I like this Sitara Devi dance in Aabroo (1943). It’s also fun to see Yakub enter the picutre… As I mentioned sometime back, in the same film, he did a drag version of “Inhi Logon Ne”.
By the way, I have heard/read that Sitara Devi still makes lively appearances and actively promotes kathak… She is 93 years old now! In Aabroo, she was 24. (In Roti, she was probably 23… At first, I had gotten some misinformation from somewhere that she was considerably younger in that film, just a teenager (16 or 17?)… But it makes more sense that she was in her 20s at this time.)
No instruments needed for the great Madam Noor Jehan (audio recorded in a gathering with Faiz, posted on YouTube several years ago, reminded of this because someone else
(re)posted it just last month)…
Though, of course, she is so nice with instruments and on screen too…
Still my all-time favorite singer in Indian and Pakistani films (in case anybody didn’t know), Noor Jehan, Sep. 21, 1926 to December 23, 2000.
Ravi Shankar has died, at the age of 92. Is there anyone out there who can write a fitting tribute? Not I.
Farewell, Pandit Ravi Shankar.
For Dilip Kumar’s birthday and to complement the more comprehensive list of solos (with fine descriptions) at Dusted Off
I am reminded of a Holi song discussion sometime back in which Harvey asked whether a certain Pakistani song was a Holi song because it had the word “Holi” in it… But that word turned out to mean something else in the language of the film, which was Punjabi, and a few of us were saying, how could there be Holi songs in Pakistani films? Well, I found one after all, and it is a beauty – and it is sung by my favorite singer of all, who will be getting some attention this month (for a change, haha).