Flowers bloom in Bollywood

February 5, 2017

Guest article by DP Rangan

(Someone suggested a post on flower songs, Hans offered to compile a list of such songs, and our man of many flowers, the evergreen and eternal romantic, DP Rangan, offered to write a post. And here we are.

Flowers are a common motif across cultures with a variety of associations – from offering in pujas, to greetings for all occasions, to decorations, to expression of love, to varmala, to funeral wreath etc. The wilted flower can also denote sadness of a lady whose lover is away. Bollywood found another use during its prudish phase when two flowers touching each other due to breeze signified intimacy between the leading couple hiding behind the bushes. Mr Rangan explores through film songs several of these emotions and moods. His write-up shows his usual in-depth research of the subject. As we welcome the onset of spring with blooming of myriad flowers, let us enjoy another fine post by Mr Rangan with thanks to him. – AK)

FlowersThe mere sight of flowers lining the roads and pathways sends us into a tailspin of unbounded joy and uplifts us into a higher plane of existence. When we see them spread all over the meadow or covering bushes and trees in full bloom with resplendent hues and colours, our spirit is uplifted and romantic illusions start building up. Flowers in splendid array affect human beings in a myriad ways and we all succumb to its magic of seduction to forget our day to day worries and travails and be a part of the magic world they entice us to.

Valley of FlowersWho has not heard of the Valley of Flowers nestled between ranges in the depth of Himalayas while on way to Hemkund Sahib? As the name implies, it is home to more than 500 species of flowers. It has been declared as a Nature Reserve Park since 1982. This reserve is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004.

Situated at an altitude of 3352 to 3558 metres above sea level in the form of a valley, it is 8 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide. The river Pushpawati cuts through it. It is God’s gift to mankind as a parterre of flowers. In late August through September, it unfolds itself among myriads of flowers of all colours and hues and is a tourist delight. In 1931, three British mountaineers, after successfully climbing Mt. Kamet, lost their way on return and stumbled on this valley. I had been there way back in 2000 summer and had a wonderful time wandering amidst the verdure. It is a place worth visiting from mid July to late September.

Before venturing further, a brief introduction on the biological history of flowers would be in order. The planet Earth is predominantly a water body and would look blue when viewed from space. Oceans account for bulk of the surface area and land area is much less. The continents developed gradually, and over millions of years underwent changes thanks to the plate tectonics and seismic activity. Plants colonized land about 425 million years back to state it in simple manner. Through photosynthesis they pumped in oxygen in the atmosphere making it possible for other lives to emerge. Initially they propagated by spores. Flowering species of plants appeared about 200 million years ago. Preservation and continuation was by means of seeds in which flowers played an important role. Bees, butterflies and birds helped to transfer pollen from male to female flowers and enabled production of seeds. This symbiotic relationship is still in existence to this day ensuring the survival of plant species, which in turn enabled the animal species including human beings to flourish.

Plants remain rooted to a place and depend on animals and birds to propagate and spread to other areas. It would be surprising to note that there are carnivorous plants which acquire nutrients by trapping insects and anthropoids within their flowers like Venus flytrap. They are to be found in areas with poor soil and nitrogen content. More than 500 such species have been identified.

Flowers are useful in many ways to animals including mankind. They serve as food: broccoli, cauliflower, artichoke etc. Saffron is a dried flower. Herbal tea is an offshoot of flowers. Honey, another useful foodstuff, is derived from flowers’ nectar through bees’ efforts. Since time immemorial flowers have been used as offerings in poojas, and made into garlands for various uses. Ladies in some part of India adorn their head with it. Bouquets are offered as greetings and visiting dignitaries often lay a wreath of flowers on graves and memorials like Rajghat in New Delhi.

Flowers have been associated with femininity and poets have sung the beauty of flowers, particularly during 18th-19th century romantic era. William Wordsworth’s (1770-1850) poem on daffodils of four six-line stanzas – “I wandered as a cloud..”is an outstanding example of how it influenced him. A few lines are given below:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

This YT link gives the story of how after travelling all over Europe, Wordsworth finally settled at Grasmere in Lake District with his sister in Dove Cottage. He thought that that was the best place in the world, and wrote his most famous poems, including his celebrated Daffodils.

William Blake (1757-1827) wrote a poem on sunflower in 1804:

Ah Sunflower! weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun;
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done.

Where the Youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves, and aspire
Where my Sunflower wishes to go!

Poems on flowers have been composed in all languages of the world. We are familiar with those in Indian vernaculars and English. Indian literature is rich in various flower topics. Ancient literatures mentions many flowers which are not in common parlance these days. A few are अशोक, अकुंद, कदम्ब, कुमुद, यूथिका etc.

A beautifully composed song on flower – Pushp Ki Abhilasha by the nationalist poet Makhanlal Chaturvedi has become the ultimate tribute for martyrdom for the sake of the nation.

चाह नहीं, मैं सुरबाला के गहनों में गूँथा जाऊँ,
चाह नहीं प्रेमी-माला में बिंध प्यारी को ललचाऊँ,
चाह नहीं सम्राटों के शव पर हे हरि डाला जाऊँ,
चाह नहीं देवों के सिर पर चढूँ भाग्य पर इठलाऊँ,
मुझे तोड़ लेना बनमाली, उस पथ पर देना तुम फेंक!
मातृ-भूमि पर शीश- चढ़ाने, जिस पथ जावें वीर अनेक!

(Translation by AK)
I do not aspire to be woven in the ornaments of a beautiful lady
Nor do I aspire to tempt a beloved by getting embedded in the lover’s garland
I do not aspire, O Lord, that I adorn the funeral wreath on an emperor’s corpse
Nor do I aspire that I mount the crown of the Gods and swagger on my fortune
O Gardener, please pluck me and scatter me on the path
That would be trodden by the bravehearts marching to sacrifice themselves at the altar of the motherland

Flowers also inspired many great paintings like Vincent van Gogh’s sunflower series and Monet’s water lilies. In India, Raja Ravi Varma painted Goddess Laxmi standing on a lotus.

There are numerous quotes on flowers. Here are a few in English. I plead my ignorance in so far as Hindi is concerned. I leave it to the blog followers to do the needful.

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.
~Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, and spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant! ~Edward Abbey

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill

Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. ~Jean Giraudoux

The lovely flowers embarrass me,
They make me regret I am not a bee

~Emily Dickinson, 1864

Flowers have been integrated into the lives of humans in myriad ways. Bollywood producers too have adopted it in their ventures and you will have many songs on flowers, like a girl singing in a garden while picking flowers, males offering flowers to their beloved and hopeful would-be’s, the hero walking along a mountain path strewn with flower bush and singing their praise. I am presenting a few songs associated with flowers. As usual personal bias cannot be ruled out and many may present other songs which they may insist as more suited to the theme.

