Sudha Malhotra: The last of the niche singers of the Golden Era

November 30, 2013

Wishing her a very happy 77th birth anniversary

Sudha MalhotraA female playback singer in the 1950s and 60s, if she did not bear the name Lata Mangeshkar or Asha Bhosle, was in a very unenviable position. She knew she had to remain consigned to the outer orbit. The world of male playback singers was a complete contrast. Here also someone sang a few hundred songs and another person ten times more, but everyone had his passionate following; the respect a singer enjoyed was not exactly correlated to the number of songs he did; and you don’t hear stories of someone doing the rehearsal and discovering that final recording was done in another voice.

In this asymmetric world of female playback singing there were singers who created a special niche for themselves and became immortal with a few songs. I have covered some niche singers such as Kamal Barot, Jagjit Kaur and Mubarak Begum. I have been intending to write on Sudha Malhotra for quite some time to complete the picture. Who can forget Tum mujhe bhool bhi jaao to ye haq hai tumko, which was also composed by her. This was a duet with Mukesh, but she also sang some extremely beautiful solos, which you may not recall instantly, but once these are mentioned you are bound to exclaim, “Of course these are my all-time favourites, and how come these have gone into deep recesses of my memory!”

Sudha Malhotra was born on November 30, 1936 in New Delhi. She spent her childhood in Lahore, Bhopal and Firozpur. She has been singing on the radio from the age of five. She was discovered by Ghulam Haider at a programme at Firozpur in the aid of Red Cross. She completed her graduation in music from Agra University. Her family moved to Bombay in 1948 where she was trained in classical music by Ustad Abdul Rehman Khan and Pandit Laxman Prasad Jaipurwale. Her first break in playback singing was in 1949 in the film The Last Message in which she sang Chal raha swaraj ka jhagda with Vinod and others. Impressed by her singing in a party, Anil Biswas had her sing Mila gaye nain in Arzoo (1950), in which she showed great promise. She sang Vande mataram with Manna Dey and Parul Ghosh in Andolan (1951). But she hit real big time with her songs in Dil-e-Nadan (1953) as we have already seen, and got to sing a number of outstanding songs in Ab Dilli Door Nahi, Babar, Barsaat Ki Raat, Dhool Ka Phool, Dekh Kabira Roya, Girl Friend, Heera Moti, Mirza Ghalib etc. (The above information is based on Anil Bhargav’s ‘Swaron Ki Yatra and Down Melody Lane.)

Beete Hue Din has carried a very interesting interview with her dated 29 May, 2013, in which she reveals a lot of unknown and surprising information. Her move to Bombay after partition was through Delhi and Bhopal. She says that because of family considerations and the controversy surrounding her relationship with Sahir Ludhiyanvi, as publicised in Blitz, her singing career ended with Didi (1959), at the age of 23(!). Many of her songs recorded earlier were used in later films. She claims that all the songs in Urankhatola were recorded by Naushad in her voice, which, she found, had disappeared from the film. I remember Mubarak Begum also had similar story with regard to Naushad. Naushad by mid-50s was firmly Lata-Rafi centric. Therefore, I find it difficult to believe that he would record ‘all’ the songs in any other voice, even if the claim is coming first-hand. I do not want to labour much on this point because it is not my intention to cast doubts on any artiste. While a good deal of stories of conspiracy may be true, some victimhood might be exaggerated.

Coming back to the purpose of my writing on these niche singers, they sang some incredibly beautiful songs which have made them immortal. Besides her solos, which may require some scratching of memory, Sudha Malhotra’s duets not only with male singers, but also female singers, and some qawwalis are now of everlasting fame. She was recalled by Raj Kapoor after a long hibernation for Prem Rog (1982), in which she sang a duet with Anwar, Ye pyar tha ya kuchh aur tha, which is the last song of her career.

It was a matter of happiness that she was awarded Padma Shree early this year. I present some of her songs, including some that are not so well known, as my felicitation on her 77th birth anniversary today.


