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The Sister Act

08 Mar

My ten favourite Asha-Lata duets

Happy Women’s Day! Today on the occasion of Women’s day, I would like to focus on two ladies, who have influenced Indian cinema in a way, which hardly anybody has done till now. The two ladies in question are Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.

(by Gautam Rajadhyaksha, from: http://forbesindia.com/slideshow-big/recliner/gautam-rajadhyaksha-the-pharaoh-of-faces/28732/1)
Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle dominated the female playback singing in the Hindi film industry from the 50s to the 80s. Their art and artistry still influences the singing of the female singers in India. Each of them has allegedly sung more than 4000 songs, but it is said that they recorded only 75 songs (duets, trios, and quartets) together in Hindi films. Their first duet was recorded for the film Daman [1951] under the baton of K. Dutta and the song was ye ruki ruki hawaiyen.

(from: http://withfriendship.com/user/neeraj/Asha_Bhosle.php)
While Lata has that virginal, untouched, sweet voice, there is this dark, seductive tone of Asha’s. For me Lata’s voice is like a thandi hawa, which refreshes and cools, while Asha’s voice is one which though it might be outwardly calm brings a whirlwind bringing all my feelings and emotions in a chaos. What really strikes me about Asha’s voice is her phenomenal width. She seems to go from one octave to the other like a lift and bridge it with a effortlessness, which takes my breath away. Both of them have a phenomenal technique, which has assured them a long career.
Making a 10 favourite list for Lata or Asha is a futile task. I won’t even attempt it, thus I have taken an easier way out and listed my ten favourite Asha-Lata duets. In the duets their rivalry or let us say healthy competition can be seen in how the lines of the song are divided among them. It is also interesting to note that if the duet was between the leading lady and her friend, then Lata always gave playback to the heroine and Asha got to sing for the sakhi.
I will stop analysing and present my ten favs. Hope you like and enjoy them.

1. Aji Chale Aao – Halaku [1956]
MD: Shankar-Jaikishan; Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri

Hindi film’s vision of ancient Persia, with Pran playing the title role. It looks like the song is filmed on Helen and Minoo Mumtaz with Lata lending her voice for the latter, while Asha sings for Helen. But is it really Minoo Mumtaz? According to imdb she plays the role of Halaku’s (Pran) wife in the movie. A queen won’t be seen dancing on the streets, would she? Madhu informs me that it is Veena who plays the role of Dorcas, Halaku’s wife. Thank you, Madhu!
The song is equally divided among the two sisters. Both of them get equal number of lines to sing. They even alternate as to who gets to sing the antara first. This must be the only film where Pran gets to play the title role.

2. Kar Gaya Re Kar Gaya Mujh Pe Jadoo – Basant Bahar [1956]
MD: Shankar-Jaikishan; Lyrics: Shailendra

A very beautiful duet picturised on Nimmi and Kum Kum, with the former lip-syncing to Lata’s voice and the latter to Asha’s. Lata and Asha sing the alaap together, their voices blending together with the sweetness of milk and honey. Asha gets to start first two the antaras, while Lata takes up the last one. It confirms the fact again that Kum Kum is a great dancer.

3. Sakhi Ri Sun BoleMiss Mary [1957]
MD: Hemant Kumar; Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan

Lata leads this song with a classical base (wonder what the raga is?) with Asha matching her steps like a shadow. In the scene, it looks like as if Meena Kumari is helping Jamuna (Richard informs me that it is not Jamuna, thank you Richard; Anu has kindly informed me further that the lady in question is Meenakshi, thank you Anu!) someone with her riyaaz. A superb duet!

4. Kya Hua Yeh Mujhe Kya Hua – Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai [1960]
MD: Shankar-Jaikishan; Lyrics: Shailendra

If any song defines dancing up a storm, then this is it. Padmini and Chanchal dance lip syncing to  Lata’s and Asha’s voice respectively. The way the song is divided among the sisters is interesting. Lata gets to sing the first line of the mukhda (refrain) Asha follows with the second line and both sing together at the end kya hua. In the first stanza of Lata sings the first two lines. Asha follows with the next two lines in the same melody and also sings the last two lines of the climax of the first antara. The mukhda is repeated as in the beginning. In the second stanza the roles are exchanged. Asha gets to sing the opening lines and Lata gets to sing at the next four lines. The mukhda which appears again now begins with Asha’s lines and Lata gets to complete it although the question answer form is destroyed. The third stanza begins like the first one but the climax is sung by both of them together.

5. Dhadhkaa O Dil Dhadhkaa – Bharosa [1963]
MD: Ravi; Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan

Like in man bhavan ke ghar jaye gori from Chori Chori [1956] Sai and Subbulaxmi get to lip-sync to Lata’s and Asha’s voices. They sing the mukhda together and also repeat the opening lines of the antara together to. They alternately open the first and second antaras. Simple division!
The music director Ravi passed away yesterday. A great composer! A loss for the film industry, which didn’t uses his talents for the last twenty years or so! Thank you Ravi for giving us unforgettable melodies, which make our world a better place to live!

6. Jab Jab Tumhe BhulayaJahan Ara [1964]
MD: Madan Mohan; Lyrics: Rajinder Krishan

Lata sings for Minoo Mumtaz and dominates the song completely. Asha gets to sing for young Aruna Irani (according to imdb she must have been 12 years old at the time of release of the film). Lata gets to sing the opening shairi, lead the mukhda and the antaras. But that doesn’t mean Asha gets to do nothing, she sings the heart wringing variations of the opening lines of each antara.

7. Ae Kaash Kisi Diwane Ko – Aaye Din Bahar Ke [1966]
MD: Laxmikant-Pyarelal; Lyrics: Anand Bakshi

Though Lata gets to sing for the leading lady Asha Parekh. It is Asha singing for Nazima who dominates the song with the number of lines she gets to sing and her opening lines, which are much more in sync with the opening tune. But it is not only the number of lines, but it is also the vivacity and timbre of her voice which dominates this duet. The effervescent part of a duet naturally has an upper hand than the sensible one.

