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VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM…Song No. 10…Last song of the series.
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Today’s song is from the film Mangala-1950. It is a duet of Shamshad Begum and T.A.Moti. This is also the last song of this series.

In this series, we have heard,so far, 9 duets of Shamshad Begum, from her early films in the 40s. From the first film of hers in Bombay (Taqdeer) to her first film in Madras(Mangala), we have heard duets with 9 different singers, featuring Motilal, Surendra, K S Raagi, Ram Kamlani, Anil Biswas, G M Durani, Sulochana Kadam, Lata and Chitalkar and today is the 10th singer T.A.Moti. I wanted to include her duets with S D Batish, Geeta Dutt, Mohd.Rafi and Surinder Kaur, but it was not possible to accomodate them in this series.

Film Mangala-50 was a remake of the Hit Tamil film ‘Mangamma Sapatham-1943′. After the unprecedented foray of Gemini’s Vasan’s hit film Chandralekha-48. Subramaniam Srini Vasan or simply S S Vasan, became aware of the unlimited scope of the Hindi belt market for south-made Hindi films. Vasan was a writer, Editor, producer and Director, but above all, he was a Business Tycoon. He had established the popular Tamil magazine “Anand Vikatan”, and owned Gemini studios, Gemini Laboratories and Gemini distribution circuits. He soon decided to take advantage of the success of Chandralekha and made another Trilingual film . In Tamil it was called “Apoorva sahodarargal”, in Telugu, it was “Apoorva Sahodaralu”, and in Hindi it was called “Nishan”-49. This film too was a great success. Encouraged by this, S S Vasan mad his 1943 Tamil Hit film “Mangamma Sapatham”-43, into a remake in Hindi with the name “Mangala”-50.

Not by coincidence, but by design, the Hero for all these 3 remakes and the originals was Ranjan. (This film was remade in Simhalese as “Mathalan” in 1955 and in Telugu as “Mangamma shapatham”in 1965- featuring N T Ramarao, later the Chief Minister of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, and Jamuna).

In the early times of Film Industry, very few educated people used to join here. That is why Graduates or Postgraduates used to flaunt their degrees with pride- like Moti, B.A.-the lyricist, or Kavi Pradeep’s pseudoname- Miss Kamal B.A. or even singer Surendra as B.A., LL.B.

A highly qualified person and that too in an unrelated subject joining films was a wonder then. Thus, a young man with an unlikely name for a Hero, like RAMNARAYAN VENKATRAMAN SARMA Alias actor RANJAN was a novelty. Ranjan was born in Madras on 2-3-1918 in an orthodox Brahmin family. He did his B.A. with Phisics and then completed M.Litt in Carnatak music and Dance and became a Research Fellow for Ph.D. He also became the Managing Editor of ‘ NATYAM ‘ a magazine for Dance,drama and Music. In total contrast to his expertise in fine arts, he learnt FENCING( Sword Fighting) after he saw it in the Olympic Games.

He was spotted by a Tamil Producer and he made his Debut in the film ” Ashok Kumar “-1941. After a few films in Tamil and Telugu he got the role of SHASHANK in the Magnum Opus film Chandralekha in 1948. The Drum dance and his fencing were the two attractions in the film. The final sword fighting is considered the Longest ever Fencing fight in films till today ! The film was a Hit and Ranjan became typedcast in Action films. Ranjan was a very poor actor, but his Fencing skills were marvellous.

In 1949, came ” NISHAN “, based on the Hollywood film ” The Corsican brothers’-one good and one bad. Tt was a story of twins. The audience liked a scene from the film which showed that there were marks on one brother’s back if the other one was whipped !. The film, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu was a hit everywhere mainly for its fencing scenes. In ‘Mangala’ opposite Bhanumati, he was the villain and the Hero too.

He was invited by New York University for a Fellowship, but Vasan did not leave him, so after Mangala-1950, as soon as the contract was over, Ranjan came to Bombay.

‘Shin shinaki Boobla Boo’-1952 saw him with Rehana but as a Romantic Hero he was worse than Bharat Bhushan or Pradeep Kumar !

