Gaurish Weds Swati

December 13 2017 : Kumar Gaurish and Swati were married at the ITC Welcome in Dwarka..

Here I present a collection of songs that actually was planned for Bhrigu and Ajeeta wedding on November 24 and Shaleen and Nishtha wedding on October 31 but it did not materialise then..

May the newly wed couples have a strong bonding and affection for each other in an association of life time..

Our best Wishes to Gaurish and Swati (December 13) and to Bhrigu and Ajeeta (November 24).. and a little earlier to Shaleen and Nishtha (October 31)..

Most of the song featured here actually were part of the Gents joining the Ladies Sangeet on December 14 at the residence of Suresh Bhaisahab..

Bhrigu Dev Weds Ajeeta

These then are some of the pictures that were taken at Ghaziabad, Moradabad at the wedding ceremony of dear Bhrigu Dev (Sunny) with Ajeeta.. November 24 2017

Shashi Kapoor – The Actor

Shahsi Kapoor – The Actor breathed his last on December 4 2017 .. with his death an era of second generation of illustrious Kapoor Khandan defined by the trio Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and himself came to an end.. he was born in Calcutta on March 18 1938 and has died shortly before attaining the age of 79..

Remarkable for his romantic image and suitable for any role he did more than 150 films.. several of which were in English ..

First noted in Aag in the year 1948 playing young Raj Kapoor he was also part of the epic film Awara where he again played the role of young Raj Kapoor.. in 1961 he first appeared in the leading role in Yash Chopra directed Dharmputra.. however, it was Jab jab Phool Khile in 1965 opposite Nanda that Sahshi Kapoor achieved great success as the romantic hero of Hindi Cinema.. He appeared in several films thereafter and was a busy actor in the later part of the sixties.. In between there were several English films with Ivory Merchant production where he was cast in leading roles..

He also produced some great films notably Junoon (Shyam Benegal), 36 Chowringhee Lane (Aparna Sen), Vijeta (Govind Nihalani), Utsav (Girish Karnad) and also directed Indo-Russian venture Ajooba featuring Amitabh Bachchan in the title role..

He did several notable films with top co-stars of his times :

Amitabh Bachchan (most importantly Deewaar, Kabhie Kabhie, Trishul, Kala Patthar, Silsila, Suhaag, Shaan and Namakhalaal.. ), Sanjeev Kumar (Trishul, Silsila, Swayamvar, Sawaal, Trishna), Shatrughan Sinha (Kala Patthar, Shaan, Bhavani Junction, Gautam Govinda, Amar Shakti), Rishi Kapoor (Kabhie Kabhie, Duniya Meri Jeb Mein and Doosra Aadmi), Manoj Kumar (Roti Kapda Aur Makaan and Kranti ), Rajesh Khanna (Prem Kahani), Dharmendra (Krodhi) and Vinod Khanna (Chor Sipahee)..

Shashi Kapoor acted opposite most of the top heroines of his times.. I have included one film of each of them.. a more complete record of all his films is available at cinema at my drupal site..

Jenifer Kendal (Bombay Talkie)
Nanda (Jab Jab Phool Khile)
Sharmila Tagore (Waqt)
Asha Parekh (Kanyadaan)
Babita (Hasina Maan Jaayegi)
Vimi (Patanga)
Rakhee Gulzar (Sharmeelee)
Mumtaz (Chor Machaye Shor)
Simi Grewal (Siddhartha)
Neetu Singh (Deewaar)
Zeenat Aman (Satyam Shivam Sundaram)
Hema Malini (Abhinetri)
Shabana Azmi (Fakira)
Sulakshana Pandit (Salaakhen)
Vidya Sinha (Mukti)
Rekha (Kalyug)
Parveen Babi (Namakhalaal)

My preferred top 10 Hindi films featuring Shashi Kapoor are listed below :
Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965)
Waqt (1965)
Hasina Maan Jayegi (1968)
Sharmelee (1971)
Kabhie Kabhie (1976)
Fakira (1976)
Junoon (1978)
Baseraa (1981)
Kalyug (1981)
New Delhi Times (1986)

Asha Bhosle – Birthday Special

आशा भोसले – जन्मदिवस पर विशेष
आशा भोसले हिंदी पिल्मों और संगीत की दुनिया का एक ऐसा नाम है जिसके बारे में विस्तार से कहे बिना भी बहुत लोग बहुत कुछ जानते है । आज उनके 85वें जन्मदिन के शुभ अवसर पर कहना तो मैं बहुत कुछ चाहता था पर आप लोग उनके संगीत का आनद लें यही अधिक श्रेष्ठ होगा । प्रस्तुत है आशा ताई के लॉइव पर्फ़ोर्मेंस पर आधारित रुपये में सोलह गाने की यह नवीन श्रंखला ।
अभय शर्मा 8 सितंबर 2017

