Friday, August 14, 2009

Old is Gold

Apoorva Bhatt was not even born when blockbuster black and white bollywood film 'Goonj Uthi Shehnai' was released in 1959. Starring Rajendra Kumar and Amita, the film became a hit primarily because of its lilting songs.

The music director was Vasant Desai, who used the Indian classical musical instrument Shehnai so successfully that the background scores became tear jerkers. The king of playback singing, Mohammed Rafi's mellifluous voice made the film's songs immortal.

We first present here the haunting song - 'Keh do koyi na kare yahan pyaar' - in Rafi Sahab's voice. We will then present the same song's rendition on mouth organ by Apoorva Bhatt.



And, now Apoorva Bhatt on harmonica playing the song 50 years after the release of the film:

video


7 comments:

Amitabh Mishra said...

I never thought this song could be played on a Harmonica. Great find of a raga based song, and wonderfully rendered! Keep it up Apoorvaji!

HARISH said...

well played sir.

Tapan Bhatt said...

Just behind Apoorvabhai is the photo of goddess Saraswati.
Always blessed..
I was fortunate to be present.

SABNAVEES said...

Apoorva, Apoorva, Apoorva, What a beautiful rendition indeed. This song has frequent half notes. You have played very well indeed. At one or two places you missed the timing may be because of breath or so many people standing in front of you while playing.This morning ( 15th aug) I called you but your phone got disconnected.

sanjay agarwal said...

Real blessings of Maa Saraswati upon you . It should be GOONJ UTHA HARMONICA . Beautiful attempt for this song .

H.Madhusudhan Bhandarkar said...

Dear Mr.Apoorva,
What a difficult song with so many flats and sharps, which you have rendered so well. You must have really worked hard to play this tune, almost perfectly. Keep it up.

amjadkhan786 said...

APOORVA SIR......I KNOW THE AMOUNT OF HARDSHIP U HAD TAKEN TO FIT THIS SONG ON HARMONICA, SEEING THIS I CAN SAY PRACTICE MAKES MAN PERFECT.....IT'S ALL UR PRACTICE,DEDICATION AND LOVE FOR HARMONICA WHICH IS SEEN IN UR PLAYING........HAT'S OFF SIR, I DONT HAVE WORDS TO APPRECIATE.....WHAT TO SAY.." U R THE BEST"..........AMJAD KHAN, VADODARA .