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Friday, November 9, 2012

Adornments: Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje

This is one of the loveliest title songs ever made. The opening credits appear in beautiful rangoli designs while Ustad Amir Khan's powerful voice gives you a taste of what to expect as "Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje"(1955) is about to begin. V. Shantaram's films were almost always aesthetically appealing, and this is no exception. Set against the backdrop of dance, this film is a memorable musical that won several awards. It is a pleasure to present this audio-visual treat!

Singer: Ustad Amir Khan
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
Music: Vasant Desai
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While there are hundreds of songs that are just right for this theme but have not yet been featured here, it is now time to take a break; at least for the time being. Will return with a new theme after a while. May add some more songs to the ongoing one too. Hope you enjoyed listening to these songs as much I as did posting (and listening to) them.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Adornments: Dole Jhumka Mora

A lovely solo from "Do Raha"(1971) today. This film was not very successful commercially. A story about an idealistic writer and his wife, it was somewhat offbeat. It starred Anil Dhawan, Radha Saluja and Shatrughan Sinha.

Singers: Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Indeevar
Music: Sapan Jagmohan

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Adornments: Kajrare Kajrare

A super-hit dance number from "Bunty Aur Babli"(2005). Amitabh Bachchan dancing energetically with son Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai who was to be his daughter-in-law later. It is quite a feat for a father to be fit enough to not only match steps with the next generation, but make it all look good and effortless too.

Singers: Alisha Chinoy, Shankar Mahadevan, Javed Ali
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy

Friday, November 2, 2012

Adornments: Saara Mora Kajara

A duet from "Do Dil"(1965) today. It was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and starred Biswajeet, Mumtaz and Rajshree. The story is set in a princely kingdom. The picturesque locations in Rajasthan provide a beautiful backdrop to the film.

Singers: Aarti Mukherjee, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi
Music: Hemant Kumar

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Adornments: Maathe Ki Bindiya Bole

"Lahu Ke Do Rang"(1979) was an average film starring Vinod Khanna, Shabana Azmi, Danny Dengzongpa and Helen. Presenting a duet from the same today. It is interesting to see Helen in a very different role. There are two versions of this song. Listen to the sad version here. Embedding the happy version!

Singers: Anuradha Paudwal, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Farooq Kaiser
Music: Bappi Lahiri

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Adornments: Nadiya Kinaare

A lovely solo from "Abhimaan"(1973) to mark S. D. Burman's death anniversary today. I had posted Teri bindiya re from the same film a few days ago.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: S. D. Burman

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Adornments: Jhanan Jhan Bichhua Baaje

A little-known solo from "Chand Aur Suraj"(1965) today. It was a mystery/drama starring Dharmendra, Ashok Kumar, Nirupa Roy, Tanuja and Asit Sen. It is rare to see Tanuja performing a classical dance sequence. Another more popular song from this film was Bagh mein kali khili.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: Salil Chowdhury

Monday, October 29, 2012

Adornments: Gori Ke Haath Mein

"Mela"(1971) was the first film directed by Prakash Mehra. Set in rural India, it was a hit. Enjoy a duet from this film today. The other popular duets were Rut hai milan ki and Ek baar rakh de qadam zara jhoom ke. 

Singes: Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: R. D. Burman


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Adornments: Ke Pag Ghunghroo Baandh

Amitabh Bachchan was at his comic best in some songs. This is one of them. He is a complete entertainer throughout this dance number from "Namak Halaal"(1982). It is a long sequence, with the elegant Smita Patil appearing quietly only towards the end.

Singer: Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Anjaan
Music: Bappi Lahiri

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Adornments: Dhaani Chunari Pahan

"Hare Kaanch Ki Choodiyaan"(1967) was a complete Kishore Sahu show. He not only  produced and directed it, but also wrote the story, screenplay and dialogue. His efforts to launch his daughter Naina Sahu in films did not succeed. The title song was quite popular, though.

Singer: Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Friday, October 26, 2012

Adornments: Raat Bhi Hai Kuchh Bheegi Bheegi

A beautiful dance number by one of the most gorgeous dancers in Hindi films. It is Waheeda Rehman in "Mujhe Jeene Do"(1963). Sahir Ludianvi's lyrics, Jaidev's composition, Lata Mangeshkar's voice and Waheeda's grace have come together to create this lovely audio-visual experience. I had posted another song, Maang mein bhar le rang sakhi from this film in an earlier series, Her Story.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Music: Jaidev

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Adornments: Baaj Ri Mori Paayaliya

I stumbled upon a pleasant, yet little-known solo from a practically unknown film "Gauri"(1968). It was an average melodrama starring Nutan, Sunil Dutt, Sanjeev Kumar and Mumtaz. So, nothing memorable about the film, but posting the song anyway because it was a surprise discovery.

Singer: Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
Music: Ravi

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Adornments: Mehndi Lagaa Ke Rakhnaa

Presenting a song from the blockbuster "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge"(1995) today. Aditya Chopra's directorial debut, this bagged 10 Filmfare Awards in various categories. It also won the National Film Award for the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. The film had everything going for it...a good story that appealed to resident as well as non-resident Indians, picturesque locations that have become the hallmark of almost all Yash Chopra productions, excellent star cast and catchy music.

It is interesting to see Mandira Bedi dancing alongside Shahrukh Khan. She was not to make a mark in the world of Hindi cinema!

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: Jatin Lalit

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Adornments: Baar Baar Tohe Kyaa Samjhaaye

Tarachand Barjatya is known for producing clean films providing entertainment for family audiences. "Aarti"(1962) was one such, with good story and lovely music. Starring Ashok Kumar, Meena Kumari and Pradeep Kumar, it featured the leading lady in the role of a dedicated doctor. Presenting a charming duet from this film today. Both the lady and her man say the word kyaa several times during the song, each time with some variation. I liked the one at 3:19 the best. Check it out for yourself!

Other notable songs from this film are Aapne yaad dilaayaa, Ab kyaa misaal doon and Kabhi to milegi kahin to milegi.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Roshan

Monday, October 22, 2012

Adornments: Meri Bindiya Teri Nindiya

As one can guess, my pick for today has been prompted by the passing away of Yash Chopra yesterday. He has left behind a huge body of work. A very successful mainstream filmmaker, he entertained his audiences with a large number of memorable films. Here is a solo from "Lamhe"(1991). It has been cited as a personal favourite of Yash Chopra from amongst his films. It won the 1992 Filmfare Awards in several categories--Best Film, Best Actress (Sridevi in a double role playing mother and daughter), Best Story (Honey Irani), Best Comedien (Anupam Kher), Best Dialogue (Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza) and Best Costume Design (Neeta Lulla).

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: Shiv Hari

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Adornments: Aankhon Se Kaajal Ki Lekar Siyahi

A little-known solo from "Jhoola"(1962) today. This film starred Sunil Dutt and Vyjayanthimala in lead roles. Enjoy this sweet little melody!

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
Music: Salil Chowdhury

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Adornments: Kangana Re

"Paheli"(2005) was an unusual film. Based on a short story by Vijayadan Detha, it was shot on location in Rajasthan. It told the story of a ghost who falls in love with a newly-wed woman. The look of the film was artistic, beautiful and colourful. A dance number from this film today. One of the playback singers Kalapini Komkali is the daughter of noted vocalist Kumar Gandharva.

