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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : MY Top Music Director(s)

As the journey of (Micro Review of) Best Song of The Year moves forward in its backward count of the years, the challenge of making any sensible statement about My Top Music Director for the year has now become almost insurmountable. I have no idea about how the music of the films was received by the common public or the critics in those years. Nor do I have good enough knowledge of the different elements of film music that I can bank upon to arrive at some basis of the overall quality of music by simply listening the songs for the year, a couple of times during the course of the present Micro Review.

The year 1944 having a couple of films by the music directors who also thrived into the next stage of Golden Era makes even the process of arriving at any judgement more unrealistic, since the present view of picture being seen under the Micro View becomes coloured with the acquaintance of those music directors during my formative years of the cultivation of the taste for the Hindi Film Music. The process is further complicated by the fact that the year 1944 has several songs that have also remained popular enough during my those formative years.

As such, by deploying the various empirical tools that I have been using during the previous Micro Reviews can only help bring into the view the music directors who remained more visible during the Micro View of Best Songs for the year 1944. To that extent, the title of the ‘My Top Music Director’ is also a gross misstatement. I have still retained it only to maintain the consistency of the format of the Micro View exercise.

With these disclaimers, here is the The Music director-wise Quantitative view My Top Solo songs of Male Playback Singers, Solo songs of Female Playback Singers and the Duets, respectively, in no particular order –

Music Director Male Solos Female solos Duets
Subal Dasgupta 1
Khemchand Prakash 1 1 1
Bulo C Rani 3
Husnlal Bhagatram 1 1 1
Pt. Amarnath 2 1 1
Anil Biswas 1 3 1
Mir Sahab 2 1 1
Naushad Ali 1 1 3
C Ramchandra 1 1
G A Chisti 1 1 2
Pankaj Mullik 1 1
Pannalal Ghosh 1
Pt. Govardhan Prasad 1
Firoz Nizami 2 1
Hanuman Prasad 1
Ghulam Haider 2 1
Gulshan Sufi 2 1
Sajjad Hussain 1
Veer Sinh 1
Alla Rakha 1
Gyan Dutt 1

Songs of Yore, in its comprehensive review of music directors,  does a similar exercise for the ‘Best Songs’ in each of the above category and notes that Khmechand Prakash, Naushad Ali , Pankaj Mulik and Mir Saheb get the high share of visibility in the form of songs. .

If we had carried out a similar exercise for the songs, we had listened to in each category during the respective Micro View stage, we may get some more names, with a different score.

However, each of such analyses only present a partial pitcture because the impact that music directors like Bulo C Rani (Carvan) or Husnlal Bhagatram (Chaand), Anil Biswas (Jwar Bhata, Char Aankhein) and the likes would have been able to create is lost with passage of time and is not captured in these skeletal numbers.

In my opinion, this forum has been created not to judge the Best in its apparent dictionary meaning, but to relive the songs of these years in the present times, and thereby get the opportunity not only to refresh our memories but also to widen our perspective of looking at / listening to the film music. With the help of great dedicated and creative efforts of all those who have found out the songs and uploaded them on YT, we have been beneficiaries of getting to listen to these songs.

SoY has also presented an exhaustive analysis to arrive at ‘fairtest outome’ for adjudging the Best Music Director spot for the year 1944 in its Best songs of 1944: Final Wrap Up 4, jointly, in favor of Naushad, Khemchand Prakash and Pankaj Mullik.


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All the episodes of Micro View of Best Songs for 1944 @SoY can be read / downloaded from one file, by clicking on the hyper link.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : MY Top Duet Songs

At the cost of repletion, I will stae, for the records, that the duets that I have short-listed here are the ones that I liked at the first listening. As such, they are the boutcome of no rational bias of the merit of the different elements of a duet composition and simply bear my own personal bias.

