoge Afsos Hum Na Hoge – Mela – Naushad Ali  – Shakeel Badayuni

Ek Dil Ke Tukde Hazar Hue Koi Yahan Gira Koi Wahan Gira – Pyar Ki Jeet – Husn Lal Bhagat Ram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Mohammed Rafi’s other noteworthy songs

These are the songs which could not measure up on the normal level of popularity.

Do Wida Do Pran Mujh Ko – Adalat – Datta Javdekar – Mahipal

Kismat To Dekho Humsafar Char Kadam Saath Chale Nahi – Adalat – Datta Javdekar  – Mahipal

Kyun Bichchud Gaye… Jivan Saathi Bichchud Gaye – Adalat – Datta Javdekar  – Mahipal

Wah Re Jamane Kya Rang Dikhaye Pal Mein Hasaye Pal Mein Rulaye – Ghar Ki Izzat – Govind Ram – Isvar Chandra Kapoor

Doobi Naiya Aa Ke Kinare Jaun Kahan Hum Ab Gam Ke Maare – Jeene Do – Shaukat Hussain (Dehlavi) – Shevan Rizvi

Bujh Gaya Deep Ghira Andhiyara Jyot Kahan Se Laun – Mere Lal – Purushottam – Mahipal

Nigahe Milane Ko Jee Chata Hai – Parai Aag – Ghulam Mohammad – Tanveer Naqvi

Sultan-e-Madina Sulatn-e-Madina Maula Ke Dulare – Rehnuma – Ghumi Khan –  Habib Sarhadi

Kismat Se Koi Kya Bole – Rehnuma  – Ghumi Khan – Habib Sarhadi

Aye Dil Neend Aayee Tujh Ko Tamam Raat – Shahnaz – Ameerbai Karnataki – Akhtar Pilibhiti

We will take up Solo Songs of Mukesh in our journey of Songs of 1948.

Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: September, 2016

Welcome to our September, 2016 episode of ‘Fading Memories. Unforgettable Songs’.

We had dedicated our August, 2016 episode to Mohammad Rafi on his 36th death anniversary.

We will dedicate the present episode to the memory of Mukesh on his 40th death anniversary (22 July 1923 to 27 August 1976)

In quite a path breaking post, Mukesh’s vintage duets, Songs of Yore and quite active readers thereof have presented and discussed duets of Mukesh with singers of vintage era. The post has, necessarily therefore, chosen to 1949 as the cut-off year.

As it happens, in a concurrent series, Songs of 1949 @ SoY, I have had covered Solo Songs of Mukesh.

It so happens that 1949 has one more significance as well in so far as Hindi film songs of Mukesh is concerned. This is the year in which he had repeated, in a consecutive year, playback for the famous triad of heroes of the Golden Era – Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand and Dilip Kumar. Not that he had rendered voice for each of this three upcoming Greats for the first time. In the past he had several such songs that had acquired high praise from critics and great box-office runs for the records.

For Raj Kapoor:

Baharon Ne Jise Chheda Woh Saaz-e-Jawani Hai – Sunehare Din (1949) – Gyan Dutt – Shezvan Rizvi

We do get very strong indicators of signature Mukesh as Raj Kapoor’s playback alter ego here.

Of course, we certainly shall not miss Barsaat. But as far as songs were concerned, it was more a Lata Mangeshkar show than that of Mukesh. Mukesh had two duets in the film – each one of a diametrically opposite tastes and far more different appeal. The only solo filmed on Raj Kapoor has Mohammad Rafi’s voice.

For Dev Anand:

Yeh Duniya Hai… Yahan Dil Ka Lagana Kis Ko Aata Hai – Shair (1949) – with Lata Mangeshkar – Ghulam Mohammad – Shakeel Badayuni

As we do not have any solo of Mukesh for Dev Anand, we will make an exception to include a Male Female Duet in this case.

For Dilip Kumar:

Andaz was simply a blockbuster, on any and all counts…..All songs that Dilip Kumar had enacted on screen were played back by Mukesh and were roaring hits….compared to Raj Kapoor lip-singing his songs in Mohammad Rafi’s voice with a rather tepid audience response…. Who would have imagined that the picture will be exactly reversed in so far as the default voice of each of them by the turn of the decade just a couple of years away!!!

Toote Na Dil Toote Na– Andaz (1949) – Naushad – Majrooh Sultanpuri

And that provides us the setting for revisiting Mukesh’s solo songs, right from his debut film, 1941 – Nirdosh –  till 1948 – wherein he playedback songs for the great triad in one given year, for the first time.