विडियो लिस्ट
1. जाने जां ढूंढता फिर रहा
2. चुरा लिया है तुमने जो दिल को
3. ओ मेरे सोन रे सोना
4. आ जा आ जा
5. दिल चीज़ क्या है
6. ये लड़का हाय अल्लाह
7. जवानी जानेमन
8. टॉइमलैस आशा
9. दम मारो दम
10. कल आज और कल इटर्नल आशा
11. न मरते हम
12. इन आंखों की मस्ती के
13. ले गई ले गई
14. लॉइव यूएसऍ कन्सर्ट
15. आशा भोसले – डॉक्युमेंटरी
16. आशा पंचम और गुलज़ार

Happy Onam

ओणम के शुभ अवसर पर आप सभी को हार्दिक बधाई विशेषकर प्रिय जॉर्ज मैमन, देविका और प्रीता प्रेम के प्रति समर्पित इस रुपये में सोलह गाने श्रंखला में केरल के सुप्रसिद्ध पार्श्वगायक येसुदास द्वारा हिंदी फिल्मों में उनके गाये हुये 16 गानों का समावेश किया गया है, आशा है जॉर्ज द्वारा भेजे गये यहां प्रस्तुत चित्र में छोटे से बदलाव से प्रिय जॉर्ज को विशेष आपत्ति न होगी । यह श्रंखला एक दिन बाद ही यहां उपलब्ध कराई गई है इससे पहले फ़ेसबुक पर यूट्यूब लिंक पहले दी जा चुकी है । आशा है सभी केरल मित्र इसे पसंद करेंगे ।

अभय शर्मा 5 सितंबर 2017
Special Dedications : Cicy Roy on her great achievement winning President’s award for contribution towards Education.. She is presently the Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya Pangode, Thiruvananthpuram.. Congratulations to her..

Symbolic Shailendra Songs

प्रतीकात्मक शैलेंद्र
आज यह निशचय किया गया है कि रुपये में सोलह गाने नामक इस श्रंखला का प्रमुख आलेख हिंदी में प्रस्तुत किया जायेगा –
स्व. शैलेंद्र का फिल्मों में गीत लिखने का किस्सा वाकई रोचक रहा, प्रारंभ में जब राज कपूर साहब ने शैलेंद्र से अपनी आगामी फ़िल्म आग के लिये गीत लिखने का अनुरोध किया तो शैलेंद्र ने उनका यह प्रस्ताव ठुकरा दिया था, लगभग वैसे ही जैसे आने वाले दिनों में गुलज़ार साहब ने शैलेंद्र के कहने पर सचिन दा की बंदिनी में लिखने में कोतही जताई थी । खैर, समय को कुछ और ही मंजूर था, बम्बई की अपनी निजी ज़िंदगी में आर्थिक कारणों से परेशान एक दिन वे स्वयं ही राज कपूर के दफ्तर पहुंचे और यह सत्य है कि राज कपूर ने सहर्ष ही उन्हे अपनी फिल्म बरसात के लिये अनुबंधित कर लिया और दोनो में गहरी दोस्ती हो गई । इसमें अतिश्योक्ति न होगी कि अगर मुकेश राज कपूर की आवाज़ थे तो उस आवाज़ के लिये बेहतरीन नगमे लिखने का काम शैलेंद्र ने बखूबी किया, इस संदर्भ में संगीतकार शंकर जयकिशन इस चौकडी के बेमिसाल कडी साबित हुये यह तो कोई भी बता सकता है ।
बहरहाल, शैलेंद्र ने हिंदी संगीत प्रेमियों की झोली में कुछ ऐसे नगमे लिख डाले जो आज इतने बरसों बाद भी लोकप्रियता के शिखर पर राज कर रहे हैं । कालांतर में मुकेश और राज कपूर के प्रति तीन रुपये में सोलह गाने ज़ारी करने के पश्चात यह अवश्य ही एक मुश्किल कार्य था कि शैलेंद्र की रचनात्मकता को बिल्कुल नयापन दिया जा सके, इसके बाद भी आप पायेगें कि उनके प्रतीकात्मक चुने हुये गानों की इस फेहरिश्त में काफ़ी कुछ नया देखने सुनने को मिल सकता है ।
अनाडी, श्री 420, जिस देश में गंगा बहती है, बरसात, तीसरी कसम, आह और संगम जैसी फिल्मों से मात्र एक ही गीत चुनने में जिन मुश्किलों का सामना करना पड़ा है उसे सरल शब्दों में आपको समझा नही सकता बस यही समझ लीजिये कि सजन रे झूठ मत बोलो जैसे परम प्रिय गीत को इस लिस्ट में जगह न दे पाना कितनी विकट मजबूरी रही होगी, हालांकि सब कुछ सीखा हमने न सीखी होशियारी ड्रूपल वैबसाईट पर विशेष प्रस्तुति के लिये चुना गया है तथापि तीसरी कसम का सजन रे झूठ मत बोलो और श्री 420 के ‘मेरा जूता है जापानी ‘ के साथ मै अवश्य ही अन्याय कर बैठा हूं इस बात क अफ़सोस न भी हो पर मलाल तो अवश्य ही अनुभव हो रहा है – किशोर दा का कोई भी गाना यहां सम्मिलित नही कर पाने का भी गम रहेगा ।
शैलेंद्र – जन्म 30 अगस्त 1923 मृत्यु 14 दिसंबर 1966

