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Fading Memories…. Unforgettable Songs: March 2021

Ghulam Mohammed and His Singers: 1943 – 1949

top-post-markGhulam Mohammed (1903 – 17 March 1968), born in the family of musician in Bikaner (Rajasthan), got his early training from his father, Nabi Baksh, a tabla player and a stage artist. The career of Ghulam Mohammed is littered with ironies of fate that did give him his credit for his creation, but a little too late and far too less.

Every single piece of article written on Ghulam Mohammed would invariably focus on at least one defining characteristic. And yet, the fact that Ghulam Mohammed got to compose music for just 37 films in a career spanning almost four decades does neither tells the full story of his caliber nor it does justice to his talent. As such, in the month of his death anniversary, we commence an annual series that relives his known and less known songs.

We will begin with an overview of Ghulam Mohammed’s career in the form of songs he has composed for different singers. The choice of singers does seem to be a function of the period in which the music for the film is composed. Every song that Ghulam Mohammed created songs with each of this singer had the perfect mix of the singer and of the music director. We have adopted a conscious choice of selecting the songs that can easily be classified as the ones receding from the memory.

Hamida Bano – Ud Ja Re Ud Ja Panchhi Pee Pee Mat Bol – Mera Khwab (1943) – Lyrics: M E Ashq

Ghulam Mohammad got his first break as an independent music director in 1942 for a stunt film, Mera Khwab, released in 1943. However, some sources indicate Banke Sipaahi (1937) as Ghulam Mohammad’s debut film. There does not seem to be unanimity among film historians on this count. This was the period when he was known to be working as an instrumentalist for music directors like Rafiq Ghazanvi, Irshad Ali, Anil Biswas etc. It is further recorded that his first major break that elevated him to the status of assistant was in Sharda (1942; Music: Naushad). Their this relationship lasted till Aan (1953) even after Ghulam Mohammad had charted his own independent course in the meantime. Naushad also paid his tribute to their relationship by completing the unfinished tasks of Ghulam Mohammad swan song film ‘Pakeeza’

Zohrabai Amablewali – Tere Bina O Balam Kaise Kategi Mori Raina Bata Jaa – Mera Geet (1946) – Lyrics: Ramesh Gupta

The film had four music directors – Bal Mukund, Geeta Varma, Shankar Rao Vyas, Ghulam Miyan, Reejram – to compose as many as 16 songs. HFGK has been able to identify only a few songs for their respective composers. Even as we get to read the name is Ghulam MIyan, Cinemaazi confirms that this song is indeed composed by Ghulam Mohammed.

The song has very prominent and distinct use of dholak as rhythm instrument.

G M Durrani – Khel Nahi…Khel Nahi Gir Gir Ke Sambhalana – Doli (1947) – Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

The song is set to what is popularly known as Ghoda songs 9 singer rides a horse or a horse driven cart on the screen). The song is set to a fast pace, but runs on a very low octave, indicating that protagonist is deep thoughts as he sings the song during the ride.

Mukesh, Shamshad Begum – Tere  Naaz Uthane Ko Jee Chahta Hai – Grihasthi (1948) – Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

The song uses a duff (sometimes spelt as ‘daf’, too), another rhythm instrument that Ghulam Mohammed is credited with popularizing in Hindi film songs.

Knowledgeable bloggers inform us that this song was filmed on Pran and Sharda who was the sister of actor of ‘70s-‘80s Vinod Mehra

Mohammad Rafi – Nigahein Milane Ko Jee Chahata Hai – Parai Aag (1948) – Lyrics: Tanveer Naqvi

Composed to a softer, but relatively a fast, ‘qawwali’ style, and set to a soft Mohammad Rafi rendition, this easily the forgotten preceding song with the initial lyrics – Nigahein Milane Ko Jee Chata Hai. Yes, the one with better recall value is one which was used in Asha Bhosle qawwali song by Roshan (Dil Hi To Hai, 1963 – Lyrics: Sahir Ludhyanavi)

Suraiya – Mohe Mera Bachpana La De … Jawani Bhaye Na – Kaajal (1948) – Lyrics: D N Madhok

The orchestration has strong resemblance to what is used in Naushad’s songs. However, this playful song is well-remembered by Suraiya fans.

Sitara Kanpuri – Dil Ki Lagi Zubaan Par Aaye To Kya Karun – Pugree (1948) – Lyrics:  Shakeel Badayuni

‘Pugree’ is the second film that Ghulam Mohammed composed music for the production house All India Pictures, after Doli (1947). All India Pictures perhaps is the only banner that Ghulam Mohammed had under his belt as an independent music director. Other films that followed were: Paras (1949), Pardes (1950), Nazneen (1951), Guahar (9153), Rail Ka Dibba (1953), Laila Majnu (1953), Hoor-e-Arab (1955) and Sitara (1955).

Songs of ‘Pugree’ were resounding success in those days.

Shamshad Begum – Masti Bhari Bahar Ne Masatana Kar Diya – Pugree (1948) – Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

So ever young Shashikala lip-syncs Shamshad Begum on the screen.

