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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Chuckles For The Weekend

From A Joke A Day

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My Job As A Taxi Driver

Submitted by raza

I got fired from my job as a taxi driver…

It turns out my customers didn’t like it when I tried to go the extra mile.

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I Just Bought A Pig

Submitted by Henne

Two friends were chatting. “I’ve just bought a pig!” said the first.

“But where will you keep it?” asked the second. “Your yard’s much too small for a pig!”

“I’m going to keep it under my bed,” replied the first.

“But what about the smell?”

“He’ll soon get used to that.”

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Trying To Catch Up 

Submitted by mcdanijt

Cop: You know how fast you were going?

Guy: Sorry officer, I was just trying to catch up with traffic.

Cop: What traffic? The road is empty.

Guy: Yea, that’s how far behind I am.

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The Viola Student 

Submitted by D-Gellybean

The conductor turned to the viola student and said, “You should have taken up the viola earlier.” 

“Why?” asked the student. “Do you think the practice would have made me really good?”

“No,” said the conductor. “But you might have given up by now.”

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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.

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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

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‘Chal Mere Dil’ in Ishara (1964) sung by Mukesh. Stars: Joy Mukherjee, Vaijayanti Mala, Pran and Pratima Devi. Music: Kalyanji Anandji. Lyrics: Armaan Malik.

Video here.

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‘Kisi Ki Muskurahaton Pe Ho Nisar’ in Anari (1959) sung by Mukesh. Stars: Raj Kapoor, Nutan, Nazir Hussain, Lalita Pawar, Motilal, Shubha Khote, Mukri and Helen. Music: Shankar Jaikishen. Lyrics: Shailendra.

Video here.

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‘Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi’ in Chori Chori (1956) sung by Manna Dey and Lata Mangeshkar. Stars:  Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Gope, Pran, Bhagwan, Johnny Walker, David and Raj Mehra. Music: Shankar Jaikishen. Lyrics: Shailendra.

Video here.

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 ‘Raat ne kya kya khwaab’ in Ek Gaon Ki Kahani (1957) sung by Talat Mahmood. Stars: Mala Sinha, Talat Mahmood, Abhi Bhattacharya, I. S. Johar, Nirupa Roy, Lalita Pawar, Bipin Gupta and Dulari. Music:  Salil Chaudhary. Lyrics: Shailendra.

Video here.

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Unforgettable Melodies

Hai Apna Dil To Awara Na Jane Kis Pe Aye Ga‘ in Solva Saal (1958), sung by Hemant Kumar. Music: SD Burman. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri. Starring : Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Jagdev, Sunder, Bipin Gupta and Tun Tun. Producer: Chandrakant C Desai. Director: Raj Khosla.

Watch it here if it doesn’t show up.

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Jaa Re Ud Jaa Re Panchi‘ in Maya (1961) sung by Lata Mangeshkar. Stars: Mala Sinha, Dev Anand, Lalita Pawar and Amjad Khan. Director: D.D Kashyap. Music: Salil Choudhury. Lyrics: Majrooh Sultanpuri.

Watch it here if the clip doesn’t show up.

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Finally of more recent vintage:

‘Aane Wala Pal Jane Wala Hai’ in Golmaal (1978) sung by Kishore Kumar. Stars: Bindya Goswami, Amol Palekar, Utpal Dutt, Deven Varma, Shubha Khote, David, Deena Pathak, Manju Singh, Om Prakash and Keshto Mukherjee. Music: R.D. Burman. Lyrics: Gulzar. Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee.

If the clip doesn’t show up watch it here.

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Some Amazing Ghazals!

Couldn’t figure out who these amazing kids are.

But before that, here’s a quick chat-pat ‘Wedding Bells’ by Rajesh Vaidhya, originally composed by the maestro Chitti Babu. If it doesn’t appear here you’ll find it here.

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Now for the kids:

A melodious song Dil de diya hai from the movie Masti cover by Rahul Jain with some nice Hindi lyrics. If the clip doesn’t appear, go here:

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Tumhe Dil lagi Bhool… a ghazal song written by lyricist Purnam Allahabadi and composed by prominent Sufi singer of Pakistan Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. You’ll also find it here:

Update from here:

…It was almost a year ago that 18-year-old Maithili Thakur, along with her younger brothers Rishav (15) and Ayachi (12), decided to archive the songs they’d heard from their grandmothers on both sides, and their father, a music teacher. Some of these songs were learned in Dharbanga and Uren, both in Bihar. “We wanted people to listen to the beautiful world of Bhojpuri folk, that’s melodious and has wonderful lyrics…” With no special recording equipment, microphones, auto tuners or studio, the three Thakur children sit on their bed in Dwarka, Delhi, with a high-pitched baaja and tabla and sing with gusto… ”

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