If there is more than one solo song in a film, I have chosen only one for the purpose of today’s episode.

Dil Hi Bujha Hua Ho To Fasle Bahaar Kyaa – Nirdosh (1941) – Ashok Ghosh – Neelkanth Tiwari

If this song has the historic credit of being Mukesh’s first recorded song for Hindi Films, Nirdosh itself also has the distinction of being the film in which Mukesh also acted for the first time ever ON the screen.

In the next year, Mukesh did have a film in which he acted too – Dukh Sukh . It had two duets with Sitara. Music was composed by Khemchand Prakash. Before the sudden demise, just before his torch bearer song for the Golden Era – Aayega Aanewala- had hit the public, it seems he and Mukesh could not leave behind some solo songs for us.

In 1943, we have Adab Arz, in which Mukesh had played a character from a rich family who married gardener’s daughter in the end. Based on Urdu culture Mukesh played a Muslim role. Gyan Dutt was the music director. The film does not have any song of Mukesh though. We get the first test of their collaborative effort in terms of a solo song in Sunehare Din (1949).

1944 also had one film – Us Paar – in which Firoze Nizami had composed the music and has only one duet of Mukesh – with Kusum (Jara Bolo Ri Haan)in the album.

1945 would remain a very important milestone in the Mukesh’s singing career. Anil Biswas recorded Dil Jalata Hai, which blazed a trail on which Mukesh went on to scale great heights. The film also had one more Mukesh solo:

Tay Kar Ke Badi Door Ki Poorpech Nagariya – Pehli Nazar (1945) – Anil Biswas – Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’

1945 had another film – Moorti, in which Mukesh did get to sing for Motilal under the baton of Bulo C Rani. Hasino Ko Hasino Se Muhabbat Ho Hi Jaati Hai remains quite known. Mukesh successfully continues to clone K L Saigal. We will also listen to:

Mana Ke Tum Haseen Ho,Eh-Le Shabab Ho – Moorti (1945) – Bulo C Rani – Pandit Indra Chandra

The cloning continues into singing a Ghazal-style composition.

During 1946, we see three films in Mukesh’s bag.

Chehra had one duet, with Shamshad Begum and one solo –

O Praani Kyaa Soche Kyaa Hoye – Chehraa (1946) -,MA Mukhtar – Ishwar Chandra  Kapoor

Rajputani also had one duet with Hamida Banu and one solo –

Kiye Ja Pyar Kiye Jaa Na Himmat Haar, Kabhi Inkaar, Kabi Ikraar  – Bulo C Rani – Pandit Indra

Rasili had only one duet, but that is a male-male duet, with Narayan. Again a first for Mukesh….

Aaghaaz Chalaa, Anjaam Chalaa, Wah Rota Hua Nakaam Chala – Raseeli (1946) Composed and written by: Hanuman Prasad

The 1947 has 6 films that have Mukesh Songs –

Beete Din had one solo –

Arsho Pe Sitaara Hai Woh  – Beete Din (1947)  – Pandit Dinkar Rao  – Pandit Faani / H. Tanveer (?)

Do Dil had two duets with Suraiya, one duet with Rajkumar and three solos of which have picked up only one here –

Jia Beimaan, … Bas Mein Paraye Hai, Ghadi Ghadi Bhar  Aaye Hai – Do Dil – Pandit Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Neel Kamal, which had Raj Kapoor in the lead role, had two duets with Johrabai Ambalewali and one with Hamida Banu. Mukesh had one song in which Mukesh blends with chorus to sing the credit title song for the film –

Shri Kamal Netra Stotram – Neel KamalB Vasudev

Chhin Le Azadi had one duet with Shamshad Begum and Dak Banagla had one duet with Suraiya.

Tohafaa had two duets with Hamida Banu and three solos, of which we have picked up one solo here –

Kisne Chheda Man Ka Taar … – Tohfa – M A Rauf – Shant Aroda

With that we come to the last sections of our circle, the year 1948.

This year we see Mukesh’s presence on a far wider compass of music directors –

Anjuman had a duet with Shamshad Begum and a solo of Mukesh –

Woh Teer  Kaleje Par Ik Shokh Ne Maara Hai – Anjuman – Bulo C Rani – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Ghulam Mohammad composed Grahasthi had one duet with Shamashd Begum., Pugree  had one duet with Sitara (of Kanpur), Ali Husain Muradabad  composed O Jaanewale had two duets with Shamshad Begum., Toote Taare (Shaukat Ali a.k.a Nashad) had two duets with Geeta Roy

Gunjan had two solos, of which we have picked up one:

Koi Din Zindagi Ke Gungunakar Hi Bitata Hai – Gunjan – Ashok Ghosh – Saraswati Kumar Deepak

Pardesi (Ghulam Haider) also had one duet – with Lata Mangeshkar.