Singers: Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Bela Shende, Kalapini Komkali, Madhushri
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: M. M. Kreem

Friday, October 19, 2012

Adornments: Jhananananan Jhananananan

"Rani Roopmati"(1959) was one of the prominent films of its times. Based on the legendary love story between the beautiful singer Roopmati and poet-prince Baaz Bahadur of Mandu, it had some memorable songs like Aa laut ke aaja mere meet, Udja bhanwar, Aaja bhanwar and Baat chalat nai chundari rang daari. Presenting a duet from this film today. One would expect to see the performers dance, but both Bharat Bhushan and Nirupa Roy have gotten away without dancing.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Bharat Vyas
Music: S. N. Tripathi

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Adornments: Aankhon Mein Kaajal Hai

Watch Neetu Singh and Rishi Kapoor's superb chemistry in this lovely duet from "Doosra Aadmi"(1977). Also, note how simple and graceful Neetu looks in a plain white salwar kameez, with her long hair tied in a plait. This look has long disappeared from films. Other songs from this film that deserve a mention are Chal kahin door nikal jaayen and Nazron se kah do.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Rajesh Roshan

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Adornments: Ghungharva Mora Chhamm Chhamm Baje

Watch two very talented dancers from the Hindi film world, Helen and Mehmood,  dance to an energetic tune composed by Shankar Jaikishan. This breezy duet is from "Zindagi"(1964). I had posted another song from this film, Ek naye mehman ke aane ki khabar hai in a previous theme, Her Story.

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Adornments: Gir Gaya Jhumka

Hema Malini turns 64 today. An accomplished dancer, choreographer, actor, politician, director, mother and wife; she has lived a full life and has aged gracefully. Storming the Hindi film world with her entry in "Sapnon Ka Saudagar" in 1968, she became everybody's favourite dream girl.

Enjoy this duet from "Jugnu"(1973) today. A complete entertainer, this film was the second highest-grossing film in that year, the first being "Bobby". This is the third song featuring Hema Malini, to appear in this space in quick succession. The previous two being Gori tori paijaniya and Meethe bol bole.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore kumar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: S. D. Burman

Monday, October 15, 2012

Adornments: Bole Choodiyaan Bole Kangana

Today's song is from a different era, when many things in the world of Hindi films had begun to change. Films started featuring a galaxy of stars. They were produced keeping the non-resident Indians in mind, with a part of the story taking place in some foreign land. They got released in several cities across the world, ensuring a wider reach amongst their audiences. "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham"(2001) belonged to this new era. Popularly known as K3G, this was a commercially successful film. Enjoy a peppy dance number from this film.

Singers: Kavita Krishnamurthy, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Amit Kumar
Lyrics: Sameer
Music: Jatin Lalit

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Adornments: Bindiya Chamkegi

The ongoing theme would not be complete without the inclusion of this charming solo from "Do Raaste"(1969). A very successful film about joint families, relationships and values, it featured several songs that were hugely popular. This one, performed by a bright-looking Mumtaz in an orange saree, in the company of a Rajesh Khanna in a blue shirt and blue mood as well, is one of them. I had posted another one, Chhup Gaye Taare Nazaare in the "Rain Songs" theme.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Adornments: Paayalwali Dekhna

Think Kishore Kumar and the first thing that comes to mind is his versatility. He was a performer par excellence, leaving his distinctive mark in anything he did in different departments of film making. This wonderful solo from "Ek Raaz"(1963) is dedicated to his memory on his death anniversary today. He performs amazingly well both as the playback singer and the actor in this dance number.

Singer: Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Chitragupt

Friday, October 12, 2012

Adornments: Meethe Bol Bole

Another dance sequence by the very talented and beautiful Hema Malini. This is from "Kinara"(1977). A Gulzar offering, this is one of the memorable films from the seventies. It was shot extensively on location in Mandu, an ancient fort city near Indore in Madhya Pradesh.

A few days ago I had posted Gori tori paijaniya in the ongoing theme Adornments.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Bhupinder
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: R. D. Burman

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Adornments: Teri Bindiya Re

A very talented couple. Both are accomplished singers. He is a victim of commercial compulsions. Her music is pure, she sings for herself. "Abhimaan"(1973) was a story of a couple torn apart because of ego, jealousy and pride. Starring real-life couple Jaya and Amitabh Bachchan, this is one of the memorable films in the world of Hindi cinema. Being a story of two singers, it was only natural for it to have great music. Indeed, all the songs from this film are gems.

Presenting one of them on Amitabh Bachchan's birthday today.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: S. D. Burman

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Adornments: Kaan Mein Jhumka

I did not believe that a makeover could do wonders for someone's appearance until I saw Rekha. She became a new person after her makeover! Polished and glamorous!! It is interesting to go back and see what she looked like earlier. Posting a catchy song today from her debut film "Sawan Bhadon"(1970). She was just 16 then. She turns 58 today.

Singer: Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Varma Malik
Music: Sonik Omi

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Adornments: Mere Haathon Mein

Sridevi is all over the telly, newspapers and magazines these days, receiving rave reviews for her performance in "English Vinglish". Her constant appearance in the news media has triggered this post. Here is a frothy solo from "Chandni"(1989). It was customary for this number to be played at weddings in those days. Composed by the eminent duo of santoor maestro Shivkumar Sharma and flute virtuoso Hariprasad Chaurasia, this was one of the most popular songs from that film. Chandani o meri chandani and Lagi aaj saawan ki were the other notable songs.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: Shiv Hari

Monday, October 8, 2012

Adornments: Khanak Gayo Hai Bairi Kangana

Enjoy a melodious composition by Madan Mohan today. It is a solo from "Rishte Naate"(1965). Nutan is flawless in portraying a happy, bubbly, lively woman.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
Music: Madan Mohan

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Adornments: Dekho Bijli Dole Bin Baadal Ki

A delightful duet today from the super hit musical "Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon" (1963). It is a lovely dance sequence shot on a grand scale. The composition is excellent too, making the song an audio-visual treat.

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: O. P. Nayyar

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Adornments: Mujhse Bhala Yeh Kaajal Tera

A popular duet from the seventies today. It is from "The Train"(1970), a fairly successful mystery thriller of its times. A breezy song, it is very pleasant to listen to. But not so pleasant to watch because of poor choreography. The childish mannerisms of Nanda and Rajesh Khanna look quite comic at times.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: R. D. Burman

Friday, October 5, 2012

Adornments: Baaje Paayal Chhun Chhun

Yesterday's post (Chhun chhun ghunghroo bole) reminded me of a similar song from "Chhalia" (1960). If one has the charming combination of Asha Bhosle and Madhubala, the other is the result of a magical collaboration between Lata Mangeshkar and Nutan. Both are penned by Qamar Jalalabadi. And both are wonderful expressions of happiness.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Qamar Jalalabadi
Music: Kalyanji Anandji

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Adornments: Chhun Chhun Ghunghroo Bole

A solo from "Phagun"(1958) today. This film had many songs and several of them were very good. I had posted another number from this film Baraso Re in the previous series "Rain Songs". Other popular songs are Ik pardesi mera dil le gaya and Piya piya na lage mora jiya.

