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5 April 2012

My Favourites: Songs of Remembrance

Over at bollyviewer's blog where she listed her favourite Geeta Dutt songs, she began the post with a very famous song Yaad karoge yaad karoge (Do Bhai 1947) and something went off with a click. Not so long ago, I posted a list of my favourite Songs of Waiting. I said it was a part of being in love - the waiting for the beloved, and I listed songs that were tinged with the various hues of intezaar. The counterpart to this emotion would be 'remembrance' or yaad. The memories of your beloved, whether joyful or heartbreaking, whether anticipating arrival or mourning the lack thereof. Whether it is the sepia-tinged snapshots of a lost love, or the colourful ones of anticipation, our songs have celebrated all kinds of remembrances.

Yaad seems like a perfect complement to raatFor when do our memories assail us? When we relax awhile after the stress and confusion of our daily lives, when the last thing we actually want is to open the dusty treasure chests of our lost years. Paradoxically, the darkness of the night brings a clarity to those memories, the images becoming crisper, the colours more saturated, the thoughts more poignant. I know that for me, at least, I dread the coming of the night. I dread opening the floodgates of memories lest I drown in them. If ever anyone discovers an elixir that enables one to forget at will, I would pay a king's ransom to get my hands on it. 

In the absence of such a discovery, I lose myself in songs that celebrate memories, or mourn them. It's to the credit of our wonderful lyricists that the songs that celebrate our memories can take on so many meanings, so many different shades of emotion.

1. Yaad kiya dil ne kahan ho tum (Patita 1953) Hemant Kumar-Lata Mangeshkar/Shankar-Jaikishen - Hasrat Jaipuri
This is one of the few 'happy' songs of remembrance. She has a past; he's man enough to accept her, past and all - they both have had a second chance. There is deep thankfulness at having found each other again. There is a quiet happiness as they remember their love and their past constraints, all the while pledging their love all over again. One of the finest Hemant Kumar-Lata Mangeshkar duets, it's a joy to finally see a clip that also includes the charming prelude. The film's story was rather ahead of its times, even though it had to resort to a bit of skulduggery to make the ending acceptable. Such trivial flaws are forgiven, however, when one sees the film as a whole. One of Dev Anand's best performances, comfortably bolstered by Usha Kiron, Agha and Lalita Pawar; SJ's score, one wonderful melody after another added the icing. 


2. Yaad aayi hai  (Nagina 1951) Lata Mangeshkar/Shankar-Jaikishen - Shailendra)
Do you recognise the girl in this photograph? No? She is Nutan. In one of her earliest films. Her mother, Shobhana Samarth, had produced and directed Hamari Beti for her 14-year-old daughter's 'adult' debut in 1950. The next year, the adolescent had two releases - Nagina and  Hum Log. The first named, from which this song is taken, was released with an adult certificate - its young heroine was barred from its premiere show by a diligent ticket checker. This is one of the more typical yaad songs - a song of separation, a song of longing for the beloved to come back, the anguish of not knowing what happened.
Aansoo bhi piye tere pyar mein hardam
Mar mar ke jiye ab kis-se kahe hum
Hai kya ho gaya, woh kahaan kho gaya
Mera dil so gaya
Zaalim zamane na itna sata
Woh hai kahaan tu bata de pata

For the actual clip from the film, please click here. (The audio quality is abysmal.) 


3. Tumhe yaad karte karte (Amrapali 1966) Lata Mangeshkar / Shankar-Jaikishen - Shailendra
This is a not a sad remembrance, but one that is full of anticipation. She (Vyjayanthimala) is Amrapali, the nagar vadhu of the kingdom of Vaishali, the capital of the Lichchavi republic. She falls in love with Ajatashatru (Sunil Dutt), the ruler of the mighty Magadha empire, and the sworn enemy of her people, when, wounded in battle, he takes refuge in her country as a common soldier. Based on classical ragas, the music of this film was a feather in SJ's cap. This particular song is passionate, yet restrained, the seductiveness of Lata's voice matching the intensity of the minimal instrumentation. Vyjayanthimala never looked as sensuous as she did.

