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DD Punjabi Episode on Old Punjabi Films

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It was a treat watching this DD Punjabi video on movies of Punjab. Only DD can do such things.
Many nice take aways from the video. Ashok Kumar and Parikshit Sahni speaking punjabi, clips from movies like Satt Saaliyaan which are not available giving hope that they survive somewhere in their archives and views from old time viewers as well as personalities.

The DD Punjabi channel has lots of stuff to watch! DD Jalandhar must have more treasures hiding in it.
It even had a small clip of K D Mehra ji speaking in it 




Tribute to Actress Sadhana by Abhay ji

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It has been a year since Sadhana ji left us for her heavenly abode. Even though She bid adieu to the cine world decades away, her viewers remember her as vividly now as then. She will never be forgotten by those who loved her.


This tribute program was presented on Radio Dil and we now present it thanks to Abhay ji and the radio station here:-



Do let us know how you liked it!


Vyjayantimala's Singing Debut for Composer Master Venu

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Contributed by Lakshmipriya

In January 2016, I came across a news Item stating that at the age of 79, Veteran actress VYJAYANTIMALA  would be making her singing debut . She would be performing  live in Chennai at two concerts organised by the Gangubai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University. She even told in an interview that she had devoted 20 years of her life to acting . After which she had devoted herself to dancing & that now she would like to devote her time to singing . However not many know  that Vyjayantimala used to learn light music from telugu composer Master Venu in the early 1950s .Two of her non filmy songs in telugu even  released  as a private album. They were composed by  Master Venu himself . The lyricist is unknown (Request for information from music loving friends)
Vyjayantimala Singing















An introduction to MASTER VENU

He was born in Bandar/ Machlipatnam in 1916. He was brought up in his maternal uncle's house who was a music composer. From the age of 9 , Venu began learning instrumental music from his uncle. He learnt the harmonium and mastered it in only one year. The way this young boy's fingers danced over the harmonium was a sight to behold and many used to stand and watch him while listening to this young prodigy. This played havoc with his studies and he stopped going to school. With even more enthusiasm he began mastering instruments along with singing practice. Venu's mother too learnt along with him from her brother and both used to enjoy those musical sessions very much. At the age of 14 years, He began giving harmonium concerts which were a huge hit. Audience used to wonder if harmonium is assisting his singing or vice versa. SUch fame he gathered through his concerts.

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Hindi Film Geet Kosh Update Project

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Hindi Film Geet Kosh Update Project……..

By Abhay Jain




Historically, Indian society has never paid enough attention to documenting or archiving things. Similarly, film industry has also suffered from the same indifference towards archiving. With desire to get information about Hindi film songs, Mr. Hamraaz embarked on a mission to painstakingly create a document of Hindi films/songs. Effort involved obtaining information from censor records, film booklets, catalogues of record companies, gramophone and vinyl record labels, interviews with music personalities, magazines, record collectors, music lovers, Radio Ceylon listeners etc. Without listening to actual songs, information could not be verified. His effort of documenting Hindi film songs resulted in five volumes of Hindi Film Geet Kosh in book form starting from 1932 (one volume per decade). Without his effort, most of the music and information would have never seen the light of the day. Many songs particularly the rare would have just stayed with collectors and some played on SLBC. I would say that my own interest would have been limited to what songs I had listened.


However information in Geet Kosh is not always complete or accurate because booklets either have errors, record companies had incorrect or incomplete information, many artists have passed away (and thus incapable of confirming the information) or the memory of living artists was fading (due to old age), some artists even provided outright misinformation for reasons best known to them. Moreover, actual songs were not always available. Ever since the publication of Geet Kosh volumes, corrections have been discussed by many music lovers, sent to Mr. Hamraaz but that information is not easily accessible to everyone at a central place in any form. Some of the errata information regularly appears in the periodically published Listeners’ Bulletin However, the scattered nature of the information is not very helpful and next editions of the Geet Koshs are long pending. For details about the Geet Kosh volumes and purchase information please visit the website .


My effort is an attempt to centrally document correct information for songs of 1930s and 1940s. The information for these decades is most obscure and current focus is on these decades though if interest is there other decades can be seen at a later date. We would keep this information (one document per year and a separate one for 1940s) online to be accessible by everyone. It is built on the foundation laid out by Hindi Film Geet Kosh.


My Methodology of Information Update


It must be emphasized that it is a stretch to call it correct information. Especially towards singer names, it is the ears of people who have tried to recognize the voice where singer name is not available. One person’s “correct” guess may not match another person’s. It becomes particularly difficult in the case of obscure singers or where misinformation is there in other sources including the records themselves. There are some cases where listening is the only way to know. For example, in movie Muqabla (1942), Khan Mastana sang for both himself and Yakub but singing credit is mentioned as Yakub for the song actually sung by Khan Mastana because it was picturised on Yakub (It was a common practice for record companies/producers in 1930s and 1940s to mention the name of the artists it was picturised or even the name of the characters in the movies because of which one only has to resort to listening to guess the singers).


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Kamala Dasgupta

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His full name was Kamala Prasanna Dasgupta. His parents were from the village Kalia of Jessore district,although it was in Cooch Behar , when the family had moved there, Kamal Dasgupta was born on 28th of July in the year 1912. His schooling started in Cooch Behar and he graduated as an engineer from the Bengal Engineering College in Shibpur.His parents Taraprasanna Dasgupta and Kaminiranjan Dasgupta . Both were well trained in classical music and hence a musical environment existed at home. Kamal Dasgupta often told that because of the disciplined training in music at home five/six out of the ten brothers and sisters could record songs at HMV at very early ages, and three brothers excelled as music directors, including his eldest brother Bimal Das Gupta and his younger brother Shubal Das Gupta, who composed many memorable songs. The two brothers Kamal and Shubal would sing kawali in the radio as Chand-Suraj Kawals....

Composer Kamala Dasgupta

Kamal Das Gupta had his first formal training in music from his elder brother. Then he devoted three/four years for learning and practicing mainly Sargam in the company of the famous singer Sri Krishna Chandra Dey, who was blind. But, it was the renowned Ustad Zamiruddin Khan who was Kamal Das Gupta's true Guru. Early Days,at the age of only eighteen, he joined His Master'sVoice (HMV) as a music director. It did not take time for the Ustadji to notice the extraordinary talents of this young man who had already mastered the basics. Kamal Das Gupta learned all he could
from the Thumri king Ustad Zamiruddin Khan, and like an expert craftsman brought out the deepest secrets of Sur to compose his immortal tunes. His composition was first released as a record in 1932 in the voice of Satyaboti.


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