(Public performances other than stage dances)
Welcome to the fourth part of the series of Female Dance Duets. I’ve enjoyed finding out about dances at the Royal Court, Mujra duets and dance duets presented as a stage performance. Throughout the series, some of you have suggested some songs, or more situations and scenarios. AKji from SoY, Dr Rajesh Deshpande were among them.
So by combining their suggestions and other ideas, today I’ve come up with the songs. It’s a coincidence that the majority of the songs on the list are sung by Mangeshkar sisters, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar. This time I compiled the songs, which I already knew. I haven’t searched for the songs this time. It’s my request to readers to come up with befitting songs. So this time, reader’s participation carries equal weightage. Please add songs.
As usual the songs are from the pre-70s films and are in no particular order. So here we go………
1. Dances at Marriage ceremonies / birthdays –
This subset has found a place in a number of films, and I’ve selected the ones that I like. It’s very interesting that the list has soulful, playful, comedy songs as well.
Manbhawan Ke Ghar Jaye Gori – Chori Chori (1956) Asha Bhosle & Lata Mangeshkar / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
I had thought of the song for the previous list, though when I watched the song, I decided against it. Though there is an audience, there are no proper stage arrangements. A suitable area of the house is the stage. It appears to be a pre marriage evening and Sai with her sister Subulakshmi dance to it. A well choreographed dance. It’s also one of my favourite Asha-Lata duets.
Agre Se Lala Angreji Dulhan – Dus Lakh (1966) Asha Bhosle & Usha Mangeshkar / Ravi – Prem Dhawan
A funny comedy song. The marriage ceremony between On Prakash and Manorama is about to begin. The crowd witnesses a dance performance by Helen and Babita. It’s very funny to watch and to listen to. Again there is no conventional stage arrangement, a part of a terrace is made use of as a platform. Though the dance is not great, it’s quite enjoyable.
Hamar Kaha Mano Rajaji – Dulhan ek Raat Ki (1966) Asha Bhosle & Usha Mangeshkar / Madan Mohan – Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
Helen and Laxmi Chhaya dancing to the audience gathered for the marriage ceremony of Nutan and Dharmendra. It’s not very popular, overshadowed by other popular solos by Lata Mangeshkar. But its catchy rhythm will surely enchant you.
Aplam Chaplam – Azaad (1955) Lata Mangeshkar & Usha Mangeshkar / C Ramchandra – Rajendra Krishan
After the marriage ceremonies, let’s have a birthday bash. Sai and Subulakshmi dancing in front of an audience on their father’s birthday. The song is very popular and one of the most awaited songs on the list.
2. Dances on streets, squares –
There are dances picturised on the streets or squares. I don’t think the songs are pertaining to any particular situation or scenario. The songs have their own reasons for being a street dance. I’ve a few songs, one of which is a marriage procession song.
Bechain Dil Khoyi Si Nazar – Yahudi (1968) Lata Mangeshkar & Geeta Dutt / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
This is yet another awaited song on the list. Some of the readers have mentioned it in the comments of the earlier posts. But it was to feature on today’s list.
Dilip Kumar escapes his palace through a secret outlet and reaches a crowded square. A group of people has gathered around a magician, who converts wooden dolls or stumps into two beautiful women, Helen and Cuckoo. The pair performs a wonderful dance on an Arabian sounding tune. Excellent dance steps and graceful movements.
Baliye O Baliye – Azaad (1955) Lata Mangeshkar & Usha Mangeshkar / C Ramchandra – Rajendra Krishan
It’s one of the rare occasions when a couple of songs from a single movie feature on the same list. Sai and Subulakshmi again. They perform a dance on a street adjoining Meena Kumari’s house. Perhaps their aim is to enter the house to convey a message to her. The song is quite popular.
Chhodo Chhodo Ji Baiyan Mori – Baradari (1955) Shamshad Begum & Lata Mangeshkar / Nashad – Khumar Barabankavi
Cuckoo and Meenu Mumtaz dancing in a marriage procession. The latter is disguised as a male, who teases the former. Very graceful hand movements and in general a delight to watch. Cuckoo is trying to resist Meenu Mumtaz’s advances but appears to be faux anger.
3. Club Dances –
This subset was suggested by AKji from SoY. Usually most of the club songs are solos, so a duet song wasn’t thought of. But when I reflected, I could instantly come up with a few songs. Let’s have a look….
Huzoor e Wala Jo Ho ljaazat – Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi (1966) Asha Bhosle & Minoo Purushottam / O P Nayyar – Aziz Kashmiri
This was the first song I thought of, for the category. Helen and Madhumati dancing to an intoxicating tune. The song starts with guitar and saxophone, and takes a somewhat slow pace. Usually the club dances are fast paced. The dance steps are fabulous, and well performed. O P Nayyar was so much fascinated with Asha’s voice, he offered no separate lines to Meenu Purushottam. Obviously Madhumati, who received the latter’s playback, had a secondary position in the song.
Kya Ho Phir Jo Din – Nou Do Gyarah (1957) Geeta Dutt & Asha Bhosle / S D Burman – Majrooh
A beautiful song, perfectly rendered by the singers. Helen and Shashikala in a club, Shashikala looking vampish, smoking a cigarette in style, sings a relatively slow paced part, and receives Geeta Dutt’s playback. Young and vivacious Helen, singing the fast paced part, receives Asha Bhosle’s playback. An obvious choice for the list.
Baithe Hai Kya Uske Paas – Jewel Thief (1967) Asha Bhosle & ? Usha Mangeshkar / S D Burman – Majrooh
Helen again, dancing with another dancer. Though it’s technically a duet, the other singer has not been mentioned anywhere. She is perhaps Usha Mangeshkar. The same thing goes for the other dancer. We can’t see her face clearly to identify her. But the comments on YouTube mention her to be very young Anju Mahendru, while others call her Fariyal. The latter does appear in the movie in another dance sequence. The other singer has just a supporting role, she hasn’t got any separate lines. But I remembered the song, so I added it to the list. Can anyone identify or know who the other dancer is?
4. Dances at villain’s den / Dances to distract villain –
This category was suggested by Dr Rajesh Deshpande. It was very interesting to look for the songs, but I restricted myself to the songs I knew. Readers are most welcome to add songs in the interesting category.
Dagabaaz Ho Banke Piya – Burma Road (1962) Lata Mangeshkar & Usha Mangeshkar / Chitragupt – Majrooh
I express double delight for the song, both Chitragupt and Kumkum are my favourites. And the song is one of my most favourites on the list. Though I haven’t watched the movie, the scenario does appear to fit the category.
Kumkum and Jeevankala try to distract the soldiers, while Ashok Kumar & company manage to finish their job. Kumkum was so lively. And what a beautiful melody with a very catchy dholak rhythm. I’m a huge fan of the song. Enjoy!
Aji Chale Aao – Halaku (1956) Asha Bhosle & Lata Mangeshkar / Shankar Jaikishan – Shailendra
The scenario appears similar to the previous song. Helen and Meenu Mumtaz sizzle in the costume and dance gracefully. And while they are dancing and singing, the other members are trying to invade the enemy’s camp. Or so it seems. I haven’t seen the movie. But it looks appropriate for the list.
I’ll end today’s list at this juncture. I already have planned the next part, where I intend to present some of the duets that haven’t featured so far on any of the lists.
Have you thought of a song to add to the list?
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