Somsuj Presents Geetmala Xtra : Lata & Shankar-Jaikishan

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Somsuj Presents Geetmala Xtra : Lata & Shankar-Jaikishan

Postby Shalini » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:20 pm

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 -

I was not doing anything particular this morning and came up with this idea - I hope you like it . . . I am going to present about 5 songs of Bollywood, songs, that I like most, songs that I have enjoyed through the years and now want to share with you all.

I do not rank singers/music directors or songs. I enjoy them all - I may enjoy someone more than the other - but that's only because, I am human being with likes and dislikes. So, please do not read anything into my choices of today - it was . . . just my whim.
However - it would be an injustice, if I do not mention that Lata is my favourite singer (and my wife's too . . . that's important) and I have enjoyed her various songs through the ages - may not as much as I used to do since 1980s when her golden voice deteriorated . . .

Shankar-Jaikishan were arguably the greatest musical duo to have graced the world of Hindi cinema.Shankar was born as Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi on October 15, 1922. His fathers name was Ram Singh Raghuvanshi, while Jaikishan was born as Jaikishan Dayabhai Paanchal on November 4, 1929 in Gujrat. Shankar's passion was the tabla. He learnt the fundamentals from Baba Nasir Khansahib. Through ceaseless practice and marathon riyaaz sessions, he mastered his skills and developed his own style. It is alleged that before the duo met Jaikishan worked as a carpenter. Jaikishan's interests were singing and playing harmonium. His first lessons in music were with Sangeet Visharad Wadilalji. He studied clasical music from Prem Shankar Nayak. On moving to Bombay, he studied under Vinayak Tambe. Shankar and Jaikishan, throughout their career, preferred their own favourite instruments: the tabla and the harmonium. Raj Kapoor deserves the credit for bringing the duo together [Barsaat (1949)] - but they were working as assistants to the celebrated composer pair Husnlal-Bhagatram. Lata Mangeshkar has several songs composed by this duo. I begin with one in which Raj Kapoor starred.

1. This one from movie Chori Chori (1956) was filmed on Nargis. It was penned by Hasrat-Jaipuri. The lyrics were beautiful in saying the least, yet conveying the most (erm - I am not that good in Hindi, so a lot may be my imagination). The sadness of the scene is portrayed by the music alone, Nargis just had to keep upto it with her acting - and she did very well.
. . .
Dhoonde hai paagal naina
Paayee na ik pal chainaa
Dasthii hai ujlii rainaa
Kaa se kahun mein behna
. . . .

2. My world is in shambles, and it's all my fault.
Continuing with the same theme, here is another gem from Anari (1959). This time, picturised on Nutan, this song has a wonderfully captivating melody with lyrics penned by Shailendra.
jab jab chandaa aayegaa,
teree yaad dilaayegaa
saaree raat jagaayegaa
mai ro kar rah jaaoongee,
dil jab jid par aayegaa
dil ko kaun manaayegaa

3. My darling is in deathbed, tonight could be the last night
Where in previous examples, the pathos of the heroine, grief-stricken with the possibility of 'Biraha' in the real world was aptly conveyed, here Meera Kumari's character was faced with the prospect of loosing her beloved forever. in 1963 for Dil Ek Mandir, Shailendra (again) wrote this marvel and S-J set it to tune. The result was again, a beauty.

Ruk jaa raath thahar jaa re chanda
Beethii naa milan kii bela
Aaj chandni kii nagrii mein
Aarmaanon kaa melaa

4. I have everything, I have you, yet why I am afraid ?
For Sadhna, in Asli Naqli (1962) S-J tuned this beauty penned by Hasrat Jaipuri. With my little Hindi, I may not be able to appreciate the words fully - but there is no reason, I could not enjoy the music.

Teraa Meraa Pyaar Amar, Phir Kyo.N Mujhako Lagataa Hai Dar
Mere Jiivan Saathii Bataa, Dil Kyo.N Dha.Dake Rah\-Rah Kar
. . . .

5. On 12th September 1971, Jaikishan took his final bow from the stage and left the scene forever, and I choose a song from 1971. In Seema, Gulzar penned this beautiful song which S-J set to tune, based on Classical Raaga . . . and the result was again, a beauty.

Manamohanaa Ba.De Jhuuthe
Haar Ke Haar Nahii.N Maane
. . .

Shankar carried on for sometime after this - but could never create the magic, raising suspicion that Jaikishan was the main talent. They worked in a mysterious way . . They used to compose their songs independently but would come together for the recordings. They had an unwritten agreement between them by which they would not disclose which song was composed by whom. May be that's why, they often had two separate tunes for the same lyrics . . . like :

Awaara aay mere dil from Raat aur Din (1967)

Though the best tune from that film was the duet Dil Ki Girah Khol Do

I hope you would enjoy this impromptu presentation of mine . . . . I may come up with a few in the future . . . suddenly.


PS: I did not know while I was compiling that most of the songs were sad - I then introduced as a theme for the first three . . . not for nothing they say, our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought . . . . . . . indeed.

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Re: Somsuj Presents Geetmala Xtra : Lata & Shankar-Jaikishan

Postby bharathh » Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:22 pm

Som's geetmalas are very informative... Is he still around?

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Re: Somsuj Presents Geetmala Xtra : Lata & Shankar-Jaikishan

Postby andrew15 » Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:32 am

Yes it is.

bharathh wrote:Som's geetmalas are very informative... Is he still around?