1. Mila gaye nain from Arzoo (1950), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music Anil Biswas

This is her first solo in films. It was a great chance to sing under the baton of Anil Biswas. Her voice is supremely melodious.  Picturised on a very likeable Shashikala (she did play lead or second lead in some of her early films).


2. Kase kahun main dil ki baat from Dhool Ka Phool (1959), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanvi, music N Datta

A great classical composition in Raga Kafi, with Poornima on the sitar, and outstanding dance by Naaz. Sudha Malhotra’s singing is perfect, except for a little wavering at the word baat on the lower octave at 3.47-3.50


3. Kaliyon mein Ram mera from Pawanputra Hanuman (1957), lyrics Swadesh Kumar ‘Deepak’, music Chitragupta

A unique song having a lot of interesting trivia. Sudha Malhotra playbacks for Amirbai Karnataki, who was one of the mainstream singers in the Vintage Era. It is composed by Chitragupta, who was once assistant to SN Tripathi, who plays the role of Hanuman in the film.


4. Awaz de raha hai koi from Gauhar (1953), lyrics Shakeel Badayuni, music Ghulam Mohammd

Sudha Malhotra’s voice in later years was generally closer to Asha Bhosle. But in this song she is indistinguishable from Lata Mangeshkar, barring the lower notes again, when you realise Lata is after all Lata. As an interesting aside, erudite listeners must have noticed that Asha Bhosle also in her early career sounded, consciously or otherwise, like her elder sister in many songs.


5. Bhabhi ko gudiya banaungi from Ghar Ghar Ki Baat (1959), lyrics Upendra, music Kalyanji Anandji

I have discovered this song in the internet era. It is a beautiful song picturised on kid sisters-in-law, singing to a bashful Dulhan Bhabhi, with the husband enjoying from the sidelines.


6. Main to chanda ki nagri se ayi re from Bansari Bala (1957), lyrics Saraswati Kumar ‘Deepak’

A perfectly B-grade movie, with lead actors Daljeet and Chitra, an unknown music director Kamal Mitra, picturised on a side actress (is she the one who danced to Le ke pahla pahla pyar?), yet what a melodious song, and such fluid dancing! I came across this song in the internet era, and my first reaction was, how come this song remained hidden?


7. Salaam-e-hasrat qabool kar lo from Babar (1960), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanvi, music Roshan

Of course you know this song well. Exquisite poetry of Sahir Ludhiyanvi, with signature tune in Yaman by Roshan, sung brilliantly by Sudha Malhotra. Do we care if it is picturised on a B-grade actress Shobha Khote?



Many singers on the outer orbit shone in the duets. There can be an interesting sociology behind this phenomenon. Generally the dominant voice in the duets was of the male singer. Once that was locked, the composers were quite willing to take niche female singers, if the leading singer was unavailable or becoming difficult. Let us look at some of Sudha Malhotra’s duets, both with male and female singers, which occupy an iconic place.

8. Kashti ka khamosh safar hai with Kishore Kumar from Girl Friend (1960), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanvi, music Hemant Kumar

There was a new Kishore Kumar after Aradhana. But the one before is my favourite, even though he was reckoned after his other peers. His voice was more melodious and supple. One of the best romantic duets ever, the recital style makes it more moving. Sudha Mlhotra is superb.


9. Tum mujhe bhool bhi jao with Mukesh from Didi (1959), lyrics Sahir Ludhiyanvi, music Sudha Mlahotra

This is her most recognizable song. This film also had N Datta as the music director, but this duet is credited to have been composed by her. We know the special tuning between Sahir Ludhiyanvi and Sudha Malhotra, but what was it with Shobha Khote? We see her in another beautiful song.


10. Hum tumhare ho chuke hain humko tumse pyar hai with Talat Mahmood from Rangeela Raja (1960), lyrics Asad Bhoplai, music Shivram

We have seen her triad song with Talat Mahmood and Jagjit Kaur in Dil-e-Nadan (1953) – Mohabbat ki dhun beqaraaron se poochho. From the star cast, Rangeela Raja appears to be a perfectly B-grade movie, the music director is not a familiar name either. Yet this is one of the best duets of Talat Mahmood. Sudha Malhotra is as good as any other singer.


