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.

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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: May, 2018

Manna Dey – Chale Jaa Rahein Hai….:1942 – 1946

Manna Dey, a.k.a. Prabodh Chandra Dey, (1 May, 1919 – 24 October, 2013) is considered as one of the most versatile and a highly talented playback singers of Hindi Film Music. In his school days, he was getting trained to become a wrestler. He even reached the finals of the All Bengal Wrestling Competition. But destiny has scripted a different career path for him.  in 1942, he tagged along to Bombay with his paternal uncle, K C Dey and opened up gate way to a very long career of playback singing. He has given voice to 4000+songs in Hindi, Bangla, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Punjabi, Assamese, Oriya, Gujarati, Konkani, Marathi, Kannad, Malayali, Sindhi etc. He has been associated with more than 102 music directors in Hindi films and had had sung duets with most of his contemporary singers.

It is said that his career got a real boost with Upar Gagan Vishal (Masahal, 1950). It got the further momentum to reach the escape velocity, by his two duets in Do Bigha Zameen (1953) under the baton of Salil Chaudhary. In the intervening years he had had excellent songs with Shankar Jaikishan (Aawaraa, 1951) too. He has recorded as many as 758 songs in the period off 1953 to 1969 – more than half of his entire Hind Film songs in an active career that spanned from 1942 to 1992.

There would be no dearth of his very poplar, as well as highly-quality-merited songs to run a long series of annual articles to commemorate his memory. However, in the spirit of bringing up of one page the songs that have faded up in the deep recess of memories, we will take up Manna Dey’s less heard or simply lost in the memory songs.

We begin our journey of remembering Manna Dey’s songs that have faded away from our memories with his maiden (duet) song from Tamanna (1942).

Jaago Aayee Usha Panchhi Boley – Tamanna (1942) – with Suraiya – K C Dey – S K Kalia

Suraiya, barely 13 years old in 1942 had already a hit song – Panchhi Jaa Pichche Raha Bachpan Mera (Sahrda, 1942) in her record book. Their simultaneous rendering of line @ 00.40 in the present song, blends Suraiya’s very adolescent voice with that of Manna Dey in very low octaves.

Gayi, Tu Gayi, Tyagmayi, Tu Gayi, Teri Amar Bhavna Amar Rahi – Ram Rajya (1943) – Sahnkar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta

It is said that Prakash Bhatt, producer, and Shankar Rao vyas, music director, of the film, Ram Rajya, had come to K C Dey to sing the songs for the film. K C Dey did not sing for others, so the songs went to Manna Dey.

The film has two more solos of Manna Dey – Ajab Vidhi Ka Lekh Kisi Se Padha Na Jaye and Dur Dur Nagariya Teri.

Bhula Bhatka Path Hara Man Sharan Tumhari Aaya, Kah Do He Gopal – Jwar Bhata (1944) – With Parul Ghosh – Anil Biswas – Narendra Sharma

“Jwar Bhata’ is the maiden film of Dilip Kumar. Manna Dey also gets into the orbit of the-then known music directors, like Anil Biswas, but is yet to get to sing for the main lead actors.

O Prem Diwani Sambhal Sambhal Kar Chalna – Kadamabari (1944) – Anil Biswas – Narendra Sharama

Anil Biswas seems to have commenced experimenting with Manna Dey’s voic, in line with his strategic intent to evolve a totally different modern style of music as compared to the theatrical style of the Vintage Era.

Kyun Jaane Apne Banten Hain Begaane -1 & 2 – Meena 1944 – with unidentified female singer – Hari Prasanna Das – Pandit Phani

The songs has very distinct Manna Dey’s now-well-known own singing style.

Ye Rang Birangi Dor Hai – Mazdoor (1945) – with Ammrbai Karnataki –  H P Das – G S Nepali

Mannaa Dey has been made to revert to typical vintage era style of singing.

Hai Gagan Mein Badal Theare Hue – Vikramditya (1945) – With Rajkumari – Shankar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta

The song had been quite popular in those days. The heavy bass of female singers of Vintage Era is so evident in Rajkuamri;s voice too, whereas we get to listen Manna Dey’s voice that we have known in 60s.

