When Melody Was Queen
Film Music - Contemporary







Musical Films Archives

Many of the early films, like Qatil, Gumnaam, Intezar, Sassi Punnu, Heer Ranjha, Naukar, Ghoonghat, Zehr-e-Ishq, Ishq-e-Laila, Laila Majnu, Waada, Chhoti Begum, Anarkali, Neend, Taj Mahal, Tauba, Lakht-e-Jigar, Qaidi, Ghalib, Baaji, Umrao Haan Ada, Tehzeeb, Anjuman, Naela, Dosti, Rangeela, Kubra Aashiq and others have secured immortal place in time. Sangeet Mahal archives include complete collections from many of those unforgettable musicals, and selections from a large number of productions.

Films of 1930s
Archives include some good films of 1930s when K. L. Saigal emerged as a dominant singer with Devdas (1935). Films like Achhut Kanya, Azad, Jawani ki Reet, Mukti and many other films included memorable songs. Many selections from these and other films are part of Sangeet Mahal archives.

Films of 1940s
Period of 1940s was revolutionary for singing in films. Singing stars tradition changed to playback singing, thus bringing in great new talented singers. Films with immortal music, such as Sanjog (1943), Pehle Aap (1943), Jugnu (1944), Sanyasi, Qanoon, Qeemat, Street Singer, Shahenshah Babar, Basant, Kismat, Tansen, Parwana, Shahjehan, Aag, Mahal, Barsaat, Bazar, and every one of those with great songs are part of Sangeet Mahal archives.

Films of 1950s
The period of 1950s was the period when film was music and music was film. Watch "Baiju Bawra" (1952) and about three hours you live in music. Many films with great music were made during this era. To mention a few, like Aan, Malhar, Awara, Nagin, Anarkali, Uran Khatola, Shabab, Amar, Seema, Chori Chori, Ashiana, Taxi Driver, Mother India, Patita, Shree 420, Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje, Vachan, is only a base reference. All those with great music can only be listed in the Sangeet Mahal archive database.

Films of 1960s
Trend of Great music continued in 1960s with some new blend of orchestra approach. Many films with great music appeared, like Mughal-e-Azam, Professor, Janwar, Aashiq, Barsat ki Raat, Gunga Jumna, Mere Mehboob, Taj Mahal, Dosti, Sangam, Mera Naam Joker, that is really a large number to list here. Sangeet Mahal Archives includes complete recordings from all those great musicals.

Films of 1970s
The era of 1970s, with new music directors, brought in the westernized version of music in films that looked fit in film situations but did not achieve long life as haunting melodies. Although the new trend dominated, many good films with good music were made some with the old trend but more with the new trend that left lot of melodies for many years to remember. Sangeet Mahal Archives include all those good ones and the popular of that time.



Singer Archives

Archives include some good selections from the films of 1930s when K. L. Saigal emerged as a dominant singer with Devdas (1935). Singing stars being the tradition, the dominant singers of the age were KC Dey, Pankaj Mullick, Shanta Apte, Govindrao Tembe, Ashok Kumar, Devika Rani, Surendra, Wahidan Bai and sister Jyoti, Bibbo, Manju, Noor Jehan, and a few more.

Period of 1940s was the revolutionary for singing in films. Singing stars tradition changed to playback singing, thus bringing in great new talented singers. K. L. Saigal maintained his singing star dominance until his death in 1946. Suraiya emerged as one of the earliest playback singers (Darshan, 1942) but turned a singing star later. Great singers, like Noor Jehan, Amirbai Karnatki, Zohrabai Amabalawali, Parul Ghosh, Kanan Devi, Arun Kumar, Snehprabha, Shamshad Begum, G. M. Durrani, Madhubala Zaveri, Muhammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Talat Mahmood, Geeta Dutt, Hemant Kumar, Kishore Kumar, Suman Kalyanpur, Mubarak Begum emerged and dominated their era. There are great many selections from all those in Sangeet Mahal archives.

