Showing posts with label duet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label duet. Show all posts

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

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Tale of Two Melody Queens

With the many ups and downs the Mangeshkar sisters have been together in their professional and personal lives.There have been many stories about their rivalries.Lata being the eldest of the three sisters entered film industry first.She began singing  at mere 14 years of age to support her family after her father died. Being the eldest one, she expected the same seriousness from her younger sister Asha.

Asha as she is, the rule breaker, had craved a different path for herself. 16-year-old Asha eloped with a man named Mr. Ganpatrao Bhosle, who was 31 years old then. In one of her interviews Asha accepted that Lata did not approve of her marriage, “At one time, the relationship was very adversarial and there have been periods of non-communication.”
The professional differences started trickling in when Asha started pursuing a career in playback.Asha Bhosle  made her Hindi film debut when she sang the song "Saawan Aaya" for Hansraj Behl's Chunariya (1948).Her first solo Hindi film song was for the movie Raat Ki Raani (1949).That time Lata esteblished herself with the other great female playback singers like  Geeta Dutt, and Shamshad Begum. Asha used to get the assignments these three singers  refused to sing. Her earliest songs were composed by A R QureshiSajjad Hussain, and Ghulam Mohammed, and most of these songs failed to do well.In 1952 Singing in Sangdil (1952), composed by Sajjad Hussain, she got reasonable recognition. Raj Kapoor signed her to sing "Nanhe Munne Bachche" with Mohammed Rafi  in Boot Polish (1954), which gained popularity. O. P. Nayyar gave Asha a break in CID (1956).but she first achieved success in B. R. Chopra's Naya Daur (1957), composed by him. Her duets with Rafi like "Maang Ke Saath Tumhara", "Saathi Haath Badhana" and "Uden Jab Jab Zulfein Teri", penned by Sahir Ludhianvi, earned her recognition. It was the first time she sang all the songs for a film's leading actress.

From 1957 to 1962  Sachin Dev Burman and his favorite singer, Lata Mangeshkar, were not on good terms. During this period, S D Burman used Asha as his lead female voice. She and Burman gave many hit songs in movies such as Kaala PaniKaala BazaarInsaan Jaag UthaLajwantiSujata and Teen Deviyaan (1965). They recorded many songs together after 1962 as well. Most famous of these songs were Asha's duets with Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar. The song "Ab Ke Baras" in Bimal Roy's Bandini (1963) consolidated her position as a lead singer. The seductive song "Raat Akeli Hai" from Jewel Thief (1967), picturised on Tanuja, became very popular.

Lata and Asha Duets-Their first duet was for the film Daaman 1951.
Song from Daaman 1951

Song from Chori Chori 1956

Song from Miss Merry 1957

Song from Jis Desh Mei Ganga Behti Hai (1960)

Song from Professor (1962)

Song from Mere Mehboob (1963)

Song from Jahan Ara 1964

Song from Padosan (1968)

Song from Aaye Din Bahar ke' 1966

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Happy Birthday ASHA BHONSLE

Asha Bhosle (born 8 September 1933) is famous Playback Singer.Probably the second most well known female playback singer in India today.  She is second only to her sister, Lata Mangeshkar.  She has been singing professionally for more than 60 years, having sung for more than 950 Bollywood films.
Child Asha Bhosle and family

Asha Bhosle was born in the small hamlet of Goa in Sangli, then in the salute princely state of Sangli. (now in Maharashtra), into the musical family of Master Deenanath Mangeshkar, who belongs to Marathi-speaking Gomantak Maratha Samaj. Her father was a theater actor and classical singer. When she was nine years old, her father died. The family moved from Pune to Kolhapur and then to Mumbai. She and her elder sister Lata Mangeshkar began singing and acting in films to support their family. She sang her first film song '"Chala Chala Nav Bala" for the Marathi film Majha Bal (1943)
   She made her Hindi film debut when she sang the song "Saawan Aaya" for Hansraj Behl's Chunariya (1948).[14] Her first solo Hindi film song was for the movie Raat Ki Raani (1949).
   Asha was one of several children.  She had a brother named Hridayanath Mangeshkar, as well as three sisters named Lata, Usha, and Meena.  Of these Lata Mangeshkar would grow up to be a legendary figure in the world of film music, and Asha's professional rival.
song from sangdil