Unfortunately for everyone concerned, this film was not a commercial success. Which is strange, considering that it had a wonderful script, hardhitting dialogues, excellent music, great attention to detail (Bhanu Athaiya, in charge of the costumes, went to the Ajanta Caves to seek inspiration from the Budhist frescoes to create the period costumes), Dwarka Divecha's cinematography brought the battle sequences to life (they were probably the best war scenes that were ever filmed), and Vyjayanthimala threw herself heart and soul into Gopi Krishna's dances. Its failure disheartened Vyjayanthimala so much, it hastened her retirement.


4. Aaye tum yaad mujhe (Mili 1975) Kishore Kumar / SD Burman - Yogesh
How could I not have an Amitabh song? Amitabh is not usually known for singing sad, soulful songs unfortunately, though he's had quite a few of them. Sung by Kishore Kumar, this song encompasses a range of emotions - Shekhar's solitude, his love for Mili and what she has come to mean to him, his memories of her, and finally, his yearning to do something for her.
Har pal man mera
mujhse kehta hai
Jis ki dhun mein tu
khoya rehta hai
Bhar de phoolon se
us kaa daaman

Only, he, and she, both know that there will be no way to do so.

The song in the movie is incomplete, as it should be (in context). For the full audio, click here.

5. Yaad aayi aadhi raat ko (Kanhaiya 1959) Mukesh/Shankar-Jaikishen - Shailendra
 
This is one of those films where the songs trumped the movie itself. Or in simple words, please watch the songs on YouTube, and forget the film. The slightly (?) implausible story of a young village maiden who, engrossed in her love for 'Kanhaiya' (Lord Krishna), is bound in marriage to the village ne'er-do-well drunkard, Kanhaiya. Both Raj Kapoor and Nutan did a wonderful job, but were let down by the script. Here, the singer is not remembering his beloved; his memories are of the incidents of the previous night. He expresses the hope that his memories aren't really true:
Chaahat mein wafa aur vo
Mar mitne ki kasmein
Kya khwaab tha bahke huye
Jazbaat ki tauba,
Yaad aayi aadhi raat ko
Kal raat ki tauba 

Dil poochhta hai jhoom ke,
Kis baat ki tauba?


6. Yaad aa gayi woh nasheeli nigahein (Manzil 1960) Hemant Kumar/SD Burman-Majrooh Sultanpuri
If I were to make a list of Devsaab's 'drunken' songs, I'm sure that would be a post in itself. He truly seemed to spend his time singing sad & bitter songs, happy songs, maudlin songs, resigned, & philosophical songs, et al, with a drink in his hand. (See? Including the one I've posted here, that's five songs right there.)  But oh, what songs! Manzil sees him as a disillusioned, embittered music composer, who, having gained success, loses his lady love through an unfortunate twist of circumstances. Hemant Kumar is an interesting choice for Dev's 'voice', and he does a stellar job in pouring out the pain of lost love, slurring his words (in sur, of course) beautifully. The lyrics are as intoxicating as Hemantda's voice.
Main in zakhmon ko sii-ke
Kya karoon hosh mein jeeke 
Yaaron thaam lena, 
Thaam lena meri baahein

Beautiful.

(My favourite song from this film is the Mohammed Rafi-Geeta Dutt duet, with the latter reciting a poem that Rafisaab sings.)

7. Yaad na aaye beete dinon ka (Dil Ek Mandir 1963) Mohammed Rafi / Shankar-Jaikishen - Shailendra
Another one of those films whose songs are better heard than the film seen. If that makes any sense at all. A melancholy melodrama involving a love triangle, with the life of one man at the mercy of the other, the makers made sure that they wrung every last tear from the audience. When Dr Dharmesh (Rajendra Kumar) and Sita (Meena Kumari) pledge their troth to each other 'forever and ever', they don't realise that Fate is waiting just around the corner. He goes abroad for higher studies, and comes back to find her married off. Heartbroken, he throws himself into his work at the cancer clinic, while Sita tries to make the best of what life has given her. With excellent performances from its leads (despite the melancholia), and a great score by SJ, it was no wonder that the film was a super success. No prizes for guessing where the song comes in.

