Menakabai was a skilled classical singer; her merit was duly
recognised by Indian Cinema as well. Minerva Movietone's
film 'Prithvi Vallabh' featured beautiful songs by 'Menaka'.
Her duet with Rafiq Ghaznavi, 'panchhi ud chal apne desh',
or 'khule swarga ke dwaar', a solo from the same film, are
perhaps better known. But the piece de resistance from
the film is the familiar bhajan : 'raam naam dhan paayaa mai.nne'.
A beautiful composition by Saraswati Devi, it has been
thrillingly rendered in a dynamic style by Menaka-bai
in a startling departure from the more sober style generally
used for such songs, a sublime amalgam of bhakti-ras
May her soul rest in peace.