8. Pad Gaye JhooleBahu Begum [1967]
MD: Roshan; Lyrics: Sahir Ludhianvi

This is a song in still happier days of Zeenat Begum (Meena Kumari). She is frolicking around with her friends and singing in the rain. Lata sings for Meena and Asha for Zeb Rehman. They sing the mukhda together. Lata gets to open the antaras in both the stanzas. Asha got other plum solo songs to sing in this score.

9. Jabse Laagi Tose NajariyaShikar [1968]
MD: Shankar-Jaikishan; Lyrics: Hasrat Jaipuri

Asha singing for Bela Bose gets to open the song. Lata sings for Asha Parekh and gets to open every antara which follows, where Asha just repeats what Lata sings. S-J which was a loyal Lata camp till then gave Asha parde me rehne do, which still rocks in its original and remix forms

10. Man Kyo Beheka Ri BehekaUtsav [1984]
MD: Laxmikant-Pyarelal; Lyrics: Vasant Dev

As far as I know this is their last duet in a Hindi film. As would be expected Lata sings for Rekha, while Anuradha Patel.
Rekha and Anuradha Patel bond in a story where they are rivals in love for Charudatta. One is the wife and the other a well-known courtesan. Using metaphors of midnight and flute they sing about their nocturnal encounters with the beloved. Girish Karnad uses this song as a medium through which the well-experienced courtesan gives her knowledge of love and sex to the wife. Girish Karnad portrays this unusual triangle with the background of deceit, treachery, a political coup and spirituality, thus bringing together the four aims of human life: kama (sensual pleasures), artha (power), dharma (the right path) and moksha (liberation).

And this brings us back a complete circle to Women’s day. Here is for a stronger women’s movement and freedom of expression and thought, because strengthening of women’s rights is strengthening of human rights!

Playlist
to enjoy!

 
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155 responses to “The Sister Act

  1. Richard S.

    March 8, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Ah, what a beautiful list of songs! I think my favorite of all of these is “Sakhi Ri Sun Bole”… And by the way, I tried for a long time to find out who the actress is sitting with Meena Kumari. (No, it’s not Jamuna – she doesn’t enter until later in the film.)

     
    • harveypam

      March 8, 2012 at 9:17 am

      Thanks, Richard!
      I thought that she is not Jamuna, but after going through the credits, I thought she could only be her. Thanks for the correction!
      I thought your fav would be dhadka re dil dhadka from Bharosa! ;-) You know why.

       
      • Richard S.

        March 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

        You’re welcome re. the correction, and I hope you didn’t think I was obnoxious by jumping in to correct you in the very first comment – but, actually, I had been in the same discussion about that song before… And I do wish I knew who the second actress was!

        Now, re. your expectations about my favorite…

        Much as I like Sai-Subbulaxmi (or however we want to spell that :) ) and was happy to highlight their dances on my blog, in my mind, that song just doesn’t approach the musical beauty of “Sakhi Ri Sun Bole”. And anyway, I kind of thought that you would think my favorite would have to be “Kya Hua Yeh Mujhe Kya Hua,” and you know why… I do think Padmini’s dancing was even more delightful than Sai-Subbulaxmi’s, for the most part. But Meena Kumari looks so beautiful just sitting there and being the on-screen “singer” in “Sakhi Ri Sun Bole”… In terms of visual beauty, Meena in 1957 vs. Padmini in 1960 is a very tough choice for me to make! (Both top my list.) So, it all goes back to the pleasure of listening – and then “Sakhi Ri Sun Bole” is still unquestionably my favorite. :)

         
        • Anu Warrier

          March 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm

          The actress in the clip is Meenakshi. As Richard says, Jamuna comes in much later, as Meena Kumari’s younger sister, who makes gooey eyes at Gemini Ganesan.

           
          • harveypam

            March 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

            Thank you, Anu for the identification. I will correct it in the post now. And is it Chanchal in the JDMGBH? Is she the same Chanchal, who was Madhubala’s sis?
            BTW Guru Dutt wanted to remake Missiamma, Miss Mary’s original, but he ended up discovering Waheeda in the process, thanks to a buffalo.

             
            • Anu Warrier

              March 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm

              Yes, it is Chanchal with Padmini in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai. And yes again, she is Madhubala’s sister.

              I didn’t know that Guru Dutt was in the running to remake Missiamma. Though I can see how it would be right up his alley. Thank you for that bit of trivia. What’s the story behind a buffalo being responsible for Waheeda’s discovery?

              Another bit of trivia from my useless fount of information: Missiamma’s original was a Bengali movie called Manmoyee Girls’ School (1935) which, in turn, was adapted from a successful play by the same name. Then, the circle being round, once Miss Mary was released, they remade Manmoyee Girls’ School again in 1958.

              ps: I apologise too for jumping in with corrections.

               
              • harveypam

                March 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

                “I apologise too for jumping in with corrections.”
                Arre tum bhi shuru ho gayi. I like corrections, in fact I love them. my life would be barren, without corrections! So throw corrections at me right left and centre! :-)

                Thanks for the Missiamma Guru Dutt and Abrar Alvi were on their way to Hyderabad to watch Missiamma and since the driver had not slept properly before the journey he hit a buffalo on the road leading to damage to the car. Since the car was a foreign-make they couldn’t get the spare-parts soon. Murdeshwarrao took them to a distributor’s office, since they had so much spare time. In the opposite building was the distributor of Rojulu Marayi, in which Waheeda had danced in a song and since then become very popular. Guru Dutt and Abrar Alvi saw her, but were not very much impressed by her demure looks. The distributor though insisted on letting them watch the dance sequence, which did impress them. Thus the connection between the buffalo and Waheeda’s Hindi film debut.

                BTW they also wanted to change her name since the press had already called her Wadia Rehman once. Waheeda though remained adamant and refused to change it.

                 
        • harveypam

          March 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

          I am very much grateful for any correction and it is not at all obnoxious or impolite if you say tha tint he very first comment. If you hadn’t done it, then I would have remained ignorant.

