Mohammed Rafi Remembered

This day some 37 years ago India had lost one of its most charismatic playback singer in Mohammed Rafi.. I had earlier in the day added some songs to the songbook dedicated to him on my drupal site.. Here I am presenting two collections for Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane on Mohaammed Rafi Sahab who was truly gifted with a magical voice.. it was not easy to select from the youtube as some of the much loved songs were not available in good quality.. I may well be forgiven when in the first RMSG I had failed to include a single song from Dev Anand films.. the error is rectified.. a lot of other top songs have also been included in the First RMSG Titled ‘More Rafi Hits’ ..
Some exceptional duets have been included in the second RMSG of the day.. a failure to include some of the very old and initial songs by him could be adddressed in future.. songs Like Raat Rangeeli mast nazaare.. and Aaye Bahaar Banke Lubhakar Chale Gaye.. yet I have done well to included the duet with Noor Jehan Sahiba – Yahan Badla Wafa ka Bewafai hai..
Kahin Ek Masoom Nazuk Si Ladki has missed out yet again and being a personal favourite it was a bit painful.. I really wanted to include as many actors in the single numbers as was possible.. Please take time and find out if I have I done justice to the two lists..
The Hindi listing and linking to drupal site would be taken up soon.. I have to come up with another RRMSG on The Great Meena Kumari on her birth anniversary immediately after on August 1.. I have left out a top Rafi Lata duet as it was recently a part of an RMSG on Anand Bakshi very recently.. One is also advised to visit an earlier RMSG on Shammi Kapoor.. Rafi Sahab had special bond with him somewhat akin to what his brother Raj Kapoor had with Mukesh..

1. Rupaye Mei Solah Ganne – More Rafi Hits :
2. Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane : Rafi Top Duets :

Abhaya Sharma 31 July 2017

Happy Teej

Teej is a special woman oriented festival.. the 16 songs for Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane are compiled for depicting the essence of the rainy season festival of Teej that is prominently celebrated in most parts of India .. Teej falls in the month of Sawan.. and maybe except ‘Man kyoon bahaka Ri bahaka..’ by the wonderful Lata and Asha Ji.. all the songs are based on the theme and spirit of Teej. The songs are primarily organised on their popularity on youtube yet the first slot has been given to ‘Pad Gaye Jhoole from Bahu Begum.. a song which appears to be the most apt for the occasion.. The RMSG had been initiated by the message from dear Gita Jiji.. the cover photo includes a greeting picture sent by her..
The song from Bahu Begum is a personal favorite and depicts my love for the great Meena Kumari who also features in a song from the film Parineeta – ‘Gore Gore Haathon Meim.. ‘ and another from Azaad – Jaa Ri Jaa ri O Kaari Badariya..’
The Kishore da special ‘Rimjhim Gire Sawan..’ from brother Amitabh’s Manzil has been excluded though it was considered initially.. I hope the song sequence would be loved by all.. the RMSG is dedicated to Gita Jiji, Savita Sharma, Dr. Neerja Dubey, Uttama Mukherjee Behera, Rajni Raghav Pandey and Dr. Yojana Singh among hundreds of other facebook frieends esp. some of the friends from three Kendriya Vidyalayas I studied at Agra, Port Blair and IIT Delhi Campus (Now relocated and known as Kv NMR, JNU Campus)

Abhaya Sharma 26 July 2017
रुपये में सोलह गाने – तीज़ की शुभकामनायें

1. पड़ गये झूले सावन रुत आई रे – बहू बेगम
2. मेघा रे मेघा रे – प्यासा सावन
3. मन क्यूं बहका री बहका – उत्सव
4. बरसात में हमसे मिले तुम – बरसात
5. ओ सजना बरखा बहार आई – परख
6. आहा रिमझिम के ये प्यारे प्यारे गीत लिये – उसने कहा था
7. ज़िंदगी भर नही भूलेगी – बरसात की रात
8. रिमझिम के तराने लेके आई बरसात – काला बाज़ार
9. जा री जा री ओ कारी बदरिया – आज़ाद
10. सावन के झूले पड़े – जुर्माना
11. गोरे गोरे हाथों में – परिणीता
12. हरियाला सावन ढोल बजाता आया – दो बीघा ज़मीन
13. झूले में पवन के आई बहार – बैजू बावरा
14. हो उमड़ घुमड़ कर – दो आंखें बारह हाथ
15. देखो मौसम क्या बहार है – ऑपेरा हॉउस
16. ये मौसम रंगीन शमा – मॉडर्न गर्ल