 When she was only 16 years old, she fell in love with 31 year old Ganpatrao Bhosle; he was Lata's personal secretary.  Asha was resolute in her desire to marry him, and much against the wishes of her family, she eloped with him.  However her married life to Mr. Bhosle was short lived; after a few years with him, she returned to her mother's house with her two children and pregnant with her third She got separated in 1960,her singing career couldn't be established till then because In the early 1960s, prominent playback singers like Geeta DuttShamshad Begum, and Lata Mangeshkar dominated the singing for the female lead and the big films. Asha used to get the assignments they refused: singing for the bad girls and vamps, or songs in the second-grade movies. In the 1950s, she sang more songs than most playback singers in Bollywood (not counting Lata). Most of these were in low budget B or C-grade films. Her earliest songs were composed by A R QureshiSajjad Hussain, and Ghulam Mohammed, and most of these songs failed to do well. Singing in Sangdil (1952), composed by Sajjad Hussain, she got reasonable recognition. 

Consequently, film director Bimal Roy gave her a chance to sing in Parineeta (1953). Raj Kapoor signed her to sing "Nanhe Munne Bachche" with Mohammed Rafi in Boot Polish (1954), which gained popularity.

O P Nayyar was the music director who gave Asha many songs O. P. Nayyar gave Asha a break in C.I.D. (1956). She first achieved success in B. R. Chopra's Naya Daur (1957), composed by him. Her duets with Rafi like "Maang Ke Saath Tumhara", "Saathi Haath Badhana" and "Uden Jab Jab Zulfein Teri", penned by Sahir Ludhianvi, earned her recognition. It was the first time she sang all the songs for a film's leading actress. B R Chopra was so delighted by her voice that he gave her songs in several of his later productions, including Gumrah (1963), Waqt (1965), Hamraaz (1965), Aadmi Aur Insaan (1966) and Dhund(1973).

 Nayyar's future collaboration with Bhosle also resulted in success. Gradually, she established her status and received the patronage of such composers as Sachin Dev Burman and Ravi. Bhosle and Nayyar had a professional and personal parting of ways in the 1970s.

Her career took a new heights when she was taken by R D Burman for singing Aaja Aaja for Teesri Manzil.Later on Asha's collaboration with Burman resulted in numerous hits and a marriage.They were married1980; the remained married un till his death in 1994.
In the 1970s, Asha and Pancham's youthful Western songs took Bollywood music by storm – the raunchy cabaret "Piya Tu Ab To Aaja" (Caravan, picturized on Helen), the rebellious "Dum Maro Dum" (Hare Rama Hare Krishna, 1971), the sexy "Duniya Mein" (Apna Desh, 1972) and the romantic "Chura Liyaa Hai Tumne" (Yaadon Ki Baaraat, 1973). Pancham also recorded many hit duets with Asha and Kishore Kumar such as "Jaane Jaan" (Jawani Diwani) and "Bhali Bhali Si Ek Soorat" (Buddha Mil Gaya).She was singing many songs for Helen ,her combination may have been commercially very successful, but it was not to last forever.  There were probably several reason why this came to an end.  Helen's cabaret numbers started to decline in the in the 80's.  Furthermore Asha seems to have been uncomfortable being typecast for a single type of song; she wanted to expand her repertoire to show her versatility. 
This was demonstrated by her embracing the gazal style in films such as "Umrao Jaan" (1981) and "Ijazat" (1987).  and "Katra Katra".The ghazals won her the first National Film Award of her career. A few years later, she won another National Award for the song "Mera Kuchh Saamaan" fromIjaazat (1987).
Dil Cheej Hai Kya from Umrao Jaan