Pardesi Mehmaan had one duet with Husn Bano and one solo –

Hoshiyaar Naujawaan Jag Ae Naujawan, Jal Raha Tera Makaan, Jal Raha Tera Hindostan – Pardesi Mehmaan – Hanraj Behl – Pt Indra

HFGK records two songs in Mukesh’s name for Shree Rambhakta Hanuman simply because other records may not have specifically the name of the singer.

Tum Bin Soona Jeevan Mera – Shree Rambhakta Hanuman – SN Tripathi – Pandit Indra/ B D Mishra (?)

Suhaag Raat had one duet with Rajkumai and a solo –

Lakhi Bulbul Mere Kaahe Ko Deenhi VidesSuhaag Raat – Snehal Bhatkar – Ameer Kushro

Veena had three solos, of which we have picked up one:

Mere Sapnon Ki Rani Re – Veena – Anil Biswas – Narendra Sharma https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGXw4txpz08

The year has Mukesh singing for all three Great of India Hindi Film Triad, for the first time in the same year –

Aag was Raj Kapoor’s maiden directorial venture.

Zinda Hun Is Tarah Ke Gam-e Zindagi Nahin –Aag – Ram Ganguly – Behzad Lakhnavi

In Vidya, Dev Anand teams up with Suraiya. The film had one duet and one solo –

Bahe Na Kabhi Nain Se NeerVidya  – SD Burman – YN Joshi

Dilip Kumar had two films – Anokha Pyar and Mela. The former had Anil Biswas and later had Naushad as music director respectively.

Jeevan Sapna Toot Gaya – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Zia Sarhadi

This one also had a marvelous Lata Mangeshkar version too.

Mela was a roaring success. It had three duets with Shamshad Begum and a widely popular solo –

Gaaye Ja Geet Milan Ke Sjan Ghar Jaana Hai – Mela – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

So…… this is the history of  Mukesh at his vintage best……

We will end our present episode of Vintage Mukesh with a duet in company of vintage Mohammad Rafi –

Jale Jalanewale  Humko Jaise Mombatti  – Chilman (1949)– Mohammed Rafi and Mukesh – Hanuman Prasad – P L Santoshi

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

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – MY Top Male Solo Songs

In the stage 1 of our Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY we have taken Male Solo Songs. We have covered solo songs of G M Durrani + Talat Mahamood, Surendra + ‘Other’ Male Singers, Mukesh, and Mohammed Rafi’s evergreen solo songs, in conjunction with  Mohammed Rafi’s other noteworthy songs , in two parts.

The universe from which I have picked up my choice of the Top Male Solo Songs for the year 1949 remains the songs that have been presented for the individual male singers in the previous posts. This was just with a view to get the opportunity to revisit as many more songs as possible, thereby supplementing what game-setting overview post @SoY already has offered.

As would be expected, not more than one song from a film has been chosen. That provided me a better opportunity to further closely evaluate my choice of THE song when there was more than one song to choose from a film.

Here are the songs that I would choose as Top Male Solo Songs for the Year 1949, in no particular order, except that films have been arranged in the descending alphabetical order.

Any one song or all songs from one album put together, Mukesh’s songs from Andaz do make Mukesh a very close second contender. But, in terms of total number of songs in a year, with the different numbers of music directors and in terms of overall popularity and impact as a singer in the given year, I would put my bets on Mohammed Rafi as the Best Male Singer for 1949 and Suhani raat dhal chuki as his best solo song.

SoY also has released Best songs of 1949: Wrap Up 1. The wrap up has very elaborately laid different considerations and equally different points of views. SoY Award for the Best Male Playback Singer for 1949 goes to Mukesh and The Best Male Solo of 1949 is Tu kahe agar.

We will now move over to the next phase of The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – viz. Other than Lata Mangeshkar Female Solo Songs.

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Male Solo Songs – Mohammed Rafi – 3

We have covered solo songs of G M Durrani + Talat Mahamood, Surendra + ‘Other’ Male Singers, Mukesh. We also have listened to Mohammed Rafi’s evergreen solo songs. In the last episode we listened to the first batch of Mohammed Rafi’s other noteworthy songs which could not measure up on the same level of popularity.

