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  • Exclusive: Geeta Dutt presenting Jaimala program in her own voice..

    Jaimala is a program that has been aired on the Vividh Bharti station of All India Radio since it’s early days. It is a one hour program that exclusively plays requests from soldiers posted at the front. Once a week they have a special where a celebrity associated with the film world plays his/her own selection. Over the years a number of prominent personalities have hosted this program and these programs are a fascinating archive of their thoughts, ideas and musical selection. Playback singer Geeta Dutt (nee Roy) presented this program in the year 1969, just three years before her untimely death on 20th July 1972. Earlier we presented the text of this program and the songs played in this post. Now we are presenting

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  • SOTD: Lag gayi ankhiyaa…

    A melodious song from the Film ” Jeevan Jyoti” released in the year 1953. The MD is S. D. Burman and the lyricist is Sahir Ludhianvi. The song is sung by Mohd.Rafi & Geeta Dutt. It is filmed on character actors with a very young Shammi Kapoor and Chaand Usmani with Shashikala in the background. This song is one among the 167 duets sung by Mohd Rafi and Geeta Dutt together during their musical association which went on from the year 1946 till the year 1983. Geeta made her singing debut as Geeta Roy in the year 1946 and sang the song “Jai hind yeh hind ki kahaniyaa” for the film Manasarovar the same year. Even after her untimely death in the year 1972, the

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  • A tribute to a legend : Geeta Dutt (nee Roy)

    23rd November is the birth anniversary of legendary playback singer late Geeta Dutt (nee Roy). Here is a tribute to her from NG. Geeta Dutt was blessed with a rich voice that was like an interacting instrument that at once mesmerized her listeners. She had such magic in her voice that charmed her listeners like a snake is charmed to the music of a been. She rendered songs from her heart making them so endearingly heart rendering. When she sang “Thandi Hawaa Kaali Ghata” you can feel the cool breeze of an overcast day. When she sang “Koi Door Se Awaaz De” you can sense the feelings of a hauntingly disturbed soul celebrating the resplendence of life on one side and yet lamenting setbacks on

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  • Ud pud jaaniya.. Punjab ke mitti ki khushboo…

    The love story of Heer and Ranjha must have been attracting the film makers over and over again. A quick glance on IMDB shows that it must have been made at least ten times by now. There was a film made in the year 1948 starring Ghulam Mohammed and Mumtaz Shanti. Composer duo Khayyam and Reheman Verma gave the music for this film under the name of Sharmaji-Vermaji. Geeta Roy had made her debut on the playback scene in the year 1946 and had risen to the top spot with the success of her songs in the film Do Bhai (1947). She was the natural choice of the lead singer for this film and sang as many as six songs for this film. One wonders

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  • SOTD: A Meera bhajan in a Bengali film…”Barse badariya saawan ki”

    Suchitra Sen (born April 6, 1931) (original name : Roma Dasgupta) is a popular Indian actress of the yesteryears who has attained legendary status because of her performances in Bengali cinema. In particular, the movies in which she paired opposite another legend in Bangla films, Uttam Kumar, are all-time classics in Bengali cinema. She now lives a life of a recluse rarely making any public appearances. She is the first Indian actress to be awarded in an international film festival (Best Actress award for the movie Saat Paake Bandha in 1963 Moscow film festival). Her films with Uttam Kumar are still shown as re-runs on Bengali TV channels. Notably, she allegedly refused the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (the Indian equivalent of a lifetime Oscar) in 2005,

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  • SOTD: Mere tum ho, phir kya hain….

    Police (1958) is a suspense thriller film produced by Deep & Pradeep Productions (most likely actor Pradeep Kumar’s own film company). It starred Pradeep Kumar with “Venus of Indian cinema” Madhubala. The film’s music was composed by Hemant Kumar and the lyrics were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. It was directed by Kalidas (who had earlier directed Pradeep Kumar for the film “Ek Jhalak” , again which had memorable music by Hemant Kumar). It seems like the team of “Ek Jhalak” repeated with Police, with one change being Madhubala in place of Vyjantimala. It is rumoured that Hemantda had some legal troubles due to the copyright issue over the song “Oh oh oh baby” (Hemant and Geeta Dutt) from this film. The film Police has one

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  • SOTD: A sweet lullaby : Chanda dhale pankha jhale..

