Atul’s Song A Day- A choice collection of Hindi Film & Non-Film Songs

Archive for the ‘Looking ahead’ Category

Qawwalis are normally the longest songs in Hindi movies. But sometimes stage songs also give qawwalis a run for their money as far as their duration is concerned.
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I always thought that the song “dukh bhare din beete re bhaiyya” from “Mother India” (1957) was a brief song, almost an afterthought. I do not know how I came to believe that. Perhaps I may have watched a brief portion of this song when I watched this movie (some 25 years after the movie was released) or perhaps because I have not heard this song in detail in the past.
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This is the fifth song from “Shikast” (1953) that I am posting here. This shows that this movie had some lovely songs in it.
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In India, where boys and girls are not allowed to mingle freely like in the west, most wedding alliances are fixed by the parents, again without taking the kids themselves into confidence. And after the parents finalise it, they inform the parties. One important information, and perhaps the only important information that a person often has is a photograph- a passport size photograph.
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Here is a song that can be called an iconic song. I have been listening to this song for decades and liking it too, but all this while I was totally in the dark about the creators of this song.
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I am sure no one recalls this 1978 movie called “Tumhaari Kasam”. In fact I do not think this movie was ever released in the parts of the country where I was growing up in 1970s. But I recall having heard this song and liking it.

Now that I have rediscoverd this song, after all of 30 years- and with the video of the song to boot, I realise that this beautiful song was picturised surprisingly well.
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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 seven years. This blog has over 11800 song posts by now.

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