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

Geeta Dutt was one of the few singers who got a godsend opportunity as a playback singer in Hindi films. The devdoot or farishta (angel) in her case was none other than Pandit Hanuman Prasad, one of the music director of the 40s. While walking on a Mumbai street, he heard a singing voice coming from the balcony of the building above him which attracted his attention. He straightway walked into the room and found a teenage girl singing. She was Geeta Roy as she was known then. He liked her singing so much that he offered her the chance to sing a predominantly chorus song in the film ‘Bhakt Prahlad (1946) in which she had two lines to sing. These two lines from the song attracted the attention of S D Burman who persuaded her parents to let her sing in ‘Do Bhai’ (1947). The iconic song “mera sundar sapna beet gaya” and the box office success of the film signalled the arrival of Geeta Roy as a playback singer. By the end of 40s, she had already attained the status of one of the prominent female playback singers of Hindi films.
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This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

In the sphere of Geeta Dutt’s non-filmy songs (NFS), I was aware of only one of her songs hauley hauley hawaayen doley during my younger days, thanks to the radio. Much later, I had bought 78 RPM record of this NFS sometime in early 70s. If I remember correctly, this record had ‘jamuna ke teer kaanhaa aao’ on the other side. So I became aware of one more NFS of her. Probably those days of early 50s, the singers will have to sing at least two NFS songs to bring out one 78 RPM record. With the advent of internet, we have access to some more of her NFS based on which I have a feeling that compared with other playback singers of her time like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Mohammed Rafi, Talat Mehmood, Mukesh, Manna Dey etc, she has cut comparatively very few Hindi NFS discs. I found that none of her NFS other than the two I referred to above, were known to me though they are beautifully rendered by her. I have recently heard ‘ye hawaa ye fizaa ye bahaaren’ composed by V Balsara and I liked it very much.
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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 tribulations of life keep jumping from one whirlwind to another. Here is a bit of information that I should have shared on the blog some time back. So there is this loosely knit group of music lovers in Delhi, and they are planning a year long stint of programs to celebrate the 100th year of Indian Cinema.
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