The songs are listed hereunder in no order of preference:

KL Saigal & Amribali Karnataki – Kya humne bigada hai kyun humko satiate ho – Bhanwara- – Kidar Sharma – Khemchand Prakash

Shyam, Zohrabai Ambalewali –  Aaja kahin door chalein  – Pahle Aap – – D N Madok – Naushad Ali

Karan Diwan & Zohrbai Ambalewali – Saawan ke baadlo unse ye ja kaho – Rattan – – D N Madok – Naushad Ali

Shyamkumar & Amirbai Karnati – O janewale baalamwa laut ke laut ke aa   – Rattan – – D N Madok – Naushad Ali

Mukesh and Kusum – Zara boloji, kya logi is dil ka kiraya – Us Paar – Pt. Madhur – Firoz Nizami

Jeenat Begum, Gulam Haider – Sajan Aa Jaa, Rajan Aa Ja, Khelein Dil Ke Khel – Bhai – Khan Shatir Gazanvi – Gulam Haider

Naseem, Ashok Kumar – Chamko Chamko BijaliyaN HaaN BijaliyaN – Chal Chal Re Naujawan – Pradeep – Gulam Haider

Jeenat Begum, G M Durrani – Aaye Hai Balamawa Pyare Pyare Ab Jaage Bhag Hamare – Chand – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

Vanmala, C Ramchandra – Main Kisse KahuN Apani Kahani, Hai Dard Bhari Meri Kahani – Dil Ki Baat – Ram Murti – C Ramchandra

Parul Ghosh, Manna Dey – Bhula Bhatka Path Haara Main Sharan Tumhare Aaya – Jwar Bhata – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Leela Sawant, V Bhatkar – Sajan Paas Bula Lo….., Nayanan Bich Basa Lo – Kaliyan – Kedar Sharma – G A Chisti

Malaka Amir Jan, Gulshan Sufi – Meri Uthati Jawani Ki Dekho Dekho Bahar – Mauji Jeewan – Baba Pagal – Gulshan Sufi

G M Durrani, Rajkumari – Chale Prem Ke Desh Pujari – Maya Nagri -? – Veer Sinh

G M Durrani, Rajkumari – Khole Re Kaun….  Mere Man Ke Dwar – Maya Nagri -? – Veer Sinh

Leela Sawant, Lalita Parulkar – Sakhi Ri Ab Ke Sawan Aaye – Kaliyan – Kedar Sharma – G A Chisti

Amirbai, Rajkumari – O I See, Ye Dekho Duniya Ke Rang – Maa Baap – Roopbani – Alla Rakha

Sheela, Rajkumari – Aao Chalein Us Paar Sajani, Kah KaruN Man Mane NahiN – Pattharon Ka Saudagar – Gaafil Haryanvi – Mir Sahab

Shyam Kumar, Mohammad Rafi – Tum Dilli main Aagre mere dil se nikle haye  – Pahle Aap – D N Madok – Naushad Ali

G M Durrani, Amirbai, Hamida – Ham Aage Badhate Jaein, Duniya Peechhe Peechhe Jae Re – Anaban – Pt. Madhur – Gyan Dutt

SoY has presented Best songs of 1944: Wrap Up 3 for the wrap up on duets for 1944. The three duets jointly adjudged as Best for The Year are:

  1.  Saawan ke baadlo unse ye ja kaho Rattan – Karan Diwan, Zohrabai Ambalewali – D N Madhok – Nausahd Ali
  2. Kya humne bigada hai kyun humko sataate ho – Bhanwara – K L Saigal, Amirbai Karanataki – Kidar Sharma – Khemchand Prakash, and
  3. O jaanewale balamwa, laut ke aa laut ke aa Rattan – Shyam Kumar, Amirbai Karnataki – D N Madhok – Nausahd Ali
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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : The Duets – Female – Female Duets | Male – Male Duets | Triads (+)

Female – Female Duets (+)

Parul Ghosh, Amirbai Karanatai, Chorus – Prabhu Charan Mein Dep Jalao, Man Mandir Ujiyala Ho – Jwar Bhata – Narendra Shrama – Anil Biswas

Leela Sawant, Lalita Parulkar – GaiyaN Ghar Laye Girdhari – Kaliyan – Kedar Sharma – G A Chisti

Leela Sawant, Lalita Parulkar – Sakhi Ri Ab Ke Sawan Aaye – Kaliyan – Kedar Sharma – G A Chisti

Amirbai, Rajkumari – O I See, Ye Dekho Duniya Ke Rang – Maa Baap – Roopbani – Alla Rakha

Sheela, Rajkumari – Aao Chalein Us Paar Sajani, Kah KaruN Man Mane NahiN – Pattharon Ka Saudagar – Gaafil Haryanvi – Mir Sahab

Male-Male Duets

Shyam Kumar, Mohammad Rafi – Tum Dilli main Aagre mere dil se nikle haye  – Pahle Aap, covered in Memorable Songs of 1944 list is considered as Naushad’s extended test case in so far as Mohammad Rafi is concerned.