          I think the right spelling would be Shubhalaxmi, but at times Shubha does transformed to Subbu but hardly with women.
          It is so difficult to know a person and his/her tastes over blogs. One does tend to build clichés and compartmentalise people, which although not good, does tend to simplify things. In my cliched thinking I also thought that you would love kya hua yeh mujhe kya hua kya pataa more than sakhi ri sun bole. Sakhi ri sun bole is indeed a sublime song and I love it (although I do tend to use the word love quite often). For me as well both songs are beautiful and it would be very tough to decide between the two. I think they just have two different moods thus comparing them would be comparing apples with pears. :-)

           
  2. AK

    March 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Great selection. Abhi chale aao, <Kar gaya re jadoo and Jab jab tumhe bulaya are my great favourites. I would have included Mere mehboob mein kya nahi

    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52jcsA2cDjQ)

     
    • harveypam

      March 8, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I had thought of including mere mehboob me kya nahin, but it slipped to the 11th position. Thanks for including it in your post, thus it makes it to the blog all the same!
      Thank you for the appreciation, AK!

       
    • dustedoff

      March 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Mere mehboob mein kya nahin was the song that first came to my mind too! I love this one. :-)

       
  3. shyamanuja

    March 8, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Sakhi ri sune is one of the all time greats and my fav too. But because of sheer popularity, I think Main chali main chali should feature.

     
    • harvey

      March 8, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Sakhi ri sun bole is amazing, isn’t it?Main chali, main chali form Padosan [1968] is a good one too. It was on position 15th on my list, thus didn’t make it here. Thanks for that, Shyam!
      For those who don’t know which one we mean here is the video

       
  4. dustedoff

    March 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Harvey, thank you! Unusual idea for a list, and some great songs there. Oddly enough, when I first began reading your post, I couldn’t think of a single Asha-Lata duet. I could think of some great Asha-Geeta Dutt ones, but no Asha-Lata ones. Later, of course, I ended up slapping my forehead and saying to myself, “Of course! Why didn’t I think of that??!” Must have been suffering from the hard day I’ve been having. :-D

    Anyway, here’s a contribution: Man bhaavan ke ghar jaaye gori, from Chori Chori:

    P.S. IMDB has it wrong if they’re billing Minoo Mumtaz as having played Halaku’s wife. Veena plays Dorcas, who was Halaku’s wife.

     
    • dustedoff

      March 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Oh, and P.P.S. In Ghaziabad, there’s an autorickshaw company (I suppose that’s what it is, since they ply ‘shared autos’ along the Delhi border-Ghaziabad stretch)… called ‘Asha-Lata’. Next time I’m going to visit my parents in Meerut and see one of those autos with the company’s name on the back, I’ll try and get a photo!

       
    • harveypam

      March 8, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks, Madhu! I am glad that you liked the list. I hope that your day although so stressful was still fruitful.

      man bhavan ke ghar jaaye gori is a nice one, na? Like it a lot. That is why I smuggled it in with dhadka hai re dil dhadka.Thanks to you it is now in the open!

      I knew that something is wrong with Halaku credits on imdb. Thanks for the correction. Have you seen the film? Don’t tell me you have reviewed it as well. If yes, then I’ll have to go to a doctor for an Alzheimer check!

       
      • dustedoff

        March 9, 2012 at 6:47 am

        No, I haven’t reviewed Halaku, though I’ve seen it. I have the VCD. Maybe I will re-watch it one of these days and then review it. Right now I’m very excited because I’ve ordered seven DVDs of films I’ve never watched, and should be receiving those within the next couple of weeks! Yippee. :-)

         
        • harveypam

          March 9, 2012 at 11:09 am

          Seven films? Wow! You will have lot of material to write your reviews for! It would be a nice idea to review Halaku, since there is no review to be found of it in internet. And it is sort of a historical, isn’t it? So it is right up your street. It does have some good songs!

           
          • dustedoff

            March 12, 2012 at 9:23 am

            Yes, Halaku is a historical. It’s based on the real-life Mongol, Hulegu (if I remember my history correctly, he was a descendant of Genghis Khan). Chalo, will try and review that next.

             
            • harveypam

              March 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm

              A descendant of Genghis Khan, who settled in Persia. Sounds good. Looking forward to your review? Like your review of historicals since you always pepper it with historical facts! :-)

              P.S.: Don’t know why this comment landed in spam. Sorry for that!

               
  5. Anu Warrier

    March 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Hats off for a wonderful theme (as usual), harvey. This is a tough one! My favourites from your list are Sakhi re mera and Man kyun behka.

    From Sharda (MD: C Ramchandra)
    (o chaand jahan woh jaye: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpCl-aZ2kfs)

    Mere Mehboob had another lovely Lata-Asha duet (other than Mere mehboob main kya nahin) – Jaan-e-man ek nazar dekh le
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEcclUW7BpE)

    Roshan gave them Sajan salona maang lo jee in Dooj ka Chand
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvQKc8EUA7s)

    What about Humre gaon koi aayega from Professor?
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkwNBJ0m9pI)

    And Roothi jaaye re guzariya from Do Phool (MD: Vasant Desai)
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92GbgoeFUc8)

    This will not fit in with the ‘duet’ theme because they are singing in tandem with Rafi and Manna Dey, but there is a very unusual quawali with the two sisters () – unusual also because the scene features both Shammi and Shashi (serious eye candy!). The film is Jab Se Tumhe Dekha Hain and the music director is: Dattaram Naik.

    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFXDFhg8Z7o)

    ps: Their last duet came more than four decades after their first for Aaina (1993) – Aaina hai mera chehra.

     
    • ASHOK M VAISHNAV

      March 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I would rate ‘O chand jahan tu jaaye’ as possibly the best among all the Lata-Asha duets.

