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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……..

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Songs of 1945 @ SoY :: Female Solo Songs – Suraiya

Having completed the Male Solo Songs section of Songs of 1945 of the Best songs of 1945: And the winners are?, we now move over to the Female Solo Songs.

As was observed in the Memorable Songs of 1945 overview,  female solo songs are likely to outnumber male solo songs by a very wide margin, this year too. In comparison ro Male Solos, we canexpect  more number of female singers and (by and large) more solo songs per singer. This is also the year that will not see many Golden Era Female Singers, like Geeta Roy (Dutt) or Lata Mangeshkar is in the role of playback We can also expect that most od the songs that we get to listen to may be totally unfamiliar ones,

Solo Songs of Suraiya

For the year 1945, Suraiya has 9 solo songs spread over 4 films and 4 different music music directors.

Aankh Milake Balma Mat Aankh Chura, HaN Chhod Na Jana…– Main Kya KaruN – Ninu Mazumdara – D N Madhok

Suno More Raja Najariya Milay Ke Bada Dukh Doge Naino Se Door Jayake – Main Kya KaruN – Ninu Mazumdara – D N Madhok

Aaj Aaj Hans Ke Do Do Baaten Ki Hai Sanam Ne Hamare – Main Kya KaruN – Ninu Mazumdara – D N Madhok

This is twin version of Suraiya- Hamida Bao duet.

Ye Dil Gaya Hai….KahiN Dil Lenewala – Phool – Gulam Haider –

Piya Piya Rat Ke Main Ho Gai Papeeha – Samrat Chandragupta – C Ramchandra – Pt. Budhdhi Chandra Agrawal ‘Madhur’

Pee Gore Gore HaathoN Mein Chhalake Jawani – C Ramchandra – Pt. Budhdhi Chandra Agrawal ‘Madhur’

Chakori Chanda Ke Angana, Roopsi Pahunchi Main PaahanuN Kangana… – with chorus – C Ramchandra – Pt. Budhdhi Chandra Agrawal ‘Madhur’

Tumane Na Suna Jisko, Jo Hamne Sunana Tha – Tadbir – Lal Muhammad – Swami Ramanand

Jaag O Sonewale, Koi Jagane Aaya – Tadbir – Lal Muhammad – Swami Ramanand

We will take up Micro View of Shamshad Begum’s Solo Songs for 1945 in the next episode.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1946 @ SoY – Female Solo Songs – Suraiya

Having completed the Male Solo Songs section of Songs of 1946 of the Best songs of 1946: And the winners are?, we now move over to the Female Solo Songs.

The female solo songs are likely to outnumber male solo songs by a very wide margin, this year too. We will also more number of female singers and (by and large) more solo songs per singer.This is also the year that will see Nurjehan in her full flow. Geeta Roy (Dutt), one of the leading female singers of decade of 50s of the Golden Era has debuted this year. Another Golden Era Great, Lata Mangeshkar is in the role of singing her own songs this year, and that to not on a significant scale.

There are a few songs that I have listened often enough, form my early listening days of 60s till now. But there are far more many songs that I got to listen for the first time.

Solo Songs of Suraiya

For the year 1946, Suraiya has solo songs spread over 4 films and 4 different music music directors. She plays against two vintage era stalwarts this year, Noor Jehan and K L Saigal, and she is just 17 years old.

Popular solo songs

Man Leta Hai Angadai Jivan Pe Javani Chhai – Anmol Ghadi – NaushadTanvir Naqvi

Socha Tha Kya Kya, Kya Ho Gaya – Anmol Ghadi – NaushadTanvir Naqvi

Other solo songs

Main Dil … Mein Dard Basa Laai, Naino Se Nain Mila Aai – Anmol Ghadi – Naushad – Tanvir Naqvi

Gam-e-Aashiyana Sataega Kab Tak – 1857 – Sajjad Hussain – Mohan Sinh

Meri Ho Gayi Unse Bat, Main Unki Hoon – 1857 – Sajjad Hussain –Shevan RIzvi

Ummido Ka Taara Kismat Se Kuchh Der Chamak Kar Toot Gaya – 1857 – Sajjad Hussain – Anjum Pilibhiti

Gulshan Pe Hai Bahar, Koyal Ki Hai Pukar – Jag Biti – Ghulam Haider

Bigadi Hui Taqdeer Nahi Banai Jaati – Jag Biti – Ghulam Haider

Ham Hai Dukhiya Is Duniya Mein, Sukh Mein Hai Sansar – Jag Biti – Ghulam Haider

Ham Ko Bhool Na Jaana O Pardesiya – Jag Biti – Ghulam Haider

Khayyam Hai Allahwala Matwala Allaahoo – Omar Khaiyyam– Lal Mohammad – Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’

