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post Jul 24 2008, 11:32 PM
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Two of the 15 songs rendered by K.L. Saigal which were considered to be ‘missing’, have been ‘found’. These are movietrack songs from Bengali film ‘Jeeban Maran’ (1939), produced by New Theatres, Calcutta, which were never released on 78 rpm records and were composed by Pankaj Mullick :

Aaji Asamaye Jomunar Kule Keno
(Duet by Saigal & Suprova Ghosh; Lyrics : Ajay Bhattacharya)

Sakhi Ke Se Romoni Kaho …Kaanchan Barani Ke Bate Se Dhani
(Short duration song by Saigal ; Lyrics : Chandidas)

The best part of the story is that these songs have come alive with the release of the movie itself (also considered to be lost / destroyed) !!! The film ‘Jeeban Maran’ starring KL Saigal, Banu Bandyopadhyaya and Lila Desai in lead roles, is now available in the
form of a set of two VCDs (very good quality video and good audio reproduction) released as a ‘Classic Collection’ by Angel Video, Kolkata.

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This ‘find’ comes as a very welcome event when New Theatres, Calcutta and innumerable fans are celebrating completion of 75 of this great institution. As music lovers are aware, as many as 150 movies with wholesome entertainment were produced between 1931 and 1955. More importantly, New Theatres nurtured and drew upon a pool of extraordinary talent in film making – directors, music composers,
singing stars and technicians.

It is hoped that some of the Saigal and other films which are still available with an individual here and a collector there, are commercially released afresh as VCDs / DVDs by New Theatres as part of their diamond jubilee celebrations.
How Many Songs Did Saigal Sing ?

Saigal is credited with having recorded a total of 185 songs most of them as Gramophone Studio recordings issued as 78 rpm discs and the rest as recorded movietrack songs. Though not all ‘fans’ of Saigal had the privilege of listening to them, audio recordings were available for only 170 of them. For the very first time, all the 170 songs (as
well as additional movietrack version song) can now be previewed at

The remaining 15 songs (4 Hindi & 11 Bengali) are on the soundtracks of those movies of which film prints which were considered to be lost or destroyed. (
The Last Time a Saigal Song was ‘discovered’ was when a rare non-film Bhajan “Hari bin koi kaam na aayo…” which was never issued on disc was found. The credit for unearthing this song goes entirely to Har Mandir Singh "Hamraaz", noted Compiler of the multi-volume monumental publication ‘Hindi Film Geet Kosh’ and one of the compilers of the authoritative work "Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya" on KL Saigal, according to
Prof Surjit Singh .

How did this happen ? The story as told by Late Hem Chandra Jain, a discerning collector of Hindi film music, is that after getting it recorded in the studio of Hindustan Records, caught in a whimsical mood, Saigal grabbed this recording, and took it away to his house. Maybe the singer was not satisfied with his singing and did not want it to go to public with the song, he had speculated.

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