He acted in Sindbad the sailor, Baghi, Shahenshah, Kafila, Baghdad, Baap Beti, Nishan Danka and a host of B and C grade films, many of them dubbed or remakes of southern films. He was known for only Fencing. But he never became famous like Stewart Granger in ” Scaramouche” for his fencing. In the 50s he acted in 23 films, in 60s he did 18 films and in 70s his tally was 17 films. A total of 58 films in Hindi.

After Sword fighting became obsolete he shifted to writing. The story of film MUNIMJI-55 was written by him. After few years in south he was seen again in ‘Chor chor’-74 and ‘Chaitali’-76. Ram Balram was his last film.

He married a Muslim girl and she converted to Hinduism taking the name of Laxmi. Ranjan wrote 12 books on Dancing and music.

He shifted to USA to live with his son, but died on 12-9-1983,in New Jersey-USA,due to Heart attack. He was so much forgotten that even the news of his death was not published in India.

Today’s song is from Magala-50. It is a duet of Shamshad with T.A.Moti. I knew about Moti,B.A. but not about Moti T.A.. There was also the singer actor Moti Sagar. I tried very hard to gather information about this singer. I contacted my Tamil and Telugu friends and checked all known south Indian film channels, but to no avail. This is a great problem which I usually encounter in case of Southern and Bangla artistes. Information about these artistes is very difficult to come by. At times Bangla artiste information may be available but inormation about obscure South artistes is conspicuous by its absence.

Actually, the southern film activity, though as old as Hindi Talkie films, is strictly limited to four southern states. It was only the adventurous S S Vasan who ventured into the bastion of Hindi film markets, by promoting his film Chandrlekha. In fact this had encouraged other producers like AVM, Prasad, Vijaya etc to tap the Hindi belt. While making a multilingual film, the south producers always called the Hindi artistes, be it actors, Directors ,composers or singers to come to Madras, but they never went to Bombay. It was only through Dubbed or remade films that south actors, composers or actors were exposed to the Hindi arena. Those days anyone from south was a “Madrasi” and likewise anyone from other than south was a North Indian or a Punjabi ! No one from the North bothered to distinguish between Tamil, Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam-films or people. Everything was “Madrasi “.

The divide between the North and the south went on widening, which finally resulted in the Ánti-Hindi Agitations” of the 60s and 70s in Madras and other southern places. Fortunately, in recent times and with the New Generation, thanks to the coalition politics at the centre and states as well as I.T. centres at Hyderabad and Bangalore, the North-South exchange is much better and each state is identified individually. Thanks also to writers like Chetan Bhagat’s novels. Thanks to Modernization.

Coming back to T.A.Moti, all that I was able to know about him was that he was from Madras. He was a rare person who learnt Hindustani Classical music under experts. His Hindi pronunciation was very clear, without the typical southern style. He flourished in the later part of the 40s. In almost all dubbed and remade films in Hindi, during the 40s to 60s he sang songs in such films. He was also a very popular singer in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages. In South Indian versions of Barsat, Aan, Udan khatola etc etc he sang all the Tamil and Telugu songs. It was a hilarious scene to watch Dilip kumar singing in Tamil !.

From film Chandralekha-48, he started singing in Hindi films too. There may be many,but i heard his songs in Chandralekha, Nishan, Mangala, Dil-46, Intezar ke baad-47, Meri behan-62 Ram and Rahim-68. I read somewhere that in addition to Hindi, Tamil, Telugu,Knnada and Malayalam, T A Moti also sang in Marathi.

The composers of Mangala was a team of D.Parthsarthi, Balkrishna Kalla and E. Shanker. This team also gave music to few other films like Mangala-50, Sansar-51, Mr.Sampat-52, Bahut din Huye-54. Balkrishna Kalla with mohd. Shafi gave music to Krishna Kanhaiya-52. Independently he gave music to only one film-Do Dulhe-54. The southern composers gave music only to dubbed films or remakes.

