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An insight into “Yeh chand yeh sitare Lata Mangeshkar film Halaku Shankar jaikishan” by Amit Vaidya

Shri Amit Vaidya - writer of this insight on "Yeh chand yeh sitare Lata Mangeshkar film Halaku Shankar jaikishan"

A very very Beautiful song from the film Halaku (My most favourite song!)

Few things to Listen to specifically:
-The song starts with a very simple but beautiful and very impressive Mandolin piece. Also try to listen to the light rhythm which adds to the sweetness of this piece. Most of the SJ Songs always had very catchy instrumental beginnings, eg, Chand Khila, Awara hun, Jeena Yahan, Dil Ki Nazar Se….the list is end less..this song is also one of those!
-Then the Violins start playing! Also note that these are distinctly two groups of violins. First Violins playing the main melody, second Violins probably tuned to Fifth which adds to the beauty. Note the rhythm with inclusion of Khanjiri which was not there in the earlier piece
– There is again a Mandolin piece, then Violins and then the song starts..!..Lataji’s heavenly voice makes a fabulous entry!
-Listen to the Khanjiri- you may need to listen to it carefully, it actually sounds like a train rhythm. If you notice you are actually swinging with this song..and its all because of this train rhythm. Infact you may want to imagine sitting actually in a train – I did feels great!!
– The sign line is repeated twice. But the second time, please listen to the contra melody produced by Violins. Such a intricate work of Art!! Only a Connoisseur like Sebastian could have done this magic. Its very intricate and beautiful!
– The song almost has a Jugalbandi between Mendolin and Violins in M1/M2. Please note that the volume that Mandolin produces is infinitesimal sound as compared to 30-40 Violins..but what a balancing of sound..mind blowing!

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An insight into song “Duniya mein chaand suraj kitni haseen – Kathputli (1957)”

Watch this song from the movie “Kathputli”. It is a very beautiful song (Again not the popular one), definitely inspired by “Qui Sera Sera” from the movie “The Man who knew Too Much”. The English Movie was released in 1956. The Hindi movie released in 1957.
I first heard this on a casette player and was wondering why would a composer put such cacophonic notes for M1/M2 sudden change in the mood..I was anxious to see..Riddle solved when I saw the song on you tube..
Points to note in this song:
– Although the over all music seems to be inspired from else where as stated above, the orchestration for M1 and M2 is fantastic.
– The rythm completely changes and so does the Key. Basically to represent the fact that the man in the song is getting attracted to vices. The first time he goes to a bar and the second time he goes to a Gambling Arena
– Also watch Jalal Aga who is such a fine actor and dances with such a finesse in this song..he comes out to be absolutely natural and gels extremely well with Vijayanti Mala.
– The use of Trumpets so apt to stress the subject…
-Also note the Jal tarang (the ting sound…)
Similar concept is being used in the film Poonam ki Raat music composed by Salil Choudhary (film released in 1965)..the striking fact is the first few notes of the M1 are exactly same as that of Mini Mini Chi could be a pure coincidence OR it could have been Mr. Sebastian Disouza the great arranger….and very common factor!!! .but its interesting to note this… both the songs…

By :

Shri Amit Vaidya - writer of this insight




FRIENDS….Today I am giving SHANKARJAIKISHAN MUSICAL  journey “YEARWISE” pictures and songs just for your information…

1) 1949=BARSAAT=11 songs.
2) 1950=No picture released
3) 1951=AWARA-11 songs,BADAL-8 songs,KALIGHATA-6 songs,NAGINA-8 songs…Total-33 songs
4) 1952=DAAG-9songs,PARABAT-7songs,POONAM-9songs…Total-25songs
5) 1953=AAH-13songs,AAS-7songs,AURAT-9songs,BOOT POLISH-8songs,MAYURPANKH-6songs,NAYAGHAR-7songs,PATITA-6songs,

