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Geeta Dutt by Raaj Bothra

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Fellow Geeta Dutt Fan, Raaj Bothra ji remembers Geeta ji on her Anniversary

When I think about Geeta Dutt I don’t bother my mind with my favourites. I think instead of few miracles which she has sung. For instance Tumi Je Aamaar ( Harano Sur ) , as if a poem is being painted on a canvas or a cascade is humming a sweet melody. Geeta Dutt is so effortless that I doubt whether she is really singing ? Then there is Kaise Koi Jiye ( Badbaan ) The agony and pain of life are asking the simplest question to you and you are left speechless.

Kaise Koi Jiye in Film Baadbaan

She never put emotions in her song , she had an uncanny knack of adapting emotions of a song. When she sings Piya Aiso Jiya Men ( Sahab Bibi aur Ghulam ) she is personifying the emotions of a typical Indian “ Suhagan” in her singing which even a seasoned actress like Meena Kumari found difficult to enact on screen.

Piya Aiso Jiya Mein picturised on Meena Kumari in Sahib, Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)

In Aaj Ki Raat Piya Dil Na ( Baazi ) she is sweet , coaxing to the extreme but in Thahro Jara Si Der ( Savera ) her voice is still like a beautiful photograph.

Aaj Ki Raat Piya picturised on Kalpana Kartik in Baazi (1951)
Thehro Zara Si Der Toh – Savera (1958) in Mujra Style

When she sang Bhajans she was not a master singer but an innocent Bhakt ( Ghunghat Ke Pat from Jogan ) and when she took to singing a Cabaret ( Tomar Duti Chokhe from Sonar Harin ) she was an enchantress teasing at best.

Bhajan Ghoonghat Ke Pat Khol in Jogan (1950) where She sang for Nargis
Cabaret song Tomar Duti Chokhe from Sonarharin (1959)

She sang every genre even comedy songs. Some said that she did not sing many a Classical songs but in my view this should not be a pre-requisite for a playback singer and vice versa. Perhaps she did not get her share of Classical songs. Noorjehan also didn’t sing Classical songs but nobody can question her supremacy as a playback singer. A good playback singer should make a class of his / her songs which Geeta did perfectly. In fact she merged with her songs in such a way that sometimes it was difficult to recognise her voice. She has many duets to her credit and what else can I say when Lata Mangeshkar once admitted that she had goosebumps while singing with Geeta.
I can never forgive Guru Dutt for imposing restrictions on Geeta Dutt’s singing. He must have known that Geeta was one among those rare natural singers for whom singing was like oxygen , way of survival.He was a genius film maker but a total duffer in home affairs.
Though Waqt Ne Kiya gave new dimensions to Geeta Dutt yet there are plenty of her songs which were not noticed duly. There was much more to come from her but her untimely death was not a Hasin Sitam by Waqt it was a cruel one really.

Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Haseen Sitam from Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959)

There shall never be another Geeta Dutt. There could have been so much more from her, but one must learn to be content with what is. Today’s singers can learn a lot from her singing. She was a real Master of Emotions. A thousand pranaams to her memory.

Geeta ji sings for Ustads and Pandits

Friday, July 17th, 2020

By Gajendra Khanna

During her career, Geeta ji had the opportunity to sing for quite a few Ustaads and Pandits, Master instrumentalists and vocalists of the classical arena when they composed for light songs or films.

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan with stamp released in his honour.

Humsafar (1953) made under the Navketan banner, had Ustad Ali Akbar Khan as the music director. here’s a gem tuned by him and rendered by Geeta Dutt. Enjoy listening to it.

Pandit Ravi Shankar who is a world renowned sitarist was also a composer. He is the one who composed for Satyajit Ray’s famous Apu Trilogy. In hindi films also he composed on a few occasions. One of those movies, Godaan (1963) had Geeta ji recording a duet, O Bedardi Kyun Tadpaaye, with Mahendra Kapoor. Its lyrics were by Anjaan. Here’s the song for your listening pleasure:-

Famous Tabla maestro, Allah Rakha also gave music to Hindi and Punjabi films by his full name A R Qureshi. One of his most famous movies was the Raj Kapoor starrer Bewafa (1952) where Geeta ji also sang for him. Enjoy this sweet song written by Sarshar Sailani :-

Another famous Tabla Maestro, Pandit Nikhil Ghosh also composed two non-film songs for Geeta ji. They are a real treat for fans of Geeta ji. They had been written by Pandit Bharat Vyas.

