Tracing back URLs from the Khurshid Anwar tribute site in my last post, I discovered the most incredible site for old Hindi soundtrack MP3s (also with soundtracks in Punjabi and Urdu)… It’s the Songs section of Surjit Singh’s Hindi / Urdu / Panjabi Film / Movie / Photo / Song Area. There are soundtracks from the 1930s up to at least the ’60s, but I think this is especially great for finding soundtracks to films from the 1940s (which is now my favorite decade for Hindi film music). All of this material, being in MP3 format, is easy to download as well as just listen to. And the selection is so overwhelming, I don’t know where to start. Actually, I’m starting with the Noor Jehan film soundtracks, because I saw that it has Mirza Sahiban, Khandan, Village Girl, Jugnu, Lal Haveli, and Zeenat. It has a couple of very early Naushad soundtracks too (yes, I’m going to download Ratan!), and countless other goodies from that decade that look positively delicious.
The site is not perfect, and the lists are very confusing (which is why I’m not adding all the URLs to everything I mentioned – too much work!)… They are listed by dates added and the names of the people to whom the collections belong(?), so you have to browse a few sections to find anything in particular. Some of the soundtracks also have one or two songs that are not playable in my Windows Media player (it says they are missing “codecs,” whatever that means). But these are minor flaws in a site that offers numerous soundtracks that I could not find in other searches that I’ve conducted over a period of many months. The MP3s are also listed song by song, so it takes a little while to download most soundtracks (you can’t download a whole album at once, as far as I can tell), but it can be very pleasant if you also listen to them while you’re doing it. I know it will take me a while, but it will be well worth it.