आईये देखें किन सोलह गानों के साथ यह रुपये में सोलह गाने की श्रंखला मैने आप सबके लिये यहां सजाई है –
रुपये में सोलह गाने – शैलेंद्र


अभय शर्मा 30 अगस्त 2017
Addendum : Last night in a discussion with one of the knowledgeable nephew, not only academically but also with his hold on old Hindi songs.. I do present a second string of the songs.. many of which were suggested by Nitin Sharma of California..
It also gave me a fillip to include a rich variety of songs which could not all be included in the main listing provided by me.. a few songs esp. the Chori Chori duet is added on suggestion by Dr. Nandita.. well .. much of it can change in case Nitin does get time and responds to my request of sending a list of his own favorites.. these are for now representation of Shailendra as Nitin might have loved to project.. and as an afterthought Awara does get two songs I am afraid the Ghar aaya mera pardesi could not be left out even if it walks in at the cost of Chhod Gaye balam.. I actually love this song also for a presentation by Pakistan artists at youtube many years ago..
Nitin Presents Shailendra is here for you all..

You may actually find it is better than the first list.. no comparisons.. I was tied down by some inhibitions of not being over-repetitive and not responding to a bias doubt by Kukki Sharma.. I am biased towards Mukesh yet not at the cost of leaving out the best.. I hope all of you would love this additional listing.. and to my pleasant surprise it has more Mukesh songs than I had included.. Ha !

Abhaya Sharma August 31 2017

Happy INdependence Day India

The moment India was born is about to arrive in a few minutes from now.. Way back in 1947 India earned its freedom though it came at the cost of its partition into India and Pakistan.. well.. One can not do a much about what happened though some of the bloodshed was truly devastating for hundreds and thousands of families..
I love India as much as I love being a human being.. Here the compilation was quite difficult as some of the modern songs have had huge popularity in the mind of millions of Indians.. I had to forgo the thought of including Aye Watan Aye watan from Shaheed.. and another song Watan Ki Raah Mei Watan Ke naujawan Shaheed ho.. from another film tilted Shaheed.. I did have to leave out a couple of very popular new numbers as well in Yeh Duniya ek Dulhan from Pardes and Yeh Jo Desh Hai tera from Swades.. and maybe I would have loved to not to be biased yet it is difficult to say if I have done a good job.. I truly wanted to include Mile Sur Mera Tumhara .. I could not and that has been decided to be the featured song for my drupal site for the Independence day..

Jai Hind
Abhaya Sharma August 15 2017 12.02 AM

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Heartiest Greetings For Janmashtami

Many parts of the country are celebrating Janmashtami today.. Those who do may find a small effort on compiling a second Rupaye Mei Solah Gaane for the occasion .. Maharashtra has far greater celebrations for the Dahi kala.. the Govinda festival is indeed on the next day of his birth.. and is quite a celebration with Dahi Handis seen all over the Mumbai streets.. and troupes take great pride and prizes that come along while breaking the Handi..
There are several songs dedicated to Lord Krishna in Hindi cinema.. I may not have heard many of them.. and I have included 3 non-film Bhajans.. notably one by Anup Jalota could be classified as either a Rama or a Krishna Bhajan.. Meerabai had been in true love with Lord Krishna and had composed several verses to describe that love.. here we have one of the Meera Bhajan sung by two different great artists Geeta Dutt and Lata Mangeshkar in the same post..

Abhaya Sharma August 14 2017