The first one is Jamuna Ke Teer Kanha Aao, which has a similar famous bhajan by Ustad Abdul Karim Khan. Geeta ji has sung it very sweetly and one would get to hear it on Radio Ceylon during its Devotional song programme.

Enjoy listening to it :-

The second song is also quite delightful which takes you to a feeling of calm and serenity. Enjoy this rendition of Haule Haule Hawa Dole by Geeta ji :-

It is interesting to note that She was also introduced by ‘Pandit’ Hanuman Prasad. Here is one of her renditions for him in her debut Bhakt Prahlad with Kalyani:-

Of course, we music lovers know that there are Pandits of the literary variety too, who wrote lyrics for many of Geeta ji’s songs. We have already come across one, Pandit Bharat Vyas above.

There was a lyricist in the 40s and 50s by the name Pandit Madhur (whose real name was Buddhichandra Agarwal). Here is a song, Kaali Kamali Odh Ke Aaye which Geeta ji sang for him under the composition of Avinash Vyas, the Gujarati maestro for whom Geeta ji sang nearly a 100 songs during her career. It is from the movie Bhakt Dhruv (1957).

Last but not the least, Geeta ji has worked in movies with ‘Ustad’ in them and songs with ‘Pandit’ or ‘Ustad’ in them too probably.

She sang two songs for the movie Ustaad (1957). Both were composed by O P Nayyar and written by Jaan Nisaar Akhtar. Here’s the first one which is a duet with Mohd Rafi Sahab, Kya Kya Dil Mein which is quite sweet:-

And this second one is quite a popular one for Radio lovers, Chor Lutere Daaku which is a delightful listen:-

Here’s a duet of hers with Mohd Rafi sahab, Pandit Ho Ya Lala for the movie Rickshawala (1960). It is composed by N Dutta and lyrics are by Jaan Nisaar Akhtar.

For us Geeta ji was a ‘Pandit’ of her art and ‘Ustaad’ in conveying the mood of the songs. May her songs reach the coming generations and keep delighting them all.

Teen Gaayak Aur Ek Abhineta

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Geeta ji was active in the film industry for more than 25 years. As a top playback singer in the 40s and 50s and wife of a top Film maker, It is but natural that She would rub shoulders with other singers as well as actors.

Fellow Geeta Fan, Lakshmipriya ji recently shared a picture where one can see Geeta ji with other top playback singers Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesh talking to Ace Actor and Showman Raj Kapoor.

Raj Kapoor can be seen talking animatedly to them probably cracking a job to which Lata Bai and Mukesh are laughing at while Geeta ji looks on. Here is the lovely picture :-

Geeta ji with Lata Mangeshkar, Raj Kapoor and Mukesh

Seeing all of them together makes me feel that they must be together in connection with the recording of the song Hai Aag Hamaare Seene Mein for the movie Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai. This song had as many as five singers, Mahendra Kapoor, Manna Dey as well in addition to the three seen in the pictures. Geeta ji gets very less opportunity to sing in it due to so many singers being there and It being more of a chorus song.

Here’s the song for your viewing pleasure :-

Wish Raj Kapoor had given more singing opportunities to Geeta ji in his films. Though Geeta ji has sung for many of his films made for other banners. If there is interest, in the combination, do tell us in the comments and we’ll be glad to put up a post regarding this!

Geeta ji and Madhubala : Two colourful personalities

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Geeta ji and Madhubala are two personalities who brought a lot of colour to Hindi films. One with her voice and the other with her charms. Their period was of B&W movies and both had a long partnership together. We have already talked about their partnership on the blog here.

