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 :
Great collection and a commendable work to upload them on the net; I thought my ‘records’ had been broken, so I would never have a chance to hear them ever again; your attempt has made these singers immortal. Congrats.
Rattan was a super duper hit in those days. People arguably consider 50s and 60s as the glorious era of Hindi cinema but I think it all comes down to movies like Rattan which planted the seeds for the music to follow. Beautiful songs. And 25000 is a fair bit of money even today so I think that would have been a monstrous figure in those days. Well done Naushad sir.
It was great movie of that era .I had the opportunity watch this movie in dec.1977 in the chilly winter of Pnjab in the last show 9.30 to 12.30.It was really inconveneince worth taking.The marriage of my7 friend was fixed for the next day.We enjoyed the film and its melodious songs.By preserving the songs you have done a great service to the film.
“PREN NAGAR” was the first movie in which Nuashad sahab had given music and, of course, RATTAN had been his biggest hit so far. Some more facts about this movie: 1: The whole movie was completed for only Seven Thousand Five Hundred Rupees after paying to all actors, actresses, director, music director, lyrist, singers, etc. 2: The royalty from the sales of it’s music records (after it’s release) in the first year was more than Rupees Three Lacks. 3: This was the only movie which had 12 songs on 6 – 78 rpm records alongwith dialogues from the film – which I had a chance to play and hear on my Nanaji’s (my mother’s father) HMV Gramophone in early 1950s in Mathura, UP, India. My father had liked the music so much that he would start dancing on Rumzhum Barse Badarwa. My son, my daughter and my grandson (who is 14 this year) – they all love these songs. Once I was driving with my grandson Akshat in California, when he was only 2 years old, Rumzhum Barse Badarwa was being played and after it was over, grandson started saying “Phirse Bajao, Phirse Bajao”. What a music director Sir Naushad Sahab was. No comparision at all. He was the one who initiated the playback singing and had brought in many famous singers like Shyam Kumar (Dillagi) who had sung one duet in Rattan also, Uma Devi, Amir Bai, Zohrabai, etc. Sir Naushad Sahab also gave a very rare chance to Mohd Rafi to sing one line in a song with K L Saigal in “Shah Jahan” movie. What to say about the Greatest Music Director of all the times.