She has a charming personality and a very good voice . I have every
reason to believe the songs in both the movies were rendered by her .
I am looking for any other RMIM'er who had seen them
and comment if I am wrong .
I haven't seen either film but songs in Doctor are not in
her voice. I spoke with her last week and she said she
has sung only in one Hindi film : Saugandh, and one
Bengali film : Pratisruti; Saugadh and Pratisruti are each
Her screen name in Saugandh was Shanti. (And Asit Baran's
was Arun.) I don't know which song(s) in Saugandh are
in her voice but I would guess that she used playback for
some of her songs in the film. I asked her whether she had
sung the song 'raajaa beTii'. She could not remember.
I hope Dr Guha will play the song to her one day, if he hasn't
done so already, and jog her memory further. But I don't
think the song is in her voice. If she could sing that well,
I am sure Boral would have made her sing some more
in Wapas and Wasiyatnama, films of which she was
a part as an actress.
She brought up a name unknown to me and called her
a major singer in Kolkata in those days : Shaila Devi.
Dr Guha says R C Boral had referred to Shaila Devi
as one of his main singers in an interview with Calcutta
Doordarshan station. Whether she ever sang for films
and how prolific she was with non-film 78 releases are
matters in need of further probing.
Songs like 'raajaa beTii' and 'bhool na jaanaa' are among
all-time greats in the annals of film music and I find it
extremely frustrating that we don't know for certain who
sang these gems for a production house as famous as
BTW on a different note who rendered this song ' ay dil khushi se
hoja bhagwan ke hawale '
Could this be Bharati Devi ?
In the song from Doctor ' ye titli , ye neeli peeli titli ' does she
cough at the end of the song
something similar to KLS in Dushman ?
I am sure you have the answers for them .
> Dr Guha , Thanks for your info and correcting me . Just for my info who
> rendered the song
> ' manva kaahe phir tadpaye ' this composition of RCB coupled with the
> voice make me go MAD .Another master piece of RCB .
> BTW on a different note who rendered this song ' ay dil khushi se
> hoja bhagwan ke hawale '
> Could this be Bharati Devi ?
FWIW, In the pre partition days I had the 78 disk of ai dil and
albela mastana. The singer for both songs was given as Bharti
Devi. The female singer in Saugandh's Raja Beta and Wapas's Bhool
Na Jana/Jeevan Hai Bekaar, sounds different.
I never found the recording of 'manva kaahe'. Heard it once only
in the movie in 1945.
> FWIW, In the pre partition days I had the 78 disk of ai dil and
> albela mastana. The singer for both songs was given as Bharti
> Devi. The female singer in Saugandh's Raja Beta and Wapas's Bhool
> Na Jana/Jeevan Hai Bekaar, sounds different.
> I never found the recording of 'manva kaahe'. Heard it once only
> in the movie in 1945.
> urzung khan
Unfortunately some of the best gems are lost in time ,
' jholi bhar taare ladure ' by Khursheed from Surdas is an example .
'jholii bhar taare laa do re' was included in a Khursheed compilation
issued in 70s here.