8. Yaad mein teri jaag jaag ke hum (Mere Mehboob 1963) Mohammed Rafi-Lata Mangeshkar/Naushad - Shakeel Badayuni
Another Rajendra Kumar blockbuster, a Muslim social this time, with the gorgeous Sadhana, and Naushad's music - is it any wonder that this film became a hit? Anwar and Husna meet, fall in love, and are now separated by barriers of class and status. Not wanting family honour to be besmirched, they mutually decide to part ways. Only, it is not as easy as it seems.

Jabse tune nigaah pheri hain
Din hai soona raat andheri hain
Chaand bhi ab nazar nahin aata
Ab sitaarein bhi kam nikalte hain...

...she mourns, while he is agonised. Does she know what his constraints are?

Kya kahein tujhse kyun huyi doori
Hum samajhte hain apni majboori
Tujhko maloom kya ke tere liye
Dil ke gham aansuon mein dhalte hain
 


9. Tu jahan jahan chalega (Mera Saaya 1966) Lata Mangeshkar / Madan Mohan-Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
What is interesting about this melody is that it is not the singer who is remembering, but the listener. She consoles the grieving husband she's left behind in the land of the living -  she will always be there with him (and for him), wherever he may go. This song is played in bits and pieces through out the film; but there are two versions which are 'complete' in themselves. In the first, (Sunil Dutt), immersed in the grief of his wife's death, remembers her singing this song; in the other, he is listening to Woh bhooli dastan lo phir aa gayi on the radio, and one haunting melody merges into another as the second version of Tu jahan jahan chalega becomes the dominant tune. 

Click here for the audio clip of the full song.

10. Phir wohi shaam wohi gham wohi tanhaayi hai (Jahan Ara 1964)Talat Mahmood / Madan Mohan - Rajinder Krishan
Another wonderful Madan Mohan composition, with Talat Mahmood's silken voice almost caressing the notes, Jahan Ara fared almost as well at the box-office as most of the composer's other films - which is to say, quite badly. If it could be said of anybody, it is probably of Madan Mohan that it can be rightly said:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen
And waste its sweetness on the desert air

Here was a composer who brought out one delightful composition after the other, for movies that either never saw the light of day, or tanked miserably at the box office. Out of the 100-odd films that he composed for, only 25 or so achieved great commercial success. He himself felt that he had never been given his due as a composer. Rajinder Krishan's lyrics could as well denote Madan Mohan's plight as they did Mirza Changezi's - the man who had the temerity to fall in love with a Mughal princess, the daughter of Emperor Shah Jehan. Like all great men who are are doomed to anonymity in their time, it took later generations to understand Madan Mohan's music for the classics they were.  His quote: "...the foremost requirement of a song is only one thing; it should be capable of capturing the interest of the listeners in a short period and sustaining it in the years to follow", was true of most of his songs, wasn't it?

There were two other songs that I wanted to add for their sheer rarity; never having even heard of the films, or the songs, before researching this post, I reluctantly left them out. There was nothing I could write about them. One was Yaad jab aaye  from Mohar (1959); the music director was Madan Mohan, the lyrics were by Rajinder Krishan, and it was picturised on Shammi Kapoor. Despite the fact that the film was released in 1959, there's not a single video available. The other is a rather decent song from a film called Banarasi Thug  featuring Manoj Kumar and a very pretty actress called Vijaya Choudhary. The music was composed by Iqbal Quereshi, and I have no idea who wrote the lyrics. 

I have listed my favourites; what about yours?

p.s.: The significance of the flowers? Forget-Me-Not, Pansy, Rosemary and Gladiolus - they all symbolise remembrance.

71 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful post, I like almost all songs in here. Several songs could be inserted here, but here a few of the top.

    1) Sari Sari Raat Teri Yaad Sataye
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1Zx9XQRqkY 
    2) You have it in the "Tu Jahan Chalega" description, but I will re-add it --- "Woh Bhooli Dastaan", Really love this song.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsd8SayN4zs 
    3) Woh Jab Yaad Aye, Bahut Yaad Aye
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJti8tOpG0o 
    4) Yaadon Mein Woh, Sapnon Mein Hai
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fDqdo3lNzY
    5) Hopefully the Yaad can be extended to the entire family. After Sholay, this is my absolutely favorite Dharmendra film, he, Ajit, Salim-Javed & Nasir Hussain deliver a textbook example of great Masala.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBDQ-BaUQ7Q 

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  2. Anu, what a lovely post. And (for once!) the songs I immediately thought of were not exactly the same as the ones you've listed. Yes, Yaad kiya dil ne kahaan ho tum and come to mind, as had Tumhe yaad karte-karte, but that was it. Later, I was cursing myself for why I hadn't remembered either the song from Mera Saaya or Jahanara - both are among my favourite songs. Phir wohi shaam, in particular, makes me feel sooo sad. :-(

    So here are some of the songs that had occurred to me...

