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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Well, then folks, we come to the time to wind up this series. Today is the penultimate post, of the set of all Hindi/Urdu recordings of Saigal Saab that are available anywhere. Let us take a look as some numbers. This is the 37th non-filmi song that is being posted today. This completes the set of all the non-film songs that are now available on this blog. Of these, 26 items are ghazals by eminent poets, and 11 are songs in the semi classical tradition of Hori, Jhoolaa, Thumri, and Bhajans.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

The mystery of Saigal Saab’s mastery over music and singing will probably never be fully understood. Without a formal training regime from a dedicated master, the fact that he has accomplished what we know, one has to, but acknowledge an inner illumination and a divine gift.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

The saga of Saigal Saab is known based on the memories that have been treasured by his family members, friends and associates. There is very little written documentary record of his life available, in terms of journals, letters or interviews. His departure at a young age of 43 years, did not allow an opportunity that many famous persona have, of writing or authorizing a biography, as they reach into the later decades of their lives. Very little, if any, is available in terms of written articles etc. from the 15 years (1931-1946) that he was in the limelight for the entire nation. His music, and the collection of anecdotal memories, is the legacy remaining, with which to know and fathom this extraordinary performer.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Pankaj Mullick fondly remembers his time and interactions with Saigal Saab. In the year 1931, Pankaj Mullick was associated with India Broadcasting Company, as a vocalist and a music trainer. This company ran the Calcutta Radio Station, (prior to the advent of All India Radio). One evening, Pankaj Da found a young gentleman in the waiting room for visitors. When asked about why he was there, the young man introduced himself as Kundan Lal Saigal, from Jalandhar, and said that he aspired to sing for the Calcutta Radio Station. Impressed with the winsome manner and a voice that enchanted, even as he spoke, Pankaj Da took him to meet NN Majumdar, the director of programs. An audition was arranged immediately. Pankaj Da writes, “. . . For its charming melody and rhythm, distinct pronunciation and neat articulation, embellished with an exceedingly sweet and melodious nasal tone, the audition emerged as something really superb. Mr. Majumdar arranged to broadcast Saigal’s song from the Calcutta Station that very night, and asked the young man to join straight away as a regular artist of the company”.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

The mention of Saigal Saab’s name evokes emotions of despondency and the sounds of a broken heart. He is mostly remembered for the sounds of melancholy songs, the tragic role of Devdas, the ghazals brimming with the stark philosophies of life, and the heart rending swansong ‘Jab Dil Hi Toot Gayaa. . .’ of the romantic Shahjehaan. And so it may surprise many a music an cine lovers, that Saigal Saab’s first forays in the arena of acting were in comedy roles.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

The more one reads about the life of Saigal Saab, and the memories recounted by those who have been associated with him, the more one is struck by the singular quality of simplicity and humility. And maybe that is what made his art so pure, and so fascinating. Whether it is the exuberance of the ‘Hatt Gayee Lo Kaari Ghataa. . .’ (Lagan, 1941), or the pathos of ‘Gham Diye Mustaqil. . .’ (Shahjehaan, 1946), or the heightened expectations of a lover in ‘Kaise Katey Ratiyaan . . .’ (Lagan, 1941) or the melancholy sound of ‘So Jaa Raajkumari. . .’ (Zindagi, 1940) as the theme of reunion with a dying beloved, the rendition of the song and expressions of the emotional content is simply flawless.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Kidar Sharma ‘Hasrat’, the famous lyricist, writer and filmmaker, recounts his association with Saigal Saab, while working on the film Tansen and Bhanwara. It was early 40s, and Saigal Saab was still associated with the New Theatres in Calcutta on a contract basis. Chandulal Shah of Ranjit Movietone (Bombay) planned the film Tansen, and the obvious choice for the title role was Saigal Saab. After some negotiations with New Theatres, Chandulal Shah obtained permission for having Saigal Saab work temporarily with Ranjit Movietone. The understanding was for a fixed period of time, and not for completing an assignment.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

The decades have passed since the departure of Saigal Saab from this world, and the time has shown that there is no peer to the Voice of Saigal. Many voices, especially in the 30s and 40s, made an appearance on the silver screen, making utmost efforts to emulate the un-imitable divinity in the voice of Saigal Saab. But none could make it to the depths that Saigal Saab would so effortlessly dive into, and reveal an emotion with so much grace.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

The non-film offerings of Saigal Saab are verily a much more valuable treasure than the film music rendered by him. Although comparatively much smaller, this treasure is much more inspiring and stimulating. Completely un-encumbered by the requirements of music direction, and playing to an audience, these non film offerings are a rare collection of exceptional quality and an expression of a free soul. This collection consists of 26 Urdu ghazals, and 11 bhajans and geets in Hindi. (Please note that these numbers do not include his songs in other languages i.e. Bengali, Tamil, Punjabi, and Persian). Majority of these are now posted on this blog. We are nearing the end of this list, and the postings of this series should conclude in another ten days or so.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this topic.

The actor in the persona of Saigal Saab, has mostly been overshadowed by the magical qualities of his voice and the music this voice has rendered. And yet, the directors who have worked with him, and directed his roles, acknowledge that Saigal Saab had this innate capability to create and to express any singular emotion, with an intensity and control of facial features and mannerism.
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