SHIKAST-12songs,AVAN(Tamil)-9songs,PREM LEKHALU(Tamil)-10songs….Total-87songs
6) 1954=BADSHAH-8songs,POOJA-10songs….Total-18songs
7) 1955=SEEMA-8songs,Shree420-12songs….Total-20songs
8) 1956=BASANT BAHAR-10songs,CHORI CHORI-10songs,HALAKU-8songs,KISMAT KA KHEL-7songs,PARTRANI-11songs,NEWDELHI-9songs,RAJHATH-11songs….Total-66songs
9) 1957=BEGUNAH-6songs,KATHPUTALI-8songs…Total-14songs
10) 1958=BAGHI SIPAAHI-8songs,YAHUDI-7songs….Total-15songs
11) 1959=ANADI-8songs,CHHOTI BAHEN-9songs,KANHAIYA-8songs,LOVE MARRIAGE-8songs,MAI NASHEMEN HOON-9songs,SHARARAT-9songs,UJALA-8songs….Total-59songs
13) 1961=AAS KA PANCHHI-7songs,BOY FRIEND-8songs,JAB PYAAR KISISE HOTA HAI-11songs,JUNGLEE-8songs,Krorepati-9songs,ROOP KI RANI CHORONKA RAJA-9songs,SASURAL-8songs….Total-60songs
14) 1962=AASHIQ-9songs,ASLI NAKLI-7songs,DIL TERA DIWANA-7songs,HARIYALI AUR RASTA-9songs,PROFESSOR-6songs,RANGOLI-9songs….Total-47songs
15) 1963=DIL EK MANDIR-8songs,EK DIL SAU AFSAANE-7songs,HAMRAHI-8songs….Total-23songs
16) 1964=APNE HUE PARAYE-7songs,APRIL PHOOL-7songs,AAYI MILAN KI BALA-8songs,

BETI-BETE-10songs,RAJKUMAR-7songs,SAANJ AUR SAVERA-7songs,SANGAM-10songs,ZINDAGI-13songs….Total-69songs
17) 1965=GUMNAAM-8songs,JANWAR-8songs,AARZOO-7songs….Total-23songs
18) 1966=AMPRAPALI-6songs,BADTMEEZ-7songs,GABAN-7songs,LOVE IN TOKYO-8songs,PYAAR MOHABBAT-10songs,STREET SINGER-9songs,SURAJ-7songs,TEESARI KASAM-12songs….Total-66songs
21) 1969=BAALAK-4songs,BHAIBAHEN-7songs,CHANDA AUR BIJLI-6songs,JAHAN PYAAR MILE-7songs,PRINCE-8songs,PYAR HI PYAR-6songs,SACHAAI-7songs,SHATRANJ-10songs,TUMSE ACHHA KAUN HAI-7songs,YAKEEN-5songs….Total-67songs
22) 1970=BHAI-BHAI-6songs,DHARTI-7songs,JWALA-8songs,MERA NAAM JOKER-18songs(ONE song added recently by SUDERSHAN PANDEJI ),PAGLA KANHI KA-7songs,PEHCHAN-8songs,TUM HASEEN MAI N JAWAN-6songs,UMANG-6songs,TEE MEE NAVHECH ( MARATHI)-4songs…Total-70songs
24) 1972=AAN BAAN-6songs,AANKH MICHOLI-5songs,AANKHON AANKHON MEIN-6songs,BANDAGI-6songs,BE-IMAAN-7songs,DIL DAULAT DUNIYA-5songs,JANGAL MEIN MANGAL-7songs,RIVAAJ-8songs….Total-50songs
25) 1973=AAJ KI TAAZA KHABAR-5songs,ARCHANA-6songs,CHORI CHORI (NEW)-6songs,DAAMAN AUR AAG-5songs,DUR NAHEEN MANZIL-5songs,NAINA-11songs,PYAR KA RISHTA-5songs….Total-43songs
27) 1975=DO JHOOT-7songs,LOVE IN BOMBAY-6songs,NEELIMA-3songs,SAAZISH-5songs,SANYASI-9songs….Total-30songs
28) 1976=NO picture released
29) 1977=DHOOP CHHAAON-5songs,DUNIYADARI-6songs….Total-11songs
30) 1978=MAHFIL-5songs….Total-5songs
31) 1979=ATMARAM-6songs,GANGA AUR GEETA-4songs,THE GOLD MEDAL-6songs….Total-16songs
32) 1980=GARAM KHOON-5songs….Total-5songs
33) 1981=CHORNI-6songs,NAARI-6songs…..Total-12songs
34) 1982=EENT KA JAWAB PATTHAR-6songs….Total-6songs
35) 1983=FILM HI FILM-3songs( BAHURUPIYA-one song and SAJAN KI GALIYAN-2songs)…..Total-3songs
36) 1984=PAPI PET KA SAWAL HAI-7songs…..Total-7songs
37) 1985=No picture released
38) 1986=INTEQAAM KI AAG-4songs,KAANCH KI DEEWAR6songs,KRISHNA KRISHNA-7songs….Total-17songs
39) 1987( 1991-released )=GORI-7songs….Total-7songs
40) UNRELEASED pictures=CHALAK-one song,NAGINA (NEW)-5 songs,NAIN MILE CHAIN KAHAN-2 songs, NASEEB KI BAAT-5 songs,PANEE-6 songs,WAQT KA SIKANDAR-3 songs,WATAN-one song…..Total- 23 songs
41) SJ “GAIR FILMEE SONGS”= 15 songs…..Total- 15 songs
43) ABSTRACT=Total pictures – 185,…..  Total songs – 1350

