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

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This article is written by Arunkumar Deshmukh, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a contributor to this blog. This article is meant to be posted in If this article appears in sites like and etc then it is piracy of the copyright content of and is a punishable offence under the existing laws.

Today’s song is from the film Sarhad-1960.

We now enter the the final year of the 50’s decade,into the year 1960. This was an year full of interesting films in different genres. The most important event of the year,of course, was the release of the monumental film “Mughal-E- Azam “.
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Today India follows the decimal system as far as currency is concerned where 100 paise = 1 rupee. But that was not always the case. The decimal systen was adopted by India in 1957. Before that one rupee was equal to 64 paise, and one anna equalled 4 paise. Thus half a rupee was 8 anna and so on. To differentiate between the paisa of the decimal system from the paisa of earlier days, the decimal system paisa was called “Naya Paisa” (new paisa). After 1964, the prefix naya was dropped, but in day to day life, usage of the term “naya paisa” continued well into 1970s. In fact, the coins itself had the word “naya paisa” or “naye paise” written on them.
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In Hindi movies, majority of songs have their origins in Indian classical music or folk music. Other source of inspiration has been Western popular music, which in fact became a standard fare in Hindi movie music of 1970s and 1980s.
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This review is written by Greta (Memsaab), a regular visitor of this blog and a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movies and its music

This song is not your regular boy meeting the girl and running around the trees song. That stage is over, at least as far as Rajendranath and Madhavi are concerned. Yes, they have got married and this song takes place on the occasion of their wedding reception.
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With time, most movie personalities become typecast in our minds, and we expect their performances to conform to our preconceived notions.
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This is one song that must be as rare a song as they come. Listen to this song and try to judge the people involved in the creation of the song. It is easy to notice that the song is picturised on Dhumal and Tuntun who emerge out of the church after getting married and then immediately burst into this comic song. The song is sung by Rafi and Geeta Dutt.
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In 1940s and 1950s, Bollywood music was undergoing a paradigm shift. Initially the music was based on Indian classical music. But then other influences came in. Indian folk music was one, and that helped take Bollywood music to the masses.
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In Bollywood movies, western music was used as early as 1940s itself. Early pioneers of this kind of music were C Ramchandra, Vinod etc.

Here we find Naushad using “western” kind of music. In fact it is more like a fusion of desi and western music.
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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 11600 song posts by now.

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