11. Aankho pe bharosa mat kar with Rafi from Detective (1958), lyrics Shailendra, music Mukul Roy

This song could be straight from a Guru Dutt film, the music is an unabashed imitation of OP Nayyar style, and it looks and sounds like a Rafi-Geeta Dutt duet. Suspend your disbelief of Daisy Irani lip synching Sudha Malhotra with Pradeep Kumar on the screen; the song is outstanding.


12. Ye ghar aapka hai chale aaiyeji with GM Durrani from Sunahare Qadam (1966), music Bulo C Rani

GM Durrani, one of the most prominent singers of the 1940s, was Rafi’s idol, whose rise meant the eclipse of the former. His singing became very sporadic. By this time he was almost moth-balled, but he sounds very fresh and likeable, and interestingly, very much like Kishore Kumar. Sudha Malhotra’s part in the duet is very prominent. A song which deserves to be brought very high up.


13. Kauni rang mungwa kawani rang motiya with Suman Kalyanpur from Heera Moti (1959), lyrics Prem Dhawan, music Roshan

This folk duet was one of my earliest obsessions in the radio era, which made me a great fan of Roshan. Nirupa Roy and Shobha Khote (again!) are not the typical Bollywood village belles, they are real women, on the grinding wheel or feeding the cattle, and singing this song while going about their chores, as the village women so typically do with their various daily routines to relieve the tedium. No one used flute better than Roshan. More than Tum mujhe bhool bhi jaao, this was the song by which I recognised Sudha Malhotra (and Suman Kalyanpur) from a very young age.


14. Bansuriya kahe bajai bin sune raha na jaye with Lata Mangeshkar from Aagosh (1953), lyrics Shailendra, music Roshan

Sudha Malhotra matches Lata Mangeshkar note for note, and Roshan’s super sweet melody with flute in interludes creates a stunning song.


15. Hum tumhare hain zara ghar se nikal kar dekho with Asha Bhosle from Chalti Ka Naam Gadi (1958), lyrics Majrooh Sultanpuri, music SD Burman

From the flute-folk honey of Roshan let us move to the sarangi-tabla-mujra seduction by SD Burman – he had shown his mastery of the genre in Devdas and Kala Pani. The bonus is, it is a double mujra by two legends – Cuckoo from the old guard and Helen, the new star, in one of their rare dances together. The singing by Asha Bhosle and Sudha Malhotra makes it a truly classic song.



16. Na main dhan chaahun with Geeta Dutt from Kala Bazar (1960), lyrics Shailendra, music SD Burman

Romantic solo, duet, folk, ghazal, mujra – let us now move to this soulful bhajan, with another great singer of the Golden Era, Geeta Dutt. What a great sample we have of Sudha Malhotra from solos to duets with all the great male and female singers, composed by the greatest music directors!

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashok Vaishnav November 30, 2013 at 10:04 am

A great job, indeed.
The list has helped refresh several songs. This would make a veritable collector’s article.
I join in felicitating Sudha Malhotra by presenting –
Sudha Malhotra Live: Tum Mujhe Bhool Bhi (BBC) –

2 Ashok Vaishnav November 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

To expand the presentation of the repertoire of Sudha Malhotra’s melodious songs, I present a few non-film songs / ghazals:

Ashana Hokar Agar Na Ashna Ho Jayega –

Khwab Tha Ya Khyal Tha Kya Tha –

Unko Bhoole Hue Apne Hi Sitam Yaad Aaye-Sudha Malhotra –

Haat Tuzha Haataat- Arun Date, Sudha Malhotra, (original) Bhavgeet –

Shawa Tamasha Wanga Da – A Punjabi Song –

Maine Kiya Dwarika Baas Re Sudha Malhotra.. Music Raghunath Seth –

3 AK November 30, 2013 at 11:43 am

Thanks a lot for adding her non-film songs, which make the overview more complete. She does seem to have a natural flak for singing ghazals. Among the above I especially liked the Punjabi song Shawa tamasha wanga da. The style seems to date back to the 40s.