Ek Chakori Dev Se Apne – – Vikramditya (1945) – Shankar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta

The association with Shankar Rao Vyas has now yielded Manna Dey position of the principal lead male playback singer. The film has 4 more Manna Dey solos and one group song which is a prayer.

The soft digital copies of these other songs are not available on net.

Priye Ek Baar Man Mandir Mein Tum Rum Zum Karati Aana – Mera Geet (1946) – with Geeta Roy – Shankar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta

Ye Jag Matlab Ka Hai Dera Kyon Kahata Hai Mera Mera – Rupa (1946) – Govind Ram – Ram Murty

Manna Dey sings a religious-flavored ‘filler‘song in vintage style.

Ram Naam Se Man Ke Ho Jaat Hai Shudhdha Vichar – Valimiki (1946) – Shamkar Rao Vyas – Mahesh Gupta M A

Shankar Rao Vyas has used Manna Dey’s voice in background.

I have sourced soft links of following songs from ‘mannadey.weebly.com/’:

Har Ek Kadam Sochke – Bisvin Sadi (1945) – Pannalal Ghosh

Pardes Musafir Jata Hai, Utha Hai Abodana – Dil (1946) –[Manna Dey gets credit as Prabodh Dey] –  Zafar Khursheed – Shams Lakhanavi

Allah Khata Kya Thi – – Dil (1946) – [Manna Dey gets credit as Prabodh Dey] – Zafar Khursheed – Shams Lakhnavi

Naino Ke Badal Baras Rahe – Insaf  (1946) – H P Das – D N Madhok

  • O Duniya Jara Sun Le – Kamla (1946) – With Amirbai Karnataki – Gyan Dutt

The songs for which I could not locate YT or other soft links:

  • Yeh Prem Ki Reet – Kavita (1944) – Shankar Rao Vyas – Ramesh Gupta
  • Raj Dwar Pe Baj Uthi Sahanai – Maha Kobi Kalidas (1944) – SreedharPalsekar – Ramesh Gupta
  • Din Aaye, Din Jaaye – Maha Kobi Kalidas (1944) – Sreedhar Palsekar – Ramesh Gupta
  • Kya Julm Kabhi Jeet Gaya.. Jeet Hamari Hai – Mazdoor (1945) – H P Das – G S Nepali
  • Paritranayam Asdhunam…Avtar Liya Jug Jug  – Prabhu Ka Ghar  (1945) – Khemchand Prakash – Pt. Indra
  • Tum Nath Ho Phir Main Anath Hun Kyon –  Jug  – Prabhu Ka Ghar (1945) – Bulo C Rani – Pt.Indra
  • Kyun Rooth Gayi Maa Dharti – Dharti (1946) – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra
  • Dil Churaney Ke Liye – Door Chalein (1946) – [Manna Dey gets credit as Prabodh Dey] –  K C Dey
  • O Ji More Balamwa – Insaf (1946) – with Raj Kumarri
  • Aye Naujwan Veerat Ki Hai Kasauti Aaj – Mera  Geet (1946) – Shankar Rao Vyas –Ramesh Gupta

In our established tradition of the ending each of our post with a relevant Mohammad Rafi song, I have located a Sonik-Omi composed duet with Manna Dey from an unreleased film. The song does not strictly belong to the period that we have chosen for the present post. :

Hamane Maana Ki Ham Hai

We will continue remembering Unforgettable Songs that seem to Fading away from our Memories every second Sunday of the month……..

Disclaimer: All images are sourced from net. All copyrights of the respective image remain with the original owner of the image.

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.

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – December, 2016

Welcome to December, 2016 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We will begin our present episode on a lighter note with You’ve never heard the demonetized version of this famous song from Guru Dutt’s ‘Pyaasa’. As a parody, ‘When it was our turn in the queue, the bank’s coffers were empty‘ is a part of sort of mini cottage industry – These Bollywood spoofs on demonetisation will tide you over the cashless blues.

December, 2016 also had another major event- passing away of Tamil Nadu CM, J Jayalalithaa.