Mera Kuchh Samaan

First duet of Asha with Lata from Daman 1951

 Mere Mehboob Mein Kya Nahi from Mere Mehboob

Asha and Lata have also sung together. Their first duet was for the film Daman (1951).Some of their songs include Man Bhawan Ke Ghar aye (Chori Chori, 1956), Sakhi ri sun bole papihaa us paar (Miss Mary, 1957), O chaand jahaan woh jaaye (Sharada, 1957), Mere Mehboob Mein Kya Nahi (Mere Mehboob, 1963), Ai kash kisi deewane ko(Aaye Din Bahar Ke, 1966), Jabse Laagi Toose Najariya (Shikar, 1968), Main Haseena Nazneena Koi Mujhsa Nahi (Baazi, 1968)Main Chali Main Chali (Padosan, 1968),Chhap tilak sab (Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki, 1978), and Man kyun behka (Utsav, 1984)
Man kyun behka from Utsav

By the late 80s and early 90s with the emergence of new singers like Alka Yagnik ,Sadhna Sargam she was not getting sufficient no of songs but suddenly the songs from Rangeela (1995) made the young generation by surprised.Songs like "Tanha Tanha" and "Rangeela Re" were chartbusters.Later on she along with A R Rehman went on to record more hits like "Mujhe Rang De" (Thakshak), "Radha Kaise Na Jale" (Lagaan, duet with Udit Narayan), "Kahin Aag Lage" (Taal), "O Bhanware" (Daud, duet with K. J. Yesudas), "Venilla Venilla" (Iruvar,1999) and "Dhuan Dhuan" (Meenaxi,2004).

                                             Danny and Asha Bhosle Very old Nepali song 

 Apart from Hindi, she has sung in over 20 Indian and foreign languages.In 2006, Asha Bhosle stated that she had sung over 12,000 songs, a figure repeated by several other sources.In 2011, she was officially acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in music history.The Government of India honoured her with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2008. In 2013, she made her debut as an actress in the film Mai, and received critical acclaim for her performance.
Song from the Album Rahul And I

In 1990s, Asha experimented with remixed R.D. Burman songs. She was criticized by many, including Khayyam for tampering with old melodies. Nevertheless, albums like Rahul And I became quite popular. In 1997, Asha did a private Indipop album Janam Samjha Karo with Lesle Lewis. The album was hugely popular and won her many awards including the 1997 MTV Award.
Asha sings with Boy George 

In the mid-1980s, Asha sang with Boy George ("Bow down mister") and Stephen Lauscombe. In 1997, she sang a love song with the boy band Code Red, at the age of 64. She also recorded the song "The Way you Dream" (One Giant Leap) with Michael Stipe that was used in the English movie, Bulletproof Monk. The song was also released on the album 1 Giant Leap for 2002.British alternative rock band Cornershop released "Brimful of Asha" in 1997. The song dedicated to Asha Bhosle became an international hit single for the band and topping the UK Singles Chart in February 1998. A number of remixes have been released as well notably by Norman Cook also known as Fatboy Slim.
Asha Bhosle has won seven Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards of 18 nominations.She won her first two awards in 1967 and 1968. 
Some of Asha Bhonsle's RARE & UNRELEASED Songs