Geeta Dutt – Na Tum Mere Na Dil Mera, Azab Hai Bebasi Meri – Dil Ki Basti (1949) – Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

Ghulam Mohammed had two other solos, two male-female duets and one female-female duets in the film. However, Ghulam Mohammed has also used Lata Mangeshkar for two solos as well.

Lata Mangeshkar, G M Durrani – Do Bichhade Hue Dil Lo Aapas Mein Gaye Mil – Shair (1949) – Lyrics:  Shakeel Badayuni

‘Shair’ was also quite popular album, in the year wherein blockbusters like Andaz or Barsaat or Mahal would have occupied the memory space of the listeners.

It should be interesting to note that G M Durrani is preferred as a playback voice to the male lead, Dev Anand.

Even as I had planned to take up film-wise song later in this series, it would be opportune to listen to two other duets from Shair, for the use of different percussion instruments.

Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar – Ye Duniya Hai Yahan Dil Ka Lagana Kisko Aata Hai – Shair (1949) – Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

Ghulam Mohammed has used ‘matka’ (an earthen clay pot) in this song. Matka was another percussion instrument that is credited to Ghulam Mohammed for being popularly used in Hindi film song.

Playback voice now shifts to Mukesh, possibly because the of the pathos mood of the song

This duet was also a chart buster of those days.

Mohammad Rafi, Shamshad Begum – O More Balma…Kahe Maari Kataar…. Haye… Daiya…. Daiya – Shair (1949) – Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

Since my knowledge of music, and as a natural corollary, that of music instruments, is abysmally limited, I could only recognize a different instrument is used here, possibly a mix of dholak and matka, but do not which one it is!

A few strains of orchestration in the prelude seem to have faint the precursors of orchestration that we got to listen in the music of Pakeeza.

One interesting, and equally very rare as well, trivia to be observed is that Cuckoo is in the spectator’s gallery and enjoying the dance on the stage.

I plan to take up a few more singers in the next episode, before switching over to the usual format of remembering the songs from different films in chronological order.

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

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

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Songs of 1945 @ SoY :: Female Solo Songs – Shamshad Begum

Shamshad Begum’s quantitative presence in 1945 is limited 4 films and 4 music directors, , with only one film as the lead playback singer. However, her voice has very youthful vibrant note, that places her distinctively apart from the other vintage era singers this year.

Hum Kis Se Kare Shiqawa, Rona Hai Muqaddar Mein – Hamara Sansar – Pt. Govind Ram – Ramesh Gupta

Mere Preetam ki Paati Aai, Anand Se Bhool Gai Main – Hamara Sansar – Pt. Govind Ram – Ramesh Gupta

Main To OdhuN Gulabi Chunariya Aaj Re, Mere Bhiya Ne Pahana Aaj Taaj Re – Humayun – Ghulam Haider – Shams Lakhanavi

Husn Kahata Ja Raha Hai, Badshahi Kuchch Nahi – Humayun – Ghulam Haider – Vikar Ambalavi

Meri Duao Ka Asar Yaarab Dikha Dena – Humayun – Ghulam Haider – Shams Lakhanavi

Chand Chamka Andhere Mein Aaj Hai – Humayun – Ghulam Haider – Pt. Madur

Dono Hi Ko Bigadi Kismat Ne Diwana Banakar Chhod Diya – Humayun – Ghulam Haider – Arzoo Lakhanavi

Sapno Mein Koi Aaya Sajaniya – Ratnavalli – Pt. Govind Ram – Rammuti

Armano Ki Basti MeiN Aag Laga Baithe – Shirin Farhad – Rashid Are – D N Madhok

Angadai Teri Yaad Mein Jo Harjai – Shirin Farhad – Pt. Amarnath – D N Madhok

We will take up Micro View of Solo Songs of Ameerbai Karnataki for the year 1945 next.

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Hemant Kumar’s Hindi Song Compositions: Female songs – ‘Other’ Singers

We have covered Hemant Kumar’s Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt and Asha Bhosle’s songs earlier.

We now move over to the ‘Long Tail’ of the skewed distribution of Hemant Kumar’s female songs. Hemant Kumar has used the ‘other’ known Hindi female playback singers more as an exception only. Raj Kumari had one dance number in Anand Math (1952). Shamshad Begum has two solos and two FF duets, Sudha Malhotra has one solo, one FF duet and one (an iconic) MF duet – that we will take up discussion separately- and Suman Kalyanpur has two FF duets, and Usha Mangeshkar has one solo and two FF duets. We also have a very rare Mubarak Begum, Sulochana Kadam FF duet and a song by a classic trained singer Lakshmi Shankar, as well

Rajkumari

Dil Ka Paimana Hai, Ulfat Ka Hath Hai – Anand Math (1952) – Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri

Sheila Ramani is so gracious as lead dancer in this court dance song.

Laksmi Shankar

Kaisi Lagi Karjeawa Mein Katar – Ferry (1954) – Lyrics: Rajinder Krishna

Hemant Kumar has used a classic trained singer for Mujra Song. From the initial dialogue in the clip, it seems that the song is seen by the daughter (Geeta Bali) as her mother has to perform for such mehfils

The song is in two parts. The second part has Geeta Bali singing the song on the screen. The feeling of pathos is very clearly felt in the way song is rendered in this part. The context of this change would be clear only when one has seen the film.

