Will You Watch A Girl Dance – No Bump, Grind, Pout, Skin

or flinging limbs like throwing them away…?

Watch this and you’ll watch again!

A young village belle swaying, floating, gamboling about like a lamb let free – her eyes and hands at their eloquent best…

Who else, but a young Vyjayanthimala in a puppet dance with Shankar Jaikishen rising to the occasion once again weaving their magic! :

Movie: Kath Putli (1957),

Song: Bol Ri Kath Putli

Star cast: Vyjayanthimala, Balraj Sahni, Jawahar Kaul, Agha, Poonam, Kamla Laxman, Sheela Kashmiri, C S Dube, Shyam Kumar, Vijay,

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar.

Music Director: Shankar Jaikishan.

Lyricist: Shailendra

Director: Amiya Chakrabarty, Nitin Bose

Produced by Ajit Chakraborty, Amiya Chakrabarty.

To get a glimpse of SJ’s genius, here’s short clip on the mesmerizing play of violins and accordion in the song by a orchestra troupe – SJMF Ahmedabad & Meghdoot Melodies Club, Vadodara:


We swooned over him and then again…! And this film had two of him!

Song: Kabhi Khud Pe

Film: Hum Dono(1961)

Singer: Mohammed Rafi

Lyricist: Sahir

Music Director: Jaidev

Director: Amarjeet

Producer: Brij Mohan, Dev Anand

Cast: Dev Anand, Nanda, Sadhna, Lalita Pawar, Jagirdar, Rashid Khan, Leela Chitnis, Jagdish Raaj, Prabhu Dayal, Wasi Khan, Bhagwan Sinha, Ravikant, Prem Sagar, Ghulam Hussain

Tidbit from Vijay Aher:  After this film’s music was hit, Navketan films decided to give every alternate film to Jaidev and SD Burman. After SD heard this he pressurized Navketan by saying he’ll do something to himself. Hence Jaidev was denied films afterwards from Navketan. Jaidev Sahab was unmarried and died in Mumbai without any home of himself. “Gharunda”, “Gaban”…are truly masterpieces of him.



Unforgettable Melodies

Movie: Kanch ki Gudiya (1961)

Song: Sath Ho Tum Aur Raat Jawaan

Star cast: Manoj Kumar, Sayeeda Khan, Shobha Khote, Tarun Bose, Iftekhar

Singer: Mukesh, Asha Bhonsle

Music Director: Suhrid Kar

Lyricist: Shailendra

Director: Harnam Singh Rawail


Movie: Dil Ek Mandir (1963) 

Song: याद न जाए बीते दिनों की

Star cast: Meena Kumari, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar, Mehmood, Shubha Khote, Manmohan Krishna, Achala Sachdev, Sundar, Randhir, Krishna Kumari, Santhini, Ram Mohan, Keshav Rana, Baby Padmini

Singer: Mohammad Rafi

Music Director: Shankar Jaikishan

Lyricist: Shailendra

Director: C.V. Sridhar

Production Co: Chitralaya Pictures



Sure To Get You On Your Feet…

Not talking about the national anthem here.

The first is from that genius of a guy – O P Nayyar from 1958 and the second played by the glamour girl Sridevi in a comic piece, an iconic imitation of Chaplin, some thirty years later in 1987.

Movie: Howrah Bridge (1958) 

Song: Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu

Star cast: Ashok Kumar, Madhubala, K.N Singh, Helen, Dhumal, Om Parkesh, Kammo, Madan P, Sunder, Mehmood, Minu Mumtaz, Chaman Puri

Singer: Geeta Dutt

Music Director: O P Nayyar

Lyricist:  Qamar Jalalabadi

Directed and Produced by Shakti Samanta.

Tidbit: The ‘bad’ girl Helen’s first break into films!


Movie: Mr. India (1987) 

Song: Hawa Hawai

Star cast: Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Satish Kaushik, Amrish Puri, Annu Kapoor

Singer: Kavita Krishnamurthy

Music Director: Laxmikant-Pyarelal

Lyricist: Javed Akhtar

Director: Shekhar Kapur

Producer: Boney Kapoor


Unforgettable Melodies

Movie: Anokhi Raat (1968) 

Song: Oh Re Taal Mile Nadi Ke Jal Mein

Star cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Zahida, Mukri

Singer: Mukesh

Music Director: Roshan

Lyricist: Indivar

Album:  Legends Mukesh- 4. Licensed to YouTube by saregama (on behalf of Saregama)

Tidbit: Roshan passed away before the movie was completed. Zahida, the heroine, is a niece of Nargis. 

Movie: Modern Girl (1961) 

Song: Ye Mausam Rangeen Sama

Star cast: Pradeep Kumar, Sayeeda Khan, Smriti Biswas

Singer: Mukesh, Suman Kalyanpur

Music Director: Ravi

Lyricist: Gulshan Bavra

Quality: Could be better. In the second half, the song is rendered once again, this time the sound is better. The song is too melodious to miss despite the quality issue. 

