Archive for September, 2010

A tribute to Lataji on her birthday

Posted in Songs, tributes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2010 by vidursury

Here are some awesome songs, a glimpse through the legend Lata Mangeshkar’s glorious singing career.

1. Teri Mehfil Mein Qismat Aazmaakar Ham Bhi Dekhenge with Shamshad Begum Ji in Mughal-E-Azam (1960), picturised on Madhubala, Nigar Sultana, Dilip Kumar and others

2. Woh Chand Khila Woh Tare Hanse in Anari (1959), Mukesh also sings a line

Picturised on Raj Kapoor and Nutan

3. Dil Ka Khilona Haye Toot Gaya in Goonj Uthi Shehnai (1959), picturised on Ameeta

4. Aaja Re Pardesi in Madhumati (1958) picturised on Vyjayantimala and Dilip Kumar (LATA WON THE BEST PLAYBACK SINGER FILMFARE AWARD FOT THE FIRST TIME HERE)

5. Ab Aage Teri Marzi in Devdas (1955) picturised on Vyjayantimala, Dilip Kumar, Motilal and others

6. Na Milta Gham To Barbadi Ke Afsane Kahan Jate in Amar (1954) picturised on Nimmi

7. Door Koi Gaye Dhun Ye Sunaye with Shamshad Begum and Mohammed Rafi in Baiju Bawra (1952), picturised on Meena Kumari, Bharat Bhushan and others

8. Zindgi Badli Mohabbat Ka Maza Aane Laga with Rajkumari Ji in Anhonee (1952), picturised on Nargis’s double-role

9. Dheere Se Aaja Ri Akhiyan Mein in Albela (1951) picturised on Bhagwan and a girl

10. O Gore Gore with Amirbai Karnataki Ji in Samadhi (1950)

Picturised on Nalini Jaywant, Kuldip Kaur, Ashok Kumar and others

11. Panchi Ban Mein Piya Piya Gane Laga in Babul (1950) picturised on Nargis

12. Chale Jaana Nahin Nain Milake in Badi Bahen (1949) picturised on Geeta Bali and Pran

13. Jiya Beqarar Hai, Chaai Bahar Hai in Barsat (1949) picturised on Nimmi

14. Aayega Aayega Aayega Aanewala in Mahal (1949) picturised on Madhubala and Ashok Kumar (LATA’S FIRST HIT SONG)

15. Bedard Tere Dard Ko in Padmini (1948)

16. Paa Lagu Kar in Aap Ki Seva Mein (1947) (LATA’S FIRST PLAYBACK SONG)

And the song I uploaded as a tribute to her, an evergreen duet of her and another amazing singer cum actress, Madam Shanta Apte. It is a 3 minute song with the remaining time with a slideshow of pictures of Lata and Shanta.

17. Main Khili Khili Phulwari with Shanta Apte Ji in Subhadra (1946)

May Lata live long, ending my tribute to her here.

A Tribute To My Mother On Her Birthday

Posted in Songs, tributes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by vidursury

Here is our blog dedicated to my grandmother

My mother is very dear to me, she is very active and cheerful. Although she has to do most of the housework and also money-paid work, she treats us with so much care and affection. Happy Birthday Mummy! May you live long. Sharing with you some of my mother’s dear movie songs:

First, here is a famous Madam Noor Jehan number from Badi Maa (1945), both my mother’s and my favourite:

Then we move on to a lovely Madam Shanta Apte song in the Tamil film Savithri (1941)

And here is a really melodious song of Madam M. S. Subbulakshmi in Savithri again

A lovely Madam Shamshad Begum – Madam Lata Mangeshkar duet in Deedar (1951)

Madam Zohrabai sings in Rattan (1944):

A great rendition by Madam Amirbai in Kismat (1943)

And ending the tribute with another lovely Noor Jehan song in Zeenat (1945):

Hope you shall live happily for the rest of your life, mummy!

A tribute to Madam Kalyanibai Ji

Posted in Songs, tributes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by vidursury

Among vintage film singers, I don’t think Madam Kalyanibai is so well known as many others, but her voice is a very weighty and sweet one and one of the most powerful voices in Hindi films. Probably her most famous song was “Aahein Na Bhari” with Zohrabai Ambalewali and Noor Jehan in Zeenat (1945), the first female and first famous Qawwali with many debuters.

