Unforgettable Melodies

Links to Youtube are provided in case the clip doesn’t show up here.

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A soulful song from Mohsin Faiz from across the border:

Video here.

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Dil Tadap Tadap Ke‘ from Madhumati (1958) sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh. Cast: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayantimala, Tarun Bose, Johny Walker, Pran and Jayan. Music: Salil Chaudhry. Lyrics: Shailendra. Director: Bimal Roy..

Video here.

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‘Main Chali Main Chali’ from Professor (1962) sung by Mohammad Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar. Cast: Shammi Kapoor, Kalpana and Lalita Pawar. Music: Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi, Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri, Shailendra (Shankardas Kesarilal). Director: Lekh Tandon. Producer: F. C. Mehra.

Video here.

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Thandi Hawayein Lehra Ke Aaye‘ from Naujawan (1951) sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Cast: Nalini Jaywant, Prem Nath, Nawab Kashmiri and Yashodra Katju. Music: S.d. Burman. Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi. Director : Mahesh Kaul.

Video here.

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Melodies You May Not Get To Hear

These videos seem to play only on Youtube and not in WP. If so, click on the image or the link given below. A bit of nuisance.

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Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh‘ from Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960) sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Cast: Meena Kumari, Raj Kumar. Music: Shankar Jaikishan Lyrics: Shailendra. Director: Kishore Sahu.

If it doesn’t play watch it here.

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Yaad Aayee Aadhi Raat Ko‘ from Kanhaiya (1959) sung by Mukesh; Cast: Raj Kapoor. Nutan, Om Prakash and Lalita Pawar. Music: Shankar Jaikishan. Lyrics: Shailendra. Director:Om Prakash.

If it doesn’t play watch it here.

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‘Yeh Raat Yeh Fizayen’ from Batwara sung by Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi. Cast: Pradip Kumar and Nirupa Roy. Music: Madan Mohan. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

If it doesn’t play watch it here.

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Dekho Kasam Se Kahate Hain Tum Se from Tumsa Nahin Dekha sung by Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi. Cast: Shammi Kapoor, Ameeta, Pran, B.N.Vyas and Raj Mehra. Music: O P Nayyar. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri. Director: Nasir Hussain.

If it doesn’t play watch it here.

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More Melodies…

Shut out all other sounds, tune in and enjoy.

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Does a bubbling stream make music?

You’ll know in a shortwhile.

This selection of a treat in melody is a little unusual. It starts off with a piece in the Raga Nalinakanthi – true to its name, a beautiful raga, romantic, one of the most pleasant to hear in Carnatic Music. Mimics a bubbling stream. Here it is, ‘Manavyalakinchara’ a Thiyagaraja kriti from Vikaasa’s debut album, ‘Guru’s Feet’ (2013). Vikaasa Ramdas, a musician trained under the tutelage of Mandolin Maestro U. Shrinivas, is accompanied in this piece by Suri Upendra on the mridangam, G. Suresh Kumar on the violin, H. Sivaramakrishnan on the ghatam, and Trichy V.V.S. Manian on the kanjira.

Video here.

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‘Main pyaar ka raahi hoon’ from Ek Musaafir Ek Haseena (1962) sung by Mohammad Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Cast: Joy Mukherjee, Sadhna, Music: O P Nayyar. Lyrics: Raja Mehdi Ali Khan.

Video here.

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‘Pukarta Chala Hoon Main’ from Mere Sanam (1965) sung by Mohammed Rafi. Cast: Asha Parekh and Biswajit Chatterjee Music: O.P.Nayyar. Lyricist: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

Video here.

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 ‘Bekarar Karke Hume Yun Na Jaiye’ in Bees Saal Baad (1962), a breezy number sung by Hemant Kumar, set to music by Hemant Kumar.  Lyricist: Shakeel Badayuni. Cast: Waheeda Rehman, Biswajeet and Madan Puri.

Video here.

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Can You Get Tired Of These Melodies?

‘Tumhi Mere Meet Ho Tumhi Meri Preet’ from Pyase Panchhi (1961) sung by Hemant Kumar and Suman Kalyanpur (also features Lata Mangeshkar, Muhammad Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Mukesh, Shamshad Begum, Manna Dey and Balbir!!) Cast: Mehmood, Ameeta, Jeevan, David, Agha, Naranjan Sharma, Malika and Leela Mishra. Music: Kalayanji-Anandji. Lyricist: Indeevar, Qamar. Director: Harsukh Bhatt.

Video here.

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‘Dil Ki Nazar’ in Anari (1959) sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Actors: Raj Kapoor, Nutan, Nazir Hussain, Lalita Pawar, Motilal, Shubha Khote, Mukri and Helen. Music: Shankar Jaikishen. Lyrics: Shailendra.

Video here.

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‘Gham Ka Fasana Ban Gaya Acha’ from Manchali (1973) sung by Kishore Kumar and Leena C. Cast:  Sanjeev Kumar, Leena Chandavarkar, Nazima and Nirupa Roy. Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Lyrics: Anand Bakshi. Director: Raja Nawathe.