    Meri yaad mein tum na aansoo bahaana, from Madhosh:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR8i7VksaN0&feature=fvst

    Teri yaad dil se bhulaane chala hoon:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBsW9micOnQ

    Kabhi tanhaaiyon mein yoon from Hamari Yaad Aayegi:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-FuMAFtw9o&feature=related

    (Actually, the only reason to watch this otherwise tepid film - even poor Tanuja couldn't hold it up).

    And, for a change, a comic song: Woh din yaad karo from Humraahi:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmnZESJyN9A
     

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  3. ***** rating for your list :-)

    I would include the below in my list.

    1) Yaadon Ki Baaraat nikli...
    2) Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya burf si....
    3) Aaya hai mujhe phir yaad woh zaalim...

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  4. Thank you, Samir. The song from Swami is 'new' to me because I didn't remember it at all. And I'm glad that you added Yaadon ki Baraat :); I didn't, because there were so many other songs that came into my head, but that's a film I thoroughly enjoyed. It was one of the best masala films ever!

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  5. And (for once!) the songs I immediately thought of were not exactly the same as the ones you've listed.

    That doesn't matter, because two of the songs you listed were on my short list! :)

    Thank you for reminding me of the song from Humraahi; I had seen the film, but it completely slipped my mind when I was writing the list.

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  6. Thank you, Shashi. :)) Yaadon ki baraat, is, I think, the first song that immediate comes to mind for most people when they hear of yaad. Here are the links for the songs you listed:

    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njmwZgHFBic

    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q6eP0Ifr3E

    3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ythuIXJ70j0

    I don't like the song from Devar; it's too whiny for me. :))

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  7. Superb song list, Anu!
    my fav song of remembrance would be:
    woh bhuli dastan lo phir yaad aa gayi from Sanjog
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsd8SayN4zs
    the opening line of this song is in the film mentioned next.

    Another Madan Mohan composition:
    aap ke pehloon me aa kar ro diye from mera Saaya
    from the lyrics itself don't speak much about yaad but the song and situation is full of remembering past times
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD8bCouH9qI

    Very touching and remembering past days of love is the song from Dharamputra
    main jab bhi akeli hoti hoon
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6Mvsdh_M2I
    how I love this song!

    In a similar vein from Nikaah (wonder why you didn't include it)
    chupke chupke raat diin aansoon bahan yaad hai
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awZTeaVl94Q

    A bit depressing song from Baazar
    karoge yaad to har baat yaad aayegi
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDQHwDApU3U

    Meena Kumar is thinking of past days when the sanam - Rajendra Kumar - was more amiable in this song
    woh jo milte the kabhi hamse deewano ki tarah (again Madan Mohan)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQPif5jnpCA

    Joyful but still full of nostalgia is
    woh din yaad karo
    where Mehmood and Shubha Khote remember their pre-marital days
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmnZESJyN9A

    Geeta Bali remembers the night full of sarees in
    sari sari raat teri yaad sataye ;-)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1Zx9XQRqkY

    Sanjay Khan trying to remind Nanda of bygone days in
    yaar jinhe tum bhool gaye ho
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZalhzq_kJo

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  8. A great list Madhu. 8 of the songs you've listed would be on my list too. Not that the two mera saya, and phir wohi sham wohi gham are bad or I don't like them, but they sound dull to my ears and not very melodious.
    Amrapali was a fantastic film. I love it. Agree with all that you've said about it.

    Some more songs about yaad.
    This first one is from 1943 film Najma starring Ashok Kumar.

