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

Archive for July 2011

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

Today, 31st July, is Rafi saab’s death anniversary. It is a date that evokes emotions in many Rafi saab fans even thirty years after his death. Many of them, especially if they are in their 50s or more, will remember the 31st of July 1980 as one of those “where were you on that day?” events, associated in the past with JFK’s assassination in 1963 and the successful moon-landing in 1969, and more recently with 9/11 or India’s own 26/11.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie songs and a regular contributor to this blog.

The versatility of one voice has been unmatched in the annals of Hindi film music. A voice that is a match for any emotion, from one end of the spectrum to another. A voice that renders gaiety and fun as effortlessly as sadness and regrets of life. A voice that could woo the lady love and call out to the Almighty God with the conviction that one actually strains the hearing, expecting an answer come back from the heavens. A voice that has the capability to merge itself into any personality so totally and unobtrusively that the listener could never separate the voice from the character. That is the voice of Rafi Saab, a divine gift that dwelt on this earth for single lifetime, and left behind a legacy that would span an eternity. It is indeed a matter of good fortune to be born in this era, and be touched by the voice of this marvelous, unearthly tenor – a sound that appears maybe once in an aeon.
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“Ye Dil Kisko Doon” (1963) is not a well known movie as far as I am concerned. This movie had Shashi Kapoor and Raagini in it. May be that has something to do with the obscurity of this movie. 😀
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On the occasion of Rafi’s death anniversary, today we are offering our tribute to him by discussing a few songs sung by him. Today we will discuss some of those gems that are not yet covered in this blog. and some of these songs are not all that well known. in fact, some of the songs to be discussed will be unknown for most music lovers.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

This selection is from the 1964 Gemini production Zindagi. This film had a very good star line up, as in Rajendra Kumar, Rajkumar, Vijayantimala, Prithviraj Kapoor, Lila Chitnis, Mehmood, Jayant, Kanhaiyalal, Jeevan, Dhoomal, Helen, Mumtaz Begum, Heeralal, and Master Shahid. Ramanand Sagar, the director of this film, has been active in the Hindi cinema as a story and dialogue writer since the early 1950s. He directed his first film in 1953 (Mehmaan), but it was in 1960 that he really established himself as a director with the film Ghunghat. This was followed by Zindagi (1964) and Aarzoo (1965). He then established Sagar Arts International, his own production house an went on to produce and direct such famous hits like Aankhen (1968), Geet (1970), Lalkar (1972), Charas (1976), Prem Bandhan (1979) etc. Beyond all the film world creations, Ramanand Sagar is more famous for the TV serial Ramayan, which he created in 1987, whose success established him as a household name all over India.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

Pujaarin (1936) is a social drama, produced by Internatonal Film Craft Production, and directed by Prafulla Ray. The acting credits for this movie include KL Saigal, Chandra, Pahadi Sanyal, KC Dey, Rajkumari, Nawab Babulal, Kailash, Jagdeesh, Kedar, Sham Laha. Saigal plays the role of Jeeband Chowdhuri, a young man whose occupation is to grab the assets of other people. He marries the daughter of a rich family, only for the purpose of getting a lot money as dowry.
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This article is written by Sudhir, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.

With this post, we are celebrating the 4300th song on this blog. Keeping a fairly sharp pace, at the rate of about 6 or 7 songs per day, we reached this latest century milestone within 16 days of touching the 4200 mark. Congratulations to all.
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I have mentioned in the past that I believed Nutan to be the original tragedy queen, before Meena Kumari joined in playing such roles. But just now I have realised that the crown of the original tragedy queen should go to Nimmi who was playing such roles almost from the beginning of her career, which began prior to Nutan and Meena Kumari’s forays in to tragedy roles.
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It is often said that Hindi movies do not represent reality, rather they are make believe stuff. The fact is, they take stories that seem plausible enough and then add their own fancy unrealistic stuff. And since audiences tend to lap it up, they continue to churn out such movies till the taste of public changes. And this public taste does change with time.
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Here is a forgotten gem from a forgotten movie that I have just discovered. This song is from “Wafa” (1950). This movie had Nimmi and Karan Dewan in lead roles.
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