    Hindi films have always had beautiful, hummable and soothing lullaby (Lori) songs right from the thirties and forties. K L Saighal’s “Soja rajkumari sojaa” is one of the foremost popular filmi lori. Geeta Dutt also sang some lori songs in her career, one of them being quite popular (“Nanhi kali sone chali , hawaa dheere aana” from Sujata). Today we will be discovering a sweet lori composed by Vasant Desai for the film Pyar Ki Pyaas (1961). The film was made in color and the lyrics are penned by Bharat Vyas. The same lori is sung by Lata Mangeshkar as well in the film. Geeta’s lori is in 2 parts: Here is the first part: Chanda dhale pankha jhale (part-1) Film – Pyaar Ki Pyaas

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  • SOTD: Jaata kahaan hain diwane..(A song censors found too hot)

    Guru Dutt produced the film CID in the year 1956 which was directed by his assistant Raj Khosla (debut as director). Dev Anand and Shakila were the leading stars of the film. The music was provided by Rhythmking O P Nayyar and veteran Majrooh Sultanpuri penned the lyrics. Almost all the songs of the film were runaway success. “Aye dil hain mushkil” and “Aankhon hi aankhon mein ishaara ho gaya” (both Rafi, Geeta), “Le ke pehla pehla pyaar” (Rafi, Shamshad), “Kahin pe nigahen kahi pe nishana”, “Boojh mera kya naav re” (both Shamshad) were chartbusters. Among these, one song was deleted by the censors who objected to the word “Fiffi”. The song was deleted from the film but still continues to enthrall the music lovers

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  • Jaimala Program presented by Geeta Dutt in the year 1969

    Jaimala is a program that has been aired on the Vividh Bharti station of All India Radio since it’s early days. It is a one hour program that exclusively plays requests from soldiers posted at the front. Once a week they have a special where a celebrity associated with the film world plays his/her own selection. Over the years a number of prominent personalities have hosted this program and these programs are a fascinating archive of their thoughts, ideas and musical selection. Playback singer Geeta Dutt (nee Roy) presented this program in the year 1969, just three years before her untimely death. Mere pyare fauji bhaiyon, aaj aapse baaten karte huye mujhe bahut prasannata ho rahi hai. Pehla geet phool maine mahaan kalakar K L

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  • SOTD: Aag lagana kya mushkil hain…

    Here is a lovely song composed by the (very talented but unfortunately almost forgotten) Chitragupt for the film Kangan (1959). The film had a decent star cast of Dadamuni Ashok Kumar and Nirupa Roy. The film nor its music created big waves at the box office, yet it has some charming numbers by Geeta Dutt. No other female playback singer would have sung songs with such a wide range of variety of emotions for the same film. 1) Aag lagaana kya mushkil hai – A club song in a highly westernized tune filmed on Nishi 2) Bees baras tak laakh sambhaala – A dance song based on folk music filmed on Helen 3) Javaab nahin gore mukhde par til kaale ka (with Rafi sahab) –

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  • Geeta Dutt with newer generation of composers

    Young Geeta Roy (who later became Geeta Dutt) sang for veteran composers like S D Burman, S N Tripathi, Shyamsunder, Master Ghulam Haider, Bulo C Rani, Gyan Dutt, C Ramchandra, Vasant Desai, Pankaj Mullick, Naushad and many more in the forties and early fifties. By end of the fifties she probably had a lot of personal and marital issues which restricted her career in many ways. Many composers from the newer generation came on the music scene from this time, but very little is known about her musical association with composers like R D Burman, Kalyanaji Anandji, Usha Khanna etc. One of the most successful composer duo Laxmikant Pyarelal made their debut in the sixties by which time (unfortunately) Geeta Dutt had not remained the

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  • Geeta Dutt and Kuldip Kaur : A intoxicating combo..

    Kuldip Kaur made quite a name for herself playing the bad girl to perfection in the late forties and the fifties. She will always be remembered for her vampish roles in films like Kaneez (1949), Ek Nazar and Afsana (1951), Baiju Bawra (1952) , Anarkali and Baaz (1953). Here are some lovely songs sung by Geeta Dutt filmed on Kuldip Kaur.