4 Bhasker Tripathi November 30, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Great collection. Thanks. keep up the good work. May be if you have time research Pradeepji’s songs, and post them.

5 AK November 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Bhasker Tripathi, Thanks a lot. Pradeep, the singer, is one of my greatest favourites. He was in my mind, you have refreshed my memory.

6 Anu Warrier December 1, 2013 at 12:20 am

When I read the title of the your post, the first song that came to my mind was Tum mujhe bhool bhi jao… it has a personal connection. 🙂

This is a pleasant song (note I didn’t say ‘great’): from the pretty much unknown Bansari Bala

This is a nice duet with Manna Dey in Amar Singh Rathod:

7 gaddeswarup December 1, 2013 at 5:41 am
8 gaddeswarup December 1, 2013 at 6:10 am

AKji, It seems to be Sheila Vaz as you surmised. Upperstall lists her amon the cast and here is her profile

9 AK December 1, 2013 at 11:34 am

Tum mujhe bhool bhi jao.. it has a personal connection”. It is said that this was meant to convey what was between Sahir Ludhiyanvi and Sudha Malhotra. But there is something universal about Sahir’s poetry, which can fit many situations. Probably his most oft-quoted is Wo afsana jise anjaam tak lana na ho mumkin, use ek khoobsoorat mod dekar chhodna achchha. Everyone seems to have some personal connection with this song.

Both the songs were new to me. The Manna Dey-Sudha Malhotra duet Choro chori mat dekho from Amar Singh Rathod is too good. Thanks for adding these songs.

Thanks for the link. In a coincidence, Dustedoff’s recent post was on famous songs picturised on unknown/unfamiliar names, which included Sheila Vaz’s Le ke pahla pahla pyar. I think the internet era is bringing them more focus than they got in their active careers.

The duet with Geeta Dutt from Oont Patang you have added – Thumak thumak chale thumkat gori – is very good. Thanks a lot.

10 AK December 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

P.S. I just came across this wonderful non-film folk song Nimbua tale dola rakh de sung by Sudha Malhotra on Atul Song A Day. This is the tune SD Burman used for Ab ke baras bhej bhaiya ko babu

11 mumbaikar8 December 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Long awaited singer finally arrives.

12 Canasya December 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm

AKji, I join SoY community in whishing many happy returns to Sudha Malhotra. Thanks for the excellent write-up. Your note on ‘Kaun rang mungwa’ expresses my sentiments exactly. And ‘Nimbua tale’ is a real treat. Among major MDs she seems to have worked most with Roshan. Her Babar (1960) solos are great. Here is Payam-e-ishq muhabbat:

I like all her duets with Talat:

Aye gardishe zamana (Aladdin Laila) and Dil le lo (Makhichoos)

Kahiye suniye (Mohabbat ki Jeet; MD: Mohammand Shafi 1960)

Apna bana ke phir kyun bhulaya (Mumtaz Mahal 1957)

Ek bar to mil le (Andher nagari chaupat raja, MD: Avinash Vyas 1955)

Main padh rahi hoon tumko (Captain India, MD: Hemant Kedar 1960)

She sang memorable ‘group songs’. ‘Barsaat ki raat’, ‘Babar’ and ‘Dhool ka phool’ qawaalis and ‘Mohabbat ki dhun’ from ‘Dil-e-Nadan’ are examples. Some other group songs that I like are:

San san san wo chali (Kaagaz ke phool — with Rafi and Asha; SDB 1959)

Darshan do (Narsi Bhagat – with Hemant and Manna Dey; Ravi 1957)

She also sang for several child artistes. Here are two examples:

Haath pasare raste raste (Ek ke baad ek – with Geeta Dutt; SDB 1960)

Aaj apna ho (Kal hamara hai – with Aasha and Rafi; Chitragupta 1959)

13 mumbaikar8 December 1, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Oops! There was a computer glitch.
As Sudha Malhotra did not get to sing many, of course we remember well, kind of songs I would include another song from Babar, which is equally good.
She had 2 more very good songs in Bhai Bahen
I would like to add one beautiful duet with Manna Dey too.

