Version Song – A song rendered by two or more different singers or in different moods – 1 of 3

This blog post is essentially a by-product of two quite erudite posts –   Twin Songs  on Songs Of  Yore and It’s The First Anniversary Of My Blog on Conversations Over Chai.

When the first post had appeared, I was still a passive reader of the blogs on this genre – Old-time Hindi Films. Whereas when I placed a well-thought out comment on the second post, it somehow got ‘lost’ on way to the final appearance on the blog.

Hence, motivation for this post – wherein I have regrouped my responses to both posts and (re)documented here:

The songs by two different singers had been an interesting and intriguing subject for the program executives of Radio Ceylon, Vividh Bharati and AIR’s Urdu channel in the days when we had radio as THE source of listening to films songs that were not only popular , but had a distinctive common trait, at a common platform – 1960s and till mid-70s, when we were avid listeners of Hindi Film Music on Radio.

Of course, these programs would bring songs together at the common platform, but had not raised [to the best of my recollection] the issue of whether the male singer or the female singer renders the song better and why. In my own view, at all the times, one is likely to find as many different choices as the  class of listeners  – someone for the inherent preference of the particular singer or someone for the musical aspect or someone for the impact created by the mood and situation in the film.  I would not dare venture offer any opinion of mine, since I neither have the requisite knowledge of music nor have the reason to choose. I belong to the category that would ‘listen’ to something that appeals ‘hearing’ compartment of the brain and be happy. .

I would begin, by  first adding  to the list of versions songs presented in these posts and the  eminent add-on comments by highly informed participants of the discussions on these two forums:.

KHILTE HAIN GUL YAHAN – SHARMILEE 1971– S D Burman :- – classic twin version songs, both set in different moods and serving different purposes in the flow of the story of the film.


and Kishor

Humein Tumse Pyar Kitna – Kudrat [1981] – R D Burman :- The reasons seem to remain same, but bringing in the leading classical vocalist adds to the flavour of the genre [and possibly, providing some more fodder to the ‘who renders better’ debate].

Kishore Kumar and Parveen Sultana

LAHRON PE LAHER ULFAT HAI JAWAN-CHHABILI –1960 Snehal Bhatkar:- I have not seen the movie hence I am unable to place the purpose of the differing versions. However, singing by Nutan was a novelty to begin with, which gradually turned in strong liking for both the versions.

  Hemant Kumar & Nutan

and  Hemant Kumar [Solo]

Dil Chhed Koi Aisa Nagma – Inspector-1956 – Hemant Kumar:- No additional comments.

 Hemant Kumar

Lata Mangeshkar –

Aye malik tere bande ham..  Do Aankhen Barah Haath – Vasant Desai :-  This time one version is rendered by chorus.

Lata Mangeshkar

 (Male) [Full Version]

We would continue with this subject in subsequent posts …………..

Hamsadhawani – An amateur’s search for ‘Something More’ about his favorite film song – 2

In the previous post we have had introduction to Raag Hamsadhwani, and some of my favorites songs and renderings.

Let us take up a deeper plunge into Raag Hamsadhwani with renderings of some more of Taranas:

Kishori Amonkar- Rag Haunsadhwani (Tarana)

Padmini Rao: Tanoom Tanana Deem (Raag Hamsadhwani, Tarana in Drut Ektaal)

Indian dance group Mayuri – Tarana

Amit Mukherjee – Raag Hamsadhwani 2

The Call of Swan – Raag Hansdhwani Tintaal Tarana – Tofail Ahmed

Raag Hansadhwani-Tarana – Live Concert at Ashwood Melbourne Australia on 3rd June 2007 -Vocal :- Shri Paritosh Pohankar –

Kathak Tarana By Nahid Siddiqui

LEGENDARY TARANAS-Ustad Salamat and Ustad Nazakat Ali Khan-raag hamsadhwani

And here are the Classic Renderings:

Ustad Amir Khan, Raga Hamsadhwani

Hansdhwani full Bandish – Ustad Amir Khan Part 1
Hansdhwani Full Bandish – Ustad Amir Khan Part 2

Pandit Jasraj – Raag Hamsadhwani —

Dr. Pt. Gokulotsavji Maharaj – Rag Hansadhwani

Pt Kaivalya Kumar –Hamsadwani

Raag Hansdhwani -Part 1 – Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar
Raag Hansdhwani -Part 2 – Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar

Raag Hamsadhwani By Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty

Kaushiki Chakrabarty – Raag Hamsadhwani-Comp. in teentaal

Isai Amudhu: Hamsadhwani Raga – Part 1 -Mr. Hyderabad Shiva
Isai Amudhu: Hamsadhwani Raga – Part 2
Isai Amudhu: Hamsadhwani Raga – Part 3

Vinayaka Ninnu – Hamsadhwani – Hans Concert.flv

Kaushiki & Parthasarathi sings Hamsadhwani (Lagi Lagan)

A Meerabai Bhajan;

Begum Parveen Sultana, Awesome Bhajan

And these are renderings as Ganapati Stutis – [prayers to Lord Ganapati] (Please recall comment recorded after the song Jaa Tose NAhen Bolun Kanhaiyaa – Film Parivaar. This relates the origin of the song to “Vatapi Ganapathim”, which is a traditional Carnatic piece.
So, here are some of the Ganapati Stuti gems:

