Really old Indian non film songs thread

#1 Dec 2nd, 2014, 23:14
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Over the years, I've come across some Indian songs that are typically the first known recordings of that particular song. Some of them have been rendered later by more modern artistes, sometimes with credit, often without.

I'm starting this thread to post some of the ones that Ive come across and hoping that others would post similar firsts.

The first example is 'Ka Karoon Sajani' by Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. This is a semi-classical* number (it's a Thumri actually) and it was re-sung by his disciple 'Ghulam ali Khan' and finally by K Yesudas for a film. Needless to say, I absolutely love the original (1948 recording)

[I cannot tell classical from a car crash so while it's nice to have a classical base, I dont 'get' megh malhar or malkauns raga per, se, hence not including them. Happy to be educated in that department though]

The second example is by the child prodigy Master Madan, who recorded all of eight songs and died at the age of 14 and a half (suspected poisoned). It's a mono recording. 'Yun na reh reh kar hamein tarsaiye'. This should be a 1930s recording. I doubt if this was rendered again.

The third one is by Begum Akhtar (Akhatari Bai Faizabadi) - 'Woh jo tumme hamme qaraar tha'. (recording date unknown) This one was also re-sung by many.

Any other similar - firsts?
#2 Dec 3rd, 2014, 00:59
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Do Kumar Gandharva's renditions of Kabir Bhajans qualify for this thread?

They can be listened to here:
#3 Dec 3rd, 2014, 02:41
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Malika Pukhraj. Abhi to mai Jawan hu.
#4 Dec 3rd, 2014, 06:42
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I really dunno if this is a non-film song, but.... a deadly song with lyrics almost as killing as Begum Akhtar's voice...

Ae mohabbat tere anjaam pe (not anzam!) rona aaya

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#5 Dec 3rd, 2014, 06:54
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Holi ho brijraj dulare by K L Sehgal

#6 Dec 3rd, 2014, 18:11
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Noor Jahan's plaintive singing of "Hamaari Saanson Mein Aaj Tak Woh Henna Ki Khushboo Mehak Rahi Hai". Sublime; as is Nayyara Noor's later pop version.

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