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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.

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