After a busy long stressful day, I sit in this sweltering summer heat with my AC on…I switch on the radio and I hear the voice of Gulzaar saab …kuch naghme hamesha zinda rehtey hain…. the song seeli hawa starts. Suddenly, I feel my heartbeat slowing down and my eyes getting closed, peaceful I feel. Such is the magic of the old golden era songs.
What makes them so special
It was the time period of 1940s to 60s which is called as the golden era. But, it can be stretched to the 70s and early 80s too. In the olden times, the songs writers were moreover poets or shayars. Their explanatin of a situation was less dramatic and more realistic.The simplicity of their own personalities and the innocence of the old times refelcted in the songs. I personally am not criticizing the current day numbers, but the quality and impressiveness of the old songs is unmatchable.Old songs were more inspired by our traditional bhajans, lok dhuns and folk songs. They were much more connected to our roots. Not corrupted by vulgarity and too much commotion of numerous instruments,they were soul stirring.
Songs to suit every emotion and situation
Its not that this era was limited to just devotional or love songs. The songs were produced for every situation,love, tragedy,war,situational,rain,war,childhood ,friendship etc. These songs had their own vibrations and the ability to swell our hearts and eyes. There are situations which are incomplete without a classic. For eg ,Ae mere watan ke logon still moves us to tears…no Indian marriage is complete without babul ki duaaein leti ja…in the bidaai or have you seen any child not heard of lallalori and ichak daana beechak daana .Even the dance numbers like mera naam chun chu chu or cabaret numbers like aa jaane jaan… were sans vulgarity and double meaning.
They connect so well with every generation that,todays people carve to recreate that era. Old times theme parties and marriages are a trend where these songs are used to recreate magic. A very young Anurag basu is not only recreating the golden era in his movie “BombayVelvet” but is also remixing a few old numbers. Young generation sways to the remixed oldies as well as croons the evergreens. They are a favourite in everyway.With the revival of radio,old songs are now even more popular.
These numbers are an intrinsic part of our lives. From the past generations to the current, they have infected everyone with their simplicity and softness. The lyricists like Hasrat Jaipuri, Anand Bakshi and Later Gulzaar have given such songs that are incomparable. Musicians like SD and RD burman, Naushaad, Manna Dey etc and singers like Kishore Kumar,Mohd Rafi,Lata Mangeshkar, Geeta Dutt,Suraiyya and Asha Bhonsle…the list is endless. Just like our precious historical monuments these are precious jewels in the crown of our country.
Their music and songs are pure bliss,a therapy for a disturbed mind , the very soul of our everyday lives…no party can be complete without an old number be it a remixed one. They have touched everyage group and generation.Just like old wine, this music is timeless and gets better with age. It has given us legends and all time hit songs. The soul soothers,the heart connectors, the tear bringers ..that era was a class apart. The softness of these tuneful,soulful numbers has a very special place in our hearts…as I keep listening my favourite comes...zindagi ke safar main guzar jaatey hain jo mukaam…and I start thinking…magic continues…
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