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  • Exclusive: Geeta Dutt presenting Jaimala program in her own voice..
    geetaduttfans | November 30, 2009, 2:11 PM | no comments | 1,158 views

    Geeta Dutt

    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 the complete audio of this program where one can listen to the speaking voice of Geeta Dutt. Please bear with the little disturbance in the audio recording.

    Mere pyare fauji bhaiyon, aaj aapse baaten karte huye mujhe bahut prasannata ho rahi hai. Pehla geet phool maine mahaan kalakar K L Saigal ke awaaz mein chuna hai.

    Song: Karoon kya aas niraas bhayi (Dushman) (more…)




  • SOTD: Lag gayi ankhiyaa…
    geetaduttfans | November 25, 2009, 2:41 PM | no comments | 684 views

    Jeevan Jyoti

    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 song “Hum khoob jaanate hai” with Mohd Rafi and Sudha Malhotra was released for the film titled “Film hi Film” (1983). It was initially recorded for a film “Saajan ki galiyaa” which remained incomplete. The film “Film hi Film” (1983) was made from the portions of many such films.

    More details about songs of Mohd Rafi sahab and Geeta Dutt are available here.




  • A tribute to a legend : Geeta Dutt (nee Roy)
    geetaduttfans | November 22, 2009, 12:10 PM | 2 comments | 2,392 views

    Geeta Dutt

    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 the other. As critic Subhash K. Jha puts it aptly “Geta Dutt’s voice conveys the sweetness of honey and the pain of the bee sting.”

    Geeta Dutt was born into a rich zamindaar’s family as Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhuri in Faridpur, East Bengal in the year 1930 on 23rd November. When Geeta was 12 years old, the family decided to move from their home in Faridpur District in East Bengal to Bombay (now Mumbai). Even though she was growing up in rich surroundings, when moved to Bombay, her family had to start all over again. They took up a modest apartment in Dadar area.

    In the ensuring months one day when she was singing a song in her flat, music director Pandit Hanuman Prasad heard her voice. He persuaded her parents to have her try to sing in movies. He took Geeta under his wings and trained her in singing and later launched her into singing in the films. In the year 1946, she got the first break when she got an opportunity to sing in the film “Bhakta Prahlad” for which Hanuman Prasad was the music director. She was given only two lines to sing in the movie in a few songs for this film.She was barely sixteen year old at this time. But those two lines caught the attention of everyone in the recording studio. (more…)




  • Ud pud jaaniya.. Punjab ke mitti ki khushboo…
    geetaduttfans | November 16, 2009, 4:37 PM | no comments | 1,469 views

    Ud pud jaaniya

    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 how this 17-18 year old girl from East Bengal was singing Punjabi songs with such a great fluency. (The fact not known to many is that she did not know any language other than her mother tongue Bengali till as late as 1949, when she mastered Hindi and Urdu.)

    Here is a song that will bring back the fragrance of the land of Punjab. Here is an interesting and nice appreciative comment from our friend “Vipin ji” about this lovely song sung by Geeta Dutt (nee Roy):

    I never thought I would say this,but Geeta Dutt’s Punjabi accent sounds more firmly rooted in Punjabi soil than that of the other non-Punjabi vocalists– as great as the rest are. I love them all, but this Bengali lady’s Punjabi is so native it’s a killer! She could truly give native Punjabi singers a run for their money. What a joy to listen to her!! The rhythm and fast tempo of this song are of course quintessential features of celebratory Punjabi folk songs. Geeta Dutt’s voice was well suited to such songs. To borrow a sports metaphor,she shot this one out of the ball park– a home run in music. (more…)




  • SOTD: A Meera bhajan in a Bengali film…”Barse badariya saawan ki”
    geetaduttfans | November 16, 2009, 1:43 PM | 2 comments | 1,881 views

    Suchitra Sen

    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, preferring to live in seclusion out of the public eye.

    Here is a song from a Suchitra Sen starrer Bengali film “Grihaprabesh” released in the year 1954. This is a famous Meerabai bhajan (devotional song) in Hindi filmed on Suchitra Sen. Geeta Dutt sings for Suchitra Sen while co-singer Krishna Banerjee sings for the child artist.
    The song has some dialogues by Uttam Kumar in between as well.

    The music of this film was composed by Mukul Roy (Geeta Dutt’s composer brother). More details about him can be found here.

    This is a very melodious, meaningful and soothing bhajan by Meerabai. It has been sung by several singers in the past. (more…)




  • SOTD: Mere tum ho, phir kya hain….
    geetaduttfans | November 13, 2009, 12:07 PM | no comments | 866 views

    Nadira

    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 of the sweetest and loveliest romantic duet in the voices of Hemantda and Geeta Dutt “Chale hum kahan” filmed on Pradeep Kumar and Madhubala. This song was Hindi re-make of Hemantda’s original tune “Tumi je amaar” from the Bengali from Harano Sur released one year ago, sung by Geeta Dutt with her magic touch.

    The song we are seeing today is filmed on vivacious Nadira and is a theater song at the end of which some precious necklace gets stolen.
    Nadira and the chorus dancers slowly waltz on the stage while Geeta Dutt and her chorus singers glide through the tune. The song begins with the words “Mini mini chik chik…”. Hemantda has composed highly westernized yet a soulful tune for this song. The song also has that sweet humming of Hemant Kumar in between, he does not sing any lines in this song.

    (more…)




  • SOTD: A sweet lullaby : Chanda dhale pankha jhale..
    geetaduttfans | November 12, 2009, 11:08 AM | no comments | 1,527 views

    Lullaby

    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 1961, MD – Vasant Desai, Lyricist – Bharat Vyas, Singer – Geeta Dutt (more…)




  • SOTD: Jaata kahaan hain diwane..(A song censors found too hot)
    geetaduttfans | November 10, 2009, 1:15 PM | 8 comments | 1,731 views

    Dev Anand and Shakeela

    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 till date.

    The song is none other than “Jaata kahan hain deewane, sab kuchh yahaan hain sanam” sung effortlessly and seductively by Geeta Dutt.

    (more…)




  • Jaimala Program presented by Geeta Dutt in the year 1969
    geetaduttfans | November 9, 2009, 9:19 AM | 2 comments | 2,051 views

    Geeta Dutt

    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 Saigal ke awaaz mein chuna hai.

    Song: Karoon kya aas niraas bhayi (Dushman)

    (more…)




  • SOTD: Aag lagana kya mushkil hain…
    geetaduttfans | November 8, 2009, 12:55 PM | no comments | 705 views

    Nishi Kohli

    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) – Fun-filled romantic song filmed on Shammi
    4) Likh padh padh likh likh padh ke – (with Usha Mangeshkar) – A song for loving mother teaching her kid filmed on Nirupa Roy

    The lyrics are by Rajinder Krishan, another great artist. Very few music lovers talk about lyricists in general and Rajinder Krishan in particular. (more…)



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