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Musing 10: Songs from Ilzaam (1954)

I will be posting songs from the collection of Dr Kapur and Narsingh almost daily now.

I had posted song 2 of Ilzaam (1954) earlier. The Manna Dey song is picturized on Jagdish Sethi, a rare treat. He started from the very first talkie and usually appeared in the films of K L Saigal. Also seen in the 50s films, Aar Paar and Phir Subah Hogi. Songs are here

Narsingh Collection 677

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) 



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)