Friday, August 24, 2007

Naushad: Kohinoor (1960/1978)

Sorry, not much to say about Kohinoor, the title means Diamond by the way, besides that it's sweet. It's not Naushad's best work, it's nothing compared to "Baiju Bawra" and "Mughal-E-Azam"

The playback singers are great. I enjoyed the first track "Jadoogar Qatil" , it's a mix of melodies as well as a mix of sounds caused by the of indian and western instruments. But my favorite on the album is "Tan Ragloji Aaj Man Ranglo" , a beautiful duet sung by Lata and Mohd. Rafi (my favorite male playback singer). The last song, "Madhuban Men Radhika Nache" also deserves mention, it's a 2 part "grand finale" that is great to listen too, what I like about it is the tabla that embellishes the accelerating rhythm.

If you watch the clips, Dilip Kumar is great , it really looks like he is playing the sitar. It's so rare too see the actors actually playing the instruments or at least imitating realistically a musician.


Side 1
1. Asha Bhosle : Jadoogar Qatil
2. Lata Mangeshkar : Dil Me Bajin pyar Ki Shehnaiyan
3. Mohd. Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar & Chorus : Tan Rangloji Aaj Man Ranglo
4. Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd. Rafi : Do Sitaron Ka Zamin Par

Side 2
5. Lata Mangeshkar & Mohd. Rafi : Koi Pyar Ki Dekhe Jadoogari
6. Mohd. Rafi : Dhal Chuki Sham-E-Gam
7. Mohd. Rafi : Madhuban Men Radhika Nache - Part 1
8. Mohd. Rafi : Madhuban Men Radhika Nache - Part 2

Lyrics: Shakeel Badayuni

Stella_1's score: 3.5/5

Get the music now: Naushad Kohinoor (there are only 7 tracks, because 7 and 8 are together)


Anonymous said...

I remember seeing an interview with Dilip Kumar where he said that he practised playing the sitar for this song. It was a very complicated piece to play and he ended up with muliple cuts on his fingers during the filming of the two songs where he plays the sitar. Great album!

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is Richard from the blog "Rough In Here..." (writing a few months after you posted this). I'm really just learning about all this good stuff, but I think this one's a great album. I love the song and movie scene for "Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache [Re]." I actually posted a clip of this song being covered by the contempoary British Bangla singer Suzana Ansar. (I said it was Bangla music because Ansar was singing it, but I guess it's really filmi music.) Anyway, you can find that here:

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Anonymous said...

Have you heard the music from old film starrring Meena Kumari and Ajit- Halaku ? Its superb. Released in 1950s and music by Shankar-jaikishan. Fantasic music.