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.”
Surinder and her sister Parkash, back in 1944:
(What a beautiful sound this is!)
Surinder with Mukesh in Sunehre Din (1949):
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!)
(I finally picked up a subtitled edition of
Surinder in Nadiya Ke Paar (1948):
(Oh, this is lovely!)
Surinder in Shaheed (1948):
P.S. Thanks to Vidur (see comments) for reminding me that she also sang in Singaar (1949):
(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.)
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!
Musical Chairs has resumed at YouTube, with some of the same old players.
Welcome back to YouTube, Tom!
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. :) )