Showing posts with label Salil Chowdhary. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Salil Chowdhary. Show all posts

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Suhana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen - The song that was kept on Hold


This song remains one of the most popular songs of Madhumati, released in 1958. The Madhumati soundtrack features eleven songs composed by Salil ChowdhryShailendra wrote the lyrics The soundtrack of Madhumati became the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack of 1958. This remains one of the personal favorite songs of Mukesh.
Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam Haseen is one of Hindi cinema’s greatest musical scores. An anthem in praise of natural beauty. Mukesh’s inimitable voice emanates the joy with a fantastic echo effect. Salil Chowdhury utilized this quality so adeptly in this composition that listening to it one feels like none but Mukesh could have rendered this song. Charming its way into people’s hearts and rightly securing his position in the league of legends.
It is said that Dilip Kumar, the hero of the film wanted this song to be sung by Talat Mahmood but Talat himself declined to sing saying Mukesh needed that break much more than him, Mukesh was not getting songs during those years and that he was hard up for money.
There is another story behind this song, that Shailendra who was the lyricist for this song couldn’t find a suitable line to follow this particular one “Ye Gori Nadiyon Ka Chalna Uchhal Kar”. So the song was kept on hold for quite some time till one day, he happened to chance upon a little girl who was crossing a lane and singing to herself. This inspired him to write the next line “Ki Jaise Alhad Chale Pee Se Mil Kar”. He immediately went to Salil Da's home and completed the full song. Shailendra has used words like ‘Alhar’, which is seldom used in film songs and it is north Indian rooted word, generally used by village and small-town folks.
Along with the composition of the song and its picturization; the lyrics were unique. Describing the movement of rivers, 
Unlike other films, shot indoors, Roy decided to shoot Madhumati outdoors and at a hill station. It had a six-week schedule in Ranikhet, Nainital. Some scenes were shot in Ghorakhal, near Nainital. In those days there were no monitors, so when the negatives were developed, it was found that most of the footage was foggy. Since a reshoot in far-away Uttarakhand wasn't possible, sets were created near Vaitarna Dam, Igatpuri, near Nashik. Art direction team, led by Sudhendu Roy, created fake pine trees, which were planted to matched the location in Nainital.
Song of Madhumati 1958

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

The Milestone Songs of Salil Chowdhury


Very few know that Bimal Roy's classic film Do Bigha Zameen was written by him. He also gave the music of this film. This film took his career to new heights when it became the first film to win the Filmfare Best Movie Award and won the International Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Bollywood got a genius like him. 
Salil Chowdhury (19 November 1923 – 5 September 1995) was an accomplished composer and arranger who was proficient in several musical instruments, including flute, the piano, and the esraj.
Popularly known as Salil Da made his debut in the Hindi Film Industry in 1953 as the Music Director for Do Bigha Zamin.
Salil Chowdhury's contribution to modern Indian music is not as well known as it deserves. The composer's 96th birth anniversary falls on November 19,2019. A tribute.with his Milestone Songs
Song from Madhumati 1958


Song from Parakh 1960 


Song from Usne Kaha Tha 1960


Song from Chhaya 1961


Song from Maya 1961


Song from Kaabuliwala 1961


Song from Anand 1971


Song from Rajnigandha 1974

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

When Dilip Kumar Sang his own Song


Not many of us know that Dilip Kumar was a very good singer. Many die-hard fans of the maestro still might not have the information about the one instance wherein he actually rendered a classical song in an unbelievable manner in the late 50s. It was a duet with Lata Mangeshkar that too in semi-classical.
It was Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s first film( Musafir 1957) as a director after working with Bimal Roy as an editor and also the first Hindi film for the comedian Keshto Mukherjee. Besides it had a fabulously talented team working together, with Salil Choudhary as the music director, Ritwik Ghatak as a scriptwriter (along with Hrishi Da), dialogues by Rajendra Singh Bedi and lyrics by Shailendra. Written (story), produced and directed by Hrishi Da the film had Suchitra Sen, Durga Khote, Nirupa Roy, Kishore Kumar, Nazir Hussain, David and more playing the key roles.


