The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Male Solo Songs – MY Top Male Solo Songs

As can be expected, there are more songs that I had not heard than the songs that I had heard less. The songs that I have heard quite often are far too less. Under the circumstances, there are chances that I may have selected a song here over otherwise a meritorious song. With that bias accepted, here is MY choice of the Male solo Songs for 1948:

Mohammad Rafi – Humko Tumhara Hi Aasra Tum Hamare Ho Na Ho – Saajan – C Ramchanndra – Moti B.A

Mukesh – Arson Pe Sitara Hai Wo – Beete Din – A Dinkar Rao

Manna Dey – Jhan Jhan Jhan Jhan Payaliya Baaje – Geet Govind – Gyan Dutt – Pt. Indra

G M Durrani – Ek Bewafa Ne Shish-e-Dil Chur Chur Kar Diya – Ek Roz – Shyam Sundar – Sarshar Salani

Surendra – Kyon Tu Mujh Se Rooth Gayi Aathon Pahar Dil Yahi Pukare – Manjhdhar – Gyna Dutt- Shams Lakhanavi

K L Saigal – Tut Gaye Sab Sapne Mere.. Ye Do Naina Sawan Bhado Barse Sanj Savaere – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Raj Kapoor – O Duniya Ke Rahanewalo Kahan Gaya Chitchor Bolo Kahan Gaya Chitchor – Dil Ki Rani (1947) – S D Burman  – Y N Joshi

Hemant Kumar- Ishare Ishare Mein Duniya Badal Li – Manamani – Kamal Dasgupta –

Of these, the one I like the most is K L Saigal’s Tut Gaye Sab Sapne Mere.. Ye Do Naina Sawan Bhado Barse Sanj Savaere

We will move on Female Solo Songs of 1947 in our next episode.

An Update on 26-06-2018:

SoY has published Best songs of 1947: Wrap Up 1 that sums the diverse discussions that had taken place on and off the blog. SoY award for best male singer for 1947 has been awarded to K L Saigal, and the song cosen is Ae phool hans ke baagh mein kaliyan khilaye ja. Mohammad Rafi gets a special award for the jandmark song Humko Tumhara Hi Aashara and Mukesh gets special mention for his overall excellence in the year.

All posts relating to The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 –  Male Solo Songs  can be accessed by the link herein.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Male Solo Songs – Other Male Singers

On the whole, this list does present quite a kaleidoscopic picture pf the range of male singers. It would be interesting to note the presence of lyricist like G S Nepali or Music Directors like, Bulo C rani or Sardar Malik or even actors like Raj Kapoor in this list. Would it mean that there were not many known names in the field?

G S Nepali – Azad Hai Ham Aaj Se, Jailo Ke Taale Tod Do – Ahinsa – C Ramchandra – G S Nepali

Rafiq Ahmad – Apna Ghar Pahechan Bande..- Amar Asha – Shanti Kumar –

S D Batish – Aashiyan Apna Luta Apni Nazar Ke Samane – Arsi – Lachchiram / Shyam Sundar- Sarshar Sailani

Raj Kapoor – O Duniya Ke Rahanewalo Kahan Gaya Chitchor Bolo Kahan Gaya Chitchor – Dil Ki Rani (1947) – S D Burman  – Y N Joshi

There is a duet version of the song in the film, in which Geeta Roy accompanies Raj Kapoor.

I have not been able to locate the soft link for this song:

Raj Kapoor – Piya Milane Naveli Jaaye Re – Jail Yatra – Ninu Mazumdar – Rammurty

Shyam Sundar –Loot Liya Dil Chitchor Ne – Dil Ki Rani (1947) – S D Burman –Y N Joshi

Shyam Sundar – Muhobbat Ki Na Khana Mithai Na Khana Muhobbat Ki Mithai – Dil Ki Rani (1947)  – Lyrics: (?)

Shyam Sundar – Sar Phod Phod Ke Mar Jaana Kisi Se Dil Na Lagana – Dil Ki Rani (1947) – S D Burman –Y N Joshi

Ninu Mazumdar – Duniya Saari Jail Re Jiski Oonchi Diwarein – Jail Yatra – Ninu Mazumdar – Sajjan

Krishan Chandra Goel – Vrindavan Ki Kunj Galin Mein Lathile Dhen Charae – Krishna Sudama – Shyam Babu Pathak –

Hemant Kumar- Ishare Ishare Mein Duniya Badal Li – Manamani – Kamal Dasgupta –

Bulo C Rani – Kal Chalate Chalate Unse Mulaqat Ho Hayi – Mulaqat – Khemchand Prakash – Qamar Jalalabadi

Amar – Bhool Ja ….Aye Wo Batein Bhool Jaa – Natak – Naushad Ali – Majrooh Sultanpuri

R P Sharma – Aye Bewafa Zamane Ham Se Daga Na Karana – Renuka – Sardar Malik – Qamar Jalalabadi

Malik Sardar – Sunati Nahi Duniya Kabhi Fariyad Kisi Ki – Renuka – Sardar Malik – Qamar Jalalabadi

Rati Kumar Vyas – He He He Mulak Kathiawad Dharti Par Dujo Nahi – Woh Zamana – Bulo C Rani – Pandit Indra

We will take up MY Top Male Solo Songs for 1947 in our next episode.

