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 Roy – Oh Gori Tera Banka Chhaiya Jeet Ke Aaya Jang – Actress – Shyam Sundar – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan
Shamshad Begum + Geeta Roy – Ankhon Ankhon Mein Dil Se Dil Ki Baat Kah Gaye – Actress – Shyam Sundar –
Amirbai Karanataki + Rajkumari – Basant Chhaya Charon Aur, Ho Chhaya Charon Aur – Amar Prem – Datta Thakor – Mohan Mishra, M A
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:
Surinder Kaur generally would not fall into the category of well-known names of the playback singers for an average Hindi Film Song fan. We did recognise her potential when we listened to the Female Solo Songs of 1949.
Popular solo songs
Badnam Na Ho Jaaye Muhabbat Ka Fasana – Shaheed – Ghulam Haider – Qamar Jalalabadi
Taqdeer Ki Andhi Aisi Chali….Ujhada Ummedon Ka Chaman Ham Kahan Aur Tum Kahan – Shaheed – Gjulam Haider – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan
Other Solo Songs
Mere Dil Ki Ram Kahani Sun Ja Meri Jubani – Lal Dupatta – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok
Mere Uljhe Uljhe Sapne Sulaz Na Paaye – Lal Dupatta – Gyan Dutt – Manohar Khanna
Chanchal Man Kahe Dhadake, Ruk Ja Ruk Ja – Lal Dupatta – Gyan Dutt – (??)
Akhiyan Mila Ke Akhiyan Roye Din Ratwa – Nadiya Ke Paar – C Ramchandra – Moti B.A.
Ek Nazar Woh Yaad Hai Unki, Jisne Dil Pe War Kiya – Nao – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok
Tum Ho Na Ho Hamare Lo Ji Ham Gaye Tumhare – Nao – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok
Kitane Door Hai Huzoor Jaise Mulaqat Ho – Pyar Ki Jeet – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi
Aana Hai To Aa Bhi Jaao Gar AAj Bhi Na Aaye To – Shaheed – Ghulam Haider – Nakshab Jarachavi
The song for which I could not locate the soft link:
Ab Tere Bina Mera Nahi Thikana, O Pardesiya – Nao – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok
We will take up solo songs of Ameerbai Karanatakiin our next episode in our The Micro View of the Songs of 1948 @ SoY series.
While listening to the Songs of 1949, I had opportunity to listen to the solo songs of Surinder Kaur in great detail. I did get to listen to her duets with Mukesh, but as it appears, had missed the duet with Mohammad Rafi. The surreal appeal of her voice simply lingered on in my mind.. Hence, I sought more details. Cineplot.com and Wikipedia provide us fairly comprehensive details about her background. We come to know that this is the month of her birth (25th November, 1929).
And that made the choice for the content of our November, 2016 episode very simple – Solo Songs of Surinder Kaur from Hindi Films.
The list of songs that I could lay hands on span the period of 1948 to 1952 only. I have no idea how much these songs had become popular those days and why did she had to retreat to singing Punjabi songs only. Losing on more songs must surely mean a big enough loss to the wealth of Hindi Film music, but the songs that we already have are more than enough to make up the quantitative value.
I have chosen only one solo song per film here, and that choice is what my ears have liked. All other songs are available on YT, so those who wish to go beyond the ones here simply have to search for the film and the songs will appear easily enough.
So here we go….
Akhiyan Mila Ke Akhiyan, Roye Din Ratiyan – Nadiya Ke Paar (1948) – C Ramchandra – Moti B.A.
This is the only solo song in the film and that has gone to Surinder Kaur. What a break that should be! And she has certainly lived up to the demands as well.
Ek Nazar Woh Yaad Hai Unki, Jisne Dil Par Vaar Kiya – Nao (1948) – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok
I have no idea whether Nao came first or it passed Nadiya Ke Paar first, but the as we cross Nadiya Ke Paar with the Nao, we get the bounty of three solos and a duet of Surinder Kaur.
The song is composed to the inherent Punjabi fair, but Surinder Kaur’s chords have certain appeal beyond the composition.
