Rattan (Hindi: रतन), released in 1944 was a landmark movie in more than one way. It brought in a new phase of film music where rhythmic beats of Indian folk percussion instruments like Dholak were introduced for the first time. Rattan also catapulted music director Naushad to dizzy heights of fame. In my earlier post on Rattan (1944), I could but just post four of its songs. Here are some of the remaining.
Manju – Angdai Teri Hai Bahana :
Manju – Jhoothe Hain Sab Sapne Suhane :
Amirbai Karnataki – Milke Bichhad Gai Ankhiyan :
Zohrabai Ambalawali – Aai Diwali Aai Diwali :
Zohrabai Ambalawali – Pardesi Balma :
Zohrabai Ambalawali & Karan Dewan – Sawan Ke Badalo :
Those were pre-Mangeshkar days of playback singing. Female singers like Parul Ghosh, Khursheed, Rajkumari, Shamshad Begum, Uma Devi (who later became famous as comedienne Tun Tun), Suraiya, Noor Jehan (until she left India and settled in Pakistan), Zohrabai Ambalawali and Amirbai Karnataki ruled the roost. The advent of the Mangeshkar sisters, however, changed the playback singing scenario altogether. Here in this series of brief posts I take up some of these marvellous singers, both male and female, of that bygone era. These are randomly picked songs and are not presented in a particular order.
Amirbai Karnataki – Maar Katari Mar Jana (Shehnai 1943) :
Amirbai Karnataki – Mora Dheere Se Ghoonghat (Bhartruhari 1945) :
Zohrabai Ambalawali – More Saiyanji Ne Bheji (Pahele Aap 1944) :
Zohrabai Ambalawali – Mori Bali Umariya (Nateeja 1948) :
The film Rattan, released in 1944 and starring Amir Banu, Karan Dewan and Swarnalata was a landmark movie in more than one way. First, it catapulted music maestro Naushad to the top and perhaps for the first time the use of folk percussion instruments like dholak etc. instilled a new sense of rhythm into film music which until then was more melody and less rhythm. Rattan was a huge success and it enabled Naushad to charge Rs 25,000 per film, a big amount those days. It also brought singers like Amirbai Karnataki and Zohrabai Ambalawali amongst the top-notch female singers of their time.
Zohrabai Ambalawali – Ankhiyan Milake :
Zohrabai Ambalawali – Rumjhum Barse Badarwa :
Amirbai Karnataki & Shyam Kumar – O Janewale Balamwa :