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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – October 2013

Welcome to October 2013 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

28th of September was Lata Mangeshkar’s 84th birthday. We would take up the selected few to quickly recap an important chapter of Golden Era of Hindi Film Music:
Songs Of Yore – continues with the series on S D Burman’s tryst with different singers in  Lata Mangeshkar’s best songs by SD Burman

Dances On Foot Path goes nostalgic in Happy Birthday, Lata

Coolone160 has presented a different flair of songs in   Lata Mangeshkar-The Queen of Melody

Conversations Over Chai’s post, My Favourites: Manna Dey-Lata Mangeshkar Duets, turned out to be a prophetic statement.

{As I am writing this piece – 9.30 AM on 24th November, 2013 – the SMSes have announced that Manna Dey is no more …. he has become तारोंमें …..एक हसता हूआ सितारा……. RIP, Manna Dey.}

It would also be most opportune to have a close look at few more offerings on Lata Mangeshkar:

SaReGaMa’s   Lata Mangeshkar – A Musical Journey (Biography) –  spread over  Segment 1  ǁ Segment 2 ǁ  Segment 3  ǁ Segment 4  ǁ Segment 5  ǁ Segment  6

We also pick –up some of the interviews recorded by SaReGama:

Khayyam Saab Talks About Lata Ji – A Musical Journey Of Lata Mangeshkar – The Nightingale Of India ǁMusic Director Pyarelal Ji shares his experience working with Lata Ji.ǁ Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman talks about Lata Ji’s Versatile/Legendary voice

lehrentv  also has a programme – Lata Mangeshkar On Her Musical Journey

Some more of her footprints…

Lata Ji Full Biography Video  ǁ Hits Of Lata Mangeshkar Songs ǁ Lata Mangeshkar Sings for Ghalib

Ashok Dave, in the course of his column of review of Hindi Films, incidentally, has presented two of some of the very good songs towards the beginning of end of careers of both , Lata Mangeshakr and S D Burman. These are:

Nadiya Kinare Ghir Aaye Kangana ǁ  Ab To Hai Tumse, Har Khushi Apani  from Abhimaan.

October also has the death anniversary of Kishore Kumar.

We have as refreshingly different tribute, penned by  Maulika Derasari ( in Gujarati ) as was Kishore Kumar’s different style of singing.

Songs of Yore also has presented one of the greatest music directors – singer combinations in Kishore Kumar’s best songs by SD Burman.

We also take note of two more articles in this anniversary / obituary category. Both have been presented by Dances On Footpath:  Happy Birthday, Noor Jehan! and  RIP, Zubaida Khanum.

Coolone160 wishes a happy birthday to Hema Malini-The Dream girl of Indian Cinema.

ABP News collected Shailendra’s gems,  intertwining them in with the biographical journey of “Shanker Das Kesarilal”, in Part I ǁ Part II and Part III @ Chauthi Kasam.

The post on Kishore Kumer @ SoY has an interesting comment by Canasya which leads us to another great combination of platforms – radio and Hindi Film Music.

We first take a look at some of the most known names of the announcers:

Ameen’s tryst with radio ǁ Tribute to Shankerji by Gopal Sharma – the renowned radio announcer and one time Head of the Hindi Department of Radio Ceylon ǁ Remembering Jaikishan  – A radio tribute by Gopal Sharma : Part I and  Part II

That brings us the sweet memories of Radio Ceylon.  RADIO CEYLON IS BACK @ Ashwani Kumar’s Jara Hat Ke Songs. Ashwani Kumar has also created a dedicated channel on YT – eraksoldies.

Dances On Footpath also has vividly documented one of the very popular dimension of Radio vis-a -vis Hindi Film Songs , resulting in some of the great songs in  A Singer on the Radio (Seven Favorites).  These are not (just) “radio songs,” but specifically the kind of scene that stars just one singer on the radio. There might be an orchestra behind him or her, and it might even be a duet with someone singing to the radio, but the there is still only one singer whose voice is being broadcast by radio.

