I must find this movie sometime – fine songs by Shankar Jaikishan, and wonderful dances too.
These are the Vajifdar sisters. They were bharatanatyam dancers. The better known sister, Shirin, was also a dance teacher and critic, and she was married to the writer Mulk Raj Anand. (I don’t really know anything about the other sister…) Aren’t they great? The vocals are by Lata and Asha.
And here’s a beautiful song sung by Lata on a 15-year-old Helen:
This is a nice dance, too, by Cuckoo:
Checking my stats the other day, I found I’d gotten a link from Bombay to Goa, a new blog from Anwar Ali. The link comes from the About page, where he talks about the advantages of growing up as the brother of Mehmood and Minoo Mumtaz and the son of Mumtaz Ali. He also mentions the good number of films that he was in himself, mainly starting in the late ’60s.
Unfortunately, though the late ’60s was the golden age for a lot of people, I have neglected that time (and later times) since I’ve been so focused on the ’40s and ’50s. But I did actually post one song here from the ’50s that featured Anwar Ali performing with his father. In fact, I’ve posted it two or three times because it it is my favorite song from the great soundtrack to Seema, and Anwar linked to the place where I posted it within a full writeup of the film.
Anwar also co-produced a couple of films, and he worked with Amitabh Bachchan, who inspired him to write the memoir Amitabh and I. That memoir is downloadable in pdf, and just judging from first glance, it looks pretty colorful (literally!), so I’m looking forward to reading it soon.
These are some great scenes that I found of Sadhona Bose in Alibaba (1937) – very clear pictures with English subtitles! (Too bad about all the logos, but we can’t ask for everything…)
I think this first scene is especially good. And by the way, the guy in blackface is the director of the movie and also Sadhona’s husband, Madhu bose:
This scene seems to be from the same part of the movie, and it is great too.
Just as an aside here, I couldn’t help noticing the similarities to this:
Back to Alibaba now… This is very nice too:
And here’s scenes with Sadhona and two other actors in the film. The dialogue is interesting, and so is the acting style:
Today, I stumbled on a superb site for finding MP3s of favorite old singers, A Musical Journey with Madhu… It happened while I was researching Juthika Roy, one of the singers featured on the Madhu’s Favorite Female Singers page. That page includes links to Mp3s of several other singers who are my favorite singers too, including Noor Jehan, Shamshad Begum, Kanan Devi, and Lata Mangeshkar (including many links specifically for C. Ramchandra). There’s also a male singers page (which I haven’t even begun to explore yet), which includes C. Ramchandra, Mohammed Rafi, Pankaj Malik, K.L. Saigal, Kishore Kumar…
The site also includes lots of other interesting stuff, such as Bojpuri songs and songs for Hindu festivals…
Right now, I am listening to lots of the Juthika Roy songs… I guess Juthika Roy is my newest oldest “discovery,” and I am greatly enjoying this. And I am very grateful that everything is in Mp3s!