Lost melodies part 1

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) :  Download

Amirbai Karnataki – Mora Dheere Se Ghoonghat (Bhartruhari 1945) :  Download

Zohrabai Ambalawali – More Saiyanji Ne Bheji (Pahele Aap 1944) :  Download

Zohrabai Ambalawali – Mori Bali Umariya (Nateeja 1948) :  Download




  1. Arunabha said,

    March 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Thanks for the songs which transport the listener to a forgotten era. One request, though. Kindly provide the music director and the lyricist’s names. It is their creation and we often tend to forget their contribution and give them their due credit. Would appreciate if you provide the said details for all the songs uploaded till now. Thanks once again.

  2. indianraga said,

    March 16, 2010 at 10:27 am

    There are lots of sites that will provide you all the information you need about a particular movie or song (try googling the movie name and year, and you will have it all). I want to make the posts on this blog very brief. Also lack of time restricts me to post minimum info. Afterall keeping the details to the minimum is better than giving wrong information. My purpose is to provide good vintage music to those who have not experienced it.

  3. Arunabha said,

    March 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Would like to request for songs of Parul Ghosh with a note on whatever is known about her illustrious background with 2 great musicians associated so closely with her – Anil Biswas (brother) & Pannalal Ghosh (husband). She apparently sacrificed her singing career to look after her family. The circumstances might not have been similar to that of Annapurna Devi, but we as listeners lost, quite untimely, the pleasure of enjoying her melodious voice. Thanks,

  4. indianraga said,

    March 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Sure, I will feature Parul Ghosh very soon. Thanks for asking.

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