“I will be ungrateful if I do not make a mention of Shanker-Jaikishen”, Suman Kalyanpur

my first break SUMAN KALYANPUR


How it happened

During my childhood days at Bangladesh, I was deeply influenced by the singing of R.C. Boral, K.C. Dey, K.L. Saigal and Kanan Devi. The Bengali songs of S.D. Burman had a special place in my heart and I longed to sing for his music direction. Kanan Devi also fascinated me greatly as a singer. The highly gifted Talat Mehmood heard me sing at a music concert and agreed to render a duet with me. As I sang for the film “Darwaza”, I was thrilled to sing with a singer who was blessed with the best of aesthetics and melody. Talat Mehmood gave a divine effect to the song with his silk voice and I tried my best to match him. He was very pleased with my rendering and predicted a bright future for me.

How did it feel

My joy knew no bounds when S.D. Burman wielded the baton as I sang “Chhodo Chhodo Mohe Baiyan” for “Mia Biwi Razi”. The song was an instant hit and I received due recognition as well as praise for my singing. My real first break as a singer was with “Na Tum Humein Jano” which was also tuned by S.D. Burman. The male version was already rendered majestically by Hemant Kumar and I had to sing the female version.

I was really thrilled as S.D. Burman and R.D. Burman explained to me each notation in detail and inspired me to deliver my best. When I started singing, Dada Burman wielded his baton just like the motion of sombre sea waves and I was not even conscious as to how I was singing. After the recording there was loud applause from everyone on the floors and R.D. Burman complimented me by saying that my singing was perfect as I was not at all self conscious. Similar views were expressed by S.D. Burman who spoke very less.

How life changed

Many thought Lata Mangeshkar rendered, “Na Tum Humein Jano”. They were all pleasantly surprised when they discovered the truth. Salil Chowdhury, Shanker-Jaikishen and Madan Mohan showered me with encomiums for my singing. Hemant Kumar composed the music for a number I rendered with the nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar. I was very nervous initially to sing with the greatest female voice of India. It was the elderly Hemant Kumar who took me into confidence and gave equal preference to both of us in his inimitable style playing with simple melodies effortlessly. His advice to me was to stick to my originality, not follow Lata Mangeshkar and never to raise my vocal pitch above a certain limit. I did receive compliments from Lata Mangeshkar for singing with her. He was responsible for introducing me to Bengali songs. Music directors like Nachiketa Ghosh and Sudhin Das Gupta were then ruling the roost in Bengal and they also exploited my singing abilities to the hilt. My memorable Bengali numbers include “Mone Koro” and “Dure Theko Na”.

I had real tears in my eyes as I rendered “Amar Sapno Dekhar Duti Nayan”. This song reflects the philosophy of my life to a large extent and I was very pleased to hear that Bengal’s icon, Sandhya Mukherjee found me to be very talented hearing this number.

I will be ungrateful if I do not make a mention of Shanker-Jaikishen. Along with the large number of super hit duets I rendered for them, I consider “Chale Ja Jahan Pyar Mile” my personal favourite in which Jaikishen literally created symphonies which I had to render with a flowing effect of a stream.