In the original version of Mangala, which was ‘Mangamma Shapatham’- 43, the Heroine was Vasundhara Devi-mother of Vaijayanti mala. In hindi film mangala, the Heroine was P.Bhanumathi, but the hero was same – Ranjan. There were some Hindi actors like Agha, David and Badriprasad. The composer of today’s song, Balkrishna Kalla also did a small role in this film. When Shamshad begum sang songs for Chandralekha, her songs were recorded in Bombay, but for Mangala, Shamshad went to Madras first time and sang 9 songs out of its 15 songs. In this film the songs and dances of Carmen Miranda were freely copied in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi versions.

Let us now enjoy this video of the comedy song which is filmed on Agha and Suryaprabha ( I guess). With this song, we end this series here only.


Song-Bhole bhaale sanam matwaale sanam (Mangala)(1950) Singers-T A Moti, Shamshad Begam, Lyrics-Pt Indra Chandra, MD-Balkrishna Kalla
Both

Lyrics

o jee o jee o jee o
o jee o jee o jee o o

haan jee o haan jee o haan jee o
bhole bhaale sanam matwaale sanam
raat jaave hai jaave hai raat jaawe hai

more pyaare balam matwaale balam
neend aave hai aave hai
neend aave hai

jaao jaao ji balam
O balam besharam
teri jaan ki kasam
neend aave hai
tera kaisa ye sitam
zara soch to sanam
o sanam
beraham
raat jaave hai

neend aave hai aave hai
neend aave hai
raat jaave hai jaave hai
raat jaave hai

Raani aaj meri gaadi pehuchi
dil ke gaanv tak
pahunchi dil ke gaanv tak

Raaja main bhi teri ho gayi
ab sar se paanv tak
dekho Sar se paanv tak
main takiya tu rajaai
tu ghaas ??
main seena tu angdaai
tu tabla main shehnaai
tumhen jaan gaye ham
karo pyaar zara kam
kaise karoongi hajam
jee ghabraawe hai
more pyaare balam
matwaale balam
neend aave hai aave hai
neend aave hai
bhole bhaale sanam
matwaale sanam
raat jaawe hai jaawe hai
raat jaawe hai

kya baat karta
nimbu bhi rasgulla ban gaya
Ye sher tere
jaadu se ab billa ban gaya

mehmaan mere manmaane
maine dhang tere pehchaane
baalam banke lage sataane
Main aaya pyaas bhujane
Aao gaayen milke ham
huye door saare gham
o sanam
naachen ham
tu sataave hai

neend aave hai aave hai
neend aave hai
raat jaave hai jaave hai raat jaave hai


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM…..Song No. – 9
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Today’s song is from the film Girls school-49. It is a duet sung by Shamshad Begum and Chitalkar.

While Naushad Ali created soulful, joyful and thoughtful music with Shamshad Begum towards the end of the 40s and early 50s, it was C Ramchandra who created jumping, natkhat, humorous and bouncy songs with Shamshad during the same period. Surprisingly, Shamshad was able to do justice to both types of songs. However, I personally feel that she was more suited for the songs composed by C Ramchandra. The pitch of her voice suited this type of music more than the serene, Raaga based songs. As Shamshad was not trained in classical music, she felt that she was valued less than Lata. In those days, when Shamshad realised that she was slowly but steadily and surely losing ground and composers, who favoured her in the past were abandoning her and prefering Lata, someone advised her to learn Classical music. She quietly started her training.

This news somehow reached her original Mentor Ghulam Haider in Lahore and he wrote to her from Lahore, “what is this that I hear? You are learning classical music now ? Don’t be a fool. Your singing style is different you don’t require this to do.” After getting this letter, Shamshad Begum stopped her attempts of learning Classical music to compete with Lata.