Video here.

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‘Kaii Baar Yun Bhi Dekha Hai’ from Rajnigandha (1974) sung by Mukesh. Cast: Amol Palekar and Vidya Sinha. Music: Salil Chowdhury. Lyrics: Yogesh. Director: Basu Chatterjee.

Video here.

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Now, For Some Forgotten Melodies!

Songs we missed our classes to hear on radio! Not likely to be heard in these days.

A coincidence that I noticed later – all the songs are Shankar Jaikishen’s!

Good quality clips of these songs are difficult to obtain.

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‘Tum Jo Humare Meet Na Hote Geet Ye Mere Geet Na Hote’ from Aashiq (1962) sung by Mukesh. Stars Raj Kapoor, Nanda, Padmini, Keshto Mukherjee and Leela Chitnis. Music: Shankar Jaikishen. Lyrics: Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. Director: Hrishikesh Mukerjee.

Video here.

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‘Suno Ji Suno Hamari Bhi Suno’ in Ek Dil Sau Afsane (1963) sung by Mukesh. Stars: Raj Kapoor. Waheeda Rehman, Lalita Pawar, Sulochana Chatterjee, Mridula Rani, Mehar Banu and Jagdish Raj. Music: Shankar Jakishan. Lyrics: Shailendra.

Video here.

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‘Bahar Banke Woh Muskuraye’ from Apne Huye Paraye (1964) sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Actors: Manoj Kumar, Mala Sinha, Shashikala, Lalita Pawar, Agha, Padma Kumari, Sunder, Chand Burke, Dulari, Iftekhar, Ramayan Tiwari, Savitri and Naina. Music: Shankar Jaikishan. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri. Director: Ajit Chakraborty. Producer: Ajit Chakraborty.

Video here.

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‘Begaani Shaadi Mein’ from Jis Desh Mein Behti Hai (1960) sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh. Actors: Padmini, Raj Kapoor, Pran, Lalita Pawar, Raj Mehra and Sulochana Chatterjee. Music: Shankar Jaikishan. Lyrics: Shailendra and Hasrat Jaipuri. Director: Radhu Karmarkar.

Video here.

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Unforgettable Melodies

from the late fifties and early sixties – try holding yourself back from playing it again:

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Thandi Hawa Yeh Chandni Suhani‘ in Jhoomroo (1961), sung and set to music by Kishore Kumar. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri. Cast: Kishore Kumar, Madhubala, Anjana, Chanchal, Chamki, Anoop Kumar, Ramesh and Lalita Pawar .

If the video does not appear, watch here.

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‘Woh Chand Khila’ in Anari (1959) by Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh set to by Shankar Jaikishan. Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri and Shailendra. Cast: Nazir Hussain, Lalita Pawar, Motilal, Shubha Khote, Mukri, Helen, Raj Kapoor and Nutan. This movie was directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

If the video does not appear, watch here.

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‘Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke‘ in Nau Do Gyarah (1957) sung by Kishore Kumar set to S. D. Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri. Cast: Dev Anand, Kalpama Kartik (his real wife) and Sashikala. Directed by Vijay Anand (his brother).

If the video does not appear, watch here.

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‘Jhoomti chali hawa’ in Sangeet Samrat Tansen (1962) sung by Mukesh set to music in Raga Sohani by S N Tripathi. Lyrics: Shailendra. Cast: Anita Guha, Bharat Bhushan, David, Sabita Chatterjee, Mukri, and D K Sapru.

If the video does not appear, watch here.

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Unforgettable Melodies (more)

Couldn’t hold this back – you’ll know why in a little while!

Sit back and lose yourself in…

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‘Velli kinnamthan’ in Uyarntha Manithan, a 1968 film written by Javat Seetharaman and directed by Krishnan Panju produced by AVM with Sivaji Danesan and Sowcar Janaki in the lead roles. The film’s soundtrack and background score were composed by need-I-say M/ZS. Viswanathan and lyrics by Vali. Singers: As only T. M. Sounderarajan, P. Susheela could.

So sweet and hummable – Sivaji looking Lord-like even in romance:

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P. Susheela melodiously goes ‘Chittu kuruvi mutham koduthu’ – not recommended for bathroom singing – in Puthiya Paravai, a 1964 romantic thriller directed by Dada Mirasi. Produced by Sivaji Ganesan, the film features him and Saroja Devi in the lead roles, It is a remake of the Bengali film Sesh Anka (1963), which is itself inspired by the British film Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958). Music by who-else-but Viswanathan and Ramamoorthy and lyrics by Kannadasan.

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Finally the lovable tragi-comedian of yester years Chandrababu cavorting with Jamuna in ‘Kunguma poove’ in Maragatham (1959). Music: S.M.Subbaiah Naidu – so Shankar-Jaikishen like!.

Here’s a DVD version of it from Joe Niranjan Pancratius:

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