Kitne Door Hai Huzoor, Kaise Mulaquat Ho – Pyar Ki Jeet (1948) – Husnlal Bhagatram – Qamar Jalalabadi
A dholak-based rhythm again, but Surinder Kaur comes in different colours in the delivery of the songs…
Badnam Na Ho Jaaye Mohabatt Ka Afsana – Shaheed (1948) – Ghulam Haider – Raja Mahendi Ali Khan
This can be called as perhaps her most ever-known song. Shaheed was certainly a film that by its very nature of the story was heavily tilted towards the character of the hero. Therefore, it was no small achievement that Kamini Kaushal had underplayed to the hilt her role of the beloved one who remains in the shadow, but comes out with equal theatrical score at the end. That makes the responsibility if the lead female playback singer quite daunting. That Surinder Kaur was chosen for all the three solos means that the music director had invested great trust in her voice. She has risen to the best of the vintage era playback standards.
Aye Chand Tere Saath To Rehate Hai Sitare – Dada (1949) – Shaukat Hussain Dehalvi (a.k.a. Nashad) – Rafiq Ajmeri
The films had two other duets with Mukesh and one with Shamshad Begum. Surinder Kaur continues her standard that she had set in Shaheed.
Ummeedo Par Udasi Chhaa Gayi, Kya Tum Na Aaoge – Kaneez- Ghulam Haider – Harishchandra ‘Akhtar’
Ghulam Haider reposes the faith and Surinder Kaur rises so well to the challenge in a song that exudes pathos.
Dil Ke Maalik Sun, Mera Dil Toot Gaya Hai – Rooplekha (1949) – Sajjad Hussain – Khumar Barabankvi
For the purposes of records, HFGK mentions Khan Masatana as the music director for all songs of the film but one. For us it is to relish the sheer melody of Surinder Kaur’s voice in so lower octaves at a very slow spaced rhythm.
Ye Lakhon Hasaratein…Ab Jiyen Batao Kiske Liye – Sanwaria (1949) – C Ramchandra – P L Santoshi
C Ramchandra also has chosen to allot one solo song to Surinder Kaur – Shamshad Begum has two other solos whereas Lalita Deulkar has one. Surinder Kaur so easily sounds like Shamshad Begum, with a heavier tone. Well, that is what it sounds to me. Whatever that may be, the song stands so well on its own merits too.
Chanda Re Main Teri Gawahi Lene Aayi – Singaar (1949) – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok
There are two more solos and a duet with Suraiya also to Surinder Kaur’s account in this film. She has played back for Madhubala in the film. In the present case, the song is set to a very soft style, befitting the mood of the scene in the film. Singing with the minimal support of the rhythm, Surinder Kaur succeeds in enacting the mood.
Tum Sang Akhiyan Mila Ke… Neha Laga Ke, Main Haar Gayi…- Sunehare Din (1949) – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok
Gyan Dutt has not only given once again a lion’s share in the film’s songs, he seems to have gone to further experiment as well. If this song is playful, listen to
Thandi Thandi Hawa Jo Aaye – a song so full of pathos and Surinder Kaur enlivening every possible nuance of the emotion.
Daga Baaz Kaun Bharosa Tera – Khamosh Sipahi (1950) – Hansraj Behl – D N Modhok
This time it is Hansraj Behl who takes the Surinder Kaur to very low octaves and creates the deep pathos from the emotionally-charged heaviness of her voice…
The film has one more solo to Surinder Kaur’s account and a duet each with Mohammad Rafi and Geeta Roy respectively.
More Nain Baware, Chham Chham Neer Bahaye – Sabak (1950) – A R Qureshi – D N Modhok
Heroine is physically so far away from her beloved that the she has no one to share the tears rolling down from eyes.…
For the records, Sabak has highest number of songs to Surinder Kaur in any one film – three solos, three duets with Mohammad Rafi and a chorus in duet with Asha Bhosle.
‘Shaadi Ki Raat’ (1950 has one duet with Talat Mahmood, which is so light in mood.
Duniya Se Nyaari Teri Sasural Hai, Ghar Mein Na Aata Hai Na Ghee Hai Na Dal Hai – Badi Bahu (1951) – Anil Biswas – ??
