Monday, February 23, 2015

Ramlal: Geet Gaya Patharonne (1964)

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It's always fun coming across music directors and playback singers I haven't heard before. As much as I love the blog's mainstays it's kind of refreshing with the odd break from all the usual suspects. I know very little about who Ramlal (Choudhary) is or was other than that his Bollywood career only seems to have lasted a few films. His score for 'Geet Gaya Patharonne' is traditional all the way through, and while it perhaps doesn't grab me as a whole the same way the previous post did, it certainly has its share of notable moments.

I'm very enamoured with C.H. Matma's soulful 'Mundve Tale Garib Ke'. Driven by a harmonium (possibly played by the singer himself) and rhythmically unconventional, it's unlike most other Indian film songs. 'Tere Khayalon Me Hum' is a quite unbelievably stunning piece; dreamy, atmospheric, a thing of great beauty. Lata Mangeshkar usually sings these, but younger sister Asha does a wonderful job here. The lovely 'Aaja Jaane Ja Mere Meherban' features a very peculiar drill-like noise in addition to a wobbly clarinet, augmenting a charmingly old-fashioned sounding melody. And finally, the second version of the title tune is enchanting. It was classical singer Kishori Amonkar's sole venture into film music; her delivery is impeccable but she apparently disliked the industry too much to keep at it. I absolutely adore the choreography in the film sequence.

Definitely worth checking out, this one.

Track listing:
1. Asha Bhosle & Mahendra Kapoor: Geet Gaya Patharonne
2. Asha Bhosle: Janewale O Mere Pyar
3. C.H. Atma: Mundve Tale Garib Ke
4. Mahendra Kapoor, Asha Bhosle & Chorus: Aayea Padhariye
5. Asha Bhosle: Tere Khayalon Me Hum
6. Asha Bhosle: Raat Nav Javan
7. Asha Bhosle: Aaja Jaane Ja Mere Meherban
8. Kishori Amonkar & Chorus: Geet Gaya Patharonne

9 comments:

  1. A good soundtrack with few real sweet melodious songs specially 'Tere Khayalon Mein Hum ' sung by Asha Bhosle

    Vikram Singh

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  2. That's my favourite song from this too. And the picturization is gorgeous!

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  3. P.C Thanks for the great sound track.

    There is one more C H Atma track in the movie "Ek Pal Jo Mila Hai Tujh Ko".

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  4. Cool, thanks. The internet isn't very clear in regards to him either; some places refer to him as Chandru Atma, while others claim that Chandru and C.H. were brothers.

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  5. Thanks for the great stuff as always. Try Sehra by Ramlal.. you'll love the sound.

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