Have a story to tell? A theme to work on? An emotion to express? A mood to paint? Easy. You can do all this and more with Hindi film songs. For musical stories or theme-based songs or lyrical expressions of moods or...whatever, this promises to be a fun-filled ride. Come, get on the bandwagon!

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
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