The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Male Solo Songs – G M Durrani / Surendra / K L Saigal

Solo Songs of G M Durrani

G M Durrani would go down in the history of Hindi Film Music history as a singer who would have done well in the post-vintage era years, but for the sudden rise of the singers like Mohammad Rafi (in particular), Mukesh, Talat Mahmood and Manna Dey.

When we make this statement today, the statement stands out the test of period. But that is because we have advantage of the hindsight. Let us see how G M Durrani’s solo songs compare with the solo songs of  the male singers of the Golden Era – Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh and Manna Dey –  in the current year of Micro-Review.

Ab Kaun Hai Is Tute Hue Dil Ka Sahara– But Tarash – Ghulam Haider –

Tu Himmat Na Har Musafir – But Taraash – Ghulam Haider

Khel Nahi Gir Gir Ke Sambhalana, Rahi Dekh Sambhal Kar Chalna – Doli- Ghulam Mohammad – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Toota Hua Dil Le Ke Chale Apne Watan Se – Ek Roz – Shyam Sundar – Sarshar Salani

Ek Bewafa Ne Shish-e-Dil Chur Chur Kar Diya – Ek Roz – Shyam Sundar – Sarshar Salani

Hue Hai Qaid Muhabbat Ki Hukamrani Se – Heera – Husnlal Bhagatram – Shams Lakahanavi

I have not been able to locate the soft link to this song:

O Jaanewale Aane Ka Ikarar Kiye Jaa – Mitti – Lal Muhammad + Paignekar

Solo Songs of Surendra

Surendra did continue into the Golden years, but he is considered a vintage era actor-singer.

Ek Baar Phir Se Aaja, Dil Mein Mere Samaa Jaa – Elan – Naushad Ali – Jiya Sarhadi

Tera Jahaan Abaad Hai, Mera Jahan Barbaad Hai – Elan – Naushad Ali – Jiya Sarahadi

Kya Hai Naari Ki Shaan .. Duniya Ko Batlaunga Main – Manjhdhaar – Gyan Dutt – Shams Lakhanavi

Kyon Tu Mujh Se Rooth Gayi Aathon Pahar Dil Yahi Pukare – Manjhdhar – Gyna Dutt 0 Shams Lakhanavi

Solo Songs of K L Saigal

1947 has only one K L Saigal film – Parawana – which has 4 of his solo songs. However, the presence of only one K L Saigal film – and that to  his last one-  in the year, makes the year stand out as a vintage era year, as K L Saigal is one single icon that can be identified with the vintage era.

Jine Kaa Dhang Shikhaye Jaa, Kante Ke Nok Par Khada Muskaye Jaa – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Tut Gaye Sab Sapne Mere.. Ye Do Naina Sawan Bhado Barse Sanj Savaere – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Us Mast Nazar Pe Padi Jo Nazar, Kajre Ne Kaha Mat Dekho Idhar, Dekho Ji Kabhi Ulajh Na Jaana – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Muhabbat Mein Kabhi Aisi Bhi Haalat Ho Jaati Hai….Tabiyat Aut Gabrati Hai Jab Pahlayi Jaati Hai  – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

We will take up Micro-view of solo songs of Other Male Playback singers for the year 1947, in our next episode.

The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Male Solo Songs – Mukesh / Manna Dey

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Solo Songs of Mukesh

Numerically, in terms of not only number of solo songs but also number of films or music directors, Mukesh seems to have slack year in so far as his career take-off stage is concerned. He did have three solos in “Tohafa’, and ‘Do Dil’ each, and one in Beete Din.

