Hemant Kumar

April 2012

Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar sing a duet in Evergreen Pictures’ “Dulhan”. Hemant Kumar rehearses them (1954)

By |April 9th, 2012|

December 2010

Five favorite ghost songs from Indian/Pakistani Films

By |December 24th, 2010|

Here are my five favorite ghost songs from Indian/Pakistani films in no particular order.

1. Jhoom Jhoom dhalti raat (Lata Mangeshkar)

Kohraa (1964) featured the ethereal Waheeda Rehman as the mysterious rake Biswajeet’s second wife who’s haunted by his dead wife. Based […]

August 2010

Hemant Kumar’s Song List (1961 – 1970)

By |August 8th, 2010|

Song
Film
Year
Co-Singers
Music Director
Lyricist

Kabuliwala aaya
Kabuliwala
1961
Sabita Chowdhury, Usha Mangeshkar
Salil Chowdhury
Gulzar

Ganga aaye kahaan se
Kabuliwala
1961

Salil Chowdhury
Gulzar

Kabhi yahan chale
Khiladi
1961

Sardul Kwatra
Prem Dhawan

Tumhi mere meet ho
Pyase Panchhi
1961
Suman Kulyanpur
Kalyanji Anandji
Qamar Jalalbadi

Na […]

Hemant Kumar’s Song List (1951 – 1960)

By |August 7th, 2010|

Song
Film
Year
Co-Singers
Music Director
Lyricist

Kaun musafir leke aaya
Mala
1951
Utpala Sen
Gour Goswami/Souren Pal
?

Aa gupchup gupchup pyaar karen
Sazaa
1951
Sandhya Mukherjee
S.D. Burman
Sahir

Takdaa gaya tum se dil hi to ha (version record)
Aan
1952

Naushad
Shakeel

Muhabbat chume jin ke haath (version record)
Aan
1952

Naushad
Shakeel

Woh chand nahin
Aandhiyan
1952
Asha […]

Hemant Kumar’s Song List (1940 – 1950)

By |August 7th, 2010|

Song
Film
Year
Co-Singers
Music Director
Lyricist

Nit nit ke ruuThanewaala saajan
Iraada
1944
Radharani
Amarnath
Aziz Kashmiri

Phir muhabbat ka payaam aane la
Iraada
1944

Amarnath
Aziz Kashmiri

Aaraam se jo raate.n kaaTe
Iraada
1944

Amarnath
Aziz Kashmiri

Lagaa us se lou
Banphool
1945

Dhiren Mitra
Narendra Nath Tuli

Madhu gandhe bharaa
Humraahi
1945
Binota Bose
R.C. […]

Hemant Kumar – Part 4

By |August 1st, 2010|

There’s a strange contradiction discernible in Hemantda’s best selections. In tracks like Aye dil ab kahin haja (picturized on of all people – Shammi Kapoor in Bluff Master) and Jab jaag uthe armaan to kaise neend aaye Hemant Kumar is at once the poet […]

Hemant Kumar – Part 3

By |August 1st, 2010|

But it was as a singer that Hemant Kumar obtained an unique berth in the hall of fame. Like Anup Jaiota says, Hemantda’s voice conveyed both the depth of the ocean and the heights of the skies. It is a voice that communicates a […]

Hemant Kumar – Part 2

By |August 1st, 2010|

“Which rival musician would provide that kind of encouragement to a then unknown musician like me?” Bhupen Hazarika shakes his head in wonderment. Hailing a taxi Hemantda took the stupefied young Bhupen Hazarika to the HMV office in Calcutta and a deal was finalized […]

Hemant Kumar – Part 1

By |August 1st, 2010|

“Listening to Hemantda I feel as though a sadhu sitting in a temple is singing a Bhajan,” comments the nightingale Lata Mangeshkar about the unique unvanquished Hemant Kumar” who was not only a fabulous singer but also an equally indomitable composer. As Lataji astutely […]

November 2009

Hemant Kumar

By |November 8th, 2009|

The renowned Bengali-Hindi film composer and singer Hemant Kumar Mukherjee is remembered to this day for some of the most melodious songs in the cinema of both languages. Born in Banaras, Hemant Kumar left school to become a professional singer. He learnt music under […]