    Listen to the full song. It starts sadly, but the woman admonishing him that follows brings a smile to ones face :-)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GarGkuhH1Uk

    Woh dil kahan se laoon, from Bharosa
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yNODM98hOs&feature=related

    Not that I like this song very much, but it is all about yaad. For me it is in the same category of mera saya
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJG-P4FPp0o

    The next song qualifies to be on the list for the reason that it repeats yaad aa rahi hai at least 6/7 times from Love Story :-D

    This last one I'm adding inspite of it not being a film song and very contemporary, because I'm absolutely in love with Rahat Fateh Ali's singing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw3Wvxqp42w

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  9.  Somehow I missed out on linking to the Love Story song. Here it is;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JI8X3-B04o

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  10. Thank you, harvey. From your choices, I love Woh jo milte the kabhi, Woh bhooli dastan, Aap ke pehloon mein aakar and Sari sari raat teri yaad sataye (LOL@her remembering her 'saris').
     As for the song from Nikaah I don't usually list songs from the late 70s - 80s in my posts. Sameer usually fulfils that duty for me. :) Or don't you think I would have put in an obvious choice like Yaadon ki baraat?

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  11. Ha! I remember this film. We were in school when it released, and everyone went lattoo over Kumar Gaurav. He was a good actor; it's a pity he never made it. Unfortunately, he came during the 'action' phase in films.

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  12. The song from Najma was completely new to me. Thank you for introducing me to that. Actually, you have introduced me to quite a few 'new' old songs. :)

    The song from Bharosa was on my shortlist, but I wanted to put Aaye tum yaad mujhe in, so that went out. :) I had heard the Nutan-Raj Kumar song before, but this is the first time I'm seeing its video. Do you happen to know which film it's from?

    Rahat Fatel Ali Khan is a particular favourite of mine too. :) I love his voice.

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  13. "
    I don't usually list songs from the late 70s - 80s in my posts. Sameer usually fulfils that duty for me. :) "
    I believe in a strict no-discrimination & equal opportunity policy. Far be it for me to come from the world's largest democracy to the world's 2nd largest & indulge in discrimination. :))

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  14. I'm all for equal opportunity - I liked old songs better in India; I still like them better now I'm in the US. :)

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  15. Harvey, is it odd that of the songs Anu has posted as her favourites from the ones you've suggested, two are ones I love too? Woh bhooli daastaan (why didn't I think of that?! Lovely, lovely song) and Main jab bhi akeli hoti hoon... that one gives gooseflesh, it's so full of yaad as well as longing. Absolutely beautiful. I'd thought of including that in my first comment to Anu, but skipped it because it didn't strictly contained the word 'yaad'.

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  16. When I saw pacifist's comment, I was meaning to reply with a "Thank you for automatically linking my name with such a good list of songs! So flattering!" :-D

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  17. I'd been thinking about this one last evening, too, while remembering this post. There was complete overkill of this song during the 80s. It was everywhere! I don't like it very much, though.

    Anyway, here's another beautiful yaad song, one of my favourite Muksh songs - Saaranga teri yaad mein nain hue bechain:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXQgClapKYc

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  18. (And not only because it inspired one of my favourite puns)

    Rasik Balma - Chori Chori
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlYFQtnV8tA

    Sulagte seene se ...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ-Gb4moQcw&feature=fvwrel

    I notice somebody has already linked to Hamaari Yaad Aayegi ... a classic song, though the singer apparently never made it big after this song.

    AKM

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  19. How much odder than all our other coincidences can it be?? As it is, two of the songs you listed were on my short list! :) *Where's our song?*

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  20. And now I'm beginning to think *I* should be flattered that she mistook my post for yours!

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  21. Agree with you about the overkill - it's not the greatest of tunes anyway. The two songs that I do like from that film are
    Kya gazab karte ho ji

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4HAT8Hv02A

    and

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjWO5U85apY

    Simple songs, but rather nice.

    Don't worry about hogging comment space - I love the additions! Bhooli hui yaadon  better than Saranga teri yaad mein, I must confess!

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  22. (And not only because it inspired one of my favourite puns)

    Your nom de plume or the songs? :) Do tell...

    I love both the songs you listed; aren't they more 'heartbreak' numbers than just remembrance? Or am I being very picky? Sometimes, it is difficult to separate the two, but I remember using this for my
    Songs of heartbreak.

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  23. YAAAAAAY @ 1 and 6! This is an awesome post, and I'm not just saying so because there are Dev's songs. I didn't know that that girl was Nutan! She looks so... different! :O And I had lots of fun guessing those four other songs. Dev + Drinks = Awesomeness.