We now look at some other posts from our other friends:

Ava Suri @ The Pink Bee’   presents Some good Pradeep Kumar songs .  These songs are indeed so good to listen and span a wide range of moods.

Dusted Off decided to do another ‘sung in transit’ list. But because she already done car songs (not to mention ghoda-gaadi songs and train songs), she goes the water way this time: with  Ten of my favourite boat songs.

That also takes me back to  Songs of Naiya @ Songs of Yore.

Conversations Over Chai has “pounced” upon the suggestion that “Men also suffer from heartbreak” in response her earlier post on songs of heartbreak. And she does take the heartbreak to one of its so very nagging cause – betrayal – in My Favourites: Bewafaai Songs.

It is now no secret that every edition of the Blog Carnival will have some or other anecdote or a song relating to Mohammad Rafi. In the present edition, we have a very fascinating trail. Ashok Dave, in his review (in Gujarati) of ‘Kabuliwala’ has been profusely praising a Salil Chaudhary – Mohammad-combination gem – O Sabba Kahana Mere Diladaar Ko. In one of the comments on the clip, Rumahale recalls “that in early 60s, this record was sold for Rs. 100 in black market of Peshawar. I am overwhelmed to know its popularity that is continued even now”.

Songs of Yore has presented one more classic treatise on S D Burman – SD Burman’s Bengali songs and their Hindi versions. However, as noted therein one more equally interesting piece on SDB is slated to come up on 31-10-2013. So, we will take a more detailed look at these two posts together in our next edition.

Till then……. Wishing a Very Happy Deepawali Season to all ……..

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – September 2013

Welcome to September 2013 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

As usual, we commence our blog festival with posts on Anniversaries.

Asha Bhosle turns 80 this year. Dusted Off presented 10 different moods of Asha Bhosle in Asha in Ten Moods.

Songs of Yore continues with the series of S D Burman’s association with different playback singer in Asha Bhosle’s best songs by SD Burman.

And here are some of the other articles on Asha Bhosle, which I ‘searched’ while looking for some more of the celebration articles.

Zee News presents an interesting slideshow – Asha Bhosle`s songs through the decades,  taking you on a journey with her through her decades in Bollywood and more.

Madhu in her tripod.com bog posts has A Musical Journey With MadhuAsha Bhonsle Songs – S. D. Burman music

Bollywoodlyrics.com articles gives an overview – Asha Bhosle: Working with great music directors

And HarveyPam’s Mohan Ki Asha, and very rich comments thereto, is a great post on Madan Mohan’s Asha Bhosle songs.

Songs of Yore has paid a very unique tribute to Mukesh, on his anniversary on 27th August, through quite an impartial discussion on “why did SD Burman use him so sparingly” in Mukesh’s best songs by SD Burman . Shri Arunkumar Deshmuks reveals, in Comment #1, that Mukesh- S D Burman combination output was (just) 12 songs (only). Shri N Venkatraman, in Comment#19, fills up the two remaining songs.

Conversations Over Chai comes back to active role on the scene, through  My Favourites: Songs of Praise – “songs that did liken a woman to more than a poultry dish?”. It is also a celebration (though a bit belated) of the Second Anniversary of the blog

Vithalbhai Patel, who contributed several earthy songs in late 1970s, also passed away on 7th September. Here is list of his Hindi Films songs, as a token of our tribute to the departed soul. Biren Kothari, Pallete,  has paid an objectively passionate tribute to Vithalbhai Patel in the article (in Gujarati) ગીતકાર વિઠ્ઠલભાઈ પટેલની વિદાય: પ્યાર મેં સૌદા નહીં.

