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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular 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.

THE JOY OF NFS(Song No. 9)
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Manna Dey never achieved the kind of popularity that some of his more commercially successful contemporaries (Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh etc) enjoyed, but that in no way is a reflection on Manna Dey’s calibre as a singer. As a singer he had perhaps the widest range of them all. He could sing songs ranging from philosophical to comical with equal felicity. In his case, passage of time has helped enhance his reputation.
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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Today (2 october 2013) is a special day- both for our country and for our Blog.

For the country, because today is the Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. For the Blog, because it completes 8800 songs today, with this song.
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When I was a school kid then I found most, if not all subjects as boring. Even out of all these boring subjects, history took the cake. It was extremely difficult to remember the names of the kings, their eras, and what they did during their reign. And in case these kings happened to be born before the era of Christ then remembering their dates of birth and death was even more confusing. :) Emperor Ashok, for instance was born in 304 BC and died in 232 BC. What kind of kings they were who died before they were born, was the doubt in the minds of many students of tender years.
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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.

During my younger days, Radio Ceylon (later Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation) and Vividh Bharati service of all India Radio (Aakashvani) were the two sources on which I used to listen to Hindi film songs’ programmes. I got to know only sometime in late 60s that Aakashvani stations were not broadcasting Hindi film songs prior to the setting of Vividh Bharati in 1957. Later I came to know that this policy decision was taken by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in 1952 when Dr B V Keskar, the then Information and Broadcasting Minister felt that Hindi film songs had become vulgar and westernised. It was decided that some songs having literary value such as those written by poets like Bhagwati Charan Verma and Pandit Narendra Sharma should be turned into songs and played on Aakashvani in place of Hindi film songs. It is said that some of such songs were composed by Anil Biswas. It was during this time that Lata Mangeshkar sang her first non-filmy song ‘yug ki sandhya krishak vadhu si’ written by Pandit Narendra Sharma and composed by Anil Biswas during. Unfortunately, this song’s disc was damaged during its first play on the radio and was thus lost forever.
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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.

If one browses through the Hindi films made in the 1940s, it will be observed that there were many lesser known music directors who had tried their luck in Hindi films. My guess is that the number of such lesser known music directors in the 1940s may be a close to 50. Sadly, most of these talented music directors could not sustain their careers for long in the Hindi film industry. This blog has covered songs of many of lesser known music directors of the 40s such as Neenu Majumdar, Shanti Kumar Desai, Shyambabu Pathak, Madhulal Damodar Master, Ramchandra Pal etc. V Balsara was one among such music directors who started his career in Hindi films but could not sustain it for long as a music director. But he changed the track of his career and became a famous instrumentalist, orchestra conductor, a music teacher and the music director of non-filmy songs and a few Bengali films during rest of his life. I became aware of his name in the 1970s mainly for his beautiful compositions of some non-filmy Hindi songs.
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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.

A few days back, one of the readers of this blog commented on the song arree hato kaahe ko jhoothhi banaao batiyaan sung by Manna Dey that he is not a versatile singer. Well, the reader has given his view which we respect in line with ‘pasand apni apni khayal apna apna’. Of course, with such a sweeping statement, there were responses by some of the regulars of this blog. A few examples of songs in support of Manna Dey’s singing versatility were also listed. There is no doubt that Manna Dey is a complete singer. His repository of singing encompasses classical, patriotic, romantic, light comedy, ghazal and more. His versatility goes beyond the different genres of songs. Take for instance the variations in his renditions within the genre of romantic songs of expressing love – tera haath haath mein aa gayaa, roop tumhaaraa aankhon se pi loon, tum jo aao to pyaar aa jaaye and some non-filmy songs like ‘ye awaara raatein ye koyi si baatein’ and ‘ nazaaron mein ho tum khayaalon mein ho tum’.
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