Singer: Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Qamar Jalalabadi
Music: O. P. Nayyar

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Adornments: Kahaan Se Aaye Badara

The superb duet that I am posting today subtly refers to tears by saying ghulta jaaye kajara. How beautiful! This is from a Sai Paranjpye film, "Chashm-E-Buddoor"(1981). A romantic comedy, this was shot on location in Delhi. Listening to Yesudas makes one wonder why we did not hear more of his voice in Hindi films.

Those who watched "Hum Log" on the telly in the eighties will recognize Vinod Nagpal in the video clip. He played the role of Basesar in that serial. Deepti Naval looks very pretty. She paired well with Farooq Shaikh. Here are two versions of the same song. The clip showing video from the film is shorter, while the one without the video is longer.

Singers: K. J. Yesudas, Haimanti Shukla
Lyrics: Indu Jain
Music: Raj Kamal

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Adornments: Jaanoon Jaanoon Re

A playful duet by Asha Bhosle and Geeta Dutt from "Insaan Jaag Utha"(1959). The two friends are teasing each other about their respective love interests. Simply delightful!

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Geeta Dutt
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: S. D. Burman

Monday, October 1, 2012

Adornments: Haathon Mein Mehndi

"Uphaar" (1971) was a coming of age story of a bride who is childlike in her ways. Based on Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's short story "Samapti", it was produced by the Barjatyas under the Rajshri banner. It starred Jaya Bhaduri as the adolescent bride and she was just perfect for that role. Her husband was played by Swarup Dutt. He was not seen much in other films later.

Today's song features mehndi which is a favourite adornment of women in general and brides-to-be in particular. I had posted a beautiful mehndi song from "Mehboob Ki Mehndi" in an earlier series "Her Story". You may listen to it here.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Adornments: Gori Tori Paijaniya

One is impressed with Hema Malini's dancing prowess when one watches this beautifully presented sequence from "Mehbooba" (1976) incorporating three dance forms. Having the familiar theme of reincarnation at its core, this film was shot on a grand scale with lavish sets. The story was based on Gulshan Nanda's novel "Sisakte Saaz" and he wrote the screenplay for the film too. Rajesh Khanna is the court singer lip-syncing to an excellent R. D. Burman composition in Manna Dey's voice.

Singer: Manna Dey
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: R. D. Burman

Friday, September 28, 2012

Adornments: Mila Hai Kisika Jhumka

Enjoy this sweet solo from "Parakh"(1960) on Lata Mangeshkar's birthday today. She has lent her voice to generations of leading ladies. Here, she sings for a very young Sadhana who must have been just about 20 then. I had posted another lovely song from this film some time ago in the Rain Songs series, O Sajana Barkha Bahaar Aayi.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: Salil Chowdhury

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Adornments: Kajra Mohabbat Wala

We don't always need very expensive ornaments to adorn ourselves. Sometimes, just a touch of kaajal (kohl) is enough to enhance one's looks. A very entertaining duet today that starts with kajra and talks about some other trinkets as it progresses. It is from "Kismat"(1968).

It is quite common to see men dressed as women in films these days. But this song was one of the first instances when a male lead (Biswajeet) appeared as a woman. To add to the fun, the female lead (Babita) portrayed a man. The harmonium pieces that are spread generously all over the song are simply magical. A superb composition by O. P. Nayyar in Asha Bhosle and Shamshad Begum's voices, this charming number has brought cheer to generations of listeners.

Other popular songs from this film were Aao huzur tumko, Lakhon hain yahan dilwale and Aankhon mein qayamat. The last two are especially relevant as the playback for them was by Mahendra Kapoor and it is his death anniversary today.

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Shamshad Begum
Lyrics: S. H. Bihari
Music: O. P. Nayyar

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Adornments: O Re Ghungroo Ka Bole

It is Dev Anand's birth anniversary today. So, here is a song from one of his hit films "Hare Rama Hare Krishna"(1971). This film provided a window for the Hindi film audiences to see the hippie community from close quarters. It told the story of a brother's search for his estranged sister. All the songs from this film were hugely popular, but I have of course picked the one that fits into our theme. Interestingly, I had posted another Dev Anand song, Choodi nahin ye mera dil hai just a few days ago.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: R. D. Burman, Shibu Pintu

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Adornments: Baajuband Khul Khul Jaaye

A classical delight in Bhairavi today. It is a thumri that has been rendered by several prominent vocalists beautifully. Listen to this version in Lata Mangeshkar's voice from "Bazooband"(1954). The on-screen lead pair is Balraj Sahni and Roopmala.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Prem Dhawan
Music: Mohammed Shafi

Monday, September 24, 2012

Adornments: Dhoondho Dhoondho Re Sajana

"Gunga Jumna"(1961) is one of the most successful Hindi films in terms of box office collections and popularity. A dacoit drama, it was produced by Dilip Kumar. He played the lead role along with his real life brother Nasir Khan, portraying two brothers; one an upright police officer and another a criminal. Later, many films were made around this theme. A delightful solo from this film today. Naushad composed several memorable songs for this film. To name a few, Do hanson ka joda, Na manoon na manoon, Tora man bada paapi and Nain lad jainhe.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Music: Naushad

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Adornments: Choodi Nahin Ye Mera Dil Hai

Glass bangles are one of the loveliest trinkets that a woman adorns herself with. Equally beautiful are the lyrics of this duet about bangles from "Gambler"(1971) penned by Neeraj. Presenting this lovely composition for your listening pleasure today.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Neeraj
Music: S. D. Burman

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Adornments: Jhumka Gira Re

"Mera Saaya" (1966) was a perfect entertainer and a huge box office hit. Shot in the beautiful city of Udaipur, this film belonged to the suspense/mystery genre; complete with engrossing courtroom scenes. The story was based on a Marathi film named "Pathlaag". Enjoy an energetic dance number from this film today. Madan Mohan had composed memorable music for this film that included songs like Nainon mein badara chhaye and Tu jahaan jahaan chalega.

Singer: Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
Music: Madan Mohan

Friday, September 21, 2012

Adornments: Khanke Kangana Bindiya Hanse

Starting a new theme today. The title is enough to explain the theme. So, I need not say anything about it. Just go along with it and enjoy the songs that will follow. They are as beautiful as the adornments themselves are.

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Opening the theme with a very sweet song that talks about several adornments lovingly. The lady is all decked up in anticipation of a meeting with her beloved. It is hard not to notice the happiness in her voice. This solo is from "Dr. Vidya"(1962), a social entertainer with a message about women's education.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: S. D. Burman

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Rain Songs: Diyaa Na Bujhe Ri Aaj Hamara

A 50-year old song that has been shot on a grand scale. It is from "Son Of India"(1962). This was a Mehboob Khan production, starring Kumkum, Kamaljit Singh and Jayant. Kumkum is the lead dancer in this song sequence. A better-known song from this film is Nanha munna rahi hoon with playback by Shanti Mathur.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Music: Naushad

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With this gorgeous song, I am concluding the theme of Rain Songs...at least for the time being. Maybe I will revive it at a later time. It has been a pleasure posting these lovely songs. I discovered some gems along the way. I am sure there are many great ones out there that haven't appeared in this space. But, I think it is now time to move on. So, planning a new theme. It is coming up soon.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rain Songs: Ho Umad Ghumad Kar Aayi Re Ghata

An experimental concept of "open prison" was once tried in the princely state of Satara. V. Shantaram made a film based on that idea. It turned out to be a classic in Hindi cinema. It tells the story of an idealistic warden who takes it upon himself to reform six hardened criminals and turn them into normal, law-abiding citizens. Today's song is from that film-- "Do Aankhen Barah Haath" (1957).