       
    • harveypam

      March 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      thank you, Anu!
      I am glad that you liked the list!
      The one form Sharda is a good one, I considered it for the list but discarded it, because the duet takes place on the screen over house borders. But musically it surely is a duet. Thanks for giving it space in your comments.
      With jaan-e-man ek nazar dekh le, which is a sublime song, I wasn’t sure that it was a duet since it is picturised on Ameeta alone. At times I think I can differentiate between Lata’s and Asha’s voice but then I am not sure. Is it just a solo by Asha? Very mysterious! If it is a duet then it must be the only case in hindi film cinema songs that a duet is picturised on one actress.
      I had considered Sajan salona, but it is not one of my favs. Good to see that you unearthed it.
      O hamre gaon koyi aayega was on the 14th position. Ruth jaye gujariya didn’t make to the list because it is picturised on a boy and a girl and not two girls. O God! My reply sounds more like a justification rather than an answer. Where are my manners? Thank you Anu for the wonderful songs! Lovely songs.
      BTW aaina mera chehra is a trio, that is why I think that man kyun behka is their last duet. But you have a better knowledge of such things and come up with surprising facts and figures! :-)
      Thanks again!

       
      • Anu Warrier

        March 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm

        Jaane-e-man ek nazar dekh le must surely rank as the only duet which is picturised on one main singer on screen. But there are definitely two voices, only the ‘duet’ part comes in when the ‘sakhis’ sing, instead of the usual chorus. Come to think of it, that’s also unusual, no?

        I stand corrected on Aaina mera chehra – yes, it also has a male voice, and so, no, it’s not a duet. :) My apologies. Let me change that to, ‘That was the last song they sang together’ (so far). Man kyun behka re is then definitely their last duet together.

        (And you surely don’t need justifications for what you add on your list. ;) )

         
        • harvey

          March 8, 2012 at 10:29 pm

          That sure is very unusual. Asha and Lata get all sorts questions asked, why not on this topic? It would be interesting to know if Naushad had told them that the song will be picturised on Ameeta alone. If Naushad knew this fact? If naushad knew what was his plan behind it? If Lata and Asha sang in a particular way, which made their voices blend together?
          Koi puchho jaake!

          “‘That was the last song they sang together’”
          Agree!

          Thanks for the last lime! :-)

           
  6. Ava Suri

    March 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    God bless you for including my favorite song – jab jab tumhe bhulaya – its one of my all time favorites. Minoo Mumtaz’s dance is simply wonderful, i love the lyrics and the music.

    In fact I adore your list, it contains most of my favorites, its almost as if you read my mind.

     
    • harveypam

      March 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      “God bless you for including my favorite song”
      Woh hum kya kaha rahe the ‘nonsense’ ke bare me? ;-)

      jab jab tumhe bhulaaya is so heart-stirring isn’t it? I can understand Mala’s exaggerated facial expressions in the song. It is wonderful. it is one of those songs, which push a hand through your chest wring your heart. And you love it all the same! *sigh*

      “its almost as if you read my mind.”
      Woh aisa hai na ki great minds think alike ji!

      Thanks ji!

       
      • Ava Suri

        March 9, 2012 at 3:28 am

        Nonsense mein hi to SENSE chupa hai :D Minds to apne great hain dear, tabhi to aisi post banti hain.

         
        • harveypam

          March 9, 2012 at 11:12 am

          “Nonsense mein hi to SENSE chupa hai :D”

          Satya vachan!

          tabhi to aisi post banti hain
          bante aur bigadte hain. sab vahe guru ki krupa hai! :-)

           
  7. Ava Suri

    March 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    This one is not Lata-Asha but Lata Usha. Madhubala in drag will amuse you, I think.

    (antar mantar jantar se from Rajhat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obPSJ6xr4aY&feature=related)

     
    • harveypam

      March 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Had never ever heard of this song, Ava! Poora ka poora naya hai!
      I am a sexist, women in men’s clothes don’t amuse me at all! ;-) Na really, men in women’s clothes is funny for me, but women in men’s clothes is like normal. Poora discrimination hai, but what to do? I am like that only! ;-)

       
  8. Ava Suri

    March 8, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Here is a song that all the three sisters, from the movie 3 bahuranian

    (hamre aangan bagiya: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj7ZFcNMdJ4)

     
    • harveypam

      March 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Such an idyllic peaceful cohabitation of three daughter-in-laws! It gives me the creeps! My grandmother also had three bahuraniyan.

       
      • Ava Suri

        March 9, 2012 at 3:30 am

        The background and the way the bahurani 2 is washing clothes and the 3rd one in a blouseless saree in the begining cracked me up.

         
        • harveypam

          March 9, 2012 at 11:24 am

          That cracked me up too! The first two bahuranis look like identical twins, don’t they. But I think it must be something to do with the attire, because as soon as the third one dons the uniform, she looks the same as well.
          At 0:27 I feared for the lives of those doves.

          I think I would love to watch this film with you and other readers here, Samir can bring the wine, Anu and Lalitha the vadas, and we can all sit together and pass off comments on each scene and do rewind and be in splits all the time.

          As one would expect it won’t remain so idyllic:
          (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n3rj-FMN9E)

           
  9. Samir

    March 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I draw a blank on this category, but I like some of the songs selected by you & introduced by others. I will keep thinking about something to add, hopefully I find it.
    Great post, as always

     
    • harveypam

      March 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you, Samir! If you don’t remember today, you might remember tomorrow and if not it is also okay. I won’t pull you to the court for that, hm?

       
  10. pacifist

    March 9, 2012 at 1:10 am

    I was here much much earlier, but went away to reflect and think up of some Asha Lata songs. Came up with none.
    On coming back here I see a whole lot more songs in the comments.
    Truth has dawned, finally. I’m not such an ‘old songs’ expert’ as I had self styled myself into believing :-(

    The point is I know most of the songs the only new one being ‘roothee jaye re’ But I will keep trying to come up with at least one.
    And you had a list with songs on No. 15 even ????????!!!!!!!!!!
    I’m going straight to doob maro in chulloo bhar paani :-(

     
    • harveypam

      March 9, 2012 at 11:35 am

      Of course you are an expert for old hindi film songs! It is just that you can’t recall any Lata-Asha duets today. Aaj nahin to kal yaad aayega and if not it is still okay!

      What is roothee jaye re?
      Well, most of the remaining songs in my list have been covered by the comments here, but not all. But as I told Samir I won’t pull you to the court for that. Got it?
      Aur chulloo bhar pani me mat doobo. Take something deeper, like a lake or something at least you will land soft. ;-)
      Na, na, na, doob mare tumhare dushman. Mujhe tumhari bahut zaroorat hai!