YT links are not available for the following songs:

    • Ae Sufi Allah Wale, Husn Aaya Le Kar Pyale – Omar Khaiyyam – Lal Mohammad – Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’
    • Jal Ke Kuchh Kaheta Hai Hamse Aashiyana Zindagi – Omar Khaiyyam – Lal Mohammad – Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’
    • Bedard Zara Sun Le Garibon Ki Kahani – Omar Khaiyyam – Lal Mohammad – Dr. Safdar ‘Aah’

We will take up Solo Songs of Shamshad Begum for the year 1946 over next two episodes.

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The Micro View of Best Songs of 1947 : Female Solo Songs – Suraiya

Having completed the Male Solo Songs section of Songs of 1947 of the Best songs of 1947: And the winners are?, we now move over to the Female Solo Songs.

One pattern that emerges quite apparently is that most of the leading playback singers have solos songs that quantitatively would need at least two posts each. But that would make the total number of posts on Female Solo Songs run a couple of months. That would make the coverage period for female solo songs a bit too long., So, in many cases we may have bear longer post with higher than normal number of songs per post.

Apart from this mundane issue, the year would present to us a real feel of vintage era music composition and song rendition styles. There can not be better manifestation of this than the presence of three vintage era ‘greats’ – Noor Jehan, Khursheed and Kanan Devi – in the female solo songs this year.

Also, my back-of-the-envelop rough work of compling the list, with the help of HFGK, shows that I have previously heard a miniscule share of the all the songs that may be available on YT.

Solo Songs of Suraiya

For the year 1947, Suraiya has 19 solo songs, spread over 5 films and 4 music directors.

Popular solo songs

Jab Tumhi Nahin Apne Duniya Begani Hai – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Paapi Papiha Re Pi Pi Ma Bol Bairi Pi Pi Na Bol – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Mere Mundere Na Bol Ja Kaga Kaga Ja – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

Kale Kale Aaye Badarwa, Aao Sajan Mere Aao – Natak – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Other solo songs

Aison Se Na Jee Lagae Koi, Ret Ke Ghar Na Banae Koi – Dak Bangala – Naresh Bhattacharya – D N Madhok

Jiya Bhar Aaya More Nain Bhar Aaye – Dak Bangala – Naresh Bhattacharya – D N Madhok

Ho Ho Chandani Raat Hai, Aise Mein Aa Jao– Dak Bangala – Naresh Bhattacharya – D N Madhok

Dil Dhadake Aankh Mori Phadake, Chale Jana Na Jee Bichhad Ke – Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Bahar Khatm Hui…Chale Dil Ki Duniya Barbad Karke – Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Ham The Tumhare Tum The Hamare Hae Wo Bhi Jamana Yaad Karo  – Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Bich Bhanwar Mein Aan Phasa Hai, Dil Ka Safinaa Shah-e-Madina– Dard – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Din Din Joban Dhalata Jaye, Din Din Dhale Jawani – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Chanda Ki Chandani Mein Hae Rama, Jiya Mora Dol Gaya– Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Phir Nain Baware Bhar Bhar Aaye Hae Bhar Bhar Aaye – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Phir Hamaein Koi Yaad Aaye Phir Lab Pe Hai Haye Haye – Do Dil – Govind Ram – D N Madhok

Dil Le Ke Chale To Nahin Jaoge Rajaji O Rajaji – Natak – Naushad Ali – Khumar Barabankavi

Jab Se Chale Gaye Hai Woh Zindagi Zindagi Nahi – Natak – Naushad Ali – Khumar Barabankavi

Apna Jinhe Banaya Thukara Ke Woh Sidhare– Natak – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Taaron Bhari Raat O Sajan Taaron Bhari Raat – Natak – Naushad Ali – Shakeel Badayuni

Aaja Balama Rain Andheri Dar Lage, Dukhiya Jiya Pukare – Parwana – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok

We will take up Solo Songs of Geeta Roy for 1947 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.

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The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – MY Top Female Solo Songs

When I look back at all the female solo songs for 1948, what I note is that all most each of the major female singers has at least one song that has stood equal appeal to me. In these years, I may have had opportunity to listen to some songs more than the other, but at this stage I do not really feel any major difference in the appeal of these songs on account of that.