I used to offer wonder, How it would be if Madhubala’s songs sung by Geeta ji were to be made available in colour. In today’s world a gamut of technologies are available which can help colourise videos. It’s an ongoing battle whether it should be done in the first place but unless efforts are made to progress the technology, we cannot expect to have natural looking colourised videos one day. Colour does add another dimension to what we see after all.

I was discussing this concept with Shaheed Haniff ji, a fellow Geeta fan who loves colourising artist photos who had shared a few colourised photos of Geeta ji with us in a heartfelt article here earlier.

He told me that it requires a lot of computing resources like processing power, memory etc. In fact, He told me that a few years back he had actually colourised a song clip of Aa Aa Meri Chaal Pe from K Amarnath’s Kal Hamara Hai (1959) in which Madhubala had done a double role! He told me that it took him over three months to complete the task with his simple laptop. Here are the results of his efforts for all of us to see:-

A youtube search also revealed that the ‘Gaane Naye Puraane’ channel had actually colourised the lovely Geeta-Kishore Duet, Aankhon Mein Tum from Half Ticket (1962) which had been composed by Salilda.

It is available at this link for those interested:-

During her long career Madhubala acted in only one full length colour film Jwala which also proved to be her last movie. In this movie, Geeta ji had featured in one of the songs, Haule Haule Ek Bhi Na Ghungroo Bole which was unfortunately not picturised on Madhubala. Here is the song for completeness:-

Singers: Geeta Dutt, Lata Mangeshkar & Sudha Malhotra

If you are aware of any more coloured videos of their combination do share links in the comments!

– Gajendra Khanna

Geeta Bali in Sailaab

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Thanks to Lakshmipriya ji for this post.

Geeta Bali in Sailaab – 1956

Geeta Bali in Sailaab (1956)

Enjoy listening to Geeta ji’s rendition of Ye rut ye raat jawan for the movie.

Music by Mukul Roy, Lyrics by Shailendra

Geeta ji In Her Element At The Recordings

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Thanks a lot to Anish Raj Pandit ji for this post on Geeta ji at various Recordings, Functions and Mehfils.

Geeta ji is one singer who could convey emotions of all kinds and switch effortlessly between them. When one hears to her songs, one can’t but help notice how She gives her all to the song. Each word She sings has her stressing at the right places and giving just the right emotions. Singer Talat Mahmood had rightly observed in an interview that Geeta ji was the best at catching the mood of the song.

It is a pity that we do not have any videos of Geeta ji doing her recordings which would have given us a bird’s eye view of all her recording efforts. Again, videos of her stage shows, TV/Radio/Media appearances would be great too. We certainly hope that such videos will turn up one day. However, fortunately for us, thanks to various fans and magazines there are quite a few photos that are available of Geeta ji at the studios where She is definitely in her element!

So fellow fans, sit on your rocking chairs and enjoy seeing Geeta ji giving her mellifluous renditions at the studios and with audiences!

Geeta ji with Composer Mohd Shafi
Geeta ji at a Recording Studio
Geeta ji at a function with her Harmonium (Baaja) which She would take to her Mehfils sometimes accompanied by her brothers on the Tabla!
With Hemant Kumar- probably early 1960s based on how Geeta looks. Most likely rehearsing one of the many beautiful Bengali songs they recorded in 60-61 – movies like Sathi Hara, Swaralipi, Madhyarater Tara and others
Geeta ji performing at Eden Gardens, Kolkata!
Doing a live performance at the at the BBC London headquarters in 1957, where Geeta and Guru had traveled for the UK premiere of their film “Pyaasa.” Geeta also have a concert at the Asian Film Institute, to great acclaim. Unfortunately BBC cleared much of its records and this recording has been lost.
A famous picture of Geeta rehearsing in the mid-1950s with composer Sachin Dev Burman.
Geeta ji With Madan Mohan and Team
At Khar Ramakrishna Mission, where Geeta would perform annually up until the late 50s.
Geeta giving a live concert with her brother on tabla – early 1950s. (You can tell this from Geeta’s hairstyle- she wore those short tight curls on either side of her forehead until about 1955/56. After this she did not curl them as much, though she retained the bangs.
Geeta performing with live orchestra in a stage show with Madan Mohan – mid 1950s.
Geeta ji Rehearsing With Hemant Kumar – mid 1950s.
During a recording session for “Aar Paar” (1954) with Mohd. Rafi and O. P. Nayyar

In a recording session with Mohd. Rafi and composer Chitragupt

Performing the Indian National anthem at Asia’s first ever International Film Festival in 1952, with Lata Mangeshkar, Anil Biswas, and C. Ramchandra.
With Salil Chowdhury and Mohd. Rafi – mid/late 1960s.
At a stage show : Geeta was known for her charismatic performances.