       
  11. Shashi

    March 9, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Wonderful selection. I knew that they had sung many songs together, but feel ashamed to say that I can pick up only 1-2.

    Asha Bhonsle in an interview had said that on one occassion it was difficult for them to start a song together. This was because Lataji had a habit of holding the lyrics book in her right hand and Ashaji in her left. They used to hold it up high together and neither could see each other.
    Don’t remember the song except that it started with an Alaap.

     
    • harveypam

      March 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

      You don’t have to feel ashamed about that, you know other songs.That is why we come together so that we can exchange our knowledge. for e.g., I didn’t know about this fact your have recounted, but it sounds like a lame excuse for not singing together, don’t you think?

       
      • Shashi

        March 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm

        I don’t know if they didn’t want to sing with each other as such. Maybe during Asha’s first marriage, she was ostracised by her family. But eventually they did patch up.

        In 1963, I guess, the two were very close.

        But I think music directors didn’t want them to sing routine songs together. Both of them were so talented, so they may have been considered only for very special songs.

         
        • harveypam

          March 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm

          What you say is right.
          Yeah, in the 60s they sang many songs together. In the 60s all the other female signers had disappeared except for Suman Kalyanpur. Any anyway there are very few female duets recorded, so the chance to come together was less.

           
  12. Shashi

    March 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

    BTW, the 2nd picture looks like it was taken just before recording the ‘Bharosa’ song. Isn’t it so?

     
    • harveypam

      March 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

      You’ve got sharp eyes, Shashi! good bit of detective work there!
      But Bharosa was already released in 1963 and the photo was taken in the first part of 1963 and since the songs are mostly recorded before the filming starts, it is improbable that it was for Bharosa. It could have been for Jahan Ara, which got released in 1964 or it could have been the song from Dooj ka Chand, which Anu mentioned or this duet from Phoolon ki Sej – aaj ki raat
      (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2cS_aWuF6Y)

      or naach re man badkama from Rajkumar [1964]
      (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CclAGqK4dOo)

      or other films which got released in 1965

       
      • Shashi

        March 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm

        Good point, Harvey. “Bharosa” may have been or close to a release when that picture was clicked. Yes, it may be that it was for any of the 1964 movies you mention.

         
        • harveypam

          March 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm

          All the same you have sharp eyes and good deduction process! :-)

           
          • Shashi

            March 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

            I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan, but you are one too.

            You deducted how I made that deduction :-)

             
            • harveypam

              March 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

              So, shall I say “Elementary, my dear Watson!”? ;-)

               
  13. Shilpi Bose

    March 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    At last you and your readers have left one song for me,ok it is not strictly a Lata – Asha duet but a Lata-Asha-Rafi triet, Ha! Ha! triet is a word I just coined. I love this song for the simple fact that both my favourite dancers, Vyjantimala and Helen feature in this one.

    (muqabala hamse na karo from Prince; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKRuoRBP3UE)

     
    • harvey

      March 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      This is a good show case for Vyjyanthimala and Hellen to display there dancing skill. I can just imagine the time it took to film this song! Lovely song! Thanks Shilpi!

       
      • harveypam

        March 9, 2012 at 6:55 pm

        Shilpi here is one more Helen-Vyjyanthimala dance from Dr.Vidya: Ae dilruba
        (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmcOPcaHkuU)

         
        • Shilpi Bose

          March 10, 2012 at 6:52 am

          Thanks Harvey love these songs and of course the dance, these seem to be have just disappeared from the film world.

           
          • harvey

            March 10, 2012 at 10:13 am

            You are right, they have been replaced by other dances, just like the former replaced the dances before. Poora aanaa jaana rehta hai in these trends!

             
    • pacifist

      March 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Eureka!!
      LOL at Triet Shilpi, but it reminded me of another triet – and still remains a sister act with Usha joining Lata and Asha.

      Song is from Grahisti

      (khili hai aaj sakhi phulwa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMC7JDF7Z4E)

      There. Finally :-D

       
      • harvey

        March 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm

        That is a nice trio or better said a triet! :-)
        But there is one specific song, pacifist and I have given a clue to it in my answer to you and Samir.
        I am sure that the song I am referring to is one of your favs!

         
        • pacifist

          March 10, 2012 at 3:09 am

          Well the clue is ‘pulling to court’. Hmmm…a song with the word ‘thane le jaaongi’? I have to think about this :-D

          Roothee/roothi jaye re is a song with ‘baby’ naaz and another young boy linked to by Anu in her comment.

           
          • harvey

            March 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

            court is enough and court is not thane, otherwise I would have said pull you to the police station for rapat likhauing. :-)
            I think it is high time that I think seriously about hosting a quiz! This is fun and exasperating at the same time! ;-)

            roothi jaye re gujariya! Aaah! Got it!

             
            • pacifist

              March 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

              OK. So it’s Kacheri..but?? Can’t think of a single song with the word nor a film :-/
              The quiz is a good idea, but this song requires to be told considering the time I’ve already wasted/spent, trying out the different permutations and combinations. So you’d better tell us what the song is….or else…! **threatening look which frightens**

               
              • harvey

                March 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

                Come on pacifist, give it a try! Where does the judge sit? In a court! There are totally three films with the same name. The first film had Baburao Pendharkar in it, the third one had Amitabh with Neetu Singh and Waheeda Rehman, whose close-friend was the lead actress in the movie I am referring to. Now I can’t turn it more simpler.

                 
                • pacifist

                  March 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

                  :-D :-D
                  (ja ja re jaa saajana from Adalat; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93qA-oICtYI)

                   
                  • harveypam

                    March 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm

                    Very Good! Bravo!
                    How about another one?
                    You know, no one is as good looking as me in the whole city. That they knew even in the Arabian Nights in co-production with the Soviets.

                     
                    • pacifist

                      March 11, 2012 at 12:43 am

                      Easy :-D
                      (sare sheher me ek haseen hai from Alibaba aur 40 Chor; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIiHwRKfKiY)

                       
                    • harveypam

                      March 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

                      Are you game for the next one? then scroll down to the last comment and you will find the cryptic clue.