Wadia and Nadia: How love kicked in pre-Bollywood filmdom – Nadia was a JBH discovery. But it was Homi (May 22, 1911 – December 10, 2004) who gave this memsahib with a thick Scottish accent, a voice. “Homi realised her language was her ‘body’,” says film theorist and curator Amrit Gangar. “He kept Nadia’s dialogue to a bare minimum because of her difficulty with Hindi.”

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Mary Ann Evans aka Fearless Nadia in a still from Carnival Queen, 1955

Happy Birthday Dharmendra: As he turns 81, we bring you his various filmi moods – He was probably the first Indian male star who appeared bare-chested in a song in Phool Aur Patthar. From Anupama (1966) to Satyakam (1969), Dharmendra tried to create a space for himself as an actor. Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Chupke Chupke is another film which proved that the actor could balance subtle comedy just as well as slapstick elsewhere.

MS Subbulakshmi: A journey from Kunjamma to Meera – is N Venkataraman’s tribute on her birth centenary (16 September 1916 – 11 December 2004).

December is also a month of birth dates of Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor, two fulsome actors of the Great Triad.

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Dilip Kumar – Leaves from My Diary in an interview conducted in 1957.

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Prithivi Raj Kapoor with sons and a grand son

15 Songs of Shailendra: The Art of Simply Expressing Deepest Thoughts – On Shailendra’s death anniversary,Antara Nanda Mondal and Peeyush Sharma have compiled a brief list of 15 songs that give a glimpse of his massive range – encompassing songs of love and romance, songs of introspection and philosophies, songs of spiritual awakening and harsh social realities, songs of that celebrate liberation and songs that express the anguish of entrapment.

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We have an excellent career-sketch of Sitara Devi: The Twinkling Star profiled by Karan Bali on her second death anniversary on 25th November.  Some of her memorable films are Judgement of Allah (1935), Achhut (1940), Pagal (1940) and India Today (1940)., Roti (1942), Najman (1943) or her snake dance in Anjali (1957) or the Holi dance in Mother India (1957).

We will also take note of A Short Film Tribute to Sitara Devi   

Karan Bali has also profiled PC Barua, who is most easily remembered for K L Saigal’s songs of Devdas (1935) or Saigal’s So Ja Raajkumari So Ja (Zindagi).

The December, 2016 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs was dedicated to Mohammad Rafi’s solo song from the first film with the music director. This part of the article covered the first three years of the first-five-year-period of 1944-1948. The second part of the article, has covered songs from 1947 and 1948 @ Mohammad Rafi’s Solo Song From The FIRST Film With The Music Director ||2||.

Here are posts on other subjects as well:

Shyam Benegal’s ‘Ankur’ and the beginning of a film movement – A Book Review by Sangeeta Datta – A script written during the filmmaker’s college years became the foundation of his sparkling career as one of cinema’s greatest realists.

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Smita Patil as a child: Mischievous, adventurous, emotional and an excellent mimic – In her review Maithili Rao notes that  Smita Patil biography reveals that the acclaimed actor, whose death anniversary is on December 13, was ‘prem mayee’: a being suffused with love.

More Delicious Chutney Covers of Hindi Film Songs – After the introductory piece, we can now expect this to be a regular fare.

Southern Spice in Hindi Music highlights key aspects of South Indian music that have been absorbed in Hindi film songs, that have added what one would call as a dash of Southern spice in Hindi film music. This is not about the vocal styles from South India, but instruments from South India. LINK TO PLAYLIST FOR SOUTHERN SPICE IN HINDI FILM MUSIC takes us to 12 such songs from 1940s to’60s, with one exception.

I have been able to land upon this quite an imaginative subject – “Samne waali khidki” songs rather belatedly.

Shankar-Jaikishan’s multi-faceted genius with ‘other’ singers – have covered so far their best songs for his leading singers, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Rafi and Manna Dey. also presented his best dance songs for Lata Mangeshkar and female dance duets. presenting my final tribute to SJ with their songs for ‘other’ singers which give a glimpse of their multi-faceted talent.

My Favourites: Heroes – 1 (40s-70s)  is the pairing list of earlier  My Favourites: Heroines – 1 (40s-70s) , based on an idea of Stars and Songs, that the author, Ava Suri, particularly like featuring the actress. In the continuum, Zeenat Aman – My favorite Songs is a collection of Baker’s dozen songs that have matching visuals to the catchy lyrics with Zeenat Aman in the focus and Ashok Kumar – 10 favorite songs that the actor sang as well as performed on the screen.

