For some reason, I can’t help thinking about the U.S. elections that are going to take place next week…
P.S. Screen caps above are from a DVD version of the 1942 film Roti, made by Tom Daniel from a VCD version made available to us by Memsaab, with subtitles by Raja. (The video clip that I could find, as it says, was made by Ajit.) The actor and singer is Ashraf Khan. The music is by Anil Biswas; the director is Mehboob Khan.
At the time that I am posting this, the screen cap in the image header above is also from this copy of Roti, tinted by me. The young lady dancing at the center is Sitara Devi.
The Benjamin Sisters apparently were an early ’80s trio who made their name on Pakistani TV covering classic ’50s-’60s film songs. And after discovering them last night, I have to admit, I was mesmerized – for some strange reason, I just couldn’t stop watching them…
Though unfortuantely, I eventually found out what happened after one of them split and they decided to try other things:
Thanks to Minai for unearthing this Kamala dance, among several others that I hadn’t seen before, for her great Tandav Dances post. As soon as I saw it, I thought of Padmini’s dance for “Mannavan Vanthanadi.”
(I finally picked up a subtitled edition of Sunehre Din. It’s one of a few movies I got in NYC, where I’ve been this week (and where I might move back to fairly soon). Unfortunately, I haven’t had access to a working DVD player (not even one in a computer!), but I might review this one – and others – soon. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the music again. I love the singing in this film!)
Surinder in Nadiya Ke Paar (1948):
(Oh, this is lovely!)
Surinder in Shaheed (1948):
(I think this is her most famous film song. I think Bawa sent a copy of this to me in comments a while back. It is a nice one.)
P.S. Thanks to Vidur (see comments) for reminding me that she also sang in Singaar (1949):
Embedding disabled (why do people keep doing that?), but certainly worth the extra click. Such wonderful singing by Rajkumari and Amirbai, and delightful spring dances – especially when the peacocks show up!
Meanwhile, I have discovered that three other YouTube channels that were on my sidebar have disappeared, either suspended or, in one mysterious case, ” not available.” So, if anybody notices, that’s why you don’t see them anymore. (Too bad the Raj Kapoor Fan Club channel is gone. That’s where I finally saw Awara with English subtitles. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why it’s gone. But maybe that will be back too someday.)
P.S. I have revised this post since Harvey was able to remind me which song I was thinking of that actually contained a game of Musical Chairs. (That’s why the first exchange of comments reads as it does. :) )
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