                       
      • Shilpi Bose

        March 10, 2012 at 6:54 am

        I love all the songs from Grihasti pacifist, but had almost forgotten them, thanks for reminding me.

         
        • harvey

          March 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

          You are right Shilpi, Grihasti does have some nice songs. Thanks for the recommendation!

           
  14. Lalitha

    March 11, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Very nice songs, Harvey, and I found it great to just click on the playlist so that I could listen while doing the cooking! We had an impromptu get together, and so I listened to the songs as I went about my work, because I am never going to find the time to sit down and listen to them all, and Anu has already posted a new one on Joy Mukerji.

    I love all the songs you have listed, but I had never heard the ones from Halaku and Utsav before today, and of course, their first song together in Daman. The one from Miss mary is really good – I used to have it on a cassette and have heard it many times in the car, in the good ole days when we had a cassette player in the car.

     
    • harveypam

      March 11, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Thank you, Lalitha! Good to know that you liked the playlist, I will add further songs to it, from the comments section, which I liked, thus you will have more to enjoy. Thanks for the feedback, that lets me know that it is being used, otherwise I was thinking of its usefulness.
      Anu has been very industrious with her posts in the last few days, hasn’t she? Sorry for the deluge of posts. This year Holi and woman’s day came together and then Ravi and Joy decided to leave their earthly package one after the other. Zara hamar bhi khayal karo, going off so suddenly one after the other! I know that sounds very impious, but I think both the guys have enough sense of humour in the realm they are that they can laugh at my PJs!
      In fact the song from Daman was new for me too. I think here on the blog we are all unanimous that the song from Miss Mary is the best from the list. The fact that my fav song is also loved by so many people makes me feel good. Yeah, the good ol’ cassette players. I had a a collection of 400 audio cassettes. but then no cassette player. All gone. Some with rare songs I have kept, others all svaaha!

       
  15. harvey

    March 11, 2012 at 10:15 am

    This is a big secret concerning the name of the tiger in The Jungle Book, the world doesn’t know about it. To fathom the grief in the heart of the flame, even if the moth applies tikka or anything similar it will never even come close to it. :-)

     
  16. pacifist

    March 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Do you have a link to your playlist?

    As for the cryptic clue. Hmmm. A tough one. The words that I have derived are;
    -Sheraaz (the name of the tiger in The Jungle Book, the world doesn’t know about it. )
    *this leads to Pakistani singers* :-D
    -jigar(heart, I know literally it doesn’t mean that, but does signify depth)
    -parwana, (moth)
    -daag (tika),
    -shama (flame)

    *parwana nad shama leads me to suraiyya and her Shama, songs*

    I’m still struggling to make sense of this cocktail of words.
    So, tell me. Am I on the right path or am I just running up a fool’s path :-)

     
    • harveypam

      March 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      What is the name of the tiger in The Jungle Book from Disney?
      It is a duet with Lata and Asha,
      The other words refer to the mukhda of the song

       
      • pacifist

        March 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

        It is sher khan, I know…but? ;-/

         
        • harveypam

          March 11, 2012 at 8:51 pm

          Very good! You are on the right path. Now you just have to search for the songs.

           
          • pacifist

            March 11, 2012 at 9:21 pm

            This time I really give up. There is only a Pakistani Sher khan and I can’t break through this wall. It seems there was an Indian Sher Khan in 1962, but beyond that there is nothing. :-(

             
            • harvey

              March 11, 2012 at 9:48 pm

              You are so near the solution.You can’t give up now. Did you search in youtube for sher khan 1962 songs. Go through them!
              You can do it! I have faith in you! :-)

               
              • pacifist

                March 11, 2012 at 10:07 pm

                Harvey, thank you for having faith in me :-)

                (yeh baat bade hi raaj kii hai from Sherkhan; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LglV2Q-Yrlg)

                 
                • harveypam

                  March 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

                  Of course I have faith in you. This was sort of a practice for you and me for the QUIZ!
                  Do you think you are ready for another one?
                  When the monsoon comes the peacock opens its wings, then it is sure a pity when the beloved is at the other woman’s place

                   
                  • pacifist

                    March 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

                    Sure. If you don’t mind my tube light like tendencies :-)

                     
                    • harvey

                      March 12, 2012 at 3:54 pm

                      Come on, you have you tube, don’t think of tube light.
                      So I repeat:
                      When the monsoon comes the peacock opens its wings, then it is sure a pity when the beloved is at the other woman’s place.

                       
            • harvey

              March 11, 2012 at 9:50 pm

              This is a big secret…

               
  17. pacifist

    March 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    BTW while doing my search with Sheraaz and jigar and whatnot, I came across another song from film Zindagi. I hope I’m not repeating though a quick look showed me it hasn’t been mentioned.

     
    • harveypam

      March 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      A good one this! It is a good mujra! Makes one want to watch the movie, na?
      A very good contribution! Thanks! I will delete the video as you wished.

       
  18. pacifist

    March 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I was completely clueless at first. Kept searching for ‘sauten’ and mor etc till the thought of mayurpankh struck and from there on it was quick work :-)

    (yeh barkha bahar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjEM4fLw8DQ&feature=related)

     
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Although the clue was very cryptic and the answer hard, you solved it in a jiffy!
      Great Work! I am proud of you!
      I hope to post the quiz sometime soon. You already have got a good training in it.

       
  19. pacifist

    March 12, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Ao after Aan in 1952, this musat have been the next coloured film in 1954 ?

     
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

      I also would have thought the same thing, but Shashi seems to know better!

       
      • Genie

        March 14, 2012 at 10:59 am

        My knowledge is as good as anyone else’s :-) I don’t know if you have invited Arunkumar Deshmukh to this blog. He is a walking and talking encyclopedia of everything in Bollywood.

         
        • Shashi

          March 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

          Sorry, my name is appearing as Genie.

           
          • harvey

            March 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

            As Genie? How come?
            Okay, I will turn it into Aladdin! ;-)
            No, jokes apart, how come?

             
          • harvey

            March 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm

            Now, I understand! I have approved the comment and now you can appear as Shashi as well as Genie int he comment box.