MS Subba Lakshmi – Vaatapi Ganapatim Bhaje


Vathapi Ganapathim – Bala murali krishna -part – 01\

Vathapi Ganapathim – Bala murali krishna -part – 02
Vathapi Ganapathim – Bala murali krishna -part – 03

Gajavadana (Hamsadhwani. M.D.Ramanathan) Prince Rama Varma, accompanied by M.A.Sundareswaran on the violin and legendary Trichy Shankaran on the mridangam delivers M.D.Ramanathan’s composition in Hamsadhwani,

Nithyashree vinayaka Hamsadhwani Adi Veena Kuppayyer

Sulamangalam Sisters-Vinayaka-Hamsadwani

Gam Ganapati in Raga Hamsadhwani –Solo Violin by Dr. Jyotsna Srikanth // Mridangam by Jayachandra Rao // Khanjira by Amrit Nataraj – Concert at Ananya Sabha Bangalore recorded on April 5th, 2008 —

Vinayaka Ninuvina- Hamsadwani- Toronto. A. Jayadevan


Next are some examples of Raag Hamsadwhani in the form Instrumental renderings.

Pandit Ravi Shankar – Raga Hamsadhwani

raag hamsadhwani aalap

A Great Performance By Zakir Hussain And Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.

Raga:- Hansadwani/Hamsadhwani.

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia – Raag Hansadhwani

Fusion of Hindustani, Karnatik and western music based on Raga Hamsadhwani in Aditala (8 Beats) composed by Vidyouth Band members Raghu, Shakthidhar, Ashwin, Adamya, Adarsh and Manjunath.

Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia Raag Hamsadhwani – Panditji’s performance in Bangalore as a part of SurSagar’s Vaarshikotsav on 17-Nov-07. Yogesh Samsi on Tabla.

Raag Hansadhwani or Hamsadhwani

Raag Hamsadhwani by Pandit Shivkumar Sharma – Late Ustad Shafaat Ahmed Khan on Tabla. —

First time ever in the World, a Grand Symphony of a 1000 Sitarists – Raag Hansadhwani

Hamsadhwani Alapana (Vathapi) —

Violin :- Hamsadhwani

Raga Hamsadhwani, Raga Valaji – Violin Sisters —

Dr L Subramaniam: Hamsadhvani at TFA’s Founder’s Day celebrations on7th April 2008.

L.Subramaniam-Vatapi-Hamsadhvani —

Mysore brothers Sri Nagaraj and Dr.Manjunath weave rhythm filled melodic patterns …Neyveli Sri B. Venkatesh (mrudangam ),Tripunithura Sri N.Radhakrishnan ( Ghatam ) and Dr.Vellore A.R. Srinivasan ( morsing ) at their best..Hamsadhwani swaraprastharas

raag hamsadhwani-violin

Awesome – Ustad Rashid Khan – Raag Hansadwani

Ustad Rashid Khan Raag Hamsdhwani Satyajit Talwalker Tabla 1999

Ravindra Chary Kirwani – excerpts

Huns Dhun

Ronu Majumdar~Kadri Gopalnath~Hamsadwani

We would take a peep at film songs in other languages in the concluding part of this series……..

Hamsadhawani – An amateur’s search for ‘Something More’ about his favorite film song

I do not remember how I came to know that the song that I inherently liked –  Jaa Tum se Nahin Bolun Kanhaiyaa – Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar, Shaliendra, Salil Chaudhary  (Is it because each of the apparently known ingredients of the creation also happen to be my inherent favorites, that I liked this song? – I really do not know. But like I do.)- is based on a variant of classical Raag [Taraanaa in Raag Hansdhwani].

A few days back, I wondered what more can we find out about this song or Raag! And , hence this post……..

First and foremost, let us listen to the melody:

Parivar – Ja Tose Nahin Boloon

This is really a very good example of Hamsadhwani.  The basic theme of this piece was “borrowed” from “Vatapi Ganapathim”, which is a traditional Carnatic piece from Dixitar [comment @]

Next, in the list to listen is the basis of this song – as I know – the Taraanaa in Hamsadhwani. And what a coincidence – the two pieces that I had landed upon were rendered by Ustaad Amir Khan Saa’b and Begum Parveen Sultana, again my favorites when it come my pleasures of listening Indian Classical Music.

Here they are:

“Ustad Amir Khan tarana Raag Hamsadwani – awesome.flv”         

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan – pays homage to the great Ustad Amir Khan by playing his famous tarana in Raag Hansadhwani. This video was filmed during the closing moments of a shibir hosted by the SPK Academy of Music.  Raag Hansadhwani

Raga Hamsadhwani – Tarana  –  Parveen Sultana    – Taken from: Sadabahar  Hamsadhwani  Music Today – Living Media India Ltd, Jan 2006

Here is an alternative version  too:

Before we take a deeper plunge in the classical terrain, let us visit what we can find in ‘Other Film Songs’ variety.

And I have a surprise on my hand:

Visit to site  shows another great favourite of mine – O Chaand Jahaan Woh Jaaye – Lata and Asha, Rajendra Krishna, C. Ramchandra composed in Raag Hamsadhwani in Tal Kaherva:

This site also quotes one more non-filmy Meera Bhajan, rendered by Lata, which is compsed by Hridyanaath Mangeshkar

Karam Ki Gati Nyari

We would continue this as series of posts……