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  • The charming Geeta Bali singing : Kaise rokoge aise toofan ko

    Geeta Bali is a household name for any fan of golden era of Hindi films. She was one of the most charming and spontaneous actresses gracing the Hindi films. “Anand Math” is a popular Bengali novel, written by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay which was later adapted into a film, Anand Math in 1952. The film was directed by Hemen Gupta, starring the great Prithviraj Kapoor, Pradeep Kumar and Geeta Bali. The film’s music was by Hemant Kumar (his debut film as a solo composer). The song “Jai jagdish hare” (Hemant Kumar and Geeta Dutt) and “Vande Mataram” (Hemant Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar) are very popular songs from this film. Today we are looking at a relatively less popular yet very inspiring song from this film. The

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  • 3 new jukeboxes to listen to Geeta Dutt songs online..

    With help from music lover friends, we launched the website http://www.geetadutt.com on 23rd November 2008. All these days we have got great responses and feedback from so many music lovers from all over the world. We all are committed to keep this site active and updated with fresh content on regular basis. We will be celebrating the first birthday of our website along with the birth anniversary of Geeta ji this year on 23rd November 2009. To mark the first birthday of our website we willl be making lots of additions to the website. To begin with we have added something Geeta fans have been wanting us to do for a long time. You may recall that we had added a jukebox having over 250

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  • SOTD: A “Nasheela” song from rhythm king O P Nayyar..

    Omkar Prasad Nayyar gave memorable music to several films in the fifties and the sixties. Even if the film was not a big budget/big star cast, its music was a runaway success due to OP’s foot tapping and heart-warming music. His music for films like Aasmaan (1952), Baaz (1953), Musafirkhaana (1955), Miss Coca Cola (1955), Mr Lambu (1956), Chhoo Mantar (1956), Qaidi (1957), Maai Baap (1957), Bade Sarkar (1957) and Johny Walker (1957) is an ample proof of this. Here is a song from the film Bade Sarkar starring Kishor Sahu, Kamini Kaushal, Agha etc. Looking at the situation, it seems like all the characters are in a drunken state with a good helping of “Bhaang”. Agha breaks into this song and takes off to

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  • SOTD: Har roz kahaa har roz sunaa…

    Poet and Lyricist Indeevar didn’t get many opportunities to pen down quality songs. Though his career span is spread over four decades he did not get the recognition he and his talent deserved. Born in Jhansi, Madhya Pradesh as Shyamalal he came to Mumbai with the clear intention of being a lyricist. He strugglesd for about 5 years or so he got his first big break inthe form of ‘ Malhaar’ (1951). He penned the song ‘Bade Armaan Se Rakha Hai Balam Teri Kasam’, a popular composition that retains a refreshing feel even today. But even this song couldn’t ensure instant success. Indeevar paired with Roshan and later with Kalyanji-Anandji which gave him some commercial success in the sixties and seventies. His early work in

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  • SOTD: Oh bedardi kyon tadapaaye.. A lovely song from Godaan (1963)

    Pandit Ravi Shankar is a legendary musician-composer from India and needs no introduction. Ravi Shankar, the legendary sitarist and composer is India’s most esteemed musical Ambassador and a singular phenomenon in the classical music worlds of East and West. As a performer, composer, teacher and writer, he has done more for Indian music than any other musician. He is well known for his pioneering work in bringing Indian music to the West. Very few music lovers are aware about his compositions in Hindi Films like Anuradha, Godaan, Meera etc. Geeta Dutt and Mahendra Kapoor sang a lovely duet for maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar for the film Godaan (1963). The lyrics were penned by Anjaan.

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  • Geeta Dutt – The Skylark : A must read musical biography

    Geeta Dutt – The Skylark: The first ever biography of melody queen Geeta Dutt (nee Roy) “Geeta Dutt – The Skylark” is the very first book published ever on the legendary playback singer Geeta Dutt. Here is a summary of information about the book and the author. The book:

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  • Mr Lambu (1956) : Magic of OPN and Geeta Dutt

    Suraiyya was the second most popular singing star of the golden era of Hindi film music (the first one being Noor Jehan). Millions of music and movie lovers were her fan and the composer rhythm king Omkar Prasad Nayyar was not an exception to this. So when he got a chance to compose music for a Suraiyya starrer film titled Mr Lambu in the year 1956 he was thrilled. The film starred the producer Sheikh Mukhtar and was directed by Nisar Ahmad Ansari who acted in the film as well. It did not create big records at the box office, but remained the only Suraiyya starrer with music by rhythm king O P Nayyar. The lyrics of the film were penned by Majrooh Sultanpuri. Suraiyya

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  • SOTD: Magic and simplicity of Rajinder Krishan..