Rewashankar, Chitalkar – Dheere Dheere Chal Tangewale, Baithi Tere Tange Mein Bulbul Ek – Lalkar – Pt. Madhur – C Ramchandra

Triads (+)

Shyam Kumar, Mohamamd Rafi, Allauddin Naved, BM Vyas etc. – Hindostan hain hum hain hindostan hamara – Pahle Aap, covered in Memorable Songs of 1944 list is considered as Naushad’s breakthrough to Mohammad Rafi, more perhaps as a test case.

G M Durrani, Amirbai, Hamida – Ham Aage Badhate Jaein, Duniya Peechhe Peechhe Jae Re – Anaban – Pt. Madhur – Gyan Dutt

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : The Duets – Male Female Duets [2]

One very distinct characteristic, of the duets for the year 1944, that come to our mind is the presence several music directors and a lyricist, and even an actor (Gope), normally not associated with film songs singing. To someone, like me, not at all versed with the film song arena of those years, that raises several questions – Was the paucity of male actors-singers was so sever that the music director (or lyricist) had to step in? And then, why that presence is for the duets only?

Well, some day we may have answer to such questions. Till, then we take the second, and last for the time being, batch of male-female duets for the year 1944.

Leela Sawant, V Bhatkar – Sajan Paas Bula Lo….., Nayanan Bich Basa Lo – Kaliyan – Kedar Sharma – G A Chisti

GM Durrani, Jhohrabai Ambalewali – Bhanwara Na ….. Jab Tak Hansana Na Rem Jab Tak KaliyaN Hans De –Lakar – Pt. Madhur – C ramchandra

Pahadi Sanyal, Snehprabha – Aaj Na Phool Sajao Sakhi, Lat Sundar Lage – Mahakavi Kalidas – Rammurti – Palsekar

Malaka Amir Jan, Gulshan Sufi –Meri Uthati Jawani Ki Dekho Dekho Bahar – Mauji Jeewan – Baba Pagal – Gulshan Sufi

Hamida Bano, Gulshan Safi – New Fashion Ka….Aao Prem Rachaye– – Mauji Jeewan – Baba Pagal – Gulshan Sufi

HFGK mentions Hamida Banu as the sole singer.

G M Durrani, Rajkumari – Chale Prem Ke Desh Pujari – Maya Nagri -? – Veer Sinh

G M Durrani, Rajkumari – Khole Re Kaun….  Mere Man Ke Dwar – Maya Nagri -? – Veer Sinh

Anima Sengupta, Unidentified male singer – Bhatake Hue MusafiroN, Age Badho – Subaha Sham – Faiyyaz Hashmi – Subal Dasgupta

HFGK does not identify singers. HFGK also notes a second part of the song ‘Bahati Nahi Hai Khoon Ki Nadi WahaN Kabhi’

Rajkumari + Unindentified male voice –Sab Haal Bata Denge Jo Hum Pe Gujarati Hai – Panna – Wali Sahab – Amir Ali

Balwant Singh, Kaushalya – Aae Din Pyar Ke Sajana, Pichhali Baatein Bhula – Parakh – Gaafil Harayanvi – Khursheed Anwar

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : The Duets – Male Female Duets [1]

We now take up the Micro View of male female duets for the Year 1944, not covered in Memorable Songs of 1944 list, The list here I slimited to only those MF duets that have singers identified in HFGK and have a valid YT link.

