- He also did pioneering work in the field of playback
- He is accredited with the introduction of prelude, interlude
and inter-linking music in Indian film songs.
- He is also accredited with the introduction of the four-part
song in Indian film music.
- He was a pioneer in introducing western instruments in
the Indian Film Industry.
Pankaj Mullick is Geeta Dutt’s musical connection with the
sentimental era of Hindi Film music. She has sung five solos
for him for Dev Anand-Geeta Bali starrer Zalzala (1952). Each
song is a masterpiece in its own and a must listen
Geeta has sung these songs from the bottom of her heart. One
can remember what the famous critic Raju Bharatan had said
about Geeta : “ XXXXX gale se gaati hain aur Geeta dil se
gaati hain”. (Singer XXXXX sings from her throat, but Geeta
sings from her heart.)
The singing of “Kaunsa tara” in the beginning of the song
“Bujho bujho aye dil walon” has a deep influence of the singer-composer
Pankaj da’s style, yet Geeta gracefully maintains her individuality
in the song,. “Kabhi inko chaahe” is a delightful peppy number
and Pankaj da’s music complements Geeta’s voice so perfectly.
Listen to the way she sings “Ho…..ye” at the end of one of
“Mujhe woh dekhkar” is a sweet melody and Geeta conveys the
sincere feelings of a girl who is thinking what will happen
to her when her lover will see her. This is not a rendition
of a trained artist but more like the singing of a bird who
sings for herself. This is in fact the essence of singing
of Geeta Dutt and it sets her apart from the rest of the female
playback singers of her era.
“Jaane wale de gaye” has been sung with deep passion and pain
of a broken heart. “Oh duniya walo” seems like dance based
song and sets you in a different mood. The use of an unusual
word “Lasani” is another feature of this song.
Once again (in a non Guru Dutt film), Geeta displays the wide
range of her vocals. Another album to prove the potential
of this talented singer!