Usha Mangeshkar

Kaisi Lagi…..Jiya Jaye To Jiya Jaye – Ek Hi Rasta (1956) – with Asha Bhosle – Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri

The song is a duet dance song, so typically planned to celebrate special occasions.

Pyasi Hai Mamata Meri Aaja Dheere Dheere Aa – Maa Beta (1962) – Lyrics: Prem Dhawan

Hemant Kumar has so melodiously weaved lathos of mother being away from her offspring in this lullaby.

Shamshad Begum

Hemant Kumar has used Shamshad Begum for four songs, of which a duet, with Ravi, from ‘Daku Ki Ladki” (1954) do not seem to be traceable on the internet

Meri Itni Araj Hai Huzur Se, Pyar Karna Magar Door Door Se – Hamara Watan (1956) – Lyrics: S H Bihari

We have here a classic mujra song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zik26guG66o

Hum Kisi Se Na Kahenge Chup Chup Se Rahenge– Yahudi Ki Ladki (1957) – with Geeta Dutt – Lyrics: S H Bihari

The song is set to what has now become familiar Arabic dance tunes (thanks to n-number of films based on stories from that milieu) to the listeners of Hindi film songs. Both the singers have been accorded freedom to sing in their natural range.

Pyar Jata Ke Lalchaye Mora Balama –- Hum Bhi Insaan Hai (1959) – Lyrics: Shailendra

This seems to a mujra-styled dance song. Shamshad Begum is her at vintage best, even in 1959.

Sudha Malhotra

Mujhe Tarke Taaluk Samjaya Jaata Hai – Sahara (1958) – Lyrics: Bharat Vyas

Hemant Kumar has so easily been able to present a signature mujra song – with prominent tabla thaaps (beats),  beginning of the stanza without the support of any instruments and of course the use of most ubiquitous instrument of a mujra music – the sarangi.

Suman Kalyanpur

Suman Kalyanpur is present in only two FF duets. Both the duets are perfectly composed FF duets, but have differently blended the inherent vocal qualities of different singers in the respective songs.

Kabhi Aaj Kabhi Kal, Kabhi Paraso – Chand (1959) – with Lata Mangeshkar – Lyrics: Shailendra

The song appears to be public dance stage show. As such, both the performers are expected to move and sing in perfect synchronisation. Hemant Kumar has achieved this synchronization in the vocal part of the songs by perfectly blending almost similar sounding voices of Lata Mangeshkar and Suman Kalyanpur.

Phulwa Band Maheke Dekho Dali Dali – Ham Bhi Insaan Hai (1959) – with Geeta Dutt – Lyrics: Shailendra

Shailendra has captured the two points of views of friends in the song, who seem to be visiting the flower garden – both see different hues in the same settings in which both are present together. Hemant Kumar has enlivened this effect by using two naturally different voices – those of Geeta Dutt and Suman Kalyanpur.

Aside Trivia:

The song seems to have been inspired from Meghla Bhanga Rod Utheche (The Sun Rises in the Clouded Sky) – Tar Aar Par Nei. – Pratima Badopadyay – composed by Nachiketa Ghish, lyrics: Pulak Banerjee

Mubarak Begum, Sulochana Kadam

Bharat Ke Lok Geet (Fashion, 1959) is collection of folk songs from different regions.

The song can be heard by clicking on this link

https://gaana.com/song/bharat-ke-lok-geet

Other than these, he has also chosen to experiment with Bengali female playback singers, like Ratna Gupta, Pratima Banerjee, Aarti Mukherjee, his wife Bela Mukherjee and his daughter Ranu Mukhrtjee, Bula Gupta etc.

We will take up Hemant Kumar’s songs of ‘Other’ (Bengali Female Singers in the next episode.

Originally published on SoY as Hemant Kumar’s Female Playback Singers . This is the edited and improved-on-the-inputs-of-discussions thereupon version

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1946 @ SoY – Female Solo Songs – Shamshad Begum [2]

We listened to Part [1] of Solo Songs of Shamshad Begum for the year 1946 in the previous episode. It may be noted there a few films wherein we have YT link  for only one song, but quite a few songs from these films still do not have corresponding audio / video links available.

