Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Shankar Jaikishan: Jahan Pyar Miley (1970)

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All credit to Mohd. Rafi, who recorded some superb songs for Shankar Jaikishan, but it's the female sung tracks that appeal to me on their 1970 score for 'Jahan Pyar Miley'. Of the two versions of the title tune 'Chale Ja Chale Ja' I prefer Suman Kalyanpur's - something about its groove. And I'm really taken by the energetic and lavishly orchestrated 'Nas Nas Men Agan'; the scene in the film looks gorgeous and I wish the clip was in better quality. The best and I believe most famous track is the dazzling cabaret number (and Helen-vehicle) 'Baat Zara Hai Apas Ki'; steamy, jazzy (French New Orleans-tinged) and wonderful. The video clip features the main song; on record we're treated to a playful build-up as well.

A word on its playback singer, Sharda (aka Sharada). She's appeared on a few soundtracks posted earlier, most of them by Shankar Jaikishan, but is considerably less known than the likes of Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. I've tended to enjoy her contributions; in addition to the above (for which she won a Filmfare Award), 'Leja Leja Leja Mera Dil' from 'An Evening In Paris', 'Hello Hello Sun Sun Sun' from 'Pyar Mohabbat' and 'Jane Chaman Shola Badan' from 'Gumnaam' all spring to mind. She released a self-penned, non-filmi EP in 1971; very groovy and kind of garage/psychedelic sounding; copies are hard to come by and likely out of my preferred price range, but I am intrigued. She even went on to score a few soundtracks herself; that's certainly something to investigate.

Track listing:
1. Mohd. Rafi: Chale Ja Chale Ja
2. Sharda: Baat Zara Hai Apas Ki
3. Mohd. Rafi: Dil Hai Ke Dharakta
4. Lata Mangeshkar: Nas Nas Men Agan
5. Mohd. Rafi: Ae Jan-E-Baharan
6. Suman Kalyanpur: Chale Ja Chale Ja


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5 comments:

  1. https://mir.cr/1OO9OQE6
    no reups

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  2. A rare slab of goodness..nice one.

    Shardaji was promoted by Shankarji of the SJ team. She was on a lot of their soundtracks from 1966 onwards.

    But call it fate and/or a change of zeitgeist, once the 1970s kicked in and Jaikishenji passed away, both Shardaji and Shankarji were subject to the law of diminishing returns.

    Her last known playback was in 1986, around the time of Shankarji's passing. It's good to know she's still alive and well.

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  3. very nice share
    Thank you so much PC for the beautiful album

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  4. Thank you once more.

    https://youtu.be/w-gucX08wwE

    ^ Helen in 1966. I like it.

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  5. Thanks you PC for rare album shared

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