Lost melodies part 5

The old hindi film song stands like a monument on the shore weathered by the winds of time and the gentle caresses of the waves, to be admired across generations. And there are many such monuments along an endless musical shoreline built by a legion of architects, engineers and craftsmen who valiantly worked with their age old tools creating priceless works of art each unique in shape, form and style to create a rich heritage of that golden era of the music.

Manju – Do Dilon Ko Yeh Duniya (Chand 1944) :  Download

Zohrabai Ambalawali – Mohe Banka Balam Lage Pyara (Bela 1947) :  Download

Suraiya – Ek Bewafa Ki Yaad Ne (Char Din 1949) :  Download

Lata Mangeshkar – Chanda Gaye Pardes (Chakori 1949) :  Download

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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

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Lost melodies part 3

During the 1940s, the two faces which dominated the Indian film world with their music and acting were Noor Jehan and Suraiya. In fact, Suraiya was ranked after Noor Jehan who had created a sensation with her lively acting, tuneful singing and glamorous personality. Both appeared in Mehboob’s musical Anmol Ghadi (1946), and enraptured the audiences. Though overshadowed by Noor Jehan, it goes to Suraiya’s credit that though in a supportive role, she was able to hold her own and make her presence felt with her evergreen melodies. Suraiya decided to stay back in India after partition, while Noor Jehan left for Pakistan.

Noor Jehan – Chandni Raaten (Dupatta 1955) :  Download

Noor Jehan – Hamen To Sham-E-Gham Mein (Jugnu 1947) :  Download

Suraiya – Raaton Ki Neend Chhin Li (Shokhiyan 1952) :  Download

Suraiya – Mere Mundere Na Bol (Parwana 1947) :  Download

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Lost melodies part 2

Among the male playback singers of very early films of the last century, K L Saigal, Pankaj Mullick and K C Dey have their names etched in gold. It may surprise many, but K L Saigal recorded only about 180 songs during his lifetime. Yet he became the most emulated male singer of all-time in the Hindi film industry.

K L Saigal – Radharani De (Puran Bhagat 1933) :  Download

K L Saigal – Jo Beet Chuki (Pujarin 1936) :  Download

Pankaj Mullick – Sundar Nari Pritam Pyari (Manzil 1936) :  Download

Pankaj Mullick – Aaj Apni Mehnaton Ka (Doctor 1941) :  Download

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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

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