As such she was never a fighter. It was not her nature. Her needs too were limited. She had only one daughter, who like her mother, married a Kashmiri Hindu boy and was very happy. Her family restrained her from doing what she was not capable of and thus quietly, by the early 70s, she laid down her weapons and disappeared from the show world. She had no friends in the industry and she had kept away from the Print media. She did not give interviews easily. Additionally, due to her Son in Law’s frequent transfers, she moved from place to place. No one knew where she was at any given time. So much so that people living in her own building did not know that one of the great singers of the ‘Golden Era’ was living in their own building ! That is the reason that when Noorjahaan came to India in 1982 or thereabouts, Shamshad Begum never knew about it and no one contacted her because her whereabouts were not known to anyone. Shamshad regretted missing meeting Noorjehan at that time.

The Film Girls school-49 has a very interesting History.( I hope shri Raja Swaminathan ji will read this article.)

As we know the film had 9 songs and there were two Music Directors-Anil Biswas and C Ramchandra (4 and 5 songs each).

This film was produced by Kavi Pradeep under the banner of Lokmanya Productions, Bombay. This was a company floated by him and Amiya Chakrawarty-director of this film. To understand the complexiities of Girls school, we must go back a little. In 1942, Anil Biswas was invited by Ranjit at a salary of Rs. 1500/ per month and by Bombay Talkies at a salary of Rs 2500/ per month. As National studio was winding up, Anil Biswas wanted to make a change anyway, but due to the contract of national he could not join Bombay Talkies openly. He, however, gave music to the film Basant-42 and name of his brother in Law, Pannalal Ghosh was used as its Music Director.

Finally when Anil Biswas joined Bombay Talkies, there were already two groups there. One was led by Devika Rani and Amiya Chakraborty and the other was led by S. Mukherjee along with Ashok Kumar, Gyan Mukherjee, Pradeep etc-a total of 15 artistes. Anil Biswas was invited by Devika Rani and that too at a salary of Rs. 2500/ per month, when Pradeep was getting Rs 1500 per month. This irritated Pradeep no end and he started troubling and finding faults with Anil Biswas. However Anil Biswas gave excellent music in the film Kismet and then everyone was happy as the film celebrated jubilees everywhere.

With this back ground, Anil Biswas joined Girls school as a Music Director, mainly due to Amiya who knew his calibre. Kavi Pradeep being a producer and a Lyricist started interfering with Anil Biswas’s work and criticising him at every opportunity. Anil Biswas was fed up. He had already recorded three songs and a solo by Lata , ” tum hi kaho, mera man udas kyun na rahe” was to be recorded. Anil Biswas had taken C Ramchandra as his assistant for this film. Though C Ramchandra was already a popular and wellknown composer himself independently, still he had accepted to be his assistant here due to his respect for Anil Biswas. When the tune for Lata’s solo was made, Pradeep passed caustic remarks about it being not so good. There was an altercation between Anil Biswas and Pradeep and Biswas quit then and there and went away.

C Ramchandra had to take over as the Music Director for the balance songs of the movie. Pradeep was very happy. Next day recording of Lata’s solo song took place under the supervision of C Ramchandra, as planned. Later when Lata came to know that Anil Biswas has left and C Ramchandra had replaced him, she was very angry and said that she would not have recorded the song had she known about Anil Biswas’s exit. She objected to C Ramchandra taking over as the music direction and complained about it in the Artists association too. (Remember that Lata and C Ramchandra’s relations had not formed yet and Lata was still with Husnlal at that time.)

Later on in 1954, when O P Nayyar replaced Roshan for Mehboob, Lata took up the issue with the Music Directors’ association. Anil Biswas was the chairman at that time and O P Nayyar was boycotted. At that time Lata quoted Girls school incident to prove that she was “highly Principled” on such matters!

Anyway, that was how C Ramchandra became the Music Director of Girls school-49 and he composed 4 duets of Shamshad and 1 solo of Lalita Deulkar in this movie. All the four duets of this pair are very interesting. However, with all this jhamelas, film Girls school was a total Flop. Pradeep lost heavily and closed the production company forthwith, after just this one film.

Girls school-49 had Geeta Bali and Sohan in the Lead with Shashikala, Sajjan, Vimal Vashishtha, Mangla,Ramsingh etc. I have not seen this film but the story of this film was..