    My father invited a few of his friends over yesterday. One of them gave me a peg of whiskey, so I tried it (-cough- If Dev can then I can!), and believe me, I fell right asleep at seven, before dinner. Hm. Perhaps I should leave Dev to the liquor.

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  24. You're probably right, though both of them inlcude yaad in their litanies.

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  25. In remembrance:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYY4SKUgF3E

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  26. Two Salilda compositions...The first one isn't that famous but the flute piece at the begining is a typical Salilda signature. The mukhda is not easy to sing


    And of course the more famous one..

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  27.  Oh please do do forgive me Anu. The only proof I have that it was you I had in mind is because I never use Madhu, always dustedoff. So using Madhu was actually because it was your name in my head - as Madhu :-(

    And that song is from film Rishte Naate (Nutan and Raj Kumar)

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  28. Thanks, Sasha. :) I knew you would like the Dev songs! (Duh!) Nutan does look different, doesn't she? :) I'd great fun putting it out there - I shouldn't have named her; wonder how many people would have recognised her.

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  29. Finally, a 'happy' remembrance song! :) (Both links take me to the same video - am I missing something?)

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  30. Oh, of course! Only, that seems to be a side effect. :)

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  31. No worries! :) Happens.

    (And I am flattered!) :))

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  32.  *Hugs* Lalitha

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  33.  Crikey... the second one should have been this..I don't really care overmuch for the chorus but the trumpet riffs are amazing..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCGq9mjb8VU

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  34. A good theme and very enjoyable list.  By the way, I am glad that someone else out there actually saw the 1951 Nagina...  Though much of it was parodying one of my favorite films, which had one of my favorite soundtracks of all time...   

    Do you think this song would qualify?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGwLmwbCilI 

    If not, then maybe this one, because it has "Yaad" in the title?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk9CbYKq5oA And a few years earlier, there was another film with one of my favorite soundtracks of all time...which included this nice remembrance song with "Yaad" in the title:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pThukkbxwuU ...But my favorite remembrance song is a happy one:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mttp129cf8o 

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  35. Love that song! Always did. The lyrics are amazing - which is not quite what you meant, I know. :)

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  36. Thank you, Richard. :) I saw Nagina because they showed it on Indian television when there was only one channel, and I was stuck in an out-of-the-way place without much by the way of entertainment. :) I swear, we watched everything! that was shown on TV in those days.

    Aayega aanwala sounds more like a song of waiting than remembrance, no? And while she's 'remembering' alright in the second song, it's more a song of heartbreak, and blaming her lover for Bewafai (infidelity). :)

    But both songs from Anmol Ghadi qualify (by the parameters of the post), and Jawaan hai muhobbat is one of my absolute favourites!

    They are all wonderful songs, though, and it was nice to hear them again. Thank you for the clips.

    ps: Which film is Nagina parodying? I know I should know this one, but it eludes me right now.

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  37. I was reading the post, then I thought, "Who's this... NUTAN?!" :O To think she looked so different only a few years later! And I don't want to see Patita, because 1. the plot sounds so melodramatic, 2. DEV, IT'S CALLED DRIVING PROPERLY. HAVE YOU NOT LEARNED FROM RAJENDRA KUMAR?! 3. The Wikipedia page spoiled it all for me.

    I guess you're right, but what about cigarettes? Dev has smoked in SO many films. :P

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  38. Patita isn't as melodramatic as they make it sound. And besides, there is a twist in the tale. ;) Why would Dev learn from Rajendra Kumar? Chap came after he did. :) Do watch it; you won't regret it - it's one of Dev's more restrained performances.

    but what about cigarettes?

    Ach. NO! I forbid you to try them, and I don't care if Dev smoked. *tapping foot imperiously*

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  39. What? She goes to Mast Mahal and lives happily ever after? Or the mother-in-law finally accepts her? (-cough- Maaji, you're late. -facepalm-) Oh, and yeah, I forgot. But still. Rajendra Kumar didn't learn from Dev. Dustedoff and I were discussing Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan that day. At least Dev seemed to have learned, he can actually drive a truck in Nau Do Gyarah. Yay. :D

    And I guess I should leave Dev to his alcohol ("weak tea") and cigarettes. Did he really smoke? (I'm telling you, I saw him holding a cigarette in "Khoya Khoya Chand"!)

