Vintage film : Dhoop Chhaon (1935)

Dhoop Chhaon was a 1935 Hindi movie directed by Nitin Bose. It was the first Hindi film to use playback singing. Before this, film makers did not use playback singers and the original actors and actresses sang their own songs. Curiously, actors were chosen specifically for their singing abilities. Nitin Bose came up with the idea of playback singing and he discussed this with music director R C Boral and his brother Mukul Bose, who was also the sound recordist in New Theatres, Calcutta. And it worked in a big way. From then on, the system of playback singing was introduced in Indian films.

K L Saigal – Andhe Ki Lathi :  Download

K C Dey – Baba Man Ki Ankhen Khol :  Download

K C Dey – Teri Gathri Mein Laga Chor :  Download

Pahadi Sanyal & Uma Shashi – Mere Prem Ki Naiya :  Download

Pahadi Sanyal and Uma Shashi were also the main actors in the film.

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  1. Arunabha said,

    March 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for this upload which also includes 2 nos of K C Dey. The recordings are also absolutely clear. Now that they are noise free, funnily, I am missing that sound of friction which is so much associated with a rotating old 78 r.p.m.record and is so nostalgic for all of us ! Thanks so much for this gift.

  2. Surjit Kohli said,

    June 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Saigal never acted in the movie Dhoop Chhaon and there is no song “Andhe Ki Laathi” in it. This was a mess up created by HMV many many years ago and so unfortunately it has stuck so far. It is time HMV (SaReGa now) should clear up this ambiguity.

  3. indianraga said,

    June 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Shri Kohli ji, you seem to be a very knowledgeable person. Your guidance is most welcome. I confess, I am not very thorough in the history of Indian film music. I started this blog simply to share the music in my collection. Please keep updating me. Thanks.

    • Surjit Kohli said,

      June 18, 2010 at 1:44 am

      You are doing a great service to fellow lovers of Hindustani music and I am greatly impressed with this elaborate setup. I am on the other and if allowed to be little cheeky, could brag an involvement with indian film oldies for the last fifty years. Having said that I must hasten to add that my interest in the indian classical music is no less. I was intriguied to listen to great Ali Akbar’s few pieces this evening on your website, which was a complete departure from all I have for many many years. But of course, my collection is the traditional of all what HMV had marketed. But nevertheless, these pieces (on your website) is a welcome departure nonetheless and perhaps it is the demand of present times.

  4. Dilip Gupte said,

    May 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    In a 2.16 minute duration the word ‘prem’ has been used 13 times. That was the specialty of New Theaters. In “Chandidas” the word “prem” has been repeated 45 times. By the way, the tune of “mori prem ki naiya” reselbles with the tune of “Koi preet ki reet bta do hamen” from “Caravan-e-hayat” again produced by NT.

  5. Dilip Gupte said,

    May 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Though SAigal did not act in Dhoop Chhaon but gramophone records were surely recorded in his voice. The reason is that KC Dey was having contract with Hindustan Records and the gramophone records of Dhoop Chhaon were released by HMV.

  6. mdvaishnv2002 said,

    June 10, 2011 at 8:21 am

    a legend in the history of bollywood world

  7. nitin sxaena said,

    May 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    pt sudarshan ka photo nh h kya
    biography likhni hai

  8. BULLSEYE said,

    June 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    missing Saigal’s magical voice ….such a great singer will not born again!!!!!

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