Lost melodies part 4

In the early days of Indian film industry, actors mostly recorded the songs they were shown singing on the screen. However in the 1940s playback singers began to be increasingly used. This was not immediately accepted. Part of the audience’s enjoyment of early sound films came from their knowledge that the actor on the screen was actually singing the songs they heard. When playback singing first became common, the sudden disjuncture between the voice of the singer and the body of the actor was a source of ‘discomfort’ for audiences. Particularly unnerving was the use of one singer’s voice for many different actors. While playback singing was seen by some at the time as unauthentic, others sensed in it the possibility for greater creativity and entertainment.

Noor Jehan – Shala Jawaniyan Mane (Gulbakawali 1939) :  Download

Ashok Kumar & Devika Rani – Mere Jeevan Ke Path (Anjaan 1941) :  Download

Suraiya – Aise Mein Agar Tum Aa Jate (Balam 1949) :  Download

Lata Mangeshkar – Yad Rakhna Chand Taro (Anokha Pyar 1949) :  Download

.. more Lost Melodies »

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3 Comments

  1. parulb said,

    October 30, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Thanks

  2. December 7, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Let me in.

  3. August 7, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Anmol songs, thank u. How can one view full movie with them ?


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