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  40. Sigh. :) *spoiler ahead* Dev does not die. Happy?

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  41. HE DOESN'T? :DDDDDDDDDDDDD

    OKAY, I SHALL SEE IT NOW.

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  42. Two Sajjad compositions, I don't know if the first one fits, and of course one is trying to forget and neuroscience research indicates you are more likely to remember if you try to forget. The song like a typical Sajjad compositions twists unexpectedly in long melodic lines and the orchestration behind especially the flute counterpoint is beautifully arranged. The song ends as the melody moves to a different note.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HefYtcrXmm4 

    The next one is a fairly simple song by Sajjad's standards and technically  they should be singing to Ahura Mazda if you even place Rustam amongst the Achaemenids
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhZWa_3mNWE 

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  43. :) Do. I think you will like it.

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  44. I bet only he can think of hiding under beds. -saw the Wikipedia page again-

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  45.  You must. I like that film, and one of my favourite Dev Anand songs, sung in Talat's voice. Very, very beautiful and comforting.

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  46. :) And in cupboards. Do, do watch this. It's such a lovely movie.

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  47. In cupboards?! Oh God, only Dev must've thought of that. Maybe I should do that next year as an April Fools' joke. :P

    Oh, and I have a little problem... I want Baat Ek Raat Ki, Kala Pani, Bombai Ka Babu and Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan. But I can only get three. :P Which ones should I get?

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  48. What a question! Drop Jhuk Gaya Aasman of course! :)
    Besides it's available on YouTube. Here's the link:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqMz9juDwrk

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  49. YES. Dev's movies, here I comeeeeeeee!

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  50.  "Or don't you think I would have put in an obvious choice like Yaadon ki baraat?"
    That is a boring song!

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  51. "Paradoxically, the darkness of the night brings a clarity"
    Yeah, but they also bring along with it a certain transfiguration and one also tends to gloss it a bit.

    "Yaad kiya dil ne kahan ho tum"
    My mother was and is still proud that Usha Kiron was her school mate, we, children, still chide her about it. I like the way Lata gives her voice a certain different colour to be noticed in pyar se pukar lo. Don't know why they give these beautiful songs this echo effect. It spoils the whole song.

    "Yaad aayi hai beqasi chahi hai"
    Love this one! The utter despair is so palpable!

    "Tumhe yaad karte karte"
    What I also love about this song is the erotic undertone in it. Lata is not famous for teh sensuality of her voice but she gives to this song the right dose of it.

    "Aaye tum yaad mujhe"
    What a beautiful, heart-wrenching rendition by Kishore Kumar. When he sings Bhar de phoolon se us kaa daaman he fills my heart with it.

    "Yaad aa gayi woh nasheeli nigahein"
    I like the happier version of it better.

    "Yaad na aaye beete dinon ki"
    The song comes right in the beginning of the film, doesn't it? I saw it long time ago, but have the impression that it is part of the flashback. Despite its melodrama, I still liked the film.

    "Tu jahan jahan chalega"
    I am bored to death with this song. For me it has a charm of the forced morning prayers in the school!

    "Phir wohi shaam wohi gham wohi tanhaayi hai"
    I like this song, but the way it starts, it sounds very much like complaining. Not a romantic complaining but very mundane, like one would have a look at the TV programme and say phir wahi serial, phir wahi basi karekram hai

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  52. "Paradoxically, the darkness of the night brings a clarity"
    Yeah, but they also bring along with it a certain transfiguration and one also tends to gloss it a bit.

    "Yaad kiya dil ne kahan ho tum"
    My mother was and is still proud that Usha Kiron was her school mate, we, children, still chide her about it. I like the way Lata gives her voice a certain different colour to be noticed in pyar se pukar lo. Don't know why they give these beautiful songs this echo effect. It spoils the whole song.

    "Yaad aayi hai beqasi chahi hai"
    Love this one! The utter despair is so palpable!

    "Tumhe yaad karte karte"
    What I also love about this song is the erotic undertone in it. Lata is not famous for teh sensuality of her voice but she gives to this song the right dose of it.

