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Melody Kicks From Forgotten Flicks – Vol. 1

Saturday, November 10th, 2012


Riyaasat (1955) was a costume drama film starring Mala Sinha and Mahipal. It’s music was composed by Avinash Vyas ji and lyrics were penned by Prem Dhawan ji. Geeta Dutt ji was a favorite singer of Avinash ji (in Gujrati as well in Hindi). She sang two solos and two duets for this film.

1) So bhi jaao mere armaano, yaad aao na gujre zamaano – A soulful sad song in the form of lullaby

2) Aisi nazre naa daal, kar le khayaal (duet with Mohd Rafi sahab)

It has been seen several times that Avinash ji would use a tune from his Gujrati song into a Hindi film song. We do not know if he composed any song on the same tune in Gujrati before 1955, but years later he used this tune in Gujrati for a song sung by Asha ji. The song is “navi te vahu na hath ma rumal” – for the film Man No Manigar (1977). This song can be heard here

3) Aaye ji aaye , din pyaare pyaare aaye (duet with Madhubala Jhaveri ji)
Madhubala Jhaveri

We did not have an audio for this rare song. We are grateful to our friend Gurcharan Sandhu ji for sharing this extremely rare song with us. This song is based on the original Gujarati Amirbai Karnataki ji and Madhubala Jhaveri ji duet:
‘Aavi re aavi haath maan aavi maaraa sasraa ni chaavi…’ from the Gujarati film ‘Naag Devta’ (1955) with Music and lyrics by Avinash Vyas ji.

4) Naacho rum jhum, naacho dhinak dhin, baar baar aaye yeh khushiyon ke din

All the songs are very enjoyable. No wonder Avinash ji and Geeta ji were a wonderful composer-singer team who gave us many such melodious songs.


We are grateful to our friends Shri Girdharilal Vishwakarma ji and Chetan Vinchhi for providing rare songs and relevant information.

Melody Kicks From Forgotten Flicks (New series starting….)

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Riyaasat poster

The 40s and 50s had some big budget films and several smaller budget films. Many mythological,costume drama, fantasy films, social films and crime thrillers fell in this second category. These films had their own charm. Their music mostly served the masses. Several composers like Chitragupta, Avinash Vyas, Vinod, Hansraj Behl, Shyam Babu Pathak, S N Tripathi etc continued to compose excellent music for these films. Occasionally mainstream composers like O P Nayyar gave music to films like Shrimati 420 but this genre was mostly avoided by the more famous composers. Many of these films are now forgotten in the passage of time.


A wide range of singers sang for these low budget films. A fact not known to many that many of such films (especially in the fifties) had some lovely songs of Geeta ji. This is more so because of too much focus on her songs sung for Guru Dutt films.


We are starting a new series to introduce the music lovers to such songs of Geeta ji from these forgotten films. We have selected those films which have at least 2 or more songs of her per film. We will continue this series throughout the months of November and December this year.
Captain Kishore

We hope you will enjoy listening to (and in some cases watching as well) these melodious songs from lesser known films.