Aankh Mein Aansoo Lab Par Aahein, Dil Mein Dard Basaya Hai – Rangbhoomi – Premnath –

Kitne Bedard Hai Bedard Jamane Wale – Rasili – Hanuman Prasad – Gafil Harnalvi

Duniya Ki Bhi Sun Lo Bhagwan Tumhi Ho – Saathi – Gulshan Sufi – Wali Sahab

O Pardesi Raja Aa Aa Aa Aa Pardesi – Saathi  – Gulshan Sufi – Wali Sahab

Sahara Ki Hawao, Jao Unhe Jaa Kar Meri Fariyad Sunao – Sassi Punnu – Pt. Govind Ram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

Tumne Aag Laga Di Man Mein – Sassi Punnu – Pt. Govind Ram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

Ik Tera Sahara…Dil Tod Ke Duniya Ne – Shama – Ghulam Haider – Ehsan Rizvi + Shamim (Part 1)

YuN Khun Garibo Ka Bahati Hai Khudai – Shama – Ghulam Haider – Ehsan Rizvi (Part 2)

Ham GariboN ka Bhi Pura Kabhi Arman Kar De – Shama – Ghulam Haider – Shams Lakhanavi

Uljhan Dil Ki Kya Sulaze – Shama – Ghulam Haider – Ehsan Rizvi –

HFGK mentions that some of the songs of Shama were recorded in Suraiya’s voice as cover version. However, we have not been able to locate audio /video links of these versions.

Balam Harjai Re, Tere Bina Neend Na Aayi Re – Sona Chandi – Tufail Faruqi – Wali Sahab

We will take up Solo Songs of Amirbai Karnataki for the year 1946 in the next episode.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1946 @ SoY – Female Solo Songs – Shamshad Begum [1]

Apart from the quantitative dominance of Shamshad Begum, the quality of her voice is also so different than what we have normally heard in the later years.

Popular solo song

Jab Usne Gheshu Bikharaye Badal Aaya Jhoom Ke – Shahejehan – Naushad – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Other Solo Songs

Sarwan O Sarwan Badhae Ja Tu Karwan, Chalae Ja Tu Karwan – Bairam Khan – Ghulam Haider – Wali Sahab

YT upload mentions Khan Mastana also as co-singer in the song, but we have followed the records of HFGK.

Tum Kis Liye Aate Nahi, Kya Ham Tumhein Bhaate Nahi – Bairam Khan – Ghulam Haider –   B R Sharma

Ye Chanadani Raato Mein Chhip Chhip Ke Mulaqaten – Bairam Khan – Ghulam Haider –Hayat Amrohi

Jab Chand Jawaan Hoga, Phir Chandani Raato Mein Jannat Ka Samna Hoga – Bairam Khan – Ghulam Haider –Wali Sahab

YT upload mentions Getta Dutt also as co-singer in the song, but we have followed the records of HFGK.

Asqon Pe Khatam Hua Mere Gam Ka Fasana – Bairam Khan – Ghulam Haider –Wali Sahab

Kyo Door Hua Mujhse Meri AAnkho Ka Taara – Bhakta Prahlad – Hanuman Prasad –

Aankho Mein Aansoo Ko Piye Jaa Rahi Hu Main – Chehra – M A Mukhtar – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

Aaj Mere Ghar Aayenge, Wo Aaj mere Ghar Aayenge – Dev Kanya – Shyam Sundar –

Kismat Mein Likha Ho Jo Use Kaun Mitae – Dev Kanya – Shyam Sundar –

Zamak Zamak Liye Teg Tamak More Baanke – 1857 – Sajjad Hussain –

We will continue with the concluding part of Solo Songs of Shamshad Begum for the year 1946 in the next episode.

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Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music – April 2019

Welcome to April 2019 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.

2019 marks the birth centenary of some of classic Hindi cinema’s greatest in the field of music. Music director Naushad was born a hundred years ago; lyricists Kaifi Azmi and Rajendra Krishan were born a hundred years ago; and two of Hindi cinema’s most popular playback singers—Manna Dey and Shamshad Begum—were also born in 1919, less than a month apart.

The unforgettable voice of Shamshad Begum: Birth centenary special – 14 April 2019 marks the birth centenary of one of India’s most durable and outstanding singing voices — Shamshad Begum.

Ten of my favourite Shamshad Begum solos is tribute to her to commemorate her birth centenary, of which I have picked three of the post-1950 songs-

K L Saigal – The Modern Tansen – Saigal was so perfect in his singing that musicians, composers and singers around him called him Shiva’s Bhrm Naad. During a recording or a song recital it is usually the musicians who set their instruments first to give the scale and the singer would match that scale. But in case of Saigal, it was the other way round. Tanpura and other instruments were set after Saigal sang a scale.

Director Ravindra Dave, who was ‘Ravinbhai’ in Hindi films and ‘Bapa’ for Gujarati cinema – A tribute to the multi-faceted filmmaker on his birth centenary –  Hiren B Dave – Ravindra Dave’s Hindi films between the early 1950s and the late ’60s include Nagina (1951), Agra Road (1957), Post Box 999 (1958), Satta Bazaar (1959), Dulha Dulhan (1964) and Raaz (1967). His films had numerous hits songs and were largely popular with audiences. His contributions extend to Gujarati cinema, which he revived with the blockbuster Jesal Toral in 1971. Dave also had an interest in carpentry – he would make chairs for domestic use – and was an amateur painter and sculptor too.