1. Mere phoolon mein chhipi hai jawani by Lata Mangeshkar from Anokha Pyar (1948), lyrics Bahzad Lakhanavi, music Anil Biswas

A picture with eternal love triangle as the theme follows the beaten path. The poor flower girl (Nalini Jaywant) sacrifices her love for the author (Dilip Kumar) in favour of the doctor’s daughter (Nargis). Probably Indian producers of those days did not believe in social upliftment and made the poor as scapegoat. Anil Biswas has given excellent songs. Several songs were rendered by Meena Kapoor in the film whereas 78 rpm discs were cut in the voice of Lata Mangeshkar. The film starts with this song. Nalini Jaywant is busy collecting flowers for sale and singing like a lark and comparing her youth with flowers.

2. Tere phoolon se bhi pyar by Lata Mangeshkar from Nastik (1954), lyrics Kavi Pradeep, music C Ramchandra

This is a well known picture from the banner of Filmistan filled with wonderful songs of Pradeep/Chitalkar combination. This was the last film with which C Ramchandra was associated under this banner. Nalini Jaywant sings this soul stirring bhajan.

Flowers can be associated with various moods of human beings. It can bring memories of joy, enchantment and melancholy too. I will attempt to bring all these sentiments through songs.

I will commence with a song exhibiting sentiments of love for the mother land and the atmosphere is one of sadness and supreme sacrifice.

3. Ae watan ae watan humko teri kasam by Mohammad Rafi from Shaheed (1965), lyrics Prem Dhawan, music Prem Dhawan

Manoj Kumar and Kamini Kaushal are the lead actors. The word “phool” occurs twice in the entire song. The mukda conveys, what to speak of flower, they would happily offer even their head for the nation. In the antara, it conveys that human beings are from various parts of the nation and as divergent as the flowers. It is a great song of patriotism.

Next I will exhibit songs based on theme of love through flowers.

4. Phir kahin koi phool kila by Manna Dey from Anubhav (1971), lyrics Kapil Kumar, music Kanu Roy

The love between Sanjeev Kumar and Tanuja is presented graphically and another iconic song is rendered in the voice of Manna Dey.

5. Ae gulbadan, phoolon ki mahak kaanton ki chubhan by Mohammad Rafi from Professor (1962), lyrics Hasrat Jaipuri, music Shankar Jaikishan

A typical Shammi Kapoor film with Kalpana as heroine, it runs on the usual plot of the hero donning disguise to fool the alert guardian of the girl. SJ gave evergreen tunes in the film with a noted duet Awaaz de ke humein tum bulaao based on classic raga. Shammi Kapoor is pursuing Kalpana in a flower garden hoping for blooming of love between them.

6. Phoolon ke rang se by Kishore Kumar from Prem Pujari (1970), lyrics Neeraj, music S D Burman

Here the hero (Dev Anand) is describing how the heroine (Waheeda Rehman) teases him in various subtle ways and seems indifferent to his letters of love. Neeraj and SDB have combined to entertain viewers with another great piece of music.

7. Ae phoolon ki rani baharon ki malika by Mohammad Rafi from Aarzoo (1964), lyrics Hasrat Jaipuri, music Shankar Jaikishan

Rajendra Kumar is waxing eloquent on the ethereal beauty of his beloved Sadhna and it is compared to flowers from beginning to end of the song.

Who can bring such seduction in his voice except the great Mohammad Rafi, a sui generis. HJ and SJ score another hit.

8. Baagon mein kaise ye phool khilte hain by Lata Mangeshkar & Mukesh from Chupke Chupke (1975), lyrics Anand Bakshi, music S D Burman

Sharmila and Dharmendra are exhibiting their mutual love in a garden through this exquisitely rendered duet. S D Burman again proves his prowess has not dimmed with years.

I am rounding off the love theme with one more song.

9. Kaliyon ne ghunghat khole by Mohammad Rafi from Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya (1966), lyrics G S Rawal, music Sonik Ohmi

Dharmendra is chasing Nutan in a garden of flowers and beseeching her to lift her ‘ghunghat’ just as flowers have done. Another expert rendering from Mohammad Rafi of a serene tune from Sonik Ohmi.

Happiness and sorrow are entwined and are a part of human life cycle. I am putting forth a song of pathos.

10. Mile na phool to kaanton se by Mohammad Rafi from Anokhi Raat (1968), lyrics Kaifi Azmi, music Roshan

Zaheeda and Sanjeev Kumar are the leading lights. A frustrated hero is hurt at the attitude of the girl he pursues and states if he is denied the flowers, he will make friendship with the thorns, meaning probably rose flower. It is a song of melancholy. This film is Roshan’s last tryst with film world.

Comic element can also be introduced under the flower theme. The song below is an example of the same.

11. Phool gendwa na maro by Manna Dey from Dhooj Ka Chand (1964), lyrics Sahir Ludyanvi, music Roshan

The entire episode in the song is amusing to watch. The antics of frightened Agha praying to the cobra not to bite him is the crux of the song. Manna Dey excels in this traditional Bhairvi composition, though the picturisation is intended for comic effect. Roshan has composed a masterpiece which will stand the test of time.

In an earlier post someone suggested a post on flower theme. I was attracted to it but hesitated this long as I had doubts whether I could put together a few songs. Big boss AK sent me a list of more than 50 songs compiled by none else than the great Hansji. I thank him profusely for his efforts in putting together so many pieces from which I borrowed a few. How I wish he shares the secret of his magic wand by which he conjures up songs aplenty on any theme, with me only of course.

I touched only the fringe of the ocean. I expect the blog followers to reveal other moods in which this theme could be extended.

{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashok M Vaishnav February 5, 2017 at 4:05 am

S/Shri D P Ranagan, AK and Hans,
Indeed you have made the onset of Vasant flowery enough.

I recollect Phool Sa Chahera Chand Si Rangat (Raat Aur Din) which is a way of paying tribute the personality of the beloved.
https://youtu.be/LomC9HuM4vo

2 Ashok M Vaishnav February 5, 2017 at 4:13 am

AS I was looking at the song that is used by a lady love to praise or appease her love, I recollected Navrang’s Tum Saiyan Gulab Ke Phool, where the lady is fully decked in the flowers

https://youtu.be/MuDOK70052k

3 N.S.Rajan February 5, 2017 at 6:43 am

A good theme and very well written. As you rightly said this theme is spread over countless beautiful songs. : Some more: ‘Phool tumhe bheja hai khat mein’, Saraswati Chandra. Kalyanji Anandji. “Dekha ek khwab to yeh silsile mile, Door tak nigah mein hain ghul khile hue”.Silsila. Shiv-Hari. ” Similar themes on Spring, Monsoon and Gardens etc also abound.