A rare song from Halchal 1971

Unreleased song of Asha

A rare song Bengali version of a Marathi song music was given by Lata

Unreleased Song of Asha with Yesudas

Rare song from AURAT

Unreleased song music of Madan Mohan

A rare ghazal by Asha composed by Hariharan

A rare song

Geet Kitne Ga Chuki a Rare song

Unreleased song of Asha and Rafi


A Rare song with Kumar Sanu

Saturday, 27 August 2016

A Tribute To Mukesh on his40th Death Anniversary

Born on 22nd July 1923 and  died on 27th August 1976 was one of the most popular and legendary singers of his era.Mukesh was born in Delhi in a Mathur Kayastha family. His parents were Zorawar Chand Mathur, an engineer, and Chand Rani.his mother
Dil Hi Bujha Hua Ho To the first song of Mukesh
Mukesh's voice was first noticed by famous actor Motilal, a distant relative, when he sang at his sister's wedding. Motilal took him to Mumbai and arranged for singing lessons by Pandit Jagannath Prasad. During this period Mukesh was offered a role as an actor-singer in a Hindi film, Nirdosh (1941). His first song was "Dil Hi Bujha Hua Ho To" as an actor-singer for Nirdosh
He got his break as a playback singer for actor Motilal in 1945 with the film Pehli Nazar with music composed by Anil Biswas and lyrics written by Aah Sitapuri. The first song that he sang for a Hindi film was "Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De".

Dil Jalta Hai To Jalne De
Along with Mohammad RafiManna Dey and Kishore Kumar, he was one of the most popular and legendary singers of his era.Amongst the numerous nominations and awards he won, his song "Kai Baar Yuhi Dekha Hai" from filmRajnigandha (1973) won him the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. Mukesh was also popular as being the voice of the actor Raj Kapoor.
Song from Rajnigandha 1973
Mukesh won 4 Filmfare Awards,Sab Kuch Seekha Humne from Anaari 1959,Sabse Bada Naadan from Pehchan 1970,"Jai Bolo Beimaan Ki" from Beiman 1972 and "Kabhi Kabhie Mere Dil Mein" from Kabhi Kabhi 1976

Sabse Bada Naadan from  Pehchan

Jai Bolo Beimaan Ki from Beiman

He was nominated for Filmfare Award for "Hothon Pe Sacchai Rehti Hai" from Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai 1960 and "Dost Dost Na Raha" for Sangam 1966.

Hothon Pe Sacchai Rehti Hai"

Mukesh died of a heart attack on 27 August 1976 in Detroit, Michigan, US, where he had gone to perform in a concert. His body was flown to India by Lata Mangeshkar, where a grand funeral ceremony was held in the presence of several actors, with personalities of the Indian film industry and fans paying tribute.

After Mukesh's death, his newer, hitherto unreleased, songs were released in 1977 in films such as Dharam VeerAmar Akbar AnthonyKhel khiladi kaDarinda and Chandi sona. The year 1978 also featured a considerable number of Mukesh's songs in films such as AahutiParamatmaTumhari kasam and Satyam Shivam Sundaram, where Mukesh sang his last film song Chanchal sheetal nirmal komal for Raj Kapoor's younger brother, Shashi Kapoor.

This is a Rare Duet of Mukesh and Suraiya from the film “Do Dil” (1947) was directed by Jagdish Sethi. It had Motilal, Suraiya , Karan Diwan , Badri Prasad .Only Audio is available

Kaaghaz ki meri naao from  “Do Dil” (1947)

This is also a duet by Mukesh and Suraiya,both acted in this song,the film was Mashuka(1953),though the film was a flop but this song was popular

Jhilmil taare kare ishaare sojaa from Mashuka

This song from Dr Shaitan(1960) is sung by Mukesh and Geeta Dutt. Jaan Nisaar Akhtar is the lyricist. Music is composed by N Datta.The movie had Premnath, Shakila, Sheikh Mukhtar, Sunder, Tiwari etc in it.Only Audio is available

Mausam suhaana hai door kahin chal

Here is this wonderful duet from “Pyaar Ki Baaten” (1951) for the music lovers.Manohar Lal Khanna (father of Usha Khanna) is the lyricist. Music is composed by Bulo C Rani.

Mast chaandni jhoom rahi hai 


This song is rendered by Suman Kalyanpur and Mukesh. The song is written by Bharat Vyas which is set to music by S N Tripathi, the doyen of historical and mythological film music. The song is picturised on Jayshree Gadkar and Asim Kumar in  MAHASATI AUNUSUYA (1965)

Bahut dinon se bichhda man ka meet mila from Mahasati Ansuya

Here is a song from “Sanyasi” (1975) This song is a cabarat song picturised on Helen, Arpana Chaudhary and Jayshree T. For the first time Suman Kalyanpur sang this type of song that too with Mukesh.