Nagina (1951), directed by Ravindra Dave. | Courtesy Subhash Chheda

‘Like Holi with the blood of Hindus and Muslims’Sumangala Damodaran – This song – Din Khoon Ke Hamare – about Jallianwala Bagh still resonates

Also read:

Some Nice Film and Dance References to the last Nawab of Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah (plus some other things) – Raj Kapoor has personified Nawab of Awadh for the song  Kate Na Kate Raina for Mera Naam Joker

Jeetendra – The Jack Of All Trades – From becoming Sandhya’s body double in Navrang (1959) at the age of 17 to doing a lead role in Mother (1999) at the age of 57, Jeetendra has come a long way. In between he travelled a distance of almost 200 films.

Jeetendra as Sandhya’s double in Are Jaare Natkhat – Navrang

Shailendra Sharma @ Golden Era of Bollywood has posted following memorial tribute posts:

Flashback series for the current moth informs why these films need to be watched again. We shall record these reasons in brief here:

The legend of Baiju Bawra: Was there ever a musician who could melt marble with his singular voice?Malini Nair – There’s more to the mystery than what was immortalised on screen – the early history of Hindustani music, largely an oral tradition, is a mishmash of legends, anecdotes and miracles.

April, 2019 episode of Fading Memories, Unforgettable Songs takes up. Hasrat Jaipuri – Beyond Shanker Jaikishan: 1956 -1957. This in continuation to the previous articles in 2017 and 2018 respectively wherein we had covered Hasrat Jaipuri’s songs for music directors beyond Shanker Jaikishan for 1950 to 1953 and from 1953 to 1955 respectively.

And, now commence the posts on other subjects with a SoY celebration of The Unified Theory of Fools on 1st April.

Stage Performances at College or School Festivals – The songs are either of chhed chhad type or rarely announce the love, the performer has, for his or her love interest. In all, majority of such songs are of celebration, songs with happy mood, etc. Rarely we do come across a melancholic song Here is one illustrative song_

B A, M A, Ph D – Adhikar (1954) – Asha Bhosle & Chorus  – Avinash Vyas – Prem Dhawan

Before size matters- When Hindi film songs were extra-long and all the better for itDevarsi Ghosh – The one with a lengthy prelude and numerous antaras that exercised the imagination of music composers, lyricists and filmmakers? … That time when Bollywood tunes stretched on for seven minutes and more, and no one complained… the eight-and-a-half minute Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho from Chetan Anand’s Hanste Zakhm (1973) incorporates the sounds of rain, thunder and waves. Similarly, in Piya ToSe Naina Laage Re (Guide, 1965) Rosie (Waheeda Rehman) also signals her changing equation with the world. After four antaras and multiple costume changes, Rosie is a star hounded by fans.

व्याकरण, उच्चारण और उत्पीड़न (Grammar, Pronunciation and Persecution) – is an excellent treatise on the subject of deliberate or natural abuse of either grammar or pronunciation in the Hindi film songs. The songs presented in the post range from subtle to hitting-on-the face impact of such errors. Here is one illustration to enhance the point under discussion – Suno bairi balam sach bol re ‘ib’ kya hoga by Rajkumari from Bawre Nain (1950), lyrics Kedar Sharma, music Roshan – We don’t know whether Kedar Sharma meant to use ‘ib’ for ‘ab’ consciously, but it does enhance Geeta Bali’s impishness. HFGK writes it as ‘अब’ kya hoga. ‘Ib’ might have gone unnoticed.

In the Song Sketch series we have :

Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye – Chhote Nawab – Clouded Craving – Lata Mangeshkar –Shailednra – R D Burman

Hothon Pe Beeti Baat Aayi Hai – Angoor – Moonlit Fib – Asha Bhosle – Gulzar – R D Burman

Ye Dil Deewana Hai Dil Toh Deewana Hai – Ishq Par Zor Nahi – Doting Ditty – Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi – Anand Baxi – S D Burman

Hothon Se Chhoo Lo Tum – Prem Geet – Psalm Of Love –  Jagjit Singh – Indeevar – Jagjit Singh

Lasting Music Pieces in Films – Some of the finest music in films becomes emblazoned in the audience’s mind as any of the images. HQ Chowdhury, author of the recently republished Incomparable Sachin Dev Burman looks at a few of these lasting music pieces in cinema in the western world that have stood the test of time and are now part of film folklore. E.g.

Theme music is that of Dr. No.

the Lawrence Music – Theme music of Lawrence of Arabia

SoY has set the ball rolling for continuing the annual series of Best songs of year with an over view post Best songs of 1946: And the winners are?.

[I plan to commence our corresponding The Micro View of Best Songs this blog from the next month.]

Before we formally take up the end of the episode, we have a two-part post Mohd. Rafi & Manna Dey Songs- Part 1 and Part 2 dealing in details with the songs that Mohammad Rafi and Manna Dey have rendered together. I have picked two illustrative songs:

Dildaar Milenge Kahin Na Kahin Vatan Se Door (1968);  – Lala Sattar –  Farooq Qaiser .

Mehfil Mein Shama Chamki – Gunahon Ka Devta (1967) – Shankar Jaikishan – Hasrat Jaipuri.

Now we post with a few songs of Mohammad Rafi, each one of which basically has a link with the topics discussed in the present post.