14 Jignesh Kotadia December 2, 2013 at 1:51 am

Once again, As always , The num1 songs in both solo and duet are picked out brilliantly. Akji, u r stunning at no. 1 place selection job.

‘Mila gaye nain’ and ‘kashti ka khamosh safar’ both r great songs.
I have good memories of the wonderful song ” duniya pe bharosa mat kar, duniya jaadu ka khel hai ” since i had seen it first time around 1990 in ‘Rangoli’…dancing pradeepkumar and the little boy on the road with this melodious tune was an instant like.

Amongst the unheard songs from ur collection, my first interest was the tune made by BULO C RANI in sunahare kadam. A great respect is grown in me for such genius composers like Vinod and BCRani in last couple of yrs as i have heard their ample songs recently. BCRani’s classic ‘na baaz aaya muqaddar’ from ‘sunahare kadam’ is always a big temptation for me and this duet presented by u is also superb. Unfortunately BCRANI became almost jobless after Sunehre kadam, and music world had lost a creator of soft, silky, classy and melodious songs. By the exits of such golden era creators one by one, the golden era declined step by step.

15 AK December 2, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Half the songs you have added are new to me. I especially liked Talat-Sudha duetsKahiye suniye and Apna bana ke phir kyun bhulaya. Thanks a lot.

Payam-e-ishq mohabbat humein pasand nahi was also mentioned by Canasya. Excellent song composed by Roshan. Bada Bhai songs are too good. Doesn’t she sound very much like Asha Bhosle?

You are too lavish in your praise. Thanks a lot for your enthusiastic support. It seems my selections are somewhere touching a chord in you. There is generally not much dispute about the best of any artiste. Bulo C Rani is an amazing composer having used a variety of singers and genres. I have already covered Vinod in my series on ‘Forgotten Composers Unforgettable Melodies’. I meant this category primarily for composers of the 1950s and 60s. I don’t think of Bulo C Rani in this category, as firstly he debuted in the 40s and secondly he is not exactly forgotten. Internet is helping us keep the Golden Era alive.

16 mumbaikar8 December 2, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I want to compliment you for the selection of the songs, I missed it earlier, particularly for the song “Awaaz de raha hai ” she sounds so much like Lata of early 50’s all compliment to Ghulam Mohammed.
Now coming to Sudha sounding like Asha, I think it was other way round, in mid to late 50s Asha was like Sudesh Bhonsle, ready to deliver to MD’s demand. She was indeed very good at it.
With little help from the lady luck she was successful in eliminating all competition.

17 AK December 2, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Thanks a lot. Asha Bhosle being Sudesh Bhosle is a new angle to me. It is interesting how singers consciously or sub-consciously imitated the leading voices of the time until they found their own niche. Early Asha Bhosle sounded very much like Lata Mangeshkar, then we saw Geeta Dutt in her. Sudha Malhotra from Lata to Asha. Mubarak Begum in her first song sounded exactly like her self-professed idol Suraiya, most male singers started like Saigal.

18 mumbaikar8 December 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm

One more addition, Lata’s fascination for Noorjehan.

19 AK December 3, 2013 at 6:12 am

Sure. An obvious one.

20 Subodh Agrawal December 4, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Thanks AK for a well deserved tribute to one of those whose career wilted under the Mangeshkar sisters’ onslaught. One wonders how many more singers would have flourished if Lata and Asha had imposed some limit on themselves – like Dilip Kumar doing only one film a year.

All the songs I know have already been listed in the post or the comments. As usual the post is full of pleasant new discoveries. I am enjoying them at leisure. The song lip-synched by the little Daisy Irani is indeed delightful.

21 n.venkataraman December 7, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Thanks for a wonderful post on Sudha Malhotra and balanced selection of her songs. Seven solos under seven different MDs, five duets with five leading male singers of her time under five different MDs and four more duets with four leading female singers, two for Roshan and two for S D Burman, covering different genres, giving ample representation to her versatility. I enjoyed listening to the songs. Songs #2 and #7 I liked the most among the solos.