अभय शर्मा 26 जुलाई 2017

Post script : It was discovered later that the write up was quite scratchy and incoherent.. I believe I could be excused for being erroneous on description in the first instance.. and hope it is more readable now.. I did want to incorporate the song suggested by Jasmine Di.. well I promise that would get top slot when I compile songs for Rakshabandhan soon..

Mukesh – Top Duets

Mukesh – Birth Anniversary Special
( b. 22 July 1923 d. 27 August 1976)
Mukesh sung hundreds of great duet songs of Hindi Cinema yet with a restriction of sixteen songs for a Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane sequel I have been limited to atmost one song per film and it has been tried to highlight some of the songs from non-Raj Kapoor films.. an effort has been made to include songs featuring Asha Bhosle, Sudha Malhotra, Suman Kalyanpur besides the illustrious Lata Mangeshkar.. who truly dominated the top duets by Mukesh .. so please give him a big hand for some wonderful duets he sung for Hindi cinema.. featuring Manoj Kumar, Jeetendra, Dilip Kumar, Rajendra Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Dharmendra, Feroze Khan, Shammi Kapoor and a few others .. not every actor could be included.. as the collection here is limited to the duets.. Amitabh Bachchan (Kabhi Kabhie title song was on my mind, yet it missed out as it is not truly a duet), Rajesh Khanna, Shashi Kapoor and Sanjeev Kumar missed as well.. it is all right I believe.. they were all part of the earlier RMSG on Mukesh.. or have songs by him included in other RMSGs

रुपये में सोलह गाने – मुकेश युगल गीत

1. क्या खूब लगती हो बडी सुंदर दिखती हो – धर्मात्मा
2. किसी राह में किसी मोड़ पर – मेरे हमसफ़र
3. महबूब मेरे महबूब मेरे – पत्थर के सनम
4. सावन का महीना पवन करे सोर – मिलन
5. इक प्यार का नगमा है – शोर
6. धीरे धीरे बोल कोई सुन न ले – गोरा और काला
7. मैं ना भूलूंगा – रोटी कपड़ा और मकान
8. फूल तुम्हें भेजा है खत में – सरस्वतीचंद्र
9. कहीं करती होगी वो मेरा इंतज़ार – फिर कब मिलोगी
10. जे हम तुम चोरी से – धरती कहे पुकार के
11. तुम अगर भूल भी जाओ तो ये हक है तुमको – दीदी
12. दिल तड़प तड़प के कह रहा है – मधुमति
13. हम दोनो मिलके कागज़ पे दिल के – तुम्हारी कसम
14. हमसफ़र मेरे हमसफ़र – पूर्णिमा
15. मेरा प्यार भी तू है – साथी
16. दुनिया वालों से दूर जलने वालों से दूर – उजाला

अभय शर्मा 22 जुलाई 2017
As an afterthought another playlist featuring Mukesh duets from RK films has been created, duets with Geeta Dutt and Sharda have moved here and by including the RK duets some of the best songs have also been made a part of the Top duets, after all many rightly think that playback singer Mukesh was the voice of Raj Kapoor, thus sanity has prevailed and most of his best duets have now been included :
रुपये में सोलह गाने – मुकेश आर के युगल

1. रमैया वस्तावैया – श्री 420
2. ओ मेरे सनम ओ मेरे सनम – संगम
3. हर दिल जो प्यार करेगा – संगम
4. दम भर जो इधर मुंह फेरे – आवारा
5. दिल की नज़र से – अनाडी
6. वो चांद खिला वो तारे हंसे – अनाडी
7. आ जा रे अब मेरा दिल पुकारा – आह
8. चले जाना जरा ठहरो – एरॉउंड दॅ वर्ल्ड
9. जाने ना नज़र पहचाने जिगर – आह
10. खयालों में किसी के इस तरह आया नही करते – बावरे नैन
11. छोड़ गये बालम – बरसात
12. तेरे हमसफ़र गीत हैं तेरे – धरम करम
13. मेरी जान कुछ भी कीजिये – छलिया
14. हम भी है तुम भी हो – जिस देश में गंगा बहती है
15. दाग न लग जाये – मेरा नाम जोकर
16. पतली कमर है तिरछी नज़र है – बरसात

