I found this out late in the day, probably through a YouTube poster who knew in advance…that today is (or yesterday was, depending on where you are) the birthday of Suman Kalyanpur (born January 28, 1937). Last night, I just happened to be watching one of my favorite songs by Suman Kalyanpur, because I was thinking about cats. Since I don’t have the time to put together an adequate list of songs by Suman Kalyanpur, I will let this one suffice – because it is also a birthday party song (though the party isn’t meant for a human, of course).
P.S. There is a very good, comprehensive post about Suman Kalyanpur at Songs of Yore.
I started out with closer to ten, but I decided to rule a scene out if it had more to do with a remote village (which might not really be in the jungle) or gypsies or dacoits. Not that these can’t be permitted, but the jungle had to be very much at the heart and soul of most of the scene.
P.S. I was also looking for a certain Raj Kapoor song… But I couldn’t remember where it was, and it was taking too long to find it!
P.P.S. These days, I guess most of these characters would be referred to as Adavasis?
Thanks to the Shalin Bhatt for those videos. Lalita Pawar is one of my favorite actresses – as I know she is for a few other people out there – but, of course, we know her in somewhat different kinds of roles. But here is Lalita in her glamorous youth, years before the notorious slap that gave her a crooked eye… And it is so nice to hear her sing, too!
Yes, I decided this is it… I have posted it before, possibly more than once, but I am even more impressed now… I think it helped that I have seen it with these subtitles (errors notwithstanding). I find the lyrics wrenching (though I don’t know anything about the lyricist – Moti?)… The voice is so beautiful too, but as we’ve said here before, it’s not someone known most for films; it’s Surinder Kaur! Music by C. Ramchandra – one of his great early works… And Kamini Kaushal is certainly stunning here. (Plus, a nice glimpse of Dilip – in the only scene where, for some reason, he is dressed like Nehru.)
Altogether, well, as I said, I think it is the number one broken-heart song!
P.S. And it doesn’t even have the phrase “dil toda” in it anywhere… But so many songs do… I am wondering if I should continue a numbered list of favorite broken-heart songs… The problem is that I can’t find subtitles for some of the most beautiful songs, so I can’t really always compare lyrics. And the pool to choose from would be kind of large…
Yes, sort of a repeat of a few themes or elements you would be familiar with if you’ve watched more than a few Hindi films (including the element that causes me to ask myself, “which kind of Indian is this?” (even if they are Pakistani)). But I felt there was also something very original-sounding about the song, especially in the more discordant parts. Familiar or not, I found this to be awfully good.
Oh, I would love to find this film, with subtitles! Look at Sitara Devi, look at Yakub!