4 Subodh Agrawal February 5, 2017 at 11:23 am

Dear Mr Rangan, you have done full justice to this theme with your well-researched article written in a lyrical style. It must have been a tough ask to select just eleven songs on this theme, but your selection is excellent.

I would only like to add this song from Bazaar with Makhdoom’s words sung beautifully in Talat Aziz and Lata’s voices:

https://youtu.be/meif1oIfJ5o

5 KB February 5, 2017 at 3:41 pm

There is a comic song featuring Biswajeet,Mala Sinha and Johnny Walker from NIGHT IN LONDON (1968) Bagh mein phool kisne khilaya hai in this same catogory which has been picturised delightfully and the whole sequence ins highly entertaining.

6 ksbhatia February 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm

AK, Rangan, Hans ‘ji[s] ;

Very appropriate subject for the current season when flowers are blooming at their utmost best . Music lovers do have preference of watching the natural landscape scenes , dotting with variety of flowers of different colors ; supplementing with some nice background instrumental music . Whenever I am on a holiday abroad , I do make my video recordings of the places I visit , always keeping my MP3 disc ready to play along as we drive . This way I have made a number of D V D ‘s of my holidays . A great thing to look back as we grow old .

Rangan ji , I do listen to my fav.song ….Edelweiss , you look happy to meet me…..from …Sound of Music ….whenever my mind is oriented to hollywood songs . Remembering Sophia Loren movie Sunflower too .

For Bollywood songs , I will be posting them soon .

7 mumbaikar8 February 6, 2017 at 2:02 am

Ranjanji,
You pushp ki aatma katha made me nostalgic.
This is one of the two Hindi poems I loved during school times, other being something like pinjre ke panchhi ki katha
आता है याद मुझको गुज़रा हुआ ज़माना वह डालिया चमन की वह मेरा आशियाना.
Good collage of poems songs and pictures.

8 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 6, 2017 at 2:18 am

‘Ketaki gulab juhi champaka bana phoole’, the legendary Bhimsenji-Mannada duet from ‘Basant Bahaar’ deserves mention.

A couple of other songs:

Phoolon ki bagiya mehkegi from Tere Mere Sapne.

Phulon ka, taaron ka from Hare Rama Hare Krishna

Phulwa ban mehke – I do not recall the movie

Baag mein kali khili – I do not recall the movie

Khilte hain gul yahaan from Sharmilee

Will return later diring the week with some khayal bandishes that feature the flower theme.

9 ksbhatia February 6, 2017 at 10:34 am

Rangan ji;
Coming up with some songs of the color period era , will come back with some B & W era songs…..

1.Chaman ke phool bhi tujh ko….Rafi, Lata….Shikari….G.S.Kohli

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUmPA_79giE

2.Kashmir ki kali hun mein ….Lata…Junglee….SJ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2LhYImObao

3.Mere jeeven saathi….Lata…Saathi….Naushad….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0YpmZYxUgw

4.Phool ban jaoonga …..Lata, MK….Pyar kiye jaa…..LP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqcJKEs5wtg

5.Rahein na rahein hum…..Lata, Rafi, Suman….Mamta…Roshan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDAyzXC-ayE

6.Khilte hain gul yahan…..Kishore….Sharmeeli….SDB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJRVDsDdgUk

7.Diye jalte hain phool khilte hain….Kishore…Namak Haraam..SDB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJRVDsDdgUk

……to be contd…..

10 ksbhatia February 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm

D P Rangan ji ;

Picking up threads from the golden era songs ; some of which falls quite high in the top listings of the passionate listeners . I hope they will surely agree with me .

1.Hai kali kali ke lab per….Talat….Lala Rukh ….Khaiyam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRzA2urZZ1A

2. Dil mein sama gaye sajan….Talat, Lata….Sangdil…Sazaad Hussain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8bW8z5Jlfs

3.Phooloan ke mele …..Asha….Devta…..CR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deaWf3tQB7M

4.Gul muskura utha….Lata….Badshah…..SJ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHQQHe4FULQ

5.Nazar lagi raza [ Jo mein hoti raza bela chameiliya]….Asha….Kala Pani ….SDB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DxCg8bCvA8

6.Rula kar chal diye ek din…..Hemant….Badshah….SDB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE1LzMHt1DE

7.Chand ahein bharega phool dil….Mukesh…Phool bane Angaree..KA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kpKvrqBnZs

8.Jab jab baha ayee….Rafi, Usha…Taqdeer…LP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SG18mickiSs

9.Chupa lo dil mein ….Hemant , Lata….Mamta…Roshan….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXgKgZt9Jik

10 Here is a song which do not carry any word satisfying the subject ; but desperately shows attempt of Raj Kapoor to fix flower in Nutan hair bun . A beautiful song……

Woh chand khila woh taare …..Lata, Mukesh….Anari…SJ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvtU5FYxK-c

…….will be back with some more songs.

11 SSW February 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm

Speaking of flowers, my favourite MD had a couple of songs , Ashwin has already mentioned one and there is this one.
Chord changes seem to set the key in Ebminor a lovely melody and some interesting melding of the guitar, sitar and electric keyboards
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j5dRsWevdM

An interesting song from western classical music by the French composer Gabriel Faure is one I have always liked. It is titled Les Roses D’Ispahan sung here by the Dutch Soprano Elly Ameling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZ4Z2sBeWeQ

And one instrumental piece that most people will have heard by Tchaikovsly “The Waltz of the Flowers” from the Nutcracker. This version has the harp arpeggios at the beginning and is played in a faster tempo than usual.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ675k2zbIY

12 Giri February 7, 2017 at 6:18 am

Thank you M/s. Rangan, AK &Hans for this shower of flowers. Excellent choice of songs in different moods. Mr. Rangan, as usual, has done a lot of research,adding his personal experience.
The showers continue with the experts contributing their share.
Spring is here in full swing!

13 Naresh P. Mankad February 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

Talking of flowers, I would call Malti Madhav’s song “Bandhi preet phool dor, man leke chitchat” the crown jewel. Sudhi Fadke’s best in his career.
https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=k1VSVWeiYuU

14 N Venkataraman February 7, 2017 at 11:49 am

Ranganji,
The beauty of flowers is that they are available in so many varieties and they are as versatile too – as versatile as your prowess. And we have a variety of songs on this theme too. It’s hard to think of an occasion when they aren’t an appropriate gift. With the narrative on flowers along with some literary embellishment and selection of some nice songs you have heralded the advent of spring.