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey
Lyrics: Bharat Vyas
Music: Vasant Desai

Monday, September 17, 2012

Rain Songs: Ghir Ghir Aayi Badariya Kaari

Listen to a very beautiful song based on classical music today. It is from Shyam Benegal's critically acclaimed film "Sardari Begum"(1996) that won National Awards in several categories. Noted classical vocalist Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar has lent her sonorous voice to this lovely composition. Posting the full song without the video from the film. The clip from the film shows only a part of the number.

Singer: Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Music: Vanraj Bhatia

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rain Songs: Pyaar Hua Iqraar Hua

Raj Kapoor and Nargis walking in pouring rain under an umbrella, three kids walking in raincoats, and the familiar strains of pyaar hua iqraar hua...most of us are very familiar with these images and sounds. They have appeared on the telly over and over again. Enjoy this very popular song from "Shree 420" (1955) today. Raj Kapoor was heavily influenced by Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp" while making this film that told the story of an orphan. Both, he and his film were very popular in the then Soviet Union.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Rain Songs: Barkha Ka Mausam Jee Ko Jalaake Chalaa Jaaye

Sometimes it is good to remember songs that were moderately popular. Today's song is one such. It is from "Salaakhen"(1975). This film belonged to action/thriller genre and starred Shashi Kapoor with Sulakshana Pandit. Playback is by Asha Bhosle. Her usual touches are very much there.

Singer: Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Ravindra Jain
Music: Ravindra Jain

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Rain Songs: Na Na Na Baraso Baadal

"Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan"(1959) was a historical film based on the life of the ruler with the same name. He was the last independent Hindu king to have ruled Delhi. His kingdom spread over much of what is Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi today, with Delhi and Ajmer as his twin capitals. A lovely solo from this film today.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Bharat Vyas
Music: Vasant Desai

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rain Songs: Baadal Ghumad Badh Aaye

Sai Paranjpye's "Saaz"(1998) was perhaps inspired by the lives of sisters Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. It told the tale of two sisters who inherit nothing but immense musical talent from their father. How much the rest of the film had in common with the real life story of the legendary sisters is not known. Being all about singers, it had 10 wonderful songs and the music was composed by Yashwant Deo, Bhupen Hazarika, Zakir Hussain and Raj Kamal. A lovely track from this film today. There are two versions, one in male voice and another in female voice. The clip for the female version is not available. I could not find out who amongst the four named above has composed this particular number.

Singer: Suresh Wadkar
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Rain Songs: Meri Jaan Mujhe Jaan Na Kaho

A very gentle song today. It is from "Anubhav" (1971). This was a significant film by Basu Bhattacharya highlighting marital discord in an urban couple. Later, he made two more films on the same theme "Avishkaar" and "Griha Pravesh" completing the trilogy.

Coming back to today's solo, it is one of the last songs Geeta Dutt recorded before she passed away in 1972. It is composed by her brother Kanu Roy.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Rain Songs: Jaa Ri Jaa Ri O Kaari Badariyaa

Music has always played a big role in making a film click with the audiences. It must have been one of the ingredients that made "Azaad"(1955) the top grossing film in the year of its release. The film was embellished with such unforgettable melodies as Na bole na bole na bole re, Aplam chaplam, Kitna haseen hai mausam and several others. Of course, the music was complemented by the presence of Dilip Kumar and Meena Kumari as the lead players. Enjoy a gem from this film today.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
Music: C. Ramchandra

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Rain Songs: Jaa Re Badaraa Bairi

Madan Mohan and Lata Mangeshkar have teamed up to create several wonderful melodies. This is one of them. The name of the film is "Bahaana" (1960) that starred Meena Kumari and Mehmood. It is a pity that the video for this song is not available.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
Music: Madan Mohan

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Rain Songs: Chhoti Si Kahaani Se

Asha Bhosle turns 79 today. Her energy, zest for life and enthusiasm will put many youngsters to shame. She can still shake a leg with elan in her TV appearances and on stage. She dresses immaculately and looks fabulous. Here's wishing a long life to her youthful looks and charm.

To celebrate her birthday, a lovely song from "Ijaazat" (1987). She was the sole playback singer for this film. All the songs have a magical appeal as they are some of the best creations of the Asha-Gulzar-R. D. team. Unfortunately, I could not find a video of the full song from the film. What I found is a shortened version which was used as a background score for the credits. So, posting the full song without a video and the shorter version showing the credits.

Singer: Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: R. D. Burman


Friday, September 7, 2012

Rain Songs: O Ghata Sanwari

"Abhinetri" (1970) was a family drama focusing on the marital discord between a couple. Sa re ga ma pa pa pa was the most popular song from that film. Presenting another solo from the same film today because it happens to be a pleasant song that fits in our theme too. Some interesting shots of Hema Malini performing exercises seemingly effortlessly with a dancer's grace and agility.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Rain Songs: Sona Kare Jhilmil Jhilmil

It is interesting how we interpret the sound of rain and express it in various different ways. Of course, it does sound different depending upon whether it is a mere drizzle, a sharp shower or sheets of torrential rain. We have heard it go jhir jhir, rim jhim, rum jhum and tip tip many times. Now listen to it go taapur tupur in this song from "Paheli" (1977). This film marked the debut of Suresh Wadkar as a playback singer. The lead players are Satyajeet and Nameeta Chandra. They faded into oblivion quite soon.

Singers: Hemlata, Suresh Wadkar
Lyrics: Ravindra Jain
Music: Ravindra Jain

Monday, September 3, 2012

Rain Songs: Ghar Aaja Ghir Aaye Badara Saawariya

The song I am posting today is very similar in essence to yesterday's song, Jhir jhir barase saawani ankhiyaan. In both of them, the woman is beckoning her beloved to come home. Rain, of course forms the backdrop of both the songs.