अभय शर्मा 22 जुलाई 2017

Anand Bakshi – Birth Anniversary

Anand Bakshi- Birth Anniversary Special
(b. 21 July 1930 d. 30 March 2004)
Anand Bakshi Sahab became the talk of the Town with superhit success the songs of Do Raaste received.. his simplicity attracted the cinegoers and lovers of Hindi Music in a large way.. the great songs from Hare Rama Hare Krishna,Aradhana, Kati Patang.. Aan Milo Sajna further established his poition.. he was now considered as one of the major key to success of a song and a film in early seventies along with the popular trio of RD Burman, Kishore Kumar and Rajesh Khanna ..
There have been many great songs written and composed by him and tough only 16 could be included here.. I beleive I would be including some of his songs in future RMSGs ..
I return with the additions, deletions and listing of the songs in Hindi sand possible link to my drupal music site besides the playlist, Anand Bakshi may not have been as much of a genius as Sahir Ludhianvi or Shailendra yet he definitely matched the most prolific Majrooh Sultanpuri in his popularity among Hindi cinema lovers..
There has been a major revisions in the song contents.. I expected it as I had not truly done my research on possible songs to be included here.. the criteria here at RMSGs mostly has been reflecting the popularity.. some songs make an exit and some new songs also make up for a particular movie esp. in the case for Julie and Bobby.. and even Kati Patang, Do Raaste and Mehboob Ki Mehndi too swapped for new songs.. there has been a brand new addition in Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahaani.. which had rocked the mid-seventies and emerged as one of the best among romantic songs of all times.. the song was rendered by Asha Bhosle with inputs also from Amitabh Bachchan and little known Sharat Kumar with music by Rahul Dev Burman.. I am quite sure I may have really missed some of the new songs by Anand Bakshi Sahab.. I believe I am somewhat convinced with my these selections..


Abhaya Sharma compiled on JUly 21 2017
The list has been put up today..on July 22 2017.. and it is time to do another birth anniversary for Melodious Mukesh..

रुपये में सोलह गाने – आनंद बख्शी

1. मुझे तेरी मोहब्बत का सहारा मिल गया होता – आप आये बहार आई
2. कोरा कागज़ था ये मन मेरा – आराधना
3. मेरे महबूब कयामत होगी – मि. ऍक्स इन बॉम्बे
4. ये जो मोहब्बत है – कटी पतंग
5. मैं शायर तो नही – बॉबी
6. दो लफ़्ज़ों की है दिल की कहानी – दि ग्रेट गैम्बलर
7. ये रेशमी जुल्फ़ें ये शरबती आंखें – दो रास्ते
8. ये जो चिलमन है दुश्मन है हमारी – महबूब की मेंहदी
9. चिंगारी कोई भड़के – अमर प्रेम
10. आज मौसम बड़ा बेईमान है – लोफ़र
11. ये शमा शमा है ये प्यार का – जब जब फूल खिले
12. भूल गया सब कुछ – जूली
13. आदमी मुसाफिर है – अपनापन
14. आदमी जो कहता है – मजबूर
15. दिये जलते हैं फूल खिलते हैं – नमक हराम
16. दम मारो दम मिट जाये गम – हरे रामा हरे कृष्णा