Let me present two vintage songs on this theme.

Basant rut aayi by Uma Shashi, film Chandidas (1934), lyrics Agha Hashar Kashmiri(?), music Rai Chand Boral
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApgQVYHo3Kw

Ban Titli Ban Titli by Meera, film Bhabhi (1938), lyircs J S Kashyap, music Saraswati Devi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=54&v=kSLfKPrAt3A

Thank you Ranganji for yet another wonderful post.

15 Ravindra Kelkar February 7, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Rangan Ji, AK ji & Hans Ji,
Very nice theme and some evergreen wonderful songs. The beauty of a fully grown flower is beyond compare & it conveys happiness, youthfulness, tranquillity and all positive aspects of life. The sight of it has a power to overcome depression, sadness, melancholy, anger, frustration, dark mood.
Thanks for this uplifting article.

16 ksbhatia February 7, 2017 at 6:50 pm

D P Rangan ji ;

Continuing from songs @10 , here are some more from the B & W era……

11.Main kali bagh ki….Husn Bano…Prem Nagar [1940]….Naushad …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghO6Bs3Qwjk

12.Lelo lelo do phool….Shamshad , Zoharabai…Jadoo[1951]….Naushad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGGMpaHctnU

13. Main bhawara tu hai phool…Mukesh, shamshad…Mela[1948]..Naushad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-c14GZhT3E

14.Chandni aur phooloan ki …Asha, S.Modak….Jai Mahakali….Kumar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFcg21mQZ7Q

15.Khile hai sakhi aaj phulwa man ke…Lata, Asha, Usha…Grahasti..Ravi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIxOzWnY8O4

….will come back with more such songs…..

17 Naresh P. Mankad February 9, 2017 at 5:56 am

Bandh preet phool dor: it is interesting to listen to Sudhir Phadke singing this song. Unfortunately I could not find it on YouTube.

18 Naresh P. Mankad February 9, 2017 at 6:00 am

Ranganji, your thoroughness of treatment is wonderful as it comes with extra bonus material.

19 D P Rangan February 9, 2017 at 6:00 am

Offer my apology for the silence. Was not intentional. I was away from Delhi since 23rd Jan. and returned only on 6th Feb. and was surprised to find my post on flowers has been loaded on the site by AK. I have not seen such a number of guest posts in continuum without break so far in the current year.

As usual AK has penned a literary piece of introduction as is his wont making me wonder whether he is not pursuing wrong course. He could do very well as a foreword writer and make his mark.

I thank all the commentators for going through my piece and contributing their might. I will deal with them in detail.

20 D P Rangan February 9, 2017 at 6:06 am

Ashokji – Thanks for your kind observation on the post.
Rajanji – So good of you to appreciate my post. Hope to do better in future if given a chance by AK
Mumbaikar – Very happy post has induced nostalgia in you and thanks for your observation.
Ashwinji – Thanks for adding so many songs. I will explore and publish the link to all the songs here.
SSW – Thanks for going through my post and adding so many western tunes. Will listen to them and thanks for your pieces.

21 D P Rangan February 9, 2017 at 6:20 am

Subodhji
I feel over rated by your appreciation. Consider you a veteran in many fields and thanks for liking the songs I posted.

Giriji
Very grateful for your observations on my post and appreciating it. I try to do my best on any post I attempt.

Venkataramanji
Thank you very much for your appreciation of the post. Songs posted by you are really gems. I will compile a master list of all the songs and send it to blog master.

Kelkarji
Your comments on the post are very much appreciated. I convey my thanks on your observations.

22 D P Rangan February 9, 2017 at 6:24 am

Bhatiaji
I have no words in my vocabulary to appreciate in full your observations. As usual you have showered so many songs on the theme. I will listen to them one by one and I realise my sheer inadequacy in hunting for songs on theme. But for Hansji’s original list of songs, I would have been left stranded for want of adequate number of songs. I hope to build up a big list of songs in the end from the above contributions by so many experts.

23 D P Rangan February 9, 2017 at 6:26 am

Nareshji
Please accept my thanks for your observations on the post. I will try to locate the songs you mentioned. If successful will post.

24 D P Rangan February 9, 2017 at 6:33 am

Nareshji
The song you mentioned is from the film Malti Madhav (1951). Lyrics -Narendra Sharma. There are ten songs in total in the film and not one of them is available in You Tube. Anant Marathe and Durga Khote are the main actors.

25 N Venkataraman February 9, 2017 at 8:30 am

Nareshji,
#17
Are you saying that there is a male version of the song Baandh Preeti Phool Dor Man Leke Chitchor by Sudhir Phadke? Is it a non film version?

We have listened to another beautiful duet, Sudhi Teri Madhur Madhur Pyare, from this film sung by Sudhir Phadke and Lata Mangeshkar, while discussing the best songs of 1951. Wonderful singing and composition.

26 N Venkataraman February 9, 2017 at 9:20 am

Your mention of the valley of flowers reminded me of the flower Neelakurinji/ blue kurinji flowers that bloom once in 12 years in the Western Ghats of South India. I believe the Neelgiri hills derived its name from this flower. The next massive flowering in the Nilgiri-Palani-Munnar belt is expected in 2018. Kurinjimalar is described extensively in Sangam literature (200 B. C.-300 A. D.) in Kurunjipattu, MaduraiKanchi and Agananuru. Flowering of Kurinji flower has been documented for 180 years. The first records of ten consecutive flowerings from 1826 to 1934 were published in the Journal of the Bombay Natural History.

In the 1967 Tamil film Kandan Karunai there is a song which refers to this flower. The song is picturised on Jayalalita.
Kurunjiyile Poo Malarndu by P Susheela, film Kandhan Karunai (1967), lyrics Kavignar Kannadasan, music K V Mahadevan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl19Zpf3TpA

A Malyalam film song
Kattukurinji Kattukurinji Karalil Niraye Thenundo by P Susheela, film Kattu Maina (1963), lyrics Thirunayinaarkurichi Madhavan Nair, music Br Lakshmanan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E18LLGFshd4

27 ksbhatia February 9, 2017 at 11:01 am

D P Rangan ji ;

Continuing from songs @16 , here are a few more of B @ W era songs….

16.Tum akele to bagh mein…Lata, Rafi….Aao pyaar karen…Usha Khanna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usL3w3kcjnQ

17.Phulwa band behke …..Geeta, Suman…Hum bhi insaan hain…Hemant ….[ beautiful song suggested by Ashwin @6]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmtqr4Lk0rc

18.Haule hahule hawa dole….Geeta dutt…Non Filmi…Nikhil Ghosh

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5vK-9b33tg

….to be contd…..