Rural drama about Meena (Bali) who leaves home rather than submit to an arranged marriage and starts a girls school in a village, although opposed by the local zamindar. The zamindars brother-in-law Bipin (Sajjan), who lusts after Meena, is the villain. The hero (Sohan) appears in answer to an advertisement for a schoolteacher and is appointed only because Meena mistakes his name – Shanti Kumar Majumdar for that of a woman. The zamindar’s widowed sister Sumitradevi, a supporter of the school, objects because he is not married. Meena and Shanti Kumar fall in love but realises the damage he may cause to her school and leaves. Bipin then spreads rumours about Shanti Kumar morals, which causes further difficulties that have to be resolved before both the future of the school and of the loving couple could be assured.

Let us now listen to this Historical song from Girls school….

(Information used in this article is from books Sagar Movietone, Journey down melody lane and Ritu aaye Ritu jaaye, with thanks)


Song-O shahar ke baanke baaboo zara dil pe rakhiyo qaaboo (Girls School)(1949) Singers-Shamshad Begam, C Ramchandra, Lyrics-Pradeep, MD-C Ramchandra

Lyrics

o o o
o sheher ke baanke baaboo
zara dil pe rakhiyo qaaboo
tum kisi paraaye gaaon mein
zara sambhal ke jaana jee
zara sambhal ke jaana jee
o baaboo

o gaaon ki gori gori gudiya
tu hai aafat ki pudiya
aji ham pardesi log
hamen na hansna sataana jee

zara sambhal ke jaana jee
o baaboo

ek baat mere kaan mein keh do
baaboo karoon salaam
ek baat mere kaan mein keh do
baaboo karoon salaam
jinke ghar pe tu jaa rahe ae
unka kya hai naam
arri ham to yahaan paraaye
ek naye mulk mein aaye
ham na jaane koi naam dhhaam
na pata thhikaana jee

zara sambhal ke jaana jee
o baaboo

tum bina jaan pehchaan
mat hona kahin mehmaan
aji mat hona kahin mehmaan
phande mein kisi ke phanse to laala
ho jaaoge hairaan
phande mein kisi ke phansen
to laala ho jaaoge hairaan
hai naari yahaan ki chulbul
tum ko na bana le bulbul
yahaan tirchhi nazar waalon ka hai
ghar ghar mein aana jee
zara sambhal ke jaana jee
o baaboo

dil kaaboo mein rakhna
ari dil kaaboo mein rakhna
mere baayen haath ka khel
mere baayen haath ka khel
kabhi nahin niklega dekho
is reti se tel
o gori
is reti se tel

aji pata chalega
pata chalega
jab hoga meethhi chhuriyon se mel
jab jaadoo ke teer chalenge
jab jaadoo ke teer chalenge
tum na sakoge laala jhel
haaan
tum na sakoge laala jhel
pal bhar mein
pal bhar mein
ban jaaoge teeron ka nishaana jee
zara sambhal ke jaana jee
o baaboo


This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in atulsongaday.me. If this article appears in sites like lyricstrans.com and ibollywoodsongs.com etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of atulsongaday.me and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM…..Song No.-8
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Today’s song is a Quartet of Shamshad begum with Lata, Chitalkar and Rafi, from the film-Roshni-1949.
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VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM …..Song No. 7
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Today’s song is sung by Shamshad Begum, Sulochana Kadaam and Mohd. Rafi for the film Lal Dupatta-48.

In our last episode, we briefly looked at the industry scene in 1948. This was the beginning of the peak of the “Golden Era” of HFM which for the next 10 to 15 years gave immense everlasting musical happiness to people in India. The music of this era was so enchanting that even today, music lovers all over the world demand old songs of this era in any Musical stage show conducted anywhere.
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VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM….Song No- 6
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Today’s song is duet of Shamshad Begum and G M Durani.

