Today’s post is Bollywood Geetmala – 1952. Like I have mentioned quite a few times before – I kept my ear close to the transistor at home, as a child and would listen to old songs with enthusiasm, despite Dad’s strict warnings against it. I have aways been in love with these classic songs, probably courtesy of their presentation on the radio. One of the programs that I followed was Binaka (later Cibaka and then again Binaka) Geetmala, which began in 1952 (much before I was born). It was a countdown of songs popular in a particular week and the presenter, Ameen Sayani Sahab became my idol before I even realized it. Let me hurry up to say that I don’t consider myself even close to a dust particle of his single foot.
Ameen Sahab and his Geetmala have inspired several of my articles that I have written for lemonwire.com. This post is another such attempt. But I have decided not to post it as a countdown because I feel that I would be doing an injustice to the other songs than the top one. I have selected some (let me point out – some) of my favorite songs from Bollywood movies released in 1952, for this post. It does not mean that I don’t like the others. I don’t have the right to say that because the music artists, who worked hard to bring out these songs, have shared their gems with us for eternity. It’s only that I cannot post all the songs I like in one post. I hope you like my selection.
I love plants and that’s the reason I did my first post-graduation in Botany. Here, I have given the names of 9 flowers to the songs, forming a garland of songs or a Geetmala. I don’t mean that anyone is in any way less than the other.
Bollywood Geetmala – 1952
Rose – Maan mera ehsaan are nadaan… Aan (1952)
Jasmine – Ghanshyam ke hain ghanshyam nayan… Aandhiyan (1952)
Lotus – Jaya Jagadhish Hare… Anand Math (1952)
Lily – Main dil hoon ek armaan bhara… Anhonee (1952)
Passion flower – Vande Mataram… Anand Math (1952)
Marigold – O duniyake rakhwale… Baiju Bawra (1952)
Hibiscus – Tu Gangaki mauj main Jamunaki dhara… Baiju Bawra (1952)
Sunflower – Aye mere dil kahin aur chal… Daag (1952)
Chrysanthemum – Yeh raat yeh chandni phir kahan… Jaal (1952)