Mere Sapno Ki Raani.. Tu Hi Tu Hi Mere Sapno Ki Raani – Shajehan (1946) – K L Saigal is the lead singer and Rafi joins in a chorus – Naushad – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Duniya Ki Nazar Hai Buri Zulfein Na Sawara Karo – Agre Road (1957) – With Geeta Dutt – Roshnan – Prem Dhawan

Main Jaan Gayi Tujhe Saiyan – With Shamshad Begum – Howrah Bridge (1958) – O P Nayyar – Hasrat Jaipuri

Jhin Chak Jhin Chak | Mohammed Rafi, Shamshad Begum – Lal Quilla (1961) – S N Tripathi – Bharat Vyas

I earnestly solicit your inputs for further broad-basing our cache for the content for our carnival of blogs on the Golden Era of Hindi film music.

Disclaimer: This monthly series of posts is my best-effort-based compilation of posts on Hindi film songs that I normally visit regularly. As I record my sincere thanks to all the original creators of these posts, any other posts that I have nor covered herein shows my lack of awareness of existence of such posts and is by no means any disrespect to their work. The copyrights to the posts, images and video clips remain the properties of the original creators.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – Shamshad Begum

The solo songs of Shamshad Begum also have fairly large foot print in 1947. Here again, I have heard a very few songs earlier. Shamshad Begum solo songs that I listened here for the the first time are likeable enough. However, to a person who is initiated to the Hindi Film Music in ‘60s, these would need more repetitive hearing to appreciate the nuances of the songs.

The basis of classifying a song as ‘popular’ mainly rests on the fact of that I did listen to these songs on the radio in ‘60s – which was my sole contact with Hindi Film Songs in those days. The classification of ‘popular’ and ‘other’ (solo songs) categories, thus, necessarily reflect this limitation of my personal imbalanced knowledge.  ‘Jumka Gira Re’ finds the place under ‘popular’ category because I have heard the song several times in the recent started-to-listening- on-net years, as the song invariably comes for any discussion when the relative recent Mera Saya version comes up for any discussion. Both versions relate to the periods of totally different song composition styles, and hence not within the bounds of comparison on any count.

The songs for which I have not been able to locate the YT or digital liks also works out to so many that if YT links were indeed available, we would need to have split the solo songs of Shamshad Begum over two posts.

Popular solo songs

Ham Dard Ka Afasana Duniya Ko Suna Denge – Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Ye Afsana Nahi Zalim Mere Dil Ki Haqeeqat Hai – Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Jhumka Gira Re Baraili Ke Bazar Mein – Dekhojee – Tufail Faruqee – Wali Sahab

Other Solo Songs

Ga Kuchch Bawari Ga – But Tarash – Ghulam Haider –

Ay Falak Tu Hai Satane Ke Liye – But Tarash – Ghulam Haider –

Ay Falak Kab Tak Satata Jaega – But Tarash – Ghulam Haider –

Jisne Jalaya Ashiyaan Usko Salam Ho – Chheen Le Azadi – Hansraj Bahl – Pt Indra

Na Sata Na Sata Bairi Sapne Na Sata – Chheen Le Azadi – Hansraj Bahl – Pt Indra

Baalam Mohe La De Saajan Mohe La De Chunariya Hari – Dekhojee – Tufail Faruqee – Wali Sahab

Bansuriya Haye Toot Gayi Man Ki Wo Jo Geet Nahi Haye The Maine – Dekhojee- Tufail Faruqee – Wali Sahab

O Rasiya Tune Kahe Ko Nain Milaye – Dekhojee- Sabir Hussain – Wali Sahab

Anagana Bole Kaag Re Ujjada Man Ka Baag Re– Doli- Ghulam Muhammad –  Nazim Panipati

Tera Man Kahe Dole Main Jaan Gayee – Doli- Ghulam Muhammad –  Majrooh Sultanpuri

Kisi Deepak Ki Dhun Mein Bechara Jalata Hai Patanga Pyara – Doli- Ghulam Muhammad –  Majrooh Sultanpuri

Man Bhooli Kathayen Yad Na Kar, Phir Sawan  Ke Din Aayenge – Doosri Shadi – Govind Ram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

Ghat Par Ik Matka Ik Matki Dono Pyase Jaate Hai – Duniya Ek Sarai – Hans Raj Behl – Kedar Sharma

Chanda Ki Chandani Na Suhae To Kya Karein – Duniya Ek Sarai – Hans Raj Behl – Kedar Sharma

Panchhi Bhool Gaya Wo Gaana Bhhool Gaya Azad Hawaein – Ek Kadam – Prakash Nath Sharma – Avtar Visharad

O Raja Re Mohe Apni Bana Le Re – Leela – C Ramchandra – Qamar Jalalabadi

[Note: I had included this song under Solo Songs of Geeta Roy as well, because some references credit the song to her. However, HFGK has credited the song to Shamshad Begum.]