So, here are the songs that would call for TOP slot for the female solo songs for 1948, in no particular order:

Lata Mangeshkar – Chanda Re Ja Re Ja Re Piya Se Sandesha Mora Kahiyo Ja – Ziddi – Khemchand Prakash – Prem Dhawan

Lata Mangeshkar – Kab Aaoge Balama… Baras Baras Badali Bhi Bhikhar Gayee – Gajare – Anil Biswas – G S Nepali

Lata Mangeshkar – Ek Dil Ka Lagana Baaqi Tha To Dil Ko Laga Ke Dekh Liya – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Zia Sarhadi.

Lata Mangeshkar – Yaad Rakhana Chand Taron Ye Suhani Raat Ko – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Zia Sarhadi

Surinder Kaur – Badnam Na Ho Jaaye Muhabbat Ka Fasana – Shaheed – Ghulam Haider – Qamar Jalalabadi

Meena Kapoor – Ek Dil Ka Lagana Baaqi Tha To Dil Ko Laga Ke Dekh Liya – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Zia Sarhadi.

Meena Kapoor –Yaad Rakhana Chand Taron Ye Suhani Raat Ko – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Zia Sarhadi

Shamshad Begum – Dharati Ko Aakash Pukare Aa Ja Aa Ja Prem Dware – Mela – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni

Shamshad Begum  – Kahe Koyal Shor Machaye Re, Mohe Apna Koi Yaad Aaye Re – Aag – Ram Ganguly – Bahzad Laukhanavi

Geeta Roy – Nandiya Maare Boli Ke Baan, Balam Main Tumse Na Bolun – Gunsundari – Avinash Vyas – Pt. Indra

Suraiya – O Door Jaanewale Vaada Na Bhool Na Jaana – Pyar Ki Jeet – Husnlal Bhagarram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Suraiya – Tere Naino Ne Chori Kiya Mera Naha Sa Jiya – Pyar Ki Jeet – Husnlal Bhagatram – Rajinder Krishna

Suraiya – Kinare Kinare Chale Jaayenge Jivan Ki Naiya Ko Khete Hue – Vidya – S D Burman – Y N Joshi

Of these top female solo songs for 1948 MY (each one as equal) choice for The TOP female solo songs would be:

Suraiya – Tere Naino Ne Chori Kiya Mera Naha Sa Jiya – Pyar Ki Jeet – Husnlal Bhagatram – Rajinder Krishna

Shamshad Begum  – Kahe Koyal Shor Machaye Re, Mohe Apna Koi Yaad Aaye Re – Aag – Ram Ganguly – Bahzad Laukhanavi

Meena Kapoor –Yaad Rakhana Chand Taron Ye Suhani Raat Ko – Anokha Pyar – Anil Biswas – Zia Sarhadi

Surinder Kaur – Badnam Na Ho Jaaye Muhabbat Ka Fasana – Shaheed – Ghulam Haider – Qamar Jalalabadi

Lata Mangeshkar – Chanda Re Ja Re Ja Re Piya Se Sandesha Mora Kahiyo Ja – Ziddi – Khemchand Prakash – Prem Dhawan

We also note that SoY have awarded the Best Female Playback Singer jointly goes to Lata Mangeshkar and Shamshad Begum for Chanda re ja re ja re and Kaahe koyal shor machaaye re respectively.

We will now over to the The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – Duet Songs from the next episode.

P.S. All the posts on Female Solo Songs of The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 are aggregated here.

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The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY – Female Solo Songs – Suraiya

The 21 solos songs of Suraiya are spread over just six films. Ideally, we would have covered these many songs in two post-length articles. But that would make the total number of posts on Female Solo Songs run a couple of months. So, for the time being we have covered Solo Songs of Suraiya in this one post.

Din Khushi Ka Chhup Gaya Raat Gam Ki Aa Gayee – Aaj Ki Raat – Husnlal Bhagatram – Rajinder Krishna

Kyon Le Chala Aye Dil Mujhko Pyar Ki Gali Mein – Aaj Ki Raat – Husnlal Bhagatram – Rajinder Krishna

Aaj Ki Raat Muhabbbat Hai Jawan Aaj Ki Raat – Aaj Ki Raat – Husnlal Bhagatram – Rajinder Krishna

Ro Ro Ke Saare Raat Kati Inazaar Mein – Aaj Ki Raat – Husnlal Bhagatram – Rajinder Krishna