‘Diya Na Bujhe Ri Aaj Hamara’ – Kumkum The first song I got as a dancer was the song “Angana Baaje Shehnai Re, Aaj Mori Jagmag Atariya” in the film Sheesha which was sung by Shamshad Begum. ‘Raat Ke Raahi’s song ‘Daayein Baayein Chhup Chhupa Ke Kahaan Chale’ was picturized on Kumkum’s younger sister Radhika and Shammi Kapoor.Radhika also stays with her family in Mumbai.

Trios, Quartets, and More: Ten of my favourite songs has presented songs such as:

Bas mujhko mohabbat ho gayi hai (Biwi aur Makaan), 1966); Mukesh, Manna Dey, Hemant, Talat Mahmood. There is one more such experiment in the same film – Nahi Hota… Aa Tha Jab Janam Liya – Mukesh, Manna Dey & Hemant Kumar

The Legends: Asha Bhosle sets the tone with the help of solos and The Legends: Asha Bhosle – Part 2 has her duets.

We end today’s episode with a short film on songs and life of Mohammad Rafi: Part 1| Part 2 | Part 3. 

I take this opportunity to wish a great 2017 to all of you and look forward to your valued suggestions to keep our content more engrossing…

The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – Male Female Duets – Geeta Roy, Lata Mangeshkar, Suraiya with other male singers

For the year 1949, Male female duets with both the singers being equally prominent in the year has quite a comparative share with Male Female Duets in which one singer is dominant, but other does not have that comparable numerical prominence.  In this very unique category we have listened to the duets of Shamshad Begum with other male singers.

We now move over to some other sets of such Male-Female duets…

Geeta Roy + Other Male Singers

The pairing of Geeta Roy with other male singers undergoes as many shades as the respective music director of the film.

Kadam Hai Rah-e-Ulfat Mein Najhuk Dil Hai Dil Ki Basti– Dil Ki Basti – with G M Durrani – Ghulam Mohammad – Shakeel Badayuni

Kam Karo, Kam Karo Bhai Kam, Jag Mein Apna Naam Karo – Jeet – with Vinod – Shyam Babu Pathak – Prem Dhawan

Kahane Ko Hai Taiyar, Magar Kaise Kahe Hum – Kamal – with Surendra – S D Burman – G S Nepali

Main Angoor Ke Bell Piya More – Karwat – with S D Batish – Hans Raj Behl – Said-Ud-Din ‘Saif’

Jindagi Hai Dillagi Dillagi Hai Jindagi – Nanand Bhojai – with A R Ojha – Bulo C Rani – Pt. Indra

And Gujarati version, composed by Avinash Vyas, on a totally different style

Jandagi Chhe Dillagi

Mere Man Mein Dol Ankhon Mein Dol Matwari Sajanaiya – Nazare – with G M Durrani –  Bulo C Rani

Dhanya Hai Dhanya Hai Avadhpuri, Dhanya Wahan Ki Phulwari – Ram Vivah – with Manna Dey – Shankar Rao Vyas – Moti, B A

Pehan Chunariya Kali Jhilmil Jhilmil Deeyowali – Roshni – with Chitalkar – C Ramchandra – P L Santoshi

Lata Mangeshkar + Other Male Singers

Haye Chhore Ki Baat Badi Bewafa, Bewafa Se Koi Dil Lagaye Na – Chandani Raat – with G M Durrani – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Tum Soch Rahi Ho – Girls School – with Shankar Dasgupta – Anil Bishwas – Pradeep

Suno Saajan Meri Baat – Lahore – with Karan Diwan – Shyam Sundar – Aziz Kashmiri

Suraiya + Other Male Singers

Jalim Jamane Mujhko Tum Se Chhuda Raha Hai – Dillagi – with Shyam – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

Chahe Kitani Kathin Dagar Ho, Hum Kadam Badhayenge Jaayenge – Jeet – with Shankar Dasgupta – Anil Biswas – Prem Dhawan

We still have some more of Male Female Duets in the present category………

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – June, 2016

Welcome to June 2016 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We begin with our regular Anniversaries section.