Since 50s Mohammad Rafi had become the screen voice of Dilip Kumar but Salil Chaudhary wanted someone else to sing this particular song  “Laagi Naahin Chhootey, Chahey Jiya Jaaye” .One day Salil Chaudhary heard Dilip Kumar humming something in his own mood, Salil Da liked it and decided that this song be recorded in Dilip's own voice. It was a Raga based song and a duet with none other than Lata Mangeshkar, Dilip Kumar was reluctant to give his voice but agreed because of the respect felt for the maestro Salil Da.
It is said that Lata Mangeshkar was initially not agreeable, she wanted some professional singer to sing with her but Salil Da insisted that Dilip Kumar would sing this song.
Dilip Kumar performed the song confidently and the rendition really came out to be a truly touching one with great depth and feel, as if it had been sung by a trained classical exponent with perfection.
It is quite astonishing that Dilip Kumar never sang for himself for subsequent films. His singing voice is so soft and mellifluous – somewhere between Talat Mehmood & K.L. Saigal Saab, In fact, you would feel that Mohammad Rafi is singing. Later in 80s, he sang a few lines in Sagina with Kishore Kumar and In Karma.
Song of Musafir 1957


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

60 Years of Madhumati


Madhumati was released on 12 September 1958. It earned ₹40 million in India and became the highest-grossing Indian film of the year and one of the most commercially successful and influential Indian films of all time. It was one of the earliest films to deal with reincarnation. Directed and produced by Bimal Roy, and written by Ritwik Ghatak and Rajinder Singh Bedi. The film stars Dilip Kumar and Vyjayantimala in the lead roles, with Pran and Johnny Walker in supporting roles.  
 It won nine Filmfare Awards; including Best FilmBest DirectorBest Music DirectorBest Female Playback SingerBest DialogueBest Art Direction and Best Cinematographer—the most awards for a single film at that time. It also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.

Bimal Roy who made Devdas in 1955 with the same star lead was looking for a hit. His 1955 film Devdas was commercially unsuccessful, jeopardising his company Bimal Roy Productions; he needed a commercial success to survive. The film opened at the Roxy theatre near Opera House  Bombay.“It was a fabulous evening, glamorous and glittering, just like the film premieres on screen.” Like all great movies, this one too inspired a genre of its own, the re-incarnation genre. 

The soundtrack of Madhumati became the best-selling Bollywood soundtrack of 1958. Salil Chowdhury won his first Filmfare Award for Best Music Director. Suhana safar aur yeh mausam haseen is one of the most popular songs by recording artist Mukesh and is regularly played at dandiya functions. The Madhumati soundtrack features eleven songs composed by Salil ChowdhuryShailendra wrote the lyrics and Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, Mohammed Rafi, Mubarak Begum, Asha Bhosle, Sabita Chowdhury, Ghulam Mohammed and Dwijen Mukhopadhyay provided the vocals.
It is one of the greatest Hindi movies ever made. It’s top notch in terms of cinematography, directing, music, acting and dancing. I rank it among Top 10 Hindi films.Bimal Roy's classics like Sujata, Bandini, Do Bigha Zameen or Devdas, still bears the mark of a master craftsman. And it’s good entertainment value.
The plot focuses on Anand, a modern man who falls in love with a tribal woman named Madhumati. They are unable to have a relationship during their lifetimes and are reincarnated.
The plot focuses on Anand, a modern man who falls in love with a tribal woman named Madhumati. They are unable to have a relationship during their lifetimes and are reincarnated.
The film begins on a dark and stormy night (a recurring motif in the film: all the most dramatic events occur on stormy nights). Two friends – an engineer, Devendra (Dilip Kumar) and a doctor (Tarun Bose) are travelling by car along a mountain road when a fallen tree forces a halt. The driver advises the two men to take shelter in the nearby mansion while he goes off to find help. Devendra and his friend go off to the mansion, which turns out to be a spooky place, dusty and seemingly deserted.
The film was shot at a hill station. It had a six-week schedule at a location in Ranikhet, Nainital. Some scenes were filmed in Ghorakhal near Nainital. When the negatives were developed, most of the footage was found to be fogged. Since a reshoot in far-away Uttarakhand was not possible, sets were created near Vaitarna DamIgatpuri. The art direction team, led by Sudhendu Roy, created fake pine trees, which were planted to match the location in Nainital.A large part of the film was filmed in Aarey Milk Colony, a small forested area in Mumbai. A scene in which Dilip Kumar looks for Vyjayanthimala in the woods was filmed in Igatpuri. The foggy effect was recreated using gas bombs.
Commercially it was the biggest hit of Bimal Roys's career. It wiped out his losses of Devdas released in 1955. The fact that it scored over movies like Kala Pani, Sadhana, Phir Subah Hogi, all released the same year, speaks for its power to captivate the audience and hold its attention for long. More than anything, Madhumati, forever, will be remembered for its music.