Arson Pe Sitara Hai Wo – Beete Din – A Dinkar Rao

Jiya Beimaan… Bas Mein Paraye Hai, Din-Din Dhale Jawani – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Pyar Jata Ke Apna Bana Ke Wo Gaye Wo Gaye – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Le Matki AAja Radha Ri, Ghar Se Kisi Bahane – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Kahan Tak Jafa Husnwalon Ki sahate – Tohafaa – 1947- M A Rauf (Usmania) – Saquiba Lakhanavi

Ek Aisa Geet Sunao Tan Man Mein Aag Lagao – Tohfa – M A Rauf (Usmania) – Nazir Hyderabadi

Kisne Chheda Manka Taar – Tohfa – M A Rauf (Usmania) – Shanti Arora

We will take special note of

Shri Kamal Netra Stotram – Neel Kamal – with chorus –  B Vasudev –

Solo Songs of Manna Dey

Manna Dey’s spread of number of films is relatively better. Ha has had fairly noticeable presence in Geet Govind.

Suno Suno Hey Nar Naari Yeh Katha Purani Hai Aage Badho – Sudhir Phadke – Amar Varma

Jhan Jhan Jhan Jhan Payaliya Baaje – Geet Govind – Gyan Dutt – Pt. Indra


Kadam Kadam Pe Dhokha Bhai, Samhal Ke Pano Uthana – Seedha Rasta – S K Pal – Amar Varma

The songs for which I have not been able to locate the soft links:

  • Jug Jug Ke Avtar Bhar DharatiKa Diya Utar – Part 1 & Part 2 – Geet Govind – Gyan Dutt – Pt. Indra
  • Ham Kya Jaane Teri Maaya Tujhe Koi Samajh Na Paya – Geet Govind – Gyan Dutt – Balam
  • Chhod De Likhana Lekh Vidhata, Chood De Likhana Lekh – Kaun Hamara – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
  • Naina Besabari Mora Darshan Bina Maane Na – Gaon – Khemchand Prakash – D N Madhok

We will take up Solo Songs of K L Saigal and G M Durrani for the year 1947 in our next episode.

The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Male Solo Songs – Mohammad Rafi

We commence our detailed journey for the year 1947 with Male Solo Songs.

As I start collecting the songs from HFGK on my scrapbook, it apparently appears that Male Solo Songs seem to have a smaller share than compared with Female Solo Songs. As I scan through the list, the need to look out for a YT link first becomes quite apparent. That not only will provide the opportunity to listen to the song, almost invariably for the first time, but also to decide how many playback singers will have to be accommodated in post to make each post of a reasonable size. Partly for that reason, I also propose to repeat songs that have been mentioned @ Memorable Songs of 1947 in this season.

I have chosen adopt the same sequence of presenting the playback singers as in the previous similar analyses, more for the sake of convenience of documentation.As far as feasible, we will also maintain classification of popular songs and Not-so-popular songs for each singer.

Solo Songs of Mohammed Rafi

Mohammad Rafi has a fairly respectable score of solo songs, a few of which easily qualify for being popular songs too. Song ‘Tohe Jaana Hansate Hansate, Hansate Hansate’(Shanti) apparently does not appear in HFGK. However, quite a few other sources have mentioned this song, so I have presented here, subject to the other sources being correct enough.

Mohammed Rafi’s Popular Songs

Jab Jab Baithe Baithe Dil Bhar Aaye Aur Lab Se Nikle Haye – Dak Bangla – Naresh Bhattacharya – D N Madhok

Duniya Mein Meri Aaj Andhera Hi Andhera – Do Bhai – S D Burman – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

Wo Apni Yaad Dilane Ko – Jugnu – Feroz Nizami – Asghar Sarhadi

Humko Tumhara Hi Aasra Tum Hamare Ho Na Ho – Saajan – C Ramchanndra – Moti B.A

Mohammed Rafi’s other songs, which could not measure up on the same level of popularity.

Meri Aankhon Ke Taare,…Ye Phool Suhaye Haath Piya – Aapki Sewa Mein – Datta Javdekar – Mahipal

Do Din Ginati Ke Umariya Beeti Jaaye Re – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Das Na Jayen Tujhko Zulfien Kaaliyan – Malika – Alla Rakkhaa Queraishi – Tanveer Naqvi

Chali Sajan Ghar Jaye, Aaj Dulhaniya Kesh Sanvare – Shaadi Se Pehle – Paigankar / Karnad – Mukhram Sharma

Prem Ki Naiyya Dol Rahi Hai – Utho Jago – Ajij Khan + Ibrahim  – ?

Jeevan Hai Anmol Musafir, Jeevan Hai Anmol – Shanti- B S Thakur – Shakeel Badayuni

Tohe Jaana Hansate Hansate, Hansate Hansate Jaana,  Rote Rote Aaya Moorakh – Shanti – B S Thakur – Shakeel Badayuni

We will take up Micro View of Solo Songs of Mukesh and Manna Dey next.