Songs of Yore completes six years is certainly quite an milestone to celebrate. True to the signature style of the blog, the post contains great, quite unheard of songs, For example:

Celebrating the Urs of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Part I: The Song is about THE song. A lot of people know about the origins of the poem, the Sufi poets, etc. What most people don’t seem to know about is the man who composed the music for this song – that is, the music that the famous Sufi poem has been sung to by thousands or millions of people over the last several decades. That man is the Pakistani film composer Master Ashiq Hussain. The film was Jabroo (1956) – Lal Meri Pat Rakhio.  Part II: The Festival presents a few good documentary clips and also am transcribing an interesting and amusing piece of writing from a favorite book.

We now take a look at posts on other subjects –

Shankar-Jaikishan’s female dance duets – The earlier post on Shankar-Jaikishan’s dance songs for Lata Mangeshkar has had generated a great deal of enthusiasm. Here is the follow-on one on female dance duets. We have picked up a few less-heard ones here:

Romance of letters – Both Hollywood and Bollywood have letters as integral part of many films, but Bollywood goes one step ahead in having letter songs which may not necessarily carry the story forward, but so what, Indian audiences need their quota of dance and songs.

We also take opportunity to re-visit My Favourites: Letters in Verse

First films of some music directorsArunabh Chowdhuri – is a very interesting collection of basic facts and related trivia, for example “What is even more odd is that Lata  Mangeshkar  sang  for  Khayyaam  before  she sang for Anil Biswas, SJ or Khemchand Prakash.  The HEER RANJHA song “Kaahe Ko Deenhi  Bides” is a traditional Avadhi song now credited to Ameer Khusro.  Lata sang it then, and Jagjit Kaur repeated it in UMRAAO JAAN – more than 30 years later!Life Lessons From Hindi Films –are lightly put across in a serious tone. As we go through the comments we see that Dusted Off also had two articles in a similar vein. The earlier one is Ten Great Bollywood Mysteries, and the second one (Why I love the comforts of old Hindi cinema) can be accessed through the link in this article: Why I love the comforts of old Hindi cinema

My Favourites: The Rain in Ten Moods – Three years ago, around this time, we have read a post on rain songs, which was followed by another.  After two posts on rain songs, we now have one on rain scenes. One of the comments on this article states that a scene from Ascenseur pour l’efachaud  does not have the rain but it’s there in the memory unless of course time has etched in something that wasn’t there. But Moreau and the camera and the music are amazing (and the rain later perhaps).

My Favourites: The ‘Mawsome is Awesome’ Songs surely have plenty of songs celebrating the generic ‘mausam’. Here are some of the less-heard ones:

  • Mausam aaya hai rangeen  – Dholak (1951) – Satish Batra, Sulochana Kadam – Shyam Sunder – Aziz Kashmiri
  • Mausam ye pukare  – Burma Road (1962) – Talat Mehmood, Lata Mangeshkar – Chitragupt – Majrooh Sultanpuri
  • Ye hawa ye mastana mausam – Akeli Mat Jaiyo (1963) – Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi – Madan Mohan – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Ten of my favourite philosophical songs – focus on a philosophy of life. The philosophy shouldn’t be hidden away behind another agenda; the philosophy must be the main theme of the song. The discussion on the post has mentioned a very typical song. The songs filmed on comedians, invariably would include a dose of philosophy of life.

On a biography of Shashi Kapoor, householder and movie staressay-cum-review for Open magazine of  Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star – “In between all this, I was struck by Kapoor’s dignified turn as a modern-day Karna in Kalyug,… and dimly aware of his pencil-moustached “serious” roles in films like New Delhi Times and Vijeta. Though not one of my very favourite actors, he was always a pleasing personality, and even at a time when I was more interested in macho men and less so in sensitive, dreamy-eyed heroes like Shashi and his nephew Rishi, I think I realized there was something special about someone who could easily shift between the mainstream films I liked and the somber ones by Shyam Benegal and others.”

