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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

There has been some confusion as to when Begum Akhtar (1914-1974) first sang in a concert. Also, associated with this confusion is when she first recorded the ghazals and thumris for the issue of her 78 rpm discs. Rita Ganguly, one of the senior disciples of Begum Akhtar, in her book ‘ Ae Mohobbat – A Reminiscing Begum Akhtar’ (2008) has mentioned that Begum Akhtar’s first participation in a concert as a singer was at the age of 11 (1925) at Calcutta (now Kolkata) which was arranged for Bihar Flood Relief Fund. However, many of the articles and blogs mention that her first concert was in 1934 for Bihar Earthquake Relief Fund. Some articles even mention that she sang in a concert for the first time at the age of 15.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

I am presenting a dance song ‘ kya kya kahoon re Kanha’ from PIYA MILAN (1958). I came across this song just a couple of days ago while searching for rare songs of the 40s on Dr. Surjit Singh’s website. Listening to this song was like ‘Song to Tickle your Memory’ as Sudhir ji has called it in one of the series for his articles. I had heard this song on Vividh Bharti in my younger days but had completely forgotten about the existence of this song. Fortunately, the video clip of this song is available which revealed that this was a classical dance song.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

15th August and 26th January are two days in the year when I find myself going back in time by almost 50 years to my school days at the time of the flag hosting ceremonies in our housing society.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

Today, the 16th January, 2016 is the 90th birth anniversary of rhythm and melody king O P Nayyar. Based on his interviews, the musical career and the song compositions which are well known to most of the readers of the Blog, I may say that he was an unique personality in the sphere of Hindi film music. Some of the events in his life listed below give me that impression.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

When we hear the song sundar naari preetam pyaari from ‘Manzil’ (1936), the voice of Pankaj Malik vibrates in our ears.
When we hear the ghazal sukoon dil ka mayassar gul-o-samar mein nahin from ‘Street Singer’ (1938), K L Saigal and Kanan Devi come to our mind.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

ROOP REKHA (1948) was a film that I was not aware of until I heard mp3 clip of a song from the film. An advertisement of the film which appeared in one of the issues of ‘Filmindia’ 1948 revealed that the film was produced by Padam Maheshwari under the banner of Chitrakala Mandir and it was directed by Samar Guha. Veena Kohli and Rehan, probably new comers, were in the lead role supported by Asha Poshley, Smriti Biswas, Durga Mota, Ajmal, G N Butt etc. I have no idea as to which genre the film belonged to but going by another advertisement of the film hich says ‘Burning Punjab brings out the challenge picture of 1948’, the story appears to be based on the social impact on Punjab immediately after the partition.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

PRITHVIRAJ SANYUKTA (1946) was the first film from Shalimar Pictures belonging to historic genre after producing social genre films like ‘Ek Raat’ (1942), ‘Prem Sangeet’ (1943), ‘Man Ki Jeet’ (1944) and ‘Ghulaami’ (1945). The film had Prithviraj Kapoor and Neena in the lead roles of Prithiviraj Chauhan and Sanyukta (Sanyogita) respectively. The other main characters were played by Tiwari (Raja Jaichand) and Bharat Vyas (Chand Bardai, Court poet), Cuckoo played the role of a court dancer. The film was released in May 1946.

We have some legendary love stories in the Indian history – Prithviraj Chauhan-Sanyogita, Salim-Anarkali, Shah Jahan-Mumtaz Mahal etc. These ‘readymade’ stories have a lot of scope for showing different cinematic elements. Hence, producer and director of the films used to get attracted to make film based on such legendary love stories which have romance, inter-personal conflicts, war scenes, extravagant sets etc. Furthermore, such legendary stories give some scope for dramatising events even though they may not be historically accurate.

The love story of Prithviraj Chauhan-Sayongita is well known. In fact, we all have read it in our history text books in the high school. The abduction of Sayongita by Prithviraj at the time of swayamvar organised by Jaichand and the wars of Thaneswar-I &II with Mohammed Ghori are the part of this story. One thing clearly emerges from the story that one misjudgement on the part of Prithviraj Chauhan in setting Mohammed Ghori free after winning the first Thaneswar war in 1191 resulted in a greater part of India being ruled by foreigners for about next 750 years.

Since the DVD/VCD of the film is not available to see for myself how the story in the film was handled, I have given below some snippets of the review of the film done in June 1946 issue of Baburao Patel’s ‘Filmindia’ magazine:

1. ’Prithviraj Sanyukta’ – 10999 ft. (movie length) of boredom.