Another interesting tidbit is that this is from R. D. Burman's first film as an independent composer. Before this he had assisted his father, and had made a foray in the world of composing for Guru Dutt's "Raaz" in 1959. But that film never saw the light of the day. That makes "Chhote Nawab" (1961) his first released work. Today's song is from this film.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: R. D. Burman

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Rain Songs: Jhir Jhir Barase Saawani Ankhiyaan

"Aashirwaad" (1968) was an emotional story of a father and his daughter. A Hrishikesh Mukherjee offering, it appealed greatly to family audiences. A unique feature of this film were the two songs for children sung by Ashok Kumar in his inimitable style. Railgaadi railgaadi and Naav chali have appeared in this space in the previous series, Her Story. Today, another memorable number from the same film. Love the word saawani. A sweet derivative of saawan that probably did not exist before Gulzar coined it.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: Vasant Desai

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Rain Songs: Kaari Badariya Maare Lehriya

A very pretty Waheeda Rehman. Scenic locales. A pleasant tune. These have come together to make today's lovely song. This number from "Aadmi" (1968) is an audio-visual delight. It would have been even better had it been shot in the rain.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Music: Naushad

Friday, August 31, 2012

Rain Songs: Sharaabi Sharaabi Yeh Saawan Ka Mausam

A gentle solo today from "Noor Jehan" (1967). A nice take on the romance associated with the month of saawan. Helen's exquisite kathak steps followed by Meena Kumari's soft rendering present an interesting contrast.

Singer: Suman Kalyanpur
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Music: Roshan

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rain Songs: Rama Rama Gajab Hui Gawa Re

A peppy song from "Naya Zamana" (1971) today. I have heard this many times, but was not sure if it was shot in the rain. When I checked, I saw Hema Malini dancing with abandon in pouring rain. So here it is.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: S. D. Burman

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rain Songs: Ghir Aaye Megh

Let me confess that today's song is being posted not because of its own merit but because it happens to be from Madhuri Dixit's debut film "Abodh" (1984). It is interesting to look at the raw Madhuri. The song is reasonably good, but may not have made it here had it not been for the leading lady. Who would have thought that she would rule the Hindi film world? After all, this film was a Rajshri production--simple and non-glamorous--and Madhuri played a young village girl who was married off at an early age.

Singer: Hemlata
Lyrics: Ravindra Jain
Music: Ravindra Jain

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rain Songs: O Sajana Barkha Bahaar Aayi

All of us have listened to this song from "Parakh" (1960) many times. And loved it every time. Several of us are familiar with Na jeo na too. Enjoy the soothing strains of this classic, both in Hindi and Bangla today.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: Salil Chowdhury

Monday, August 27, 2012

Rain Songs: Dekh Ke Akeli Mohe Barkha Sataaye

A sweet little song from "Baazi" (1950) today. This is not so well-known as tadbeer se bigdi hui taqdeer banaa de and suno gajar kyaa gaaye were from the same film. But Geeta Dutt's voice is young and fresh--she must have been about 20 then--and the ui adds a lot to the song's appeal. Check it out!

Singer:Geeta Dutt
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Music: S. D. Burman

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rain Songs: Yeh Barkha Bahaar

Today's song is special. If the playback is by two sisters, the performance on the screen is by a pair of sisters too. The two dancers are Roshan and Khurshid Vajifdar. They were trained in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and some other classical dance forms. The name of the film is "Mayurpankh" (1954).

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Rain Songs: Bole Re Papihara

This is a song people from my generation would associate with their growing-up years. It was hard to find anyone who had not been touched by "Guddi" (1971), a classic Hrishikesh Mukherjee fare. The simple tale of an adolescent who was infatuated with films and film stars struck a chord with teenagers and grown-ups alike. This film marked Vani Jairam's entry into the world of playback singing.

Singer: Vani Jairam
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: Vasant Desai

Friday, August 24, 2012

Rain Songs: Saawan Barase Tarase Dil

After several old melodies, a relatively new song today. It is from "Dehak: A Burning Passion" (1999). Even die-hard fans of old songs will agree that there is a certain lilt to this number. Besides, there are delightful visuals of the Mumbai Monsoons.

Singers: Sadhana Sargam, Hariharan
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Aadesh Shrivastava

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rain Songs: Kaise Bhaaye Sakhi Rut Saawan Ki

It is a pleasure to discover rare gems. Today's song is one such. Many may have never heard it before. It is from "Pehli Jhalak" (1955), a film starring Kishore Kumar and Vyjayanthimala.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
Music: C. Ramchandra

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rain Songs: O Mitwa Badara Chhaye Re

Today's song from "Maan Jaiye" (1972) is all about the rains, but has been shot at a time when the sun was shining at its brightest and there was no trace of rain clouds anywhere in sight. However, it is a beautiful composition by Jaidev. Wonder why it remained largely unknown.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Naqsh Lyallpuri
Music: Jaidev

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rain Songs: Chhayee Kaari Badariya

Both Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle have their own unique styles. I chanced upon a song that has been recorded in the voices of both the sisters. The two versions are equally engaging. However, it was Didi's version that got featured in the film "Jeevan Jyoti" (1953).

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Music: S. D. Burman

Monday, August 20, 2012

Rain Songs: Ang Lag Ja Balma

"Mera Naam Joker" (1970) was Raj Kapoor's ambitious project, but it flopped at the box office. It did get praised in the later years, though. This film was unusually long (255 minutes) and that made it necessary for it to have two intervals. Before this, another Raj Kapoor production, "Sangam" (1964) had a running time of 238 minutes with two intervals. Today's song is from "Mera Naam Joker".

Singer: Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rain Songs: Megha O Re Megha

An almost forgotten song from "Sunayana" (1979) today. A Rajshri production, this film was said to be inspired by Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights". One can see glimpses of an early Naseeruddin Shah in the background when Rameshwari lip-syncs on the screen.

Singer: Hemlata
Lyrics: Ravindra Jain
Music: Ravindra Jain

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Rain Songs: Baraso Re Hai Bairi Badarawa

We have listened to several songs in which the leading lady is happily frolicking in the rain. A somewhat different song today from "Phagun" (1958) where she seems to be in some trouble in the company of a couple of villains. She is praying hard for the rains. Will it rain?

Singer: Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Qamar Jalalabadi
Music: O.P. Nayyar

Friday, August 17, 2012

Rain Songs: Taal Se Taal Mila

Beautiful location, Aishwarya Rai, a melodious song, lovely dance in the rain...these were the ingredients of a solo from "Guru" posted some time earlier in this series. They remain more or less the same for today's song, the only difference being that it is a duet. Enjoy this one from "Taal" (1999).

Singers: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: A. R. Rahman

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rain Songs: Hai Hai Yeh Majboori

Independence Day yesterday reminded me of the original Mr. Bharat. Manoj Kumar was a part of several films with patriotic themes and he called himself Bharat in many of them. "Roti Kapda Aur Makaan" (1974) was produced and directed by him. Of course, he played Bharat in it. A popular rain song from that film today.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Varma Malik
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rain Songs: Saawan Ki Ghataon

As we celebrate our Independence Day today, I present a forgotten rain song from a vintage film that was released around the time India became a free nation. "Aage Badho" (1947)--the title is quite symbolic too--was Dev Anand's second film. The leading lady is Khursheed, who was also a noted playback singer and sang her own songs in the film. She migrated to Pakistan after the partition.

