Hindi Cinema is different from movies of other countries because of abundance of songs. The songs hold a place of prestige in Hindi cinema. The popularity of a movie is judged by the success rate of the songs. In olden days songs were composed with very few accompaniments.The lyrics too were simple but the songs were sung by people very enthusiastically. Husan Lal -Bhagatram were popular music Directors. Sample a song directed by them for the movie Badi Bahen.
This song was a rage. It took the whole country by storm. This duo directed the music of several movies. Surraiya, Shamshad Begam and Noor Jahan were the singing stars of that era. The success of the songs in those days depended on the songs sung by these artists
Naushad was a very versatile music director. His career started in the year 1940 and continued up to 2006. His songs for Mother India and Baiju Bawra brought him great laurels. Mohd Rafi was an up coming singer those days He too contributed to the success of Naushad. He gave a classical touch to film music which proved to be very popular with the public. The following devotional song sung by Mohd. Rafihad a classical flavour.Naushad sung for almost every artist of those times
While speaking of Music Directors we cannot afford to miss the name of Shankar Jaikishen. This 'jodi , SJ .' was one the greatest Music Directors. They were spotted by Raj Kapoor, in whose films they gave memorable music, which is hummed by music lovers even after a lapse of more than half a century.I love the following song which they directed for Chori Chori
S.D. Burman was another Music Director who achieved great heights. His songs had the touch of Bengali Folk Music.He collaborated with Dev Anand and produced songs for famous films like Taxi Driver, Pyasaa, Sujata and Nau Do Gyarah. Singers like Geeta Dutt and Hemant Kumar came into form by associating with him. The song from Jaal sung by Hemant Kumar is presented here
One more song Directed by S.D. Burman which was an all time hit is also presented below. It is from the movie Sujata , sung by Talat Mahmood
Rahul Dev Burman son of S.D. Burman , was a Music Director of repute. His songs had a touch of Western Music. Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhonsle reached the pinnacle of their career , singing songs directed by RD Burman. He directed songs for famous movies like Yaadon Ki baraat, Sholay and Masoom.He sang the song Mehbooba o Mehbooba . He also made remix numbers of some renowned songs.
I am very fond songs directed by Kalyan Ji, Anand ji.They entered the world of Music when many big-wigs were ruling the the film world.That was the golden period of film music.With their perseverance and dedication they made a place for themselves.Kishore Kumar sang some super hit under their direction.One such song is being presented here . The song is from the movie, Safar.
One of my most favourite Music Directors is Madan Mohan. He was popularly known as Ghazal ka Prince. Some of the best compositions were sung by singers like Talat Mahmood and Lata Mangeshkar. A ghazal by Talat Mahmood ',Phir wohi shaam' is my all time favourite.
There are songs and songs . There are many more famous Music Directors like Salil Chaudhry, Anil Biswas and OP Nayyar .But there is no end. The world of music is like an unfathomable ocean.The more we we try to hold on the more it loosens its grip. I end this with a popular song,from Anarkali which I feel is one of Lata Mageshkar's best!!