There were 51 films having the word Ghar in their Titles that were released from 1931 to 2012. ‘Ghar’ was made 2 times, Ghar ghar ki kahai-3, Ghar Jamai-2, Ghar Grihisthi-2, Ghar ka chirag-2, Ghar ki izzat-2, Ghar ki Laaj-3, Ghar ki Laxmi-2, Ghar sansar-3, Gharana-2, Gharonda-2, Gharbaar-3, Gharwali Baharwali-2 and a funny Title “Ghar mein ho saali to poora saal Diwali ” was made in 2001.
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VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM…..Song No- 5
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1947 was an important year not only for the Nation, but also for the Film industry that sadly said ‘Good Bye’ to many of its popular Muslim artistes, who chose to migrate to the new nation PAKISTAN, created on the basis of Religion. The departure of many talented and popular, successful artistes and technicians was an immediate blow to the film industry, but the void thus created was soon filled up with its own personnel ‘waiting in the wings’ to take over. India never had a shortage of talented people, but it was Pakistan, who faced problems in establishing its New Film Industry. Their major problem was shortage of Financiers and Producers-who were mostly Hindus and who either shifted to India or got killed in the riots and their studios were burnt down by the rioters.
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VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM….Song No. 4
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Today’s song is from film Doosri Shaadi-1947. This is a duet with Ram Kamlani.

“Shaadi” seems to be quite a favourite Title word for Hindi film producers. There are very funny Titles with the word Shaadi. To start with, there was a film called ” Third wife ” made by Madan Theatres in 1931-the First year of Talkie films in India. Those days Polygamy was very common ( and why not ? King Dashrath of Ramayana had also 3 wives. Even in Mythology Lord Krishna had an astronomical figure of 16008 wives. Mortals today are struggling to manage even ONE wife ! ). Doosri Shadi was made in 1947 and then it was followed by a move practicable Pehli shaadi in 1953. So the number finally came down to a manageable number.
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VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM….Song No. 3
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Today’s song is from film Namumkin-46. It is a duet of Shamshad Begum and K.S.Ragi.

We are accustomed to see only the usual regular well known names, but when some new or unknown name appears, our brows are raised and we wonder who this singer is. Same thoughts came to my mind when I first came across his name few years back. One would immediately think of the singers in a Gurudwara, who are also called Raagis. I tried and tried very hard, but except that he hailed from Andhra pradesh, I could not get any other information on him. Then one fine morning K S Ragi’s daughter appeared on RMIM forum and gave some more information. Though even this was very meagre, still at least something was there.
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VINTAGE SHAMSHAD BEGUM…..Song No. 2
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Today’s song is from film Ratnavali-45. Not a very well known name. Even in those days,it was not a film known by many ! But it had very good songs. This was a costume film made by Amar Pictures.

Amar Pictures was owned by Chimanlal Desai- who had established Sagar movietone in 1930 along with Dr. Ambalal Patel. Both were actually in Distribution business, but they entered film production line with the help of Ardeshir Irani of Imperial Film Company. Dr. Patel left Sagar around 1936 to go back to his Distribution business again and Chimanlal left Sagar in 1939 to form National Studios, joining hands with RCA’s Yusuf Fazalbhoy.
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Vintage Shamshad Begam
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Song-1 Shamshad Begam and Motilal
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I started seeing films since my early childhood in the late 40s. I was lucky enough to see many films of the 30’s too, in their second or third runs. By the mid 50s, the films from the 30s were gone but almost all films of the 40s were still available.

English, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu or Kannada- language was no bar as far as watching movies of these languages was concerned . Those were the days when 78 RPM records used to be played by Hotels on gramophone. This helped me to hear the latest songs. In the 1960s Posh hotels had Juke Box. Soon it became common and Juke Boxes were seen everywhere. You needed just a coin of 4 Annas to listen to your desired song on it. Usually 4 songs in a row were lined up and they could all be listed to by putting 4 coins in it.
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This blog discusses Bollywood songs of yesteryears. Every song has a brief description, followed by a video link, and complete lyrics of the song.

This is a labour of love, where "new" songs are added every day, and that has been the case for more than six years. This blog has over 11100 song posts by now.

Total number of songs discussed

11148

Number of movies (All songs covered)

667

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