             
        • harvey

          March 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm

          Arunkumar Deshmukh is kind enough to come quite often to this blog and leave comments here. They are always very informative!

           
  20. Shashi

    March 13, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Per Wikipedia, Kisan Kanya (1937) was the first Bollywood colour movie. Ardeshir Irani produced and directed it. In the next year, he made a “coloured version of Mother India” (whatever that means since Nargis’s Mother India came nearly two decades later).

    Aan (1952) may be the 3rd one.

     
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Thank you for the info, Shashi!
      I didn’t know that!
      I wonder if the prints of Kisan Kanya exist.
      Further reading on Wikipedia informs that earlier to Kisan Kanya, V.Shantaram had shot some scenes of Sairandhari [1933] in colour, but they were printed in Germany. Thus Kisan Kanya [1937] was the first indeginously made colour motion picture of India.

       
  21. Prakashchandra

    March 13, 2012 at 11:10 am

    (song: o chhap tilak sab; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdhMnAveVhY)
    Main tulsi tere aangan ki

     
    • harvey

      March 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      An unusual song, isn’t it? Wonder who the lady is?

       
      • Prakashchandra

        March 14, 2012 at 7:53 am

        The lady with Deb mukherjee is Kajri I think, she is there in Rishi,moushumi movie DO PREMEE(Raj Khosla)

         
        • harvey

          March 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

          Thanks for that info, Prakashji!

           
  22. Prakashchandra

    March 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

    (song: tere liye jeena tere liye marna o mitwa; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZIJkJAtecw)
    Deleted from 1980 shaan

     
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      This one is good, isn’t it? Wonder where in the film the song was positioned and why it was cut? It was cut most probably to make the long film a bit shorter.

       
  23. Prakashchandra

    March 13, 2012 at 11:16 am

    (song: sun ri meri behna; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6L7tKItTFg)
    Swarg Se Sundar

     
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      I had nearly totally forgotten about this during the discussion with Anu about the last Lata-Asha duet. This must be it!
      Quite an contrast to the beautiful duet from Utsav!

       
  24. Prakashchandra

    March 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

    (song: layi kahan yeh zindagi; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMakSbL9qUI)
    asha on screen and asha and lata playback song from Taxi taxie music by Asha bhonsle`s son
    Hemant Bhonsle

     
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      I love this song. It is wonderful! The film has a very good score. I didn’t take it for the same reason as Adalat in my list, because they don’t really alternate between the singing and the two parts of the songs are song separately without mixing their voices.

       
  25. Prakashchandra

    March 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

    (song: yeh jhooti baat hai; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBJ-R_PvAwk&feature=fvst)
    Sanjog:Amithab bachchan,r.d.burman,Aruna irani,Mala sinha

     
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      A duet between the patni and woh! Interesting metaphors in the song!

       
  26. Prakashchandra

    March 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    (song: dulhan maike chali; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCxlBShJTYQ)
    Lata,Asha,Usha duet-r.d.burman:Zeenat,Sabeena,Sheffali,Faryaal

     
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      This trio is as funny as the whole film! Beautiful!!!

       
  27. Prakashchandra

    March 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

    (Song: aag se aag bhuja le; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPNL_odYEJk)
    Jalte Badan

     
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      This is a trio rather than a duet, no?

       
  28. Prakashchandra

    March 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

    There is one lata,asha duet from 1969 MADHAVI:(Sanjay khan,Padmini,Pran,Deepa
    I am not getting the song anywhere to give a link
    “NandKishore nandgopal”
    music:Laxmikantpyarelal
    lyrics:Anand Bakshi

    Another one from Dharam veer:
    (song: bandh ho muthi to lakh ki; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXK6yBpmmaQ&feature=related)

     
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      I also couldn’t find the song from Madhavi. In fact this is the first time I am hearing the name of the film. Thanks for the tip.

       
      • Prakashchandra

        March 14, 2012 at 8:04 am

        There is a superb Lata semi classical bhajan solo in MADHAVI:only audio link:
        (song: sanjh savere adhron pe mere bas tumhra hai naam; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z8u9rNWwVc)

        I recommend this to you, tell me how is it?

         
        • harvey

          March 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

          Lovely song! The song started unspectacularly with the antara, but the mukhda and the interlude music are fabuolous! Your recommendations are always outstanding! Thanks for the introduction to this lovely bhajan!

           
  29. Prakashchandra

    March 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Baazi 1968
    (Sogn: main hasina nazanina; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni841X11GDE)

     
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Waheeda as Snow White and Helen as the Witch! Bollywood does treat us to uncommon interpretations!!!!

       
    • harveypam

      March 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Here is another Lata-Asha duet from the film Jail Yatra filmed on Jayshree T and Anjana Mumtaz. Music by R. D. Burman. I think he must have given us the maximum numbers of duets with the two sisters, but am not sure!
      (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX-f6da71M4)

       
  30. Prakashchandra

    March 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

    This is a trio, but still
    Muqaddar ka sikandar(1978)
    (Song: pyar zindagi hai pyaar bandagi hai; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NPsdqsYHUM&feature=related)

     
    • harvey

      March 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      I was a small kid, when this film came out. I remember going to the film with my brother and to tell you the truth I didn’t understand much of the story, but loved the songs and to watch the childhood idol in action was enough for me!

       
  31. Prakashchandra

    March 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

    1)”Raaste pyaar ke”:1982:Lata,Asha bhonsle-)Sad & slow version (Happy version by Kishore,asha usha )
    “kisine prem ka amrit chaakaa….Gokul ki galiyon ka gwalaa,natkhat bada nandlaalaa,gore se ho gaya kaalaa”(picturised on rekha,shabana azmi)
    sorry, I am not getting the audio or video link.

    2)”Maang Bharo sajna”:laxmipyare:rekha,Moushumi chatterjee:1980:
    my childhood favourite , even though it is melodramatic:”Deepak mere suhaag ka,jaltaa rahe”
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OmyNCKgaR4)

     
    • harvey

      March 14, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      I remember the film was a huge hit at the time of its release. i had completely forgotten this song from Maang Bharo Sajna. Wonder how many times Rekha got to play the role of the other woman?

