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Song of rare movie Sangam 1941 - Rajendra Bora - 29.12.2011

Sangam (1941) is the rare film for which lyrics were written by noted Hindi writer Amrit Lal Nagar who dabbled in bollywood in 1940s. All the songs of this f...
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Nadi nare na jao shyam- Gulab Bai - Arun Mudgal

‎'Moko peehar mein mat chhed balam ..........'
Gulab Bai (1920-1996)
Gulab Bai born in 1920 at the village Balpurba near Kannauj, joined Nautanki at the tender age of 12 years in 1932. Nautanki drama was larger than life. The precursor to Bollywood extravaganza, it was a world of glamour, glitz and fantasy. Nautanki was mainly developed and flourished in UP in Kannauj. Hathras, Kanpur , Agra and Braj area and latter on expanded to nearby areas as well, but most of Nautanki Companies were from this area only. Nautanki became the rage during the 1931s and 1940s. They were a regular feature in Melas-- big or small. Hundreds of these melas were held round the year in these and adloining areas and Nautanki was always there to entertain people.
The plays were based mostly on the traditional and mythical stories like Raja Harischandra, Moradhwaj, Satyvan- Savitri, Sutana Daku, Amar Singh Rathor , Laila Maznun and Sherri Farhad.
Gulab Bai was perhaps the first women to join the Nautanki before her it was an all male affair. Aster Gulab Bai many other women also joined Nautanki but Gulab BaI is known and was the Patraani of Nautanki.She was awarded Padmshree in 1990.
Dialogue delivery in these playa used to be crisp. The actors, trained in classical music ,could hold a note for two or three minutes at a stretch. The unbroken taans seemed like eternity to spellbound listeners and above all the voice was so strong and the voice through was such that without Microphone it could reach clearly to three to four thousand spectators.
There was singing in the main play as well as during the fillers.
The Braj folk songs were popular as fillers during the shows. These reflected the social ethos, local conventions and relationships, For instance, this rasiya which has this interesting exchange between husband and wife :
' Paanch rupaiya de de balam, main mela dekhan jaungi
Paach aana ki pao jalebi, baith sadak pe khaungi

kaha kahe kachhu samajh na aavei, ae mere dil ki pyari
mela dekhan jaya na kartin, bhale gharon ki naari'

During her long carrier as Nautanki artist Gulab Bai played many roles as heroin and sang many songs as part of story and in fillers as well.Her songs were very popular among masses. Many of these songs had explicit sexual tones in their lyrics, but most of them were traditional songs.
HMV made at least eight records of Gulab Bai's songs during the 1950s
Two of her most popular songs are ;
1. Nadi nare na jao shyam painyyan parun.....
and
2. Moko peehar main mat chhed balam nek dhar le dheer jigariya main.....
Both of these songs were latter used by Jaidev in Mujhe jeene do, the tunes remained same only the musical arrangement was detailed and ornate, but as usual nobody bothered to give credit to Gulab Bai.
I am posting Gulab Bai's rendition of 'Nadi naare na jao shyam........' as the main post and sharing her superb rendition of 'moko peehar mein mat chhed balam ......' in comments.

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Khurshid Begum (khursheed bano) panchhi baanwra chand se preet lagaye tansen - Bimal Chaddha - 29.12.2011

Khurshid Begum (khursheed bano) panchhi baanwra chand se preet lagaye tansen old hindi punjabi indian music song classical saigal kl Singer : KhursheedBano K...
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