अभय शर्मा 23 जुलाई 2017

Magnanimous Madhubala

One possibly could not think of Mughal-e-Azam without Madhubala and it was master stroke of K Asif that his movie ranks as number one in my charts of top 10 Hindi movies of all time.. Of course there can always be more choices for second, third and other places but many cinegoers would not cast doubt about my first choice.. though besides Madhubala.. the credit also goes to Prithviraj Kapoor Sahab in his larger than life portrayal of Mughal Samrat.. The likes of Dilip Kumar and Naushad Ali also made a huge contribution to the success of best film ever made till date.. yet I have not taken every song from the film.. All Shakeel Badayuni songs were exceptional and Lata Mangeshkar in some of these songs truly must have had her first high peak in an illustrious career .. and the ones I have taken could not be left out when one talks of Madhubala and Mughal-e-Azam.. .. other songs from Dulari, Half Ticket and Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi were more or less expected to be there in the Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane sequel on India’s most magnanimous looking Madhubala.. Only The Great Meena Kumari and Nargis Dutt could compete with her in those early days of Hindi cinema for assured success of a film on their basis alone.. Have a great time.. and though there could be dedications to others.. this particular series is dedicated to person from Hindi cinema to Pran Sahab and Dara Singh who died on this day with a gap of one year between them.. Dara Singh ji in 2012 and Pran Sahab a year later in 2013.. both are known to be very generous persons from the industry.. and it is likely that they may not find a Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane featuring them I chose to remember them specially with something unique.. and Madhubala emerged on the scene.. the list has been corrected and after a bit of surprise the a duet from Phagun has been brought down..

रुपये में सोलह गाने – मधुबाला
1. प्यार किया तो डरना क्या – मुगल-ए-आज़म
2. आइये मेहरबां – हावड़ा ब्रिज
3. मोहब्बत की झूठी कहानी पे रोये – मुगल-ए-आज़म
4. खुदा निगेहबान हो तुम्हारा – मुगल-ए-आज़म
5. सब कुछ लुटा के होश में आये – एक साल
6. एक लड़की भीगी भागी सी – चलती का नाम गाडी
7. हाल कैसा है जनाब का – चलती का नाम गाडी
8. इक परदेसी मेरा दिल ले गया – फागुन
9. चांद रात तुम हो साथ – हाफ टिकट
10. मैं सितारों का तराना – चलती का नाम गाडी
11. ज़िंदगी भर नही भूलेगी – बरसात की रात
12. ठंडी हवा ये चांदनी सुहानी – झुमरू
13. नैन मिले नैन हुये बावरे – तराना
14. आयेगा आयेगा आनेवाला – महल
15. ऐ दिल तुझे कसम है – दुलारी
16. जाने वाले से मुलाकात न होने पायी – अमर

Abhaya Sharma 12 July 2017

Sanjeev Kumar – The Superactor

Very few in the Hindi cinema would disagree with my observation that Sanjeev Kumar or Haribhai Jariwala was a superactor.. if we have had superstars and superheroes why not superactors too.. and he would be sitting in the front row with the likes of Guru Dutt, Dilip Kumar and Balraj Sahni.. I would have also considered Prithvi Raj Kapoor in the same league.. Contrary to my belief that I would not find many songs picturised on the superactor.. I had to leave out a few from consideration.. of course I kept two songs each from two of his super films Aandhi and Khilona.. and I could not add a song from Anubhav, Uljhan and many a films.. it is OK.. the aim is not be encyclopedic.. it is to present the theme in as best a manner as possible and possibly without a bias.. It is hoped that the set of 16 songs for this Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane would be loved by one and all.. I shall present the Hindi listing soon.. One song in particular was very close to my heart as a young boy.. little did I know it then that the song was picturised on him.. the song is ‘Apne Liye Jiye to Kyaa Jiye.. from little known film Baadal..

Abhaya Sharma: Dedications to the Sanjeev Kumar sequel include Ajay Yadav, Ajay Sharma and Pini Kapoor (representative from KV AFS Agra for this particular post ).. I particularly love the song Oh Re Taal Mile Nadi Ke Jal mei from the film Anokhi Raat and dedicate it to one of my closest school friend Ajay Yadav.. (visit the new page Kendriya Vidyalaya, NMR, JNU Campus, New Delhi)
I have just discovered that it is the birthday of dear Ashutosh Bhardwaj.. he has definitely been one of the most exceptional among the recently added several friends from Kendriya Viadyalaya No. 1 Air Force Station, Agra.. I dedicate another personal favorite from the list Apne Liye Jiye to kyaa jiye to him.. on his birthday..
Abhaya Sharma July 10 2017