Khan Mastana, Amirbai – Bagiya Kare Singaar, Aa Ja Sajan Main DaluN Gale Mein Haar – Badi Baat – Roopbani – Firoz Nizami

Jeenat Begum, Gulam Haider – Sajan Aa Jaa, Rajan Aa Ja, Khelein Dil Ke Khel – Bhai – Khan Shatir Gazanvi – Gulam Haider

Amirbai, Arun Kumar – Man Ki Baji Haar Chuka Hai, Preet Ki Baaji Jeet – Bhanwara – Kedar Sharma – Khemchandra Prakash

Naseem, Ashok Kumar – Mujhe Madhur Lagata Hai Unse Pyar Chuupana – Chal Chal Re Naujawan – Pradeep – Gulam Haider

Naseem, Ashok Kumar – Chamko Chamko BijaliyaN HaaN BijaliyaN – Chal Chal Re Naujawan – Pradeep – Gulam Haider

Jeenat Begum, G M Durrani – Aaye Hai Balamawa Pyare Pyare Ab Jaage Bhag Hamare – Chand – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

Leela Chitnis, Pratap – Tum Hare Main Jeeti, Sajan Tum Hare Main Jeeti – Char Ankhen – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Vanmala, C Ramchandra – Main Kisse KahuN Apani Kahani, Hai Dard Bhari Meri Kahani – Dil Ki Baat – Ram Murti – C Ramchandra

Parul Ghosh, Manna Dey – Bhula Bhatka Path Haara Main Sharan Tumhare Aaya – Jwar Bhata – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Parul Ghosh, Arun Kukar – SarsoN Pile Dhan Suhane, Sajan Mora Sawariya Ho – Jwar Bhata – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : The Duets

We now take up the third leg of the Micro View of Best Songs for the Year 1944 – The Duets. The over view article, Best songs of 1944: And the winners are?, notes that close to 110 duets were recorded in 1944 for which the singers have been identified.The success ratio of availability of thses songs on YT is around 35% or so.

As such, not miss out any duet that have been located on YT, first, we will take on record the duets that have been already covered in Memorable Songs / Special Songs for the year 1944 and take up the Micro View of other duets for the year 1944 from the next episode.

Zohrabai Ambalewali, Gope – Balam Ji Ye Kya Jadoo Dara, Jiya NaahiN Jaye… – Aina

KL Saigal & Amribali Karnataki – Kya humne bigada hai kyun humko satiate ho – Bhanwara

Surendra & Amirbai Karnataki – Bhiksha de de maiya, jogi khada hai dwar – Bhartruhari

Surendra, Noorjehan – Mohaniya sundar mukhada khol – Lal Haveli

Surendra, Noorjehan – Dil le ke mukar na jana – Lal Haveli

Alla Rakha, Rajkumari – Madhur suron mein gaye chaandni chaand so ja – Maa Baap

Shyam, Zohrabai Ambalewali –  Aaja kahin door chalein  – Pahle Aap

Karan Diwan & Zohrbai Ambalewali – Saawan ke baadlo unse ye ja kaho – Rattan

Shyamkumar & Amirbai Karnati – O janewale baalamwa laut ke laut ke aa   – Rattan

Bulo C Rani, Kusum Mantri – Tujhko karun main salam sipahiya – Shahensha Babar

Mukesh and Kusum – Zara boloji, kya logi is dil ka kiraya – Us Paar

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – MY Top Female Solo Songs

As would be evident, eventhough the list of singers is quite lengthy, there are several singers for which only one song could be traced up on the YT. And that too with almost close to half of the songs for which the singers also remain unidentified.

Moreover, there are many songs where the records of HFGK and those by the valiant YT uploaders seem to be at variance.

To add to the ambguity to the process of selecting the TOP song / singer for the year 1944, almost all the songs that I got to listen in the Micro Analysis, I have listened for the first time.

In any case, from the point of view of my limited knowledge and basic taste, it would be only fair that I confine myself to my personal viewpoint.

Shorn of all these verbose pleadings, the simple fact is, I have not any rational back up analysis for selecting one solo song for a given female singers for the year 1944.

As such, the song for each of the female singer that was covered in the detailed Micro View of Female Songs of 1944 that appealed me most is the one hearing are the ones that presented her. If there is only one song for any female singer, I have simply included here.

