Today Songs of Yore completes two years. While the first year was somewhat tentative and kind of groping its way around, it has become surer of its steps in the second year. I have generally maintained a frequency of a post every two weeks. SoY has also become more interactive. The readers’ comments, views and observations have added a great deal to the blog. They have introduced us to several unknown or little known marvelous songs. Some novel ideas for themes have come from readers’ comments. One example is a string of posts on year wise survey of the best songs of pre-Filmfare Awards. The first post in the series for the year 1955 attracted a lively discussion. This itself gave another idea to write wrap up posts on different categories. I have done the first wrap up on the best male playback singer; three more are still to come.
Another new idea which has come from the readers is the relationship between songs and instruments, how some composers are specially identified with a particular instrument such as, Roshan and flute, OP Nayyar and sarangi. There are several ways of looking at songs and instruments on which I may write some day.
My series on Forgotten Composers Unforgettable Melodies has no definite time line. There are so many of them which were in my mind when I thought about the series, and so many I am discovering now quite regularly that this would go on at its own pace as and when I am able to gather enough material on a particular composer.
Subodh Agrawal’s guest series on songs based on classical ragas is elegantly written. He has done only two articles so far, many more are to come from his pen, and hopefully now more frequently.
The vast ocean of Songs of Yore is limitless. I find I have not covered 30’s and 40’s as much as I would love to do. That is an altogether different fascinating world. One very obvious difference between the Vintage (30’s and 40’s) and the Golden (50’s and 60’s) era is the variability in female playback singing. While the Golden Era was very predominantly Lata Mangeshkar phenomenon, Vintage Era had several distinct and well known singers, Khurshid, Shamshad Begum, Noorjehan, Suraiya, Zohra Ambalewali, Amirbai Karnataki, Kanan Devi etc. This calls for a series on Female Singers of the Vintage Era. I would try to consciously pull myself away from 50-60’s to go back to 30-40’s from time to time.
The journey has been delightful so far, it appears even more exciting ahead.
I started the SoY more स्वान्तः सुखाय (my own pleasure), but many readers have very fondly joined, complimented and shared their own feelings and their knowledge, which is far superior to mine. It is time to say a big Thank You to all the readers who have enhanced this blog in a big way.