Saturday, January 9, 2010
Akhiyan mila ke...
Zohrabai Ambalewali (1918-1990) was born into an orthodox Muslim family.
She received training under Ghulam Hussain Khan and Ustad Nasir Hussain Khan(Agra gharana).
She began her career on radio, singing mainly classical and semi-classical numbers. She also cut albums with HMV.
Music director Vasant Desai gave Zohrabai her first film song in Shakuntala (1943). Many of her popular songs were recorded for music director Naushad Ali in Ratan, Anmol Ghadi, Mela, and Jadoo.
Some of her very famous songs...
Sawan ke badlon...with Karan Diwan (Ratan)
Aayee Diwali aayee Diwali...(Ratan)
Aahen na bhari ...with Noor Jehan & Kalyani (Zeenat)
Udan khatole pe ud jaun...with Shamshad Begum (Anmol ghadi)
It is believed that Zohrabai sang the "most" number of songs between 1941-1950 (more than 1,000). Her daughter, Roshan Kumari is a famous Kathak dancer.
" Rattan" launched the career of Naushad .The story of two lovers who were separated when she was married off somewhere else, was considered a box office risk by the distributors but it turned out to be a huge success.
Lata Mangeshkar has included "Akhiyan Mila ke" in her "Shraddhanjali" album.
Movie: Rattan (1944)
Lyrics: D N Madhok (1902- 1982)
Original singer: Zohrabai Ambalewali (1918-1990)
Filmed on: Swaran Lata(1924-2008) & Karan Diwan (1917-1979)
Download "Akhiyan mila ke"