So, here are the songs that would call for TOP slot from the female solo Songs for 1944, in the order in which the singer has appeared in the detailed Micro View earlier.:

Amirbai Karanataki – Baaj Rahi Kis Aur Muraliya .. – Police – Ramesh Gupta – Panna Lal Ghosh

Zohrabai Ambalewali – Raat Ki Malaka Ban Than Ke Mujhe Dulhan Banae Aayee Hai – Ismat – Shams Lakanavi – Pt. Gvaradhan Prasad

Hamida Banu – Chhed Gaya Bedard Meri Dilruba Ke Taar KyuN – Shahenshah Babar – Pt. Indra – Khemchand Prakash

Zeenat Begum – Subah Hui Aur Panchii Jage Chuga Chagan Ko Bhage – Daasi – D N Madhok – Pt. Amarnath

Rajkumari – Mera Balam Bada Harjai Re, Main To Preet Laga Pachhatai – Badi Baat – Swami Ramannad Saraswati – Firoz Nizami

Sushila Rani – Suhagan Kahe Ansoo Dale….. Lekh Tale Na Taale – Draupadi – Pt. Indra – Hanuman Prasad

Khursheed –  Bulbul Aa, Tu Bhi Gaa… Pyar Ke Gaane Main GauN – Shahenshah Babar – Pt. Indra – Khemchand Prakash

Shamshad Begum – So Ja Meri Ladli So Jaa – Chal Chal Re Naujwan – Pradeep – Ghulam Haider

Sitara – Chupake Chupake Mere Dil Mein Aaye Hai Murari – Chand – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

Leela Chitnis – Hamein Yaad Aa Rahi Hai Unaki, Bah Rahi Hawa Fagun Ki – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Nirmala Devi – AkhiyaN Mila Ke Bhagna Na – Jeewan – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Naseem Akhtar – Is Dil Ki Haalat Kya Kahiye – Bhai – Khan Shatir Gazanvi- Ghulam Haider

Manju –  Angadai teri hai bahana –   Rattan – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Kalyani – Misal-e-Khayal Aye The – Aina – Pt. Fani = Gulshan Sufi

Husn Banu – Khushi Ke Tarane Sunata Chala Ja – Aina – Tanvir Naqvi – Gulshan Sufi

Noor Jehan – Badnam mohabbat kaun kare aur ishq ko ruswa kaun kari – Dost –  Shams Lakhanavi – Sajjad Hussain

Parul Ghosh – More aangan mein chhtki chaandni – Jwar Bhata – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Kusum Mantri – Phir Aayee Hai Diwali, Khushi Se Naach Rahi Hai Naian – Badi Baat – with chorus – Swami Ramanad Saraswati – Firoz Nizami

Kaushalya – Kuchh Bol Bol Panchhi, O Par Khol Khol Panchhi – Aina – Pt. Fani – Fateh Ali Khan / Gulshan Sufi

Taara – Aankhein Ye Kah Rahi Hai Ki……Ram Kare KahiN Naiana Na Uljhe – Char Aankhen – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Leela Sawant – Le Aate BaharoN Ko, Raja Loot Liya, – Kaliyan – Kidar Sharma – G A Chisti

Shanta Apte – Mere janam maran ke saathi chalo chita par so jaye – Kadambari – Miss Kamal B A – H P Das

Utapala Sen – Jal Jane Do Is Duniya Ko – My Sister – Pandit Bhushn – Pankaj Maaalik

Vimla – Main In PhooloN Ke Sang DoluN – My Sister – Pandit Bhushn – Pankaj Maaalik

In its comprehensive review, Best songs of 1944: Wrap UP 2, SoY has conferred the Best Female Singer trophy to Amirbai Karanataki fo the song Chanda Desh Piya Ke Ja (Bhartruhari, Lyrics: Pt. Indra- Music: Khemchand Prakash)


P.S. All the episodes of Female Solo Songs of Micro View of Best Songs for 1944 @SoY can be read / downloaded from one file, by clicking on the hyper link.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Noor Jehan, Parul Ghosh and some more Other female singers

Solo songs of Noor Jehan

For the year 1944, Noor Jehan has had two films. Memorable Songs of 1944 has two solo songs of Dost – Badnam mohabbat kaun kare aur ishq ko ruswa kaun kari  and Koi prem ka de ke sandesa haye loot gaya,  two solos from Lal Haveli – Bhaiya hamaroji and Teri yaad aye sanwariya

