Naushad Ali of Lucknow was arguably the first giant of Hindi film music. Not as a singer, but as an inventive composer and arranger.
His sound is instantly recognizable for its deep connection to the folk music of north India and especially the Gangetic plain. Flutes, matkas (clay pots) and other folk instruments embellish his compositions like glimmering light off a paddy field.
Responsible for the music of so many classics he is one of those of whom it can be honestly said, ‘his music was the soundtrack to an entire generation’. Indians who came of age in the first 2 decades after Independence will probably save the sweetest corner of their hearts for his music.
Naushad was a sharif Musalman. A man of great taste and dignity and culture he also brought a deep love and understanding of raga based melodies into his film scores.
Here is a collection of some of his greatest hits sung by voices as diverse as Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Suraiya and Shamshad Begum. Thank you to Mr Balkar Bains (once again!) for the gift of this wonderful LP.
01 Jawan Hai Mohabbat [Anmod Ghadi]
02 Bachpan ke Din [Deedar]
03 Murliwale Murli Baja [Dillagi]
04 Gaya Ja Geet Milan Ke [Mela]
05 Dil Toote Na [Andaz]
06 Panchhi Ban Mein [Babul]
07 Chhod Babul ka Ghar [Babul]
08 Aja Meri Barbad-e-Mohabbat [Anmol Ghadi]
09 Maan Mera Ehsan [Aan]
10 Sawan ke Badala [Rattan]
11 Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki [Dulari]
12 Jhoom Jhoom ke Nacho [Andaz]