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Tribute from the Ganguly family

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Kishore kumar at the marriage function

We were fortunate to get in touch with Shri Arjun Kumar Ganguly, nephew of Ashok Kumar ji and Kishore Kumar ji. We are presenting a tribute from him along with some information about the connection of the Gangulys and the Dutts.

It is truly an honor for a simple person like me to write about Geeta ji, who according to me was truly the voice of Bengal. Her voice had the pathos and the soul. Instead of being trying to be technically correct and overtly mechanical, her singing was natural, free and straight from the heart. She was never fettered by technicalities of music, her voice matched the true emotions of the song perfectly. It was nice to know that S.D.Burmanda was pioneer in nurturing her career. She was indeed a great singer and a great human being.

Kishore Geeta

She was the voice of several leading actresses like Meena Kumari, Madhubala, Nargis, Geeta Bali, Mala Sinha, Shyama, Shakila to name a few. She was a nonchalant singer who somehow did not get the due she deserved in Mumbai, possibly for some strange political reasons. Yet, she left her indelible mark in the history of Indian music. There is absolutely no doubt about this. We all are proud of her, truly an effortless singer.

It would be have been great if they both (Kishoreda and Geeta ji) had sung more duets together. Their styles were so much similar and sound so wonderful in the fifteen odd duets they have sung.

It is nice to see that you are using the internet as a medium to keep Geeta ji’s memories alive,may your tribe increase.
Arjun k. Ganguly

Not many know about the Ashok Kumar and Geeta Dutt connection. For the film Padmini (1948), they sang a lovely duet together.

Geeta Dutt, Ashok Kumar : Sapera been bajaayo re : Film – Padmini (1948) MD: Master Ghulam Haider, Lyrics: Wali sahab

Parineeta (1953) was produced by Dadamuni and Geeta ji sung one of the most enchanting songs of her career for this film.


Song – Chaand hain wohi
Film – Parineeta 1953,
MD – Arun Kumar Mukherjee,
Lyricist – Bharat Vyas,
Singer – Geeta Dutt


Geeta ji also sang two more songs of this film (Chali radhe rani and Gorey gorey haaton mein) as version songs. She continued to sing many songs for Ashok Kumar starrers like Saajan (1947), Padmini (1948), Mashaal (1950), Nishana (1950), Aadhi Raat (1950), Tamasha (1952), Sholey (1953), Baadbaan (1954), Lakeerein (1954), Bhai Bhai (1956), Bandi (1957), Ustaad (1957), Howrah Bridge (1958), Farishta (1958), Kangan (1959), Hospital (1960).

Geeta Kishore

We already have a detailed article on our main website here which describes the connect between Kishore-Geeta as singing stars.

Geeta ji sang with Kishoreda (and a vintage composer/singer Arunkumar Mukherjee sahab) for the Bengali film Samar (1950). The song is full of zeal and energy.

Geeta Kishore

Geeta Dutt, Kishore Kumar, Arunkumar Mukherjee: Sundari lo sundari : Bengali Film – Samar (1950)

Burmanda later on used the same tune again for the film Munimji (1955) for the song “De diya tu le le dil” (sung by Geeta ji).

Eight years later for Kishoreda’s home production Luko Churi (1958), she sang this lovely duet with him.

Luki Churi

Geeta Dutt, Kishore Kumar – Sudhu Ektu Khani Chawa

Kishoreda’s first wife was Bengali singer and actress Ruma Guha Thakurta aka Ruma Ghosh. Geeta ji sang a lovely song with her.

Ruma Devi

Geeta Dutt, Ruma Guhakarta : Monje amaar kemon kemon kore : Film – Palatak (1963), MD – Hemanta Mukherjee, Lyrics – Mukul Dutta

Kishoreda sang in two movies of Guru Dutt productions- Baazi and Jaal. In the film Jaal, he also sang duet with Geeta ji, which many consider to be one of their best duets. Kishoreda also sang for the shelved movie Gauri (which was to launch Geeta ji as the singing star). So, that is also another angle of Dutt-Ganguly association.

Of course, Geeta ji sang several melodious and lovely songs for Madhubala, second wife of Kishoreda. They were a perfect pair of charming actress and soulful singer.

Kishore Madhubala


We are grateful to Arjun Kumar ji for paying this tribute on our special request. We are grateful to our dear friend Arghya Dutta for getting us in touch with Arjun ji. Thank you both. You guys have made this day so much more special for us.