Comparisons apart, she had a wonderful voice and rendered some memorable songs. Both duets she had sung for Roshan were superb and also the duet with G M Durrani. You had mentioned that the song Aankho pe bharosa mat kar sounded like Md.Rafi-Geeta Dutt duet. Was it something to do with the MD Mukul Roy, who happened to be the brother of Geeta Dutt!

Due to my persisting health problems, I could listen to the songs and read the post only today. I tend to agree with Jignesh’s comments, although it may appear lavish. An array of songs has been added in the comments section. Thanks to Ashok ji, Anu ji and Canasya ji for their additions. It was pleasure listening to the songs. I presume there is still room for few more. Let me pay my (belated) wishes and tribute to Sudha Malhotra by presenting this song first.

Khusiyon ki din aaya, film Lady of the Lake (1960), lyrics Anjaan, music Suresh Talwar

Does this sound like asha Bhosle?

Pyar ki chandini, film Pak Daman (1957), lyrics Shakil Badayuni, music Ghulam Mohammad.

O ruk ja laut ke aana hoga, film Changez Khan (1957), lyrics Qamar Jalalabadi, music Hansraj Behl

A beautiful Guru Nanak Bhajan

Finally a wonderful non-film Ghazal
Zehal-e-miskeen makun taghaful with Mukesh, lyrics Amir Khusrau, music Murli Manohar swaroop

For those, like me, who will have difficulty in understanding the Persian lyrics

Thank you once again

22 AK December 8, 2013 at 7:27 am

Der ayad durust ayad. Most of the songs you have added are new to me. O ruk ja laut ke ana hoga and Nanak bhajan are outstanding. Thanks a lot.

Now I know why Ankho pe bahrasa mat kar sounds like Rafi-Geeta Dutt. Nice deduction!

Sudha Malhotra does sound like Asha Bhosle in many songs. What was interesting was very close resemblance to Lata Mangeshkar in her early songs which I have mentioned.

23 AK December 8, 2013 at 8:11 am

You are very unambiguous in your chargesheet against Mangeshkar sisters!

24 vinay kulkarni December 14, 2013 at 11:29 am

Another beautiful song from sudha malhotra is “Mera jala Raat bhar diya Na Aaye piya” from film Chamakti Chandni-Music by Sardar Malik.
You tube link is

As you have mentioned In this song the voice of sudha so resembles Lata !!

25 AK December 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

Vinay Kulkarni,
You have added a very good song. Yes, very similar to Lata Mangeshkar. Heard for the first time. Thanks a lot.

26 mumbaikar8 December 19, 2013 at 6:20 am
27 Ron January 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Can oneone tell me if this song is by Sudha Malhotra. Bahut Din Huye Tumko Dekha Nahi Hai … and if anyone knows the Album name or movie name would be great as well. Here is a link on youtube.

Please email me if anyone knows and a great job on this site, very nicely done and good memories here.


28 AK January 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm

One thing I can say for sure. Its style is definitely of a non-film song. I am not able to say conclusively anything about the singer. It could very well be Sudha Malhotra.

Thanks for your compliments.

29 arvindersharma April 25, 2014 at 5:37 pm

It comes to my mind frequently, that gifted voices such as Meena Kapoor, Sudha Malhotra,Mubarak Begum, Subir Sen or even Bhupinder were born in a wrong era as they could not flourish in the presence of such quality mainstay singers.
But immediately I correct myself because only these 30-40 years of vintage/golden era will remain etched in the memory of music lovers like us and these singers definitely occupy a respectable slot in our hearts.
We do not know that any other living generation will fall in love with such music with equal passion as even after 50-60 years, we are discussing Rafi vs Kishore, as to who was actually the composer of ‘roop tera mastana’ and many more such controversies.
Coming now to Sudha Malhotra, a bhajan from ‘Gokul Ka Chor’ composed by the Marathi legend, Sudhir Phadke, is etched in my memory forever.
‘Maiya Mori main nahi maakhan khayo’ by Sudha Malhotra has such a lasting impact that the same bhajan (non filmy) sung by Lata pales in comparison.
‘Radha ke rasiya, gokul ke basiya’ is another favourite of mine, composed by Ravi from ‘Narsi Bhagat’.
Another bhajan from ‘Dekh Kabira Roya’,composed by Madan Mohan, ‘Tum meri raakho laaj Hari’ is actually a situational tragedy as such a melodic bhajan was wasted because of situational demand. (Anoop Kumar was the unintentional culprit).
One more song,
Main to Teri ho gayi balma from ‘Nagpadmini’, music by Sanmukh Babu, is a lovely song by Sudha, sung in her own inimitable style.
The first bhajan I would have liked to be listed among the top ten numbers of Sudha Malhotra, and the rest is up to you AK Ji.

