Welcome to February, 2017 edition of Carnival of Blogs on Golden Era of Hindi Film Music.
This is the month when the world celebrated Valentine Day. We have picked up these topical posts to commence our present episode:
- Hundreds of shades of Pyaar – Ms. Shalan Lal so lyrically and scholarly goes on to explore 10 of the hundreds of Pyar. In the past, SoY had also published New Theatres’ romance with Prem.
Bachapan Ki Yaad Dheere Dheere Pyaar Ban Gayi – Shaheed (1948) – Lalita Deulkar – Ghulam Haider – Qamar Jalalabadi
- 11 Everlasting Love Songs: Celebrate the Many Splendours of Love – Peeyush Sharma and Antara Nanda Mondal bring 11 eternal love songs from 11 music directors who left their mark in Hindi film music.
- Love is… Claiming Rights: Teri Zulfon Se Judaai to Nahin Mangi Thi – Anand Desai and Antara Nanda Mondal explore the trend-setting music created by Shankar Jaikishan in Teri Zulfon Se (Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai), a formula that Nasir Hussain perfected and re-used 16 years later in Hum Kisi Se Kum Nahin as Kya Hua Tera Wada.
We will now take up the posts on the anniversaries or eulogies:
The three distinct phases of OP Nayyar’s career – Ravindra Kelkar pans three distinct musical styles, each corresponding to three time periods of O P Nayyar’s career. Here are three illustrations, each for a respective phase:
Taare Chandani – Baaz (1953) – Geeta Roy (Dutt) – Majrooh Sultanpuri
Man More Ga Jhoom Ke – Mangu (1954) – Asha Bhosle – Majrooh Sultanpuri
Humdum Mere Khel Na Jano – Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon (1963) – Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhosle – Majrooh Sultanpuri
Remembering Madhubala, Bollywood’s Very Own Marilyn Monroe – Khalid Mohamed- republished to mark Madhubala’s birth anniversary – Madhubala’s end-years were spent in deflecting an illness which had a deadline. At one point, doctors had declared that Madhubala wouldn’t last beyond a period of two years. ..Despite that, she attempted to complete the last shooting spell required for Chalak co-featuring Raj Kapoor. Lore has it that since filmmakers had stopped approaching her to act, she threw caution to the wind, and steered towards film direction. Neither this project titled Farz Aur Ishq, nor Chalak, could get to the finishing line.
Cuckoo Did Get A Mention Here On Her Birthday This Year… – Even as there is no specific post on Cuckoo, a new comment to the old post Discussion, Info and Great Pics Related to the Earliest Appearances of Cuckoo makes up for the loss.
We have two posts on Waheeda Raheman’s birthday –
- Waheeda Rehman – The Woman of Substance On-Screen – In Pyaasa, Mujhe Jeene Do, The Guide, Teesri Kasam and Kaagaz Ke Phool – Waheeda’s best four movies to the author’s mind – Waheeda played the women who traded their charms for sustenance.” Vijay Kumar revisits these films from the perspective of the towering women characters in them played by Waheeda Rehman.
- In Praise of Waheeda Rehman who had quite a few songs that are songs that are paeans to her beauty, praising her charm and her loveliness, while some of the others are sheer romance, in verse.
Hua jab se dil mein tera guzar, Mujhe chain hai na qaraar hai (Zara sun haseena-e-nazneen – Kaun Apna Kaun Paraya (1963) – Mohammed Rafi – Ravi – Shakeel Badayuni
Remembering Faiz Ahmed Faiz Through His Aching Words – Almas Khateeb – here’s looking at some of this subtle and sophisticated poet’s works, that’ll stay with us for years to come: Faiz Ahmed Faiz and His Beguiling Poetry.
Here are posts on other subjects as well:
Films that are 50: A Dilip Kumar double treat in ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ – Nirupama Kotru – The thespian proves that comedy is as easy as tragedy in the 1967 hit comedy, which was a remake of the popular Telugu film Ramudu Bheemudu, which in turn was loosely based on Alexander Dumas’s The Corsican Brothers.
Los Angeles, 1975. Lata Mangeshkar takes the stage. Deafening applause – Mohan DeoraRachana Shah – On Stage With Lata is a different kind of memoir: it is a short history of Mangeshkhar’s concerts in the United States of America, Canada, the Caribbean and the Fiji Islands between 1975 and 1998.
Audio master: ‘Kismet’ laid the foundation of the Hindi film song as we know it – Rudradeep Bhattacharjee – In the 1943 blockbuster, the essential elements and conventions of the movie tune were codified, including the mukhda-antara form. Musicologist Jayson Beaster-Jones notes, “Both the film and the music of ‘Kismet’ exemplify a point just before a critical moment of transition for Indian filmmaking.”
Hope for Mumbai’s single screen cinemas after New Excelsior gets a shiny makeover – Subhash Ghai’s cinema chain has renovated and relaunched the iconic Mumbai theatre with new amenities and fewer seats.
Flowers bloom in Bollywood – D P Rangan has presented a colorful spread of Hindi film songs on flowers.
My favourites: Ten answers to the ‘Kaun Aaya’ question is in response to songs on Kaun Aaya, such as:
Chaakuwaala chhuriwaala… aaya main mastaana (Al-Hilal, 1957)
Mehfil mein jo aaye tum (Vallah Kya Baat Hai, 1962)
Ghoomke aaya hoon main… Baajewaala Patialewaala (Basant, 1960)
The Adivasi Chain Dances (Santali and Dhimsa) – Circle dance, or chain dance, is a style of dance done in a circle or semicircle to musical accompaniment, such as rhythm instruments and singing. Circle dancing is probably the oldest known dance formation and was part of community life from when people first started to dance.
We end today’s episode with a prayer composed also by Mohammad Rafi
I trust you will always feel free to proffer your suggestions for making this series of posts more lively and informative….