The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – Summing Up: MY Top Male Solo Songs

It has taken me some time to present this summing up as the mandatory step of the micro-view of the songs of 1948, the base being ‘Best songs of 1948: And the winners are? ‘ . Outwardly I would justify the procrastination on some other (so-called) pressing engagements. However, from the inner most recesses of my heart I know that my choices have already been made even before I ventured into the full scale micro-view of the Male Solo Songs.

I did listen to the songs of G M Durrani, Surendra and ‘other’ male singers a few times. However, the truth remains that I could not connect with those songs. And that is MY limitation – having been brought up listening to mostly the post-’50 songs on the radio in my formative years.

With that bias accepted, here is MY choice of the Male solo Songs for 1948:

Of these, the one I like the most is Bahe Na Kabhi Nain Se Neer.

We take up the next stage of Female Songs of 1948 from  the next episode – with Solo  Songs of Suraiya.

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

Apart from the four male playback singers that we have covered till now, we can find fairly noticeable presence of other male singers like Ninu Mazumdar, Chitalkar, Manna Dey or Vidyanath Seth in the year 1948. In some cases, their work is more on the side of duets or in some case even when we list the songs from HFGK, these are not yet posted on net.

I have clubbed songs of any one singer here under the respective name. In all other cases, I have mentioned the name of the singer along with the song itself.

On the whole, in the retrospect, this list does present quite a kaleidoscopic picture.

Kare Badar Baras Barasa Kar Jao Bar Bar – Gopinath – Singer: Ninu Mazumdar – Ninu Mazumdar – Ram Murthy

The song seems to have a version in which Kaumudi Munshi joins in and lends a very different style to the song.

Manna Dey

Chal Tu Preet Nagariya, Preet Nagar Ke Koyal Kooke – Veena – Anil Biswas – Prem Dahelvi

Ham Tere Hai Ham Ko Na Thukarana – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai – Manna Dey, H P Das – G S Nepali

Koi Mujh Se Bhi Bole – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai – Manna Dey, H P Das – G S Nepali

Ghar Ghar Ke Diye Buzakar Bane Hai Dhanwan –Hum Bhi Insaan Hai – Manna Dey, H P Das – G S Nepali

Jay Shivshankar, Gaurishwar, Jay Rameshwar – Jay Hanuman – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra

Jab Se Dekha Hai Tumhein – Gopinath – Singer Not Known – Ninu Majumdar

Do Ghadi Beet Gayi, Taine Surat Nahi Dkhayee – Hum Bhi Insaan Hai – Parvez Kapadia – Manna Dey, D C Dutt, G S Nepali

(Technically speaking, this may have to be placed in female solos category. However, the song is performed by a male (adolescent) actor on the screen, so I have placed it in this list.]

Koi Sham Rang Gori – Veena – Singer: Chitalkar – C Ramchandra –  Narendra Sharma

Sansar Ke Adhaar Dayaa Hampe – Anjangarh –Singer: Pankaj Mallik– R C Boral –

Tu Dar Na Jara Bhi – Anjangarh –Singer: Pankaj Mallik– R C Boral –Pt. Bhushan

Ek Bholi Bholi Gori Ne Aay Hay Dil Pe Jadoo Liya – Andho Ka Sanasar – Singer: Dost Mohammad– Sridhar Parsekar – Kesarinath Vaidya

Shankar Das Gupta

Ab Kis Nagari Jaun Re Ab Jaane Se Jaa Na Shakunga – Anajaana – D C Dutt – Vishwamitra Adil

Kisi Ka Deepak Jalta Hai, Kisi Ka Deep Bujhata Hai – Didi – Mukund Maurekar – Saraswati  Kumar  Deepak

Sajan Ke Ghar Jana Pagle Sajan Ke Ghar Jana – Sajan Ke Ghar –– K S Sagar – Saraswati Kumar Deepak

Suhagan Kahe Ko Tu Ansoo Bahae Karam Lekha Na Tale – Bichhade Balam – Singer: Mohammad Farooqui – Bulo C Rani – Pt Indar

Bane Hai Ham To Ghar Jawai –  Ghar Ki Izzat – Singer: Ram Kamlani – Pt. Govind Ram –

Vidyanath Seth

Aaj Geet Ke Bol Bol Mein Umada Hai Tufan – Roop Rekha –– Pt. Amarnath – Harikrishna Premi

O Gori Kahe Preet Kare – Roop Rekha –Pt. Amarnath – Harikrishna Premi

Marane Ki Dua Kyon Maangu, Jene Ki Tamanna Kaun Kare – Ziddi – Singer: Kishore Kumar – Khmechand Prakash – Prem Dhawan

We will sum up Male Solo Songs for 1948 in the next episode.