Singers: Khursheed, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Pandit Indra
Music: Sudhir Phadke

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rain Songs: Zindagi Bhar Nahin Bhoolegi

After several songs in which people singing them on the screen get drenched, two versions of a classic melody today. They talk of rain all the time, but not a single drop of rain anywhere in sight. The faces of Bharat Bhushan and Madhubala are good for a study in contrasts...of being expressionless and expressive, that is. This happens to be the second song from "Barsaat Ki Raat" (1960) in this series, the first one being Garajat barasat saawan aayo re.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Music: Roshan

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Rain Songs: Chhup Gaye Taare Nazaare

Some songs take you back to your childhood. This is one of them. Complete with Rajesh Khanna's typical mannerisms and Mumtaz's inimitable style, this is a peppy duet from "Do Raaste" (1969). At many places, the word taare is written as saare, but if one listens carefully, it is indeed taare, and that makes more sense too.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Rain Songs: Rim Jhim Gire Saawan

Today's song has two versions, one in female voice and another in male voice from "Manzil" (1979). It is hard to tell which is better. Both are very good in their own way. What is interesting is that they have been shot in completely different ways. If the former portrays a carefree couple walking endlessly--and with abandon--on Mumbai's rain-soaked streets, the latter is mellow, performed sitting in a small room with a harmonium. While Amitabh's attire is suitable for the occasion in the second sequence, wonder why he is in a suit, complete with a tie in the first one.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Yogesh
Music: R. D. Burman

Friday, August 10, 2012

Rain Songs: A Krishna Bhajan

It was a stormy, rainy night when Devaki and Vasudeva had a baby boy in a prison cell in Mathura. While we celebrate the birth of that little boy Krishna today, listen to this rain song, Ghanana ghana ghana Shyaam barase that is actually a bhajan in the voice of Anuradha Paudwal.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Rain Songs: Dar Laage Garaje Badariya

A wonderful rain song from "Ram Rajya" (1967) with the sound of thunder in the background when the singer is longing for her beloved. I could not find a video from the film, so posting this song without the original video. The second video has Shreya Ghoshal performing this melody in one of the shows on the TV.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Bharat Vyas
Music: Vasant Desai

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Rain Songs: Aaya Saawan Jhoom Ke

Here is another saawan song: a catchy duet from "Aaya Saawan Jhoom Ke" (1969). It was very common for the hero or the  leading lady in films of that time to join a group of dancers/be dragged by a bunch of village folks to dance in some festival. And what is surprising is that we, as viewers found it perfectly normal that they--as outsiders-- not only started dancing with them, but became expert lead dancers without any rehearsals or prior notice. Well, I guess, that was the magic of the large screen and the larger than life images of our favourite stars in an era of no television and no youtube videos.

Well, enjoy this song!

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Rain Songs: Hariyala Saawan Dhol Bajata Aaya

"Do Bigha Zamin" (1953), a film with a socialist theme received various critical acclaims and inspired a generation of filmmakers. It was named after one of Rabindranath Tagore's poems "Dui Bigha Jomi". This little nugget of information deserves a special mention today because it happens to be Gurudev's death anniversary. Presenting an energetic song from this film in which villagers are celebrating the advent of saawan with great gusto.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: Salil Chowdhury

Monday, August 6, 2012

Rain Songs: Ghir Aayi Kaari Ghata Matwali

"Junoon" (1978) was a Shyam Benegal period classic based on Ruskin Bond's "A Flight Of Pigeons". Set around the rebellion of 1857, it tells the story of a Nawab and two Anglo-Indian ladies--a mother-daughter duo--beautifully. Listen to this lovely song from this film today.

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Varsha Bhosle
Lyrics: Yogesh Praveen
Music: Vanraj Bhatia



The above clip has the popular version of the song, but the video is not from the film. Here is a video from the film with a slower version of the song, and an English song in the voice of Jennifer Kendall "Come live with me and be my love". And what an eclectic mix of very talented women on the screen, Sushma Seth, Deepti Naval, Nafisa Ali, Ismat Chughtai and Jennifer Kendall!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rain Songs: Jhilmil Jhilmil Leharon Ka Aanchal

A rare song from "Stree" (1961) today. This was a fantasy directed by V. Shantaram. He had an unusual eye for beauty, especially when shooting song sequences in his films. His touches are evident in this lovely solo.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Bharat Vyas
Music: C. Ramchandra

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Rain Songs: Ghanan Ghanan

"Lagaan" (2001) was a film in which rains--rather the absence of rains--formed the crux of the story. A very popular song from that film today. The whole village has gathered in anticipation of rain showers. Celebrations have already begun. But a hush descends as the clouds decide to give the village a miss and start receding.

Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Shaan, Shankar Mahadevan
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Music: A. R. Rahman

Friday, August 3, 2012

Rain Songs: Barkha Bahaar Aayi

Listen to this song that is more than five decades old. It is one of those songs that were quite good but somehow got lost. It is from "Barkha" (1959)...what an apt name to match our theme! The composer is the father of the duo Anand Milind, who worked as assistant music directors with him for eight years before venturing out on their own.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
Music: Chitragupt

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rain Songs: Baraso Re Megha

A village belle dancing with abandon in the beautiful surroundings of her home. It is raining. Lovely lakes and wondrous waterfalls thrown in for good measure. Well, that is the setting of today's song from "Guru" (2007).

Singer: Shreya Ghoshal
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: A. R. Rahman

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rain Songs: Rim Jhim Rim Jhim

"1942: A Love Story" (1994) was a good film with memorable music by R. D. Burman. It was the last film that he composed for. In fact, it was released after he passed away. A sweet duet from that film today.

Singers: Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kumar Sanu
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Music: R. D. Burman

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Rain Songs: Yeh Neer Kahaan Se Barse

When you think of the music from "Prem Parbat" (1973), the first song that comes to mind is "Yeh dil aur unki nigahon ke saaye". That was a beautiful melody indeed, so popular that it overshadowed other songs from that film. Listen to this gem and enjoy. Jan Nisar Akhtar, the lyricist was a prominent Urdu poet who wrote for Hindi films too, but for today's generation, it might be more relevant to say that he was the father of Javed Akhtar, and the grandfather of Farhan and Zoya Akhtar.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Jan Nisar Akhtar
Music: Jaidev

Monday, July 30, 2012

Rain Songs: Barkha Bairan/Barkha Rani

A song from "Sabak" (1973) today that has two versions, one in female voice and another in male voice. The former one sung by Suman Kalyanpur is much sweeter--with  different words--, while the latter in Mukesh's voice is quite ordinary. The leading lady with Shatrughan Sinha is his wife, Poonam. Coincidentally, the lyricist-music director were a husband-wife team too, though they separated later.