Mere Dil Mein Koi Aaye Ki Naha Mera Naazuk Dil Haae Re – Kajal – Gulam Mohammad D N Madho, Shakeel Badayni

Din Pe Din Beete Jaaye Jaanewale Na Aae Main Kya Karoon – Kajal – Gulam Mohammad D N Madho, Shakeel Badayni

Din Gujara Raat Aayee Ho Balam Dhadkan – Kajal – Gulam Mohammad D N Madho, Shakeel Badayni

Mohe Mera Bachpan Laa De Jawani Bhae Na – Kajal – With Chorus – Gulam Mohammad D N Madho, Shakeel Badayni

Na Tadapane Ki Izazat Hai,,, Koi Duniya Mein Hamari Tarah Barbaad Na Ho – Pyar Ki Jeet- Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi

O Door Jaanewale Vaada Na  Bhool Na Jaana – Pyar Ki Jeet – Husnlal Bhagarram – Qamar Jalalabadi

Tere Naino Ne Chori Kiya Mera Naha Sa Jiya – Pyar Ki Jeet – Husnlala Bhagatram – Rajinder Krshna

Jaanewale Jara Duniya Ka Chalan Dekhata Jaa – Rang Mahal – K Dautta / V A Balsara – Shivkumar

Us Waqt Kya Kare Koi – Rang Mahal – K Datta / V A Balsara – Shivkumar

Kaali Ghatao Jaao  Sajan Ko Samajao – Shakti – Ramprasad / Ajum Baig – Asad Jafri

Pardesi Piya Tose Laga Jiya Chale Aana Sajan Dhire Dhire – Shakti – Ramprasad / Ajum Baig – Asad Jafri

Zan Zanan Baje Dil Ka Sitar…. – Shakti – Ramprasad / Ajum Baig – Asad Jafri

Armaan Bhara Dil .. Baith Gaya Ulfat Ke Sahare Toot Gaye – Shakti – Ramprasad / Ajum Baig – Asad Jafri

Jhoom Rahi Khushiyon KI Naav – Vidya – S D Burman – Y N Joshi

Kinare Kinare Chale Jaayenge Jivan Ki Naiya Ko Khete Hue – Vidya – S D Burman – Y N Joshi

O Krishna Kanhai .. Aashaonki Duniya Mein Hai Kyon Aag Lagai – Vidya – S D Burman – Anjum Pilibhiti

Kise Maloom Tha Do Din Mein Sawan Beet Jaega – Vidya – S D Burman – Anjum Pilibhiti

We will take up Solo Songs of Geeta Roy for the year 1948 in our next episode.

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The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY : Setting The Stage

Wait for the curtains to go up for a review of songs for the particular year @ Songs of Yore is more than an eager wait. It is preganat with more unknown songs now.  Having covered songs of 1955, 1953, 1951, 1950 and 1949 in the previous years, SoY has now crossed the threshold well into the Vintage Era as it now ventures into ‘Best songs of 1948: And the winners are?

As noted in the overview turnkey article, we now enter the period which has two quite distinct characteristics:

One, Lata Mangeshkar did sing over 40 songs of which you can count about ten memorable and a couple of all-time great songs, yet she was not the sole pole star, as she became from 1949 onwards. Therefore, dividing the female playback singers as Lata Mangehkar and ‘others’ as (has been) done for 1949, 1950 and 1951 would not be a true reflection of reality.

Secondly, the Vintage Era also means entering a period of more unknown than known, therefore, the year-wise review would now be more a discovery trip.

The post under consideration – Best songs of 1948: And the winners are?  – has presented quite an  encompassing overview in an established template: –

Musical landmarks: Like a golden Jubilee (Mela) and a silver Jubileen (Anokhi Ada) under the belt Naushad hasestablished his morchical position. His nearest rival C ramchandra has Nadiya Ke Paar and Kidkiin the year under review. Ghulam Hiader has presened his swan song on now the Indian soil – Shaheed. Raj Kapoor directs his maiden film Aag with Ram Ganguly as music director. Lata Mangeshkar has hardly any presence in these films.