28 chellamani February 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm

Bhatia ji,

Hai kali kali ke lab par is sung by Rafi and not Talat. Regards

29 ksbhatia February 9, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Chellamani ji;

Thanks for the correction . I don’t no where my mind was. May be I was looking simultaniously for some other gems.

30 ksbhatia February 9, 2017 at 5:59 pm

D P Rangan ji ;

Many thanks for the kind words . In fact your article usually takes me where music is . Hans ji is another magic uploader of hidden songs , for whom I have a great respect . My elder brother had a great time interacting songs / music with him when they were working in the same office/ ministry .

In continuation of songs @27 , here are more of B @ W era songs.

19.Phir kahin phool khila….Manna Dey…Anubhav…Kanu Roy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i40o6DEdIy0

20.Phool se galoan pe…Kishore , Asha…Baap re baap….OPN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogtWXYH3gxw

….to be contd…..

31 arvindersharma February 9, 2017 at 6:01 pm

AK Ji Hans Ji and DP Rangan Ji,
Your combined efforts have yielded such a lovely bouquet of flowers, and additional inputs by Dears Venkataram Ji and Bhatia Ji have given such a beautiful boost to the fragrance of this post.
I’ll try to add my little bits to this beautiful valley of flowers.
Some vintage Gems first

Kaun virane me dekhega bahar
Phool jangal me khilein kinke liye
NFS by KL Saigal
https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=OOGUvdQP9ec

Four by Kanan Devi
Ban me bhi jo mehke phool from Jawani Ki Reet composed by RC Boral
https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=7vF_O-e-huo

Kali tu hi Bata de from Banphool composed by Dhiren Mitra

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=c9SIMoHm6_k

Kali kisi ki mohabbat from Arabian Nights composed by Kamal Dasgupta
https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=xYyhElWqtsg

32 arvindersharma February 9, 2017 at 6:08 pm

Missed posting one song of Kanan Devi from an unknown film with an unidentified co Singer
O Kali malwali

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=PfKyIQ-m-dE

33 ksbhatia February 9, 2017 at 6:25 pm

D P Rangan ji ;

It is a time to switch back to color era songs . Picking the threads from songs @9 , here are a few more songs….

8.Lo ek kali muskaiye….Rafi….Ek Kali Muskaiye….MM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvW2PzHmLVg

9.Yeh kali jab talak phool….Lata, MK…Aye din bahar ke…..LP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar_bTm-zgz0

10.Koi phool na khilta….Rafi…Paise ki gudiya…..LP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GJQ_uw7-Y4

11.Phool aista phainko….Mukesh, Lata…Prem Kahani…..LP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvZpOZvCA5I

12.Tere hotoan ke yeh phool ….Mukesh, Lata…Paras….KA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbNv2GXepIo

13.Khiza ke phool….Kishore….Do Rasste…..LP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeTarFexoZs

14.Zindgi phooloan ki nahin….Bhupendra…Griha Parvesh…Kanu Roy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEIsv3syLfE

…….here is one of my fav. song…..

15. Ari wo shokh kaliyon musukra dena woh jab aaye……MK, Lata in second version also…Jab Yaad Kisi Ki Aati Hai….MM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbo2sZXt73A

Rangan ji , That makes 20+15 songs . I will try to post few more as and when they come in my mind .

34 ksbhatia February 9, 2017 at 6:32 pm

AK ji ;

With Arvinder Sharma joining the band wagon , interest has gone many fold . Nice vintage googly balling by him. I think Hans ji needs to pad up for the steady batting .

35 arvindersharma February 10, 2017 at 8:23 am

Bhatia Ji,
With you donning the hat of Virender Sehwag, rushing towards the half century, with others not even reaching their tens, it was time to give you some company.
And vintage music is like test cricket, slow but…
I’d prefer to be a Rahul Dravid in your company

Firstly
Jayashree Gadkar from Dahej composed by Vasant Desai
Do din bahar phool

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=Kiqq9Tu6JPI

This second song was introduced to SoY by Dear Venkataraman Ji, I remember, and it’s lyrics were discussed extensively by all
Sudhi teri madhur..
Sudhir Phadke’s relevant lyrics
Asha ke pallav sookh Gaye
Kumhalayien sapno ki kaliyan

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=ooeBmiNKXWI

This is an NFS, quite distinguishable, as it’s a duet by the two stalwarts, Mukesh and Talat, and from the comments below the upload, I gathered that the two are singing the shayari of two great contemporary shayars, Daagh Dehlvi and Mirza Ghalib. What a wonderful coincidence, pairs of stalwarts penning and singing in different eras.
The relevant she’r has been sung by Mukesh and is from the pen of Mirza Ghalib
Sab Kahan kuchh laal o Gul

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=SbMfnNZlZFs

Will be back with some more

36 arvindersharma February 10, 2017 at 8:26 am

Sorry not to have given the details of the second song
Film Malti Madhav
MD Sudhir Phadke
Lyrics Pandit Narendra Sharma
Singers Sudhir Phadke and Lata

37 ksbhatia February 10, 2017 at 11:44 am

Arvinder Sharma ji;

Surely You are solid batsman like Dravid but your capabilty to make century is well known to all .

For Rangan ji , I will try to make half century first… like Jadeja did today playing against Bangla Desh in the test match currently going on.

……continuing with B @ W songs from #30….

21.Mile na phool to kanton ….Rafi…Anokhi Raat….Roshan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLVDN8TJ-Bc

22. Ankhon mein masti…Talat….chhayaa…..Salil da

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoTIFYtOGgo

23.Leja leja babu meri nishani…Geeta …Daroga ji[1949]…Bulo c rani

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SDnapRyQ4c

24.In pyar ki rahon mein…Rafi, Asha….Purnmilan[1964]…C. Arjun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIwaaGbQ1Jo

25.Bagoan mein baharoan mein….Lata…Chotti Bahen….SJ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo4hmUR9s-o

…..to be contd…..

38 ksbhatia February 10, 2017 at 11:58 am

D P Rangan ji ;

Continuing from color era songs @33 ….here are some more .

16.Na phooloan ki duniya …Lata…Saaz Aur Awaaz…Naushad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwTVgTcxUBI

17. Dekha phoolan ko …..Lata…Majboor….LP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX1WVKRzEpA

18.maine kaha phoolan se…Lata…Milli….SDB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoQLD1d4RPw

19.Phool gulab ka….Aziz, Anuradha…Biwi ho to aisi….LP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUIHBd2naGM

20.Phir Chiddi raat phoolon ki…Aziz, Lata…Bazzar…Khayaam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWZ2-OdFx4I

…..that makes 25+20 , quite close to 50……

…..to be contd…..