Think of gems like ‘Suhana Safar Aur Ye Mausam Hasin’, ‘Dil Tadap Tadap Ke Keh Raha Hai’, ‘Aaja Re Mai To Kabse Khadi Is Paar’, ‘Chadh Gayo Paapi Bichua’, ‘Zulmi Sang Aankh Ladi’, ‘Toote Hue Khwabon Ne’ and ‘Ghadi Ghadi Mera Dil Dhadke’, and you know instantly what melody stood for.
Madhumati' is primarily an entertainer but one doesn't think of it as a masala film, and there's a lot to like about it. Wonderful visuals and songs, very good performances, a nicely developed romance, and it's strong on atmospherics as well. It fully delivers on its promise and is quite a charming film.
Song of Madhumati 1958


Song of Madhumati 1958



Song of Madhumati 1958



Song of Madhumati 1958



Song of Madhumati 1958



Song of Madhumati 1958



Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Salil Chowdhry - A Creative Genius


It was his ambition to achieve greatness in everything he did. He was a Composer, Music Arranger, Poet, Story writer and many more. But at times, his confusion was fairly evident: “I do not know what to opt for: poetry, story writing, orchestration or composing for films. I just try to be creative with what fits the moment and my temperament”Overall he was a Creative Genious.
Very few know that Bimal Roy's classic film Do Beegha Zameen was written by him. He also gave the music of this film. With this film,this film took his career to new heights when it became the first film to win the Filmfare Best Movie Award and won the International Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Bollywood got a genius like him. 
Salil Chowdhury was born on 19 November 1922 in a village called Harinavi in West Bengal. Salil's childhood was spent in the tea gardens region of Assam. His father was reputed to stage plays with coolies and other low-paid workers of the tea-gardens[2]. From an early age, he listened to the Western Classical collection of his father.
The first Bengali film in which Salil Chowdhury composed music was Paribortan, released in 1949. The first Hindi film was Do Beegha Zameen in 1953. Next year he gave music for Bimal Roy's "Naukri".One of the notable songs from the film was "Ek Chhoti Si Naukri Ka Talabgaar Hoon Main", sung by Kishore Kumar, Shyam Mitra and Shankar Dasgupta, which reflected the young man's search for jobs. The other songs of note were "Arzi Hamaari Yeh Marzi Hamaari" and "Chhota Sa Ghar Hoga", both sung by Kumar. 
In 1958 released Madhumati, it was once again Bimal Roy's film  It earned ₹40 million in India and became the highest-grossing Indian film of the year, and one of the most commercially successful and influential Indian films of all time.The music of the film was even bigger hit All the songs became immortal songs.. It won nine Filmfare Awards; including Best FilmBest DirectorBest Music DirectorBest Female Playback SingerBest DialogueBest Art Direction and Best Cinematographer—the most awards for a single film at that time. It also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
After this film released another Bimal Roy's film "Parakh" in 1960, the music of this film once again popular.remember the immortal song of Lata "O Sajna Barkha Bahar Ayi".
After working for about 20 years in Bengali and Hindi films, he entered Malayalam film industry and in 1964 composed music for the movie Chemmeen.
He went on to compose for over 75 Hindi films, 41 Bengali films, around 27 Malayalam films, and a few MarathiTamilTeluguKannadaGujaratiOriya and Assamese films.
Salil was a fan of Mozart, he used to listen, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and others every day. He used their symphony in many of his songs. Recall the Talat Mahmood's song from Chhaya " Itna Na Mujhse Too Pyaar Badha"  was inspired by Mozart symphony.
Another important fact about him was his superiority in Background Music. We all know that Salil must have been the only composer who besides composing all the songs in films in 10 languages, composed the title music and the background music for all his films, TV serials and documentaries since the '50s. In fact, he was so good at it that other composers asked him to compose the background music for their films. Some of the noted film directors used his background music without any acknowledgement. Recall the film Kanoon, it was a film with no song the background was the highlight of the film, The Background music was given by Salil Da. Some of his notable films were Bandhini, Pather Panchali.Jagte Raho,Ittefaq,Sara Akash,Anokhi Raat,Mausam and many more.
Songs of Salil Da
Song of Do Beegha Zameen 1953


Song of  Naukri 1954


Song of Jagte Raho  1956


Song of Madhumati 1958


Song of Parakh  1960


Song of Kabuliwala 1961


Song of Chhaya  1961


Song of Maya  1961


Song of Half Ticket  1962


Song of Prem Patra  1962


Song of Anand  1971







Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A TRIBUTE To SALIL DA on his 22nd Death Anniversary