Tu mera din hai main teri raat


This is an immortal duet of Sudha Malhotra and Mukesh.surprisingly the music of this song was given sudha Malhotra herself.Lyrics were written by Sahir Ludhianvi.The film was  Didi (1959)

Tum mujhe bhool bhi jaao 

This is a non filmy song a Rare with Mukesh and Sudha Malhotra Versionrecorded in 1960.This popular song has been sung by many prominent singers like, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Ghulam Ali, Abeeda Parveen, Chhaya Ganguli, Sabri Brothers etc. While some of them have sung in a qawwali style, some have sung in ghazal stylebut this duet is unique in itself,the lyrics were written by Amir Khusro in13th century,the music of this version was given by Murli Manohar Swaroop.

                             Zehal-e-miskeen makun taghaful

                                                    MUKESH and USHA KHANNA Duets

We all know Usha Khanna as a composer who gave her deute in 1959 from the film ‘Dil Deke Dekho’,she was not only a composer but also a very good singer.She has sung songs not only for her own music but also for other composers. Mukesh has sung a total of 26 songs for Usha Khanna.This  duet with Usha Khanna is from the 1966 released film ‘Dada’. There are several movies titled ‘Dada’.

Tera Mera Pyaar Koi Aaj Kal Ki To Baat Nahin 

This song from FAREB(1968) has two versions/ parts. Part I is sung by Mukesh and it is picturised on Dev Kumar.Part II is sung by Mukesh and Usha Khanna and it is picturised on Dev Kumar and Fariyaal. 

Naaz thha jispe mere seene mein wo dil hi nahin

Dekhiye yoon na sharmaayiyegaa (Bindiya) (1960) 
This song is picturised on Balraj Sahni and Padmini, of course. the song is written by Rajinder Krishan and music is composed by Iqbal Qureshi.Mukesh sings the song and Usha Khanna responds by humming.

Dekhiye yoon na sharmaayiyegaa (Bindiya) (1960) 


Na jaane chaand kaisa hogaa (Rocket Girl)(1962) 
. This song is such a lovely melody, very hummable. The combination of Mukesh and Kamal Barot in this song is a wonderful delight. Enjoy.

Na jaane chaand kaisa hogaa (Rocket Girl)(1962) 

Ham bhi kho gaye hain dil bhi kho gaya hai (Madam Zorro) (1962) 
Here is a wonderful duet from the movie “Madam Zorro” (1962) which is sung by Mukesh and Kamal Barot. Shewan Rizvi is the lyricist and Bulo C Rani composed the music.

Ham bhi kho gaye hain dil bhi kho gaya hai


Le chal le chal mere jeewan saathhi (Vishwaas) (1969)
This was a very popular song of its time.This must be one of the earliest songs sung by Hemlata in Hindi movies.Hemlata must be feeling proud singing this with the Legend.Gulshan Bawraa is the lyricist and music is composed by Kalyanji Anandji.

Le chal le chal mere jeewan saathhi

Mera prem Himalay se oonchaa (Pujaarin)(1969)
This song is picturized on Vijay Dutt, and Rehana Sultana .Here again the female voice is  humming ,Mukesh sings the main song.The music is by Narayan Dutt 

-Mera prem Himalay se oonchaa


Kaale kaale baadal chhaaye piyaa (Apni Chhaaya)(1950)
This is a rare song from the film ’Apni Chhaaya’ from 1950. A very simple song, simply worded, and composed by Hanuman Prasad and Husnlal-Bhagatram. This particular song is composed by Hanuman Prasad.Only Audio is available.

Kaale kaale baadal chhaaye piyaa

Kyaa jaadoo hai tere paas piya (Chehra)(1946)
This song is a wonderful duet sung by Shamshad Begum and Mukesh. The song is about love at first sight. The words beautifully describe the emotions of the first meeting.Lyrics by I C Kapoor, and music from M A Mukhtar relatively un known.Only Audio is available