Prominent singers in the field included Munawar Sultana, Saleem Raza, Zubaida Khanum, Sharafat Ali, Kausar Parveen, Fateh Ali Khan, Ahmad Rushdi, Masud Rana, Naseem Begum, Nahid Niazi, Mala, Runa Laila, Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali, Habib Wali Muhammad, Nahid Akhtar, and others. All those voices gave many immortal melodies that are great treasures of the time.


Musicians Archives

Melodies created by the great musicians like Punkaj Mullick, R. C. Boral, Rafique Ghaznavi, Ghulam Haider, Bulo C. Rani, Pannalal Ghosh, Ram Gungoli, Khemchand Prakash, Anil Biswas, Naushad, Ghulam Muhammad, Shyam Sunder, Shanker Jaikishan, C. Ramchandra, Roshan, Madan Mohan, Sardar Malik, S. D. Burman, Husnlal Bhagatram, Hansraj Behl, Bharat Vyas, Vasant Desai, Hemant Kumar, Chitragupta, N. Dutta, Ravi, Kalyanji Anandji, Lakshamikant Pyarelal, R. D. Burman, Rakesh Roshan, and others of the time are a huge selection in Sangeet Mahal archives.

Music Directors like Khursheed Anwar, Firoze Nizami, Rashid Atre, Master Inayat Hussain, Tassaduq Hussain, Deebo, G. A. Chishti, and many others gave good songs that are part of Sangeet Mahal archives.


Song Selections Archives

Our archives include comprehensive collections of great singers who gave emotion to those songs with their voice, music directors who created those emotions combining voice and instruments, and great lyricists who recreated those songs of varying emotions into life on screen.

Singers

Our archives include all those great singers like K. L. Saigal, Noor Jehan, Shamshad Begum, Suraiya, Muhammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Mukesh, Talat Mahmood, Geeta Dutt, C. H. Atma, Hemant Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor, Kishore Kumar, Suman Kalyanpur, Asha Bhosle, Manna Dey, and the emerging newcomers.

Music Directors

Our archives include works of great music directors like Khemchand Prakash, Ghulam Haider, Shyam Sunder, Naushad, Ghulam Muhammad, Shanker Jaikishan, S. D. Burman, C. Ramchandra, Madan Mohan, Anil Biswas, Vasant Desai, O. P. Nayyar, Ravi, N. Dutta, Chitragupta, Roshan, Sardar Malik, Iqbal Qureshi, Lakshamikant Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji, R. D. Burman, and many others who created memorable melodies.


Lyricists

All those great lyricists who pend for the screen the great songs include Shakeel Badayuni, Sahir Ludhiyanvi, Hasrat Jaipuri, Rajinder Krishan, Khumar Barabimkvi, D.N. Madhok, Tanveer Naqvi and many others are collectible series in our archives.


Film Instrumentals Archive

A large number of popular hit songs, from the films of 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s, were recreated in stereo on instruments of almost all categories, most prominently including Electric Guitar, Piano, Piano Accordion, Saxophone, Violin, Clarionet, Sitar, Flute, Shehnai and Mouth Organ. Those immortal creations of Enoch Daniels, Van Shipley, Sunil Ganguly, S. Hazara Singh, Suresh Yadav, Charanjit Singh, Shridhar Kenkare, Milon Gupta, Y.S. Moolkey and others are a hypnotizing treasure in Sangeet Mahal archives.


Punjabi Film Music Archives

Punjabi regional film a small part of industry. There have been many good films with cultural, comedy, and drama themes, like Posti, Chaman, Bhangra, Pind Di Kuri, Yamla Jatt, Lachhi, Pagri Sambhal Jatta, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai, Morni, Man Jeetey Jag Jeet, Chan Pardesi, Long Da Lishkara, films with comedies of Majnu, Om Prakash, Gopal Saigal, Mehr Mittal, songs of Muhammad Rafi, Shamshad, Lata and other great singers, and a large number of other old memorable films are among the Sangeet Mahal archives.




Films - Singers - Music Directors - Selections - Instrumental - Punjabi

Film Music - Contemporary