Tabassum – The First Great TV Host

Tabassum Ji was on my mind ever since I had accidentally discovered an article on how brother Amitabh Bachchan had saved her life.. I believe she was unbelievable as an anchor of that TV program we all grew up watching in the early Television days.. Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan.. often seeing it on TV of others on a couple of occasions from the windows.. for lack of space due to its popularity.. Tabassum ji started acting at very young age.. maybe one could say she was born to act .. yet in her long career of over six decades.. she achieved height of performances in her Doordarshan Bombay presentation.. I think it was aired on Fridays.. and if I remember right it was possibly repeated next morning as well.. I am not very confident of it though.. Here I have compiled some of the episodes from her Youtube channel Tabassum Talkies – where she has reinvented some of the prominent figures of Hindi Cinema that were part of her epic program.. a program I learn that ran for 21 consecutive years.. Maybe Rajat Sharma’s Apki Adalat alone can match with it in the modern times for its longevity.. My personal preferences have mostly been with brother Amitabh Bachchan yet I really wanted to include some of the programs from lesser appreciated yet well known artists like David, Om Prakash and many like them I feel I have not been able to incorporate some very many interesting programs here.. as the sequel is limited to 16 entries.. I would do additional RMSG on her in future.. The ones I missed would be covered in a new sequel.. notably Dr. Shreeram Lagoo, Lalita Pawar, Surendra Nath, Gope etc.

Abhaya Sharma July 9 2017
Dedications : Though I had promised myself I would find out about her residence and possibly go to meet her and wish her in person with a bouquet of flowers.. it was not to be.. it is all right.. Agar insaan ki har ichchha poori ho jaaye to vo insaan kahaan rah jayega.. my love for Meena Kumari should still take me to her someday.. as it does appear that she has known The Great Meena Kumari from close quarters..

Guru Dutt – Undisputed Genius

Guru Dutt Sahab is one man everyone in Hindi Cinema would agree was blessed with great abilities both as an actor and director.. I would say he was more of a director could also act brilliantly.. his films like Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool (though a failure at box office then) and Baazi (he did not act in it) are some of the best directorial works of Hindi cinema.. it is a bit tragic that such a great genius as he was had committed suicide.. Well we are here to celebrate his birth anniversary today.. and surprisingly it is also the birthday of yet another great actor Sanjeev Kumar or Haribhai as he was popularly known.. and yet another that of dear Tabassum.. who may not have made as big successful actor she definitely had a very long career in terms of years.. however she is part of another RMSG sequel which actually should not be called RMSG specifically.. Coming back to Guru Dutt sahab.. he is no stranger to RMSG lovers.. his wife Geeta Dutt is probably the richest in terms of Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane.. she has four sequels on her.. so I could actually have left out doing a RMSG on Guru Dutt.. yet that would be wrong.. such artists like him and Sanjeev Kumar are not born every day.. I would also try and do a RMSG on Haribhai if it is possible.. for brevity songs from films like Bharosa, Chaudhavin Ka Chand have been included besides only the most popular songs which may have already made appearances here. ‘ Jaane Wo Kaise Log Thhe Jinke.. ‘ makes probably most appearances..

Abhaya Sharma, Mumbai July 09 2017

Dedications : The Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane is dedicated to his birth anniversary.. specific preferences for me in the list include Waqt Ne Kiya Kyaa haseen sitam.. and Jinhen Naaz Hai Hind par wo Kahaan Hai.. from his top two films Kagaz Ke Phool and Pyaasa..
रुपये में सोलह गाने – गुरु दत्त