Zule Hiya Nache Naiya….Aaye Piya Ho Aaye Piya – Naiya – Anil Biswas

Hamein Jinse Pyar Unse Main Kya Kahun, Kya Kahun – Pahela Pyar – Premnath – Balam

Haye Re Ghir Ke Badal Aaye Jiya Ghabaraye – Pahela Pyar – Premnath – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35ld31NsOHg

Yeh Duniya Muhabbat Nibahana Na Jaane – Pati Seva – Gulshan Sufi – Wahid Quraishi

Do Nayano Ke Oat Mein More Pritam Ka Dera – Shikarpuri – Muhamad Shafi- A Shah Aziz

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

  • Chhail Chhabili Masat Hawaein – Bhanwar – Khan Mastana –
  • Dukh Dard Ki Maari Hun – Bhanwar – Khan Mastana –
  • Mithi Mithi Loriya – Bhanwar – Khan Mastana –
  • Banka Chhaila Motorwa Uday Liye Jaay, Jiya Dol Raha – Bhookh – Anil Biswas – Dr. Safdar Aah
  • Balam Pardesiya Sajan Pardesiya – Dekhojee – Sabir Hussain – Wali Sahab
  • Ab Phir Se Phir Phir Se Yaad Aaye Kyun – Ek Kadam – Prakash Nath Sharma
  • Ek Kadam Aur Ek Kadam – Ek Kadam – Prakash Nath Sharma
  • Khelo Ji, Khelo Khelo Khelo Babu Ji O Raja – Intezar Ke Baad – Khan Aziz – Gafil Harnalvi
  • Nazariyon Se Dil Bhar Doongi Chhoone Nahin Dongi Shareer – Pahela Pyar – Premnath –
  • Balam
  • Maine Likh Likh Chiththhiyan  Dali Sajan Ko Han Han Balam Ko – Pati Seva – Gulshan Sufi – Wahid Quraishi
  • Beech Bhanwar Mori Naiya …Chhod Balam Pardes Ab Ghar Aa Jaa – Shikarpuri – Muhammad Shafi – A Shah ‘Aziz’
  • Tere Bagair Phir Koi Baat Meri Bani Nahi – Shikarpuri – Muhammad Shafi – A Shah ‘Aziz’

We will take up Micro View of Solo Songs of Rajkumari for the year 1947 in our next episode.

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The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – The Duets – Female Female Duets

When I sort-listed female-female duets for 1948 from HFGK, the number worked out to be reasonably large. However, I could not find digital soft version on the net for almost half of them. Therefore, the songs that I could find YT link can be taken as fairly well-known to those who have good knowledge and interest of vintage era songs. From the perspective of my limited knowledge and interest of the songs of that era, I also found listening to these songs quite interesting.

Shamshad Begum + Geeta RoyOh Gori Tera Banka Chhaiya Jeet Ke Aaya Jang – Actress – Shyam Sundar – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan

Shamshad Begum + Geeta RoyAnkhon Ankhon Mein Dil Se Dil Ki Baat Kah Gaye – Actress – Shyam Sundar –

Amirbai Karanataki + RajkumariBasant Chhaya Charon Aur, Ho Chhaya Charon Aur – Amar Prem – Datta Thakor – Mohan Mishra, M A

Shamshad Begum + Geeta RoyPyari Tera Mera Mera Tera Pyar – Anjuman – Bulo C Rani – Majrooh Sultanpuri

Lata Mangeshkar + Ira NagarathAye Dil Meri Wafa Mein Koi Kasar Nahi Hai – Anokha Pyra – Anil Biswas – Shams Azimabadi

Geeta Roy  + Sulochana KadamChanda Ki Chandani Hai  Mauj Hai Bahar Mein – Chanda Ki Chandani – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok

Shamshad Begum  + Johrabai AmbalewaliBaag Mein Koyaliya Yahi Gaye Re – Ghar Ki Izzat – Pt. Govind Ram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

Shamshad Begum + HamidaO Motorwali Chhori, Dil Leja Chori Chori – Grihasthi – Gulam Mohammad – Shakeel Badayuni

Shamshad Begum + Surinder KaurMeri Phool Bagiya Mein Aayee Hai, Lo Aayee Hai – Lal Dupatta – Gyan Dutt – Manohar Khanna

Lata Mangeshkar + Geeta RoyGori Sakhiyon Se Akhiyan Churay Rahi Hai – Majboor – Gulam Haider – Najim Panipat

Geeta Roy + RajkumariRoom Zoom Matwale Kale Badal Chhaa Gaye, Balam Ji Teri Yaad Dila Gaye – Suhag Raat – Snehal – Kedar Sharma

Geeta Roy + RajkumariBaaji Mori Payal Thunnak Thunnak Suno Ye Sandeshva – Suhag Raat – Snehal – Kedar Sharma

Geeta Roy + RajkumariKis Paapi Sang Ulazi Akhiyan Haye Akhiyan Maine Ro Ro Gavayee – Suhag Raat – Snehal – Kedar Sharma

Shamshad + Geeta RoyMere Dil Ki Dhadakano Mein Sakhi Kaun Aa Samaya – Suhag Raat – Snehal – Kedar Sharma

We will take up male-male duets and triads & triads+ in our next episode.

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The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – The Duets – Male Female Duets – Other Male Playback Singers [2]

In continuing our journey of Micro View of Male Female Duets of Other than Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi, we will take up second set of the duet songs today.