Here is a typical pre-marriage ceremony song where bride’s friends get together and tease her while playing satirical songs about her in-laws-to-be. Most of India has similar tradition, but Hindi films have standardized it to the traditional Punjabi culture. That is perhaps reason why Anil Biswas has chosen Surinder Kaur for the song.
Majhdhar Mein Kashti Doob Gayi – Buzdil (1951) – S D Burman – Kaifi Azmi
S D Burman creates Shamshad Begum-like effect with Surinder Kaur…
Main Mubarakbaad Dene Aayi Hun – Aandhiyan (1952) – Ustad Ali Akbar Khan – Pandit Narendra Sharma
For an essentially high-pitched-voice female singer, one obvious song form is a Mujhara. Surinder Kaur’s repertoire is, too, now complete.
To end, there is a very peculiar piece in Aandhiyan. Surinder Kaur’s voice has also been used for a male musician who has a feminine voice who is in the process of setting up the scale for the performance.
In order to end our episode with a Mohammad Rafi song, I have chosen the first film in which Mohammad Rafi and Surinder Kaur had a duet. The composition is set to quite lilting rhythm:
Tum Jo Ho Jao Hamre Hum Ho Jae Tumhare.. Kabhi Chandani Raton Mein – Rooplekha (1949) – Khan Mastana – Khumar Barabankvi
Surinder Kaur has had left behind a very rich legacy of her Punjabi songs also.
We pay our humble tribute to Surinder Kaur on her ensuing birth day by promising that we will come back to her duets at appropriate occasions.
If you have more songs to share, you are most heartily welcome…..
Substantive share of Lata Mangeshkar+ songs in the Female Female duets category for the year 1949 also can be taken as one more indicator of her emergence as THE playback singer. Of course, she does share space with all other major (so-called) competing players in this category, which seems to have weighed in her favor.
So let us listen to the female female duets of singers other than Lata Mangeshkar.
Shamshad Begum +
Aa Javo Phir Meri Bigadi Ko Banane – Dada – with Surinder Kaur – Shaukat Haidari – Majrooh Sultanpuri
Meri Pyari Patang Chali Badal Ke Sang – Dillagi – with Uma Devi – Naushad – Shakeel Badayuni
Chhak Chhak Chali Hamari Rail, Ye Hai Aage Ye Paani Ka Mail – Naach – with Geeta Roy – Husnlal Bhagatram – Mulkraj Bhakri
Pyar Ke Jahan Ki Nirali Sarkar Hai – Patanga – With Lata Mangeshkar – C Ramchandra – Rajendra Krishna
Geeta Roy +
Hasrat Bhari Nazar Ko….O Pardesiya, O Rasiya – Dil Ki Basti – with Zohra Jaan – Ghulam Mohammad – Khumar Barabankvi
Badal Gir Aaye – Karwat – with Asha Bhosle – Hans Raj Behl – V N Madhok
Kheloge Kaun Sa Khel Mere Lal – Tara – with Premlata – Vinod – Aziz Kashmiri
Mithai ki Dukan Dilli Ke Bazar – Tara – with Gandhari – Vinod – Aziz Kashmiri
Johrabai Ambalewali +
Hai Kahani Preet Ki Itwaar Se ItwaarTak – Daulat – with Lalita Deulkar – Hanuman Prasad –Qamar Jalalabadi
Chhoon Chhoon Ghunghariya Baje, Ye Raat Phir Na Aayegi, Jawani Beet Jayegi – Mahal – with Rajkumari – Khemchand Prakash – Nakshab Jarachavi
Aye Dard-e-Mohabbat Tune Mujhe Badnam Kara Ke Chhoda – Singar – with Surinder Kaur – Khursheed Anwar– D N Madhok
Aavo Sakhi Hum Gaye Tarana– Zevrat – with Shanta Kunwar – Hans Raj Behl – Habeeb Sarhadi
Here are a few songs for which soft links do not seem to be have been set up, as yet.
