#3 Madhumati: Top 100 Bollywood Albums, Film Companion

Music Details of Madhumati: 

Music: Salil Chowdhury

Lyrics: Shailendra

Label: Saregama HMV

Director: Bimal Roy

After giving him his debut Hindi film in 1953 (Do Bigha Zameen), director-producer Bimal Roy continued to be composer Salil Chowdhury’s mainstay through the rest of the decade. And it was reportedly Roy’s insistence that landed Chowdhury this film as well, despite opposition from other crew members. Composer of course repaid that faith with one of the finest soundtracks ever made in Hindi, one that was also instrumental in making the film a big success. Salilda was always known for his flair with folk tunes; Madhumati had some of the best exhibits of that skill. Composer had ample help coming from lyricist Shailendra who was also in sparkling form here. One of the tracks had lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri – the very interestingly crafted Tan Jale Mann Jalta Rahe where actor Bhudo Advani’s bass voice was employed in an almost throat singing-like manner.

Best Song Of Madhumati: Suhana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen carried the composer’s trademark brand of haunting vibe about it, and brilliant lines from Shailendra that were simple yet profound. The unassuming charm in Mukesh’s voice also lent beautifully to the composition. Salilda’s arrangement made brilliant incorporation of Western harmonies et al over a folk base – particularly noteworthy was the employment of flutes like birdcalls, to go with Dilip Kumar’s nature walk onscreen.

On a related note: Among the folk elements Salil Chowdhury brought into Madhumati’s soundtrack, one had its sources in Europe. One of the album’s big hits, Dil Tadap Tadap Ke, was based on the Szla dzieweczka do gajeczka, a Polish folk song. 

The Madhumati Playlist: 

  1. Aaja Re Pardesi (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  2. Chadh Gayo Papi Bichhua (Singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey)
  3. Dil Tadap Tadap Ke (Singers: Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar)
  4. Ghadi Ghadi Mora Dil Dhadke (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  5. Hai Bichhua Hai Re Hai (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)
  6. Ham Haal-e-Dil Sunaenge (Singer: Mubarak Begum)
  7. Jungle Mein Mor Naacha (Singer: Mohammad Rafi)
  8. Kancha Le Kanchi Lai Lajo (Singers: Asha Bhosle, Sabita Chowdhury & Ghulam Mohammad)
  9. Suhana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam (Singer: Mukesh)
  10. Tan Jale Man Jalta Rahe (Singer: Dwijen Mukherjee)
  11. Toote Huye Khwabon Ne (Singer: Mohammad Rafi) 
  12. Zulmi Sang Aankh Ladi (Singer: Lata Mangeshkar)

Listen to the entire album of Madhumati:

(With contributions by Praveen VR, co-founder of musicaloud.com; information partly sourced from myswar.com)

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