39 D P Rangan February 10, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Arvinderji thanks for joining the bandwagon. It will make my job that much tough in compiling the master list. I also appreciate your comments about the post. Will send the final list to AK for him to do the needful. It may serve as a reference point for posterity.

40 Naresh P. Mankad February 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Yes Venkatramanji. I remember having seen video of the song showing Sudhir Phadke singing in presence of Narendra Sharma. It is non-filmy, perhaps sung on stage. I have also heard him live singing some of his best known compositions.

41 arvindersharma February 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm

DP Rangan Ji
A few more songs of flowers

Kuchh Phool khile armano ke by Suraiyya from Jeet composed by Anil Biswas

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=T4yYRye2nKg

Main tujhko agar ek Phool kahun by Talat from Salaam e Mohabbat composed by Bipin Babul

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=HFZvZwvAl0w

Phool chun le mere balam by Lata from Naubahar composed by Roshan

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=_fYJ51hGVH8

Baharein aayengi honthon pe Phool khilenge by Rafi and Asha from Navratri composed by Chitragupta

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=sisds7pMGds

Layi hoon Raja baghon se chun ke…
Le lo Champa le lo Bela by Geeta Dutt and Usha Mangeshkar from Bazigar composed by Chitragupta

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=ktAMFf1qoyQ

Ye khilti Kali by Lata from Shinshinaki Boobla Boo composed by C Ramchandra

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=TyNQPVT2HJE

Ek Kali do pattiyaan by Meena Kapoor and Hemant Kumar from Rahi composed by Anil Biswas

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=cKi2bbvor6I

Phool bane bagiya by Manna De and Meena Kapoor from Sautela Bhai composed by Anil Biswas

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=NNl5P2Y5jrU

Phool bagiya me bhanware aaye re by Mubarak Begum from Zindagi Aur Khwab composed by Dattaram

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=yFys1Bzp4RU

Phul bagiya me bulbul bole by Rafi and Lata from Rani Roopmati composed by SN Tripathi

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=_-G-5isiDhI

Ud ja bhanwar Maya Kamal ka by Manna De/Lata from Rani Roopmati composed by SN Tripathi

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=Q-CmlnRrn4s

Saba se ye keh do ki kaliyan bichhade by Asha from Bank Manager composed by Madanmohan

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=BnUOfRrO2oI

Swapn jhade Phool se by Rafi from Nayi Umar Ki Nayi Fasal composed by Roshan

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=O0b75QApG40

Mero sainya gulabiya ka phool hamaro rang kesariya by Suman Kalyanpur and Minoo Purushottam from Nayi Umar Ki Nayi Fasal composed by Roshan

https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=WS4dWIqQQUM

Will be back after this knock

42 ksbhatia February 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm

D P Rangan ji ;

B & W songs in continuation from songs @ 37.

26.Baag mein kali khili…Asha….Chand aur Suraj….Salil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofSmjIsOGB0

27.Bagoan mein khilte…Talat, Lata…Suhaag aur sindoor…Chitragupt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__InISw1_3k

28.Jahan tu tu tu wahan…Mukesh..mud mud ke na dekh..Hansraj Behl

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpI2vVwMMow

29.Tu mere pyar ka phool …Lata…Dhool ka Phool….N.Dutta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4o8LKwFfo4

30. Now a super song from the legend singer….K L Sehgal….

Jeene ke dhaang sikhayi ja……Parwana[1947]….Khurshid Anwar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivFGYMY92WE

….that makes my score as 30+20 =50 songs on this theme . I have about five or six more songs from color era period. I will post them at leiasure as I want to explore some more of B & W songs from vintage and golden period .

……will come back after some break…..

43 Hans February 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Ranganji,
Thanks for the article. Here you have excelled yourself. When I was going through it and came to the place where some English poems were mentioned, I was thinking whether the poem from Makhan Lal Chaturvedi would be there and lo I found it there. This poem has a special place for people of that era and I especially remember it because it was in our course book of 8th class for Hindi under the heading ‘ek phool ki chaah’ and in the same year i.e. 1965, the Indo-Pak war happened. This poem truly raised the spirits of patriots and I have remembered it since then.

AK mentioned two flowers denoting love between hero and heroine in Hindi films. Reading this some unique uses of flowers in films came to mind. In our films, it has been shown a number of times that lovers go to a temple and a flower falls and they feel blessed. But, in Madhumati, Dilip and Vyajyanti go to the temple and she offers the flower and it falls and she says this is a bad omen and says ‘jiska phool gir jata hai wo mar jata hai’ and she soon dies. In Naya Daur, Dilip and Ajit both love Vyajyanti and decide that in pooja in the temple if she brings yellow flowers Ajit would win and if she brings white flowers Dilip would win. This is heard by Dilip’s sister who loves Ajit changes the flowers. This scene enacted during the famed song ‘aana hai to aa’ sows the seeds of enmity between them which is corrected at the fag end of the story. In Waqt, Sadhna goes to receive Sunil Dutt and is followed by Raj Kumar who had come to her with flowers. He presents them to her and Sunil Dutt takes them thinking she has brought them for him and when Sunil Dutt and Sadhna depart after introduction between Dutt and Raj Kumar, Dutt gives the sam bouquet to Raj Kumar, who throws it in disgust and seed of bad feelings is sown which is confirmed by further incidents. Later Raj Kumar, who goes to kill Dutt finds that he is his long lost younger brother.

Their is also a unique song in Johar Mehmood in Goa, where Sonia Sahni in her dream sings the song ‘ankhion ka noor hai tu’ in Suman’s voice and Johar comes in the form of a rose flower and responds in the voice of Mukesh. Here is the song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4ziGEz1lRg

Your first song was from Anokha Pyar, in which Nalini plays phoolwali. I dont know whether Nargis liked the role or it was sheer coincidence that she played the phoolwali and sang a phoolwali song in Darogaji which came the next year or may be it was released earlier, because Arunji had said that Anokha Pyar was released in 1949. I would have posted this song but Bhatiaji has already posted it. There was another famous phoolwali Shrmila in Kashmir ki Kali, but there was no phool song in that film. Rameshwari played a phoolwali in Dulhan Wohi Jo Piya Man Bhaye – the film was a remake of 1948 film Tamasha – in which Ravinder Jain used Hemlata extensively and she sang some very beautiful songs. But, the only phool song in the film ‘anchra men phulwa laike’ is sung in the background by Ravinder Jain himself. Here is the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQwfkbBNnHo

In Raja Aur Runk, Kumkum who is a dancer goes in the garb of a malin to free Sanjeev and sings Mera Naam Hai Chameli and in Inspector, Ashok Kumar goes to catch the murderer in the garb of phoolwala and sings ‘phoolon ke haar le lo’. As both these songs are in my list sent to AK and which is already SOY property, I am not posting them.

