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Musing 46: Dance as sex, Son of Hatimtai (!965)

I think everybody realizes that the hero-heroine dances are there to make up for the lack of sex that censors do not allow. I don't think any film person has admitted it. Recently, Edwina Violette spelled it out

“Yes I would imagine that the Hip Shaking & the Top
Half of the Body Shaking & any part of the Body
Shaking done by The Female Dancers especially in the
Film Line is to spell out ‘Sex’ from Beginning to End"

Now you know!

Listen to Son of Hatimtai (1965)


Musing 28: Dinesh Sharma, Phool Bane Angare (1963)

Some people like Hindi films, others love them, but a few blessed ones like Har Mandir and his successors are crazy about films and their songs. One such person is Dinesh Sharma of  Dhulia, Maharashtra. He started noting down the picturizations of films in notebooks, loose sheets of paper and scraps of paper. He has been mostly responsible in all the picturization info you see in the various singers' Geet Koshes. Here is what the compilers of the Rafi Geet Kosh, 'Mere Geet Tumhare' had to say about him.

Dinesh Sharma

Mr Dinesh Sharma: Suggested to include picturizations in 'Mere Geet Tumhare' and continued sending new information that was very important in making the book truly complete. His address is given next.

Now you know!

Listen to Phool Bane Angare (1963) 



Archiving Film Music

Archiving Indian film music

Chetan Vinchhi

On the challenges faced by any serious archival efforts and possible ways of mitigating these


The history of a music reflects the history of its people. The evolution of a genre of music narrates vivid stories that often go above and beyond the written word. We can identify with and relive these sagas through the music. And all this happens organically. It is not a history lesson. It is woven into the social fabric over the years, even generations.

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