Aayee Hai, Woh Aayee Hai, Dekha Badariya Kali – Bholi – Shamshad Begum with Meena Kapoor – Pt. Govind Ram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor
Sun O Jaanewale Rahi… In Mitti Ke Khilone Ka – Maa Ka Pyar – with Meena Kapoor – Pt. Govindram – Ishwar Chandra Kapoor
Yahan Naino Mein Pyar Dil Ko Qarar Kiya Lage Piya – Char Din – Shamshad Begum with Premlata – Shyam Sundar – Shakeel Badayuni
If anyone who has the song(s) may please either post it in the comments or upload the soft copy to me by e-mail.
In the next episode we will take up Male-Male Duets as well as Triads & Triads+ songs.
Mukesh has had quite well-known duets with almost every other female playback singer for the year 1949.
Films like Dada or Shabnam or Sunhere Din or Thes had more than two duets. I have accommodated one duet here and one more in my Top Choice songs, but still had to leave out the third one. Fortunately these ones are easily accessible on YT.
The development of my understanding and liking of the Hindi Film Songs over all these years has been shaped at different stages of availability sources like Radio (only), audio cassettes, EP/LP records, audio / video CDs/ DVDs and then the internet. The songs that I continued to get to listen across each of this medium do remain a fairly large number. But, there is no denying that internet has filled a big void in my known unknowns as well as unknown unknowns in so far as HFM is concerned.
In order to be fair to the songs that I have listened only of late on the internet, I have decided to choose at least one song from the songs that I so listened in the present exercise of The Micro View of the Best Songs of 1949, over and above one from already well-established, known known and liked songs.
With that caveat, here is My Choice of the TOP Solo Songs of the Other Female Singers for 1949:
The choice of the BEST among these will rest on where the wheel of roulette will stop.
For me any one will be a jackpot……
SoY has also released Best songs of 1949: Wrap Up 2. After a very meticulous, balanced and fair analysis, wherein the choice of the best ‘other’ female playback singer was Shamshad Begum, followed by Suraiya.
We have now covered four ‘other’ female singers – Suraiya, Geeta Roy,Shamshad Begum and Raajkumari – who have had a fairly significant share of solo songs in 1949. Among the solo songs that I selected for ‘other’ female singers, Asha Bhosle (4) and Surinder Kaur (5) would have jointly crossed the double digit threshold to earn a separate post in our Micro Review.
Here is a one-from-the film- filter selected result:
Solo Songs of Asha Bhosle
On a very first look at the female solo songs of 1949, I had thought that I would hardly find an insignificant enough solos and a couple of Asha Bhosle duets. However, as I sorted through the songs with a fine tooth comb, I did find noticeable enough numbers. No surprises here that Asha Bhosle has yet to set her signature groove.
Chupake Chupake Mast Nigahein – Ek Teri Nishani – Saardul Kwatra – A Shah
Kahati Jawani Kisi Ko Dil Mein Basa Le – Lekh – Krishna Dayal – Qamar Jalalabadi
Mere Pyare Sanam Ki Pyari Gali Ho – Parda – Sharmaji (a.k.a Khayyam) – Swami Ramanand
Hai Mauj Mein Apne Begane, Do Chaar Idhar Do Char Udhar – Raat Ki Raani – Hans Raj Behl – Arzoo Lakhanavi
YT records this one as the first recorded song of Asha Bhosle.
Solo songs of Surinder Kaur
Surinder Kaur also has fairly noticeable presence during the year, in terms of some very pleasant solos and duets.
Ae Chand Tere Saath To Rehate Hain Sitaare – Dada – Shaukat Dehlvi (a.k.a. Nashad) – Rafi Ajmeri
Kya Tum Na Aaoge, Umeedon Pe Udasi Chhayi Hui Hai– Kaneez – Ghulam Haider – Harishchandra Akhtar
Dil Ke Maalik Toot Gaya Hai Mera Dil Toot Gaya Hai – Roop Lekha – Khan Mastana
Ye Lakhon Hasaratein– Sanwariya – C Ramchandra – P L Santoshi
Chanda Re Main Teri Gawahi Lene Aayee – Singaar – Khursheed Anwar – D N Madhok
Tum Sang Akhiyan Mila Ke – Sunhere Din – Gyan Dutt – D N Madhok
Our next stop is the last one on our journey of ‘other’ female singers, where we will take up ‘others of the ‘other’ female singers.