Hema Malini played a short role of mujra dancer by the name of Phoolwati in Krodhi and sang a song ‘phoolwati ka gajra na pehna ho’. Phool is not mentioned but gajra is made of flowers. So, if you approve you can include it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tgA2ZKddig

44 Hans February 10, 2017 at 8:26 pm

Ranganji,
In the above comments, I forgot mentioning another great song. In Shaheed by Manoj, there is a sole Lata song in a film dominated by male singers. The song is ‘jogi hum to lut gaye tere pyar men’ picturised on a girl (actress not known to me) who was selected as a bride for Bhagat Singh by his parents. The posture of this girl is unique, because while singing and hitting the dholak, she never picks up her head during whole of the song. Though the mukhda of the song does not contain the word phool, two antaras mention a flower. The first antara is specially relevant to you. It says ‘chanda bhi dekha, tare bhi dekhe dekha suraj barson; lekin jis din tujhko dekha man men phooli sarson’. You have posted articles on chand, taare and phool and only suraj remains. This song is a great favourite of mine, with great lyrics and great composition both by Prem Dhawan. I think if Prem Dhawan had not done anything except this film, even then he would have been remembered forever. See the lyrics of the second antara ‘champa ki dali men adi chunariya, ranjhe aan chhudai;jis ranjhe ko dil de baithi usko lagan parayi’. The 3rd antara, though does not contain phool or its variants is also great. ‘Bura ho in bairan ankhiyon ka, kar baithi nadani; pehle aag laga di man men ab barsayen pani.’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9HbU9CWg_o

45 Hans February 10, 2017 at 8:41 pm

As for other songs, Bhatiaji ( who has many common likes with me) has posted a big number and Sharmaji is coming up with true vintage stuff, I would try to post some.
The list I sent to AK contained about half of them sung by Rafi as he is a natural for romantic songs. First I would post a set by him.
1. chehre pe giri julfen – suraj – sj
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPkGBq6lHXg
2. phoolon se mukhde wali – aaye din bahar ke – lp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5vBZbxZ3bo
3. tu shokh kali main mast pawan – main suhagan hoon – lachhiram (this film also has a duet by rafi-asha with the same mukhda)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw_LEgphB4I
4. aa lag ja gale dilruba – dus lakh – ravi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogAMbtgNHK8
5. mast baharon ka main aashiq – farz – lp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HARkiYdw-FM

46 mumbaikar8 February 11, 2017 at 2:38 am

Hans,
I forgot to mention earlier, the fragrance of your choice was noticeable in Ranjangi’s list.
With you, Bhatiaji and Sharmaji in great form I cannot compete but would like to add a couple of songs.
Phoolon se dosti hai kantoon se yari hia Duniya jhukti hai Rafi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At82RTPfAU4
Chalo cahle maa kaanton se door kahin sapnon ke gao mein
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggRpInuAMmE

47 D P Rangan February 11, 2017 at 3:38 am

Hansji Thank you for your kind appreciation of the post. I was quite apprehensive how it would be received. The sort of details you bring out is truly amazing. My lack of interpreting lyrics in its true sense is very crippling and it will remain an eternal shortcoming with me. Your idea of a post on sun is worth exploring. I will have to write something of astronomy in it. If you can compile a list of songs on the theme and send it to AK, I will discuss it with him before proceeding further. I have started compilation of the master list and it would be longer than Hanuman’s tail.

48 peddadu February 11, 2017 at 9:19 am

After going through the wonderful post and additions by others, I would like to add one of my favourite songs of Rafi from Suraj, ‘Baharon phool barsao mera mehaboob aaya hai’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0pNYHsLQxs).

49 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 11, 2017 at 12:34 pm

‘Mogara phulala’ by Sant Dnyaneshwar from the iconic album ‘Lata recites Bhagwad Geeta and Dnyaneshwari’. The haunting tune must rank as one of the best composed by Hridaynath and is in Raga Gorakh Kalyan. The flute interludes are by Hariprasad Chaurasiya.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4thXvviBQnk

SoY readers may scroll down the page at http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?topic=6960.15 for an interpretation of the lyrics.

50 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 11, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Another Marathi song, ‘Ketakichya bani tithe’, the text of which features a reference to the ‘ketaki’ flower, also set to Gorakh Kalyan (with Bageshri peeping in) and sung by Flower Kalyanpur. The lyrics are by Ashok Paranjape and the music is by Ashok Patki.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdjg__Kzmkw

51 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Suman Kalyanpur brought to my mind ‘Suman sudha rajnigandha ‘, penned by Amit Khanna and tuned by Rajesh Roshan, from ‘Man Pasand’:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdSo-AdZqcQ

52 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 11, 2017 at 1:38 pm

The ‘champak’ figures in this Marathi song sung by Lata:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlRJqlrnnFc

53 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 11, 2017 at 1:49 pm

‘Jasmine flower’ translates ‘malligai poo’. Here is a well-known English song by Usha Uthup from the Tamil film, ‘Madana Maaligai’:

‘Under a mango tree
On the banks of the Kaveri
Moonbeams peeping through
You gave me a garland of sweet
Malligai poo’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhNLNJ-B904

54 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm

Please read the first sentence as

‘Jasmine flower’ translates to ‘malligai poo’ in Tamil.

55 AK February 11, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Ashwin,
I think Suman sudha is sung by Lata Mangeshkar. It is an absolutely melodious song, one of the best from the post-70s.

56 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 11, 2017 at 6:37 pm

Yes, AK, forgot to add that ‘Suman sudha’ was sung by Lata. Can’t help wondering whether Lata thought of Suman K.and Sudha M.while singing the song

57 ksbhatia February 11, 2017 at 6:40 pm

Hans ji ;

Beautiful reminder of the songs thru your beautiful write up of screen plays of Madhumati, Waqt, Johar Mehmood in Goa and Bhagat Singh . You truly have amazing recall capacity.Each scene described is having minutest of details .

You have listed quite a number of songs which missed the Bus just because they did not carried the word phool , gulab, kalli etc in their main mukhada . I too had such songs in my mind which I want to share with all of you.

The listed songs are numbered ; being non subjective .

A. Suhana safar aur yeh mausam hasin …Mukesh…Madhumati….Salil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSU74fpWsfQ

B.Koi nahin mera is duniya mein…..Talat….Daag….SJ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZdbCDSLHig

C.Chanda ki chhaon mein…Lata…Parchhaiyan…CR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwFQ1t5jr9s

D. Doob jaye jo kismat ka tara….Lata…..Parchhaiyan…CR

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JCiNAaWvFM

Continuing my efforts to locate some more songs , here are a few more…..