By then Shanker and Jaikishen were composing separately but that never hampered any of their creativities. Jaikishen conducted like a true prince with music fully in his command and creating eternal effects with his singers inspiring them just with his looks whilst composing.


Courtesy :

Enoch Daniel –


Original writer in Marathi : Shri Mukund Marulkar ji

“The golden Era of Indian Film music was full bloom from 1945 to 1975, and when it reached it’s peak, and it was due to the contribution of many people involved in it. Even though people were many their goal was same. One of architects of this golden era is Enoch Daniels, who is expertise in all musical instruments specially his fame as Piano Accordian Emporer. Kalasargam has organised a Shankar Jaikishan programme in Satara on Saturday and EnochDaniel has agreed to grace this programme .

Enoch Daniel was born on 16th April 1933, in a catholic family near Panch haud Mission Church, in Pune . His family was musically inclined, and the church provided ample oppurtunity to this family, to play the choir musical instruments. Enoch soon became expert in playing organ and drums.. When the piano was brought for him , he worked daily 8 hours on the piano, and slowly all the other opurtunity doors opened for him !! He practised daily & learned the minutest details of playing organ, piano and accordian !

Later he took admission in N Wadia College, Pune, and this helped his skills to emerge as stage artiste and organiser ( in college cultural programmes) . In those days accordian was unknown to many, and credit must be given to Enoch Daniel to make this instrument famous and known !!! Pune University noticed the spark in this youth, and in 1953 selected him, to participate in the All India Youth Festival in New Delhi. He got an encouraging response there, and cancelled joining the Army, & instead headed to Mumbai for a full fledged involvement in Music Industry. He struggled hard, and moved places in Mumbai. Finally in 1955, destiny smiled on him, as he came in contact with the famed guitarist Van Shipley, thus the era of national and international stage shows started… Their group was the first group to perform internationally.

He performed first in East Africa with Van Shipley, Talat Mahmood and C H Atma then with Manna Dey in Maritius, with M Rafi in West Indies , with Talat Mahmood in America and Canada & with Kishore Kumar in S Africa , but the zenith was with Lata Mangeshkar in Royal Albert Hall London where he played a major role for the shows success !!!! After the 1957 East Africa tour, Columbia selected him as solo artist and made and credited him with an Instrumental Album . In that 40 records were there of 78 rpm. plus 15 EP records and 18 LP records. All these are now available on CDs’ and audio tapes. Automatically after this more doors opened and he entered the troupe of many MDs’. plus in a short span rose to be a busy & famous arranger !! Worked with S D Burman, C Ramchandra, SJ, Vasant Desai, Salil Chaudhary, Khayyam, Ravi, Madan Mohan, OP Nayyar, N Dutta, Ram Kadam, P L Deshpande and Sudhir Phadke !!!

Upto 1993 he worked as an arranger, famous films are Kabhi Kabhie, Trishul, Chotisi Baat, Pinjra, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje …He was also arranger for SJ’s “Paapi pet ka Sawaal ” 1985 and “Gauri (1986) . Also gave music to marathi film in 2006 ” Nari tujhi ajab kahani” .!!!

Because of his impressive work in Film music, he received many awards.! He was awarded the first O P Nayyar foundation award in 2007, the Maharashtra State Cultural award 2006, Sharad sports and cultural group fecilitated him in 2008. HMV recently released CDs’ of his music Nostalgia 1, 2 and 3.

He is still treading the never ending path of Film music, currently residing in Pune. Though he has crossed 75 years he is still active in studios of Pune and Mumbai. We the fans of Enoch Daniel salute him and say “Ke jaise tujhko banaya gaya hain suron ke liye ” and so “Tum Jiyo hazaaron saal ke din ho pachas hazaar”

Enoch Daniel and Van Shipley had performed together in Satara in 1970 , just as if to cherish that occasion, the citizens of Satara have invited Enoch Daniel to be the chief guest of ” Shankar Jaikishan programme” to be held in Satara on saturday, and Enochji has gracefully accepted this offer !!! “


translated by ; Shri Kailash Mundra ji

Kailash Mundra