1. चौदहवीं का चांद हो या आफ़ताब हो – चौदहवीं का चांद
2. जाने वो कैसे लोग थे जिनके – प्यासा
3. बाबू जी धीरे चलना – आर पार
4. वक्त ने किया क्या हसीं सितम – कागज़ के फूल
5. ये दुनिया अगर मिल भी जाये तो क्या है – प्यासा
6. यही है वो सांझ और सवेरा – सांझ और सवेरा
7. जिन्हे नाज़ है हिंद पर वो कहां है – प्यासा
8. इस भरी दुनिया में कोई भी हमारा न हुआ – भरोसा
9. सुन सुन ज़ालिमा – आर पार
10. देखी ज़माने की यारी – कागज़ के फूल
11. मिली खाक में मुहब्बत – चौदहवीं का चांद
12. उधर तुम हसीं हो – मिस्टर एंड मिसेज़ 55
13. मोहब्बत कर लो जी भर लो – आर पार
14. चल दिये बंदा नवाज़ – मिस्टर एंड मिसेज़ 55
15. ऐ जी दिल पर हुआ ऐसा जादू – मिस्टर एंड मिसेज़ 55
16. अब तो जी होने लगा – मिस्टर एंड मिसेज़ 55

अभय शर्मा 19 जुलाई 2017

Madan Mohan – Exotic Music

Madan Mohan is one name among the music composers who probably never got his due.. Woh Bhooli Dastaan lo phir Yaad A gayi.. or Apki Nazaron ne samajha pyaar ke kaabil mujhe or still more popular Lag Ja Gale Ki phir yeh haseen raat ho na ho.. well I could go on but that is not the point.. maybe he could have got more films.. maybe he could have composed more music.. yet what speaks for his greatness that some of his music was used much after his death in the film Veer Zaara.. my personal best would possibly be Talat Mahmood sahab’s Phir Wohi Shaam Wohi Gham Whi Tanhaai hai.. yet here is one music director who gave away some highly lovable songs.. discover for yourself.. I have not restricted to one film one song theory as he often composed more than one great song in the same film – Woh Kaun Thi, Mera Saya and Dustak have shadowed some of his other films.. it is all right.. I wanted to give you the very best of him.. and the collection is dedicated to several friends on facebook who have joined me recently from Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 Air Force Station Agra.. the school where I got my first entry into Kendriya Vidyalayas in the year 1969 as a student of fifth standard.. thanks Mathews Mammen, George Mammen, Suresh Menon, Kanchan Singh Bisht, Shrinivas Rao, Ashutosh Bharadwaj, Sudhir Kekre, Prem Menon, Manohar Kandari, Arun Joneja.. and a good lot of others including Uttama, Manideepa and Annie .. I know I might have missed a few names and more would be on the verge of joining me hands at Facebook.. Dheeraj Bose, Harendra Ojha, Anil Bedi and Surjit Singh, Ajay Dogra, Rattan Sabharwal.. sincere thanks to all .. The best thing was that I have discovered Prithvi Raj Bose one of our seniors, a great Volleyball player who I loved as much as another who acted in a skit Panna Dhai – Pinaki Chakrabarti .. and I got to know that all along I had been wrong with the names Amarjeet (Ajit) and Nirmala Bedi.. they are in fact Anil and Madhu Bedi.. I hope the two will forgive me for that.. a picture from Ashutosh Bhardwaj (AB) was also received.. and has been posted at one of the blog entries on KV, AFS Agra..

Abhaya Sharma July 06 2017

A Great Father

Late Shri Prabhakar Sharma, our father was a man of few words.. I have not known him as much as a son would have loved to know his father.. we all would often talk to him through our mother.. He was a disciplined and a man of certain principles.. he would speak only when it was almost essential.. a quality which I loved though I have hardly put it in practice myself.. It was this day in 1994 a few months after the death of Alok Da..
I almost always found him to be a highly supportive father.. He was not so much of a man who loved cinema or expressed himself on the subject of music.. so it is really a difficult task to compile a Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane for him.. much of the songs selected here are more of a speculation.. he was a religious man.. I believe he liked Balraj Sahni and Prithvitraj Kapoor though what is known with some certainty is that he would have possibly enjoyed listening to devotional songs.. and it should be evident from my compilation here that he had a great respect for Lord Rama.. the only time he took us to cinema hall was in Calcutta.. when we were on our way to Port Blair.. it was a little known Hrishikesh Mukherjee film.. Sabse Bada Sukh.. He would often visit Ayodhya during Ram Navami.. and that alone has given me an inkling to his liking for Lord Rama.. our Pranaams to his soul


Abhaya Sharma, July 1 2017
Post Script : He was born with some intuitive powers when it came to palmistry yet he never made it his profession..
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