2. Director Najam Naqvi did not seem to have enough brains and imagination to handle this historical subject with dramatic events.

3. Prithviraj Kapoor plays the lead role but looks more like U.P. milkman than a gallant Rajput king.

4. Bharat Vyas plays the role of Chand Bardai, the court poet but acts more like a court clown.

5. Tiwari in the role of Jaichand walks half the time like a woman.

6. The music of the film is too rotten for words………One wonders what the music director was doing unless he was drunk.

The film had 9 songs that were penned by Josh Malihabadi (3), Akhtar-ul-Iman (5) and Bharat Vyas (1). The songs were set to music by S K Pal. I could not locate any of the songs on YT. However, I got mp3 clip of the song ‘bigdi meri bana de man ko daraane waali’ from Dr Surjit Singh’s website which I have converted into a video and posted on YT. This song is credited to Neena but the voice, I guess, is that of Sitara Kanpuri.

Contrary to what the reviewer of ‘Filmindia’ had written, at least, the music of this song is not rotten in my view.

With this song, ‘Prithviraj Sanyukta’ (1946) makes its debut in the Blog.


Song-Bigdi meri bana de (Prithviraaj Sanyukta)(1946) Singer-Sitara Kanpuri, Lyrics-Josh Malihabadi, MD-S K Pal

Lyrics

bigdi meri bana de ae ae ae ae ae ae
bigdi meri bana de ae ae ae
bigdi meri bana de ae ae ae ae ae
bigdi meri bana de ae ae ae ae
man ko daraane waali
parchaayiaan hain kaali
man ko daraane waali
parchhaayian hain kaali
deepak mera jala aa de ae
deepak mera jala aa de ae
bigdi meri bana de ae ae ae

taare bhi kho chukee hai ae
taare bhi kho chukee hai
yoon rain so chukee hai
taare bhi kho chukee hai
yoon rain so chukee hai
iss rain ko jaga aa de ae
iss rain ko jaga aa de ae
bigdi meri bana de ae ae ae ae
bigdi meri bana de ae ae ae ae ae
bigdi meri bana de ae ae ae

chhaaya hai ghhup andhera aa
chhaaya hai ghhup andhera
dil bujh gaya hai mera
chhaaya hai ghhup andhera
dil bujh gaya hai mera
dil ko diya dikha aa de ae
dil ko diya dikha aa de ae
bigdi meri bana de ae ae ae
bigdi meri bana de ae ae ae ae ae
bigdi meri bana de ae ae ae


This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

In July 2014, when the Blog was celebrating a milestone of 10,000 songs, I had written an article on Mallika Pukhraj and discussed her iconic nazm  Abhi To Main Jawaan Hoon. At that time, I had heard almost all ghazals, nazms and thumris rendered by her and available on the websites. One of her ghazals which I liked for very unique style of rendition was “Dillagi Meri Koi Kya Jaane”. Surprisingly, a good quality video of her rendition of this ghazal was available on YT. I was under the impression that Mallika Pukhraj sang this ghazal in Wadia Movietone’s film ‘Kahaan Hai Manzil Teri’ (1939).  I liked her rendition so much that I decided that I would attempt an article on this ghazal for the blog some time later. However, after a couple of months or so, I found to my dismay that the said video of the ghazal was deleted from YT.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

GHULAAMI (1945) was produced under the banner of Shalimar Pictures owned by W Z Ahmad and directed by Mohan Wadhwani. The star cast included Renuka Devi, Masud Parvez in the lead role with the supporting cast of Tiwari, Rajkumari Shukla, David, Bharat Vyas, Mumtaz, Anwar, Ramavatar etc. The film had 9 songs written by 4 lyricists – Bharat Vyas (5), Akhtar-ul-Iman (2), Majaaz Lucknawi (1) and Josh Malihabadi (1) which were set to music by S K Pal. The DVD/VCD of the film is not available. All I know about the film from a photograph was that it was a patriotic film.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, 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.

Continuing my search for some rare songs which are not available on YT, I came across mp3 clip of a song ‘bah dheere dheere naiyya’ from the film ‘Paraaye Bas Mein’ (1946) on Dr Surjit Singh’s Website. Pran and Asha Posley were in the lead roles in the film. The film had 7 songs written by two lyricists – Tufail Hoshiyarpuri and Aziz Kashmiri and were composed by two music directors – Niaz Hussain Shami and Vinod. It is said that originally, Pandit Amarnath was to compose the songs for the film. Due to deterioration of his health, Vinod and Niaz Hussain were entrusted with music direction.
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