We will now conclude Solo Songs of Mohammed Rafi with the last batch of other noteworthy songs which could not measure up on the same level of popularity.

Ek Din Ek Dil Armaan Bhara Dil, Ulfat Se Do Chaar Hua – Garibi – Bulo C Rani – B R Sharma

Toote Hue Dil Ko Ulfat Ka Bas Itna Fasana – Hamari Manzil – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Hai Kam Muhabbat Ka Faryad Karna – Jal Tarang – Husnlal Bhagatram – Kaif Irfani

Tumhe Sunaye Ek Kahani Hai Yeh Badi Suhani – Jal Tarang – Husnlal Bhagatram – Kaif Irfani

Samay Ka Chakkar Sau Bal Khaye – Raaz – Malik Sardar – Meeraji

Dam Ghoontata Hai Dil Jalta Hai – Raat Ki Raani – Hansraj Behl

Dil Toota Armaan Lootey – Roomal – Hansraj Behl – Mulkraj Bhakri

Teer Teer Pe Teer Khayeja, Julmon Ke Sitam Uthayeja – Rooplekha – Khan Mastana – Khumar Bara Banqavi

Tera Paigham Leke Seene Mein – Shoharat – Aziz Hindi – Tanveer Naqvi

With this we come to the end our journey of Male solo songs for the year 1949.

In the next episode we will take up my choice of the Top 10 Male Solo Songs for 1949.

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Male Solo Songs – Mohammed Rafi – 2

We have covered solo songs of G M Durrani + Talat Mahamood, Surendra + ‘Other’ Male Singers, Mukesh. In the last episode we also listened to Mohammed Rafi’s evergreen solo songs till now.

We will now take up Mohammed Rafi’s other noteworthy songs which could not measure up on the same level of popularity.

O Jaanewale Chand Zara Muskara Ke Ja – Bazaar – Shyam Sundar – Qamar Jalalabadi

Mere Bhagwan Tu Mujhe Yoon Hi Barbaad Rehane De – Bazaar – Shyam Sundar

Shaheedo Tumko Mera Salaam – Bazaar – Shyam Sundar

Kyon Garm Sard Hote Ho – Chakori – Hansraj Behl – Mulkraj Bhakari

Dil Ki Dil Mein Rahi – Chakori – Hansraj Behl – Mulkraj Bhakari

Ek Dukhiya Jawani Ki Bas Itni Kahani – Chakori – Hansraj Behl – Mulkraj Bhakari

Zahe Kismat Zahe Kismat Teri Mehfil Se – Chilman – Hanuman Prasad – S K Chhibar

Jab Yaad Kiya Hum Yaad Aaye Hai – Chilman – Hanuman Prasad

Is waade ka matlab kya samjhun – Duniya – C Ramchandra

Rona hai to ro chupke chupke – Duniya – C Ramchandra

In the continuing next episode we will continue with the last of the Mohammad Rafi’s noteworthy, but not so popular, songs.

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Male Solo Songs – Mohammed Rafi – 1

We have covered solo songs of G M Durrani + Talat Mahamood, Surendra + ‘Other’ Male Singers and those of Mukesh till now. We will now take up Solo Songs of Mohammad Rafi.

For the year of 1949, we have a fairly large number of solo songs of Mohammad Rafi, both in terms of number of films or number of music directors who chose Mohammad Rafi.  In fact the total number is large enough to warrant the coverage of these songs in more than one episode.

Here also we will split the songs in two categories – one in which were popular then and are even now and the other which do merit note but fall short on the comparative yardstick of popularity.

Mohabbat ke dhokhe mein koi na aaye – Badi Bahen – Naushad – Quamar Jalalabadi

Tum Humein Bhool Gaye Humna Tumhe Bhoola Sake – Balam – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Thukarake Hame Chal Diye – Balam – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Main Jindagi Mein Har Dam Rota Hi Raha Hun – Barsaat – Shanker Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri

Dil ho unhe Mubarak jo dil ko dhoondte hain – Chandani Raat – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

Is duniya mein ae dilwalo dil ka lagana khel nahi – Dillagi – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

Tere Kooche Mein Aramanonki Duniya Le Ke Aaya Hun – Dillagi – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

Suhani raat dhal chuki – Dulari – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

Dil ki lagi ne humko deewana karke chhoda – Paras – Ghulam Mohammad – Shakeel Badayuni

Jin raaton mein neend ud jati hai – Raat Ki Raani – Hansraj Bahl – Arzoo Lakhanavi

In the continuing next episode we will take up Mohammad Rafi’s noteworthy, but not so popular, songs.