About sad end of Sayeeda Khan: The heroine of this movie was Sayeeda Khan (in the clip). There is very little known about her – she was a small time actress active in Bollywood in 1960’s; acted in a few movies: opposite Kishore Kumar in movies like “Crorepati” and “Apna Haath Jagannath”, with Manoj Kumar in “Honeymoon”. She married Brij Sadanah (producer of “Victoria no. 203”). In 1990, her husband killed Sayeeda Khan and their daughter, before killing himself. Luckily their son Kamal, who was not at home, survived. Kamal Sadanah later acted as hero in a movie called “Rang”. (Source: YouTube)




The Magic Of Music

Try walking away from this!

Mere Rashke Qamar” (Urdu: میرے رشک قمر‎; Hindi: “मेरे रश्के कमर”; lit. “My envy of the moon”) is a ghazal-qawwali written by lyricist Fana Buland Shehri and composed by the prominent Sufi singer of Pakistan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. It was first performed in 1988 by Khan, and popularised by him and his nephew Rahat Fateh Ali Khan several times in different concerts.

It was recreated and released as a single on 5 April 2013 by A1melodymaster for the album Reformed; which released on 16 March 2017 with different renewed songs of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

The song was recreated by lyricist Manoj Muntashir and composer Tanishk Bagchi for Milan Luthria’s 2017 Hindi film Baadshaho; written by Rajat Arora. It features original version of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice with new version of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice. The video starring Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz; has been shot in different locales of BikanerJodhpur and Jaisalmer.

Very popular in India and Pakistan, the song is sung by many artistes and used as a cover for many parodies as well.

Here’s the effervescent Rojalin waxing mesmerizingly on the joy of love, separation, pain…notching up 74m+ views till date!!  Pity it’s only 3.04 mins:-(

In any other tongue the words would be roll off as trite.

(If the clip is blocked for some reason, view it on YouTube)

Also included are a few other short clips of the song:

Parodying a good meal: (1.32 mins)

Parodying travel by crowded local trains in Mumbai: (2.16 mins)

Original from the movie  Badshaho (actors: Ajay Devgn and Ileana Dcruz): (3.4 mins)

(If the clip is blocked for some reason, view it on youtube)

An extract from the original by Nusrat Saheb: (4.58 mins)

A clip on lyrics: (4.41 mins)


Source: Wiki

Source: Wiki

The Magic Of Music

A slow-moving melody – Innum Konjam Neram in the seductive voice of Shweta Mohan with Bennet’s band (Thanks to Vijaya Kannan for drawing me to it):


And here’s the original:



Keshavlal, The Amazing Street Singer From Gujarat


First, a few songs from the golden era of Hindi film music, played by him on harmonium – these are songs when played on Vividhbharati, we stayed away from our classes just to listen in:

Itna na mujh se tu bada…from film Chayya (1961)

https://youtu.be/_d7Y7WyfV98 (4.23 mins)

Hai apna dil to awara…from film Solva Saal (1958)

https://youtu.be/Cp1PTPDHSu0 (6.47 mins)

Jawaniya ye mast mast bin piye from film Tum Sa Nahin Dekha (1957)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd8mhJ61PLY  (2,49 mins)

There are many more of his out on YouTube.

This old man, Keshavlal Mulchand of Kadi Mehsana, once part of orchestra’s of renowned personalities like Shantaram and Hemant Kumar, is in the worst phase of his life, still singing on the streets! This 70+ man for good part of his life ended up living on foot-paths with his wife Soni Bai. Fortunately he has received recently some help including a roof over his head in Pune.

Here in this much-acclaimed documentary he talks about his life – hear about his marital bliss too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw_UQeXI6Ew (13.17 mins).

For your listening pleasure, here are the original tracks:

Itna na mujh se tu bada…from film Chayya (1961)

https://youtu.be/ClAXd0itpsA (7.38 mins)

Actors: Asha Parekh and Sunil Dutt. Someone observed: ‘May be copied from Mozart Symphony # +40, but the music by late Salil Choudhury has blended it with the Indian melody with unique rendition and intricate rhythm based on Indian Classic and demand of the mass. Hence, successful presentation besides wonderful voice of Lata ji and Talat ji.’

Hai apna dil to awara…from film Solva Saal (1958)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K8TH8LBs-w (4.1 mins)

Actors: Absolutely adorable Waheeda Rahman with the heart-throb Dev Anand. Music by S. D. Burman, sung by Hemant Kumar.

Jawaniya ye mast mast bin piye from film Tum Sa Nahin Dekha (1957)

https://youtu.be/aR6jo2ZdIW4  (3.42 mins)

Actors: Shammi Kapoor. Music by the inimitable O. P Nayyar, sung by Rafi sahib.






Sources: Various contributors on YouTube and the image from India TV News Desk.