Manna from heaven is the melancholic, pining-for-the-past melody Coffee House er adda. The song penned by Gauriprasanna Majumdar recounts the Coffee House days of seven friends, who sat over endless cups and cheap charminar cigarettes burning between their lips with dreams to make it big.

Suraiya & Ashok Kumar in unreleased Wajid Ali Shah (1953) Suraiya & Ashok Kumar in unreleased Wajid Ali Shah (1953)

 British director Herbert Marshall, making English version of  “Wajid Ali Shah”, puts Oudh’s last king (played by Ashok Kumar) in good humor.  Suraiya can be seen smiling in the background. The film was shelved later.

Famous Singers and their Signature Singing Styles – Anjana Mohan very succinctly reviews singing styles of Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, K J Yesudas, Begum Akhtar, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle

Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer, dies at 74

Muhammad Ali hands over a plaque to Mohammed Rafi

Muhammad Ali hands over a plaque to Mohammed Rafi in an undated picture from Yasmin Rafi’s collection

Suspense, Romance, Crime Thrillers, Offbeat, Social Drama: The Trend-setting Films of Raj Khosla By Peeyush Sharma

Raj Khosla - a rare picture, when he was 21

A rare picture of 21 years old Raj Khosla who made his debut as an actor in Raen Basera (1946). However, this film is not documented in his biography or elsewhere. (Pic: Pakanati Lakshmi Priya of Old Is Gold FB Group)

The post, as expected contains a large amount of facts, trvias and songs. For example – Khosla dug out an aborted Guru Dutt venture (Raaz) and made it into Woh Kaun Thi (1964). (Incidentally, the Tamil Nadu chief minister, Jayalalitha acted the part in both Tamil and Telugu remakes). We have picked up one song mentioned in the article –

Humse Bhi Kar Lo Kabhi Kabhi Meethi Meethi Do Baatein – Milap (1955) – Geeta Dutt – N Dutta (debut film of N Dutta as well) – Sahir Ludhyanvi

Re-claiming Indian Parallel Cinema Omar Ahmed

Rare poster of Sara Akash

 

Rare poster of Sara Akash, one of the 3 films – the other two being Mani Kaul’s Uski Roti (1969) and Mrinal Sens’s Bhuwan Shome (1969) –  that ushered in the Indian New Wave cinema in 1969-70
(Pic: A Manzil of Memories: Rare memorabilia from Basu Chatterji’s films)

 

 

In Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @SoY, we have first taken up Male Solo Songs Till now, we have covered G M Durrani, Talat Mahmood, Surendra and ‘Other’ Male Playback Singers , Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi’s ever green solo songs, first and second part of  Other Noteworthy Solo songs

We end our present episode with posts/ articles that cover Mohammed Rafi, from a wide-ranging point of views –

We have picked up two of the rare and nice of the 10 songs of Mohammad Rafi that you are not heard of:

A to Z of Mohd. Rafi SongsAchal Rangaswamy has listed one song per an alphabet that encompasses every emotion, every mood and every kind of expression a singer could display

I look forward to receive your inputs for further enriching the contents of the posts…..

Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – May 2016

Welcome to May 2016 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

We begin with our regular Anniversaries section.

Forgotten Composers Unforgettable Melodies: Iqbal Qureshi –  Once you get to listen to the songs, one would simply wonder how come such a talented music director did not succeed commercially after having composed such songs. Even some of his less heard songs too are a treat to listen to, even today:

Interestingly, the same tune when used for Ek chameli ke madwe tale, do badan pyar ki aag mein jal gaye – Cha Cha Cha (1964) got huge success.

Manna Dey’s songs by Shankar-Jaikishan is a tribute to Manna Dey on his 97th birth anniversary with his songs by Shankar-Jaikishan as a part of the celebrations of SJ Year on SoY. As one would expect, the post and the discussion thereon yields a veritable treasure of SJ-Manna Dey combo.