Salil Chaudhary,the great music director of the Golden Era of Hindi Films.He was a genius, he was a poet, lyricist, and storywriter. A staunch communist, he went to jail many times in the course of his political struggle.His love for western classical music taught him the potential of various musical Instruments and the importance of harmony in music. He was a self-taught musician.The songs of Madhumati,Parakh,Maya and Anand are still popular. Salilda's music defies classifications and never follows a predictable format. His songs charm the listener with a first feeling of simplicity.  
His first Hindi film was Do Beegha Zameen in 1953 and the last hindi film was Mera Damaad in 1995,he got the  Filmfare Best Music Director Award for Madhumati in 1958,he was a great fan of Mozart.His love for western classical music was reflected in his songs.
Here are my 10 favorite songs of Salil Da
Song from Naukri 1954



 Song from Madhumati 1958



Song from Parakh 1960



Song from Usne Kaha Tha  1960



Song from Chhaya  1961



Song from Maya  1961



Song from Kabuliwala  1961



Song from Anand 1971



Song from Mere Apne  1971



Song from Chhoti Si Baat  1975



Saturday, 19 November 2016

Remembering Salil Chowdhury on his Birth Anniversary


Salil Chowdhury(19 November 1923 – 5 September 1995) was an Indian music composer, who mainly composed for BengaliHindi and Malayalam filmsHe was an accomplished composer and arranger who was proficient in several musical instruments, including flute, the piano, and the esraj.
Popularly known as Salil Da made his debut in the Hindi Film Industry  in 1953 as the Music Director for Do Bigha Zamin.The story of that film was written by him,it became the first film to win the Filmfare Best Movie Award and won the international Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Song from Do Bigha Zameen 1958

Salil's music was a blending of Eastern and the Western music traditions. His compositions often used folk melodies or melodies based on Indian classical ragas but the orchestration was very much western in its construction. He developed a style which was immediately identifiable.He was given Filmfare Best Music Director Award for Madhumati in 1958.
He was one of the leading composers of Golden Era of Bollywood.He went on to compose for over 75 Hindi films, over 40 Bengali films, around 27 Malayalam films, and a few MarathiTamilTeluguKannadaGujaratiOriya and Assamesefilms.
The flawless harmony with which Salil da used an array of musical instruments suggests a unique understanding of instruments. Raj Kapoor once described him as a genius who could play everything from tabla to sarod and piano to piccolo.He gave music in Raj Kapoor's Jagte Raho
Song from Jagte Raho 1956

His songs for "Biraj Bahu", "Naukri", "Amaanat", "Taangewaali", "Awaaz", "Parivaar", "Jaagte Raho", "Apradhi Kaun" and "Ek Gaon Ki Kahaani" are still popular. Then came "Madhumati" in 1958. Its 12 songs, including Ajaa re pardesi, Suhana safar and Dil tadap, continue to be wildly popular.
Song from Madhumati 1958

The songs of "Parakh", "Usne Kaha Tha", "Chhaya", "Maya", "Kabuliwala", "Anand", "Mere Apne", "Rajnigandha", "Choti si baat", "Jeevan jyothi", "Mrigaya", "Annadata", "Anand Mahal" followed but with an intolerable gap between each. "Swami Vivekananada" in 1994 was his last Hindi film.
Music lovers in Tamil Nadu too recognise Salil Chowdhury's music from Malayalam films like "Chemmeen". Kadalinakkare ponore is a song that held Tamil Nadu too in a spell for over 40 years. 
Though his contribution to Tamil films appears to be little it is not an exaggeration to say that Salil da was a trendsetter on the scene. Both Ilayaraja and A.R. Rahman followed the path charted by him. Ilayaraja was introduced to the film industry as guitarist and combo organ player in Salil da's recordings and his influence on Ilayaraja is evident. R.K. Sekhar, Rahman's father, worked with Salil da as an assistant. Rahman himself testifies that attending Salil da's recording sessions at a young age left an indelible impression on him.

Salil Chowdhury's contribution to modern Indian music is not as well known as it deserves. The composer's 94th birth anniversary fell on November 19. A tribute.with his Milestone Songs

Song from Madhumati 1958


Itna Na Mujh Se  Tu Pyaar Badaa from Chhaya 1961


Aha Rim Jhim Ke Ye Pyare Pyare from Usne Kaha Tha 1960


Song from Parakh 1960 


Song from Maya 1961


Song from Kaabuliwala 1961

Song from Anand 1971


Song from Rajnigandha 1974



Song from Choti Si Baat 1975