A fan’s tribute: Vol. 5

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Geeta Dutt

Having been brought up in a middle class Bengali family in a small township of Assam, listening to Hindi songs was a taboo in our house for a long time. So, quite naturally, I became familiar with Rabindrasangeet and Modern Bengali songs of Hemanta, Manna, Dhananjay, Shyamal, Manabendra, Sandhya and others first and then, much later I started exploring the Hindi singers, who then gradually became more obsessive for me over the years. Recalling my childhood days, I remember, my father used to bring cassettes of Bengali songs of different artists every now and then, and whenever a new cassette used to come at our house, we used to listen to that repeatedly for 2-3 days! Difficult to believe such days existed in today’s world of i-Pods and mp3 players. Anyways, one day we got an ensemble cassette of Geeta Dutt (in Bengali, it was written “Dutta”, whether it was goofed up with the Bengali surname or done intentionally, I don’t know) and remember, Lata, Asha, Kishore and Rafi had yet to make their entries in our house by that time.

So came my first reception to the songs of Geeta Dutt- the immortal creations like Nishi raat banka chand aakashe, Ei sundar swarnali sandhyay, Tumi je aamaar, Shudhu ektukhani chawa etc etc. First impression is the last impression, they say, and it was for me as well. Geeta Dutt sketched out to be a singer of soft, melodious and sometimes slow songs for me for a long time. And trusting my father to the full, I had confirm belief that Geeta Dutt must be one of those “good singers” like Hemanta or Shyamal and not a “notorious lot” like the Hindi film singers ☺

Of course, in 1996, after listening to the first Geeta Dutt Hindi film songs collection, things changed. But, surprisingly, for many music lovers, Geeta Dutt is remembered more in Bengal for her soft, slow and soothing melodies and quite contradicting to her popular, club song singing image (especially in the fifties) in Hindi movies.
Geeta Dutt’s Bengali repertoire is indeed very different from her Hindi image. When you listen to her in songs like “Koi door se awaz de” or “ Mujhe jaan na kaho meri jaan”, you might sometimes desperately wish why but why the music directors did not give her more of such songs?

Whereas, in Bengali, I sometime really miss more of her peppier and foot tapping numbers which she sang in Hindi. (Though she has the distinction of singing the very first cabaret song in Bengali film.) Even in Hindi, the sober, serious shade of Geeta Dutt was utilized more by the lot of Bengali MDs like Hemant, Salil, Timir Baran,Kanu Roy and S D Burman; with a big exception from Avinash Vyas who gave some sparkling gems of deep emotional songs to Geeta Dutt. Pankaj Mullick never worked with Lata or Asha, but he gave as many as five songs to Geeta ji in Zalzala(1952). The forties and the early fifties really belonged to this marvellous lady. She even bettered Kishore Kumar in the latter’s strong forte- naughty songs- in “De bhi chuke hum” for the film Jaal (1952); she was as if dominating the male singer with sheer confidence there! The kind of confidence with which she used to pull off those numbers those days, are beyond expressing in words.

Geeta Dutt’s Bengali work has that sharp distinction of being in a different segment altogether. Of course, she was very busy in Mumbai (then Bombay) in those days of the fifties, but still could manage to find times to record for Bengali non film albums and some highly memorable movies like Harano Sur, Hospital, Luko Churi. Guru Dutt started making a Bengali movie called Gouri in around 1954 for launching Geeta as a heroine, but the movie was never completed. S D Burman was the music director and some songs were recorded. Very recently, the song “Jaani bhromara kaino” (which was never released on records) was discovered through great contribution by SIRC.

S D Burman also used Geeta in other Bengali films like Samar(1950)- which was a remake of Bombay Talkies’Hindi movie Mashal released in the same year.

This 23rd November would be Geeta ji’s 82nd birth anniversary. A lady with great talent and versatility introduced so many concepts those days which were beyond imagination. One of her song in Jaal Saaz was banned also those days for being too bold. She broke traditions and orthodox in Hindi and stuck to them with equal ease in Bengali- amazing!!
The brand of Geeta Dutt is just like her- blend of spirit and soberness- excelling in each of them!
My salute to the Original Queen of Playback Singing in India.


We are grateful to our dear friend and a huge fan of Kishoreda, Shri Arghya Dutta for writing this special tribute on our request. Arghya has his own blog page here.
He has also written articles on Kishoreda on our sister website dedicated to the great singer/actor/composer Kishoreda.

Melody Kicks From Forgotten Flicks – Vol. 2

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Captain Kishore

This is one of the really rare films where Geeta ji has not sung a single duet but has sung as many as five solo songs. In fact the other two songs (one each by Mohd Rafi sahab and Talat sahab) are also solo songs. Once again Geeta ji proves her originality and versatility in this low budget film’s album. This was the time when Chitragupta ji and Geeta ji gave so many melodious songs for these B grade films.

1) Aankhen milaake mera dil churaake – A lovely comic romantic song. Listen to her doing a bit of yodelling at the end of the song as well

2) Ae ae o raaja aankhon mein tu samaa jaa – Lovely romantic song

3) Aye bevafa yeh to bata kya meri khata – Melancholy song

4) Dekho jee din na todo – This is the best song of the album. Listen to way she modulates her voice when she sings “ro doongi” in comic ways..

5) Geet wafaa ke gaate chalo – Marching song