Other important musical compositions are no less noteworthy nor have lost their charm. We will enlist them here –

Anil Biswas:

Gajre

Door papia bola – Suraiya
Baras baras badly bhi bikhar gayi – Lata Mangeshkar

Veena

Wo teekhi nazron se mere dil par – Mukes

Husnlal Bhagatram

Tere Naino Ne Chori Kiya – Suraiya

O Door Jaanewale – Suraiya

Khemchand Prakash

Marne Ki Duaen Kyon ManguN– Kisore Kumar’s maiden solo song – Ziddi

Chanda Re..Ja Re Ja Re – Lata Mangeshkar – Ziddi

Ghulam Haider

Grihasthi

Tere naaz uthane ko ji chahta hai – Mukesh & Shamshad Begum

Pugree

Ek teer chalanewale ne dil loot liya – Mukesh & Sitara (Kanpuri)

S D Burman

Vidya

Laayi khushi ki duniya – Mukesh & Suraiya

Bahe na kabhi nain se neer – Mukesh

Debut

Asha Bhosle – Only a line Bahana Khush Ho Ke Sangam Manaye – in a chorus in the song Sawaan Aya Re – Chunariya

Kishore Kumar’s first duet with Lata Mangeshkar Ye Kaun Aya Re – Ziddi

Prem Dhawan Chanda Re..Ja Re Ja Re – Ziddi

RK Films Aag

Geeta Dutt – Lata Mangeshkar’s maiden duet Har Shai Pe Jawani Hai – Majboor

Mukesh – Lata Mangeshkar duet Ab Darne Ki Koi Baat Nahin – Majboor

Ab Yaad Na Kar – Ankoha Pyar

Khayyam (as Sharmaji & (Rehman) Vermaji with Aziz Khan) Dil Dil Yun YuN Karata Hai – Geeta Dutt, Aziz Hindi – Heer Ranja

Lata Mangeshkar first song with Shamshad Begum and Mohantara Khushiyan Manayen Na Kyun Ham.. Kismat Hamare Saath Hai.. Jalanewale Jala Karen – Khidki

Surinder Kaur Itne Door Hain Huzoor Kaise – Pyar Ki Jeet

Padmini as dancer-actor in Uday Shankar’s Kalpana

S Mohinder – as music director in film Sehra and as a singer Ae dil Uda Ke – Sehra

Jaan Nissar Akhtar – as lyricist in Shikayat

Sahir Ludyanavi – as a lyricist for Badal Rahi Hai Zindagi – Azadi Ki Rah Par

Snehal Bhatkar – as a music director in Suhaag Raat

Bharat Bhushna and Geeta Bali – as actors in Suhag Raat

Fact file and Trivia notes that five songs of Meena Kapoor for Anokha Pyar were recorded on Lata Mangeshkar; Leela Chitnis played mother for first time in Shaheed; Mohammad Rafi holds a falg pole in Watan Ki Rah Mein Watan Naujawan Shaheed Ho; Ameerbai Karnataki composed music for Shahnaz, once only in her career; Vidya Nath Seth sang firve songs for Rooplelka of which he composed one song too.

List Of Memorable Songs is a fairly representative list of films, music directors and known as well as less-known songs that were released in the year. I have re-compiled this list, under the title Memorable Songs of 1948, by adding the relevant link to YT file.

For the year under review, Special songs also cover the songs which open a path of discovery on their own well as they have thir own personality. In this case too, I have brought these songs on the same page with List of Memorable Songs of 1948.

The stage is now set to commence our journey into the Micro View of the Songs of 1948. As the List of Memorable Songs and Special Songs have covered most of the well-known songs for the year, we will restrict our micro-view to in-depth listening of not-so-well-known songs. We will then combine our impressions of these songs with that we already have for the well-known ones to present our point of view in so far as

Best male playback singer
Best ‘other’ female playback singer
Best songs of Lata Mangeshkar
Best duets
Best music director

are concerned for the year 1948.

All the posts that will appear on this subject here have been tagged as Songs of 1948 @ SoY.

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The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY – MY Top Duet Songs

I always have had a special inclination towards the duet songs. 1949 is the year which had a fairly large catch of the duets to listen to and quite a few have been in the all time favorites of not only my choice but probably of all listeners in general as well. As a result, I have moved along and have generously presented My Top choice duets.

Male – Female Duets

It is no surprise that Male Female duets dominate the overall choice among variants of the duets. However, the domination of duets of Mohammad Rafi and Mukesh is my limitation of taste and choice. In other words, these are the songs that I have been listening to far more frequently than the others. So my choice does reflect that bias.

Other Duets

The Female – Female duets and the solitary triad + song are more or less automatic choices, at least by application of their overall populariover all these years.

The choice of selecting The Best from these has worked out to be more difficult than I had imagined. So I propose a work around solution. I have picked up one duet each from those of Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh and from the others.

We will conclude The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949 @ SoY in our next episode.