       
      • harvey

        March 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

        I have heard about the Raaste Pyar Ke song as well, but couldn’t find it on you tube, though the whole film is online. To go through the whole melodramatic film would be very trying for my nerves.
        Thanks for the hint!

         
  32. Prakashchandra

    March 15, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Again it is a trio-lata,asha,suresh wadkar:
    (aaina hai mera chehra – Aaina; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unhz3QRfKSo&feature=related)

     
    • harveypam

      March 15, 2012 at 10:32 am

      This seems to be the last song they sang together!

       
  33. Prakashchandra

    March 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Suhaag Raat(1968):Kalyanji Anandji:Akthar Romani:Madhumati,Laxmi Chhaya:

    (Song: main qayamat hoon aji haan; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtr2v0-W6_Q)

     
    • harveypam

      March 26, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      I had nearly forgotten this one! Thanks for bringing this up! Did you notice that Qayamat is Asha and Mohabbat is Lata!

       
  34. Prakashchandra

    March 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    If you are a die hard fan of sisters, you will kill me, for mentioning this.

    But this is Sai Paranjape`s version of thinking about the sisters, Not mine, I am a big fan of sisters.

    Saaz:
    (Song: badal chandi barsaaye; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXXS8xxOJQ4)

     
  35. harveypam

    March 28, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I sure am a die-hard fan of both of them and their art. But I also see their monopolisation of the hindi film music scene. All the same they have given us very good music.
    According to this song, it looks like Lata is being played by Aruna Irani and Asha by Shabana Azmi.
    I have been wanting to watch this film for so long, but never could find its VCD or DVD.
    Thanks for posting this here. It is very appropriate.

     
  36. siddharthajoshi

    April 9, 2012 at 3:47 am

    This is a wonderful wonderful wonderful post! I love them both, but more so Lata. This revived memories of so many old Indian songs…

     
  37. harveypam

    April 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Welcome to my blog Siddharth!
    I’m glad you liked the post.
    Thank you for your kind words.
    Teh old songs do transport one tto a different space, don’t they?

     
  38. bombaynoir

    April 15, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Wow, this is so cool! I only knew a few of their duets (and sometimes tangled that up with Usha Mangeshkar), so most of this was new to me. And I hate remixes of “Parde Mein Rehne Do”! Why can’t they compose their own music?

     
    • harveypam

      April 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks for dropping by, bombaynoir!
      I don’t know of remixes. Just like any music, I think, there are good ones and bad one. I for myself prefer the originals.

       
      • bombaynoir

        April 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm

        That’s a good thing, because you don’t go from white to red to blue when you hear remixes!

        White (Oh dang this remix) > Red (How dare they remix it!) > Blue (I’m going to die if I hear this any longer)

        So whenever I hear remixes, I disappear into the room and shut the door.

         
        • harveypam

          April 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

          :-D!
          you are funny! :-)
          Living outside India has the advantage of not being bombarded by remixes.
          Cool down, they are not worth your anger!

           
          • bombaynoir

            April 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

            Thanks! ;)

            They do play that on the radio sometimes, and the time I heard the Khoya Khoya Chand remix, I ran to the other end of the house and covered myself with blankets.

            BTW Harvey, how do you do those “read the rest of this entry” stuff, or being able to reply and reply (I keep replying to your first comment on my blog because your latest comment won’t have the reply button and you won’t get the notification if I reply just like that) to comments?

             
            • harveypam

              April 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm

              “I ran to the other end of the house and covered myself with blankets.” :-D
              Changing the station or turning the radio off is always an option! But you jsut meant it figuratively, na?

              I always see the reply button below right under the comments, funny you don’t see it. I get the notification even if you comment to any tohe rpost on my blog. But if you want to extend the chain, then you just go Dashboard, then settings, then Discussions and then click on Enable threaded (nested) comments 10 levels deep.

               
              • bombaynoir

                April 17, 2012 at 4:57 am

                Not really – that time I SLAMMED the radio off, my grandma just came back and turned it on and I had to do something about it. :<

                And thank you! :D

                 
                • harveypam

                  April 17, 2012 at 5:27 pm

                  You are most welcome!
                  Next time you hear a remix maybe you can try to analyse it and write down the differences between it and the original. ;-)

                   
                  • bombaynoir

                    April 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

                    First difference noted:
                    They effectively insulted Rafi’s singing by using some computer effects that make it look like an elf is singing. (I am dead serious) And they cut out S.D. Burman’s amazing music at the intervals which makes me want to strangle them and hit them over the head with a pole and a lot of other things. And the picturization is so bad that…

                    You always knew that Goldie was good in picturizing songs.

                     
                    • harveypam

                      April 17, 2012 at 8:38 pm

                      It must be really awful! Thank God, I don’t have to listen to them. most probably I would run for my blankets too.

                       
  39. bombaynoir

    April 18, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Yeah! And you know that song “Anarkali Disco Chali”? It’s a mockery of Mughal history and Hindi cinema.

     
    • harveypam

      April 18, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Mockery is not bad, is it? I mean, the Mughal history and Hindi cinema are so strong, a little bit mockery is not going to do them any harm. :-)

       
      • bombaynoir

        April 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

        Not when it’s so vulgar! SO VULGAR! :(

         
        • harveypam

          April 18, 2012 at 11:34 am

          I don’t want to defend it, but I think we will survive it. :-)
          There will always be such things in life. If we let ourselves be bogged down by it, we give those elements more strength than they have. Move ahead!

           
          • bombaynoir

            April 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm

            Oh Harvey, you always make me laugh! :D Especially your fruits conspiracy one! :D

             
            • harveypam

              April 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

              Laughing is good for the health! :-)
              I am glad I made you laugh!

               
  40. Prakashchandra

    April 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Whether we have included this one:
    (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZSXsGj9fdc)
    (Song yeh rukhi rukhi hawayein from Daman [1951])
    Whether this one is the first duet of sisters???

     
    • harveypam

      April 29, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks for the song, Prakashji!
      It is anice one. It is mentioned as the first recorded duet of Lata-Asha. I mentioned it right in the beginning of this post.
      Nice to hear it again!

       

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