Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Manna Dey in Binaca geetmala finals

Manna Dey mainly sang semi classical songs in movies which had fewer takers compared to popular songs sung by others.And he was offered only such songs to sing. As a result,Manna Dey songs had difficulty competing against popular numbers, though his songs were regarded highly by people who appreciated class.

Despite not enjoying any great mass appeal, his songs managed to find places in the Binaca geetmala finals countdowns. And most of his finals appearances were in 1950s and 60s, which was the golden era of Bollywood movie songs.

Many top class Manna Dey songs, which are now regarded as all time great classics, failed to find places in the Binaca geetmala finals, viz the songs of "Dekh Kabeera Roya", a musical blockbuster of 1957.But what do you expect, when the singer as well as music director ( Madan Mohan)concentrated on creating eternal music rather than ephemeral music catering to the prevalent popular musical tastes? It is always advisable to take the list of Binaca geetmala songs as the list of mass popularity at that time, rather than as a barometer of quality of the songs.If "Kaun aaya mere man ke dware" (Dekh Kabeera roya), "Dil ka haal sune dilwala" (Shri 420), "Ae mere pyare watan" (kabuliwala), "laga chunri mein daag" (dil hi to hai)and "Ek chatur naar"(Padosan) could not find places in Binaca geetmala finals then it is an indictment on the limitations of Binaca geetmala rather than on the calibre of these songs.


Here is the list of songs sung by Manna Dey that appeared in Binaca geetmala finals:

1956

16.Aajaa sanam madhur chaandni mein hum (Chori Chori) Singers-Lata & Manna Dey,Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri,MD-Shankar-Jaikishan



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLSijkWwC9Y

4.Nirbal se ladaai balwaan ki (Toofan Aur Diya) Singer-Manna Dey,Lyrics-Bharat Vyas,MD-Vasant Desai

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBAY7LlTvmk

3.Tu pyaar ka saagar hai(Seema,1955) Singer-Manna Dey,Lyrics-Shailendra,MD-Shankar-Jaikishan



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QM8ohMGneY

1957

14.Nain mile chain kahaan (Basant Bahar,1956)Singers-Lata & Manna Dey,Lyrics-Shailendra,MD- Shankar-Jaikishan



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbn4fCjjjTI

1958

21.Maama o maama o maama maama (Parvarish)Singers-Rafi & Manna Dey,Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri,MD-Dattaram



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CvTl8Lv12M



1959

23.Baabu samjho ishaare hauran pukaare(Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi,1958)Singers-Kishore Kumar & Manna Dey,Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri,MD-S D Burman



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xaPYdJ_pjw


9.O kali anaar ki na itna sataao (Chhoti Behan)Singers-Manna Dey & Asha,Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri,MD-Shankar-Jaikishan



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwMllqJZhZw&feature=related


7.Jhoomta mausam mast maheena (Ujala)Singers-Manna Dey & Lata,Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri,MD-Shankar-Jaikishan


1962

32.Dil ki tamanna thi masti mein (GyarahHazaarLadkiyan)Singers-Rafi,Asha,Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri,MD-N Dutta

1965

3.Aao twist karen (Bhoot Bangla)Singer-Manna Dey,Lyrics-Hasrat Jaipuri,MD-R D Burman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lokpohoCyF8

1966

9.Usko naheen dekha humne kabhi(Daadi Maa)Singers-Mahendra kapoor,Manna Dey,MD- Roshan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtxAdHack-w

1968

28.Qasme Vaade Pyar Wafa (Upkaar,1967)Singer-Manna Dey,Lyrics-Gulshan Baawra,MD- Kalyanji-Anandji



http://youtube.com/watch?v=gJs-MraG4EU


1970

19.Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke chalo(Mera Naam Joker) Singer-Manna Dey, Lyrics-Neeraj,MD-Shankar-Jaikishan



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHpWtrPVhls


1971

7.Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli (Anand)Music- Salil Chaudhury Lyrics- Yogesh Singer- Manna Dey


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVEtwPO6rk8


1973

1.Yaari hai imaan mera yaar (Zanjeer)Singer-Manna Dey,Lyrics-Gulshan Baawra,MD- Kalyanji-Anandji

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUyirZ0PtcE

1976

9.Yeh dosti hum naheen chhodenge (Sholay,1975)Singers-Kishore,Manna Dey,Lyrics-Anand Bakshi,MD-R D Burman



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ck77d3joH6I


3 comments:

Raja Swaminathan said...

Just read this post, Atul.
Throughout his career, to a large extent, Manna Dey was either restricted to classical songs (which the masses did not necessarily understand or appreciate) or silly songs for the comedian in the movie. But, for the more discerning listener, Manna Dey will always be grouped with the very best because he has always been one of the very best.

Thanks for the post, celebrating a legend of music.

squarecut.atul said...

Thanks, Raja.
And you have summarised the career of Manna Dey very accurately.

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