We have an unfortunate situation, where we are to pay homage to Madhubala Zaveri, on her taking up that long, fateful journey on 11-09-2013. Biren Kothari has penned  મધુબાલા ઝવેરીનો સ્વરવિલય and placed video clips of some of her songs.Madhubala Zaveri

We will also bring some more sites / posts on Madhubala Zaveri on this page:

YT Channel – MADHUBALA ZAVERI/JHAVERI

Madhu’s Tripod.com page – Talat Mehmood & Madhubala Zaveri Duets

Cineplot.com’s Madhubala Zaveri

And of course one son that always bring memories of Madhubala Zaveri, even if shae ay have a small portion in it is Boot Polish’s Thaher Jara O Janne Wale

We now change our tack – to Mohammad Rafi.com

Vijay Bavdekar digs the equation of S D Burman and Mohammad Rafi deeper in  Maestro SDBurman, Evergreen Dev Anand & All Time Great Rafi Sahab & Hidden Truths. Here are the high points – the lips movement and expressions given on face by Dev Anand, perfectly matches the Rafi’s throw of words / look back to the Golden Era of Hindi film music, you will find that other music directors kept Kishore away & preferred Rafi for Dev Anand / One interesting thing is that Rafi was Burmanda’s first choice for other Heros  / Look at the ”Trend setter-Singer ” equations,”Dilip-Rafi, Dev-Kishore and Raj-Mukesh”. Rafi sang most of the songs for Dilip Kumar, Rafi has an almost equal share with Kishore for Dev Anand and off course Mukesh sang major number of songs for Raj Kapoor, but Rafi also gave playback to Raj Kapoor for 31 songs.

Dances on the Footpath’ has presented A Song Performed By Carmen Miranda and Vasunthara Devi aka Vyjayanthimala’s Mother. The two songs, one Vasunthara performs is “ayyayyo-vasuntharadevi-mangammasabatham 1941” and the one by from which the song is inspired is “That Night In Rio (1941) – Carmen Miranda – “I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)“.

Dances On The  Footpath” also has designed a very rich YT channel  LifeIsaTrain‘s which has Classical Indian dancing feet / Noor Jehan / Kumari Kamala Lakshman and Recent uploads sub-chapters awaiting to be explored.

The discussions on S D Burman and Vyjayantimala , in this edition as well as in the last edition of Blog Festival spurred me to visit “100 Years Of Bollywood” – an excellent channel on YT an return with S.D Burman- The King Of Melody  and Vyjayanthimala – The First Female Superstar Of Bollywood  respectively.

I would also like to document the finds, Music Maestros Part-1 and Music Maestros Part-2.

My friend Samir Dholakia had forwarded a message form his friend about another YT channel: Portrait of Director –  This is a series directed by veteran film-maker Ramesh Sharma for Doordarshan and it captures the various aspects of film-making of master directors like Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Manmohan Desai, Shyam Benegal, Raj Kapoor and Bimal Roy.

We would, now onwards, share at least one of the clips from both these channels to bring them on same page here.

Now, we pay our first visit to Indian film posters from 1930[silent] to1970 [color]. We will take up DIL DE KAR DARD LIYA HAI MAINE SUNG BY JAGMOHAN… (Jagmohan Sursagar NFS)(1940)  and film “Fariyaad” (1942). The first one may be a repeat to many, but it is a treat worth repeating, every time. We take to full listening of Fariyaad (1942)’s these songs:

Aye Dil-e-Bequarar Bol – Shamim Kamal Pasha

Kahoji Ji Na Lage Bin Tere  – Ishwarlal , Shamim Kamal Pasha

I chose to pick up Fariyad (1942) here, because that immediately reminded me of Fariyad (1964) which had memorable Snehal Bhatkar songs:

Aap Ne Huzoor Mujse – Suman Kalyanpur , Mohammad Rafi –

Teri Nazar Ne To  Kafir Bana Diya – Mubarak Begum, Mohammad Rafi

Wo Dekho Dekh Raha Papiha –  Suman Kalyanpur, Mahendra Kapoor

Songs of Yore has presented Best songs of 1953: Wrap Up 2. Undoubtedly a very difficult job of doing a putting in ‘other’ female singers in the most relevant and respectful consideration in an otherwise Lata Mangeshkar dominated category. As we had decided last time, we will take a look at all the ‘wrap-up’s together, in more details – may be as a full-fledged separate post.

It is heartening to note that we are able to expand our catchment sources for information to be shared. However, there must be much more that remains to be explored and shared…….

I, indeed, await your valued suggestions and inputs.. …