Popular Duet Song

Kishore Kumar + Lata MangeshkarYe Kaun Aaya Re Hai Kar Ke Solah Sigar – Ziddi –  Khemchand Prakash – Prem Dhawan

The song has got fame as the first duet of Kishore Kumar and Latamangeshkar.

Other Duet Songs

G M Durrani + Lata MangeshkarKhamosh Fasana HaimDuniya Se Chhupake Chhupake – Heer Ranjha – Aziz Khan – Vali Sahab

G M Durrani, Rajkumari, Johrabai AmbalewaliEk Dil Tera Ek Dil Mera – Pt. Hanuman Prasad

HFGK records this as two songs, one a duet by G M Durrani and Rajkumari and the other a parody song by Johrabai, G M Durrani and Chorus.

Shankar Dasgupta + Miss ParvezAy Dil Abhi Tu Sabar Kar Teri Bhi Baari Aayegi – Ham Bhi Insaan Hai – H P Das, Manna Dey – G S Nepali

Allaudin  + Shamshad BegumSawan Ke Din Aaye Balama Sawan Ke Din Aaye Hai – Kaajal – Ghulam Mohammad, D  N Madhok /  Shakeel Badayuni (?)

Ram Kamlani + Joharabai Mere Dil Ka Phate Nahi Kahi Atom Bomb – Lal Dupatta – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok

Karan Diwan + Shamshad BegumMujhe Jaane Tum Se Pyar Kyon Hai – Mitti Ke Khilone – Bulo C Rani / Hans Raj Behl (?) – B R Sharama

Ram Kamlani + Surinder KaurChori Chori Mori Atariya Aa Ja Re – Nao – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok

Krishna Goyal + Meena KapoorBalam Mohe Man Se Na Apne Bhoolana – Raees – Manohar Arora _ Kaisar Sabai

Suresh+ SuraiyaRootho Na Tum Bahar Mein, Mausam-e-Khushgawar Mein – Rang Mahal – K Datta+ V Balsara (?) – ShivKumar

Ram Kamlani + Shamshad BegumHamari Baat Ka Kyon Tum Ko Aitbar Nahi – Rangeen Zaman – Pt. Govind Ram – Pt. Fani

We will take up micro view of Female Female Duets of 1948 in our next episode.

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The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – The Duets – Male Female Duets – Other Male Playback Singers [1]

We will now take up Male-Female Duets Song of male singers other than Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi. Individually, none of these singers have duet songs that may compare with the numbers of Mukesh or Mohammad Rafi. But collectively, these duets present a rainbow of many shades of music directors and combinations of male and female playback singers of vintage and the coning-golden-years era.

The first stage selection of such songs from HFGK has yielded a bountiful numbers that would very respectfully measure up to the numbers of duets that have been rendered by both Mukesh and Mohammad Rafi put together. Many of the songs do not have internet soft link till now. But th eons that I could find would certainly provide a tremendous mix of the vintage era style of orchestration and singing justaposed with golden era style orchestration and singing.

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Shamshad Begum + SurendraKyun Unhe Dil Diya, Haye Ye Kya Kiya – Anokhi Ada – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

Suraiya + G M DurraniKyon Dil Mein Mere Base Hue Ho, Tum Kaun Ho Kya Ho – Aaj Ki Raat – Husnlal Bhagatram – Rajendra Krishna

Suraiya + G M Durrani  – Mere Aansoo Meri Hasraton Meri Zindagi Ko Yah Kya Hua – Aaj Ki Raat – Husnlal Bhagatram – Rajendra Krishna

Shamshad Begum + ShaileshKahin Ka Deepak KAhin Ki Baati, AAj Mile Hai Jeevan Saathi – Aag – Ram Ganguli – Saraswati Kumar Deepak

Uma Devi + MotiSanjh Ki Bela Jiya Akela – Chandralekha – S Rajeshwar Rao – Bharat Vyas

Amirbai Karnataki + Shankar DasguptaPyari Raat Pyari Raat Aj Aayee Hai Sohag Raat – Didi – Mukund Msaurekar – Indeevar

Johrabai Ambalewali + Surendra – Tum Meet Hamare Hum Meet Tumhare Hain – Dukhiyari – Gyan Dutt – F M Kaiser

Johrabai Ambalewali + G M DurraniChandani Raatein, Sar Sar Jaaye Mast Hawaen – Dukhiyari – Gyan Dutt – F M Kaiser

Meena Kapoor + Ninu MajumdarAayee Gori Radhika Vrij Mein Bal Khati – Gopi Nath – Ninu Majumdar – Surdas

Shamshad Begum + G M DurraniTaaron Ki Toliyon Ye Kaisa Hai Nikhar – Ghar Ki Izzat – Pt. Govindram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor

Ameerbai Karnataki + A R OjhaAana Na Tha Jo Dil Mein Aankhon Mein Hi Aate – Gunsundari – Hansraj Behl – Pt. Indra

We will continue with Other Male-Female Duets for 1948 in next episode as well.