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Musing 5: Watan Ke Logo, not Logon

Number 5 2017/08/20

Ai Mere Watan Ke Logo

Yesterday, I mentioned the "Saga of the Compiler's Odyssey". You can read it here.

I am sure everybody knows about the famous Lata non-film song which made Chacha Nehru cry. The poet wrote the last word in the title as LOGO (not LOGON), Lata sang it as LOGO (not LOGON), the record says it is LOGO (not LOGON). So stop saying LOGON, at least for this song.

May be you feel that LOGON is correct grammatically, may be you were taught that way, may be you have known this all your life. No matter. The poet, the singer and the record disagree. So LOGO, not LOGON.

In fact the usage Ai Mere Watan Ke Logo is grammatically correct, as is Aao Bachcho Tumhen Dikhaayen (as Pradeep sings) or Bhaaiyo or Bahno (as Amin Sayani says). Look at any reputable Hindi grammar book published in the earlier times. They all agree that there is no N at the end in this case.

So, once for all LOGO, not LOGON.

Now you know!

Musing 9: Sheo Khetan

A Very Hard Worker, True to His Word

N S Vishwanath, a fellow RMIMer came to see me and I gave him copies of all my Hindi films on a hard disk. He gave them to one of hiss friends Sheo Khetan. One fine day, Sheo informed me that he has copies of all my movies and he would like to do a project based on them. I ignored his request becuase my projects are very labor-intensive. He did not give up, so I requested him to capture photos of all the named actors, and the ones that had a speaking part and even animals. Our hope is to publish a massive album of all the actors who ever worked in Hindi films, to 1960 at least for now.

He started doing it and has finished about 30 films. Here is a sample of his work. Enjoy!

Now you know! 

Musing 8: Song structure

Song structure

In the songs of the 50s to 80s a very similar structure is heard. It may begin with an intro line, e.g. in the aayegaa aane walaa, one hears Khaamosh hai zamaana ... Then there is intro music. Then the sthaaee or the refrain. More intro music, the first antaraa or stanza, followed by more interludes and stanzas.

But if one listens to songs from the 30s or early 40s, in most songs, there is hardly any interlude music. The singers start singing, keep singing and singing till the end. The music is in the background playing almost a secondary part.

The sthaaee-antaraa form became standard some time during the late 40s. Many people believe that it was Anil Biswas who did that. But it is a matter of ongoing research.

Now you know!