Her most famous works are from Noor Jehan starring blockbuster Zeenat (1945), under music directors Hafiz Ali Khan and Meer Sahab. In Zeenat she sang with some top female singers of the 40s. Enjoy all these fabulous voices!

1. Aahein Na Bhari with Zohrabai Ambalewali and Noor Jehan. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kalyanibai is one of the women here!

Song number 2 in this link

2. Sakhi Aaya Sawan Aaya with Zohrabai Ambalewali and Amirbai Karnataki

Song number 6 in this link

3. Dulhan Ban Jao with Zohrabai Ambalewali

Song number 8 in this link

4. Sharabi Soch Na Kar with Pankaj Mullick in Mukti (1937)

NOTE THAT THE LADY IN THE DARK-COLOURED SARI IS MADAM KALYANIBAI AS THEN THERE WAS NO PLAYBACK SINGING

5. Hum Mast Dilon Ko Lekar Masti Mein Chali Motor with Shamshad Begum and Hafiz Ali Khan Mastana, picturised on Rehana, Nigar Sultana, Roopkamal and others

6. Balam Main Solah Baras Ki Naar in Parda (1949), picturised on dancers

7. Idhar Dekhte Hain with Amirbai Karnataki and others in Parda (1949), picturised on Rehana and others

Kalyanibai Ji has an immortal voice. I hope this post helps her get present recognition. More songs by the legend shall be uploaded soon.

Tansen (1943) songs

Posted in movie reviews, Songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by vidursury

Tansen is a Kundan Lal Saigal Sahab blockbuster. His heroine here is Madam Khursheed, one of the top singer-actresses of that period who later migrated to Pakistan (but made only 2 unsuccessful movies there). She was ‘Tani’, and Saigal was the legendary musician Tansen here. Here are the awesome melodies:

Music by Khemchand Prakash

1. Diya Jalao Jugmug Jugmug (in Raag Deepak) by K. L. Saigal Sahab, picturised on himself, Mubarak (playing the role of Mughal Emperor Akbar) and others

2. Kahe Guman Kare Gori by Saigal, picturised on himself and Khursheed

3. Sapt Suran Teen Gram by K. L. Saigal, picturised on himself, Mubarak and others

4. Rumjhum Rumjhum Chaal Tihari by Saigal, picturised on himself, Khursheed and an elephant

5. Ghata Ghanghor Ghor Mor Machaye Shor by Madam Khursheed, picturised on herself with glimpses of Saigal

6. Baagh Laga Doon Sajni by Saigal, picturised on himself and Khursheed

7. More Balpan Ke Sathi by Saigal and Khursheed

Part 1:

Part 2:

8. Ab Raja Bane More Balam Wo Din Bhool Gaye by Khursheed, with glimpses of Saigal again

9. Aao Gori Aao Shyama by Khursheed, picturised on herself and Saigal

10. Dukhia Jiara by Khursheed, picturised on herself

11. Some Raags by Saigal:

1.Darbari Kanada

2. Miyan Ki Malhar

3. Miyan Ki Todi

12. Barso Re Barso Re by Khursheed, picturised on herself, other girls and Saigal (in Raag Megh Malhar)

Enjoy!

Zeenat (1945) songs

Posted in movie reviews, Songs, tributes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2010 by vidursury

Here are all 8 songs from Noor Jehan starring blockbuster Zeenat (1945). Enjoy!

Music by Hafeez Ali Khan and Meer Sahab

1. Bulbulo Mat Ro Yahan by Noor Jehan Ji (THIS SONG EARNED HER THE HONORIFIC TITLE OF MALIKA-E-TARANNUM I.E. QUEEN OF MELODY), picturised on herself

2. Aahein Na Bhari Shikven Na Kiye by the unmatched trio of Noor Jehan Ji, Zohrabai Ambalewali Jiand Kalyani Ji. THIS WAS THE FIRST FEMALE QAWWALI IN SOUTH ASIAN FILMS AND ACTRESSES SHYAMA JI – AS BABY KHURSHEED, SHASHIKALA JI, YASMIN JI AND REHANA JI DEBUTED HERE), picturised on them, Zebunnisa Ji, Kalyani Ji (herself!),  and others

In fact,  Zohrabai Ji is also one of the ladies here!