    A girl meets boy, falls in love. Such a simple story, told so nicely and imaginatively told in a song! This is a beautiful song composed by the veteran Sachin Dev Burman and penned by Rajinder Krishan. The song is from the film Ek Nazar released in the year 1951 starring handsome Karan Deewan and Nalini Jaywant. This song seems to be filmed on some other actress obviously teasing the heroine. The chorus gives able support to the bubbly and magnificent voice of main singer Geeta Roy. Listen to the way she sings “Oh dekho…” in the opening lines. This is one of the signature songs of Geeta Roy – S D Burman team, obviously overshadowed by the more popular songs from the films like

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  • G M Durrani : A song to remember..

    A name forgotten in the passage of time, Ghulam Mustafa (G M) Durrani was one of the most popular singers of the forties. He was spotted by the film producer Sohrab Modi in the year 1935 while the singer was giving a radio performance. He gave him his first break in the 1935 movie ‘Saaed-e-Hawas’, a historical under the baton of music director Bundu Khan, a classical musician popularly known as “Taan-Talwar” Bundu Khan. His first song was a ghazal, whose lyrics were as follows: “Mastonko shem farz hai peena Sharab ka, gutti mein meri padh gaya qatara sharab ka.” When the concept of playback singing came up, he was the first to lend his voice for the film titled ‘Bahurani’ around the year 1936.

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  • SOTD: Meenakumari in a dreamy song…

    Meena Kumari is famous for her strong and author backed roles in the golden era of Hindi Films. To say that she was unparalleled is an understatement, she was the epitome of natural acting. She was the so called “Tragedy Queen” of Hindi films and will be remembered for years to come for her performances. Here is a light hearted dream sequence song starring Meena Kumari from the film Tamasha (1952) starring Dev Anand in the lead. The music was composed by Khemchand Prakash ji (“Mahal” fame) who passed away at a young age. Singer Manna Dey ji completed several of his assignments including this one. The lyrics are by the veteran Bharat Vyas. As our friend Vipin ji has quoted” Meena Kumari was just

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  • Geeta Dutt : Life story of a lengendary playback singer..

    Geeta Dutt (nee Roy) was blessed with a rich voice that was like an interacting instrument that at once mesmerized her listeners. She had such magic in her voice that charmed her listeners like a snake is charmed to the music of a been. She rendered songs from her heart making them so endearingly heart rendering. When she sang “Thandi Hawaa Kaali Ghata” you can feel the cool breeze of an overcast day. When she sang “Koi Door Se Awaaz De” you can sense the feelings of a hauntingly disturbed soul celebrating the resplendence of life on one side and yet lamenting setbacks on the other. As critic Subhash K. Jha puts it aptly “Geta Dutt’s voice conveys the sweetness of honey and the pain

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  • Geeta Dutt: The Queen of “Bhaav Gayaki”

    Geeta Dutt is a unique female playback singer in a way that she was master at conveying the right mood and feel of the song. She is truly the queen of “Bhaav Gayaki” (the capability to convey the feelings that the song seeks to express). For any song that just requires a singer to put lots of heart in it, Geeta was the singer for it. I was listening to a relatively rare number from Nirmal (1952) composed by Bulo C Rani. “Thee aur woh mulaqaat woh…”

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  • SOTD: Unse Rippie Tippie Ho Gayi..

    Roshan Lal Nagrath (or Roshan) was born in Gujranwala, Punjab, British India (now part of Punjab in Pakistan). He began music lessons at a young age, and later attended Marris College (Bhatkhande College of Music in Lucknow) under the training of Pt.S.N.Ratanjankar (Principal of the university). In the early 1940s, Roshan joined All India Radio and worked for them as a composer. In 1948, Roshan came to Mumbai to find work as a Bollywood music director. He struggled until meeting Kidar Sharma, who gave him the job of composing for his film Neki aur Badi (1949). While this film was a flop, Roshan emerged as a player on the Bollywood music scene with the film Baawre Nain, released the following year. For this film, Rajkumari

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