51.jab jab phool khile…..Talat, Lata….Shikast….SJ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMlPY9x4GK8

52.Main tuj ko agar phool kahoan…Talat…Salam E Mohabbat…B.Babul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3uJOZfrpgk

53.Bhanwara bada nadan hai…Asha….Sahib Biwi Gulam….Hemant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHyRikMZXqw

54.Tumsa meet mila….Talat, Geeta…Midnight…..Subir Sen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBNkdqYzAng

55.Phool ki ankh mein…Talat…N F Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ndjFi5ebj4

……to be contd….

58 C.P.Rajagopalan February 12, 2017 at 6:25 am

Though ‘flower’ is not strongly emphasised in this song, there are a couple of passing references to it and so I thought of mentioning it: Likhe Jo khat tujhe by Rafi from Kanyadaan, MD SJ. I guess there must be hundreds of such songs that one may not associate with flowers, but contain a casual reference somewhere in the lyrics.

59 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 12, 2017 at 9:25 am

Here’s a song from the vintage era that I had made many fruitless attempts to locate on the Internet over the past decade or so. I finally located it on YT a few minutes ago. I had first heard it as a part of a compilation of Hindi film songs that Sa Re Ga Ma (then HMV) had brought out in the mid 80’s to commemorate 50 years of Hindi film music or some such milestone. With all due respect to the great artistes involved, including Gyan Dutt and Vishnupant Pagnis and P,L.Santoshi, the song has always been a source of mirth for me.

‘Maali, maali, maali, mere man ki bagiya phooli’ by Vishnupant and Vasanti Pagnis from Sant Tulsidas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bEK-u3VJPU

60 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 12, 2017 at 11:44 am

Two Konkani songs written by Shanta Shelke for the Marathi movie ‘Mahananda’ (MD – Hridaynath), which was set in Goa. The film was remade in Hindi with Mousumi Chatterjee playing the lead.

The first one – ”Majhe rani majhe moga’ – is the more well-known of the two. The singers are Lata and Suresh Wadkar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJa0u9tGc3o

The other is a solo by Lata. It has a mention of flowers like the zui (juhi) and the ratan aboli (kanakambaram in Tamil) .

‘Majho lavtaay daava doLa’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGD8ESG9pCY

61 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 12, 2017 at 12:07 pm

This haunting song, written by Shailendra, set to music by Shailesh Mukherjee and sung by Lata, has featured in AK’s post on the MD. More than the explicit mention of ‘phool’ in the sthaayi, what I love is the allusion to a flower in the 2nd antara:

Haste dekha na gaya baag ke maali se humein
Dhool mein phenk diya tod ke daali se humein
Bhole naadaan se maala mein piroya na gaya

‘Jalke dil khaak hua’ from ‘Parichay’:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TFKnHwtPlQ

62 Ashwin Bhandarkar February 12, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Here are a few khayal bandishes, the texts of which feature the theme of flowers:

1. ‘Chameli phooli champa’ is a well-known bada khayal in Raga Hameer. Here is a rendition by Ulhas Kashalkar:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQfYz8sRT38

2. ‘Eri maalaniya goonda lao ri, phoolana ke harawa piya gale daarungi’ are the first 2 lines of this popular chhota khayal in Raga Chhaya Nat, rendered here by Veena Sahasrabuddhe:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXONqxSIY28

Khayals based on the themes of ‘basant’ or ‘bahaar’ invariably contain descriptions of gardens in bloom, bees hovering over flowers, nightingales singing, and the like.

3. Here is a traditional chhota khayaal in Raga Bahaar sung by D.V.Paluskar and featured in the Bengali film ‘Shaapmochan’:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3P0cIFkjxo

4. A traditional chhota khayal (‘Naveli kali, koyal boli’) in the jod raga Basant Bahaar, rendered by Manik Varma and A.Kanan for the Bengali movie, ‘Basant Bahaar’ (1957):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipmAjiJCJ0Y&list=PLJ9kjb1xMqcVXqF4Pvh7ClbKR88tIwLGx

I found a video clip of the song sequence but the song abruptly stops at 1:20 and a Bengali song ‘Madhu Jhulona’ in the same raga and tune takes over. My research shows that the singers of the Bengali song are Sandhya Mukherjee and Prasun Banerjee – request the experts to please confrim.

Incidentally, this is the same raga in which ‘Ketaki gulaab juhi’ from the Hindi ‘Basant Bahaar’ is based on. That said, in ‘Ketaki gulaab juhi’, the portion that Bhimsenji sings is confined to Raga Basant while the portion that Mannada sings is in Raga Basant-Bahaar. Maybe that’s why the character whom Mannada sings for wins the duel.

Here is a HMV recording of the siblings, Hirabai Barodekar and Saraswati Rane, rendering Raga Basant Bahaar. The chhota khayaal that they render is the same i.e. ‘Naveli kali, koyal boli’ – it starts at 13:30.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYTVODW5O5k

63 ksbhatia February 13, 2017 at 6:02 pm

D P Rangan ji ;

Continuing from songs @57 , here are a few more…..

56. Nanhi kali sone chali…Geeta Dutt….Sujata….SDB

hBjEbtMshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1rjhKLsi88

57. Juhi ki kali….Suman Kalyanpur…Dil Ek Mandir….SJ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F_hBjEbtMs

58. kali anar ki na….Asha, Manna Dey…Chhoti Bahen…SJ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da–E_Yfl8M

59.Tu shhokh kali mein…..Rafi…Main Suhagan Hun….Lachhiram

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43lR-Q0M37c

60. Phir koi muskuraiye phir koi phool khila..Mukesh….Apne Huye Paraye……SJ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEFAHYfzJKU

…..to be contd….

64 ksbhatia March 9, 2017 at 10:34 am

D P Rangan ji ;

The season still gripping the blooming of flowers for us to enjoy ; extending the chill as snow again engulfs the hills .

Flowers are sweet , great to smell and make all smile . Flowers don’t lie as bouquet says it all .

This is what happened in Shree 420 , when Raj Kapoor went to Nargis house with a bouquet wearing a suit , boasting to have purchased a laundry and still wearing the torn shoes . Watch this funny scene @ 8.30 onwards .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=704gzxFNhTs

It is interesting to note that the loose check suit worn by Raj Kapoor in Shree 420 fitted him well in Mera Naam Joker . Watch the opening scene of part 3 of the movie from 11.25 onwards .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJr4Vzt6vo4

……will search for this suit in R K’s other movies .

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