3. Aandhiyan Ghum Ki Yun Chalin by Noor Jehan Ji, picturised on herself

4. Nacho Sitaron Nacho, Ab Chand Nikalnewala Hai by Noor Jehan Ji, picturised on herself

5. Aaja Ri Nindiya Tu Aake Na Ja by Noor Jehan Ji, picturised on herself and a baby

6. Sakhi Aaya Sawan Aaya by Zohrabai Ambalewali Ji, Kalyani Ji and Amirbai Karnataki Ji, it is unknown to the majority that Noor Jehan Ji isn’t one of the singers

Picturised on a lot of girls including Baby Khursheed alias Shyama Ji, Kalyani Ji, Shanta Rin Ji, Zeenat Begum Ji (ACTRESS – NOT SINGER, debutting with this song) and Yasmin Ji

7. Haye Re Duniya Jhooton Ka Darbar by Mohammed Rafi Ji, one of his early songs

Picturised on Noor Jehan Ji

And at last, a very rare Zohrabai-Kalyani-Menaka trio:

8. Dulhan Ban Jao Gale Lag Jao by Zohrabai Ji, Menaka Ji and Kalyani Ji, picturised on a lot of girls including Noor Jehan Ji, Zohrabai Ji (!), Menaka Ji (great singer – actress playback singer too) and Cuckoo, who may have debuted here.

A legendary scene of Zohrabai Ji carressing Noor Jehan Ji can be seen here, in the former’s stanza: Teri Zulfen Hain Kaali Kaali.

Enjoy and more coming up soon!

Vidur

Four delightful melodies from Tamil film Savithri (1941)

Posted in movie reviews, Songs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2010 by vidursury

Savithri was a 1941 Tamil blockbuster starring the great queen of Carnatic music Madam M. S. Subbulakshmi as mythological sage Narada with the Hindi-Marathi legendary singing star Madam Shanta Apte who was also classicaly trained in not only music but also dance, as princess Savithri.

The songs were a real beauty mostly composed by then famous Papanasam Sivam. Shanta Apte sang 10 songs (8 solos and 2 duets with director actor and hero of this movie – Y. V. Rao) and M. S. had 6 solos. Apart from this Chinnaiya playing the role of Hindu God of death – Yama had 1 solo and comedian pair Vinoth and Menaka had one duet.

Shanta Apte was so devoted to her carrier that unlike present-day actresses, she learnt Tamil just to act and sing in the film. Also it was brave of the hero and director of this movie Y. V. Rao to cast a Hindi-Marathi actress in a Tamil movie and M. S. in a male role. Y. V. Rao played the role of Savithri’s husband Sathyavan.

Here are the first three songs  that I uploaded on YouTube (enjoy) :

1. Bruhi Mukundethi by Madam M. S. Subbulakshmi

2. Anandamana Ullasamudan by Madam Shanta Apte

3. Jayadeviye Jagadambike Karunaiyai Arulvai Devi by Shanta Apte and a big female chorus

I also appreciate YouTube user loserbaer’s effort of uploading this heavenly M. S. solo:

4. Maname Kanamum by M. S.

Chinnaiah is also on screen over here.

Although two more M. S. solos are available as MP3. Hope you enjoyed them, I shall upload the remaining songs soon.

Happy Birthday to our dearest Madam Noor Jehan!

Posted in Songs, tributes with tags , , , , , on September 22, 2010 by vidursury

Happy Birthday to our dearest Madam Noor Jehan!

On the heavenly ocassion of our dearest melody queen Madam Noor Jehan’s birthday, sharing with you a very rare and lovely gem from Dil (1946) by Madam Noor Jehan and B. A. Moti. Music by Zafar Khursheed, enjoy! :

Some sites really worth visiting for info on Madam Noor Jehan are:

Fan website for Madam:

www.madamnoorjehan.com

A Pakistani film magazine website:

http://www.mazhar.dk/film/singers/noorjehan/career.htm

A chapter from Sadat Hasan Manto’s famous “Stars In Another Sky”

http://www.hamaraforums.com/index.php?showtopic=23359

A very informative article on Pakistani heritage site:

http://www.heritage.com.pk/music/noor-jehan/

Some of the Playlists on my YouTube site are Noor Jehan starrers.

Another notable contribution is in the Madam Noor Jehan fan site Youtube channel.

I’ve also created a little Blog dedicated to Madam