Ab Kaun Mera, Ab Kaun Mera – Dost – Shams Lakhanvi – Sajjad Hussain

Alam Par Alam Sitam Par Sitam Ham Uthae Hue Hai – Dost – Shams Lakhanvi – Sajjad Hussain

Banati Nazar NahiN Aati Tadbir Hamari – Lal Haveli – Munshi Shams Lakhanvi – Mir Sahab

Solo songs of Parul Ghosh

Parul Ghosh’s two solos of Jwar Bhata – More aangan mein chhtki chaandni and Bhool jana chahti hun, bhool paati hi nahin – are covered in Memorable Songs of 1944.

Bhabhi Roothe Bhai Manae…. Tu Roothe To Bol Diwani – Insaan – Pt. Indra – Gyan Dutt

HFGK does not mention singer for the song

Jara Bansi Baja O Girdhari Krishna Murari – Raunaq – Iswar Chandra Kaporr- C Ramchandra

HFGK mentions Shrimati Ghosh as the singer

Solo Songs of Kusum Mantri

Phir Aayee Hai Diwali, Khushi Se Naach Rahi Hai Naian – Badi Baat – with chorus – Swami Ramanad Saraswati – Firoz Nizami

Solo Songs of Kaushalya

MaaN, Pyari MaaN, God Mein Teri Khela Bachpan Mera – Aina – Pt. Fani – Fateh Ali Khan

Kuchh Bol Bol Panchhi, O Par Khol Khol Panchhi – Aina – Pt. Fani – Fateh Ali Khan / Gulshan Sufi

Solo songs of Taaraa

Aankhein Ye Kah Rahi Hai Ki……Ram Kare KahiN Naiana Na Uljhe – Char Aankhen – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Solo songs of Leela Sawant

Leela Sawant has three solo songs in Kaliyan, but only one seems to be available on YT.

Le Aate BaharoN Ko, Raja Loot Liya, – Kaliyan – Kidar Sharma – G A Chisti

Other than these female solo songs for the year 1944, Kadambari has 6 solos and 2 chorus songs of Shanta Apte, but only one song seems to be available on YT. That one – Mere janam maran ke saathi chalo chita par so jaye – is covered in Memorable Songs of 1944, and one solo of Utapala SenJal Jane Do Is Duniya Ko – and  Main In PhooloN Ke Sang DoluN Re  by Vimla in Meri Bahen, too, are covered in Memorable Songs of 1944.

It is quite likely that, because of hardly knowledge of the Songs of 1944, during my search, I may have missed a few more solo songs of female singers. Recognizing this short coming, I conclude the present Micro View of (Best) Solo Songs of Female Singers for the year 1944 @SoY.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Nirmala Devi and Other female singers

Solo Songs of Nirmala Devi

‘Gaali’ has two solo songs credited to Nirmala (we presume it is Nirmala Devi), but YT does not have these songs. ‘Geet’ has four solo songs of which – Main akeli raja aa ja aa ja re  – is included in Memorable Songs of 1944.  One solo song – Hua Savera Preetam Mera, Yaad Teri Ne Gher – is not available on YT. Here are the other ones, as available on YT –

Main To Piya Ki Joganiya HuN – Geet – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Chaand Khila Taare Muskae, Meri Hansi Udae – Geet – Mahar-Ul-Kadri – Naushad Ali

Jaao Ji Jaao Dekhenge KahaN Jaoge – Geet – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

AkhiyaN Mila Ke Bhagna Na – Jeewan – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Aae Ho Abhi Baitho To Sahi Do Pyar Ki Baatein Ho Jaein – Jeewan – D N Madhok – Naushad Ali

Solo Songs of Naseem Akhtar

Of the two songs listed, for the film Bhai, to Naseem Akhtar’s credit in HFGK, one – Kuchh Yaad Dilati Hai Hamein Biti Hui Baatein – does not seem to be available on net.