While we wait for such pictures and photos, I, Anish sign off leaving you with two of her rare colour photographs probably taken in her UK stage show visit with Rafi sahab.

Geeta ji and Mohd Rafi Sahab visiting a family in UK (Photo had been shared by the boy on Hamaraforums long back!)
Geeta ji looking elegant in a Saaree

Faces of Geeta ji : Chitra

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Post by Lakshmi Priya ji

Chitra in Son of Alibaba – 1955 .

Hear Geeta Dutt sing Sanam Tu Aaja composed by Sardul Kwatra and written by Prem Dhawan for this movie Son of Alibaba (1955)

Melody Kicks From Forgotten Flicks : Vol.12

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Agra Road

1) Oh mister oh mister sunoh ek baat – Manna Dey and Geeta Dutt

2) Yeh duniya hain baabu badi beimaan – Geeta Dutt

3) Gunaahon ka chiraag – Mohd Rafi, Geeta Dutt, Shamshad Beghum

4) Ghazab huaa raam- Mohd Rafi, Geeta Dutt

5) Unse rippi tippi ho gayi – Mohd Rafi, Geeta Dutt

6) Duniya ki nazar hain buri – Mohd Rafi, Geeta Dutt

Extremely rare song found – Ho Naar Albeli – Naag Padmini (1957)

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Sanmukh Babu
Our dear friend Arvinder Sharma ji has shared this with us: Here is the missing song from the film Naag Padmini, which I heard for the first time in a train journey from Delhi to Calcutta in 1975. It was after a search and wait of 35 years that I finally got the song. My dear friend Sudhir Kapur Ji uploaded it for my sake, and I am very much thankful to him.

The above photo is of composer Sanmukh Babu Upadhyay ji, seen for the first time. More details about the “discovery” of this song and the lyrics are available on Atul ji’s famous website Ho Naar Albeli.

Thanks a lot Sudhir Kapur ji.

The remaining songs from this film are already shared on our website Naag Padmini Songs

Heartfelt Tribute by Shri Tushar Bhatia ji

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Geeta Dutt
Dearest Geeta ji,
Happy Birthday !
“Aaj ki kaali ghata mast matwali ghata
mujhse kehti hai ki pyaasa hai koi
kon pyasa hai mujhe kya maloom”
Kaash aap dekhte ki kon kitna pyaasa hai is aawaz ke liye..!
Nothing and no one can equate what your singing and voice does !
Words are inadequate to express the magic of your mesmerizing flawless voice! The range of your expression and emotions in every genre. As a listener
there is no place for any brain-work here.
Your singing goes straight to the heart and stays there forever and ever and ever….
Thank you for everything you have sung !
‘konsa tara chand ko pyara”?

It was a joy making you albums during my HMV days that I hold close to my heart!
I’m still discovering new songs by you and wondering how many more are yet to beard, felt, and savored!
Your songs have gone beyond entertainment…
Your feelings and joys were real and therefore the expression is, even if it was crafted by a music director.. the soul of the song is intensely cared for indeed by you!
I wish I was fortunate to even get a glimpse of you singing on film or video…
Yes, I as music composer am definitely envious of O P Nayyar, S D Burman, Hemat kumar, Chitragupt ,Anil Biswas ji etc who created mesmerizing melodies that you turned into masterpieces.
All your songs with Pankaj Mullick are a joy for ever!
“kabhi inko chahen kabhi unko..”

Thank you once again!
You live forever!


We are grateful to our dear friend and mentor, composer and musician Shri Tushar Bhatia ji for this tribute to Geeta ji on her birth anniversary.