Singers: Suman Kalyanpur/Mukesh
Lyrics: Sawan Kumar
Music: Usha Khanna

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rain Songs: Chhayee Barkha Bahaar

There are some songs that talk about rain, but are not shot during the rain. This is one such. "Chirag" (1969) was a family drama in which Sunil Dutt and Asha Parekh are a happily married couple until she loses her eyesight.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Madan Mohan

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rain Songs: Koi Ladki Hai

"Dil To Pagal Hai" (1997) was a successful film with foot-tapping music, good story and the star value of Madhuri Dixit, Karisma Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan. A fun song from this film today, with amusing lyrics and playful steps.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Udit Narayan
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: Uttam Singh

Friday, July 27, 2012

Rain Songs: Kajare Badarawa Re

A haunting melody from "Pati Patni (1966) today, where R. D. Burman has used an echo effect for the word badarawa beautifully. One of Sanjeev Kumar's early films, it featured Nanda as the leading lady and Mumtaz in a supporting role.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: R. D. Burman

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rain Songs: Megha Re Megha Re

Here is a wonderful song from "Pyaasa Sawan" (1981), a reasonably successful film directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. It featured Jeetendra in a double role--playing father and son--along with Moushumi Chatterji and Reena Roy as the leading ladies. This duet contains very high-pitched notes throughout, beautifully rendered by Lata Mangeshkar and Suresh Wadkar. Though a gifted singer, Wadkar could not make much of a mark in playback singing for Hindi films.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Suresh Wadkar
Lyrics: Santosh Anand
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rain Songs: Pad Gaye Jhoole

In many parts of India, the month of Saawan is all about going high up on swings and singing. Makeshift swings are tied to tall trees and women take turns in going on them. A duet from "Bahu Begum (1967)--a classic Muslim social starring Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar and Pradeep Kumar-- today, one of the few sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle together.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Music: Roshan

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rain Songs: Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein

Many popular songs featuring Rajesh Khanna have been playing on the telly ever since the superstar passed away last week. It is ironic that he was remembered more after his death than he ever was during the last two decades or so. Watch him frolicking in the rain with Zeenat Aman in this duet from "Ajanabee" (1974). Don't miss his characteristic tilt of the head in the beginning of the song.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: R. D. Burman

Monday, July 23, 2012

Rain Songs: Garajat Barasat

It's the rainy season and possibly the best time to recall some lovely rain songs. The first one that comes to mind is a duet from "Barsaat Ki Raat" (1960). This film is one of Roshan's best works, having many excellent songs. Apparently, he had used the same composition for a melody from "Malhar" (1951). It is a treat! Check out both of them.

Singers: Suman Kalyanpur, Kamal Barot
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Music: Roshan

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Roshan

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Her Story: Finale!

We have walked along with our leading lady through various phases in her life. It has been a good life and we wish her well for the remaining part of her journey. We would like to end the story with "she and her family lived happily ever after". But, before that, just listen to what she is saying in this song from "Mamta" (1966).

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Roshan

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Her Story: Years Later

Life has been kind to our leading lady and she is a happy woman, loving and being loved by her family. It has been many years since she got married. Watch her husband paying compliments to her in this lovely song from "Waqt" (1965).

Singer: Manna Dey
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Music: Ravi

Friday, May 18, 2012

Her Story: Contentment! - 2

Days turn into months and months into years. When our leading lady and her husband reflect on their past, they find that they have been blessed with what they had desired when they started their life together. Watch their contentment in this song from "Sanjh Aur Savera" (1964).

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Her Story: Contentment! - 1

She was a daughter some time ago. But she has blossomed into a wife and a mother now. Watch her contentment in a beautiful, and very meaningful song from "Basera" (1981). Enjoy Gulzar's magic when he engages in a wordplay with savera and basera. Jahan pe savera ho, basera vahin hai changes to jahan pe basera ho, savera vahin hai in the later part of the song. Indeed, very profound!

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: R. D. Burman

Monday, May 14, 2012

Her Story: Three's Not A Crowd!

The baby is growing. Most of the parents' free time is spent with the little one now. In fact, it is hard for them to imagine what their life was like when the apple of their eyes was not around. Presenting a song from "Ek Hi Rasta" (1956) where the small family is out on a picnic on a cozy tandem bicycle.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Hemant Kumar
Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri
Music: Hemant Kumar

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Her Story: The Baby's Here!

Presenting a duet from "Sharmilee" (1971) today that shows the journey of a couple from the wedding to the arrival of their bundle of joy. With this, we come to the point at which we had started our story, that is, the birth of our heroine. The very same little girl is a mother today. And though I do not believe in celebrating any "Day", it is a coincidence that I am posting this song on the eve of the "Mother's Day". This also happens to the 50th post in this series.

This baby--it does not matter whether it is a girl or a boy--will grow with the love and care of its parents. There will be lullabies, birthday parties, going to school and everything that happens during growing up. But we will not chronicle all of that in this space. We will continue with our story. This will remain "Her Story" in which the child may sometimes make an appearance.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Neeraj
Music: S. D. Burman

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Her Story: Parents-In-Waiting!

Another beautiful song that shows the joy the soon-to-be parents experience as they think about the arrival of the little one. This one is from "Mera Qasoor Kya Hai" (1964).

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
Music: Chitragupt

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Her Story: Celebrations!

Friends and family celebrate as they look forward to the baby's arrival. The expectant mother is all aglow with anticipation of motherhood. Watch her in this song from "Zindagi" (1964). A surprise element: Helen sporting a very different look in a role that must have been a big departure from her image.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri
Music: Shankar Jaikishan

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Her Story: Stork's Visiting!

The birth of a baby. That is the single most important event that changes everything in the life of a couple. The months leading up to that special moment are spent in pleasant anticipation of the days to come. Presenting a duet from "Tere Mere Sapne" (1971)--the second song from this film to appear in this space--that shows the expectant parents singing and dreaming about their soon-to-arrive baby.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Neeraj
Music: S. D. Burman
 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Her Story: Making Up!

If the tiffs and spats were fun, making up is fun too. A song from "Kora Kagaz" (1974) comes to mind for this situation.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: M. G. Hashmat
Music: Kalyanji Anandji

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Her Story: Tiffs And Spats

Married life is not always about being good and saying sweet things to each other. It has its share of tiffs and spats. This breezy duet from "Salaam Namaste" (2005) is just right for this situation, even though the lead pair was not shown to be married. They were a couple in a live-in relationship.

Singers: Gayatri Iyer, Shaan
Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni
Music: Vishal Shekhar

Monday, April 30, 2012

Her Story: Calling Up!

He is away, but he needs to talk to her. Now, that is not a problem at all. Especially in this age when so many options are available for instant communication. But things were not so simple just a few decades ago. Listen to this quaint little song from "Patanga" (1949) and enjoy. It will surely bring a smile to your lips.

Singers: Shamshad Begum, C. Ramchandra (Chitalkar)
Lyrics: Rajendra Krishan
Music: C. Ramchandra

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Her Story: Of Absence And Fondness

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. He is in her thoughts all the time. His condition is not too different either. Watch them in this sweet song from "Ghar" (1978).

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Gulzar
Music: R. D. Burman




 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Her Story: He's Away!

It is back to the rough and tumble of daily life for the young couple. The new bride finds it hard to adjust to the fact that her husband needs to be away for some time. This song from "Uphaar" (1971) seems just right for this situation.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Her Story: Bliss!

The newly-weds are finding bliss in each other's company. If they can be happy doing routine domestic chores (see previous post), they can have the time of their lives riding a simple bicycle. The modest two-wheeler never looked so "cool" as it did in this lovely duet from "Tere Mere Sapne" (1971).

Trivia: Most of this film was shot on location around the coal mines in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh. It is based on A. J. Cronin's novel "The Citadel".

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Lyrics: Neeraj
Music: S. D. Burman

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Her Story: Settling Down

The new bride and groom find pleasure in everyday chores when they settle down in their new home. Here is a number from "Saath Saath" (1982), that shows a young couple finding their feet in a small house in Mumbai.