Is Dil Ki Haalat Kya Kahiye – Bhai – Khan Shatir Gazanvi- Ghulam Haider

Solo Songs of Manju

Memorable Songs of 1944 has Manju’s one song Do dilon ko ye duniya milne hi nahin deti from ‘Chand’, Holi main khelungi un sang dat ke and  Pardesi ho ab humse rakhiya bandhao  from Gaali and Angadai teri hai bahana and Jhoothe hai sab sapne suhane from Rattan. ‘Gaali’ has 3 more songs, for neither YT or other audio links are available on the internet

Here is one more –

Aayi…Musibat Aai, Musafir Bhag Chalo.. – Chand – Qamar Jalalbadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

Solo Songs of Kalyani

Badmash (Music: Khan Mastana / Datta Korgaonkar has two solo songs of Kalyani., but these do not seem to be available on YT.

Misal-e-Khayal Aye The – Aina- Pt. Fani = Gulshan Sufi

HFGK also mentions second version of the song in the voice of Shama, but YT does not have this version.

Solo Songs of Husn Banu

Khushi Ke Tarane Sunata Chala Ja – Aina – Tanvir Naqvi – Gulshan Sufi

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1944 @ SoY : Female Solo Songs – Shamshad Begum + Sitara + Leela Chitnis

Solo Songs of Shamshad Begum

For the year 1944, Shamshad Begum’s quantitative presence apparaently seems limited to two films, if we do not consider the songs from Panna, which HFGK notes Rajkumari clarifying that the songs were rendered by Shamshad Begum in the film but were recorded in her voice.

Memorable Songs of 1944 has two Shamashad Begum solos Main Jogan Ban Jaungi….Mere Devta Lo Meri Aarti (Chal Chal Re Nujawan) and Jao Sajan Mere Harjai , Balam mohe sajan more chhedo na (Daasi, Music: Pandit Amarnath).

Here are some more songs to relish –

Laaye … Balamva Mere Liye PhooloN Ke Haar – Chal Chal Re Naujwan – Pradeep – Ghulam Haider

Ho Gori Pyar Bhara Dil, Preet Ke Naina, Koi Chhupaye….Apne Balam Se Apne Sajan Se Mil Ke Aayi Ho  – Chal Chal Re Naujwan – Pradeep – Ghulam Haider

So Ja Meri Ladli So Jaa – Chal Chal Re Naujwan – Pradeep – Ghulam Haider

Solo Songs of Sitara

Memorable Songs of 1944 has one solo song of Sitara – Mere dilruba aa ja mere dilruba (Chand). Since this ias a dance number, one would conclude that singer is Sitara Devi.

Chupake Chupake Mere Dil Mein Aaye Hai Murari – Chand – Qamar Jalalabadi – Husnlal Bhagatram

HFGK has has five songs of Man Ki Jeet credited to Sitara, but it is not clear if she is Sitara Devi, the dancer or Sitara Kanpuri, the playback singer. Two of these five – Nagri meri kab tak yun hi barbaad rahegi and Pardesi kyun yaad aata hai –  are also found in Memorable Songs of 1944.  From all other indications one would conclude that she is Sitara Kanapuri. With that disclaimer, the other songs available on YT are included here.

Man Kahe Gabaraye…– Man Ki Jeet – Josh Malihabadi – S K Pal

Aye Chand Na Itarana, Aate Hai Mere Sajan -Man Ki Jeet – Bharat Vyas – S K Pal

Aye Chand UmmidoN Ko Meri Shama Dikha De – Man Ki Jeet – Josh Malihabadi – S K Pal

HFGK records Nagri Meri Kab Tak YuN Hi Barbad Rahegi as a different version of the song. The YT link here covers both version –

Solo Songs of Leela Chitnis

Most of our generation has seen Leela Chitnis as a (grief-stricken) mother on the screen. Here we get see her in her vintage era version of a youthful actress-singer heroine.

Hamein Yaad Aa Rahi Hai Unaki, Bah Rahi Hawa Fagun Ki – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Do Aise Vardan Prabhu, Mere Sapne Sach Ho Jaye – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Main RouN Tu Rulae Jaa, Jo Chahe Jhulm Dhaye Ja – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas

Hum KyoN Bataye Kisaka Hamein Intazaar Hai – Char Aanken – Narendra Sharma – Anil Biswas