(That’s Baby Meena (Kumari) singing with Beena Kumari.)
She died on Dec. 24, but I didn’t know until I read the sad news yesterday in a review of Munimji at Dusted Off.
She was an excellent actress and great beauty, and though she wasn’t a dancer (I don’t think…), she did a fine mujra.
I had the pleasure of seeing her in Sangram (1950), Nastik (1954), and Kala Pani (1958). And by the way, Kala Pani – the whole movie – is available on YouTube with English subtitles.
That’s right, Rare Dance Songs of Kamala, Sai-Subbalakshmi, Padmini, and More! How could I not love it? I will resist the temptation to post any of those clips here, because you must go to Minai’s to watch them. However, here’s a screen cap:
Just wondering… This is a very nice song from one of my favorite soundtracks, Dastan.
Happy birthday, Mohammed Rafi!
(I have just thrown some favorites together; some appeared here sometime before (though I think in some cases, I have just posted newer, better copies than before). Originally, I had a larger batch with quite a few of the ’50s Pakistani film songs, but I wanted to do a smaller post with songs that nicely fit together, which also were among my favorites. I realize now that all but one fit within a three-year period. Oh, but what a period that was! And I’ve covered a much wider range elsewhere, of course…)
P.S. The picture on the second audio clip, which I put together myself, might look familiar to some people because you probably saw it on another blog.
P.P.S. Close to a day after I posted the clips above, I was looking at more Noor Jehan clips, and I stumbled upon a British television interview with her that I posted from close to two years ago. Watching it again, I enjoyed it at least as much as the first time, if not more. This is the interview that made me a big fan of Noor Jehan the person as well as the singer and actress. Of course, it could have been different actually knowing her personally; who knows if I would have liked her? (And not everybody has had the kindest things to say about her personality.) But I very much liked what she had to say, and I was impressed by the person presented here. Other interviews have not had that effect on me. For instance, a couple of interviews with Vyjayanthimala (combined with some knowledge of her political adventures) actually helped to make me less of a fan, and I had to say to myself, I’m not going to let this get in the way of my appreciation of her dancing and her film presence. (Though it might have – she is not quite as high on my list as she used to be.) But this Noor Jehan interview definitely increased my then-already-high opinion of her. Plus, it includes some great old film songs with very good subtitles added.