    "Aaye tum yaad mujhe"
    What a beautiful, heart-wrenching rendition by Kishore Kumar. When he sings Bhar de phoolon se us kaa daaman he fills my heart with it.

    "Yaad aa gayi woh nasheeli nigahein"
    I like the happier version of it better.

    "Yaad na aaye beete dinon ki"
    The song comes right in the beginning of the film, doesn't it? I saw it long time ago, but have the impression that it is part of the flashback. Despite its melodrama, I still liked the film.

    "Tu jahan jahan chalega"
    I am bored to death with this song. For me it has a charm of the forced morning prayers in the school!

    "Phir wohi shaam wohi gham wohi tanhaayi hai"
    I like this song, but the way it starts, it sounds very much like complaining. Not a romantic complaining but very mundane, like one would have a look at the TV programme and say phir wahi serial, phir wahi basi karekram hai

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  53.  Lots of luv and hugs, dear Lalitha!

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  54.  all coincidences are purposeful! ;-)

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  55. Na, no harvey; it's as Ian Fleming said: Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence and third time is enemy action. :)

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  56. I was wondering what was missing, harvey! It was your detailed response. Usha Kiron was so pretty in this film. Unfortunately, she got slotted too early into the Bhabhi / Maa roles.

    I absolutely loved Tumhein yaad karte karte - so minimalistic. SJ did a wonderful job with this one.

    Love *both* Kishore solos from Mili. In fact, Badi sooni sooni hain has always been a particular favourite.

    Laughing at your reasons for disliking Tu jahan jahan chalega - I'm so sorry I bored you.

    phir wahi serial, phir wahi basi karekram hai
    harvey, you're horrible! Now I'll never be able to listen to this song without hearing your version in my head!! Go away, you silly man. (And it was one of my favourites, too!)

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  57. I was so much engaged in different things the last few days, that I didn't have time for that. Today I had some time and your post was the first stop for me.
    Sorry for spoiling your favs for you.
    But more will come! ;-)

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  58. More what, Harvey? *suspiciously* More spoilers will come? More songs will come...?

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  59. jungle me more naacha, kisne dekha

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  60. I was planning a post on yaad songs.  When I read through your post and comments I find I still have many great yaad songs that have not been mentioned here.  Among my favourites here is one song:

    Yaad aanewale phir yaad aa rahe hain by Talat Mahomood and Lata Mangeshkar from Anmol Ratan, music Vinod

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a_wJ7QANp4 

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  61. Oh, there are plenty out there, AK, though some of them will cross genres to heartbreak, and some will be a different shade of remembrance - looking forward to your post now. :)

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  62. Great 'Yaad' songs and loved the walk down memory lane. Remembering someone through such melodious songs is so romantic at times and painful at others. Like they say 'old id gold', songs can make us cry, laugh and be happy. Songs are such a soulful element in ones life that no matter what your mood might be, they can sway them around. I love listening to old numbers. I was surfing the net when I came across this link: http://bit.ly/J9RVh8. This is a song by a young girl, singing songs and dedicating them to her mother. The way she sings them makes them stand out in the crowd. Do listen to her and get back with your thoughts.

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  63. Thanks for dropping by, Shiv. A good song, music, melody and lyrics together can truly play upon our emotions. Thanks for the link - I took a quick look and have bookmarked the link for a more detailed dekko tomorrow. Will get back to you after I actually am in a position to pay attention. It's too late now.

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  64. Oh yes, I love your collection. The girl that I am talking about has thoroughly impressed me. We should encourage young talent like this. Do get back with your thoughts when you get to take a good look.  

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  65. Shiv, I will. Promise. :) It's just been insanely busy around here, and I like to have some peace and quiet when I am listening to music.

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  66. Great collection here and maybe you could someday do a "yaad" collection. Looking forward to it. Here's one more: Woh jab yaad aaye, bahut yaad aaye - Parasmani I believe.

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  67.  I should. Will keep it in mind. I haven't been very active for some time on my blog.

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  68.  Yes, I see that most of your write-ups are not recent. I do hope you'll continue to write though. Here's to hearing more from you.

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  69.  Thanks. :) I hope to be able to come back soon. Lots of things happening at the moment that prevent me from doing so.

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