We now take a look at posts on other subjects –

My Favourites: ‘Don’t Go’ Songs – All the songs in this list have that one thing in common – they are all songs that entreat someone not to leave. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the first phrase in the mukhda, but the entreaty has to appear in the mukhda itself. Here are a couple less heard ones –

Ten of my favourite cynical songs – Ten songs that speak of the singer’s cynicism, his or her belief that the world is not a nice place. At times the bitterness boils forth in a fierce and/or despairing rejection of the entire world; at other times, it is cloaked with satire or a sort of bitter humour. Perhaps even smiles. But the cynicism is there, if you only pay attention to the lyrics. Here is the one as an example:

Moon and Mumbai (Bollywood) – Guest Article by D P Rangan –  Film makers in Mumbai and Chennai, the first two centers of film studios, had also fallen under the influence  of Chand, the Moon and used it as scene creator ab initio, and music directors had risen to the occasion and composed immortal musical pieces for the heroes and heroines to cavort about in joyful abandon. The post and the discussion thereon presents Chand in its all shades:

Madhubala in Greece – Did you know that Madhubala was so popular in Greece in early 1960s that a song was written in Greek for her and sung by perhaps the best singer ever of the “Laika” genre Stelios Kazantidis. Here is the song with English Translation

Suraiya on the sets of Goonj (1952) – Singing star Suraiya makes friends with a horse on the sets of Kwatra Art Productions’ “Goonj”; co-workers look on interestedly.

Beauty and the beast and a host of lookers on
Beauty and the beast and a host of lookers on

Kamini Kaushal, S.D. Burman, Lata, Kishore on the sets of Chalis Baba Ek Chor (1954)

Producer Kamini Kaushal (center) has first of the eight songs in “Chalis Baba Ek Chor,” her own production recorded. With her, from left, are Director P.L. Santoshi, playbacks Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, with music-director S.D. Burman completing the group
Producer Kamini Kaushal (center) has first of the eight songs in “Chalis Baba Ek Chor,” her own production recorded. With her, from left, are Director P.L. Santoshi, playbacks Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar, with music-director S.D. Burman completing the group

 

A music link – Working with a grant sanctioned in 2008, Suresh Chandvankar steered the Endangered Archives Programme (EAP)190 project that has successfully digitized gramophone records, advertisements and publicity material as well as catalogues of the Young India record label that operated in Mumbai from 1935-55. A staggering 1,427 items populate this extraordinary collection which one can now access for free (http://sounds.bl.uk/World-and-traditional-music/Young-India-record-label-collection). [Once you visit this site, you will also find 103 item collection @Music From India.]

For the present, I did not find a fresh post @ that can be taken up here. That gives a good opportunity to go back a little in time and listen to a select Geeta Dutt songs, composed by Madan Mohan @ Madan Mohan: The Composer of the Classes By Gajendra Nand Khanna.  These are the songs that have western tunes, fairly heavy orchestration and a very lively Geeta Dutt. These songs amply show that Madan Mohan was capable of doing heavily instrumented songs as well when he did such songs.:

We have commenced Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @SoY, by now a well-settled, annual review feature of visiting the songs of particular year under the subject of Best songs of year. This year we have Best songs of 1949 for the Base. We have first taken up Male Solo Songs, and have covered G M Durrani, Talat Mahmood, Surendra and ‘Other’ Male Playback Singers till now.

We end our present episode with a posts/ articles that cover Mohammed Rafi, from a wide-ranging point of views –

Bhoole Bisre by Prakash Gowda – A zero budget short film with a million dollar message, by Prakash Gowda, that narrates the story of an old man who yearns for a hearing machine, just so that he can enjoy the songs of Mohammad Rafi.

Mohammed Rafi also always used to sing a song in the native language whenever he would visit different countries. Not many people know that Mohammed Rafi visited Kabul, Afghanistan in 1975 and recorded few farsi songs in Radio Kabul. Here is such rare non-filmi farsi song of Mohammed Rafi, with Afghan female singer Zhilla. This song is composed by Hafizullah ‘Khyal’ and recorded in Radio Kabul in 1975 with Afghan musicians.
Aye Taaza Gul Tu Zeenat-e-Gulzaar-e-Keesti
(Oh fresh flower, you are beauty of which garden?)

Similarly when he visited the capital city of Suriname, Paramaribo, he sang Baharon Ful Barsao in Suriname language. Here is that clip where we can listen to his live performance in Suriname.

I look forward to receive your inputs for further enriching the contents of the posts…..