A Shankar-Jaikishan Musical Evening (Mumbai, 13 Nov 2010)
From Binu Nair
THE RAFI FOUNDATION WILL CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF SHANKAR-JAIKISHAN and the birth anniversary of flamboyant JAIKISHAN with a live musical function at Mumbai’s Dinanath Hall, VILE PARLE on Nov 13.
Recently there was a comment in the Face-book that SHANKAR-JAIKISHAN were lucky as they had the golden voice of MOHD RAFI to back up their creative creations. I would venture to add the names of Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh and Manna Dey to the list.
The foursome were the pillars of the SHANKAR-JAIKISHAN music station. Hence, wehave four singers lined up for the musical evening who will present the above legends evergreen and great songs.
The singers of the evening are : Srikanth Kulkarni (voice of Mukesh), Mona Kamath (Lata), Hamid Khan & Mukesh Bhanushali (Mohd Rafi & Manna Dey)
A TRIBUTE TO SHANKAR & JAIKISHAN…
BARSAAT IN 1949 WAS THE MAIDEN SHANKAR-JAIKISHAN FILM. It was a musical hit. S.J recorded their career’s first ever song with MOHD RAFI in this movie. Shankar then was all of 27 years (born 15-10-1922) and his younger partner Jaikishan was just 20 years, (born 4-11-1929). Both of them honed their talents learning under the first composing duo of Husnlal and Bhagatram. After Barsaat, they were the super heroes who gave soulful songsin films like Awaara, Daag, Poonam, Aah, Raj Hath and many others.
Writes film historian Manek Premchand in his vivid and memorable “Yesterdays Melodies, Todays Memories” :” SHANKAR – JAIKISHAN, has in dozens of movies, made marvellous and lingering melodies which directly touches the heart. The duo did this while experi-menting with different kinds of songs, keeping one eye on newness and the other eye onsimplicity, trying variations, reversing taals, using counter melody, taking the saxophonehere, positioning the accordian elsewhere and many more.”
SHANKAR JAIKISHAN TEAM revolutionised the use of ORCHESTRA and INTERLUDE musicand made these as integral and inseperable part of their compositions rather than using themas fillers, as was the case until their arrival on the musical horizons. That’s why, prelude, interlude and background music of many of their songs are as popular and notable and hum-able as the tune of the main song. Says singer Sharada, their variations were endless, several of their mukhdas started on a high note.
Shankar-Jaikishan composed music for 172 films. The role of lyricists SHAILENDRA AND HASRAT JAIPURI in S.J.s music can NEVER be minimised. If Shailendra teamed up with Shankar, Jaikishan tuned up excellently with Hasrat Jaipuri. Shankar was time perfect, came in early and was sedate, whereas his partner Jai was flamboyant, gifted and a movie freak. He could be found at Churchgate’s GAYLORD hotel surrounded with friends listening to songs often – from the juke box. Jai also wrote some poetry and many times “wrote” the first lines of the songs.
Shankar-Jaikishan’s songs were winners in diverse types of films irrespective of its theme and subject.
SOME of the songs selected for the SHANKAR JAIKISHAN MUSICAL on Nov 13th are listed below :
“JIA BEKARAAR HAI”, “HAI PHOOLON KI RANI”, “UNKE KHAYAAL AAYE TO”, ”AKELE, AKELE, KAHAN JAA RAHE HO”, “AA AB LAUT CHALE”, “ANDAZ MERA MASTANA”, “RUK JAANA TEHER JAA RE CHANDA”, “DIL KI GIRAH KHOL DO”, “NAKHRE WAALI”, “MAI PYAR KA DIWANA”, “Yeh MERA PREM PATRA PADH KAR” and many more gems witha medley of songs too.