Singers: Chitra Singh, Jagjit Singh
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Music: Kuldip Singh



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Her Story: Marital Home! - 3

In my last post, the new bride found herself in a joint family in Delhi. What would it have been like if she were to marry into a similar large clan in Mumbai? This song from "Piya Ka Ghar" (1972) comes to mind when one thinks of the Mumbai scenario. In this film, Basu Chatterjee addressed the issue of privacy--or lack thereof--for a newly-wed couple forced to share a one-room tenement with many others in the family.

Trivia: This film was a remake of a popular Marathi film "Mumbaicha Javai".

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal

Monday, April 16, 2012

Her Story: Marital Home! - 2

The new bride will take some time to get acquainted with her new family. Presenting a folk song from Chhattisgarh which was used in "Delhi-6" (2009) very beautifully. The sasuraal is being likened to a genda phool (marigold). Just as so many petals come together to form a lovely flower, all members unite to make a joint family.

It is a catchy tune with warm, endearing visuals showing a family on a terrace in Old Delhi, busy making red chilly pickle on a mild winter day. But it is not just work. There is singing and dancing too. When Waheeda Rehman is dragged by other ladies to join them in the dance, she lights up the screen with her elegance and grace that hasn't diminished a bit with age.

Singers: Rekha Bhardwaj, Shraddha Pandit, Sujata Majumdar
Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi
Music: A. R. Rahman, Rajat Dholakia

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Her Story: Marital Home! - 1

The bride arrives in her marital home to start a new life. This song from "Chaudhvin Ka Chand (1961)" depicts that moment nicely.

Singer: Geeta Dutt
Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni
Music: Ravi


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Her Story: Leaving! - 2

"Kaheko byahi bides" is one of the finest vidaai songs that we have. I was wondering if I should dare to post any more from the same genre after that. But succumbed to the temptation of posting this melody from "Anokhi Raat" (1968).

Trivia: This was Roshan's last film as a composer. This particular song was recorded after his death, based on the tune set by him.

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Kaifi Azmi, Indeevar
Music: Roshan

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Her Story: Leaving! -1

After the wedding, it is now time for the bride to move in with her husband. There are many sad songs in Hindi films that depict this scene. It is indeed a very touching moment. Presenting a classic, written by the 13th century poet-scholar-musician, Amir Khusrow. A Sufi mystique and disciple of Nizamuddin Auliya, he wrote extensively in Farsi and Hindustani. His verses have a characteristic timelessness. They are being sung even today.

Here are two versions of "Kahe ko byahi bides". A longer one in the voice of Wajahat Hussain Khan Qawwal. And another one from the film "Umrao Jaan" (1981), sung by Jagjit Kaur. I found the verse and its translation, and I am including them in this post. These words and the actual rendition differ at some places, but it is still good to have them in order to enjoy this composition.

Singer: Jagjit Kaur
Lyrics: Amir Khusrow
Music: Khayyam








Kaahay ko biyaahi bides, ray, lakhi baabul moray,
Kaahay ko biyaahi bides........
Bhayiyon ko diye babul mehlay do-mehlay,
Hum ko diya pardes, ray, lakhi babul......
Hum to hain babul teray khoontay ki gayyan,
Jid haankay hank jaayen, ray, lakhi babul......
Hum to hain babul teray belay ki kaliyan,
Ghar ghar maangi jaayen, ray lakhi babul......
Hum to hain babul teray pinjray ki chidiyan,
Bhor bhaye ud jaayen, ray, lakhi babul......
Taaqon bhari mainay gudiyan jo chhodeen
Choota sahelin ka saath, ray lakhi babul......
Kothay talay say palakiya jo nikli,
Beeran nay khaayi pachhad, ray, lakhi babul.....
Dolee ka parda uthakar jo dekha,
Aaya piya ka des, ray, lakhi babul moray.
Kaahay ko biyaahi bides, ray, lakhi baabul moray.

Why did you part me from yourself, dear father, why?
You’ve given houses with two stories to my brothers,
And to me, a foreign land? Why dear father, why?
We (daughters) are just cows tied to your peg,
Will move on to where ever you drive us to, dear father.
We are just flower-buds of your garden,
And are asked for, in every household, dear father.
We are just birds from your cage,
Will fly off when its dawn again, dear father.
I’ve left at home, alcoves full of dolls;
And parted from my buddies too, dear father.
When my palanquin passed beneath the terrace,
My brother fainted and fell, dear father.
As I remove the curtain from the palanquin,
I see we’ve reached the beloved’s house, dear father.
Why did you part me from yourself, dear father, why?





 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Her Story: Tying The Knot! - 3

Today's song is being posted not so much for its music, but more because of its visuals. It brings alive many wedding rituals beautifully. No wonder then, that it is from a film called "Vivah" (2006).

Singers: Sudesh Bhosle, Ravindra Jain
Lyrics: Ravindra Jain
Music: Ravindra Jain



Friday, April 6, 2012

Her Story: Tying The Knot! - 2

A lovely duet from "Chori Chori" (1956) today. The bride's friends are singing and dancing in a farewell to their dear friend, who is about to start her new life soon.

Singers: Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar
Lyrics: Shailendra
Music: Shankar Jaikishan



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Her Story: Tying The Knot! - 1

Weddings are grand affairs. I will be posting some wedding songs in the days to come. When it comes to a wedding in the family, we Indians tend to go overboard. Hindi films are no different. The ceremony has been portrayed in so many films, in so many different ways, that I have a lot to choose from. The songs that I have picked are representative of what goes on during an Indian wedding, and they are not in any particular order. There could be an overlap or repetition of some of the rituals. But, it sure is going to be fun. So, be a part of the celebrations and enjoy the next few posts.

Today's song is from the classic dacoit-drama "Mujhe Jeene Do" (1963). This is a beautiful song and the wedding is taking place in Waheeda Rehman's imagination.

Trivia: The film was shot in Chambal valley in the Bhind-Morena region of Madhya Pradesh under police protection. It was a huge success. It was India's official entry at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.

Singer: Asha Bhosle
Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi
Music: Jaidev

Monday, April 2, 2012

Her Story: Henna Hues

The few days that separate the engagement and the wedding pass in preparing for the big event. The wedding celebrations kick off with mehndi ceremony. I present a somewhat forgotten song from "Mehboob Ki Mehndi" (1971). The most obvious pick would have been "Mehndi laga ke rakhna" from "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (1995).

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Hemlata
Lyrics: Anand Bakshi
Music: Laxmikant Pyarelal



Saturday, March 31, 2012

Her Story: Exchanging Rings!

After a very cordial meeting with parents over tea, the stage is now set for the wedding. The first step towards this alliance is an engagement. Both families celebrate while the couple exchange rings. There is fun, laughter, singing, dancing and good food as family and friends enjoy, looking forward to the wedding.

I did not have to think very hard for a sagaai song. This one from "Hum Aapke Hain Koun" (1994) conveys the excitement around an engagement ceremony very well. Many thought of this film as a long music video. True, there are many songs in HAHK depicting wedding rituals and I will have to resist the temptation of posting more of them.

Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Lyrics: Ravinder Rawal
Music: Raamlaxman