30 AK April 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

It is so nice the way you take us to your nostalgia trip.

Here is your favourite song. Interestingly, it is credited to Madhukar Rajasthani. I think there should be some courtesy that once you take the first few lines of a classical poetry, the original author should be credited as the lyricist.

Maiya mori main nahi maakhan khayo from Gokul Ka Chor(1957), music Sudhir Phadke

31 arvindersharma April 25, 2014 at 10:33 pm

AK Ji,
you are absolutely right.
At least, the inspiration should be given the credit.
And that will always enhance the value of a creation.

32 T.N.Srivastava January 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

I went to Hamidia College in Bhopal in1951 with Sudha ji and quite often rode in bike and met her while she was also peddling her bike in the valley leading to the College. Off course, she will not remember me because I was just a teen ager not yet attained any fame at that time. However, I was fortunate to hear her sing Indian national song “Jan man gan—” at Sanchi, MP while Pandit Nehru was visiting there to inaugurate the arrival of relics of Budha’s disciple -Sariputta and Mangolana from Ceylone, now called Sri Lanka.

33 AK January 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm

TN Srivastav,
Welcome to SoY. It is nice to have someone who knew music celebrities. I wish you could share more of such memories.

34 Ashok Kumar Tyagi September 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm

AK ji,
With the grace of the Almighty, I started reading your older posts and went through reading posts on Sudha Malhotra and SD Burman in the same sitting. This encourages me to praise the peerless bhajan- na main dhan chahoon. Needless to say Shailendra has written a gem – Dev Anand coming back home after a wrong-doing finds his sibling saying in the bhajan :
“Moh man mohe lobh lalchaye
kaise kaise ye naag lahraye
Is se pahle ye man udhr jaye
main to mar jaoon . . . . .”
The composition is brilliant with innovative alaaps in different interludes making sure that both singers get importance. The legendary combination of Sachin da with Pt Samta Prasad on tabla is again in full bloom. They already had created superb songs in films Kala Pani and Bambai ka Babu. In the above mentioned bhajan, the baayan tabla(the larger tabla) has been brought into prominence which makes the voices of Geeta-Sudha even more beautiful.
Overall a superlative creation.

35 AK September 16, 2015 at 5:24 pm

It is a matter of immense satisfaction that many new discoverers of SoY are going through and catching up with old post so diligently. This bhajan is indeed outstanding. Thanks a lot for enlightening us about technical details. It is also a matter of pleasure that among the followers the number of experts is increasing.

36 D P Rangan October 6, 2015 at 11:31 pm

Comment 26

Thanks for posting the clip. The interview was very informative and enjoyable. My lone regret is the heavy bias towards Hindi genre. There are great singers from South India and Tamil film music has an equally long history. In fact at one time National Council of Applied Economic Research conducted a survey of cinema halls in India and came with an astounding statistics that number of cinema halls per unit of population was highest in Tamilnadu. Language is the hurdle in such interview. The compere is from North and the singer from south are not proficient in such a high calibre of Hindi. The interviewer should also be able to converse in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada or Malayalam as per the person called for interview. I will lodge a protest with Rajya Sabha at the email indicated.

Leave aside that. I have heard a lot of songs mentioned above and in several instances mistook them to be Lata Mangeshkar. Now I will haunt Monday bazaar of Karolbagh, Delhi and locate a CD of Sudha Malhotra for adding to my collection.

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